The East Hampton High School girls lacrosse and baseball teams were as of earlier this week fighting for playoff spots.
Matt Maloney, the girls’ coach, said during a conversation over the weekend, “It’s going down to the end. We have three games left and we have to win them all, which we can do. They’re lower-rated teams, so we’re expected to beat them.”
The girls, who enjoyed a 17-11 win over Westhampton Beach here Friday, were to have played at Bellport Tuesday, they are to be home against Kings Park today, and they are to finish the regular season at Center Moriches Monday.
The young ones led the way: Carley Seekamp, an eighth grader, scored a career-high five goals; her sister Amanda, a ninth grader, had five assists; Maggie Pizzo, also a ninth grader, had three goals and three assists, and Jenna Budd, an eighth grader, found the nets three times. As for the seniors, Erica Silich had three goals, Kelsi Thorsen had two and two, and Kirsten Brierley had two assists. Allison Charde, the goalie, had 13 saves.
“Our defense stepped it up in the second half,” Maloney said.
As of Tuesday, East Hampton was in 12th place in the 22-team Division II with 96.23 power points and a 5-6 (6-7) record. Westhampton (7-4, 8-5) was in 11th place with 111.690 power points.
“We have to get to eighth place to make the playoffs, but it’s all up in the air,” said Maloney. “It depends on how the other teams do as well as how we do.”
Before today’s game with Kings Park, East Hampton’s seniors — Thorsen, Brierley, Silich, Alex Fulham, Sam Dombkowski, and Brooke Burnside, who is from Bridgehampton — are to be honored.
As for baseball, the Bonackers began their penultimate series with a win here Monday, defeating Amityville 14-2.
A seven-run second inning, which Deilyn Guzman capped with a three-run home run over the center-field fence, was the clincher.
Guzman finished the day with two hits in four at-bats and had four r.b.i. Ryan Joudeh, the catcher, and A.J. Bennett, the first baseman, each had two hits as well. Michael Abreu, the center fielder, had a two-run single.
“Defensively, we were sharp,” said Will Collins, who assists Ed Bahns in coaching the team, “and Ben DePietro did well on the mound. He went six innings, striking out four, walking two, and giving up two runs on four hits. Fausto Mateo pitched the seventh and looked good as well.”
The win improved East Hampton to 6-7 in the seven-team League VI, and to 7-8 over all.
As was the case last year, “it looks like it may go down to the wire,” said Collins. “We need to win four of our last five to make the playoffs. We finish up with Miller Place, a middle-of-the-road team. To make the playoffs we’ll have to finish at 10-8, above .500.”
Last week, the Bonackers dropped two of three against Rocky Point, losing the first 6-0, losing the third, played here, 14-3, and winning the second, played at Rocky Point, 2-1.
Dylan Carroza, East Hampton’s best pitcher, who is rarely seen here because of the way rotation plays out, was the winning pitcher in game two, improving his overall record to 4-1. He was 3-1 in league play as of Tuesday.
“He pitched a complete game,” said Collins, “striking out four, walking two, and scattering eight hits, which is pretty good when you consider they only were able to score one run.”
Carroza and Frank Grande drove in the key runs in the top of the fourth, which Bennett led off with a base hit. Maykell Guzman then laid down a sacrifice bunt, which Carroza followed with a run-scoring single. Carroza advanced to second on the throw home, and Grande drove him in with a base hit.
“Michael Abreu saved the win by making a diving catch of a sinking line drive in the bottom of the seventh with the tying run on third,” said Collins.
Arguments between East Hampton’s coaches and the umpires over third-base line and left-field foul line calls that went Rocky Point’s way bracketed Friday’s loss here to the Eagles, though, in the end, they were moot inasmuch as Rocky Point cruised to a 14-3 win.
East Hampton used two pitchers that day, starting with Deilyn Guzman, who came out after being shelled in the fourth, an inning during which the visitors plated six runs to take an 8-0 lead.
Guzman gave way to Bennett after Anthony Zitaglio, Rocky Point’s second baseman, touched him for a home run over the left-field fence with one out in the top of the fifth. Bennett, who went 3-for-4 at the plate that day, with an r.b.i., went the rest of the way.
Cameron Yusko, the third baseman, went 2-for-3 with an r.b.i. Otherwise, East Hampton’s offense was pretty much stalled by Rocky Point’s pitcher, Frank Moscatiello, a ninth grader making his second start.
East Hampton was to have played at Amityville yesterday, and is to finish up the series here today. Before the game, East Hampton’s redesigned baseball field, largely a volunteer effort, is to be dedicated.