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Lady Whalers Bounce Back – Sports Wrap 4/10/14

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Softball Bounces Back with Two Wins

The Pierson softball team this week lost to Center Moriches, 8-2, on Friday, April 4 and then traveled to Stony Brook, where the Lady Whalers took our their frustrations in the form of a 23-2 drubbing of the Lady Bears on Monday. Pierson improved to 6-2 with a 9-3 win over Southampton on Tuesday.

Senior shortstop Kasey Gilbride went 3-for-4 against Southampton, including a first inning home run, with two runs scored and three RBI. Meg Schiavoni also went 3-for-4, and freshmen Lottie Evans and Cali Cafiero also hit home runs.

Sam Duchemin pitched a complete game, allowing just two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine.

Next up for the Lady Whalers is a road game today, April 10, at 4:15 p.m. at Hampton Bays. After a long layoff for Spring Break, the team will face Mattituck on the road on April 21.

Girls Track Earns Rare Tie Against ESM

The East Hampton girls track team tied Eastport-South Manor, 73-73, in a dual meet on April 2, a result rarely seen in the world of track competition, and athletes from Pierson were a big part of the result.

Allura Leggard won the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 28.2 seconds, and also finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14 seconds flat. Leggard also anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay, which posted a time of 54.7 seconds. Hannah Jungck won the 3,000-meter run with a personal best time of 11:34.5 and was a member of the winning 4×800-meter relay. Several other Pierson athletes posted personal bests on the day, including Rose O’Donoghue, Alaina Goggin, and Elena Skerys.

Next up for the Lady Bonackers are two straight invitational meets at Sachem North on April 12 and at Connetquot on April 19.

Bumpy Road for Bonac Lacrosse

The East Hampton boys lacrosse team, which joins with players from Pierson and Bridgehampton, lost two games this week to fall to 1-4 in Division II Play. The Bonackers lost, 15-10, to Bayport-Blue Point on Friday, April 4 and 9-3 to Kings Park at home on Tuesday.

Pierson’s Sean Toole played well in goal against Kings Park and had 12 saves, but the team’s offense struggled to score. Pierson’s Drew Harvey had one goal and one assist while Jack Schleicher had one goal as well.

Against Bayport, Harvey had a big game on offense, scoring two goals to go along with four assists. Schleicher scored twice as well and Toole had 18 saves in goal. The Bonackers trailed by a single goal going in the fourth quarter, where they were outscored, 5-1.

A home game is scheduled for today, April 10, against Southampton at 4 p.m., followed by a road game at Westhampton on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Laser Regatta Rescheduled for This Weekend

Due to excessive winds, the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor rescheduled its Ice Breaker Regatta to this Saturday, April 12. There will be a skippers meeting at 1 p.m. followed by a schedule of six races, with courses to be set by a race committee boat.

For more information contact Marty Knab at 631-506-1243.

Lady Whalers Open Season with a Bang

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Emma Romeo is greeted by teammates after her sixth-inning homerun on Monday

Emma Romeo is greeted by teammates after her sixth-inning homerun on Monday

By Gavin Menu; photo by Kevin Duchemin

Playing in frigid conditions on their home field behind Pierson High School, the Lady Whalers and ace pitcher Sam Duchemin brought heat of their own to kick start the League V season.

Duchemin tossed seven complete innings, striking out three with no walks and just two hits, to shutout visiting Mattituck, 9-0, for the team’s first win of year.

Senior Emma Romeo hit a sixth-inning, two-run homerun to cap an impressive all around day for the Lady Whalers’ offense. Freshman Lottie Evans, hitting in the lead-off spot, hit a three-run triple in the fourth inning to open the floodgates for Pierson, which had been struggling to create offense until that point.

“We really didn’t come alive until the fourth inning,” head coach Melissa Edwards said. “If was a first game jitters kind of thing.”

Duchemin got in trouble in the top of the fourth as Mattituck loaded the bases with two outs. In the next at-bat, she forced a lazy pop fly to first base, which Evans squeezed to close out the game’s first real threat.

Taylor Cox, Sabrina Baum and Zoe Diskin drew three straight walks off Mattituck pitcher Lisa Angell to load the bases for Pierson with one out in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Evans drove a triple to the fence to score all three, and came home herself on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Romeo. Freshman Isabel Peters also scored in the inning to give Pierson a 5-0 lead.

Which was all Duchemin needed in the end, although she and her teammates celebrated the homerun by Romeo, the team’s senior leader and catcher.

“I thought it was going to be a pop-up it was so high,” said Edwards. “I think we looked okay today. But of course, I always expect them to play amazing.”

Pierson played at Babylon yesterday, March 26, and will host Mercy tomorrow, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. Port Jefferson will host the Lady Whalers on Monday, March 31, also at 4:30 p.m.

“There really isn’t any easy team we’re going to play,” Edwards said when asked about the road ahead. “We should have solid competition all along.”


Lady Whalers Riding High into New Season

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Leading the Pierson softball team this season will be, from left to right, Kasey Gilbride, Meg Schiavoni, Emma Romeo, Sam Duchemin, Zoe Diskin and Sabrina Baum.

Leading the Pierson softball team this season will be, from left to right, Kasey Gilbride, Meg Schiavoni, Emma Romeo, Sam Duchemin, Zoe Diskin and Sabrina Baum.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

There’s a bright and confident aura surrounding the Pierson softball team as it heads into the spring season. And rightfully so.

The Lady Whalers have returned almost their entire lineup from last year’s team, which advanced to the New York State Class C Final Four before losing to eventual state champion, Frewsburg, in the semifinal round. The returning players include co-captains Kasey Gilbride, Emma Romeo and junior pitcher Sam Duchemin, all who have championship pedigree to spare and high hopes of overcoming last season’s semifinal loss.

“They’re focused, they have their goals set, they know what they want to do,” head coach Melissa Edwards said this week, speaking specifically about her co-captains, who were part of the school’s state championship field hockey team in the fall. “They are the leaders of my team, but this is a team thing. There is an overall family aspect to it. This is a group effort, and they get that.”

Gilbride and Romeo return for their senior years after having played varsity for the last four seasons. Gilbride is the team’s “coach on the field,” according to Edwards, not to mention its best hitter and sure-handed shortstop.

“Kasey overall is the consummate athlete,” Edwards said. “She’s lights out in field hockey, but she’s a very good softball player as well. She has speed and power.”

Romeo, who was injured for most of field hockey season, returns as the starting catcher and battery mate to Duchemin, who should be one of the top pitchers in the league, if not Suffolk County.

“Pitching is the only thing I worry about in the offseason,” Edwards said. “But Sam plays travel all year long, and as long as she is throwing, that’s all that matters. Pitching has to be a year-round thing.”

Also returning to the infield this spring are juniors Sabrina Baum, at second base, and Meg Schiavoni, at third. Freshman Lottie Evans returns at first base, giving the Lady Whalers a formidable, albeit young, infield that is stacked with talent.

“We are a returning squad, but we’re still a very young returning squad with only two seniors,” Edwards said. “Meg Schiavoni has gotten so much better, and Sabrina is so much better as well. Lottie’s so strong, she’s tall, she’s got it all. My infield is insane.”

Edwards is also excited to bring back a strong core of returning players in the outfield, including junior Zoe Diskin and freshman Isabel Peters, who started last year as an eighth grader. Freshmen Cali Cafiero, Maizy Guyer and Mackenzie Beadenbeck will compete for time in the outfield as well.

The Lady Whalers’ charge upstate began last year with a win over Port Jefferson in a three-game Suffolk County Class C Championship series. Port Jeff has moved up to Class B this year, so the only teams that could stop Pierson from another county title are Southold-Greenport and Stony Brook. There are no Class C teams in Nassau County, so a win in Suffolk would advance Pierson straight to regional competition.

There has been a re-alignment with league play this season, and Pierson will compete in League V with all of the Suffolk’s Class B and Class C schools. The league season will begin this Monday, March 24, with a home game against Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s pretty neat coming off the run we had last year,” Edwards said. “And there’s an expectation to go back. Kasey, Emma and Sam are doing a dynamic job of keeping everyone focused.”

“Overall this season, we’re very optimistic,” she continued. “Our goal is to go back to states and we’re working hard at it.”

Community Supporting Small Farms

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By Emily J. Weitz

When Quail Hill Farms started as Full Circle Farm in 1988, it was the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiative in New York State. With ten families harvesting fruit from trees in Bridgehampton, the idea of sharing the labor and sharing the fruits of that labor was born.

Now there are dozens of CSAs across the state, and as many as 12,000 across the country. Quail Hill, which found its current home in Amagansett in the early 90s, has grown from the original ten families to 250. Even the term CSA has become commonplace, and is being touted by senators like Kristin Gillibrand as a way to support local economies and increase healthy living.

As more and more people learn about CSAs and join them, there are some expected growing pains that occur. The whole concept has had to evolve, as has the practice.

“Serving 250 families is very different than serving ten,” says Scott Chaskey, Director of Quail Hill. “Serving more people, you use more acreage, grow more food, sponsor more events… We’ve grown in all directions.”

Steven Eaton, who got his start in organic farming with Quail Hill six years ago, has seen different angles of the CSA. After two years with Quail Hill, he became an independent farmer on Springs Fireplace Road, farming one plot of land and selling his produce to friends and neighbors, and at the local farmers’ market once a week. Last March he was hired by Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island as the crew leader, which means he’s out in the fields managing the work.

“From my perspective,” says Eaton, “the idea of CSA has changed from what the name suggests. Community Supported Agriculture implies a community around the farm, supporting farmers in their work to ensure their food security. These people are saying ‘We want our produce to come from farms in our area and we don’t want those farms to struggle.’ It was a way for the community to make sure these farms that they value survive.”

In recent years, though, Eaton has noticed a change in the reasons people are joining CSAs, and he fears that it’s sometimes more of a trend than a real connection to the land that attracts them. Of course, there are still the people who genuinely feel it’s important to be connected to a farm, Eaton says. They want to know where their food is coming from and have a relationship with that food.

“This is more than a farmer exchanging with the community through a retail space,” he says. “At Sylvester Manor we have our regular harvest days, where we get feedback and have conversations. That’s very supportive to the farmer.”

Eaton believes that the name CSA is growing outdated, and it no longer reflects the trends happening on the East End. When the physical connection to the farm and the farming practices is not there, there is a disconnect between the people and the farm, so that they lose the very understanding of the farm that a CSA is supposed to create.

“If someone is expecting vegetables delivered to their doorstep, what happens if the basket doesn’t come or something isn’t in it,” he asked. “If you’re actually engaging in all the dimensions of a farm, you can understand the delicate nature of food and farming and how rich and joyous and difficult it can be… The trend of CSAs moving away from multi-dimensional participation is a huge disadvantage. That understanding, that dialogue, between farmer and community becomes lost.”

At the same time, as CSAs become more popular, more small, local farms are able to flourish. Balsam Farms, which has been around for a decade, began its CSA just two years ago.

“The CSA is only a small part of our farm,” says Ian Calder-Piedmonte, co-founder and farmer at Balsam Farms, who also is the outreach director for EECO Farm in East Hampton. “We prepare a box with items that are in season, and members come to pick it up at the farm. For us, it’s all about growing food and seeing people. We want as many people eating our food as possible.”

At Quail Hill, Chaskey has no problem calling the farm a CSA in the truest sense of the word.

“It’s who we are,” he says. “We started as a CSA, and we’ve influenced the beginning of lots of other CSAs, not only on the East End. Besides people around here, I’ve traveled all over the country speaking about community agriculture, running workshops and presentations about how you do it.”

The difference between Quail Hill and all the other farms on the East End is, at Quail Hill, the members do all the farming and harvesting. They get an intimate understanding of what is growing and how because they are involved in the whole process. At Sylvester Manor and other farms, like Amber Waves in Amagansett, members do some of the harvesting. For example, Eaton says, if members get a pint of string beans that week, they might be sent to the fields to pick their own.

“Being at the farm when the CSA shows up,” he says, “they’ll get out in the fields and pick basil, they’ll start talking, and they start to see those dimensions of farming. That, to me, is the biggest asset to upholding and encouraging that nature of the CSA. It educates like no other. If you sign up for twenty weeks and you come and see the ups and downs on the farm for twenty weeks, that’s a good education. That’s a huge chunk of the community that understands the nature of food, and how real food is. The value of food and farms goes way up the more people are educated. The value of food goes down otherwise.”

Photography by Michael Heller

Mott Wins Final

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The championship series of the Sag Harbor fastpitch softball league came to its conclusion last Monday, August 6, when Mott swept the regular season champions Immaculate in three straight games. Heading into the series, Mott was cruising, having swept Liquor easily in the semi-finals. Immaculate, on the other hand, suffered a shaky semi-final, but after a tough loss against Decker, they were able to come back and win two straight to make it into the championship.

It appeared that the best of five series would have in store stellar hitting performances, where runs from each team would flood in. Ultimately,  Immaculate could not string runs together, and lost each game by almost ten runs or more.

Game one of the series took place July 31, and kicked off in an unusual fashion for the teams involved. Both Mott and Immaculate went down one-two-three in their first at-bats, but followed up in the second inning with solo homeruns that put both teams on the board. After two runs in the second inning Immaculate was held at the plate, and was unable to advance on the bases. While Immaculate struggled with their hitting, Mott found a groove, and scored in each of the last six innings of the game, including a monstrous nine-run inning to finish out the game.

Performing well under their regular intensity, Immaculate looked hot and ready in game two, scoring a strong four runs in the first inning to put them up with an early lead. That lead was short-lived, as Mott laid down ten runs in retaliation, including a first inning grand slam by Eric Bramhoff.

After getting off to a fast start, Immaculate looked like they just might have the juice to beat Mott and advance the series to more games, but were only able to string together a couple of more runs in the third, one of which was due to fielding errors by Mott. As Immaculate tacked on two runs, Mott answered back with four, with the help of a three-run shot by Jared Schiavoni.

After the third inning, Mott was down a hitter, when Eric Bramhoff left the game to accompany his son, who was struck by a foul ball, to the hospital (his son would be fine). Despite having the automatic out, Mott would not be deterred, and scored eleven more runs throughout the game without one of their biggest hitters. Mott would hit six homeruns in game 2, including back-to-back shots in the seventh inning to put Immaculate well behind them.

Immaculate, on the other hand, was unable to hit a single home run in game two, and instead scored all their runs on base hits. Unfortunately for them, the hits came too sporadically, and they were unable to start any sort of rally.

Trailing the series two games to none, Immaculate walked into game three knowing far too well that it was make-or-break. From both teams, however, the game seemed more like an early season scrimmage than a championship final. Despite amazing catches in the outfield, crushing homeruns and aggressive base running, the game unwound in a less than mundane way. Aside from simply being a low scoring game, by most accounts, Immaculate carried themselves like they had already accepted defeat, and were instead looking forward to the season finally being over. Whether or not that’s true is unknown, but one thing is certain: the spirit wasn’t there.

For a team that almost entered a bench-clearing brawl with Decker during the semi-finals, Immaculate showed no vexation during their slow and inevitable loss.

In their game three loss, Immaculate was unable to get into a rhythm, scoring only five runs on nine hits. Three of those runs came from homers, one by Tyler Gilbride in the fourth, the other a two run shot by Joe Mascali in the sixth.

Mott was a similar story. Although they scored early and often, the sluggers only tacked on fourteen runs in the game, just about half as much as they score on any other night.

Ultimately, what the series boiled down to was injuries. For a season that takes place during the height of the summer, most teams are lucky to be playing with a full squad.

Immaculate’s Nick Dombkowski, who drove in fourteen runs, with four homers during the semi-final series against Decker, was held back in the finals by a hamstring injury. Mott lost a solid hitter in Rich Bragna after he injured his knee in an earlier game.

With the season over there’s no guessing as to what will happen next year, or which teams will still be around. Chances are the seasonal squads such as Mott and Immaculate will be in the running.

Mott Takes the Lead as League Heats Up

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T&S Mott first baseman Casey Crowley triesto make a play to catch an Immaculate Pools player off base during the T&S Mott vs. Immaculate Pools Men's Fastpitch sodtball game at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday, 6/26/12

T&S Mott first baseman Casey Crowley tries to make a play to catch an Immaculate Pools player off base during the T&S Mott vs. Immaculate Pools Men's Fastpitch softball game at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday, 6/26/12

By Mike Pintauro

A couple of insane hitting performances took place in the fastpitch softball league on Tuesday night, June 26, under the lights at Mashashimuet Park, when Team Decker (3-4) beat Team Bridge (1-8) by a score of 22-20, just before Team Mott prevailed over Team Immaculate in the second game, with a score of 20-15, to claim the league’s lead.

It was windy and chilly down at Mashashimuet, and as the sun went down and the days become shorter, the Sag Harbor Fastpitch Softball League rounded its mid-season point, in its final stretch towards the playoffs. The two games that night promised to be good ones, but no one could foresee the slaphappy hitting performances of each team, which continually laid waste to their supply of softballs.

The first of the two games was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday night, between teams Decker and Bridge, but because of a late umpire and a late ball player, the first pitch was thrown a half hour late, and that was when things got wacky.

Both Decker and Bridge are underdogs in the league; both have records under .500, but nevertheless they exhibited their power and their durability on the night, and played like playoff contenders. There was never any certainty throughout the game about who would walk away victorious. When the game was tied 20-all in the top of the seventh, it looked like no one would ever leave the softball field.

Yet in that moment, Decker found the will to come out big over Bridge, as Charlie Canavan lined a two RBI double down the right field line to put his team up two in the final inning of play. Bridge made a valiant effort with their last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little too late.

Most of Decker’s scoring came in the top of the third inning, and after that it was difficult for Bridge to keep up. Lead off hitter Teague, as his team calls him, smacked a line drive to the wall, and scored himself on an in-the-park homerun that drove in two others. Two batters later, Bridge would suffer more hardship, when Ben Zuhusky cranked a two-run home run to put Decker up 9-3.

In reality it was amazing that Bridge even had the opportunity to win, after being down 18-13 in the bottom of the sixth with only one inning left. But that was before they scored six runs, which included a two RBI triple by Adam Earle and a two RBI double off the fence by Dan Pintauro. With that the score was 19-18, Bridge, but they were unable to stop a late game scoring run by Decker, who took the victory to improve their record with four wins and four losses.

The second of the two games commenced with the stars out and the lights on, almost 45 minutes behind schedule, and the anticipation between the two teams could be measured by the speed and intensity of the game play. It was a battle of the fast pitch powerhouses; the 6-1 Immaculate against the 6-1 Mott, in a showdown that would determine the league leader.

From the onset, Mott appeared to have the game under control, scoring 12 runs in the first two innings alone. Seven of Mott’s 20 runs came in the second, when remarkable hitting gave way to five RBI doubles in six at-bats. All those runs weren’t necessarily the result of hitting, but more from playing errors by Immaculate, who through the first two innings, simply could not control the ball around the infield.

All that would change, however, as Immaculate began collecting some hits together to fight back against Mott, scoring seven runs in three innings. One of those runs came in the first at-bat, when lead-off hitter Tim Pilinko knocked an opposite field solo home run over the right field fence.

Immaculate’s strength not only showed up behind the plate, but through the middle innings of the game, their pitching and fielding improved, holding Mott to only one run through the fourth inning.

As the game progressed it became a hitting marathon, with each team seeing who could out-hit, out run and out play the other. Immaculate had a big inning in the bottom of the fifth, where they scored six runs, including an in-the-park homer by Evan Harse.

That big inning and big hit was answered, however, by the bats of Mott, who scored four more runs, including a bomb home run by Mike Labrozzi, to bring their run total to 20.

Five and Counting


by Andrew Rudansky

Through the strength of their bats and the leadership of senior pitcher Melanie Stafford, the Lady Whalers of Pierson/Bridgehampton have fought their way to a 5-0 start to their varsity softball season.

The Lady Whalers have bowled over the competition in each of their first five games, failing to reach double digit runs only once during that time period. To look at it another way, the Lady Whalers have outscored their opponents 60-21 this season, only winning by less than five runs in one of those games.

“Pretty much our whole lineup has been hitting the ball, and hitting it very well,” said Head Coach Melissa Edwards about the team’s hot start. “This team does not want to lose, and I don’t want to lose either.”

The most recent of these wins, occurred on Friday, March 30 when Pierson shut out Mercy 6-0. Stafford had another banner day, throwing a three hitter with five strikeouts.

The Whalers struggled to get on the board early in the game, but broke out offensively in the third inning. Stafford also went 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBIs, while sophomore short stop Kasey Gilbride went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Earlier that week, on Wednesday, March 28 the Whalers took a win away from the Port Jefferson Lady Royals, 13-4. Sophomore third baseman Emma Romeo went 3 for 5 in the game with 2 RBIs. Junior right fielder Julia Schiavoni went 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Gilbride had a great day at the plate as well, tallying her first in-the-park home run of the season.

The home run came after Gilbride hit a shot to deep right-center field, and outran the play to home.

“She has tremendous speed and she is very aggressive,” said Edwards about the sophomore, “she probably would have went for the home run even if I tried to stop her.”

The Lady Whalers also had a non-league game scheduled against East Hampton on Saturday, March 31 however that game was rained out.

While the Lady Whalers have shined so far this year, by no means is this success an aberration. During the spring 2010 season, when the Whalers finished the season 14-4, they started the season with an equally impressive 5-0 start.

The Lady Whalers travel to Center Moriches (2-0) on Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. The Lady Whalers next home game will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. when they host the Southampton Mariners.

“I think that this game against Center Moriches is going to be one of our closest games in league play,” said Edwards. “If we want to win league VIII we have to go through Center Moriches.”

Lady Whalers Set for Play-Offs

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By E. J. Yennie

The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers finished their regular season with a sound thumping of the McGann Mercy Lady Monarchs last night, 13-3 in a game cut short due to rain.

But perhaps the most important game of the week was beating their chief rivals, Port Jefferson on Monday night, 4-3, on the Royals home turf.

In Monday’s game, the Lady Whalers (11-5) gave up two runs to the Lady Royals (14-3) in the first inning.

But the Lady Whalers responded in the second when Kaci Koehne doubled, advanced to third on a stolen base, and then scored the first run for Pierson. Samantha James scored after her, on a throwing error to tie the score.

Port Jefferson regained the lead in the third.

Down 3-2 in the fifth, with two outs, Alexa Lantiere reached first on a throwing error. Kasey Gilbride tripled to left field, scoring Lantiere for the tying run. Koehne was walked. In a double steal attempt, Gilbride headed home as Koehne reached second. The Royals made a play for the plate too late and Gilbride scored the go ahead run.

Pierson, now 11-5, is guaranteed a bid in the play offs. Port Jefferson and Pierson-Bridgehampton are the only two teams in League VIII with a .500 record needed to clinch a spot in the play offs.

Win over McGann Mercy 13-3

The Lady Whalers final regular season game was cut short in the fifth, this time because of rain, but they still dominated, with a 13-3 victory against McGann Mercy(6-8-0).

With only five innings of play, Sariah Cafiero had three RBIs. Kaci Koehne scored four runs for the Lady Whalers, including a solo home run. Melanie Stafford was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Play-off Bids

On Tuesday, Coach Melissa Edwards said “Mercy may get a bid if they petition, depending on the seedings meeting on Friday.”

But on Wednesday, according to Ted Stafford, the Lady Whalers score keeper, the Mercy coach has decided not to petition for a right to play in the playoffs, leaving Port Jefferson and Pierson to challenge each other for the championship.

The schedules and fields for playoffs will be posted on the Sag Harbor School web site early next week.

Seventh Inning Rally For Lady Whalers Win

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Down two runs, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, it looked like the Pierson-Bridgehampton Lady Whalers were facing their third loss of the season last Friday, April 15. The Ladies rallied to a 7-6 victory against the Hampton Bays Lady Baymen, sparked by Kasey Gilbride’s first homer of the season.
Hampton Bays was up two runs by the bottom of the second. Kasey Gilbride had a single, but stretched it out to steal both second then third. Samantha Duchemin’s single brought in Gilbride for the Whalers’ first run of the afternoon. A single by Emma Romeo brought in Duchemin, tying up the game. Sariah Cafiero’s single scored Romeo, giving the Lady Whalers a 3-2 lead.
With two runs scored by Hampton Bays in the top of the fourth, Pierson first baseman Samantha James singled. Rebecca Speckenbach’s double advanced James who then scored off a pop fly by Duchemin , tying the score, 4-4.
In the top of the fifth, a Lady Baymen drive was fielded by Pierson and thrown to third, where the ball bounced off the runner’s helmet as she dove to the bag. As the umpire called safe, the runner recovered, jumped up, ran towards home, scoring the fifth run for Hampton Bays.
The Lady Whalers stranded two on base in the fifth and sixth, allowing a run in both innings, to bring them into the seventh down 6-4.
The bottom of the seventh started with a home run by Gilbride, her first of the season. With two outs, needing two runs to win, eighth grader Duchemin came to bat. Duchemin singled and advanced to second on an error. She was replaced by pinch runner India Hemby. Romeo doubled, bringing in a racing Hemby, who slid into home just before the ball arrived, tying the score. A Cafiero base hit scored Romeo, giving the Lady Whalers the win, 7-6.
The Lady Whalers, holding on to their number two spot in League VIII traveled to Mt. Sinai on Monday for a non-league game. They faced the Suffolk County League VI Leader, who, with an 8-2-0 overall record and a 7-1-0 league record stunned the Whalers, 10-0. Pierson’s overall record, 5-3-0 reflects just one league loss.
The Lady Whalers will be traveling to Center Moriches on Tuesday, April 26. They will be playing Bayport-Blue Point at home on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30.

Lady Whalers’ Softball Comes Out Strong

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By E.J. Yennie

Though the softball season has just begun, on Monday the Pierson Lady Whalers continued to show their dominance on the field by chalking up another impressive win, this time against the Stony Brook Bears.

After two cancellations due to rain and flooded fields, the Lady Whalers finally faced the Lady Bears at Pierson on Monday, with Stony Brook being noted as the home team. After allowing three hits and a run in the bottom of the second, the Lady Whalers found themselves in the unusual position of being down 1-0. Up until this point in the season, the Whalers have crushed the competition, even forcing a mercy ruling on their last two opponents.

It took until the fourth inning, but with one out and Samantha James on base, Nina Hemby got the team back on track with a base hit that advanced James to third. A sacrifice pop by Kaci Koehne followed and brought James in, tying the score. Stony Brook pitcher Linda Devine got out of the top of the inning with a strike out. But when Pierson pitcher Melanie Stafford took the mound in the bottom of the fourth, she made short work of the Stony Brook girls with a ground out followed by two strike outs.

A base hit by Alexa Lantiere started the Whalers off right in the fifth inning. Lantiere then proceeded to steal second, and then third, putting her in scoring position with no outs. Devine opted to walk Lindsey Warne, who promptly also stole second. A base hit followed by Kasey Gilbride that drove Lantiere in, and that’s when Pierson started racking up the runs.  By the top of the fifth, Pierson was up 6 to 1. When it was Pierson’s turn to take the field, Stafford again faced three and retired three. Stony Brook opted for a pitching change in the top of the sixth, which held the score to 6 to 1.

After being ahead by more than 12 runs, Pierson’s last two games were called in the fifth inning. But after five on Monday, the Lady Whalers weren’t yet finished with the competition. With no runs added to the board in the sixth, the Pierson girls went into their first seven inning game of league play this season. That’s when the Lady Whalers really hit their stride, scoring seven runs against the Lady Bears while letting up only one in the bottom of the inning, for a final score of 13 to 2.

Port Jeff 15, Pierson 3

The Port Jefferson Royals watched from the dugout on Tuesday afternoon as Pierson players and coaches raked and removed tarps, readying the infield for the Pierson Whalers’ first league game of the season. The rain stopped and the field was ready, but apparently the Whalers weren’t as they fell to Port Jefferson 15 to 3.

By the bottom of the fourth, the Whaler’s were down 13 to nothing and struggling to avoid a shut out. For three innings, they left men on base with no score. The fourth proved to be more of the same. Sean Romeo was tagged out at first. Forrest Loesch drove the ball to right field, landing at first but was tagged out stealing second. Colman Vila walked, but the inning ended with a pop out by Tyler Gilbride, stranding Vila and leaving Pierson scoreless.

The Royals scored two more runs in the fifth before Pierson got to bat. Sean Hartnett bunted his way onto base but was tagged out at second in a double play off the bat of Jake Weingartner. Aaron Schiavoni earned a base after being hit by a pitch, but the inning ended with him stranded after a pop out.

Pierson brought Gavin Kudlak to the mound in the top of the sixth to close the game. A base hit, two strike outs and a tag out ended Port Jefferson’s side of the inning.

First up in the bottom of the sixth, Kudlak drove the ball down the left field line to earn him a spot on first. When the Royal’s fielder overthrew the ball to first, Kudlak took second, arriving just before the ball. Sean Romeo’s grounder to third base proved to be Kudlak‘s undoing: he was tagged out in a rundown between second and third. Loesch was walked. Vila loaded the bases on a hard shot which the second baseman fumbled. Gilbride hit a foul pop that was caught for the second out. Hartnett kept a careful eye on the ball and was walked in, allowing Pierson to get on the scoreboard with Romeo walking in.

As the sun began to set in the top of the seventh, Pierson started to rally. Kudlak allowed one walk before striking out three in a row.

In the bottom of the seventh, Frank Romeo was walked by Royal’s pitcher, Tyler D’Accord. After Mike Heller struck out, Kudlak had a base hit. Sean Romeo was walked, loading the bases. Loesch had a base hit, bringing in Frank Romeo and forcing out Sean Romeo. A hit by Vila was missed by the shortstop, allowing Kudlak to score. Gilbride loaded the bases once again with a base hit, but a pop fly to center ended the game, 15-3.

Pierson will face Port Jefferson at home again on Friday, April 8. Next week they will be in Southold on Tuesday, April 12 and will be facing Southold at home on Wednesday, April 13.