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Jul 10, 2018 11:02 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East End Majors, Minors Wrap Up Their Season; Softball Looks to Stay Alive In Its Series

Robert Urban takes a lead off of third base. DANIELA DETORE
Jul 10, 2018 11:39 AM

It was a bittersweet ending for the East End Little League Majors All-Star Baseball team in the District 36 Tournament.

In the bottom of the sixth inning of their game on Saturday against North Fork, East End’s Hunter Montgomery hit a grand slam to tie the game at four, then Gavin Brand singled to put himself on base as the game-winning run, but he was left stranded.

In extra innings, North Fork came out quick and rallied for three runs, and East End was unable to answer, falling, 7-4, and just short of their first victory in the tournament, which ultimately leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t push it at the plate with last licks,” said East End head coach Sean Brand. “We didn’t build off of any of the momentum that we gained playing Mastic.”

A week prior, on Saturday, June 30, East End hosted Mastic at Hamptons Park West in Westhampton and had played, what was at the time, its most competitive game yet. Faced with a 7-0 deficit, Montgomery and Brand led East End in its last at-bats with a two-run triple and two-run home run, respectively, but they came up a bit short, losing 7-4.

Riverhead went on to be the top seed in Pool ‘A’ with an undefeated 5-0 record and played Moriches Bay in the semifinals on Tuesday. East Hampton battled North Shore American in the other semifinal game.

“No doubt we would have liked to have a win or two, but I think the boys learned a lot,” said Brand.

This year’s All-Stars were Robert Bertotello, Seth Terry, Patrick Fay, T.J. Hill, Dane Isola, Will Jankowski, Ethan Seltzer, David Parascandola, Jacob Permakoff, Hunter Montgomery, Gavin Brand and Robert Urban. They were coached by Sean Brand, Ryan Fay and Andy Terry.

“It was a great experience, I’m proud to have coached them” said Brand. “It was a great two weeks.”

East End 11U Softball

East End Little League sent an 11U (11-and under) softball team to the District 36 Tournament, which leads to Portland, Oregon, at Alpenrose Stadium for the Little League Softball World Series.

With just two teams in this year’s tournament, the District 36 Championship is a best-of-three series between East End and East Hampton. East Hampton took game one, 23-1, on Saturday, with game two scheduled to be played on Tuesday. A third game, if necessary, would be Thursday, July 12. A separate story on that game can be found at 27east.com.

East End head coach Chris Erbis said the score didn’t necessarily reflect how well his team played, stating that East Hampton scored many of its runs off passed balls. The majority of the time when East Hampton put the ball in play, his players were there to make the play.

East End loaded the bases in the second inning with no outs to answer East Hampton’s strong start, but Erbis said calls he deemed questionable by the umpires eventually led to his team losing much of its momentum, and then the game just got out of hand a bit.

This year’s East End 11U All-Stars are Addison Celi, Ashley Erbis, Juliet Barnabee, Kayla Spanbock, Haley Waszkelewicz, Isabella Pinto, Jessica Curran, Melina Pinonzek, Sophia Sanders, Evangeline Wasser, Brooke Donahue, and Meghan Kelly. They are coached by Chris Erbis, Dave Celi and Jenn Judd.

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