By E.J. Yennie
The Pierson Whalers (5-2-0) won their second straight series, sweeping Southold to put them in second place in the league behind Port Jefferson (6-1-0). After pounding the Settlers in Southold, 8-3 on Tuesday, April 12, the Whalers did it again on Thursday at home, winning 9-3. Friday, they traveled back to Southold, winning 8-3 again. In a surprise upset, Pierson lost to Greenport on Monday, 3-2, giving the Porters their first win of the season.
Pre-game on Thursday, senior Frank Romeo declared, “If we stay focused and play the way we can, we should be able to beat any team we play.”
The Whalers did just that, staying focused throughout the game,
hammering base hit after base hit. After the Settlers scored one run in the first, the Whalers quickly got down to business. Hits by Tyler Gilbride and Sean Hartnett were followed by a Jake Weingartner sacrifice pop, scoring Gilbride, tying the game. Gavin Kudlak’s drive to centerfield scored Hartnett. Frank Romeo popped a ball to left field, which was dropped, bringing in Kudlak. By the end of the first, Pierson was up 3-1.
Southold scored two times in the top of the fifth, tying the score. In the bottom of the inning, Kudlak was walked, followed by Frank Romeo, who was hit by a pitch. Forrest Loesch singled, scoring Kudlak. A base hit by Colman Vila loaded the bases. Gilbride’s hit scored Romeo for Pierson’s second run of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, with bases loaded, Southold brought in a new pitcher, Lucas Hokansor to replace their starter, Anthony Fedele. A double by Whaler Hunter Leyser scored Emet Evjen and Loesch. Next at bat, Gilbride doubled, scoring Mike Heller and Leyser. At the top of the seventh, the Whalers retired the inning with three plays to first base, for a 9-3 win.
The Whalers had their second league loss on Monday, a surprise upset to the Greenport Porters, 3-2. The Porters fielding their first team in 20 years, were 0-3-0 in league play and 0-5-0 overall before Monday’s victory over the Whalers.
Pierson’s only two runs came in the second inning, with Aaron Schiavoni scoring off a base hit by Sean Romeo. Romeo scored off a sacrifice fly by Weingartner.
Romeo reported, “We played clean; we just didn’t get the hits.”
Pierson traveled to Greenport on Wednesday, to face the Porters for the second game of the series. Hunter Leyser scored the only run for Pierson, who lost 2-1 in nine innings. With the score 1-1 tied after seven, the game went into extra inning.
A Porter double endsed the game in the eighth, 2-1.
“Pierson just couldn’t get the hits” said Romeo.
Pierson’s two league losses to Greenport dropped Pierson to third place in the standings behind Southold and McGann-Mercy. The Whalers will finish the series with Greenport at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The team travels to Riverhead next to play a series against first ranked Mercy, who bested Greenport 12-2, on Tuesday, April 26 and again on Wednesday, April 27, at home at 4:30 p.m.
According to assistant coach Benito Vila, “The team is doing great on defense. If they keep doing the little things without pushing too far, they will be successful.”