Don’t look now, but the Hampton Bays softball team is trending upward, which could mean trouble for the rest of League VI.
Following a 15-3 victory at Mercy on April 29, and a 4-0 win over Mattituck at home on Friday, the Lady Baymen, as of Monday morning, have won their past four league games to boost them to third place in the league, at 8-3 (9-4 overall). And the Lady Baymen, who reached the Suffolk County finals last season, got senior infielder Meghan Harris, who had been out the whole season, back on Friday, which should help Hampton Bays in its playoff run.
Other than senior Autumn Tlockowski, who is expected to be out the rest of the season, Hampton Bays appears to finally be getting back to full strength. Junior starting pitcher Marley Tyler sat out the first couple of weeks of the season but returned a few weeks ago.
“Mattituck was really the first game where we had a full team, besides not having Autumn,” Hampton Bays head coach Rich Doulos said. “Meghan and Marley aren’t 100 percent yet, but I think having them back helps the mental aspect of having everyone back on the team.”
Hampton Bays jumped on Mattituck early last week, scoring three runs in the first inning on a two-run double from Tyler and an RBI base hit from junior Laura Zaweski. It was enough for Tyler, who threw arguably her best game of the season, allowing just four hits and no walks in the complete game shutout. Freshman Katie Picataggio went 3 for 3 and scored a run.
The Lady Baymen wanted to have a solid outing against Mercy to make up for an 8-7 loss to the Lady Monarchs at home earlier in the season, and that’s exactly what they had. Hampton Bays had a 6-2 lead going into the fourth inning and continued to tack on runs throughout the 15-3 win.
Senior Rebecca Harris continued her hot hitting, going 3 for 4 with two triples, a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored. Tyler went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored. She also pitched the complete game, striking our four while walking two.
“I think they were pumped up for this,” Doulos said of his players in their win over Mercy. “They didn’t want to make any excuses. They knew they didn’t play their best game last time against them, and it led to an 8-7 defeat.”
Hampton Bays was slated to play at undefeated Center Moriches on Monday and to host Pierson on Wednesday. The Lady Baymen are scheduled to host Southold/Greenport on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will play their annual game at Red Creek Park against Southampton this Saturday night at 7 p.m.