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Jul 11, 2017 10:00 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East End Majors All-Stars Fall In Semifinals

Cole Wilson was on the mound for the Hampton Bays 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars on Friday evening. DREW BUDD
Jul 11, 2017 11:09 AM

The road to the 2017 Little League World Series—hosted in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania—came to a close for local teams in the District 36 Tournament, which encompasses all leagues east of Route 112 in Suffolk County.

The East End 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars, coached by Brian Babcock, finished up Pool B play with a record of 4-2 after a 10-0 win at North Fork Little League on July 5. That victory propelled East End—which includes residents from Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Remsenburg, Speonk, East Quogue and Quogue—to the semifinals of the tournament on Sunday at North Shore Little League. East End fell, 12-2, to host North Shore, ending its tournament run.

Babcock said he was lucky to have been a part of so many memories, and that the young men of the East End Majors team will never be forgotten.

“I’ve watched a group of them grow up and I can’t wait to see what the future brings,” he said.

After eight years of coaching the East End Little League, Coach Babcock will retire. He shared his final season with his son Jayson Babcock as well as Hunter Montgomery, Jake Zaffuto, Jack Shui, Kayden Mackay, Riley Miller, Ryan Springer, Ryan Jayne, Declan Kerns , Ryan Barzack, Ryan Kneiriemen, Noah Hebberd and Ryan Saboe.

“It’s a tear jerker really, I loved coaching all these years. It was a great run,” coach Babcock reflected.

The East End 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars also finished up their tournament. They suffered a tough 15-12 loss to Riverhead at Hampton West Park in Westhampton on July 5, then played North/Patchogue-Medford on Friday at Hampton West. Results from that game were not provided, but according to the District 36 website, East End finished with an 0-4 record.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars, coached by Tim Wilson, finished with a record of 1-4.

In their final game against Eastport South Manor on July 7, Hampton Bays lost on its home soil at Red Creek Park, 12-6. Cole Wilson allowed one earned run and recorded seven strikeouts in three innings. Hampton Bays also lost, 11-1, at North Shore Little League on July 5.

For the first time in three years, Hampton Bays had enough players to field a 9- and 10-year-old team. Coach Wilson is proud of the run the boys made. He claims they strung together great innings at times and said Hampton Bays Little League is planning to run a few baseball camps and clinics in the next few months to start preparing for next year.

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