Although it didn’t have the wins to show for it, the East Hampton baseball team had its best showing of the season last week in a three-game series with Bayport/Blue Point.
The Bonackers (2-12 in League VII) were swept by the first place Phantoms (14-0) but were competitive in every game, which certainly has not been the case for the most of what has been a season of growing pains for the team, which lost nearly its entire roster to graduation last year.
East Hampton lost, 4-1, at home on April 23, 7-3, at Bayport the following day, and, 6-1, at home on Friday. Outside of its series with Amityville (2-12), where the Bonackers won two of three, East Hampton has been on the wrong side of several lopsided losses this year. But against one of the top teams in the county, the Bonackers didn’t go down without a fight.
“We had our best week of baseball, even if we went winless,” assistant coach Will Collins said. “We played well defensively, we had a freshman emerge with a strong performance on the mound, and we just showed improvement. We were in every game, and if you were at the field, I think you saw a different team than in previous weeks.”
In the opener, junior pitcher Maykell Guzman gave up six hits over six innings and allowed just one earned run. He also was responsible for two of his team’s three hits on the day. Jack Abrams-Dyer, the team’s sophomore second baseman, had the other hit.
The game had to be called after six innings because the sprinklers came on in East Hampton’s outfield and officials were unable to shut them off.
In the second game, freshman pitcher Kyle McKee gave up only four earned runs, and Collins said he has been stepping up for the team this year.
“Kyle has been thrust into the role of number three starter for us and he responded like a kid with far more experience,” Collins said.
McKee struck out four batters and gave up nine hits.
On offense for East Hampton, six different Bonackers had a hit including junior catcher Patrick Silich, sophomore rightfielder Max Lerner, junior shortstop Brendan Hughes, Guzman, junior third baseman Peter Shilowich and senior centerfielder Peter Vaziri.
In the final game, East Hampton cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, when McKee drove in Lerner with an infield hit. Peter Shilowich started and pitched well, giving up only two earned runs in five innings before getting pulled because of a high pitch count.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/30, at Shoreham/Wading River, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/1, vs. East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 5/3, at Shoreham, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 5/7, vs. Mount Sinai, 4:30 p.m.