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Whalers Take First Step, Win LI Title

Posted on 06 June 2014

Pierson catcher Aaron Schiavoni tags out Brian Chiang of Friends to preserve a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of Saturday's Long Island Class C Championship.

Pierson catcher Aaron Schiavoni tags out Narain Badhey of Friends to preserve a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of Saturday’s Long Island Class C Championship.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

Pierson junior Johnny Chisholm drew a first-inning walk, stole second base and came home to score the only run of the game Friday afternoon at Dowling College, where the Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball team knocked off Friends Academy, 1-0, in a New York State Southeast Regional Semifinal, which doubled as the Long Island Championship.

Forrest Loesch will start for the Whalers at Dowlilng on Saturday against either Chester (Section IX) or Haldane (Section I) in the Regional Final that begins at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to the state final four in Binghamton next Saturday, June 14.

Senior starter Nick Kruel pitched seven strong innings on Friday and allowed five hits and two walks to pick up the first win of the postseason, which began nearly a month after the regular season had ended. Senior captain Aaron Schiavoni picked up the only RBI of the afternoon, hitting a deep sacrifice fly in the first that scored Chisholm.

Friends starter Matt Feinstein also went the distance on Friday, but had the dubious honor of tossing a rare no-hitter that ended in defeat.

“Respect to the other pitcher,” Kruel said moments after the game ended, deflecting the attention that comes from being a knuckleballer who seems to get better with every outing. “And big ups to Johnny for taking second and coming home on a sacrifice fly. That’s baseball.”

The biggest defensive play of the game for Pierson came in the fifth inning with one out and runners on the corners for the Quakers. A ground ball hit directly to Loesch at shortstop went to first for the second out of the inning. Around the same time, Friends base runner Narain Badhey took off from third, only to be tagged out at home by Pierson catcher Aaron Schiavoni, who sat on home plate and handled a perfect strike from Tim Markowski at first base.

“I knew Tim was going to put it right there for me,” Schiavoni said later. “The biggest thing today was our defense. We knew if we got one run, we’d have a chance. To win this game, in this way, getting no hits, speaks volumes about our defense.”

It was celebration time following Pierson's 1-0 win over Friends in the Long Island Class C Final on Friday at Dowling College

It was celebration time following Pierson’s 1-0 win over Friends in the Long Island Class C Final on Friday at Dowling College

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11 Responses to “Whalers Take First Step, Win LI Title”

  1. sandi kruel says:

    We rocked…Go Whalers !!! Lets do it tomorrow!

  2. Jeff peters says:

    Great job whalers! Break out the bats tonight! As always big thanks to sag harbor fire department for the parade. Hope fully we can have another tonight. Amazing defense by the whalers.

  3. sandi kruel says:

    It was a amazing effort by the whole team, the pitching, the catcher calling the game,the defense the great base running which makes solid baseball!

  4. Arnold Timer says:

    Congrats to the Whalers! Awesome job!

    Just wondering why the Pierson Robotics Team didn’t get a welcome home from the fire department and police. Who pays for all the fuel, wear and tear, etc.? Who decides which groups get an emergency vehicle parade led by our publicly funded fire department and police? I’m sure the officers are not being paid for this. Right?

  5. Mike Heller says:

    The Robotics Team DID get a parade on Main Street – I photographed it.

  6. sandi kruel says:

    I was there!!!!! And I helped spread the word through Social Media to get the school community there!!!! If you didn’t know Arnold, this is a Volunteer Fire Department who enjoy being there for ALL our Kids!!

  7. Arnold Timer says:

    I wrote: “Just wondering why the Pierson Robotics Team didn’t get a welcome home from the fire department and police. ”

    Perhaps I’m mistaken but I didn’t recall the emergency services escort or the 1/2 hour of sirens…I applaud our volunteer firemen but since they are a publicly funded group I was simply questioning who decides which groups get the full on parade.

  8. sandi kruel says:

    All of our amazing teams and wonderful parents keep the town updated on ALL competitions at these levels and we celebrate all our children whenever we have the opportunity. We are so blessed! Go Whalers!!

  9. Arnold Timer says:

    Once again, I cannot seem to get an actual response to my questions… Just the non answer below…Nonsense.

    “All of our amazing teams and wonderful parents keep the town updated on ALL competitions at these levels and we celebrate all our children whenever we have the opportunity. We are so blessed! Go Whalers!!”

  10. sandi kruel says:

    Whats the question,,,,,you asked who decides…the town is kept abreast of the children as they compete.It’s organized by the parents and local fireman, the parade is on my iPhone its one minute 52 seconds, gas..that question could be asked after any parade,,….and yes the we celebrate all children whenever possible, you must not be from here because we have been doing this tradition since I was in school…but its obviously why you moved in our town because we are such a unique community….Go Whalers lets have another parade this weekend!!!

  11. Margaret Henn says:

    Mr. Timer I do not understand what you are questioning either. Sandi Kruel seems to have answered your question. I do not know where you were for the Robotics parade but you weren’t on Main Street. For such a small school these students deserve every celebration given to them. These parades have been going on since the 60′s. Please do not try to take this away from our children of our small, unique community. We are very proud of them. As for our volunteers, they are awesome and are always there to support the community as the community is there for them. That is what’s great about Sag Harbor! Go Whalers!!


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