By EJ Yennie
The Pierson Whalers are warming up for their first home game, a non-league contest against East Hampton today, Thursday, March 24. After weeks of practice, the results of two scrimmages last week left their coach, Jon Tortorella confident that the boys were ready.
“For our first time on a baseball field this year, I thought it was fine,” said Tortorella. “We know what we need to do to get ourselves ready, now we just need to put the time in and get better.”
The Whalers played East Hampton on Friday then traveled to Mattituck on Saturday. According to Coach Tortorella, “There was really no score to the scrimmages. We created certain situations and some teams got more innings at the plate then others.”
The scrimmages gave the boys the chance to test what they were doing well, and what needed some work.
One highlight was the quality of the pitching.
“I felt that Jake Weingartner and Colman Vila pitched well,” said the coach.
Weingartner, a senior, is quick to coach his teammates. Vila, a sophomore, moved up from junior varsity and appears to have earned his spot on the mound.
It is not all about pitching: Paul Dorego showed that he is ready to defend the field at both third base and center field. Mike Heller impressed his coach with a home run to center against East Hampton.
Aaron Schiavoni worked both the plate and the bat to really round the team out. Tortorella was quick to praise the base running skills of the team.
“We ran the bases well, were able to steal a couple runs by stealing bases and moving runners over,” said Tortorella.
The boys will be playing three games at home in the next week. In addition to today’s opener, the Whalers will face Mattituck on Saturday in a non-league match up, and on Monday they will scrimmage Southampton at the park.
Tortorella remains confident that his team is ready for the season ahead of them.
“We have a long way to go, but I think every team is in this position at this point of the season,” he said.