The East Hampton baseball team earned its first League VII series win last week, taking two of three games from Amityville.
The Bonackers improved to 2-7 on the season by beating the Warriors, 7-6, in Amityville on April 14 and earning an 11-5 win at home the following day. They failed to earn the sweep after a 6-5 loss in Amityville on April 17. It was the first win of the season for the Warriors (1-8) and their first win in the last three years.
In the series opener, Kyle McKee had a great performance for the Bonackers—both offensively and defensively in a game his team led from start to finish. McKee pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and collecting 10 strikeouts. He was also 2 for 4 with a homer, a double and three RBIs.
Brady Yusko was productive at the plate as well, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Amityville trimmed the deficit to 5-4 with four runs in the fourth inning, but East Hampton was able to hold the Warriors off for the win.
In the second game, Amityville took an early lead with a home run in the first inning, but the Bonackers answered right away by plating three runs in the bottom of the frame. East Hampton added three more runs in the third, and scattered more runs throughout the game.
Yusko was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Luke Vaziri was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Eight of East Hampton’s nine starters had a hit on the day. Phillip Zablotsky went the distance for the win, allowing four earned runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
The Bonackers had a chance to win the final game, putting the tying run on third base with two outs in the final inning, until a strikeout ended the threat and gave Amityville the win. The game was tied at 3-3 in the sixth, before the Warriors had the edge.
While head coach Mike Ritsi admitted it was disappointing not to get the sweep, he was still happy overall with his team’s effort throughout the three-game series.
“It was good to get a few wins and get a little confidence and momentum going into next week,” he said.
The Bonackers were scheduled to begin a three-game series with Miller Place (1-5) on Tuesday, April 21, in East Hampton. They were slated to play at Miller Place the following day, and finish the series at home on Friday, April 24. After that, East Hampton will start a three-game set with Bayport/Blue Point (6-0), with the first game at home on Monday, April 27. All games are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.