The Spring Postseason Is Underway

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The South Fork boys lacrosse team began postseason play this past Tuesday. MICHAEL HELLER

While the divisional tournaments for boys tennis this past Friday were the true kickoff of the spring postseason, a good chunk of the season’s sports get their playoffs underway this week.

The following is a look at the region’s postseason picture, which teams and athletes are slated to make the playoffs and when and where they’re expected to be.

As always, up-to-date information, such as brackets, locations and times, is available at sectionxi.org. Any playoff games or meets that were played on Tuesday or Wednesday occurred too late to appear in this week’s edition and can be found online at 27east.com and in next week’s issues.

Baseball 

As of press time, only one team, Pierson, was guaranteed to make the baseball postseason. While Hampton Bays (7-4) will finish with a record at or over .500, it was agreed prior to the start of the season that the Baymen could not qualify for the playoffs while playing in League VI.

The county is going to allow all League VI teams, outside of Hampton Bays, to make the Conference VI postseason, which will be a single elimination format after being double-elimination the past few years. While seeds weren’t officially posted as of Tuesday morning, Pierson — which hasn’t lost any of its 10 games this season and has won the majority of its games in lopsided fashion — will be the top seed, likely followed by Southold (7-4 League VI), Shelter Island (3-8) and Greenport (1-12).

The Conference VI postseason is tentatively slated to begin Wednesday, June 16. Although there are no state tournaments this season due to the pandemic, there will be a Long Island Championship, currently scheduled for Sunday, June 20.

With three games remaining to play, Westhampton Beach (8-7 League IV) was still fighting for a spot in the Conference IV postseason, which is expected to begin Tuesday, June 15.

Softball 

A pair of young programs in East Hampton and Westhampton Beach have both reached the Suffolk County Class A postseason, which is expected to begin this Friday, June 11, although seeding information had not been released as of Tuesday morning.

East Hampton, which is back in the postseason for the first time since 2012, finished with a 7-5 record after defeating Westhampton Beach (6-6) in the regular-season finale on Monday. This year’s playoffs are single elimination up until the best-of-three county championship series.

Boys Lacrosse 

After a furious campaign that saw 14 games played over a calendar month, both of the two varsity boys lacrosse teams in the region — South Fork and Westhampton Beach — have made their respective postseasons.

South Fork, comprised of players from Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Pierson, Ross School and Southampton, officially punched its ticket to the Division I/Class A playoffs after finishing with a 9-5 record and 120.94 power points, by far its best season since combining as one program in 2017. The Islanders earned the 10th seed in the bracket and played at No. 7 Connetquot this past Tuesday. Both teams had played just this past week on June 2 and the Thunderbirds won, albeit by three goals, 14-11. The winner of Tuesday’s game advanced to play No. 2 Smithtown West this Friday, June 11, at 4 p.m.

There was some nervousness on the part of the Islanders last week on how exactly they would play the game since Southampton’s prom was also Tuesday night; there are 11 Southampton players on South Fork. Southampton Athletic Director Darren Phillips worked with potential opponents throughout the week to try and move the game earlier in the day so those players could play in the game and make the prom. The game was pushed up from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Westhampton Beach finished its season 7-7 with 135.15 power points to earn the fifth seed in the Class B postseason and played at No. 4 Harborfields on Wednesday. The winner of that game will play at top-seeded Comsewogue this Saturday, June 12, at noon.

Girls Lacrosse 

Seeding information was not released as of press time, but the Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team will definitely make the postseason after finishing 9-5 with 134.09 power points. That put the Hurricanes fourth among fellow Class B programs, but whether that would give them the fourth seed was not known. The ‘B’ playoffs were schedule to begin Wednesday.

Girls Golf 

The Southampton/Pierson girls golf team started play in the Section XI Championships, which include both team and individual play, on Tuesday, with the finals expected on Wednesday.

Boys Tennis 

After the divisional tournaments completed on Monday (see separate story), the county tournament is expected to get underway this Thursday, June 10, with singles play only at Smithtown East High School. Singles play will continue, along with the start of doubles play, on Friday back at Smithtown East, with the finals for both draws scheduled to begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Although the girls didn’t get to play one this past fall, there is a team tournament for the boys. Westhampton Beach was seeded third and will host No. 13 Middle Country Monday, June 14, at 4 p.m. East Hampton, seeded fifth, will host the winner of Southold/Shoreham-Wading River, also on Monday, June 14, at 4 p.m.

There will also be a Long Island Team Championship set for Friday, June 18, at Eisenhower Park.

Boys And Girls Track And Field 

The postseason meets for both boys and girls track and field have been spread out to help mitigate any issues with COVID-19.

The field events of the divisional pentathlons, along with the steeplechase events, were competed this past Sunday. The running events of the pentathlon will coincide with the respective divisional meets, which are this week.

The Division III Championships, which include East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton and Westhampton Beach athletes, were competed Wednesday, while the Division IV Championships, which include Hampton Bays and Southampton athletes, are slated for this Thursday, June 10. The boys meet will be at Southold High School while the girls meet will be at Shoreham-Wading River High School. Both are expected to begin at 4 p.m.

The boys county meet is scheduled for Friday, June 18, at Comsewogue High School while the girls county meet is slated for Thursday, June 17, at Commack High School. Both are at 4 p.m.

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