Not suprisingly, the East Hampton High School baseball team was swept in its most recent series by Bayport-Blue Point, the defending state Class A champion.
“They’re the state champs for a reason,” Mike Ritsi, East Hampton’s coach, said following the three lopsided losses. “They do everything we want to do, though we’re not there yet.”
But the losses to Bayport weren’t uppermost in Ritsi’s mind Tuesday morning, given the fact of Maykell Guzman’s collapse on Bayport’s field on Friday.
“I was going to bring Maykell, who’s our best player, in from shortstop to relieve Kyle McKee in the fourth inning, but, all of a sudden — there was no contact — Maykell slumped over. He was dizzy and couldn’t see straight. I ran out and grabbed him. Their runner who was on second did too. Their coach came out also. We called an ambulance and I went with him to Brookhaven Hospital and stayed with him until his father came. He spent the night there. It was scary. They’ve done a lot of tests, EKGs and so forth, but, so far, I don’t know what caused him to collapse. His parents were to learn more today. Needless to say, he won’t be playing [against Shoreham-Wading River] today.”
For three wonderful innings on Friday, East Hampton was in the game, Ritsi said. “Then the doors blew off. But before they scored those eight runs in the fourth, we had been up 1-0 and Kyle had been working on a no-hitter and we were making all the plays. Then, in their fourth, a single, an error, a double, a walk, a triple. . . . All of a sudden, they were up 8-1.”
Scott Abran, Ritsi’s assistant, managed the team thereafter. Ritsi said Will Mackin, a sophomore left-hander, had been hit in the leg with a line drive, “and had to go back to first base; we didn’t have the luxury of sitting him. Dylan Lynch came in then — it was the first time he’s pitched this season — and they poured some more runs on. But, for the first three innings, it was great. If we could only do that for seven.”
Peter Shilowich pitched all seven innings in last Thursday’s 7-1 loss here and did creditably.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the second, and with the game tied at 1-1, Jack Abrams-Dyer, East Hampton’s center fielder, and Brendan Hughes, who was playing short that day, combined with Patrick Silich to get an out at home after one run had scored.
The visitors broke it open in the fourth when, with the score 3-1, Jake Liberatore, Bayport’s freshman second baseman, lofted a three-run home run over the left-field fence for what proved to be an insurmountable 6-1 lead.
Bayport scored its seventh run in the top of the sixth on a groundout by Liberatore that scored the leadoff hitter, Alex Dura, who had stroked a one-out triple over Abrams-Dyer’s head to the center-field fence.