The Hampton Bays baseball team continues to score runs on a regular basis. Now it just needs to stop making so many fielding errors. That’s easier said than done.
The Baymen lost the first game of their series in Mount Sinai 14-10 on May 6 committing four blunders in one inning. They played much better in the field in the second game of the series but lost 12-8 at home on Thursday.
Hampton Bays was up 3-0 going into the third inning of the first game of the series. Mount Sinai plated six unearned runs in its portion of the third, taking advantage of the Baymen’s four errors. The Baymen would come back and take a 10-7 lead at one point in the game but couldn’t hold on for the win.
“It was another one of those games where we swung the bats very well and gave each other a chance to win offensively,” Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said. “Three out of the 14 runs we allowed were earned. There were costly errors in inopportune times, and the game got away from us.”
Senior Joey Simmons was the starting pitcher who had to sort through all of the errors for Hampton Bays. He threw well enough to win the game but got very little support from his defense. Sophomore James Ariola was 2 for 4 at the plate, while senior David Steers was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Senior Kyle Duval was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. He has been a big part of the offensive surge the Baymen have had lately. He was struggling in the beginning of the season, which limited his playing time, but is now reaping the benefits of his hot hitting.
“Early in the season he was having real trouble with the bat,” Meehan said. “He covers a lot of ground in the outfield though, and his bat has really come on a bit. As he’s hit he’s gotten an opportunity and he’s doing well.”
“I’m real happy with the way we’ve come on offensively,” he added. “Six games in a row we’ve scored more than eight runs. We’re just having trouble getting our 21 outs. This team has paid for every error they’ve made this season.”
In the second game of the series, the Baymen found themselves down 8-0 as Mount Sinai put up five runs in the first inning, two in the third and one in the fourth. But Hampton Bays would score three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie the game at eight. There were a few instances where the Baymen could have taken the lead, but they left the bases loaded in the fifth inning and left a runner at third base in the sixth inning. The game went into the eighth inning, and Mount Sinai was able to plate four runs in the top of the inning to win the game.
Sophomore Steve Gregory started the game for Hampton Bays and struggled. Ariola came in to pitch during the fourth inning and threw well for the next four innings. Before the eighth inning where he gave up the four runs, Ariola had only given up two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
“He had good control in what was his first significant job on the mound,” Meehan said. “He also had great movement and kept them at eight runs.”
Simmons was 2 for 3 with three runs scored while Ariola was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Junior David Van Scoy went 2 for 4 and had two RBIs.
The Baymen finished their series with Mount Sinai on Monday and then started their final series of the season on Tuesday against Babylon. The second game of that series will be today in Babylon at 4:30 p.m. with the final game at home on Friday at 4:30 p.m.