Westhampton Beach Softball On A Tear


The Westhampton Beach softball team won five games in a row, six of their last seven games, and head coach John Vahle said he hasn’t seen his team this hot for at least five years.

The Lady Hurricanes most recently won their annual non-league game against cross-town rival Hampton Bays, 8-7, on Saturday night at Red Creek Park. They also picked up two League VI victories last week, an 8-2 win at Islip on Thursday, April 25, and a 5-2 win at home over Harborfields on April 24.

The victories improved Westhampton Beach to 5-6 in League VI play, 6-6 overall, after an 0-5 start to the season.

“We’ve been shuffling lineup around all season trying to get the right combination of kids,” Vahle explained. “We’ve found a good group. Hopefully, we can stick with the same lineup the rest of the way.”

Westhampton Beach took an early 2-0 lead against Hampton Bays on Saturday night, thanks to back-to-back triples by Lauren Ramos and Anna Collins. Later in the game, Sophia Fibkins launched a home run over the scoreboard in centerfield and she finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The Lady Canes scored in every inning except the third. Claudia Purkis pitched the complete game for the win with seven strikeouts.

Westhampton Beach got things going early in the game at Islip as well. The Lady Canes scored three runs in the first, helped by a two-run home run by Maddie Sganga. She finished 2 for 3 in the game. Aurora MacDonald went 3 for 4 and Purkis pitched the entire game and allowed six hits and struck out eight.

The Lady Canes had the lead the entire game against Harborfields, although the Lady Tornadoes pulled within a run in the fourth inning. Westhampton Beach scored two runs in the sixth to create the final margin of victory. Fibkins had a run-scoring single in the game. Purkis allowed just three hits and struck out five.

Westhampton Beach has the toughest stretch of its schedule coming this week. After hosting Eastport South Manor (League V) on Monday, the Lady Canes played at Kings Park (7-4 League V) on Wednesday and will host Miller Place (10-1 League VI) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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