The East Hampton High School baseball and girls lacrosse teams scrimmaged Saturday — the baseball team here with Southampton, and the girls at Longwood. Softball was to have scrimmaged too, but the grounds crew told the coach, to his dismay, that the field was unplayable.
“We’ve got to get out one of these days,” groused Lou Reale during a practice session in the gym. “These girls barely know where to throw the ball,” he said with a smile.
Ryan Mahoney, who has replaced Matt Maloney as the girls lacrosse coach, said the scrimmage at Longwood (where his assistant, Kasey Krol, once coached) “went well. . . . The offense looked good and the defense, which has some work to do, settled in.”
Mahoney, who played defense when he was at Shoreham-Wading River High School and also at Bryant College, said he thinks the girls, whose core group includes Maggie Pizzo, the Seekamp sisters, Amanda and Carley, and the Budd twins, Jenna and Lydia, have a good shot this season at making the playoffs.
Ranked in the middle of the pack, with perhaps a somewhat easier schedule than last year, the eighth-ranked Bonackers will be vying for one of the seven Class B playoff spots.
The schedule was such, said Mahoney, that “we can’t take anyone lightly — every game [whether against a higher-ranked team or against a lower-ranked one] will matter.”
Mahoney, who lives in Shoreham-Wading River and teaches history at the high school, has coached the boys and girls teams at Mattituck, the daughters of Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, being among his charges.
His team was to have played a nonleague game at Riverhead yesterday, and is to play Southampton-Ross in its league opener here Wednesday.
As for the baseball scrimmage, R.J. Etzel, the first-year coach, said, “Over all, I thought we did a good job.”
He had been impressed, he said, by the half-dozen pitchers he used, namely Peter Shilowich, Maykell Guzman, Kyle McKee, Joseph McDonald, Will Mackin, and Jack Abrams-Dyer.
Shilowich and Guzman are seniors, McDonald (a lefty) and Abrams-Dyer are juniors, and McKee and Mackin are sophomores.
However, there was a lot of work to do hitting-wise, he said, in answer to a question, “though we kind of expected that. . . . We need to shorten up our swings, for one thing, and make some other adjustments. Southampton’s pitchers threw well — they shut us down. Still, it was a 2-1 game going into the fifth inning.”
Etzel’s team is to scrimmage at Hampton Bays today at 4, and the Baymen are to scrimmage here Saturday at 10 a.m. A nonleague game is scheduled here with Greenport on Wednesday, at 4:15.
Also on Saturday an invitational boys and girls track meet will be held here — the first time East Hampton has played host to one.
Shani Cuesta, the girls coach, said that as of Friday, the Sayville girls, Westhampton Beach’s boys and girls, and Southampton’s boys and girls had R.S.V.P.’d. “We’re capping it at 10 schools,” she said, adding that “I’m excited and nervous, because we’ve never done this before. It’s a big undertaking.”
Bill Herzog, the veteran coach, said that while he was hoping for the best, “it took Westhampton three years to get its invitational off the ground.”
Cuesta has a big squad — 43 girls, many of them sophomores. She will expect good things from, among others, Dana Cebulski, Alyssa Bahel, Sadie Ward, Nina Piacentine, Amanda Calabrese, Cecilia Blowe, Taliya Hayes, Shannon Ryan, Morgan German, Allura Leggard, Liana Paradiso, and Annie Schuppe.