By Benito Vila
Sometimes the more you work at something, the more you find what you have to do. That seems to be the lesson for the Pierson varsity softball Lady Whalers, who were once again unable to get their offense going in a 6-0 loss to Hampton Bays Tuesday.
The Ladies are now 1-2 in League VIII play and 1-4 overall, with Southold/Greenport coming into Mashashimuet Park Monday at 3:30 p.m. and undefeated Port Jefferson due in Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Next week also opens up the team’s mid-season swing through League VII, match-ups scheduled at Mount Sinai Wednesday and in the park with Mattituck next Friday at 4:30 p.m.
No More Vacation
Lady Whaler’s coach Melissa Edwards was disappointed by the on-field intensity shown in Tuesday’s game.
“We have to show up to play, not just show up. That means wanting the ball hit to you; running out your spot; picking up a teammate one way or another. That spark was missing and we have to get it back.”
Despite the unfortunate mental vacation of a few, Coach Edwards still found much to like from key players. She said freshman Melanie Stafford “pitched well” and praised senior catcher Sam Federico for “calling a good a game”. Sophomore shortstop Kaci Koehne, caught in a rundown off third, collided with a “much larger girl and showed a lot of heart, staying in the game.”
Coach Edwards acknowledged how she has come to rely on the consistent leadership of her seniors, Katie Osiecki, Brianna Hand, Megan Pintauro and Federico, who “bring it every game and leave it between the lines.” But knowing that she needs the entire team to show that sort of drive and determination, Coach Edwards added, “We have no easy games. Letting ones like Tuesday’s get away will keep us from getting where we want to be. Part of wanting to play is wanting to excel, too. We all need to get thinking and playing that way for Monday, turnaround our bats and get our confidence going for Tuesday against Port Jeff.”
The only thing that cooled the JV bats this week was a forfeit loss to Hampton Bays after a muscle strain shut down pitcher Lindsey Duran with Pierson up 9-7. That injury left the team without enough players to take the field.
That sudden loss leaves the Lady Whaler JV 3-1 in league play and 5-3 overall, and does nothing to take away from a 20-8 win over Smithtown Christian last Wednesday and a 11-4 win over Southold/Greenport last Thursday.
In those games, Duran cruised through the opposing line-ups posting 18 strikeouts (eight on Wednesday and 10 on Thursday) while Rebecca Speckenbach, Chelsea Freleng and Nina Hemby paced the offense.
The JV is scheduled to play Tuesday in Port Jefferson at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday in the park with Mount Sinai at 4 p.m. and next Friday in Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.