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May 15, 2018 12:38 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Sisco, Mariners Show They Belong In Suffolk County Class A Baseball Playoffs With First Round Victory

Southampton's Jem Sisco pitched a one-hit complete game shutout in Monday's playoff victory at Mt. Sinai.  MICHELLE MALONE MICHELLE MALONE
May 15, 2018 1:01 PM

The Southampton baseball team had plenty of motivation heading into its first-round playoff game at Mount Sinai on Monday afternoon.

The Mariners were playing on the same field they suffered both of their playoff losses last season, and as the 11th and final seed in the Suffolk County Class A bracket, they felt they had something to prove against the No. 6 Mustangs.

And that’s what they did.

Behind a one-hit, complete-game shutout from ace Jem Sisco, Southampton defeated Mt. Sinai, 3-0, and advanced to play at No. 3 Sayville on Wednesday (look for a story on that game on 27east.com). A win in that game would advance the Mariners to the next round against the winner of No. 2 Rocky Point and No. 7 East Islip on Thursday. A loss would put the Mariners down in the elimination bracket against the loser of Rocky Point/East Islip, which is also on Thursday.

After giving up a hit to Mt. Sinai’s leadoff hitter, who fought off a number of tough pitches before he singled, Sisco did not allow another hit the rest of the game. He got the final batter to hit into a double play, which he started after fielding a ground ball hit back to him. Sisco struck out 11 and only allowed one walk.

“It felt great to get that revenge,” he said. “We lost to them in our first game of the playoffs last season, then we beat Harborfields, then lost another tough game in Mt. Sinai, and it was heartbreaking. But we came in strong today, manufactured some runs, played great defense. It feels good.”

Southampton head coach Scott Johnson admitted that when the brackets were released last week and he saw that his team would be facing Mt. Sinai he wasn’t disappointed. It added fuel to a team that already felt disrespected by being seeded last.

“That was the pregame speech, not being respected as an 11 seed and people not expecting much from us. Well, I had expectations and I expected us to win,” he said. “We lost to them, 4-3, in 11 innings after being up, 3-1, but I still knew we were the better team.

“We come in as the 11 seed, there are no expectations from anybody but ourselves, and with Jem on the mound, he for sure showed us why we’ve got as good a shot as anyone,” Johnson added.

Southampton scored two of its three runs off sacrifice flies. Jayden Pepitone drove in Sisco on one, and Sisco, who went 2 for 3, drove in Elijah Wingfield on another.

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