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Pierson Baseball Advances To State Final, Girls Fall in Semis

Posted on 14 June 2014

The Pierson Whalers celebrating their win over Bolivar-Richburg in the New York State Class C semifinal in Binghamton on Saturday. The Whalers will play in the state final at 5:30 on Saturday.

The Pierson baseball team celebrating its win over Bolivar-Richburg in the New York State Class C semifinal in Binghamton on Saturday. The Whalers will play in the state final at 5:30 on Saturday.

By Gavin Menu; photography and reporting by Michael Heller

One more game.

The Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball team knocked off Bolivar-Richburg, 4-1, in a New York State Class C semifinal on Saturday afternoon in Binghamton and will play for a state title later today.

The Whalers scored three runs to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and rode the solid pitching of starter Nick Kruel, who threw a complete game, to advance to the state final on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. against Hoosic Valley, which beat Seton Catholic, the defending state champion, in the other Class C semifinal.

Forrest Loesch got things going in the sixth inning, earning a walk before advancing to second on a bunt by Tim Markowski. He was brought home on an RBI by Theo Gray for the go-ahead run, and the Whalers added two more for insurance.

“That game was really about capitalizing on opportunities, and us getting out of our jam when we were on defense,” head coach Jon Tortorella said. “But they were solid, Nick was great, and we did what we
had to do to score runs. It was a great overall team effort.”

The Pierson softball team was not as lucky in its state semifinal, losing, 9-1, to Greenwich in South Glens Falls to bring its season to an end. It was third consecutive trip upstate for the Lady Whalers, who will lose senior standouts Kasey Gilbride and Emma Romeo to graduation later this month.

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