The Hampton Bays softball team lost, 8-7, to Mercy at home on April 8, marking the first time that the Lady Monarchs defeated the Lady Baymen under head coach Rich Doulos, who has been at the helm for over two seasons now. Previously, Hampton Bays had been 5-0 against Mercy, including a playoff game last season.
The Lady Baymen also lost, 9-5, at home to Center Moriches on Monday, dropping their record to 2-2.
Hampton Bays committed five errors in the loss to Mercy, including two in what was a six-run third inning for Mercy. The Lady Baymen loaded the bases with two outs in the final inning but freshman Katie Picataggio grounded out to end the game.
Doulos said that he had players step up in the first two games of the season, but that didn’t happen against Mercy. “We didn’t perform horribly,” he said. “We still had 10 hits, scored seven runs.
“We just made some physical errors, it happens unfortunately. Mercy capitalized on them,” Doulos added.
Senior Taylor Dunn paced the offense for the Lady Baymen by going 4 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. Junior Laura Zaweski went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Senior Rebecca Harris went 1 for 2 with an RBI triple and drew three walks. Harris had eight walks through the first three games of the season.
Extra! Extra! Doulos said that junior starting pitcher Marley Tyler, nursing a leg injury, could be back either later this week or early next week. Senior Meghan Harris is a little further away from returning from a wrist injury. Doulos said he is hoping to have her back for the final few weeks of the season.