Lacrosse Teams Competing; Baseball Still Looking for a Win

This Saturday, the boys and girls lacrosse teams are to give a free clinic to kindergartners through eighth graders at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton
A botched squeeze play led to a Shoreham-Wading River runner being run down by East Hampton’s catcher, James Foster, in the top of the fourth inning. Bonac’s starting pitcher, Curt Matthews, below, did well, though four or five errors didn’t help his cause. Jack Graves Photos Jack Graves Photos

East Hampton High’s baseball team was still looking for its first win as of earlier this week, having been outscored 36-1 in the three games with Shoreham, a team that Vinny Alversa, East Hampton’s coach, thinks may well win a state championship, and also this past week the boys and girls lacrosse teams had their moments in games they were to lose.

Commenting by email on Monday’s 16-8 loss at Westhampton Beach, Jessica Sanna, the girls’ coach, said, “We had a rough time in the beginning — Westhampton was winning all the draws, but in the second half we started to play with confidence. Once we were able to control the draws and had adjusted our defense, we had the upper hand.”

As aforesaid, East Hampton lost 16-8, though the Hurricanes, who led 9-0 at the half, were outscored 8-7 by the Bonackers in the second. E. Bistrian, Jacqui Thorsen, and Hollie Schleicher each had two goals for East Hampton. Grace Amaden and Sophia Bitis had the others. Nina Gonzalez, the goalie, had 13 saves.

As for the combined East Hampton-Southampton-Pierson-Ross boys team, which plays out of Southampton High under the South Fork Islanders’ banner, Matt Babb, the coach, said concerning a 14-8 loss to Hauppauge on April 12: “We played an excellent game despite missing our entire starting defense.”

It was 6-6 at the half, but an 0-4 third — during which “we didn’t execute to the best of our ability on offense, forcing some shots that became turnovers” —made the difference.

“I’m proud of the way we responded though — we continued to play to the end,” said Babb, adding that “when the game was over we didn’t feel as if we’d lost, just that we’d run out of time.”

The boys were to have played at Bellport Tuesday, and are to go against Hampton Bays — it will be the first time the team has played on East Hampton High’s turf — today at 4 p.m. 

This Saturday, the boys and girls teams are to give a free clinic to kindergartners through eighth graders at the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton from 9 to 9:45 a.m., after which the boys are to play Port Jefferson, at 11, and the girls are to play Southampton, at 1.

The Cradle for a Cure event will be a benefit for Lucia’s Angels.

“The lacrosse teams are excited to be playing these games on the reservation and are extremely thankful for the opportunity,” Brian Tenety of Southampton’s program said in an email.

Back to baseball, Shoreham-Wading River capped a series sweep with a 9-0 win here Saturday, though, Alversa said, “We played much better today than we did in the first two games.”

Curt Matthews started and did pretty well, but a number of errors — including a dropped fly in center field, a dropped third strike, and misplayed grounders at third and short — didn’t help his cause. Seth Kappel relieved Matthews in the sixth with runners at second and third and two outs. The first batter to face him lashed a two-run single for 6-0. A hit batsman and an error by Matthews at short led to the Wildcats’ seventh run before Kappel retired the side on a pop to second.

“We’ll find our way,” said Alversa, who was to have started Ryan Lynch in Monday’s opener with Mount Sinai. Phil Zablotsky and Paul Vespe were to have pitched the second and third games. 

East Hampton’s number-one pitcher, Hunter Fromm, was lost to the team for the season recently owing to hand surgery. He is expected to be back in action in July. Fromm had played shortstop when he wasn’t pitching. His backup, Tucker Genovesi, an eighth grader, was also rendered hors de combat because of a broken finger, an injury sustained just before he was to have taken over at short, leaving Matthews and Zack Minskoff to share the position. Minskoff was the starting shortstop Saturday, “and did great,” said Alversa.

In other sports action, Yani Cuesta, who coaches the girls track team, said there were a number of personal and season bests turned in by her charges at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational meet at Sachem North High School Saturday — among them Allura Leggard’s 12.85 time in the 100-meter dash, good for sixth place in the open division, and Lily Mongan’s fifth-place finish, at 4 feet 6 inches, in the freshman-sophomore high jump.