The Baseball Team Sweeps Amityville

Bonackers outscored Warriors 57-4 all told
A rare sight: an Amityville player sliding safely into second in the first game of April 9’s doubleheader here. Jack Graves

    The East Hampton High School baseball team swept a three-game series with Amityville last week, improving its record to 5-3 before losing 9-1 at Mount Sinai on Monday.
    As of Tuesday, the Bonackers were tied with Mount Sinai for third place in League VII, behind 9-0 Bayport-Blue Point and 6-3 Shoreham-Wading River.
    Will Collins, who assists Ed Bahns in coaching the team, said in recounting the Amityville series that “the scores of the first two games [played here April 9] were a lot more lopsided than we reported: We won the first game 21-1 and the second 23-0. Our guys really hit the ball well.”
    “I could probably write a book on how our first game went,” Collins said in an e-mail, “but here are some of the outstanding stats: Michael Abreu, who pitched, went 3-for-3 with six runs batted in, including two home runs and three runs scored, and had a no-hitter going into the fifth when their leadoff batter singled.”
    “Deilyn Guzman went 2-for-4 with five r.b.i. and two runs scored. He hit a grand slam home run in the fourth.”
    “Cameron Yusko had a solo homer in leading off the second; Ryan Joudeh went 3-for-4 with two r.b.i. and two runs scored; Brandon Brophy went 2-for-3 with two r.b.i. and one run scored, and Brendan Hughes went 1-for-2 with two r.b.i.”
    “There was no letdown in the second game. Ryan led it off with a single and promptly stole second. Brophy then drove him in with a double, and Guzman singled to put runners at the corners for Cameron, who struck out, but A.J. Bennett, who pitched that game, drove Brophy in with a single and after Abreu walked to load the bases, Hughes­ drove in Guzman with a sac fly for a 3-0 lead. Jimmy McMullan was walked to load the bases again. Pete Vaziri drove in A.J. with a single, and Joudeh’s single drove in Abreu and McMullan to put us up 6-0. A comebacker to the mound by Brophy ended the inning. And so it went. We added seven more runs in the second, six in the third, and five in the fourth.”
    “A.J. pitched three innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven and walked three. Guzman and Peter Shilowich finished up. Amityville’s coach agreed to end each of the games after four and a half innings, the minimum needed to be official.”
    Bennett also went 3-for-3 at the plate with three r.b.i. and two runs scored. Brophy went 3-for-5 with two r.b.i. and four runs scored; Guzman went 4-for-4 with two r.b.i. and four runs scored; Joudeh went 2-for-3 with two r.b.i. and two runs scored; Yusko went 2-for-3 with two r.b.i. and three runs scored, and McMullan went 3-for-4 with three r.b.i. and two runs scored.
    The series’ third game was played last Thursday at Amityville. Collins said, “We did not play nearly as well up there as we had in the doubleheader at home. Our starting pitcher, Deilyn, frankly never seemed to get fully comfortable. He said he had issues with the mound, but Coach Bahns and I told him he would have to adjust. He pitched five innings, struck out three, walked three, and gave up four hits and three runs, one of which was unearned.”
    “It was a 5-3 game in the sixth inning, and Coach Bahns and I were more than a little concerned. Abreu led off our sixth with a bunt single, then stole second. He went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a balk call with Brady Yusko up. . . . By the end of the inning, thanks to hits by Brady, Brendan Hughes, Brophy, Cameron Yusko, Bennett, and Andrew Rodriguez and four errors, we were up 13-3 and had some breathing room. A.J. pitched the sixth and seventh innings and was very effective, giving up one hit and no runs. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.”
    Joudeh, Bennett, Brophy, and Brady and Cameron Yusko finished with two hits each.