After two wins against some of the lower teams in Division IV, the Hampton Bays softball team started its toughest part of the schedule with a home game against Babylon on Friday.
The Lady Baymen won their game against Babylon 4-0. They also beat the Lady Mariners in Southampton 8-1 on April 23 and were victorious in their game against Elwood/John Glenn at home on April 22 by a score of 9-0.
In the game against big arch rival Babylon, Hampton Bays head coach John Maloney said that the tone was defense and that was evident with three double plays turned by the Lady Baymen, two of which were unassisted from second baseman Genna Kovar.
Kenzie Maloney turned the other when she caught a pop up near the backstop and threw the ball to first base in time to nail the runner who failed to get back to the base after the ball was caught.
In the sixth inning, the Lady Baymen broke a 0-0 tie, as Stephanie Martinez led off with a walk. Elizabeth Raimo was then called on to sacrifice Martinez over to second base, but failed to do so her first tries. The third time was the charm, though, as she got the bunt down and reached first base safely for a single. Serena Booth then executed a sacrifice bunt of her own and moved the runners to second and third. Ali Holtberg bunted next and she got on with a single but no one was able to score. Kovar came up to the plate and singled down the third base line to drive in the first run of the game. Kenzie Maloney then walked forcing in the second run.
Sami Krantz then hit a single to drive in another run and Marissa Raimo capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Kovar was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Holtberg was 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Kenzie Maloney was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Krantz gave up four hits, stuck out four and did not allow a walk.
“We put the ball in play the whole game,” coach Maloney said. “We only struck out once, but the Babylon pitcher, Tiana Guiliano, was living on the outside corner of the plate and we couldn’t do anything with it until the sixth inning.” Before the Babylon game, the Lady Baymen won on April 23 against Southampton. Ali Holtberg pitched just her second game of the season and went five innings, giving up just one hit, while walking none and striking out nine. She was charged with an unearned run and has not given up an earned run yet this season. Martinez was 3 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Krantz was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Kenzie Maloney was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
“Southampton stayed in the game,” coach Maloney said. “They pitched well, fielded well. They have a lot of promise on the horizon and just need to hang in there.”
Hampton Bays faced Glenn on April 22 and was led by Krantz’s no-hit shut out. She added 15 strikeouts. Emily Cortese was 3 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs while Kovar was 4 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Marissa Raimo was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Kenzie Maloney was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Lady Baymen continued their rough stretch in their schedule on Tuesday when they were in Mt. Sinai. On Wednesday, Hampton Bays was home to face Mattituck and they will be home on Friday to face Center Moriches at 4 p.m.