After losing four out of its last five League V games, the Eastport South Manor baseball team took a break from the league schedule for a few non-league games that gave it a chance to get back into the win column.
The Sharks (2-10 league, 5-11 overall) won 4-2 on Thursday at Deer Park and were victorious at home on Saturday when they defeated Bellport 11-1.
Eastport South Manor jumped ahead 2-0 in the second inning of the Deer Park game. Deer Park came right back in the bottom of the second to tie the game at two. The game was then scoreless until the fifth inning when the Sharks got a walk from Drew Sinensky with one out. Jerry Iannone singled to put runners on first and second base. Sean Kelly then stepped up and hit a single to drive in Sinensky for the go-ahead run. Matt Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the final run of the game.
Brian Tumolo pitched the entire game and gave up just five hits and struck out six. Ianonne was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Kelly was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Chris Gili was 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
In the blowout win against Bellport, the Sharks scored four runs in the second inning and then seven runs in the fourth inning to put down the Clippers.
Kelly pitched six innings and gave up just one run on five hits and had two strike outs. He was also 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Mike Rodd went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored while Jesse Tillinghast went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
So what was so different against two League IV opponents?
“Honestly, I just think we’re in one of the toughest leagues in Suffolk County,” Eastport South Manor head coach James Pitney said. “That’s my opinion. But the thing is the kids were relaxed. They looked more comfortable knowing they had a chance.”
The Sharks started a series on Monday with Islip at home. The second game was yesterday in Islip and the final game of the series will be today at home at 4 p.m.