The District 36 tournament came to an end for the 11- and 12-year-old Moriches Bay softball team when it lost for the second time in the double elimination tournament to crosstown rival Eastport South Manor in the semifinals.
Moriches Bay lost 16-4 to ESM at the South Street Fields in Manorville on Saturday, July 10. The girls had reached the semifinals with an 18-8 win over East End on July 7 at Hampton West Park in Westhampton.
Moriches Bay manager Jim Creen said two of his pitchers, who are normally “unhittable,” did not pitch well in the loss to ESM. Gianna Acamtora and Holly Breutsch, who hadn’t pitched the entire tournament, came in and pitched well in relief. Kara Gwinn had a hit that drove in a few runs for Moriches Bay.
“We just went into that game trying to have fun and said, ‘if this is our last game, this is our last game’,” Creen said.
Creen said the win over East End, while it was a mercy-rule shortened game in favor of his team, was ugly on both sides. The mercy rule goes into effect after a team has scored 10 or more runs after four innings.
“It wasn’t going to be a matter of who won the game it was only going to be a matter of who lost the game,” Creen said jokingly.
Cierra Smith had a good game at the plate and Creen gave a lot of credit to Mackensie Maier who cheered on her team throughout the game even when the team was down 6-2.
Moriches Bay 10/11 Baseball All-Stars
The Moriches Bay 10- and 11-year-old baseball All-Stars got things started on Saturday at home at Beachfern Road Field against the North Shore National League All-Stars and lost 13-8.
North Shore jumped out to a quick four-run lead after the first inning. Moriches Bay continued to battle back throughout the game. The boys had the bases loaded in the sixth inning but a ground ball that hit a base runner ended the threat. Jimmy Giarraputo had a couple of base hits including a double for Moriches Bay.
“We played well,” Moriches Bay manager Mike Buige said. “We had a lot of hits, they had more. It’s really just as simple as that.”
Moriches Bay played Thursday against North Patchogue/Medford at the Sipp Avenue Complex in Medford. Results of that game will appear in next week’s issue of The Press.
Moriches Bay 11/12 Baseball All-Stars
The Moriches Bay 11- and 12-year-old baseball All-Stars might have only won a single game in the District 36 tournament, but they made it count.
Down 8-2 in the fifth inning to Mastic on June 30 at Beachfern Road Field, Moriches Bay All-Star Chris Hopper hit a three-run home run to tie the game and the boys went on to score another run to win 9-8.
Moriches Bay lost 6-1 to North Patchogue/Medford at the Sipp Avenue Complex in Medford in its first game on June 28 and lost its final game of the tournament 4-1 at Bellport on July 6.