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May 28, 2019 11:54 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lack Of Timely Hitting Spells Defeat For Hampton Bays Softball In Class B Playoffs

May 28, 2019 12:35 PM

In playoff softball, timely, clutch hitting can be the difference between a win and a loss, and that was the case for Hampton Bays in the second game of the double-elimination Class B tournament last week.

The Lady Baymen were seeded fourth in the four-team bracket, and went on the road in the opener to face top seed Babylon, suffering a 10-0 loss on Wednesday, May 22. They faced third seed Mattituck two days later, and were downed, 6-4.

Mattituck scored all of its runs in the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead, on the strength of a pair of two-out hits. None of the runs in a four-run second inning were earned, as errors and walks helped Mattituck runners get on base.

Hampton Bays pitcher Emily Peyton only allowed one more base runner in the rest of the game, but the lead was enough for Mattituck to hold on.

The Lady Baymen scored three runs in the fourth to pull within three, and had runners on base in all the other innings, but unlike the Lady Tuckers, did not get the clutch hits when they needed them.

Despite the 10-0 score in the loss to Babylon, Hampton Bays head coach said his team did not play particularly poorly in that game either.

“Overall the girls played pretty well,” he said. “We swung the bats well, we just couldn’t find any holes. If we are going to compete with a team like Babylon we need to hit and score runs and unfortunately we didn’t do that. Defensively we made some great plays. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the other team; they hit the ball well and overall are a good hitting team.”

Doulos admitted that it was tough to go two-and-out in the postseason, but said he was proud of his team for its performance during the regular season, since it overcame some tough obstacles.

“Not winning a playoff game is always disappointing when you have expectations and believe that you could have won at least one, but you are playing the best teams in your classification and need to play your best,” he said. “We played well, just not well enough.

“As a program, we have set goals and expectations,” he continued. “They are to make the playoffs and compete for the county title. We had some unfortunate injuries this year that put those goals in jeopardy. However, when we did get healthy we got back on track, played some great softball and made the playoffs. I’m very proud of the girls for staying the course and always believing in themselves and the team. Going into next year we have a nice core of developed, experienced players coming back; we need to develop the supporting cast around them. Defensively we were playing very well, we just have to work on getting our bats going.”

Hampton Bays will lose two seniors in four-year player Amelia Kozuchoski, and Dulse Moranchel.

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