The Hampton Bays baseball team took one of three games from playoff-bound Center Moriches last week and avoided what would have been the fifth time it was swept by a League VIII opponent.
After losing the first game of the series 8-4 at Center Moriches on May 6, the teams played a doubleheader on Friday at the Moriches Sports Complex, after a rainout postponed the second game earlier last week. The Baymen (2-16 in League VIII play, 3-17 overall) won the first game of the doubleheader, 6-3, before losing the final game of the series 6-0.
Nick Picataggio hit a two-run double in the third inning to put Hampton Bays up 4-2 in the victory for the Baymen, and it proved to be the game-winner. Ryan Cavanaugh, Ryan Schultheis and Jesse Frost all had two hits. Josh Karl got the victory.
Hampton Bays then faced Center Moriches pitching ace Patrick Bryant in the final game and he was dominant. Bryant tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out eight while allowing just one walk.
Picataggio, Matt Agoglia and Frost are the only three players graduating from the team this season, and Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said, while the season was tough, he looks forward to the future.
“Different years bring different challenges,” he said. “It was great to win the last one. It was no doubt difficult losing with such regularity but the effort remained throughout.
“For the most part, we were competitive deep into the majority of our games,” he continued. “It was a young group that persevered and got better. My hope is that this season will reap dividends down the road with young players gaining significant varsity experience.”
Hampton Bays Softball
The Lady Baymen wound up playing just one game last week due to inclement weather. They won their lone game, 4-3, in extra innings at home over Mattituck.
Stephanie Williams scored the game-winning run on an error by Mattituck with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Rebecca Harris pitched the entire game for the win and struck out seven. Mackenzie Tyler went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
Hampton Bays clinched a spot in the Suffolk County Class B playoffs last week and it’s still up in the air as to what seed the Lady Baymen will receive since there are a few games yet to be played this week. This season, the playoffs in softball take on a double-elimination format, meaning teams will have to lose two games in order to be fully eliminated from the postseason.
Hampton Bays Lacrosse
The Hampton Bays boys lacrosse team lost its final two games of the season. After losing 13-0 at home to Kings Park on Thursday, May 9, the Baymen lost 15-2 at Huntington on Saturday. The Baymen finished 1-13 in Divison II in their inaugural varsity season.
The Lady Baymen also lost their final games last week. They lost 22-3 at home to Westhampton Beach on May 7 and 21-3 at home to Islip on Friday. The girls will look to earn their first varsity victory next season.
Westhampton Beach Softball
The Lady Hurricanes followed up a five-game winning streak earlier this season with six consecutive losses to finish the season. The most recent losses were an 8-2 defeat at home to Mount Sinai on May 8 and a 6-0 loss at East Hampton on Friday in what was the season finale.
Claudia Purkis is the only senior graduating from the team in June.