By Jesse Rosenthal
After only their second loss of the season last week against Bayport-Blue Pt., the Lady Whalers came back fighting on Friday at home as they faced off against Elwood/John Glenn.
Melanie Stafford had another impressive outing, leading her team to a 7-2 victory and improving her record to 7-2 in the process.
Tuesday’s game in Southampton was canceled on account of rain and was rescheduled for this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
With Stafford on the mound again Wednesday, the Lady Whalers came up short against a tough squad in the form of Babylon. A few errors in the field and solid contact all day from the Babylon bats resulted in a 4-1 loss at home for Pierson.
After giving up one run on two singles in the top of the first, the top of the third played out almost identically. A bunt, a stolen base and a single to center field gave Babylon a 2-0 lead after three innings played.
A scoreless fourth gave way to some clutch defense from Kaci Koehne at shortstop to hold Babylon’s lead to two in the top of the fifth. Babylon’s pitcher struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning.
Following another three-up three-down for Pierson’s bats in the bottom of the sixth, the Bablyon offense was able to capitalize on a no-outs, bases-loaded situation to make it 4-0. A double to left following a single and a well laid bunt scored both runs.
The Lady Whalers were able to avoid the shutout, putting one run on the board on a deep triple to center field off the bat of Koehne and a ground ball from Melanie Stafford, but were unable to claw back to the top.
This loss puts the Lady Whalers at 7-3 going into a home game against McGann-Mercy on Friday and their makeup game away at Southampton on Saturday. McGann is 5-4 on the season. Southampton has been struggling and is below .500 at just 3-6.