By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
Aaron Schiavoni, who graduated from Pierson High School in June, has been named to the first-team All State Class C baseball team by the New York Sportswriters Association.
Schiavoni, a three-year starter at catcher who led the Whalers to back-to-back Suffolk County, Long Island, and Southeast Regional Championships, finished the 2014 season with a .418 batting average, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Over his entire varsity career, which spanned 107 games, Schiavoni posted a remarkable .427 batting average, with 141 hits in 330 career at-bats.
“Aaron is the perfect example of what we want our players to be,” Pierson head coach Jon Tortorella said on Tuesday. “His character, attitude, work ethic and passion have made him a very successful student, player and person. We will miss him tremendously, but also know that his mark has been left and will remain a part of this program forever.”
Schiavoni will attend the State University of New York Maritime College starting this fall and will be a member of the school’s Division III baseball program.
Kasey Gilbride, who will attend the University of Richmond on a field hockey scholarship this fall, was named second-team All-State shortstop in softball for Class C, while Sam Duchemin was named fifth-team All-State pitcher. Duchemin will return next year for her senior season to lead the Lady Whalers, who are coming off three straight appearances in the Class C state final four.