Offense was hard to come by for the Southampton baseball team in its three-game series against Mount Sinai last week, but in at least one game a spectacular effort both on defense and on the pitching mound saw the team overcome its hitting woes.
The Mariners avoided a sweep against the Mustangs by winning the second game 1-0 at home on April 10. They dropped the opener in Mount Sinai 9-1 and went on to lose the third game on the road 8-1. Southampton is now 3-3 in League VII and 3-5 overall.
Meanwhile, the Hampton Bays baseball team had a tough week in League VII, falling to 1-5 after getting swept by Mattituck. The Baymen dropped the opener at home 8-5, lost the second game in Mattituck 15-9 and lost the finale at home 5-1.
Senior Jamie Duryea pitched the Mariners to their only win against Mount Sinai and scored the lone run of the game on April 10. That run came in the second inning when Andrew Shimkus hit a two-out single to drive in Duryea, who had reached base on a two-out single of his own and got to third base when the Mount Sinai centerfielder made an error on a hit by Jonathan Corwin.
Southampton preserved its lead with stellar defensive play, turning double plays in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Duryea struck out two batters, both in the seventh inning to end the game, and got hitters to ground out throughout the course of the game while walking just two batters and hitting two others.
The crisp fielding that the Mariners displayed in the second game was completely lacking in the first game, where a dismal fourth inning spelled defeat. With two outs, Southampton made four straight errors in that period, allowing the Mustangs to score seven runs in that inning alone. The Mariners couldn’t get anything going on offense and never made a run in that contest.
In the final game, Southampton only made one error, but the Mustang batters jumped on Mariner starter Brandon Alvarado, scoring three runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth.
“I liked what I saw in the second and third game, as far as defense,” Southampton head coach Duane Arnister said. “We played real good defense in both games, but unfortunately in the third game, the other team lit up the bats and we didn’t.”
Arnister said that he didn’t feel that the Mount Sinai pitching was overpowering, despite the fact that his team only came up with three runs in the series.
“They threw strikes and they were consistent,” he said. “In the last game, we put the bat on the ball, but it seemed like every time we hit it, it went directly to someone.”
Arnister was happy with the relief pitching efforts of junior Danny Fitzgerald and sophomore Chris Pike, who came on for Alvarado in the final game, and said he may consider giving a starting nod to either pitcher in the future.
Southampton played a three game series against Babylon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will have several days off before beginning a series with Mattituck on the North Fork on April 29 at 4:30 p.m.