By EJ Yennie
The Pierson Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (12-5-0) and the Port Jefferson Royals (14-3-0) face off in a three game battle for the Suffolk County League VIII Championship on Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. in Port Jefferson.
The series looks to be great match up, with the Lady Whalers and the Royals sharing some striking similarities. For one, each team has only lost to the other in League VIII play; with their other losses coming against teams in league VII and League VI. Secondaly, both the Lady Whalers and the Royals have mercied (won by more than twelve runs by or in the fifth inning) every other team in League VIII at least once this season. Lastly, both teams have remarkable Junior pitchers.
As Pierson Lady Whaler’s Coach Mellissa Edwards put it “We always play well against Port Jeff-this year we want to play well and win.”
Coach Edwards remains confident in her team’s ability to take two of the three games needed to win the series. “The key to my team is to stay relaxed and confident in their abilities. We’ve played them in the past: this year it is our time to win.”
The second game of the series will be at home, behind Pierson High School, on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. If a final game if needed to determine the winner it will be held in Port Jefferson on Thursday, June 2 at 4 p.m.