Groundworks Landscaping made short work of the Police Benevolent Association in the first game of a best-of-three East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league final played July 29 at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett. The score was 7-1.
Game two was to have been played at Terry King Tuesday, with a deciding game — if needed — to be played there tonight.
Last year, Groundworks was forced to forfeit the final to Provisions given the fact that its half dozen young players had to return to their colleges. This year, however, with four teams rather than five — which had been the case last year — the season began a week later than in 2013 and ended a week earlier, which was good news for Groundworks.
Connie Mabry, Groundworks’ pitcher, who’s pushing 60 and whom her teammates affectionately call ‘Grandma,’ again turned in a stellar performance, limiting the P.B.A. bat to three hits, two of which were dribblers in front of the plate.
The P.B.A.’s pitcher, Megan Pintauro, gave up eight hits and walked three.
Kim Hren’s two-run single put the Landscapers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning, driving in two collegians, Erica Silich, who had beaten out an infield single and the hard-hitting Kathryn Hess, who’d been intentionally walked.
Mabry turned a double play in the third with Hren after spearing a line drive and tossing it to her to double the runner off at first.
The P.B.A. got one back in the top of the fourth, on a sacrifice fly by Catherine Curti that drove in Tee Schirrippa, who had doubled to lead off, from third.
Groundworks piled it on thereafter, scoring three times in its fourth, thanks to an r.b.i. double by Robyn Mott, an error by Dale Brabant in center field, and a seeing-eye run-scoring single by Erin Abran, and two more times in the sixth, the big hits being an r.b.i. rope by Hess and a run-scoring base hit by Randi Cherill.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Pintauro drove one deep to center field, but the ensuing relay from Emma Beudert to Hess to Katrina Foster (who had herself doubled over the center fielder’s head in the fifth) cut Pintauro down on her arrival at second.
Two outs later, Connie and the kids celebrated.