The Southampton softball team moved to 3-10 in League V and was officially eliminated from playoff contention after a tough 9-8 home loss to Mattituck on Monday. Teams must win at least half of their 18 games in order to qualify for the postseason.
The Lady Mariners are a better softball team than their record indicates—their loss to the Lady Tuckers on Monday was their fourth one-run loss of the season. Before taking on Mattituck, Southampton was edged in a 4-3 game at third-place Hampton Bays (9-3) on Saturday night. Prior to that game, the Lady Mariners lost 10-0 at home against second-place Center Moriches (11-1) on Friday and beat winless Stony Brook (0-12) 12-0 at home on April 22.
In the win over Stony Brook, Southampton pitcher Sam Wesnofske was sharp, striking out 10 batters while allowing just one hit with five walks.
Against Hampton Bays, the Lady Mariners tied the score at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but Hampton Bays took the lead again in the bottom of the inning with another run. The Lady Baymen scored what would prove to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth, when Sarah Schabe, pinch running for pitcher Marley Tyler, slid under the tag at home after a passed ball allowed her to make a dash for the plate.
Lexi Rosko was 2 for 3 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs for Southampton, while Caroline Rumph scored a run and Chloe Schmidt had an RBI. Emily Goleski took the loss, allowing eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Despite the loss, head coach Virginia McGovern was proud of her team’s effort.
“The girls played their best game of the year,” she said. “They made the plays they needed to make, they adjusted to Marley’s pitching, and Emily hit her spots particularly well. It was a great team effort, and they fought up until the very last out.”
Southampton will close out the season with five more games, beginning with a contest at first-place Babylon (11-1) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Mariners will host Mercy (6-6) on Friday at 4 p.m. and will travel to Port Jefferson (5-7) for a 4:30 p.m. game on Monday, May 5. On Tuesday, May 6, the Lady Mariners will travel to Sag Harbor to face Pierson (9-3) at 4 p.m. before finishing the year at home against Southold/Greenport (2-10) on Thursday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m.
McGovern is hoping her team can finish out the season on a positive note.
“We have played a lot of one-run games and unfortunately we have lost most of them,” she said. “It is a great bunch of girls, they want to do well, but sometimes they are too smart and they try too hard. My hope is that the game starts coming more natural to them as we finish out this second half. There is an awful lot of good to build on and an awful lot of little things that need to be cleaned up. They give it their all no matter who the opponent is and what the score is, so I hope they continue to give that level of effort these next two weeks.”