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Jul 1, 2019 1:37 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East End, Hampton Bays Little League All-Stars Finish Up District 36 Tournament

Blake Schaffer, left, and Gabriel Monserrate hold up the American flag for the Star-Spangled Banner prior to a game between the East Hampton and host East End Little League 12U All-Stars in Westhampton last week. DREW BUDD
Jul 1, 2019 1:52 PM

The East End 12-and-under All-Stars finished pool play of the District 36 Tournament the same way it started, with a victory. Unfortunately sandwiched between those two wins were three losses, meaning the team won’t advance to the tournament’s single-elimination semifinals.

East End defeated Hampton Bays, 16-1, at Red Creek Park on Sunday, but that followed a trio of losses to Sag Harbor on June 24, East Hampton on June 26 and North Shore American on Friday. East End had defeated Southampton in a valiant comeback effort to start the tournament on June 22.

East End manager Ryan Fay appreciated the play from his players throughout the week-long pool play round. East Hampton and North Shore American were the top two teams that advanced from Pool ‘A.’

“Everybody played awesome. It was a great experience for the kids,” Fay said. “It was great to have that group of kids play together. [Now] we have a good foundation for next year’s team. A lot of our pitchers are in fifth grade. They will be in sixth grade next year with a little bit of experience under their belts.”

East End, which is made up of residents of East Quogue, Quogue, Westhampton Beach, Westhampton, Remsenburg and Speonk, included Liam Brand, Christian Bruschi, Sean Cullen, Fin Drake, Patrick Fay, Luke Gobler, Luke Hefter, James Monserrate, Jason Passarello, Jacob Permakoff, Kyle Salerno, Brody Schaffer, Reese Smith and Drew Weeks. Fay, Sean Brand, Chris Gobler and Dave Passarello were coaches.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays 12U All-Stars lost all five of its games in the week-long pool play portion of the tournament in which it was outscored, 40-1. Manager Tim Wilson said the disparity in the scores could be directly linked to two things: extremely low enrollment throughout Hampton Bays Little League this summer and how young the team was, overall. Teams can be made up of 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds, and Hampton Bays had several of the younger, Wilson said. He added that they all gained valuable experience, though, which should help next summer when he expects all of his young players back on the team.

“My kids practiced really hard, and tried really hard,” he said. “I am so proud of them for sticking it out despite the unfortunate lopsided nature of the games.”

The players for this year’s team included Michael “Soup” Campbell, Nate Carney, Ryan Carvis, Nate Chekijian, Taylor Clark, Thomas Culhane, Nate Donahue, Xavier Johnson, Ian Kuffner, Tristan Maffia, Lucas Magnozzi, Seamus Smith, John Tedesco and Cole Wilson. Tim Wilson was the team’s manager and Pat Donahue and Mike Kuffner are the assistant coaches.

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