The East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league began the 2011 season at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett last Thursday, and Bostwick’s, the team to beat — always the team to beat, it seems — began it with a 13-2 win over the league’s new entry, Grazina Orthodontics.
Bostwick’s was a tough opponent for Grazina to cut its teeth on inasmuch as Bostwick’s (né Cangiolosi’s) has won five straight league championships, and insamuch as the team’s core, which comprises Sue Warner, the pitcher, Jeanie Berkoski, the first baseman, Jeannie Bunce, the third baseman, and Lori and Barbara Schultz, who these days are extra hitters, has won 15 championships in all, stringing together five-year streaks with Buzz Chew, Hren’s Nursery, and now with Cangiolosi’s-Bostwick’s.
Another playoff championship this summer would be a “first,” though, for the above-named super dynasts insofar as it would be Bostwick’s sixth in a row.
Peter Carman has coached Cangiolosi’s-Bostwick’s for nine years, during which the team has won six championships, the last five, as aforesaid, coming in a row.
Warner, who can “make it rain,” is acknowledged as the league’s best pitcher. She and Kim Hren, according to Barbara Schultz, “were stolen by Bob Miller from Sea Wolf to play for Buzz Chew.”
Bunce, who lives in Water Mill, and Berkoski, who lives in Southampton, and Warner, who lives in Sag Harbor, all started last Thursday.
Barbara Schultz, who, in terms of playing years, has been with the league the longest — 31 years — said that there had been some talk before this season of hanging up the spikes. In her own case, a sore left hip, the fact she’d bought Sausages, “a pizza place in Montauk,” to which she repairs when she’s not at her full-time job with Dr. James B. Vaughan in East Hampton or playing slow-pitch had got her to thinking that it might be time to call it quits this year softball-wise.
“I know Lori was thinking about it too, and maybe some of the others, but every time we start saying it, Sue says, ‘No. . .! No. . .!’ Obviously, we all get along really well, and I love to play. So, we’re back and we’ll see.”
Winning another trophy, though, won’t be a lead pipe cinch. Men At Work, for one, which finished second in the playoffs to Bostwick’s in the last two years, should prove to be a formidable foe.
The Montauk team’s roster includes a number of young players, among them Kaylie Titus, who recently finished up a stellar career at Ohio Wesleyan, where she led the softball team in runs batted in and batted around .400; Kathryn Mirras, who a few years ago won a scholarship to play softball at the University of Virginia; Willa Johann, a 2010 Dartmouth graduate who played softball there; Marta Johann, who plays on the volleyball team at St. Lawrence University; Catherine Curti, another collegian, and Maysie Makrianes, who played second base for East Hampton High’s team this spring. Jenn Reich, the team’s pitcher, plahs field hockey in college.
Men At Work defeated Groundworks 8-6 in last Thursday’s opener, coming back after having gone down 6-2. Titus was the hitting star with a two-run triple, “though,” according to Ed Johann, the coach, “everybody had at least one hit.”
Men At Work and Bostwick’s are to play each other in the first game on June 30 at 6:45.