The Southampton baseball team was able to pull out a win in its series with Babylon, but Hampton Bays was swept in its series with Elwood/John Glenn.
The Mariners won the first game of the series at home against Babylon 7-6 on April 14 and were looking for more of the same for the rest of the series. But errors became a problem as Southampton lost the second game of the series at home by an 11-3 margin on April 15 before dropping the rubber game at Babylon 9-2 on April 16.
In the second game of the series, the score was 3-0 in Babylon’s favor heading into the top of the seventh inning. Jamie Duryea, who started the game, was still on the mound in the seventh inning. Babylon began the inning with a single, double and two more singles. Two errors in the inning kept the scoring going for the Panthers as Connor O’Shea was put in to relieve Duryea. O’Shea gave up two home runs, as Babylon increased its lead to 11 runs.
“In the bottom of the seventh, we were able to muster three runs, but by that time we were done,” Southampton head coach Duane Arnister said. “There were just too many mistakes for us in one inning.”
Jonathan Corwin and Robert Devinney both went 2 for 3 each as they had four of the seven hits for the Mariners. Duryea went six and a third innings and gave up seven runs with eight strikeouts.
In the April 16 game, Danny Fitzgerald started for Southampton and he walked the first two batters to start the game. After an error, a single and a fielder’s choice, the Mariners found themselves on the short end of a 2-0 score. When the Mariners finally ended the inning, Babylon had posted five runs on the scoreboard and Fitzgerald was pulled in favor for Brandon Alvarado.
“Defensively, we didn’t play well,” Arnister said. “We had two outs, three strikes on two batters in the same inning and both times the ball was thrown into the outfield.”
The Mariners were plagued with seven errors in the game and have been battling an offensive slump.
“When you get six or seven hits a game, you can usually win,” Arnister said. “But you can’t give up seven errors in a game and expect to win.”
Niall Wood, Rich Wesnofske, and Corwin, the top of the Mariners’ order, went just 3 for 9. Alex Antilety, the team’s cleanup batter, was 2 for 3. Alvarado ended up going five and a third innings and gave up just one earned run and had seven strikeouts.
Southampton will have off until ?Tuesday when it starts a series at Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.