After two tough losses to start the week, the Hampton Bays softball team rebounded to pick up a victory—and some revenge—over Center Moriches on Friday.
Center Moriches eliminated the Lady Baymen from the playoffs last season in a bit of an upset, and Hampton Bays head coach Rich Doulos recalled before this season began that he didn’t particularly like the way Hampton Bays team played that game. The Lady Baymen responded in this season’s affair with the Lady Red Devils, posting a 9-2 victory at home. It was a happy conclusion to a week when Hampton Bays lost at Mattituck, 11-5, on April 3 and fell, 6-3, in extra innings at home to Bayport/Blue Point on April 2.
Doulos said he didn’t use last season’s playoff loss as motivation. “I wanted them to know that they’re definitely a better team than they had played [last week] at Mattituck,” he said. “I’m really proud of the maturation I’ve seen from the girls from the beginning of the week to the win against Center Moriches. They knew it was a big game for us, and they won it convincingly.”
Hampton Bays (2-2 in League VII play, 2-2 overall) and Center Moriches were tied on Friday, 2-2, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. After freshman Marley Tyler’s double knocked in sophomore Meghan Harris with the go-ahead run, sophomore Rebecca Harris followed with a two-run home run to give the Lady Baymen a comfortable lead.
Tyler was the starting pitcher and allowed only four hits in the complete game. She struck out four, and Doulos said Center Moriches was never able to hit the ball hard off Tyler, who also went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. Hampton Bays senior Davie Romer went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Lady Baymen took a 3-1 lead on Romer’s bases-clearing triple in the third inning last week against Bayport/Blue Point, but the Lady Phantoms came back to tie things up in the seventh. They then scored three runs in the top of the eighth to post the win. Meghan Harris went 3 for 4 for Hampton Bays.
“It was a great game,” Doulos said. “We’re going to learn how to win those types of games.”
Rebecca Harris was the starting pitcher at Mattituck last week, and having her throw instead of Tyler may have affected the team’s defense. Of the 11 runs Mattituck scored, Harris was responsible for only five of them.
“Defensively, we did not help her out at all,” Doulos said. “I feel like we’re stronger in the field when Becca is at shortstop.
“I just think we were a little flat,” he added. “We’re a much better team than we showed that day.”ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 4/10, at Shoreham/Wading River; Saturday, 4/13, vs. Central Islip, 11 a.m.; Tuesday, 4/16, vs. Port Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.