Both Eastport South Manor and Westhampton Beach softball teams came into Monday’s game against each other with winning streaks so it was inevitable that one of those streaks would have to come to an end. Unfortunately for the Lady Hurricanes, it was their time, as they lost 1-0 to the Lady Sharks who have now won six straight.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning. Ashley Mendez and Michelle Ionnone singled with one out. Mendez and Ionnone then advanced on a fielder’s choice by Devin McKinnon. On a passed ball by Lady Hurricane catcher Hayley Fink, Mendez came home to score the game’s only run.
Catherine Havens scattered three hits and struck out 14 batters for Eastport South Manor. Mendez and Ionnone had two hits each and provided the game with most of its offense.
“We couldn’t hit,” Westhampton Beach head coach Kelly LeMin said. “Havens just dominated.”
Eastport South Manor head coach Steve Giacolone had similar things to say even though his team came through with the victory.
“Offensively, we couldn’t get anything going,” he said. “Alyssya Clancy did a good job of tying us up and we didn’t do a good job at adjusting.”
Exactly a week after pouring 16 runs on Huntington, the Lady Sharks produced 18 runs on April 16 at Harborfields and won by a final score of 18-4.
Eastport South Manor had 19 hits and 17 runs through the first three innings with fours runs in the first, nine in the second, and another four in the third. Chelsea Kull was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Mendez was also 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Chelsea Stumpo pitched for Eastport South Manor and gave up no earned runs in the five-inning game that was shortened by the mercy rule. She gave up just three hits and two walks and had five strikeouts. “Everybody was contributing and hitting the ball,” Giacolone said. “They did a great job of hitting the ball where the Harborfields players weren’t. The game went well.”
Eastport South Manor then came out on Thursday against Rocky Point and banged out another 10 runs this time on 17 hits. Kull was 3 for 3 with two runs scored. Six different Lady Sharks had two hits each. Havens pitched another complete game shutout and only gave up three hits with no walks to go along with her nine strikeouts.
Giacolone couldn’t really put a finger on why his team was scoring so many runs in recent games.
“We work on everything,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we have emphasized on hitting the ball. It’s hard to say. We’ll see when we face tougher competition.”
The Lady Sharks faced tougher competition in League VI leader and undefeated East Hampton at home on Wednesday. They will be home once again this Monday to face off against Shoreham-Wading River at 4 p.m.
Westhampton Beach won a mercy-rule shortened game on April 16 against Comsewogue by a score of 12-0. Sophia Geraci was 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run and three RBIs. Stephanie Dicapua was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Clancy was the winning pitcher as she went the full five innings and gave up just one hit to go along with her eight strikeouts.
The Lady Hurricanes then faced Sayville on Thursday and won 1-0. Geraci singled and Dicapua doubled to put runners in scoring position in the sixth inning. The Sayville catcher overthrew the pitcher on a routine throw-back after a pitch and Geraci scored the eventual winning run.
Westhampton Beach was at Kings Park on Wednesday and is home today to face Hauppauge at 10 a.m. The Lady Hurricanes will be at Islip on Monday at 4 p.m.