By E. J. Yennie
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers finished their regular season with a sound thumping of the McGann Mercy Lady Monarchs last night, 13-3 in a game cut short due to rain.
But perhaps the most important game of the week was beating their chief rivals, Port Jefferson on Monday night, 4-3, on the Royals home turf.
In Monday’s game, the Lady Whalers (11-5) gave up two runs to the Lady Royals (14-3) in the first inning.
But the Lady Whalers responded in the second when Kaci Koehne doubled, advanced to third on a stolen base, and then scored the first run for Pierson. Samantha James scored after her, on a throwing error to tie the score.
Port Jefferson regained the lead in the third.
Down 3-2 in the fifth, with two outs, Alexa Lantiere reached first on a throwing error. Kasey Gilbride tripled to left field, scoring Lantiere for the tying run. Koehne was walked. In a double steal attempt, Gilbride headed home as Koehne reached second. The Royals made a play for the plate too late and Gilbride scored the go ahead run.
Pierson, now 11-5, is guaranteed a bid in the play offs. Port Jefferson and Pierson-Bridgehampton are the only two teams in League VIII with a .500 record needed to clinch a spot in the play offs.
Win over McGann Mercy 13-3
The Lady Whalers final regular season game was cut short in the fifth, this time because of rain, but they still dominated, with a 13-3 victory against McGann Mercy(6-8-0).
With only five innings of play, Sariah Cafiero had three RBIs. Kaci Koehne scored four runs for the Lady Whalers, including a solo home run. Melanie Stafford was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
On Tuesday, Coach Melissa Edwards said “Mercy may get a bid if they petition, depending on the seedings meeting on Friday.”
But on Wednesday, according to Ted Stafford, the Lady Whalers score keeper, the Mercy coach has decided not to petition for a right to play in the playoffs, leaving Port Jefferson and Pierson to challenge each other for the championship.
The schedules and fields for playoffs will be posted on the Sag Harbor School web site early next week.