Ladies open Class C series on the road Saturday
By Benito Vila
Getting up early on weekends is not something high school girls are known for but in any well-lived life there are always exceptions. The Pierson varsity softball team is poised to set aside its collective and individual preferences this Saturday morning, the Lady Whalers making their way to Port Jefferson to open a best-of-three series for the county Class C title.
With a scheduled 11 a.m. start Saturday, the Pierson girls will be on their bus before 9 a.m., heading west to play the opponent it dominated 12-4 in Mashashimuet Park last month and then lost to last Friday, 9-2.
Regardless of the final score in Saturday’s opener, game two is set for the park next Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Memorial Day holiday making for a three-day break between match-ups. A spilt of those first two games would require a game three in Port Jeff next Friday at 4 p.m.
In outscoring the Lady Whalers last Friday, the Lady Royals rolled up the win that gave them the home field for games one and three. A Pierson win Friday would have done the same thing for the Sag Harbor girls and would have moved them into a tie for second place in League VIII. Instead the Lady Whalers finished the regular season 8-8 while the Lady Royals ended 10-6.
From the beginning Lady Whaler coach Melissa Edwards has liked what she’s had to work with this year. “We have all the pieces and all the talent to go far. What we’ve needed is more experience, more confidence and more consistency. Those are the things we’ve been working on building all season.”
Â “The girls have put their work in, especially on hitting of late. We get that going Saturday and we’ll be OK and the game becomes easy; if we come out and wander in our focus and in our effort, it’ll be a lot harder to get ahead.”
“When we show up to win, we can give anyone a game. When we show up to play, we struggle doing little things, especially at the plate,” said Coach Edwards yesterday. “The effort in practice this week has been all I could want and then some. Getting a win Saturday will depend on whether we can take what we’ve been doing and execute under pressure, come what may.”