Lady Whalers face tough prospects in games that lie ahead
by Andrew Rudansky
With a playoff berth secured, the Lady Whalers of Pierson/Bridgehampton have stumbled down the regular season stretch. The team assured its post-season position this week after racking up it’s ninth win of the season, a 23-7 clobbering of McGann-Mercy on Thursday, May 10. But since that game, the Whalers have dropped their last two games, a troubling indicator for a Whalers team that has recently failed to make deep playoff runs.
Pierson/Bridgehampton is currently in second place in League VIIII standings with a record of 9-6. The Lady Whalers fell from the top spot in the league standings with their most recent loss to Hampton Bays on Monday, May 16.
The team started Monday’s game by scoring two quick runs in the top of the first inning. After lead-up batter Emma Romeo advanced to first, she quickly stole second and third base. Kasey Gilbride batted Romeo in after finding a hole in shallow center field for an RBI double.
Melanie Stafford was able to rack up her own RBI in the inning with a hit to centerfield. Stafford made it safely to first when her pop fly resulted in a collision in the outfield between two Hampton Bays outfielders who both tried to make a play on the ball.
Stafford, the starting pitcher for the Lady Whalers, had trouble of her own early in the game. Hampton Bays fired back with three runs in the bottom of the first, adding another four runs in the second.
Stafford finished the day with 5 strikeouts, and an uncharacteristically high four walks. After allowing a seventh run of the game, Stafford was replaced by freshman Sammy Duchemin.
Pierson/Bridgehampton was able to score another run in the sixth when Stafford crossed home plate on a Rebecca Speckenbach swinging bunt.
The late-inning run barely made a dent in Hampton Bay’s commanding lead, and the Lady Whalers dropped their second straight game 9-3.
Pierson/Bridgehampton has struggled against Class B teams like Hampton Bays all season. With losses to Babylon, Center Moriches, Mount Sinai and Bayport-Blue Point, the Lady Whalers have still not proven that they can stand up to this tougher competition.
Despite Monday’s defeat, their second straight, the Lady Whalers’ winning record still guarantees the Whalers a spot in the post season.
The Lady Whaler’s final game of the regular season will be against Southold (1-14) today, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. With the Suffolk County Class C playoffs right around the corner, the Lady Whalers could use a momentum-shifting win.