By EJ Yennie
After losing to McGann Mercy last Tuesday, 11-5, and Wednesday, 6-0, the Pierson Whalers came back on Friday, April 29 to finish the series with a 14-8 win on the Monarch’s home field.
Pierson scored three runs in the first. By the fifth, the Whalers had pulled ahead 6-1. McGann Mercy closed the gap in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs making it 6-5.
Pierson senior Jake Weingartner pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 runs.
“Jake was outstanding today,” said Coach John Tortorella. “His stat line does not give his performance the credit it deserves. Mercy can hit and they have a lot of power. Jake battled all day and gave us a chance. To be honest, it was one of his better outings of the year and it was great to watch him step up like he did.”
Pierson’s sixth inning was highlighted by two home runs. A two run homer by Gavin Kudlak was followed by a grand slam by Sean Hartnett. Up at bat twice during the inning, Kudlak squeezed in another RBI with a sac fly. By the end of the inning, Pierson scored 8 more runs.
Down by nine runs, Mercy fought hard to come back in the seventh but was held to three runs by Pierson relief pitcher Colman Vila, for a final score of 14-8.
“It was a huge win for us,” said Tortorella. “We were pressing a little bit this past week and not playing like we are capable of. It was a good feeling for us going into our bye week.”
After last week’s three losses and one win, Pierson is 6-6-0 in league play. The Whalers’ next game is on Tuesday, May 10 against Smithtown Christian (7-5-0) at home. They will travel to Smithtown on Wednesday, May 11.