The East Hampton Little League Softball All-Star team, which won the District 36 championship last week, continued tournament play over the weekend, going 1-1 in games against some of the remaining teams from Long Island. East Hampton started with a 17-9 loss to Sayville at the North Shore Complex in Rocky Point and returned there a day later to beat Bellmore 19-1.
East Hampton was scheduled to visit East Meadow on Tuesday, July 16. A loss in that game would eliminate East Hampton from the tournament, while a win could extend their run. After each team plays the three other teams in pool play, ties are broken by comparing how many runs each team allowed over the course of pool play.
In the first game, East Hampton was beating Sayville 8-6 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, which is the second-to-last inning, but had a rough time of it, allowing Sayville to score 10 runs and take control of the contest. In the second game, East Hampton did not make a single fielding error, and that was the difference, according to coach Rich Swanson.
“[The Sayville game] was a game we really should have won,” he said. “We had one bad inning, but we were the better team for five of the six innings. In the two games we’ve played, I thought we were the better team, but it’s not always the best team that wins.”
Mary McDonald pitched in the first game for East Hampton, and Olivia Davis was in the circle for the second. Swanson said both players did a nice job, and he pointed out that his team’s defensive effort was far superior in the second game.
Ella Gurney led what was an all-around great hitting effort in both games. In the win, she had three doubles and seven RBIs. The second game ended after four innings due to the mercy rule. It was the second time in the four games East Hampton has played that it won by the mercy rule. In those four games, East Hampton has scored a total of 70 runs.
East Meadow, meanwhile, was slated to take on Bellmore on Monday. Before that game, East Hampton and Sayville were both 1-1, while East Meadow was 1-0 and Bellmore was 0-1.