Although his Montauk Mustangs are about to begin their inaugural season in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, manager Jason Szafarski said he will not be using the team’s inexperience as an excuse for poor play.
In fact, he’s expecting a top-notch season from his ball club.
“We’re shooting for the playoffs,” Szafarski said. “We have a roster that I think can make it, so I expect to go right out there and compete from day one.
“You don’t want to put yourself in a hole,” he continued. “A lot of these guys gained valuable experience and they’ll be looking to build on the job they’ve done on their college teams.”
The Mustangs, which will be playing their home games at the Montauk Public School, will rely heavily on pitcher Bobby Maxwell, who was a weekend starter for LIU-Brooklyn this past spring and threw more than 65 innings.
East Hampton alumnus and former Sag Harbor Whaler Deilyn Guzman (Molloy College) is now playing for the Mustangs and should help make up a formidable middle infield with Grant Lamberton (Monmouth College). Guzman, who also pitches, batted .287 this spring for Molloy and drove in 24 runs. Lamberton batted .280, scored 19 runs and collected 20 RBI.
Montauk will play its inaugural game Sunday, June 1, at home, with the first pitched expected to be tossed at 5 p.m.