Lady Sharks struggle offensively but keep winning season intact

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Since a March 31 game against Comsewogue in which it pounded out 15 runs on 13 hits, the Eastport South Manor softball team has had a shortage of offense, but it still managed to pull out wins in two of its last three games.

In those past three games, Eastport South Manor (3-1 League V, 4-1 overall) has manufactured only nine hits with six of them coming in a 4-0 home win against Islip on April 2. The following day, however, the Lady Sharks had just one hit in a 12-0 loss at Kings Park. They had just three hits on Tuesday, but pulled out a 2-1 victory at home against Sayville.

“I’m not concerned,” Eastport South Manor head coach Steve Giacolone said about the offense. “We’re a good hitting team. We just haven’t been hitting the ball lately.”

The Islip game was scoreless going into the fourth inning until sophomore Melanie Boccio hit a triple. As she got to third base, the Islip defenders juggled the ball on the relay throw from the outfield and Boccio headed home for the first run of the game.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Sharks started a two-out rally after freshman Catherine Havens hit a double. After a walk and a single, sophomore Chelsea Kull came to the plate with the bases loaded and drove in two runs with a single. Sophomore Brianna Clarke then added an RBI single later in the inning. Havens pitched the entire game and gave up seven hits with two strikeouts.

On April 3, Eastport South Manor faced some good pitching in its loss to Kings Park.

“We were shut down by a pitcher who was outstanding,” Giacolone said, referring to Kings Park ace Lindsay Taylor. “Being shut out was due to our ineffectiveness at the plate and the errors just extended the innings.”

The Lady Sharks committed four errors in the game and their lone hit was by Havens. Sophomore Chelsea Stumpo pitched four and one-third innings and allowed nine earned runs.

The game against Sayville was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Clarke singled home Boccio from second base. With Kull on third base, Clarke tried stealing second and, on the throw from Sayville’s catcher, Kull broke for home and scored the second run of the game.

Havens wound up going the full seven innings, giving up four hits, an earned run and eight strikeouts. Boccio, Clarke, and sophomore Ashley Mendez had the only hits in the game for Eastport South Manor.

“We expect to come out and win every game,” Giacolone said. “The Kings Park game was the only one where we were outmatched.”

The Lady Sharks had a game on Wednesday in Huntington and a game yesterday at home against Hauppauge. They will go on the road Monday to face Bayport-Blue Point at 4 p.m.

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