April 26, 2006
Its been said that one individual performance can help define a team's season, even going as far as to provide the spark that ignites the flame of success that can carry a team to a memorable finish.
Marian Leeman's masterful no-hit performance against Elwood/John Glenn on April 12 appeared to be the "spark" that the Hampton Bays softball team desperately needed after beginning the League VII season with three losses in its first five games. Leeman silenced the Lady Knights bats, striking out a season-high 15 hitters in a 12-0 victory to record her first no-hitter of the season. The Lady Baymen (5-3 in League VII) have used that performance to springboard to a three-game winning streak.
Following its victory over Glenn, Hampton Bays continued its red-hot offensive surge with another impressive 18-1 win against Smithtown Christian last Wednesday. In that game, head coach John Maloney saw his dangerous team collect hit after hit with little difficulty as Sami Krantz went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored, Kenzie Maloney scored two runs, picked up two hits in three at-bats and added three RBI, and Allysa Lanino (2-for-3) drove home two runs and scored three times. Leeman was the winning pitcher, earning her second victory of the season.
Then last Friday, the Baymen moved within a game of second place in the league standings by defeating Bishop McGann/Mercy 8-1 at Mercy High School as Sammi Krantz allowed only five Lady Monarchs to reach base via a hit while striking out 11 to record her second win.
This time, it was Leeman's bat, not her arm that powered Hampton Bays as her two hits, two RBI, and two runs scored coupled with Lanino's 2-for-4, four RBI afternoon, was all that the Baymen needed to dispose of a Mercy team that entered the Section XI crossover contest with a 4-3 record in League VIII.
The schedule continues to appear favorable for Hampton Bays as it plays three more League VIII opponents over the next week including Stony Brook (0-7) today (4:30 p.m.) at home, Port Jefferson (3-3) on the road on Friday and Southold/Greenport (1-6) back at the Baymen's home field next Tuesday.
Barring disaster, Hampton Bays should be 8-3 after those games and in the hunt for the top spot in League VII.