By Gavin Menu
Forrest Loesch pitched a complete game shutout and went 2 for 5 at the plate with two RBIs to lead the Pierson baseball team to an 11-0 win over last-place Greenport in the opener of a three-game series at Mashashimuet Park on Monday.
The win clinched a spot for Pierson in the upcoming Suffolk County Class C playoffs, which will begin June 6, almost a full month after the conclusion of the regular season.
“Good day all around,” Pierson skipper Jon Tortorella said about the win over Greenport. “Forrest pitched well, he got better as the game went on. Our defensive was solid.”
Aaron Schiavoni went 3 for 4, driving the ball deep to the fence at times, and scored three runs. Second baseman Kyle Sturmann also had a pair of hits and an RBI as the Whalers dominated the action both offensively and defensively.
“We started to drive the ball more today, which was great to see,” said Tortorella, whose team ran free on the base paths while the Porters committed five errors. “We were really aggressive on the bases today.”
The Whalers (7-0 League IX) will face Greenport again today, April 24, on the road at 4:30 p.m. before returning home to close out the series in Sag Harbor on Friday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m.
Pierson will be tested in two scrimmages with Center Moriches next week before closing out the league season with a three-game series against Stony Brook the week of May 5-9.
When asked about his team’s relatively weak schedule as it heads toward the playoffs, Tortorella chose to focus on goals that are within his team’s control.
“We have to get better on every pitch,” Tortorella said on Monday. “We need to keep building and improving so, in the end, we’ll be ready.”
The Suffolk playoffs are tentatively set to begin June 6 with a Class C Regional Semifinal at Dowling College. The ultimate prize of a state championship will be crowned June 14 in Binghamton, New York.