ESM Baseball Sweeps Islip To Remain Atop League VI

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The Eastport South Manor baseball team swept Islip in a three-game series last week to remain atop the League VI standings with an 8-1 record.
The Sharks won the second game of the series, 8-0, at Islip on April 17, then took the series finale, 11-6, at home on Thursday, April 18. ESM won the series opener 6-2 on April 15 at home.

Niko Bedell led the offensive attack for the Sharks in the series finale. He went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and was a home run shy of the cycle. Mike Flynn was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Pat Gallagher got the victory as the starting pitcher.

Steve Arnsten continues to pitch well for ESM this season. Against Islip, he tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout and struck out seven for the win. Kory Cassara went 2 for 5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
ESM Boys Lacrosse
The Sharks won two of their three games last week and remain in good standing in Division II. ESM, as of Monday afternoon, was in third place with a 6-2 Division II record, 7-3 overall, with 134.70 power points.

ESM lost to perennial powerhouse Shoreham/Wading River, 8-4, at home on Thursday, April 18, but won, 10-9, in overtime at Babylon on April 16 and defeated Mount Sinai, 9-4, on Saturday.

ESM was down 4-2 at halftime against Mt. Sinai but used a 7-0 second half to come back and win the game. Matt Ragiermerski scored four goals and Patrick Kenneally scored three for the Sharks in a game that was played at Veterans Park in Northport.

Ragiermerski was also the hero in the overtime victory over Babylon last week. He scored his fourth goal of the game with 2:14 remaining in overtime to win it for the Sharks. Matt Prokesch also scored four goals.

Will Henderson made 15 saves in goal for ESM and Austin Macchi won 17 of his 22 face-offs.
ESM Girls Lacrosse
The Lady Sharks split a pair of tight games last week. After defeating Sayville, 8-7, at home on April 17, ESM lost, 9-8, in double overtime at home to Mount Sinai on Friday.

Down 6-4 at halftime, ESM rebounded in the second half to force overtime on Friday 
against Mt. Sinai. Danielle Della Rocca scored the game-winner 30 seconds into the second overtime to hand the Lady Sharks their third loss of the season.

Marissa Gurello scored a hat trick for ESM and Dakota Mason scored two goals, as did Kaeli Huff. Kristen Anderson added a goal. Samantha Giacolone made seven saves in goal.

ESM (3-3 Division II, 116.25 power points) also trailed Sayville last week, but scored five straight goals in the second half to come back and take the game. Huff beat her defender and scored with 14:18 remaining in the game to give ESM an 8-5 lead. Giacolone then made a save on a free possession shot with 30 seconds remaining in the game and Sayville down a goal. Sayville had scored both of its second-half goals on the man advantage.

Huff and Mason scored two goals each and Giacolone finished with 12 saves.
Westhampton Beach Softball
The Lady Hurricanes defeated Comsewogue, 8-6, at home on Thursday, April 18, for their second victory of the season. Westhampton Beach had lost, 7-2, at Huntington the day before.

Claudia Purkis pitched in the victory over Comsewogue and allowed six unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning on three defensive errors to make the score closer. She finished with six strikeouts. Kennedy Skala went 1 for 2 with three runs scored and four stolen bases for the Lady Hurricanes. Maddy Sganga was 1 for 1 with a double and two walks while Madison Skala scored two runs and had two stolen bases.
Hampton Bays Baseball
The Baymen were swept in a three-game series with cross-town rival Southampton last week. They lost the opening game, 12-0, at home on April 16, lost the second game of the series, 8-3, at Southampton on April 17, then lost the series finale back at home, 9-1, on Friday.

Hampton Bays is 0-9 in League VIII, 1-10 overall.
Hampton Lacrosse
The Hampton Bays boys lacrosse team lost, 12-7, at home to Mattituck/Greenport/Southold on April 16, then lost, 15-2, at home to Babylon on 
Thursday, April 18. The Baymen are 0-7 in Division II, 0-8 
overall.

The Lady Baymen lost all three of their contests last week. After losing, 13-2, at Center Moriches on April 15, the girls lost, 16-2, at home to Comsewogue on April 16, and then 16-4 at Mattituck/Greenport/Southold on April 17. Hampton Bays is 0-7 in Division II this season.

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