By Benito Vila
It’s school budget vote and school board election day throughout New York today and it would seem that hopes and dreams hang in the balance everywhere around the state.
A whole different set of educational intangibles are in play at Mashashimuet Park this afternoon, the 2009 Pierson varsity baseball Whalers hosting the Port Jefferson Royals at 4 p.m. to open the Suffolk County Class C championships. The county title will be bestowed on the winner of a best-of-three series, game two set for Port Jefferson Thursday and game three, if needed, back in the park
Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Whalers took the regular season series, two games to one, winning 4-3 and 5-1 and losing 6-5. The two one-run games were hard-fought nail-biters, both teams playing with an intensity and flair that satisfied coaches and fans on both sides.
It is expected that the teams will send their aces to the mound today, Kyle McGowin for the Whalers and Brendan Duffy for the Royals.
The Whalers completed the season 12-6, third in the league, just ahead of 10-8 Port Jefferson. A pair of Class B schools finished first and second, 14-4 Southold/Greenport earning the tie-breaker over 14-4 Center Moriches.