By Gavin Menu
Class C, it seems, belongs to the Lady Whalers.
The Pierson-Bridgehampton softball team opened its title defense from last season’s Suffolk County and Long Island Class C Championships with two strong performances against the only other schools of its size in the county.
The Lady Whalers blanked Stony Brook, 15-0, on April 2 in a game that ended after five innings because of the mercy rule. Pierson came back one day later and shutout visiting Port Jefferson, the only other Class C school in the county, 7-0.
Sophomore pitcher Sam Duchemin picked up the win in both games and had 11 strikeouts against Stony Brook before allowing just one hit in the win over Port Jeff.
Kasey Gilbride led the Lady Whalers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a grand slam against Stony Brook. She also scored two runs in the win over Port Jeff while junior catcher Emma Romeo went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
“A win is a win, and that’s what matters,” head coach Melissa Edwards said. “But Port Jeff and Stony Brook were weaker than us and we didn’t necessarily play that great.”
The Lady Whalers fell back to earth on Friday, April 5 against undefeated Babylon, a Class B school that moved down from League VII this year, which walloped the Lady Whalers, 13-1, to hand them their first loss of the young season. Gilbride provided the lone run of the game for Pierson with a solo homerun in the third inning.
“We didn’t hit well at all,” Edwards said. “It was 3-1 in the third inning and then we let the bottom fall out. We didn’t put the ball in play so we didn’t even give ourselves an option. And their defense is really top notch.”
“Sam is doing very well on the mound,” the coach continued. “She was doing her job, getting the ball on the ground or a pop fly, but we weren’t doing our job on defense and that’s very frustrating.”
The Lady Whalers looked to get back on track yesterday, April 10, at Southold. A home game is scheduled for tomorrow, April 12, against McGann-Mercy at 4:30 p.m.