The East Hampton baseball team suffered two painful losses last week, watching leads evaporate in both a 9-4 home loss to Mount Sinai on Thursday and an 11-6 defeat at Shoreham/Wading River the next day.
The losses dropped the Bonackers to 1-2 in League VII.
The Bonackers looked like they were going to escape with a win over a talented Mount Sinai team on Thursday, holding on to a 4-3 lead going into the final inning. At that point, starting third baseman Cameron Yusko came in to pitch, relieving Deilyn Guzman, who had pitched well but was up around the 100-pitch mark, causing head coach Ed Bahns to take him out. Unfortunately for East Hampton, Mustang cleanup hitter Joe Pidoto drove Yusko’s first pitch over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 4-4. Alex Pintabona was responsible for what proved to be the winning run, driving in teammate Chris Prestia, who had reached base with a double. Mount Sinai scored four runs in the top of the seventh, and although East Hampton had a hit in the bottom of the inning, A.J. Bennett hit into a double play to end the game.
East Hampton had a lead in its loss to Shoreham as well, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage in the third inning. Bennett started off the inning with a three-run double, giving his team a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Brendan Hughes drove Bennett home with a single to right field, and Michael Abreu scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to put the Bonackers up, 6-1. But the Wildcats tied the game with five runs in the fourth inning, and took control for good with five more runs in the sixth.
Bennett took the pitching loss, and while he struggled in the middle of the game, Bahns was not ready to pin the loss on him.
“He ran into some control issues, but we just stopped playing,” he said.
Bahns said that while it was good to see his team take leads on Mount Sinai and Shoreham, he was equally frustrated with his players’ inability to hold those leads.
“It was nice to see that we were better than Mount Sinai and Shoreham for part of the game, but I told the guys that you can’t win three- quarters or seven-eighths of the game, you have to win the whole game,” he said. “We just need to close out games. We have the ability to play with anybody, but we have to be able to finish.”ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/3, vs. Elwood/John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 4/9, doubleheader vs. Amityville, 10 a.m. and noon; Thursday, 4/12, at Amityville, 10 a.m.