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Jul 10, 2018 6:07 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays All-Stars Wrap Up District 36 Tournament Play

Max Reilly on the mound for Hampton Bays 12U (12-and under). DANIELA DETORE
Jul 10, 2018 9:17 AM

After a rough start on the road in the District 36 Tournament—which ultimately leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania—the Hampton Bays Majors All-Stars turned their season around with a pair of wins against Sag Harbor and Eastport South Manor at their home field in Red Creek Park.

“The second half [of the tournament] was much better,” Hampton Bays head coach Pat Donahue said. “The two wins were great, the kids had a lot of fun.”

To kick off the second half, Hampton Bays hosted Sag Harbor on July 3 for what was anticipated to be a very even matchup, ending in a 5-4 win for Hampton Bays. Hampton Bays jumped out to a strong start, taking advantage of pitching errors and timely hits. As Sag Harbor tried to push back, Patrick Donahue, who pitched for Hampton Bays, held off Sag Harbor long enough to clinch his team’s first win of the tournament.

The momentum from that win propelled Hampton Bays in a 9-7 win over ESM on Saturday. Once again, Hampton Bays started strong getting on the board first. Although ESM answered back right away tallying a run of its own, an RBI single from James Powers in the bottom of the second gave the lead back to Hampton Bays, 2-1. Then a two-run home run off the bat of Donahue cleared the left field fence to increase Hampton Bays’ lead to 4-1.

“[After that] they thought, ‘Wow we can win this game,’ and they ended up doing it,” said Coach Donahue. Later in the game, ESM rallied to cut Hampton Bays’ lead down to two at 9-7, then loaded the bases in the top of the sixth in a late-game push, but Nick Costaldo took over on the mound for Max Reilly and he was able to close out the win.

“[ESM] looked like they were gonna run away with that one. They certainty didn’t give up and gave us a scare,” said Coach Donahue.

Despite the back-to-back wins for Hampton Bays, it was not enough to rally past a well polished East Hampton team as the Majors All-Stars fell, 16-0, on Sunday. East Hampton moved on to the district semifinals along with Moriches Bay and North Shore American.

Hampton Bays finished the tournament with a 2-4 record, but despite not advancing, Coach Donahue said he was very happy with the way everything turned out.

“Hampton Bays is a small community, I think these kids all know each other so well. So coaching them on the All-Star team, it’s like they already know each other,” he said. “It was really seamless.”

This year’s team included: 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.

Minors

The Hampton Bays Minors (10-and under) All-Stars wrapped up their season on July 3 against East Hampton at Pantigo East Park in East Hampton with a 34-3 loss. East Hampton—which went on to win the district title on Saturday in a 13-1 victory over North Shore American—opened the gates in the top of the first inning, scoring 13 runs. Hampton Bays responded with two runs but did not have enough to overcome the rough start, and finished the season 0-3.

“It was a very good learning experience for the boys. I’m glad they all participated,” said Hampton Bays head coach John Tedesco.

Tedesco and the rest of Hampton Bays Little League thanked Rick Martel, president of Hampton Bays Little League, for putting the season together.

This year’s team included: 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 were coached by John Tedesco, Eric Casale and Lorraine Flanagan.

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