By Mike Pintauro
The Sag Harbor Whalers are closing up the month of June with some well-placed wins, which improve their record to six wins, 11 losses. With three wins coming out of the last five games, the Whalers are currently out of last place, half a game up from the now last place Westhampton Aviators, yet still 4.5 games back from the first place Center Moriches Battlecats.
The Whalers’ first victory of the week came in a 4-3 game against Westhampton last Wednesday, June 20, at Mashashimuet Park. Jason Freeman pitched for Sag Harbor, going six full innings, throwing four strikeouts, and allowing only one earned run on five hits. The win came, however, not at the hands of the Whalers’ batting, which had less hits than their opponents on the day, but as a result of poor fielding by Westhampton, who gave up two costly errors in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Garrett Fischer to score on a passed ball.
After a tough 6-5 loss to the Southampton Breakers, the Whalers were able to turn the tide against first place Center Moriches, defeating them 9-2 on Sunday, June 24. Jim Duff pitched that day for the Whalers, going seven full innings, allowing only one earned run, on eight hits and four strikeouts, nabbing him the win for the game. With solid pitching taken care of by Duff, the Whalers’ hitting was able to focus, and in the second inning came a towering three-run home run by infielder Charlie Curl to secure the lead for Sag Harbor.
With a solid victory under their belt, the Whalers traveled to Riverhead to play a double header against the Tomcats. The Whalers would lose the first game in a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Tomcats pitcher Mike Trionfo, who pitched a two-hitter through seven innings, striking out six. The Whalers, however, would take the second game of the day, 2-1. Pitcher Jacob Bodner was on the mound for the Whalers, who earned the win for the game, pitching seven innings, allowing one earned run, on six hits, striking out seven. In the end, the Whalers were able to piece together some offense in the middle innings, taking the lead of the low scoring game in the top of the fourth inning.
General Manager Tom Gleeson and the Sag Harbor Whalers will be playing a double header on July 4th at Mashashimuet Park, and invite families and friends to bring their kids for special events between the games, including a special guest to throw out the first pitch. The first game will be played at 10 a.m. The second will be played at 12:30 p.m.
The Whalers next home game will be Thursday, June 28, against the North Fork Ospreys at 5 p.m.