By Gavin Menu
The top two seeds in the Sag Harbor modified pitch softball playoffs won Monday night, setting up win-or-go-home games for the losers last night, July 31, in games that occurred after press time.
Third games, if necessary, would be played in both series tonight, August 1, at Mashashimuet Park. The winners will advance to play in a best-of-five championship series starting this Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m.
Immaculate Pools, the top seed, defeated two-time defending champion T.S. Mott, 13-9, on Monday thanks, in large part, to a sixth run first inning that was sparked by a leadoff homerun from Ryan Miller. Mott trailed 2-0 with two outs in the first, but allowed four more runs to score after a close call at first base was ruled safe by the umpire.
In the late game, second-seed Madison & Main beat The Bridge, 15-6, behind a strong pitching performance from Robby “The Rock” Brewer. Third baseman Danny Bakke, who missed the previous three games because of work, homered in his first at bat to put Madison & Main up early, 2-1.
Mott scored four runs in the second inning to cut the lead to 6-4, but Immaculate tacked on two more in the second inning, one in the third and one in the fourth to take a 10-6 lead into the fifth. Jeff Hand’s fly ball to right field scored Ethan King all the way from first base, and Mott trailed by just three going into the fifth inning.
But Miller came through again for Immaculate in the bottom of the fifth with a bloop single to right field that scored two more runs. Tyler Gilbride, who leads the league this year with 11 homeruns, hit a double in the sixth inning and came around to score to make it 13-7.
Mott picked up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Hand flied out for the third and final out.
“We’re not scoring consistently,” said Fred Marienfeld, Mott’s longtime pitcher. “You look at the score, 13-9, this is a game we could have won.”