There wasn’t much to write home about regarding Monday’s series opener here between the East Hampton and Sayville High School baseball teams.
The Golden Flashes were leading 11-0 in the top of the sixth inning when the game was called because of a dense fog that had enveloped the field and had made it virtually impossible for the outfielders to see fly balls. Thus the score was rolled back to what it was at the end of the fifth, which is to say 8-0.
But it wasn’t fly balls that gave the Bonackers the most trouble — it was walks, 11 all told, spread among three pitchers. Not to mention three errors, two by the first baseman, A.J. Bennett.
Maykell Guzman, who started, issued four of them to the first five batters he faced, prompting Bonac’s coach, Ed Bahns, to bring Michael Abreu in from center field with the bases loaded and no outs and Sayville leading 3-0.
Abreu, who walked five, didn’t do much better. By the time he gave way to Ben DiPietro with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the third, Sayville was leading 6-0.
DiPietro fared somewhat better, giving up two runs in the third — the second as the result of a bases-loaded walk — though he didn’t give up any runs in the fourth (the first inning in which the Golden Flashes didn’t score), nor did he give up any in the fifth.
Meanwhile, East Hampton’s hitters could do little with Brendan Butler’s fastballs. Butler, who rarely threw a changeup or a curve, finished with seven strikeouts and walked two. The only hit he gave up was a single to Bennett in the bottom of the second. Ryan Joudeh, the leadoff hitter and catcher, connected with two out in the bottom of the third, but Tom Dieckhoff, Sayville’s center fielder, caught up with the well-hit fly ball near the fence.
Clearly, it was not the way Bahns and his assistant, Will Collins, wanted to begin the three-game set, which Sayville came into with a 7-2 record and which East Hampton, following a bye week, came into at 4-2.