By Gavin Menu
At long last, games will be played.
The Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball and softball teams have been slogging through a month-long layoff since the regular seasons ended in early May. The teams were crowned champions of Suffolk County without playing a single game, mostly because their competition this season was unworthy in the eyes of Section XI, which governs the county’s high school sports.
But starting with tomorrow’s Long Island Class C Baseball Championship, the serious competition returns, and the Whalers and Lady Whalers will each seek a return to the New York State Final Four, to be held in separate locations on Saturday, June 14.
The Lady Whalers will await the winner of a game today, June 5, between Chester (Section IX) and Haldane (Section I), which Pierson crushed in last year’s Southeast Regional Final. The winner from Saturday’s game, to be played at St. Joseph’s College at 5 p.m., will advance directly to the state final four in South Glens Falls, where the Lady Whalers fell short in the semifinal round last year.
“The layoff has been hard,” Pierson head softball coach Melissa Edwards said last week. “We haven’t really had the opportunity to play anyone due to the playoff schedule of other teams. So it’s been primarily practice which gets long and stagnant. We are doing what we can to remain focused and ready.”
The baseball team, which is currently the top-ranked Class C team in the state according to a panel of sports writers, will need two wins for a return to Binghamton, where it also came up short of a state title last year by losing 1-0 to eventual champion Seton Catholic in the semifinal round.
The Whalers will face Friends Academy for the Long Island Championship tomorrow, June 6, at 4 p.m. at the Dowling College Sports Complex. The winner will advance to face either Chester (Section IX) or Haldane (Section I) in a Southeast Regional Final on Saturday at 5 p.m., also at Dowling.