The Hampton Bays softball team is in the midst of a season’s-best win streak, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the playoffs starting next week.
The Lady Baymen won their seventh consecutive game last week, an 11-7 extra-innings victory over Pierson in Sag Harbor on Thursday, May 8. The win improved Hampton Bays to 14-3 in League V, just a game behind second-place Babylon. But a 12-3 win on Monday afternoon at winless Stony Brook, the Lady Baymen’s eighth in a row, moved them into a tie with Babylon—and since Hampton Bays has defeated the Lady Panthers twice this season, it’s expected that the Lady Baymen would be the second seed in the Class B playoffs.
That would mean that Hampton Bays will host Babylon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, and Center Moriches, the top seed, would host Mercy, the fourth seed. Since it’s a double-elimination playoff format, the winner or loser of Tuesday’s games will play Thursday, May 22, at the higher seed’s home location at 4 p.m.
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Hampton Bays played Pierson in a playoff-type game last week. The Class C playoff-bound Lady Whalers had defeated the Lady Baymen earlier this season, and after a 5-0 first inning, it looked like Pierson was going to go on for another victory. Hampton Bays, though, stormed back and eventually took the lead in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by junior Rebecca Harris and sophomore Marley Tyler. Pierson came back the next inning to tie the game at 6-6, and it remained that way until the 11th inning.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect—which puts a runner on second base to start an inning after nine innings have been played—Hampton Bays eventually had junior Taylor Dunn on third base and eighth-grader Mackenzie Tyler on second. Sophomore Laura Zaweski ripped a bases-clearing double to right center field, then Rebecca Harris followed up with a two-run home run to straightaway center, and, just like that, the Lady Baymen led, 10-6. Later in the inning, Marley Tyler doubled, then senior Heather O’Connor drove in junior Autumn Tlockowski—running for Tyler—to make it 11-6.
Pierson brought home a run in the bottom half of the 11th on a sacrifice fly, but junior Meghan Harris made the final out at third base to close out the game for Hampton Bays.
Hampton Bays head coach Rich Doulos said his players had two options after Pierson jumped out to the 5-0 lead: they could have hung their heads and most likely would have lost, or kept their heads up and never quit. They chose the latter.
“We’ve definitely been putting it together lately,” Doulos said. “Some of the mistakes that we had in the beginning of the year, we haven’t been making, and we’ve been more aggressive at the plate and on the basepaths. And they certainly know never to quit.”
Zaweski finished 2 for 5 with a double, sac fly and three RBIs. Rebecca Harris went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a single, a walk, and the two-run homer. Senior Jade Zaluski went 2 for 3 with three walks. Marley Tyler went 2 for 6 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. She also pitched all 11 innings, gave up six earned runs, walked five and struck out seven.