Softball Title Eyed, and Other Briefs

Local Sports Notes
Katie Kuneth pitched as the East Hampton Little League 10-11-year-old softball team trounced Westhampton here Saturday. Craig Macnaughton

Softball Title Eyed

The 10-and-11-year-old East Hampton Little League traveling all-star softball team, coached by Heather Payne, Mike Ruddy, and Andy Baris, trounced Westhampton’s entry 24-1 in a District 36 tournament game played at East Hampton High School Saturday, and was to have played for the District 36 championship at Westhampton Tuesday.

Katie Kuneth pitched Saturday, striking out six in four innings. Among the big hits for East Hampton were a bases-loaded double by Gabby Payne, two doubles by Amina Guebli, and a hard base hit between short and third by Sophia Rodriguez. Ruddy said the players ran the bases well, beginning with Guebli’s steal of home in the first inning.

The roster comprises, besides the above-named: Kerri O’Donnell, Georgia Kenny, Harper Baris, Lila Ruddy, Dakota Quackenbush, Susie DiSunno, Sienna Salamy, Julia Kuneth, Cloe Ceva, and Paige Herlihy.

The sectional tournament is to begin Monday.


A Golfing Albatross

The Ancient Mariner aside, an albatross is a good thing when it comes to golf. Ben Dollinger, who works with the Amaden-Gay Agency, bagged one in an after-hours round on the Maidstone Club’s nine-hole course Monday, playing with Peter Cooper and Greg Schaefer. His tee shot on the par-4, 255-yard eighth hole, a downhill hole off to the left as one drives up toward the club’s parking lot, was stroked with a three-iron hybrid.

“At first,” said Dollinger, an eight-handicap golfer, “I thought the ball had landed across the road — that’s what usually happens. Then I looked in the hole, and there it was.” (An albatross can also be had with two shots on a par-5 hole.)

He had a hole in one, he said in reply to a question, this past fall in a member-guest tournament at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett. Never before has he had an albatross. It capped a good week for Dollinger that included a member-guest win at Maidstone with Zach Grossman, James Petrie, and T.J. Wirth. 


Hoop Clinics

Marcus Edwards, who assists Dan White in coaching East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team, has begun giving, with Maleek Harris, clinics for first-through-eighth-grade boys and girls “of all skill levels” at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The clinics, under the aegis of the Kendall Madison Foundation, are to go through Aug. 26. “Come as often as you like,” Edwards said in a flier. The fee is $40 per session. Edwards can be contacted by emailing or by calling 631-816-5836.