Kickball in Full Swing at the Park

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Brooke Bramoff tried to beat out a throw to first base Monday at Mashashimuet Park.
Brooke Bramoff tried to beat out a throw to first base Monday at Mashashimuet Park.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

Some of the best local athletes gathered at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Monday, including a dozen top athletes from the last decade at Pierson High School, one of the best East Hampton football players in recent memory and a top-five scorer in the history of New York State basketball.

And what was the occasion? Just another day of action in the Hamptons Kickball League, which, for the time being, has replaced softball at Mashashimuet Park on summer evenings.

“The biggest thing is everybody’s reconnecting,” said Eric Bramoff, the league organizer who also competes alongside his wife, Brooke, on Team La Superica while their children look on. “It’s all local people and we’re all reconnecting. It’s a fun night at the park.”

The league began its inaugural season in June and will hold its first-ever playoff round starting July 20. The championship trophy will be named for the league’s new sponsor, MindBody, a business management software company with offices in East Hampton.

The season to date has not been without challenges, according to Bramoff. The league has no official umpires and scheduling evening games between the league’s six teams has been a challenge without use of the park’s lights. Bramoff said the league was given the go-ahead by the Mashashimuet Park Board to turn on the lights, but nobody has been able to tell him exactly how to do that. Bramoff is making a plea to the community for help.

“Can somebody please tell us how to turn the lights on?” he asked this reporter. “There’s somebody out there who can help us. PSEG told us to turn them on, we flipped the switch, and nothing.”

Fun in the dugout during a Hamptons Kickball League game on Monday.
Fun in the dugout during a Hamptons Kickball League game on Monday.

Regardless of the challenges, the league is thriving. Monday’s night action was surrounded by a festive atmosphere of children playing, family and friends cheering and music playing, including live music from the dugout of the Country Bumpkins. There was even a scrimmage early on Monday with Southampton Town Lifeguards squaring off against East Hampton Town lifeguards.

“Southampton won, but we vowed to get them back at the Main Beach tournament,” said Bramoff, referring to the annual contest which takes place next Thursday in East Hampton.

After taking a week’s break to get re-organized, the “serious” business of the playoffs will begin Monday, July 20, with all six teams in the mix. The final standings had Team Thunder Thighs, which is also sponsored by MindBody, at the top of the heap with a record of 6-1, followed by Quality Air Care (5-2), La Superica (3-3-1), Sports Therapy (3-4), Country Bumpkins (3-4) and Bostwicks (1-5-1).

Following the opening round of the postseason, the teams will reconvene on July 27 and the first-ever Hamptons Kickball League champion will be awarded with the MindBody Cup.

Boom! Kickball has taken over at Mashashimuet Park on summer evenings.
Boom! Kickball has taken over at Mashashimuet Park on summer evenings.

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