The 0-5 start to begin the season is way back in the rear-view mirror now for the Eastport South Manor baseball team.
The Sharks, as of Monday morning, are 6-0 in League V play after another sweep, this time over Huntington last week. ESM won game two of the three-game series, 13-3, at home on April 16, then won, 15-3, at Huntington in the series finale on Saturday. The Sharks took the first game, 8-0, at Huntington back on April 14.
ESM head coach Matt Salmon thinks his team is back on track after dropping its first five non-league games to start the season, in which the team made a total of 15 errors.
“In those non-leagues, we played some pretty good teams, and a lot of those losses were one-run games,” he explained. “Take away some of our defensive woes and they could have easily been wins. I don’t think we’re doing anything all that different, other than playing a little bit better defense and just more sound baseball.”
Huntington took a 2-0 lead to start the second game of the series on April 16. ESM, though, came right back to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first, then took a commanding 10-2 lead a little later in the game. A blustery wind made it difficult for both teams to field anything hit in the air, but ESM was able to limit its misplays in the field.
Senior Kory Cassara, who totaled 11 RBIs throughout the series against Huntington, went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Senior Connor O’Sullivan went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Senior Joe Mattero started on the mound for the Sharks and got the win.
In the third and final game of the series on Saturday, ESM was clinging to a 3-2 lead after three innings but blew the game open with eight runs in the top of the fourth. Cassara had a two-run double in the inning and O’Sullivan hit a bases-loaded triple.
Cassara finished the game 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs while sophomore Tyler Becker went 3 for 3 with three runs scored. O’Sullivan also went 3 for 4 and finished up with four RBIs. Senior John Maccio started the game and got the victory.
After a three-game set with Comsewogue (3-3 League V, 4-6-1 overall) this week, ESM will begin a series with Kings Park, the only other undefeated team in the league, as of Monday morning. With nine more league games until playoffs, Salmon didn’t really want to look ahead.
“We have Comsewogue coming in and we’ll take it from there,” he said.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 4/23, at Comsewogue; Thursday, 4/24, vs. Comsewogue, 4 p.m.; Monday, 4/28, vs. Kings Park, 4 p.m.