By Gavin Menu
Forrest Loesch picked up the win and combined with James Sherry and Ryan Chisholm to pitch a six-hitter as the Pierson baseball team knocked off Stony Brook, 7-1, on Monday to begin the last three-game series of the regular season.
Johnny Chisholm was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Theo Gray was 2 for 4 with one RBI as Pierson improved to a perfect 10-0 in League IX competition with just two games remaining, both against Stony Brook.
“We hit the ball hard today,” head coach Jon Tortorella said. “Some of those at bats did not result in hits but our approach was good and we hit the ball well. That’s all we can control.”
The bad news came on Tuesday, however, when Sherry, a freshman who has had a standout season, broke his ankle at practice while sliding into home base. Tortorella said Sherry would miss the remainder of the season and the playoffs.
The Whalers will play at Stony Brook for Game 2 today, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. and will close out the regular season with Senior Day at home tomorrow, May 9, at 5 p.m. It could be the final home game of the season for Pierson since Suffolk County’s other two Class C teams, Southold and Stony Brook, currently have 2-8 records whereas a playoff berth generally requires a .500 record or better.
So tomorrow could be the last game at Mashashimuet Park for seniors Loesch, Aaron Schiavoni, Nick Kruel, Kyle Sturmann, Henry Kotz, Ulysses Poulmentis and Tim Markowski, who returned from a hand injury on Monday and picked up a hit.
“It’s good to have him in the lineup again,” Tortorella said about Markowski, who returns just in time for the Whalers to make another charge at a New York State Championship.
If the Whalers find there is no competition for the Suffolk County crown, the next game wouldn’t be until June 6 when the state playoffs begin at the Dowling College Sports Complex.