After winning big at home on April 15 against Port Jefferson, the Hampton Bays softball team lost its first game of the season on Friday at Bayport-Blue Point, but the sting of that defeat paled in comparison to the death of a close friend to the entire team, Katie Ann Spellman, who died of leukemia last week.
Her death had a big impact on the Lady Baymen as they lost 4-2 to Bayport-Blue Point. The wake was the same day as the game and Hampton Bays head coach John Maloney said the girls played with heavy hearts. Hampton Bays easily defeated Port Jefferson 10-0 earlier in the week.
The Lady Baymen (5-1 league, 5-1 overall) had an early 2-0 lead in the loss to Bayport-Blue Point but couldn’t hold on, as an error and a double into left center field by the Lady Phantoms made the score 2-1 after four innings. Then in the fifth inning, a bloop hit that fell just out of the reach of second baseman Genna Kovar and another double, this time into right center field, scored the tying run for Bayport-Blue Point.
In the sixth inning, the Lady Phantoms took the lead when their lead- off batter blooped another hit into right field. After third baseman Serena Booth misplayed a sacrifice attempt, the Lady Phantoms had runners on first and second. Starting pitcher Sami Krantz was charged with an illegal pitch after she moved her hand to and from her mitt too many times, and both runners advanced a base. The next batter then hit a shot to Booth at third, and she couldn’t come up with it as the winning runs crossed the plate.
Maloney said that the game was uncharacteristic of his team, pointing out that it usually averages 10 hits a game. On Friday, both teams had just four hits. Kenzie Maloney was 2 for 3 for the Lady Baymen, but Ali Holtberg and Kovar could not get a hit, and it hurt the team’s offense.
Krantz pitched a complete game and had eight strikeouts.
Coach Maloney did say that he did not expect much from the girls who had to have had their minds on other things.
“I was trying to find the right things to say,” he said. “But it was hard. We can’t wait until we face Bayport-Blue Point in the playoffs. They haven’t seen us at our best, but we’ll be ready for them next time.”
In the game against Port Jefferson on April 15, the Lady Baymen got out to a 6-0 lead after the third inning. With the score 1-0. Kovar started the third inning by reaching first on a dropped called strike. She then stole second base and was sacrificed to third by Kenzie Maloney. Krantz then walked and stole second to put runners at second and third. Marissa Raimo stepped up to the dish and smacked a two-RBI single and that’s how things got started for the Lady Baymen in their five-run third inning.
“We played Hampton bays softball,” Coach Maloney said. “We played an errorless ball, and they were on their game every inning.”
Raimo ended the day going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Stephanie Martinez was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Krantz pitched another complete game, giving up just one hit to go along with 17 strikeouts. She did give up four walks, which is unusual for her, but Coach Maloney said they spread out throughout the game and most came off 3-2 counts.
“That last pitch can always go either way,” he said.
The Lady Baymen were home on Tuesday to face Elwood-John Glenn. They were at Southampton yesterday and will return home tomorrow with a tough match up against Babylon at 2 p.m.