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Apr 23, 2019 12:51 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Lady Canes Softball Looks To Regroup After Losses To Top Teams In League

Westhampton Beach freshman Allie Parascandola got the start against Sayvlle on April 17. DREW BUDD
Apr 23, 2019 1:16 PM

Even though his team was enjoying a three-game winning streak a couple weeks ago, Westhampton Beach softball head coach Jeff Doroski knew his team was going to be tested going into what was a tough three-game stretch against the top teams in League V in Mount Sinai, Miller Place and Sayville.

So what did he learn after those three games?

“We’re not close to the top tier of the league yet,” he said on Monday night. “We have a young team. It was a learning experience for the girls. They had a lot to take away from those games, things that we need to work on, things we could be better at in order to compete at that highest level.”

After defeating host Elwood/John Glenn, 16-5, on April 9, the Lady Hurricanes’ four-game winning streak was snapped the following day in a 10-0 loss at home to Mount Sinai. They then suffered a 13-0 loss at Miller Place on April 16 and followed that up with a 17-5 home loss to Sayville the very next day.

Doroski said it was poor defense and pitching that led to the losses.

“We had a hard time executing defensively in certain situations,” he said. “We had just worked on first and third stuff in practice, but we weren’t able to execute that during the game at Miller Place. That’s the way it goes sometimes, you can make some errors, it’s part of the game, but we can’t give away outs. We have to be able to make those basic plays, and when you don’t, the good teams take advantage of that.

“The other thing is pitching,” Doroski continued. “Brooke is a very good player for us. She works tremendously hard for us every day. But when she has a tough day in the circle, it puts us in a bad situation, and that’s not all on her. We made some errors in the field, which opened the floodgates in a few of those games.”

Westhampton Beach is now 4-4 in League V play this season (4-5 overall), and if the team can keep playing .500 ball through the second half of the season, it can still qualify for the Suffolk County Class A postseason—but it won’t be easy. Shoreham/Wading River, which the Lady Canes defeated fairly handily earlier this season, may have turned a corner, defeating Miller Place, 12-11, on Monday. The Lady Canes play in Shoreham this Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. after having hosted Bayport/Blue Point the day prior. Westhampton Beach hosts Amityville this Monday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. and then will play at East Hampton on May 1 at 4:30 p.m.

“Playoffs would obviously be a great accomplishment, and it’s a goal for us, I think, at this point,” Doroski said. “Shoreham is playing much better, Bayport has been playing some competitive games, and those are two teams we have this week. We have to go game by game and get back to playing a winning style of softball.”

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