PORT JEFFERSON — If Southold was going to get to the high school baseball playoffs for the 12th year in a row, it was going to have to happen without Shaun Hansen, one of their best players.
The First Settlers almost did just that on Thursday afternoon at Port Jefferson High School, erasing deficits of 2-0 and 3-2. But their luck ran out in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Royals’ starting pitcher, Chris Esposito, lined a single down the left-field line past a diving Will Fujita. The hit scored Joe Gerbino, who had doubled off losing pitcher Kyle Clausen.
After rounding first base, Esposito ran for the pile of teammates gathered in the infield celebrating their 4-3 victory and a playoff berth. The First Settlers trudged off the field, their season over.
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