April 05, 2006

Good Start For Lady Bonackers: Three Straight Wins

The East Hampton softball team began its season in fine fashion last week as the Lady Bonackers won their first three games, including the League V opener last Thursday at Rocky Point.

Led by the superb effort of Kristen Carroza, one of its two star pitchers, East Hampton defeated Rocky Point 8-1 in a game that saw the senior hurler allow only one hit and one walk while striking out eight Eagles batters.

"Kristen was in control the whole game," said Bonackers head coach Lou Reale. East Hampton's offense was paced by designated hitter Jessie Stavola, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three triples along with Marta Johann (2-for-3, 4 RBI)

The Bonackers have two tough games scheduled for this week beginning today when they travel to East Islip as well as tomorrow when East Hampton hosts Kings Park (4:30 p.m.). "We're going to be tested this week," Reale said. "They're [Islip and Kings Park] both very good teams; two of the top ones in the league."

On March 27, the Bonackers disposed of William Floyd with relative ease, defeating the much larger school 7-0 in a non-league contest. In that game, Stavola struck out 11 Lady Colonials and scattered four hits over seven innings. "She didn't walk anyone and she pitched a good game," Reale said.

In her previous start on March 22, Stavola struck out 13 of the 15 Pierson/Bridgehampton batters that she faced on her way to pitching her first no-hitter of the season. East Hampton won that game 15-0 after the game was stopped after five innings (mercy rule).

In the Bonackers' victory over Floyd, both Devin O'Brien and Alex Waleko each had strong performances at the plate with O'Brien going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI while Waleko also contributed two hits and a run batted in.

"We're making the plays in the field, but we still have to step up a little more defensively," Reale said after commenting on his team's defense which uncharacteristically has committed two errors in the last two games. "We still have stuff to work on, but we're definitely getting better."

After East Hampton's game against Kings Park they will leave for Florida where the Bonackers are scheduled to compete in a weeklong 10-game tournament at Walt Disney World's Wild Word of Sports. The Independent will have full coverage of the Bonackers Florida games in the coming weeks.

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