The East Hampton baseball team wrapped up a difficult season last week with three losses to second-place Mount Sinai (13-7), falling 9-2 on May 7 at home and 5-0 on April 8 at Mount Sinai and again on Friday at home by the same score.
The Bonackers were tied for last in League VII with Amityville with a 2-18 record.
While it was a disappointing season, the good news for East Hampton is that only one senior, center fielder Pete Vaziri, is graduating, and several young players showed promise throughout the year.
Assistant coach Will Collins pointed to freshman Kyle McKee as one of those players. McKee pitched in the second game and struck out nine batters while giving up four earned runs on seven hits with five walks.
“He’s really emerged as a pitcher for us,” Collins said. “He needs to focus a bit more on his command, but boy are we excited about his future.”
Collins said that junior Peter Shilowich, who pitched in Friday’s loss, did an admirable job but couldn’t win without any run support.
“He experienced a little discomfort early but fought through it and seemed to get tougher as the game went on,” Collins said. Shilowich struck out three and gave up three earned runs on 10 hits.
Catcher Pat Silich scored East Hampton’s only runs in the series, both coming in the opening game. Collins said that Silich should be an important player in the future.
“Patrick had some growing pains behind the plate this year and still needs some work, but he has the attitude and work ethic that every coach desires,” Collins said. “He is the type of kid that makes coaching fun, and he will be an outstanding catcher by the time his high school career is over.”
Collins said on Sunday that he’s in the process of putting together an East End baseball team to participate in the Brookhaven Town summer league, and that he’s received interest from players in East Hampton as well as in Southampton and Sag Harbor. Anyone who is interested can call him at (631) 786-2466.
Collins said getting players to compete in the offseason will be key, especially after the tough season his team just experienced.
“After the year we’ve had, we realize we have little chance to improve unless more of our guys play summer ball,” he said.