Little League: Bellmore Routed Following Sayville Loss

In contention for a state playoff berth
East Hampton’s Little League traveling all-star girls softball team, coached by Rich Swanson, at left, and Matt Ward, right, was still in the Islandwide mix as of earlier this week. Ellen McDonald

    The East Hampton Little League’s traveling all-star 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team remained in contention for a state playoff berth earlier this week, having won one and lost one in Islandwide pool play.
    The young Bonackers were to have played at East Meadow Tuesday. “If we beat them, there will be three teams at 2-1, and then run differentials will come into play,” said Rich Swanson, the locals’ coach.
    East Hampton, the District 36 champion, lost 17-9 to Sayville on Saturday. “The difference was their pitcher, who was very quick,” said Swanson. “Nevertheless, we had the lead, at 8-6, going into the bottom of the fourth inning. But then our defense fell apart . . . errors, walks, poor decisions . . . and they scored 10 runs. Still, we can say we outplayed them for five of the six innings. Their pitcher must have had 14 or 15 strikeouts.”
    On Sunday, however, Swanson’s charges bounced back to rout Bellmore 19-1, a game that because of the “mercy rule” was ended after four innings. Ella (Reggie) Gurney was East Hampton’s offensive star, with four hits “and upwards of 10 R.B.I.s,” said the coach. “The Bellmore pitcher was fast too, but not as accurate as Sayville’s.” Olivia Davis was the winning pitcher.
    East Meadow and Bellmore made up a rainout Monday, a game that East Meadow won.
    “It’s not good news for us,” Swanson said Tuesday morning, “but if we beat East Meadow and don’t give up a high run differential, we could get into the final with East Meadow. At the moment, East Meadow is 2-0, we and Sayville are 1-1, and Bellmore is 0-2. Olivia Davis will be our starting pitcher, but that’s not to say she’ll pitch the whole game. For this one, we’ve got all hands on deck.”