It was a picture-perfect season opener for the Hampton Bays softball team—and one the Southampton squad would surely like to forget.
The Lady Baymen made quick work of the Lady Mariners with a 15-1 victory in what was a mercy-rule shortened game at Southampton on March 27. The mercy rule comes into effect if the run differential is 12 runs or more after five full innings when the visiting team is ahead.
Hampton Bays head coach Rich Doulos, who made his varsity coaching debut, liked what he saw from his team. “We were looking forward to the first game to get the first game under our belts and the girls just came with that attitude, that drive that I’d like to see them come out with every game this season,” he said.
The game was close after the first inning of play, with Hampton Bays staked to a 2-1 lead. But then the flood gates opened. The Lady Baymen scored 10 runs in the second inning then three runs in the third.
Hampton Bays sophomore Meghan Harris made her varsity debut with a bang. She went 5 for 6 with two bases-clearing extra base hits, a triple and a double, to finish with six RBIs. Senior Karlie Troyan went 4 for 5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Freshman Marley Tyler was the starting pitcher for Hampton Bays and went the full five innings and only allowed one run on four hits while striking out 10 and hitting a batter. She didn’t allow a walk. Marley’s younger sister Mackenzie, a seventh-grader, started her first varsity game at third base and Doulos said while she didn’t record a base hit, he was impressed with how much confidence she played with, especially in the field.
Mackenzie was called up from junior varsity because of a number of injuries to varsity players. Senior Stephanie Salomon was sick last week, senior Ana Algieri has a shoulder injury and senior Stephanie Williams had been nursing an elbow injury, although she was able to start in left field for Hampton Bays in the victory.
“She did a great job playing third base,” Doulos said of Mackenzie. “She didn’t have any hits but it was nice to see her go up there and show the confidence she had for a seventh-grader. She wants to be here and wants to get better. You can’t really ask for anything more in a player.”ON THE SCHEDULE: Hampton Bays—Tuesday, 4/2, vs. Bayport/Blue Point; Wednesday, 4/3, at Mattituck; Friday, 4/5, vs. Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m. Southampton—Tuesday, 4/2, at Shoreham/Wading River; Tuesday, 4/9, at Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.