The Westhampton Beach baseball team got off to a great start in their push toward the playoffs on Monday with a solid extra-innings 8-7 win over Harborfields at home.
The Hurricanes need to sweep the series with Harborfields to have a chance at a playoff berth. Westhampton Beach played the second game of the Harborfields series yesterday, May 14, and will finish up the series today at home at 4 p.m.
A recent surge has put the Hurricanes in contention, with a chance to extend their season. After winning just one of three games against Shorham-Wading River, a series that concluded on April 24, Westhampton Beach’s playoff hopes had begun to fade. However, since that series, the Hurricanes have won four of their last six games and revived their postseason hopes.
Two of those wins came against East Hampton in a series that started on May 5 in East Hampton. The Hurricanes won that game, 4-2, and then won the second game at home, 11-3, on May 7 before dropping the final game of the series to the Bonackers, 6-5, at home on May 10.
In Monday’s game, Harborfields broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth inning, making it 7-4. Westhampton Beach eventually tied the game on a bases-loaded double by Joe Candela, which cleared the bases. John Berchin then brought in Zach Cento with the winning run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Sean Dwyer got the win on the mound for the Hurricanes. Berchin was 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
Looking for a series sweep against East Hampton to improve their chance for a playoff bid, the Hurricanes held a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning on May 10. East Hampton’s Nick Matheson drove home the tying run with a single, and Andrew Foglia slapped a two-out single with the bases loaded to complete the 6-5 comeback for the Bonackers. Geoff Brown took the loss for Westhampton Beach, as Tyler Devries-Wallace got the win for East Hampton.
In the second match with East Hampton, a convincing 11-3 win for Wasthampton Beach on May 7, Dwyer went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs, while John Prudenti went 2 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Cento got the win for the Hurricanes, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out three.
In the first game of the series, a 4-2 Hurricane win, Cento went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Dwyer picked up a complete game victory, giving up just four hits and striking out four.
Eastport South Manor
After two well-played non-league games, the Sharks returned to league action on May 5 with a three-game series against Islip—and were promptly swept, in convincing fashion.
Eastport South Manor lost the first game on May 5, 12-1, and then suffered a pair of shutouts, 5-0 in the second game on May 7, and 8-0 in the final game a day later.
In the opening game of the series, Robert Rogers started on the hill for Islip and gave up just one run on three hits with six strikeouts. He also went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Mike Rodd started the game for Eastport South Manor and took the loss.
On May 7, the Sharks ran into another good pitching performance, this time by Chris Burke, who gave up just four hits, struck out 10 and did not allow a walk. R.J. Going provided some offense for Islip, going 2 for 3 with a run. Brian Tumolo took the loss for Eastport South Manor.
In the final game of the series, Eddie Macaluso pitched a three-hit shutout for Islip while striking out six and allowing just two walks. Tom Kriss was 2 for 3 with three RBIs as Islip clinched the League V title. Sean Kelly was charged with the loss for the Sharks.
Eastport South Manor continued its series against Kings Park at home yesterday, May 14, and will end the season in Kings Park today at 4 p.m.