By Benito Vila
While it may be true that April showers bring out May’s flowers, it’s also true that late day storms in June make for more softball games in July.
That’s what the teams in the Sag Harbor Mens’ Modified Fastpitch Softball League see ahead of them, a carefully laid out schedule of two games a week per team being wiped out when the skies opened up last Wednesday and Thursday.
All those postponements will surely create an adjustment or two throughout the schedule, but as it is right now, the only two unbeaten teams, Immaculate Pools and T&S Mott, are set to meet tonight at 7 p.m. The other two “perfect” teams, the 0-2 Hysterical Society and the 0-3 Decker’s Scrubs, square off at 8:45 p.m. in a make-up of one of last week’s rainouts.
In other games set for this coming week, Beyel Plumbing and Heating takes on Immaculate Monday in the early game followed by Southampton Publick House at Mott late. Tuesday’s slate has Decker at Beyel and then Sag Harbor Liquors at Mott. Liquors comes back against the Scrubs in Wednesday’s early game, with Hysterical hosting Immaculate late.
The standings, after a twice-interrupted first week, have Mott and Immaculate on top at 2-0 with Publick House 2-1, Liquors and Beyel 1-1, and Hysterical and the Scrubs on the bottom.
The skies cleared and the games resumed Monday, the days off seeming to benefit Mott and Beyel. Both took one-sided contests, Mott out-scoring the Scrubs 14-3 in the early game and Beyel hammering Hysterical 20-4 late.
Mike Labrozzi put Mott up 4-0 in the first with a line drive two-run homer and made it a laugher in the second with another rocket shot. Fred Marienfeld followed that blast with one of his own, Mott up 12-1 before Decker came to hit in the third. Bob Burden picked up his first win of the year, surrendering only two long hits: a home run by George Kneeland in the second and a two-run double by Andrew Mayer in the seventh.
A 10-run first inning led Beyel to their win in the nightcap, pitchers Sean Beyel, Chris Hall and Mike D’Angelo combining to keep Hysterical off-balance at the plate. Chris Gregory capped the scoring for Beyel with a late three-run bomb.
Given their powerful line-up, no one ever expects Liquors be trailing 6-0 in the sixth. But so it was Tuesday, Immaculate’s Kristen Bartoldus out-dueling Liquors’ Kelly Fox, the league’s women pitchers matching up.
Fox fell behind 3-0 in the first, Zac Kirby banging a ball over with two on. Publick House later scratched out two more on a Kyle Kelly single and another following a Logan Kirby triple. Meanwhile, Bartoldus kept sending Liquors’ sluggers back into their dugout shaking their heads, inducing pop-up after pop-up.
Liquors’ Andy Tuthill led a four-run sixth-inning comeback, but his long drive was not enough to get his team ahead. Despite leading from the beginning, Publick House’s Zac Kirby called the 6-4 final, “a nail biter.”
The second game Tuesday proved to be similarly close, Immaculate prevailing 11-9 over the Scrubs, a four-run fifth giving the pool guys a 9-6 lead. The Scrubs made the score 9-7 in the top of the sixth, but Immaculate came back with two more, enough to withstand a pair of runs by the Scrubs in the top of the seventh.
Tim Pilinko pitched Immaculate to their second win, team captain Bruce Schiavoni crediting “small ball and defense. We didn’t have any big hits and it was back and forth until the end, then, Tim and the guys behind him came through.”