Softball Season Underway
The Pierson-Bridgehampton softball team began its League VIII season with a home game against Port Jefferson last night, April 3, although the result was too late for press time. The Lady Whalers, who will be defending Suffolk County and Long Island Class C championships this season, will be on the road for the remainder of the week with games at Babylon tomorrow, April 5, and at Southold/Greenport on Wednesday, April 10. Both games begin at 4:30 p.m.
The next home game for the Lady Whalers will be April 12 against McGann-Mercy at 4:30 p.m.
McGowin Continues Hot Streak
Pierson graduate Kyle McGowin has been taking the nation by storm, dominating the action as a staring pitcher for Savannah State University during this, his junior season.
As of this week, McGowin had the third most strikeouts in the country with 67 and was carrying a perfect 7-0 record. In 56 1/3 innings pitched, he has given up just 47 hits and six walks while allowing only 14 runs in eight starts to post an impressive 1.60 ERA.
In an interview with The Sag Harbor Express last month, McGowin said he has been receiving a good amount of attention from pro scouts this season and in a report published this week by Baseball America, writer Conor Glassey said McGowin is “on track to easily become the school’s highest draft pick.” In the same report, McGowin’s coach, Carlton Hardy, praised his right-handed starter.
“He carries himself like he’s the guy,” the coach said in the article. “He’s a pro pitching for us, in my opinion.”
Local Boys Headed to National Taekwondo Tournament
Brothers Richard and Osvaldo Rodriguez of Noyac qualified for the National Taekwondo Tournament, to be held in Chicago, Illinois from July 3-8, with successful runs at the New York State Championship at Queens College on March 16. Both Richard, 9, and Osvaldo, 7, moved up from the green-belt division to compete against blue belts, which ultimately meant they did not finish as one of the top three competitors, but still performed well enough to advance to the national tournament.
The brothers train locally with Nelson Duque at Evolution Fitness in Southampton.