The Hampton Bays softball team suffered a 4-2 loss at Babylon in the opening round of the Suffolk County Class B playoffs on Wednesday. The loss drops the Lady Baymen into the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination postseason, and they will host Mattituck at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Fourth-seeded Mattituck lost at top-seed Center Moriches on Wednesday.
Hampton Bays, the third seed, took an early 1-0 lead over Babylon, the second seed, in the top of the first on a single to right field by Karlie Troyan, which scored Mackenzie Tyler, who had walked earlier in the inning. Babylon, though, answered in the top of the second inning.
With runners on second and third and no outs, Bridgette Ruhl hit a comebacker off of Hampton Bays starting pitcher Marley Tyler, scoring Mary Tighe from third base to tie the game. Later in the innning, Gwen Donaldson scored from third base on a passed ball to give Babylon the 2-1 lead. Then Breanna Goodfellow eventually drove in Ruhl with a base hit to make it a 3-1 game in favor of the Lady Panthers.
Hampton Bays was able to get something going in the top of the sixth inning, thanks to a lead-off triple to dead centerfield by Rebecca Harris. After Troyan drew a walk, Davie Romer drove in Harris on a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 4-2, but that was all the Lady Baymen would get the rest of the game.
Babylon starting pitcher Alyssa Sasuk was a little wild at times, surrendering five walks, but she limited her damage by only allowing two hits while striking out three. Goodfellow finished 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and a run scored.
Marley Tyler, meanwhile, pitched well for the Lady Baymen and only allowed two earned runs while walking one and hitting a batter. She struck out three and retired the final seven batters she faced. Troyan, Harris and Mackenzie Tyler all went 1 for 2 at the plate.