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Jul 3, 2018 8:22 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays All-Stars Are Looking Forward To Second Half Of Pool Play

Hampton Bays Little League played Sag Harbor on Saturday morning at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. DANA SHAW
Jul 3, 2018 12:53 PM

The Hampton Bays Majors All-Star baseball team, comprised of boys age 12 and under, have dropped the opening three games in the District 36 Tournament that ultimately leads to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, but the team remains hopeful for the second half of pool play.

The tournament starts off with pool play, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals. The winners of the semis play for the district title on Saturday.

Hampton Bays kicked off its tournament at North Shore on Thursday, June 28. Despite bad weather the Baymen squeezed the game in, although they fell victim to the mercy rule after four innings, 12-0.

On Saturday, June 30, the team took on Moriches Bay in what figured to be a solid matchup.

Max Reiley, who was on the mound for Hampton Bays, only gave up two runs in the first five innings before the game got out of hand and resulted in a 10-0 mercy-rule loss.

“[Reiley] pitched really well on Saturday, we didn’t help him out by scoring runs,” Hampton Bays Majors head coach Pat Donahue said.

Nick Costaldo has also been instrumental on the mound for the Majors.

Monday, July 2, Hampton Bays traveled to Southampton and lost, 21-7, however Donahue felt his team did a better job putting runs on the board.

“I’m hoping the last three games will be a little better representative of us,” he said.

Hampton Bays was scheduled to play Sag Harbor on Tuesday, July 3, and will face Eastport South Manor on Saturday and East Hampton on Sunday to cap off pool play.

Donahue said that the slow start to the season may be caused by the regular Little League season running late, forcing the Hampton Bays All-Star team to only have one organized team practice.

“I anticipate the next two games are going to be evenly matched,” he said.

This year’s team includes: Will Mendel, Nick Castaldo, Matt DiDomenico, Patrick Donahue, Nate Donahue, Cole Wilson, Max Reilly, Roan Anderson, James Powers, Seamus Smith, Jack Cantwell, Cyrus Gutierrez-Tyler and Zion Gutierrez-Tyler

“We have a great group of kids, they all come from great families,” Donahue said. “They’re all buddies and seem to get along.”

Minors

Hampton Bays was able to put together a Minors team consisting of 10-and-under kids for the season. Although the team is off to a 0-2 start, head coach John Tedesco said the players are gaining a ton of experience.

“The younger squad is doing well for their age,” Tedesco said. “This is their first time participating in a tournament like this.”

In a four-team pool, the minors traveled to Downs Family Recreation Park to play Southampton on Friday, June 29. Although the game didn’t go in their favor and they ended up facing the mercy rule in the fourth inning, with an 11-1 final score, Tedesco believes his starting pitcher, Nathan Corney, pitched well and around the plate.

The next day, Hampton Bays played Sag Harbor in a well fought game. Falling 14-8, Tedesco said that they faced the mercy rule in both the fourth and fifth inning but were able to stay in the game due to timely hits and rallies.

“They played with grit and were really aggressive,” Tedesco said.

The Hampton Bays Minors had one game left in pool play set for Tuesday, July 3, against East Hampton.

The team includes: Nathan Carney, Matteo Casale, Thomas Culhane, Gabriel DiFrancesco, Xavier Johnson, Julius Lattanzio, Matthew Luce, Michael Nunns, Tyler Olivieri, Michael Sanchez, Trey Shudder, Brian Spellman, John Tedesco and Matteo Villano. They are coached by John Tedesco, Eric Casale and Lorraine Flanagan.

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