Offense Struggles In Loss

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The Hampton Bays baseball team’s offense failed to show up in its 4-0 loss to Sayville in the first non-league game of the season on Thursday, March 27.?The Baymen were only able to amass three hits and had only five base runners the entire game. Senior Michael Glass led off the game for the Baymen and went 2 for 3 with a single and a double. Junior Billy Altman hit second in the lineup and went 1 for 3 with a single. The rest of the team’s batters had two walks and reached once on an error among them.?”We were a couple of hits away from making it interesting,” Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said. ?There were a few times when Hampton Bays had some good scoring chances. The Baymen had runners on first and third base in the fifth inning with two outs. They also had the bases loaded in the sixth inning with two outs but could not get a key hit in either instance. Meehan said before the season that he thought his team would lose the strikeout battle consistently this season, and the Sayville game proved him right. The Baymen batters struck out 11 times to Sayville’s three. ?Senior Joey Simmons started the game for Hampton Bays and went three innings and gave up two runs. He was a strike away from leaving the game without giving up any runs but in the bottom of the third inning he gave up a two-out, two-strike single into center field with runners on second and third. Sophomore Steve Gregory threw the next two innings and gave up two runs, and senior Rich Pecoraro pitched the last inning. Altogether, the Baymen gave up just two walks and held Sayville to just nine base runners throughout the game.?”They earned their runs,” Meehan said. “We didn’t help them.”?Meehan also said that Sayville was a good test for the Baymen going into the league season but would like to see his team hit the ball better. The Baymen had scrimmages on Friday and Saturday against Riverhead and Port Jefferson, and Meehan was preaching offense in both scrimmages while he usually is committed to pitching and defense. ?”The pitchers are throwing strikes and the defense is making plays,” Meehan said. “We have to find a way to put crooked numbers up on the scoreboard.”?Hampton Bays opened up its league season this week with a three-game series against Southampton, with the first two games in Southampton on Monday and Tuesday and the finale on Thursday in Hampton Bays. The Baymen will face Mattituck in another three-game series next week, with the first game at home on Tuesday, the second game in Mattituck on Thursday, April 10, and the last game at home on April 11.?

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