The Lady Sharks (5-1 league, 6-1 overall) showed how to beat a team in two totally different ways last week with a 16-2 win on April 9 at Huntington and then a 2-0 win the following day at home against Hauppauge.
The 16 runs against Huntington was the highest scoring output of the season so far for the Lady Sharks. They scored four runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth, four in the sixth, and five in the seventh. Before the offensive explosion, Eastport South Manor had scored six runs in its previous three games.
Brianna Clarke had two hits, one a triple in the sixth inning, the other a grand slam in the seventh inning. She ended the day with 6 RBIs and two runs scored. Michelle Ionnone also had two hits and added two RBIs. Catherine Havens had a triple and three runs. Chelsea Stumpo was the starting pitcher for the Lady Sharks and gave up nine hits and struck out three in the complete-game win.
“We only had 11 hits, but had a lot of runs because Huntington walked six batters,” Eastport South Manor head coach Steve Giacolone said. “We always had people on base and got hits when we needed it.”
In the game against Hauppauge, the Lady Sharks scored their two runs in the third inning. Alexis Mortenson led off the inning with a walk. Havens then stepped up to the plate and smacked the ball to left-centerfield. The center fielder misplayed the ball and allowed the ball to get past her and Mortenson scored and Havens followed on the error.
Havens pitched the entire game and allowed six hits and struck out 10. Hauppauge had a good chance in the last inning after it got three singles with ?two outs. But Havens ended the comeback when the next batter popped the ball up to her and she put it away for the ?final out of the game.
“We didn’t hit the ball that well,” Giacolone said. “We executed defensively though and we did what we had to do to win. Their mistake cost them.”
Havens, Michelle Iannone, Chelsea Kull and Amber Jones had the hits for the Lady Sharks.
Eastport South Manor had a game ?yesterday at Harborfields. The Sharks will return home today to face Rocky Point at 4 p.m.