The Hampton Bays softball team is riding a five-game winning streak, as of Monday morning, which matches a season high.
The Lady Baymen won, 15-3, at Mercy on Saturday after having already taken care of Port Jefferson, 11-0, at home the day before. With the victories, Hampton Bays improved to 12-3 in League V play and is one game ahead of Pierson, which it is slated to play on Thursday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor.
The Lady Baymen had already clinched a spot in the Class B playoffs with wins over Southampton and Babylon two weeks ago. It’s the third year in a row Hampton Bays will appear in the postseason, and the second straight playoff appearance under second-year head coach Rich Doulos. The Class B playoffs are slated to start Tuesday, May 20.
Hampton Bays had to rally for six runs to come back and beat the Lady Monarchs earlier this season, but didn’t have a problem with Mercy in the rematch last week. Doulos said this time around his hitters were patient with Mercy pitcher Victoria Pace.
“We were popping out a lot last time against her—we hit weak ground balls, we were way out in front,” he explained. “This time around, we were patient and put the ball in play.”
Hampton Bays slugged 20 hits throughout the game and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings of play. The Lady Baymen added four runs in the fourth and then ended the game via the 12-run rule with three more runs in the sixth.
Junior Rebecca Harris went 3 for 4 with a triple, three RBIs, a walk and three runs scored, while her sister, junior Meghan Harris, went 3 for 5 with three runs and two RBIs. Sophomore Marley Tyler, who has been swinging a hot bat of late, went 3 for 3 with a double, three RBIs, a sacrifice fly and a walk. She also pitched the game and struck out 11 batters while walking three.
Hampton Bays jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning against Port Jeff last week, which was the regular season home finale. Sophomore Laura Zaweski drove in Meghan Harris, who had tripled, with a single, then Tyler doubled in Zaweski with two outs to make it 2-0. Tyler eventually scored on a wild pitch for the third run in the inning.
The scored remained 3-0 all the way until the sixth inning, when the Lady Baymen erupted for eight runs, taking the Lady Royals out of the game.
Senior Jade Zaluski went 3 for 4 with a run scored, Meghan Harris went 3 for 4 with a triple, RBI and two runs, and Zaweski finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Tyler pitched the complete-game shutout by scattering six hits and walking one with six strikeouts.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Thursday, May 8, at Pierson, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/9, at Stony Brook, 4:30 p.m.