By Jese Rosenthal
Close Games. Tough Losses. Both are adequate ways to describe the last few games played by our Sag Harbor Whalers summer collegiate baseball team. Since last Saturday the Whalers have lost two and won one in close competition. Two straight losses against Westhampton (6-3) and Torrington (2-1) gave way to a much needed 3-0 shutout victory away at Southampton on Tuesday.
Saturday’s homestand against Westhampton saw early action. After the Aviators put one run on the board in the top of the first with a homerun off the bat of Sal Intagliata, the Whalers responded quickly with two runs on three hits from Kyle Konicek, Calvin Sigelbaum and Luke Campbell.
After an uneventful second and third, Westhampton’s Intagliata came out swinging again with a double, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly from Blake Slattery. The Whalers came up short offensively through four and five, though Whalers pitcher Ryan Bresnahan did get himself a three-up-three-down top of the fifth.
The Aviators put one more on the board in the top of six to make the score 3-2, but the real damage was done in the top of eight, as Westhampton scored three more runs on four hits and two Whalers errors at shortstop and second base.
The Whalers were able to cut the lead to three in the bottom of the ninth, but too little too late as the Aviators held the lead and went home with the victory.
The Whalers got out to an early lead the following day against Torrington at Fuesennich Park, as Luke Campbell scored on a single off the bat of Kyle Kresky in the top of the second inning.
The contest was essentially a classic pitchers duel as Sag Harbor’s Anthony Mannuccia gave up no runs on three hits through 7 1/3 innings pitched and Torrington’s Harry Glynne gave up one run on two hits through seven.
Sag Harbor held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the ninth when Kyle Henriksen gave up two runs on a walk and two hits, one of which was a walk-off single from DH Rafael Dieguez, resulting in a disappointing late game upset for the Sag Harbor Whalers.
Tuesday’s rubber match away against Southampton would see the Whalers improving their record to 2-1 against Southampton and to 3-4 on the season, one game closer to .500.
In the shoutout win, Adam Brown allowed no runs on five hits, striking out five through seven innings pitched. Ryan Mikalsen and Kyle Prohovich each pitched one inning of relief, both allowing no runs and one hit.
Offensively, Kyle Crean hit a single in the top of the third and then scored on a double off the bat of Ed Squeri. After a scoreless 4th, 5th and 6th, Crean would again score in the top of the seventh, this time with the aid of a Kyle Konicek double. Luke Campbell earned himself a double and an RBI as Konicek crossed home to put the lead at 3-0.
Southampton, unable to fight their way back into the game, earned their fourth loss of the season as Sag Harbor inched their way back to .500.
By the time this goes to print, hopefully, the Whalers will have won their first home game at Mashashimuet Park against Riverhead yesterday. The Whalers are 0-3 so far at home this season, and 3-1 on the road. Riverhead is 3-4 on the season.