By Gavin Menu; photo by Kevin Duchemin
With a handful of teams jockeying for position atop the League V standings, the Pierson softball team picked up an important 7-3 road win over Hampton Bays last Thursday, April 10.
The win sent the Lady Whalers into spring break with a 7-2 record, good for third place behind undefeated Babylon and 8-1 Center Moriches. An 11-day layoff will end this Monday, April 21, with a road game at Mattituck as the second half the regular season begins.
Junior ace Sam Duchemin pitched a complete game against Hampton Bays with 10 strikeouts, three walks and five hits allowed. Head coach Melissa Edwards said most of the game was a pitcher’s dual between Duchemin and Marley Tyler, which Duchemin won in the end.
“She’s finally finding her rhythm,” Edwards said about her pitcher, who was tagged for 14 runs against Babylon and eight against Center Moriches earlier this season in the team’s only two losses of the year.
It was Hampton Bays that struck first last week with a first-inning run to take an early lead. But Pierson exploded for four runs in the second inning and three more in the third, to provide plenty of cushion for Duchemin on the mound.
Kasey Gilbride went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI against Hampton Bays, while Zoe Diskin went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and Meg Schiavoni went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Lady Whalers.
“Zoe and Meg Schiavoni had a hell of a week last week,” Edwards said. And Kasey of course has been awesome. My table setters are getting on and coming around to score, and even the bottom of the lineup is getting on. The whole line up is putting the ball in play.”
To have a chance at winning the league title, the Lady Whalers will most likely have to knock off either Babylon, which they will play at home on April 24, or Center Moriches, which they will face on the road on May 2.
“I think Babylon is beatable,” Edwards said. “We really had a rough game against them, Sam did not throw well and our defense was not great. It’s going to be a different game this time. And against Center Moriches, we were tied 2-2 in the fifth inning and they let it get away.
“We always play our best game against Center Moriches,” she added.