Friday, May 6, 2011. It was the last time the Westhampton Beach baseball team won a league game, a 3-2 victory at home over Amityville. It was also the last time the Hurricanes won a league series.
The streak can be put to rest now. The Hurricanes (2-10 League VI, 3-11 overall) defeated Islip, 6-1, at home on April 24, then won the series finale, 11-3, at Islip the following day. Westhampton Beach head coach Tom Hoare was optimistic last week that his team would be able to take a game or two from the Buccaneers (4-11 League VI), and was extremely happy they were actually able to.
“They were very excited,” Hoare said of his players. “We talked to them about how great it was to punctuate that first league win with another one the next day and take the series two games to three.”
Coming off a 4-3 loss in the series opener on April 22, Westhampton Beach was given a great pitching performance by Michael Pesce. He pitched a complete game, allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks and struck out three. The two walks came in the first inning, but he settled in nicely after that. Pesce only needed 73 pitches to get through the entire game.
“There were a few innings in the middle of the game where he just mowed [Islip] down,” Hoare said. “The defense played well. We only made one error, and we can live with that.
“Mike dominated last year on JV with a 5-0 record,” he added. “This was the first outing where I saw the Mike Pesce from last year. The first real outing where he dominated on varsity. I can see him pitching this way going forward.”
As for the offense, after falling behind 1-0 after the third inning, the Hurricanes came back to tie things up in the fourth, then their bats came alive in the fifth with five runs. Tommy Speer and Brett Pisaneschi each had doubles in the inning and Hunter Tracy had a two-run single.
The victory on Thursday, April 25, was the best played game by the Canes by far this season. Pisaneschi pitched his second consecutive complete game and didn’t allow a run until the final inning. He struck out six batters.
Speer led the offense with three base hits, two of them being doubles, and he also drove in two runs. Pisaneschi, Ernie Geraci, Chris Pesce, David Hamor and Ryan Osborne all had two hits each. The offense totaled 15 hits altogether.
Westhampton Beach began a series with Miller Place on Monday, which took two of three games from first-place Eastport South Manor last week. Hoare said there’s no reason his team can’t take a series from Miller Place though, after his team played well against teams like ESM and Sayville earlier in the season.
“We’ve shown we could play with the Sayville’s and ESM’s,” he said. “Two games in each of those series were really close. We certainly feel like we can compete against Miller Place. They’re going to be a quality opponent, just like ESM. But we’ve been hitting the ball and playing better, so we’re going to go up there and try our best to compete against them. We go into every series wanting a win.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Monday, 4/29, vs. Miller Place; Wednesday, 5/1, at Miller Place; Thursday, 5/2, vs. Miller Place, 4 p.m.