The East Hampton 9-and-10-year-old boys Little League All-Star team got off to a good start in the District 36 Tournament last week, going 3-1 over its first four games in the double-elimination format.
On Monday, East Hampton avenged its only loss of the tournament, beating Westhampton 10-0 at Pantigo Field in a game that lasted just four innings due to the mercy rule. East Hampton took a 6-0 lead after the first inning thanks to hits by Tucker Coleman, Henry Garneau and Matthew McGovern. Colin Ruddy started on the mound and pitched two shutout innings, while Logan Gurney closed out the game with four strikeouts in two innings.
Before that win, East Hampton had two other dominant wins, beating Southampton 13-7 and North Fork 18-4, while also losing a 2-1 nailbiter to Westhampton.
In the loss to Westhampton, East Hampton had runners on second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and final inning when Owen Ruddy hit a deep fly ball to left field. The hit would have knocked in two runs, but Westhampton’s left fielder made a diving catch to end the game. Henry Garneau scored the only run in that game for East Hampton, hitting a single in the second inning and eventually scoring on a passed ball. Colin Ruddy and Jackson Baris pitched well in the loss.
In the win over Southampton, the Ruddy brothers and Logan Gurney all teamed up for the pitching win. Baris had three hits and Matthew McGovern had two hits. Against the North Fork team, Baris and Henry Garneau pitched and had plenty of run support, as East Hampton scored 17 runs in the first inning on 14 hits. Garneau and Owen Ruddy each had three hits in the game.
The team includes: Jackson Baris, Tucker Coleman, Burton Garneau, Henry Garneau, Tucker Genovesi, Logan Gurney, Liam Leach, Matthew McGovern, Callum Menelaws, Colin Ruddy, Owen Ruddy, Hayden Soloviev and Taj Campbell.