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  • I had given one of my best sermons ever, though the phone, I discovered, had gone dead.
  • John Franco, the New York Mets Hall of Famer, had 424 saves in his major league baseball career — the most ever by a left-hander — but arguably none was bigger than his save of the Writers’ bruised egos Saturday in the 68th Artists and Writers Softball Game.
  • Shanette Barth Cohen, who soon will have a tiger by the tail in the form of the weeklong Hampton Classic Horse Show, spent part of Friday eyeing on television the Olympics in Rio, where the United States team was to win a silver medal in jumping.
  • Gustavo Morastitla, a 16-year-old who’s entering his junior year at Southampton High School, and who has been working this summer for a Gubbins Running Ahead store in that village, won Sunday’s 21st Ellen’s Run, a 5K, in 16 minutes and 46 seconds.
  • My body was well ahead of my mind and its left hand was spraying shots everywhere, into the back fence, the net, and then Gary served and I began, began to realign, and once we’d tied the score at two games apiece, things, as they say, started to come together.
  • The Artists and Writers Softball Game is to be played at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Saturday at 2 p.m., with batting practice beginning at noon.
  • Ryan Troudt, who, with his brother-in-law, Richie Bono, has coached Bono Plumbing in the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league this summer, can’t remember exactly when he began coaching in the league, “18 or 19 years ago,” though he’s sure of one thing, to wit, that until last Thursday he’d never won a playoff championship before.
  • Jenel Russell came, he posted up, and he almost conquered, but a cramp, in four places, he said, rendered him hors de combat in the final of Saturday’s 2016 Hoops Classic at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett, and thus Grand Kenyon (the yellow team) lost 10-4 to the blue team, When We Were Young.
  • Chasen Dubs, Amanda Calabrese, Paige Duca, and Val Ferraro, among others, put points on the board for the Hampton Lifeguard Association’s entry in the national senior and junior lifeguard tournament at Hermosa Beach, Calif., this past week.
  • I gave my daughter some mezcal to taste the other night, and one sip, she said, ought to quash, at least for a good while, any desire for alcohol that a young person might ever harbor — in much the same way smoking a big cigar down to the nub has allayed, sometimes forever, that activity.

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