By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
Championship parades are becoming routine in the late spring Sag Harbor.
For the second consecutive year, the Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball and softball teams will travel upstate on the same weekend to contend for New York Class C titles. A parade of fire engines, ambulances and trucks filled with players and coaches marched down Main Street and through a jam packed downtown Saturday night around 8 p.m.
Watch parade: http://youtu.be/He0PeksYk7Q
Both teams came up short in their quests for a state championship last year, falling in their semifinal games, which only adds to the intrigue of this year’s accomplishments and what’s still to come.
The Lady Whalers (14-5) stamped their ticket with a 9-7 win over Chester in a Southeast Regional Final on Saturday at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. They will play a state semifinal at Moreau Park in South Glens Falls against St. Lawrence Central/Greenwich (Section II) on Saturday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m., with the winner advancing to play either Bolivar-Richburg (Section V) or Edison (Section IV) in the championship game at 3:30 p.m.
For a number of the Lady Whalers, including standouts Kasey Gilbride, Emma Romeo and pitcher Sam Duchemin, the trip upstate could end in a remarkable second state championship in the same school year. The Pierson field hockey team won that program’s first-ever state title in the fall.
The Whalers baseball team rode the arm of senior starter Forrest Loesch and the bat of senior Tim Markowski to a 5-1 win over Haldane in baseball’s Southeast Regional Final, played at the Dowling Sports Complex on Saturday evening. It was the third consecutive year the teams have met in the regional final, with Pierson now having won the last two.
The Whalers will play across the state from their female counterparts in Binghamton, also on Saturday, June 14, with a semifinal against Bolivar-Richburg at 10 a.m. Seton Catholic, the team that knocked off Pierson in the state semifinal last year, will face Hoosic Valley in the other bracket, with the championship game to be played later on Saturday at 4 p.m.