The Westhampton Beach baseball team is still looking for its first League VI win of the season, though head coach Tom Hoare thinks his players are close to breaking into the “W” column.
“I definitely think we’re going to break through,” Hoare said. “Hopefully, it’s next week against Islip.”
After dropping their opening game of the series, 4-3, at home to Sayville on April 15, the Hurricanes fell, 17-7, at Sayville on April 17. They then lost the series finale, 3-1, on their home turf last Thursday, April 18. The Hurricanes are 0-9 in League VI, and 1-10 overall.
The series finale was a tough loss for the Canes. The game was scoreless heading into the seventh and final inning. Sayville’s Connor Mulry hit a solo home run to give his team a 1-0 lead before the Golden Flashes added two more runs on a double.
Westhampton Beach attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh. After Tommy Speer walked, David Hamor hit a single to put runners on first and third. Mike Pesce then hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in Speer for the Canes’s first run.
But they would get no closer as Joe DePompeo eventually struck out Jake Bramwell to end the game with runners on base.
“It was a well-played game,” Hoare said. “There were no errors. It was a great, great baseball game.”
Brett Pisaneschi took the tough-luck loss for the Canes. He pitched the entire game and allowed three runs on 11 hits while issuing one walk and striking out six.
“Brett was a warrior,” Hoare said. “He battled. Sayville is in second place—normally at the top of the league—and for six innings he shut them down.
“He’s our ace and he showed why,” he added. “With that kind of pitching, the defense really gets into it and they’re on their toes.”
Hoare admitted that his team played its worst game in the blowout loss to Sayville last week. A combination of poor pitching and defense from the start allowed Sayville to break open the game.
Because there are seven teams in League VI this season, each team gets a bye week. As a result, the Canes did not play any games two weeks ago and, instead, scrimmaged the junior varsity team a few times to stay sharp.
Hoare was not particularly happy with the time off.
“I don’t think it helped us,” he said. “It could have hurt us a little bit because you get into a rhythm and it’s nice to stay in that rhythm. The two scrimmages were good experiences, but it doesn’t replicate League VI play.”
Hoare noted that he has been pleased with his underclassmen, in particular Ernie Geraci and Daniel McEvoy. Both are hitting over .400 this season.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Monday, 4/22, at Islip; Wednesday, 4/24, vs. Islip; Thursday, 4/25, at Islip, 4 p.m.; Monday, 4/29, vs. Miller Place, 4:15 p.m.