Whalers out of playoff hunt

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After a month of being plagued with injuries, losing players and suffering punishing defeats, the Sag Harbor Whalers rebounded last week picking up more wins than losses in Hamptons Collegiate Baseball, but with the playoffs fast approaching, it was too little too late.

The Whalers beat the league-leading Westhampton Aviators 6-5 in extra innings at Westhampton on Wednesday, and beat the Riverhead Tomcats 5-4 at home on Friday. Sag Harbor went on to lose 8-6 at the hands of the last place Long Island Mustangs in game one of a doubleheader at home on Sunday, then came back to beat the Mustangs 7-3 in game two. A second game against the Tomcats at Riverhead High School was rained out on Tuesday.

As of Monday, the Whalers remained in fifth place, five wins away from even with a 15-20 record. Head coach Scott June said the loss to the Tomcats on Sunday knocked the Whalers out of the playoff hunt.

“It’s mathematically impossible,” he said.

June replaced head coach Jason Lefkowitz late in the season and he helped the team climb out of their July slump.

“I’ve had a great time,” June said. “The kids are good kids.”

The coach said he was especially pleased with the win over Westhampton last Wednesday. “That was a real nice win,” he said, adding, “The kids are playing well.”

He noted that Steve King (junior, Farmingdale State) pitched well and Kyle Crean (sophomore, Albany) hit well all week.

This week, the Whalers were scheduled to play their last home games in another doubleheader against the Mustangs in Sag Harbor on Tuesday, but June said the last place team opted to finish its season early and forfeit the games. Though Sag Harbor can’t make the playoffs, June said his team will have an opportunity to affect their opponents standings and they want to play.

“All the games have playoff implications for the other guys,” June said.

The Whalers were scheduled to face the North Fork Ospreys at Mattituck High School at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and they will close out the season against Westhampton with a 5 p.m. game at Hite Field on Thursday.

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