by Gavin Menu
The Pierson-Bridgehampton baseball team picked up two impressive wins over North Fork rivals this week with senior Colman Vila leading the way both on the mound and at the plate.
Vila had nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits in a 15-0 five-inning win over Greenport on Monday. He also drove in three runs to cap a strong week in which he moved to 2-0 as a starter. Pierson improved to 3-0 atop the League IX standings.
The Whalers picked up a 13-3 win over Southold on March 27 with senior Jake Bennett picking up the win. Vila impressed again at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and 2 RBI’s.
Junior catcher Aaron Schiavoni had two strong games at the plate, going 4-for-4 against Southold while also chipping in with two doubles and 2 RBI against Greenport. Jack Fitzpatrick, the Whalers speedy lead-off hitter, drove in three runs in Monday’s win over Greenport while Tim Markowski, Forrest Loesch, Joe Faraguna, Nick Kruel (2) and Kyle Sturmann (2) picked up RBI’s as well.
“We’re getting there at the plate,” head coach Jon Tortorella said on Tuesday, noting the team’s improvement after posting a 1-0 win over Smithtown Christian in a pitcher’s dual to start the season back on March 25. “Smithtown Christian had better pitching but we’re doing what we need to be doing to win games.”
Vila is expected to start today, April 4, at Shelter Island, with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Then it will be Bennett on the mound against Stony Brook on April 5, also at 4:30 p.m., with Loesch expected to get his first start of the season at home against Southold on Monday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.
“We only had two games last week so we didn’t need to go three deep,” Tortorella said about his pitching staff. “Colman is our one, Jake is two and Forrest is three. And after that we have Tim Markowski, Nick Kruel and a bunch of other guys who can throw.”
When asked about the upcoming schedule of games, Tortorella seemed confident.
“If we keep doing what we should be doing, and play the game the right way, then we should be fine,” he said.