Jason Szafarski, who coaches Montauk’s entry, the Mustangs, in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, said Tuesday that Saturday’s 8-2 win over the league-leading Riverhead Tomcats had been “huge.”
“We’re 2-0 against Riverhead now,” said Szafarski, evidence that the Mustangs, who were 6-9 as of that day, can play with anyone.
The Mustangs’ problem thus far, said the coach, who has a reputation for improving his teams’ fielding percentages, has been that “we’re making too many errors.”
An 11-1 loss to the Westhampton Aviators last week had been, he said, a good example of that.
The good news is that with the imminent end of the school year, the Mustangs will be able to spend more time practicing on their home field at the Montauk School.
Dylan Mouzakes, a Pace University junior, gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine in Montauk’s 8-2 win at Riverhead. According to the league’s website, “the rising junior has surrendered just three runs in three starts this summer.”
Three runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh sealed the victory. Khalil Denson, a Barry University sophomore, hit his second home run of the season in that game.
Stat-wise, Mouzakes and Devin Bear, a sophomore at Northwestern State in Louisiana, lead the pitchers with earned run averages of 1.50 and 1.74. The leading hitters as of Tuesday were Joey Bartosic, a George Washington University sophomore, with a batting average of .308, followed by Wesley Purcell, an Austin Peay junior, at .296, and Deilyn Guzman, a Molloy junior (and East Hampton resident), at .281.
The team has made 27 errors in its first dozen games. Guzman, who can play third base, shortstop, or second base, has made three errors in 11 games, though there are others on the Mustangs with more.
Montauk is to be home tomorrow, at 5 p.m., against the Shelter Island Bucks.
As of Tuesday, Riverhead, as aforesaid, led the league, at 9-6, followed by Sag Harbor, at 8-7, North Fork, at 9-8, Westhampton, at 9-8, Shelter Island, at 8-8, Montauk, at 6-9, and Southampton, at 6-9.