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Jul 15, 2019 1:00 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton's 12U All-Stars Fall To Longwood In District Finals

Hudson Beckmann sends a liner to left field. DREW BUDD
Jul 15, 2019 2:44 PM

The run for East Hampton Little League’s 12-and-under All-Star baseball team ended with a 5-0 loss to Longwood in the District 36 Championships on July 10 at North Shore Little League Complex in Rocky Point.

With the victory, Longwood advanced to the Section IV portion of the tournament that ultimately leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After suffering a 4-3 loss to Huntington Village on Saturday, Longwood played East Meadow in an elimination game on Monday.

Last week’s game between East Hampton and Longwood was billed to be a competitive one, with both teams having shown a propensity to hit the ball well and have a number of strong pitchers. East Hampton outscored its opponents, 69-2, in its Pool ‘A’ competition, while Longwood outscored its opponents, 88-5, in Pool ‘B.’

A few misplays in the outfield allowed Longwood to take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but East Hampton starting pitcher Tyler Hansen settled things down nicely. He induced a foul out on a nice play by first baseman Hudson Meyer, who stayed with the ball along the fence, and then Hansen got a pair of ground ball outs to end the threat.

East Hampton had its best chance to score in the top of the third with runners on second and third and one out. Carter Dickinson hit a fly ball to right field and it seemed as though it was deep enough to score the runner from third on a sacrifice fly, but that runner hesitated and opted to stay at third. East Hampton failed to get a run in that inning.

Longwood came out swinging in the bottom of the fifth, starting the frame with a double to take a 2-0 lead. A two-run home run and a sacrifice fly pushed Longwood’s lead to 5-0.

Hudson Beckmann led off the top of the sixth inning with an infield single, his second hit of the game, but that’s all East Hampton was able to muster in its final at bats.

East Hampton manager Andrew Rodriguez and assistant coach Nicole Dickinson were proud of the way their team competed throughout the tournament, but said those few hiccups were the difference in what ended up being their final game.

“Just make contact and do the little things,” Rodriguez said was his team’s game plan. “It’s all about making contact, making plays, knowing what’s going on and following along. Focus is key.

“And I think we hit the pitcher. I just don’t think we strung the hits together,” Dickinson added. “We could have made a couple of basic plays that could have helped crack it open. Without stringing the hits together and making those few plays … you win some, you lose some, and that’s what happened today.”

For many of the players on the team, it was their final year playing Little League. But the players will move on to play in middle school and junior varsity. The team will stay together the rest of this summer and still has its tournament to play up in Cooperstown.

This year’s team included Leandro Abreu, Hudson Beckmann, Andrew Brown, Liam Cashin, Victoreddy Diaz, Carter Dickinson, Tyler Hansen, Livs Kuplins, Hudson Meyer, Justin Prince, Luke Rossano and Bruno Sessler, and were coached by Andrew Rodriguez and Nicole Dickinson.

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