April 26, 2006
Woes Continue For Westhampton Baseball
The Westhampton varsity baseball team dropped to 0-7 in League VI this season after being swept by Eastport/South Manor, with its latest loss occurring last Thursday by a score of 16-0.
Solid pitching and steady defense, which are essential to a team staying competitive, have been nonexistent for the Hurricanes this season as Westhampton's opponents have scored 10 or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Hurricanes also have the unfortunate distinction of allowing the most runs in a game by any team in Suffolk County this spring, falling to Harborfields by a score that more resembled a football game, 23-8 on April 12.
Westhampton opened its season with a 5-4 non-league win over East Hampton in game one of a doubleheader back on March 25 before losing the rubber game of the series 11-6. That loss started the Hurricanes on a 10-game losing streak that they have yet to snap. Last season, Westhampton was at .500 after its first 12 games before finishing with a respectable 8-11 record. Even the games that the Hurricanes lost by in 2005 were fairly close. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case this season.
Next week, the Hurricanes have their best chance of gaining a victory this season as they play Miller Place (0-3 in League VII, 1-5 overall) in a three-game series with game one of the series taking place on the road on Monday (4 p.m.).