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The Suffolk Scene: ESM beats Hauppauge 1-0
Hauppauge’s undefeated run in Class A has come to an end. Catherine Havens struck out eight in a two-hitter to lead Eastport-South Manor (12-3) over Hauppauge (13-1) in League V. Chelsea Kull drove in Havens with a two-out single in the top of the fifth (hat tip to Newsday’s Mark Macyk for the info).
“We had runners on every inning, but we just couldn’t put that big hit together until the fifth,” coach Steve Giacolone said.
Havens gave up only two hits. The first was a wind/sun aided pop-up in the fourth, said Giacolone, and the other was a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh. After the runner was sacrificed to third, Havens got a strikeout and groundout to preserve the shutout and the victory.
The season series is now tied 1-1, with Hauppauge taking a 2-0, 10-inning on April 5th. In that game, Hauppauge pitcher Nicole Ehlinger struck out 22. Giacolone said the team didn’t necessarily adjust its approach too much this time around.
“I think we were just a little bit more focused on hitting in the count, what to look for,” he said. “I think we just adjusted better as the season progressed. The first time we faced (Kings Park pitcher Lindsay) Taylor, she struck us out 16 times (on March 24th). Then next time it was only six (on April 29th). I think we’re just getting a little more honed in on our hitting and Catherine is equally as good as those other two pitchers.”
The latest NY State rankings (released today) has Hauppauge as the No. 1 team in Class A. Kings Park checks in at No. 5 and Eastport-South Manor is ranked 20th, last on the list. Should this win over the No. 1 team, put ESM back in the conversation for one of the top teams in Class A?
“I would hope that we were just outside that conversation,” Giacolone said. “We lost to Kings Park 1-0, and lost to Hauppauge 2-0 in 10 innings. I think we should be right there.”
Giacolone is one win away from 300 in his career, and will go for the milestone on Tuesday at Harborfields at 4 p.m.