The weather was cold but the Southampton Lady Mariners were red hot.
Southampton evened its record at 2-2 by ambushing Pierson/Bridgehampton 21-0 on the loser’s field on March 28. Taylor Pike, a junior shortstop who is off to a sizzling start, went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBIs, Stella Schoenberg went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Southampton (2-2) in Suffolk VII. Sam Wesnofske, on the hill, was almost unhittable.
The Lady Whalers dropped to 0-2.
It was the second time the Mariners displayed their muscle. On March 20 there was similar carnage, this time at Amityville. The locals opened up a 22-0 lead after three innings, invoking the mercy rule and ending the game. All Pike did was lash three hits in as many at bats including a double and scored two runs. Sam and Emma Wesnofske each ripped two hits.
There is some Jekyll and Hyde in this team, though. On March 26, again on the road, the Lady Mariners were edged by Southold/Greenport 4-3. Southampton lost to Sayville 9-0 and sits mid pack in League VII with a 2-2 mark but the sense here is that Tania Ciancio’s charges are going to take a healthy step forward after going 4-15 last year.
The Lady Mariners play Port Jefferson at home on Tuesday (4:30 PM).
Speaking of Southold/Greenport, the Lady Settlers are always in the thick of things. Madison Hilton laced a bases-clearing triple in the third inning and senior Liz Clark broke a 3-3 tie with a single in the fifth. Ashley Hilary went all the way for the victory.
The Hampton Bays Lady Baymen are off to a quick 3-1 start, but it is how the team is winning that is attracting attention. Hampton Bays won its first three games by a combined score of 38-0 including a 23-0 pasting of Amityville on March 26. The locals had an 18-0 lead after two innings. Emma Candelaria, the senior pitcher, was overwhelming on the bump and her sister Lily Candelaria, only a sophomore, went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, three runs scored to lead a multi-pronged attack.
The next day it was more of the same. Hampton Bays blasted Pierson at home 12-0. Emma Candelaria went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs and threw a five-inning no hitter, struck out nine, and walked three in a run-ruled Suffolk VII win. Katie Picataggio went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs for Hampton Bays .
The locals play at Sayville Saturday at 10 and travel to Westhampton Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4.
The Lady Hurricanes are off to a fast start.
Hailey Daleo scored four goals and tallied five assists to lead Westhampton (2-0) past Islip 14-3 on March 28 in Suffolk II action. Isabelle Smith added four goals in the win. The Lady Hurricanes won their conference opener two days earlier, besting Sayville 11-6. Smith and Daleo combined for 10 goals in that one. The Lady Hurricanes play at Shoreham/Wading River Saturday at 12:30 PM.
Mattituck/Southold won its opener on March 28 getting by Sayville 9-4. Jane Digregorio had two goals and two assists.