With eight games to go as of Tuesday, the Montauk Mustangs, a first-year entry in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, needed to win four to earn a playoff berth.
While the playoffs may not be in the cards, the season, according to the Mustangs’ coach, Jason Szafarski, has gone “really well. We’re probably among the top two in the league in attendance. The field is beautiful, I just hope they maintain it.”
Soccer is king at East Hampton High School — the team, in the absence of a varsity football squad, will be featured at homecoming this fall as the result of a student vote — and it has been king here at the adult level for years, beginning with emigrants from Costa Rica in the mid-1960s, after which came Mexicans, Colombians, and Ecuadorians, mostly from Cuenca (not to mention the Irish).
Those East Hamptoners of Costa Rican and Colombian descent watched the World Cup quarterfinal matchups involving those countries with especial interest here this past weekend, and while neither Colombia nor Costa Rica wound up winning, the fans (most of them skillful soccer players themselves) with whom this writer spoke pronounced themselves happy all in all.
When this writer asked Lisa McKee at Saturday’s basketball tournament at the Sportime Arena where her son Kyle was, she pointed to the tiled floor, where he’d landed moments before, after having been decked trying to go to the hoop. “There.”
“Yes,” she said, answering a follow-up question, “the offensive players are supposed to call the fouls, but Kyle’s too polite. He doesn’t say anything.”
Both East Hampton traveling all-star teams were eliminated from Little League’s District 36 tournament this past week, losing to their North Shore American (Rocky Point) counterparts in each instance.
Tim Garneau’s 11 and 12-year-olds, who had been hurt by the fact that Lou Britton, one of their stars, was sidelined for the final two games with a shoulder injury, finished at 2-3 in pool play, while Liz Genovesi’s 9-10s finished at 4-1.
We watched “The Natural” the other night, for the umpteenth time. It never grows old. It is our fable.
At least the movie version is, with Roy Hobbs’s transcendent home run (“That’s how it feels, isn’t it, to come through like that in a game?” said Mary as the soaring music played and the sparks from the short-circuited stadium stanchions lit Roy’s way ’round the bases) and the father-and-son catch in the farm field in the golden light at the end.
As of earlier this week, both East Hampton Little League all-star teams — the 9-and-10-year-olds and the 11-12s — were alive in District 36 pool play, though as of Monday afternoon the little ones, coached by Liz Genovesi, were in better shape record-wise, at 3-0, while Tim Garneau’s 11-12s were 2-1, having lost 10-4 the day before at Hampton Bays.
While the under-30 men’s soccer team here has swept all before it, the over-30 team has done quite well too.
Olger (Quique) Araya, Hampton United’s goalie, reported Monday that the over-30s, who finished as the Division II runner-up in their inaugural year in the Suffolk Men’s Soccer League, lost 4-2 to Sayville, a Division I team, in the final of the league’s A Cup tournament.
Teresa Schirrippa, who has vowed she’ll play contact flag football until she can no longer, has two torn rotator cuffs, which date to her East Hampton High School days, but won’t have them operated on until after the world flag football tournament in Israel is played next month.