May 6, 2013 2:06 PMBy Drew Budd
For the second consecutive season, the Hampton Bays softball team has clinched a berth into the Suffolk County Class B postseason after a 9-5 victory over Mercy at home on April 30.
The Lady Baymen also defeated Southampton, 5-0, at home on May 1, and lost, 6-5, at Bayport/Blue Point on Friday.
It will be the first playoff appearance at the varsity level for first-year head coach Rich Doulos.
“Part of our mission that we talked about in the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs,” he said. “The girls were happy that we accomplished the goal, even though I think, overall, they knew it wasn’t the best game that they’ve played, against Mercy.”
Mercy has had a disappointing season, with a 5-8 League VIII record, but the Lady Monarchs jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings of play. Hampton Bays eventually tied the game in the third inning on a two-run double by Meghan Harris that plated both Marley and Mackenzie Tyler. The Lady Baymen then scored three runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth to create the final margin of victory.
Davie Romer went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored, while Mackenzie Tyler and Karlie Troyan each had a base hit and an RBI. Marley Tyler pitched the entire game and allowed three earned runs and struck out six with no walks.
The Lady Baymen (9-4 in League VII play, 9-5 overall) had a bit of a scare in the win over Southampton. Marley Tyler, the team’s number-one starting pitcher, took a comebacker on the shin in the fifth inning and had to leave the game. She missed the game at Bayport last week, and Doulos said he’s not sure when Tyler will return, although he sounded confident she would be back in time for the playoffs, which are scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 22.
Doulos said he knew the Lady Mariners were going to play more competitively than when the teams first met back on March 27, a game that Hampton Bays won by mercy rule. “I told the girls that they were going to be a much better team,” he said. “I knew Southampton was going to be charged up to play us and, to their credit, they played great.”
Rebecca Harris went 2 for 2 with a run-scoring triple, a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Troyan went 2 for 3. Rebecca Harris came in to pitch when Tyler left the game and did well. She came into the game with runners on first and third and no outs, and she was able to get out of the jam unscathed.
Hampton Bays lost a close game at Bayport in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday. Nicole Andriano had a base hit for the Lady Phantoms, her fourth of the game, and then reached second base on a sacrifice bunt. After taking third on a passed ball, a ground ball was hit to Hampton Bays second baseman Stephanie Salomon. Salomon threw home to try to get Andriano, but the umpire called her safe, giving the Lady Phantoms the game.
Doulos said it was a good game overall, and considering the team didn’t have its number-one pitcher, he gave a lot of credit to his players for playing competitively. Rebecca Harris pitched well and had just one bad inning in the third where she allowed three of the six runs. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
After going up 4-1 early in the game, the Lady Baymen found themselves down by a run in the sixth. Romer singled then went to second base on a error and was sacrificed to third on a bunt by Taylor Dunn. Lauren Wienclawski then drove in Romer with the game-tying run with a single.
Wienclawski finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Jade Zaluski also went 2 for 3 with two RBIs after missing the past two games due to an injury.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 5/7, vs. Mattituck; Wednesday, 5/8, at Center Moriches; Monday, 5/13, vs. Shoreham/Wading River, 4 p.m.