By Benito Vila
With so many storms this spring, it was only a matter of time before some sort of lightning would strike. There was tingling excitement in the air after last Thursday’s late game, the Sag Harbor Hysterical Society outscoring Beyel Plumbing and Heating, 18-17.
The win was the first for the Hysterical Society this spring and it sent the reeling Beyel team, last year’s third-place finisher, into the league basement in seventh place at 0-3. The shocking win was enough to quiet talk of Sag Harbor Liquors’ 8-5 take down of T & S Mott in the season’s first game between the league leaders.
In that match-up last Thursday, Liquors’ catcher Alex Tekulsky lined a home run deep to center in the top of the seventh to give his team an 8-4 advantage. Although Mott posted a run in their last at-bat, it was not enough to get back into the game, giving the defending champions early-season bragging rights.
The electrifying late game turned on a defensive play, according to Hysterical first baseman Kevin Major, who reported, “It was the bottom of the sixth, Beyel batting, up 17-14, with runners at first and second, no one out. There was a line drive towards the middle and Scott Brooks made great stab and threw to second for a double play. The next batter flew out and we were out of the jam.”
In the top of the seventh, the Hysterical Society, sparked by the base running of Jeff Warne, scored four times to take an 18-17 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Beyel went down one, two, three, Hysterical pitcher Frank Venesina happy to get high fives, fist bumps and the win.
Results and Re-caps
Last Wednesday. Publick House hustled past the Hysterical Society before Jeff Peters pitched the Scrubs past Pilinko 18-7. Cory Cass and George Kneeland lifted long home runs for the Scrubs to roll up the win.
The Scrubs’ win-streak ended quickly at one Monday, Publick House pitcher Bruce “Sandman” Sanders powering a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh that tied the game at eight. Aggressive baserunning by Danny Rowe in the Publick House eighth drew a throw that skipped into the outfield, bringing in the go-ahead run.
The Mott-Pilinko match-up in Monday’s late game was decidedly one-sided, Mott making off with a 19-3 win. Sean Mott led the attack hitting three home runs for the second time this season.
Hysterical held off Liquors early Tuesday until a barrage of long home runs led the champs to an 18-3 win. In one game changing at-bat, Jeff Hand, Joe Sullivan, Jeremy Karl and Billy Schmitz hit four home runs, one after the other, to put Liquors ahead for good.
Mott met the Publick House late on Tuesday and left the park with a 13-2 win. A Mike Semkus bases-loaded triple in the fifth closed out the Mott scoring; a pair of seventh inning errors and a two-out base hit broke up Bob Burden’s bid for a shutout.
Who’s Playing This Week
Once again wet weather could be a factor tonight and into next week, the league already having lost two nights to soggy conditions. Should the rains hold off this afternoon, Beyel is due to play Liquors early and Hysterical meets Mott late.
On Monday, the Scrubs get Hysterical early and Liquors hooks up with Pilinko late. Tuesday’s schedule has the Publick House at Beyel early and Mott at the Scrubs late.
The Publick House and Liquors are early on Wednesday; Pilinko is at Beyel late. Next Thursday, Hysterical has Pilinko early and Beyel takes on Mott late.
Liquors, at 5-0, remains atop the standings, followed by Mott, 4-1. Pilinko, 3-3, and the Scrubs, 2-2, are vying for third and fourth with the Publick House, 2-3, close behind. Hysterical has improved to 1-5 while Beyel awaits its first win at 0-3.