Boys Tennis Strings Together Wins, Softball Notches a Shutout

Katie Helfand’s crew bageled William Floyd Monday 7-0
Sam Merritt, left, pitched a shutout at Amityville Monday, and Ravi MacGurn and his East Hampton High School boys tennis team teammates continued last week to master their opponents in league and nonleague play. Jack Graves

To the good news first: East Hampton High’s boys tennis team could well be on the way to a third consecutive undefeated season in league play.

Katie Helfand’s crew bageled William Floyd Monday 7-0. There were two three-setters, one at third singles that Jonny de Groot, after losing the first set 6-4, pulled out handily, and one at third doubles, which George Naula and Hunter Medler wound up winning 7-6, 4-6, 7-5. 

Earlier in the week, East Hampton defeated Bay Shore, a nonleague opponent, 4-3, and beat Rocky Point 5-2 in a league match.

In that one, all four singles players won — Jack Louchheim, Ravi MacGurn, de Groot, and Luke Louchheim — as did the first doubles team of Jaedon Glasstein and Medler. Naula and Jonathan Jimenez lost in a three-setter at second doubles, and Nick Sigua and Ramses Jimenez lost in straight sets at number-three.

As of Tuesday, then, East Hampton was 4-0 in league play and 6-0 over all. The Bonackers are to play at Westhampton Beach today, weather permitting.

The track teams, at long last, were to have had their first meets yesterday, with the girls at home against Shoreham-Wading River, Newsday’s fourth-ranked team on the Island, behind St. Anthony’s, Connetquot, and West Babylon. 

Yani Cuesta, East Hampton’s coach, said, though, that she and her charges were looking forward to it. Cuesta has a squad of 30 — two seniors, six juniors, eight sophomores, and 14 freshmen. She expects the seniors, Allura Leggard, a sprinter from Pierson who ran this past winter as an independent, and Danielle Futerman, a school-record-holding pole-vaulter, to at least qualify for the state qualifier. 

“Wednesday’s the only day this week it’s not supposed to rain,” said the coach, who added that she had been impressed by her girls’ showing in a scrimmage here with Southampton last week.

The girls lacrosse team trounced Hampton Bays 18-3 here on March 29, but then was trounced in turn by Bayport-Blue Point the next day. Asked to account for it, Joe Gonzalez, whose daughter, Nina, is East Hampton’s goalie, said, “Bayport looked like a college team — they’d pass the ball across the field and take it in stride. They possessed the ball 90 percent of the time.”

East Hampton’s league-opener here with Hampton Bays was, as aforesaid, an entirely different story. It was 11-1 at the half, and the only reason the margin wasn’t greater was owing to the fact that the Baymen’s goalie had made a half-dozen creditable saves.

E. Bistrian got it going before two minutes had passed, and Hollie Schleicher made it 2-0 seconds later. Lucy Emptage had been stopped three times before she cashed in with 19 minutes to go. Goals by Grace Amaden and Schleicher, each with two, E. Bistrian, Emptage, with two, and Jacqui Thorsen, who had been content largely to pass off, were to follow before the break.

A look at the baseball scores this past week would indicate that hitting has been a problem given that Vinny Alversa’s batters scored but two runs in four games. East Hampton was swept in the season-opening series by Bayport-Blue Point, which has a strong program, 1-0, 2-0, and 11-2, and was shut out 9-0 by Miller Place Monday.

The Bonackers are scheduled to play Miller Place here today at 4:30. Shoreham is to play here Monday.

The softball team, coached by Kathy Amicucci, played respectably in a 4-2 loss to Miller Place here last Thursday, and trounced Amityville 15-0 Monday for its first win of the season vis-a-vis three losses. The girls are to play at Southampton today, and Westhampton Beach is to play here Monday.