East Hampton Drops Series To Harborfields

Gordon M. Grant
Independent/Gordon M. Grant

Umpires ended Friday’s East Hampton baseball game because of bad weather, after the Bonackers had loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning while trailing Harborfields 9-0. The Bonackers managed only one hit in the loss.

The Tornadoes’ Jack Greco struck out seven in his one-hitter, and went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead Harborfields, which moved to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in League VI. Anthony Madigan also went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the win.

Elian Abreu, East Hampton’s starting pitcher, lasted four-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up four runs in the first, one in the second, and four more in the fifth before being pulled. Harborfields had eight hits.

Although their pitcher wasn’t on, the Bonackers made some good plays on defense. Drew Salamy helped make the first two plays in a 1-2-3 third inning, and Tucker Genovesi made a snow-cone catch of a blazing line drive while laying out to his left for the final out. But a three-up, three-down bottom of the third for East Hampton didn’t help.

Owen Ruddy came up with the Bonackers’ only hit in the bottom of the seventh, a smack down the first baseline. Kurt Matthews followed, reaching on an error, and an ensuing walk loaded the bases before the game was called due to thunder and heavy rain. Umpires feared the mound was no longer safe to pitch from.

East Hampton won the first game of the series 2-1 but dropped the second by a 10-3 score before Friday’s 9-0 loss.

The Bonackers looked to bounce back with the first of a three-game series at Islip April 30, but results were not available by press time. Game two will be played at home Wednesday, May 1, at 4:30 PM and the final will be at Islip Friday, May 3, with the same start time.

Mattituck Falls

Starting pitcher Bryce Grathwohl scored the tying run for Mattituck in the top of the sixth on a throwing error, but Center Moriches’ Brad Sakellarides (2-for-2) had the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth to score Matt Alifano to help Center Moriches (13-0 overall, 13-0 League VII) remain undefeated with a 2-1 victory April 29. Red Devils pitcher Andy Auffant struck out five in a complete game.

Mattituck had had its nine-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-1 in League VII. The Tuckers are 10-2 overall.

Mattituck looked to rebound in the second game of the series April 30, but results were not available by press time. Center Moriches has home field advantage for game three, which takes place May 2 at 4 PM.

Southampton’s Skid At Three

Southampton pitcher Gabe Cammacho gave pitching a go, but came up short for his second loss of the season in the Mariners’ 5-2 loss to Babylon April 29. Southampton is on a three-game losing streak.

Babylon (7-5 overall, 7-3 League VIII) put up a run in the bottom of the first, both teams were shut out in the second, and Southampton (5-4, 4-4) came up empty in the top of the third before the Panthers tacked on two more. After another scoreless inning, Southampton scored its first run, and held Babylon before scoring to cut the lead to one, 3-2, in the top of the sixth. The Mariners let in two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and were retired in the seventh to end the game.

Southampton hosted Babylon in the second game of the series April 30, but results were not available by press time. The Mariners will travel to Babylon for game three May 2 at 4:30 PM.

Pierson Looks To Bounce Back

Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island’s freshman pitcher took the mound in a 5-1 loss to Port Jefferson April 29. It was the second straight loss for the Whalers (4-7 overall, 4-7 League VII).

After a series win over Hampton Bays (4-10, 2-10), Pierson looks to bounce back to take another, traveling to Port Jeff (4-7, 3-6) May 1 at 4:30 PM, before hosting the Royals May 3 at 4:30 PM.

Daddona Leads Southold

Michael Daddona scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh after Nick Gratwohl was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to send Southold (4-8 overall, 4-4 in League VIII) over Hampton Bays 3-2 April 29. Nick Eckhartt started the Southold rally, connecting on a lead-off double before scoring on Connor Wilinski’s RBI-single. Daddona, who finished 2-for-4 and earned the win in relief, drove in Wilinski with another RBI-single.

Hampton Bays (4-11, 2-11) hosted Southold in the second game of the series April 30, but results were not available by press time. Southold will play host once again May 2 against the Baymen at 4:15 PM.

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