Last week, looking ahead to the Westhampton Beach series, Will Collins, who assists Ed Bahns in coaching East Hampton High School’s varsity baseball team, said that he and Bahns hoped they’d find themselves in a good spot going into the team’s Easter bye week, and that during it the players would be able to “take a breath and go on from there.”
Given East Hampton’s three-game sweep of Westhampton, the Bonackers, who received fine outings in the series from Dylan Carroza and the Guzman brothers, Deilyn and Maykell, find themselves in that “good spot,” with a 4-2 record, the first time, Collins said, that he could remember an East Hampton baseball team doing so well in the five years he’s helped Bahns at the varsity level.
Tough series loom with Sayville and Rocky Point, though East Hampton will have time to prepare. The team was to have practiced yesterday afternoon and today, tomorrow, and Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m. each day.
Carroza was the winning pitcher in game one of the Westhampton series, by a score of 10-2 on April 11. Maykell Guzman was the winning pitcher in game two, by an 8-2 score, and Deilyn Guzman struck out 11 (and had a perfect game going into the seventh inning) on the way to an 8-1 victory Friday.
Collins, during a conversation over the weekend, said that Carroza, the team’s number-one, pitched five innings on the 11th, giving up two runs, striking out five, and walking one. Moreover, he said, Deilyn Guzman, A.J. Bennett, Carroza, Frank Grande, and Michael Abreu each drove in two runs.
“He’s got a decent fastball and a deceptive curve,” Collins said of Carroza, a senior right-hander. “He’s always around the plate — he’s a pitcher, with good location, not a thrower.”
The Guzmans — Deilyn is a junior, Maykell’s a sophomore — were, on the other hand, “throwers at the moment, though we’ve got more than a half-season to go.”
Last week, following a 9-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River, a game that Maykell started, Collins said he was sure the sophomore, “a very coachable kid,” would settle down.
He did so against the Hurricanes last Thursday, going six innings during which he gave up just two hits, struck out eight, and walked three.
Cameron Yusko, the senior third baseman, drove in three of East Hampton’s eight runs, and Grande, the senior second baseman, went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Deilyn Guzman drove in Grande on a fielder’s choice, after which Yusko drove Brandon Brophy and Guzman in with a double. Yusko’s fielder’s choice in the fifth, which scored Deilyn Guzman, tacked on another run, and the Bonackers capped their scoring with three runs in the seventh, though they were the result largely of walks and errors.
As aforesaid, Deilyn Guzman struck out 11 in the series finale here Friday, and had a perfect game going until Westhampton’s leadoff hitter singled to start the top half of the seventh inning. Another hit and a walk followed, but a 4-6-3 double play that saw the ball go from Grande to Abreu to Bennett clinched the sweep.
As of Monday, Sayville, at 4-2, was tied with East Hampton and Shoreham for second place in League VI. Rocky Point was in the lead at 5-1. Miller Place, at 1-5, and Amityville and Westhampton, each at 0-3, rounded out the standings.
“We’ve got to win 10 of our 18 games to make the playoffs,” Collins said in reply to a question.