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  •     Following last week’s 14-0 loss at the hands of Miller Place, Lou Reale, East Hampton High’s softball coach, said it seemed his kids had taken a step backward.

        This week it was his pitcher Casey Waleko’s back that took a step backward. She started last Thursday’s game at Westhampton Beach, but, with her back acting up — as it had all last season — gave way to Dylan Schleider, one of Reale’s numerous ninth graders, near the end of the game, which East Hampton won 12-9.

  •     Is it possible that as we age, and become ever more aware of life’s horrors, that we are, perhaps in like manner, ever more stimulated by its beauties and wonders?

        I looked at the grass this morning, though it is not grass, it is an infinity of, to use Mary’s word, species (overlaid by crystallized snow this morning) that, even with Larry Penny at hand, would require endless study to catalog.

  •     The Paddlers for Humanity Brew­athalon, a spirited relay race among 32 teams of rowers, bikers, runners, and chuggers, played out in front of scores of spectators at the Montauk Brewing Company Saturday afternoon, beginning and ending with competitive chugs of cans of the brewery’s Summer Ale whose times were added to the teams’ point totals.

        Caroline Cashin, who oversaw the event, pointed out later that “the chugs really did matter, for the differences between the top teams were a matter of seconds.”

  •     A large crowd of Little Leaguers and their parents were expected at the organization’s opening ceremonies at the Pantigo fields Monday.

        Adam Wilson, who took over as the East Hampton Little League head from Dave Rutkowski this year, said during a conversation that morning that there was plenty to celebrate.

  •     By the end of Saturday’s doubleheader here with Westhampton Beach, East Hampton High’s baseball coach, Mike Ritsi, had reason to hope, though by the end of Monday’s 14-0 rout at the hands of Miller Place, Lou Reale, who coaches Bonac’s softball team, was somewhat less sanguine.

  •     A flush bank account inspired me the other day to buy two new pairs of athletic socks, a spending spree that I hid from my wife until I thought the timing was right.

        She chose that moment to confess that she, too, had been prodigal, having taken to the cleaners a wool sweater that needed mending.

  •     East Hampton High’s softball team, whose roster includes a number of freshmen and even a couple of eighth graders, missed an opportunity here Monday as it dropped a 2-0 decision to Bayport-Blue Point. A win would probably have meant that the young Bonackers would enter the second half of the season all even, at 5-5.

  •     The Sportime Arena in Amagansett was packed Saturday with fans who had come to see the indoor season’s over-38 and open men’s futsal finals.

        The main event, which got under way at 10, matched a good young team, Scorpion, against an older but more experienced one in Virgen del Milagro.

  •     The East Hampton High School baseball team was swept last week by Miller Place in its season-opening series, though, once the arms are warmed up, the first-year coach, Mike Ritsi, thinks his pitchers, who include Peter Shilowich, Kyle McKee, and Maykell Guzman, should keep East Hampton in the mix.

        Last Thursday’s 6-0 loss here was nothing much to write home about, though the day before, at Miller Place, the home team edged the locals 6-5.

  •     Ryan Mahoney, the first-year coach of East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team, said during a conversation Monday that his charges were still on course to make the playoffs.

        “We’re in sixth place among the seven Class B teams at the moment,” he said, “with six games to go.” The top seven B’s will make the postseason, he added.

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