Tuesday night marked the end of the regular season for the Sag Harbor Men’s Fastpitch Softball League. Playoffs begin Thursday, July 24 between the top four teams in the league.
Sag Harbor Liquors, the defending champions, finished in first place with a record of 12-2. T & S Mott has an identical record, but has a second place seeding as Liquors is responsible for both of their losses. The two teams met last year in the championships, and the first place team is looking again to see the trophy stand in the window of the liquor store.
Beyel Plumbing follows in third, winning 10 out of their 14 games, and A-to-Z Irrigation rounds out the bracket in fourth with a record of 9-5.
Beyel Plumbing and A-to-Z are new to the league this summer, offshoots of the now defunct Conca D’oro team.
“Overall I’m very pleased, a first year team finishing 10-4,” said manager Sean Beyel. “I told the guys on the team I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” He said he thinks the right teams are in the playoffs. Beyel added, “I feel that we have something for these other teams,” and that his team is “not going to be a pushover,”
Beyel will meet with Mott in a first round three game series. Said Benito Vila of Mott in regards to this years playoffs, “Anything can happen.”
Manager of A-to-Z Shaun McGowin is looking forward to playing first place Liquors in the first round. “The whole team is really starting to gel,” he said, adding that he thinks the teams are all on equal footing. “This year any team can win the whole thing.”
“This whole league is about the playoffs,” said Jeremy Carl of Liquors. He noted that everyone has played well, saying “There’s some competition out there this year.”
Carl mentioned Kelly Fox, a new member of the Liquors family and the only woman on the team. “She’s a great pickup, for defense and offense,” he said. One of their three pitchers, Fox has been nearly unhittable, and according to Carl, she has been getting on base nearly every time she gets to the plate. “Hopefully she’ll help us win the championship.”
Liquors clinched first place on Monday, defeating Pilinko Plumbing 20-0 in a make-up rain out game. Decker and Co. played their last game on Tuesday defeating the Hysterical Society (1-13) to finish the season at 6-8.
First round of the playoffs begins Thursday night. The championships, a best of five series, will begin a week later on July 31, featuring the two victorious teams of the first round.
Top Photo: Liquors’ pitcher Kelly Fox.Â – photo by Michael Heller