The East Hampton Little League Softball All-Star team won the District 36 title in the 10-and-11-year-old division last week with a pair of wins over East End (Westhampton area). East Hampton beat East End 22-0 on Tuesday, July 2, and then beat East End again, this time by a score of 20-12, to claim the championship in the double-elimination tournament.
East Hampton will now compete in pool play with three other teams from other districts on Long Island to determine which team will advance to the state championship round. East Hampton’s first game is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rocky Point Complex against the District 35 champ. They will head back to the Rocky Point Complex on Sunday for a game at noon with the District 31 champion.
In the wins over East End, East Hampton pitcher Mary McDonald was outstanding, tossing a shutout in the first game. That game ended due to the mercy rule. East Hampton scored its 22 runs in just three at-bats. Once the losing team has had four at-bats, if it is losing by 10 runs or more, the game is called.
Head coach Rich Swanson said that Madyson Neff, Ella Gurney, Grace Meyers and Rebecca Kuperschmid were the leaders of what is a strong hitting lineup from top to bottom.
The team also includes Sophia Swanson, Kate Ward, Olivia Davis, Erin Decker, Raven Biondo, Ally Friedman, Nicole Realmuto, Mia Jones and Olivia Barris. Swanson, Friedman and Davis are the youngest players on the team at 10 years old.