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More rain postpones Suffolk softball playoff games
As expected Tuesday, the rain forced all the Suffolk softball playoff games to stop play and pick up where it left off at another time. Game highlights and make-up dates for their respective double-elimination playoff tournaments are below.
The opening game of the Suffolk Class B softball championship between second-seeded Babylon and top-seeded Center Moriches was postponed at Center Moriches High School.
After the Panthers defeated the host Red Devils, 12-5, in the semifinals on May 23, Center Moriches beat Hampton Bays, 5-2, in the loser’s bracket final on May 24, setting up Tuesday's meeting.
Babylon and Center Moriches will resume play at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Center Moriches High School. A win gives Babylon the county title. If Center Moriches wins, a winner-take-all county championship game takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday at Center Moriches.
In the opener of the Suffolk Class C softball championship game between host and No. 1 Pierson-Bridgehampton and No. 2 Port Jefferson Tuesday, the two finalists played six full innings until the game was postponed.
"The field was way too slippery," Port Jefferson coach Deb Edgar Brown said. "You weren't able to run the bases, or field the ball. No traction. It was a good game up until that point."
The Royals and the Whalers were tied at one when the game was halted. Play resumes in the top of the seventh at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Port Jeff, before the two teams will play Game 2 only 15 minutes after the first game ends.
Morgan Sakovich's RBI single, scoring Riley Lim-Ellis, gave Port Jeff a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, before Samantha Duchemin scored on Meg Schiavoni’s fielder’s choice to tie the score at one in the bottom of the sixth.
Melissa Darling is pitching a two-hitter, with a run and a walk allowed, while striking out 12 for Port Jeff. Duchemin has matched Darling in the runs, hits and walks department, while striking out three and picking up two double plays.
Port Jeff's 3-4-5 hitters -- Sakovich, Shannon Fee and Darling -- will lead off the top of the seventh inning. Pierson’s 9-1-2 hitters -- Erica Selyukova, Lotte Evans and Sabrina Baum -- will lead off the bottom half.
"We got to be ready to play," Pierson-Bridgehampton coach Melissa Edwards said. "We can’t just show up."
Top-seeded Miller Place and second-seeded Eastport-South Manor played two-thirds of an inning Tuesday in the Suffolk Class A winner’s bracket final at Miller Place.
The Panthers lead 8-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning, with the game scheduled to carry on at 4 p.m. at Miller Place.
Fourth-seeded Sayville awaits the loser of Miller Place and Eastport-South Manor. Golden Flashes coach Tiffany Rowan says her ballclub won’t know when it plays again until the conclusion of that one.
Bay Shore and Hauppauge played half an inning Tuesday in the Suffolk Class AA semis and are still scoreless through 2 1/2 innings when the game was called. The top-seeded Marauders and No. 4 Hauppauge commence at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Bay Shore.
The winner moves on to play No. 3 Longwood at 4 p.m. Thursday. The loser moves to the loser's bracket semis and hosts No. 10 Sachem East at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Tags: Suffolk softball playoffs , Bay Shore , Hauppauge , Sayville , Eastport-South Manor , Miller Place , Babylon , Center Moriches , Port Jefferson , Pierson-Bridgehampton , Melissa Darling , Samantha Duchemin , Morgan Sakovich , Riley Lim-Ellis , Shannon Fee , Erica Selyukova , Lotte Evans and Sabrina Baum