May 17, 2006
East Hampton Girls Deliver Payback To Kings Park
Kings Park never had a chance. The East Hampton varsity softball team went in to Kings Park last Thursday afternoon with a very small agenda; win the game and win it big. Mission accomplished.
Deven O'Brien, shown sliding, above, and her East Hampton Bonackers have their sights set on the county title. (click for larger version)|
The Lady Bonackers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and when the final out was recorded, East Hampton walked off the field with a 15-4 victory. And an important win it was, because Kings Park (10-5 in League V) is the only team that has managed to defeat the Lady Bonackers this season, winning 2-0 back on April 6 in the two teams' first meeting.
East Hampton (12-2, 16-2 overall) is currently riding a 13-game win streak and with one more victory it will earn second place in the league standings. The other "loss" that the Lady Bonackers suffered was handed down by Section XI which awarded Islip (15-0 in League V) a win after East Hampton was unable to participate in a makeup date due to its weeklong tournament obligation in Florida over spring break.
Willa Johann hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Marta Johann, her sister, followed with a home run of her own the following inning and added another later in the game. Marta, who leads the team with four home runs, broke the school record for consecutive games with her first home run in last Thursday's contest. Willa also hit two home runs in the Kings Park rout and finished the game going 4-for-5 with five RBI.
"We're calling them the bash sisters," said East Hampton head coach Lou Reale.
"That whole game [our first game against Kings Park], we had runners in scoring position and we had hits, but we just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it," he said.
"Today, it was very important that we scored early. Willa's home run in the first and then Marta's homer in the second [put us in a good position]. The whole team just really hit the ball well. To put up those runs early was big for us. The girls were definitely ready to play the game. They had something to prove."
East Hampton, which banged out 16 hits last Thursday, has scored at least once in each of its last 14 innings. Nicole Fierro went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Mylinn Nguyen had three hits and three RBI. Jessie Stavola, the winning pitcher, struck out 11 and walked one while allowing only two earned runs.
On May 9, the Lady Bonackers defeated Comsewogue 13-3 as Caity O'Brien led East Hampton's offensive charge by going 3-for-3 with three RBI and Mylinn Nguyen added two hits and an RBI while Marta Johann hit a leadoff homer for the second straight game.
Stavola pitched five innings, struck out 10, and walked two and Kristin Carroza struck out five in two superb innings of relief.
The Lady Bonackers play Islip and Sayville this week before the playoffs begin next Tuesday. "It's a big week for us," Reale said.
On Saturday, East Hampton ran a clinic for the junior high softball players from Springs, Montauk and East Hampton middle schools and afterwards, Montauk and Springs participated in a scrimmage.