Forget about Shoreham-Wading River’s two lopsided wins over the East Hampton High School baseball team, it’s the game that was sandwiched in between that proved noteworthy.
“Ed was saying on the bus ride home that that [East Hampton’s 3-0 win at Shoreham on April 6] game was the best any of his teams have played in the five or six years he’s been coaching,” Will Collins, Ed Bahns’s assistant, said during a conversation over the weekend.
Admittedly, Shoreham is a baseball power year-in, year-out — its 23-6 run advantage in the three-game series attests to that — but on April 6, Dylan Carroza, East Hampton’s senior ace, cut the Wildcats down to size, limiting them to one hit, a two-out single in the fourth inning, over the seven innings played.
Carroza, who hit seventh in the lineup, also drove in the first of East Hampton’s three runs when, with two outs in the fourth inning, he singled home Deilyn Guzman from third base, where he’d pulled in after a basehit of his own, an infield error, and a fielder’s choice.
Guzman, in turn, drove in Michael Abreu, the junior centerfielder, with a two-out single in the fifth, Abreu having doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. That made it 2-0 East Hampton. And, in the top of the seventh, Abreu homered to cap the scoring.
East Hampton was shut out 9-0 in the first game with Shoreham. Maykell Guzman, Deilyn’s younger brother, took the loss. “He was up in the zone that day,” said Collins. “They touched him for three home runs in the first inning. He only walked three. He’s a sophomore and a very coachable kid. I’m sure he’ll settle down.”
Guzman was to have started Monday’s game at Westhampton Beach. Shoreham’s pitcher only gave up two hits in the series opener — singles by Cameron Yusko and A.J. Bennett with two outs in the sixth. A strikeout ended the inning.
East Hampton (1-2 in League VI as of Monday) was “confident” heading into Westhampton, said Collins. “They had a bye in the first week, and we’ll have ours the week of the Easter break. We’re hoping that by then we’ll be in a good spot, and that we’ll be able to take a breath and go on from there.”
Deilyn Guzman, who started the pivotal game of the series, played here Friday, “had problems with his control,” said Collins, who estimates Guzman, East Hampton’s shortstop when he’s not pitching, can throw fastballs “in the 80s.”
Shoreham’s pitcher, Mike O’Reilly, threw a four-hitter that afternoon and struck out nine. It was reportedly the 500th win for Shoreham’s coach, Sal Mignano.
Also on Friday, Pierson’s baseball team, coached by Jon Tortorella, defeated Port Jefferson 11-6. Aaron Schiavoni, a freshman, was the winning pitcher, and Tyler Gilbride went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and two scored. Not only that, he made an over-the-shoulder catch in center field with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh that preserved the win.
Had Gilbride not made that catch, Tortorella said, “the score would have been 11-9 with a runner on third and one out.”
The Sag Harbor team, which won two of three from the Royals last week, thus improved to 2-1 in League VIII play, and Port Jeff dropped to 2-2.
The Whalers lost the first game of the series by a score of 13-3, but came back behind the pitching of Jake Weingartner to win 2-1 on April 6. Weingartner, a senior, went all the way, giving up seven hits and no walks. He struck out two.
Again, though, Pierson found itself in trouble in the seventh. “With the bases loaded and two out and their number-three hitter up, Jake nailed the lid down,” said Tortorella.
Pierson was to have played a best-of-three series with Southold this week.
The Whalers, Port Jefferson, Southold, McGann-Mercy, and Greenport are all Class C teams.