Whalers Get Past Mariners in Non-League Rivalry

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A non-league matchup between the Southampton and Pierson baseball teams has become an early season tradition for the neighboring schools, and this year, the Whalers came away with local bragging rights by beating the Mariners 10-6 at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Thursday.?Southampton wielded the hot bats early on, scoring five runs in the first inning, capitalizing on two errors by the Whalers. But Pierson didn’t waste too much time in responding with some impressive hitting of its own, putting seven runs on the board in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-5 lead it would not relinquish. In that inning, 12 batters stepped into the box for the Whalers and tallied four hits. The Whalers got plenty of help from the Mariners and starting pitcher Brandon Alvarado, who gave up four walks in the frame and also hit a batter. Pierson junior Joe Mascali and senior Keith Robinson each had two-RBI singles in that inning while Ryan Miller had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.?The Whalers added to their lead in the third inning, when a suicide squeeze executed by Sam Guest scored Andrew Mitchell, who had reached base on a walk, stole second and went to third on an error. In the following inning, Mascali scored a run after tagging up at third on a short fly ball that was caught by Southampton’s first baseman Rich Ruffner, making it 9-5. Pierson added another run for good measure, but the Mariners were able to produce only one more run after their productive first inning.?Mascali and sophomore Kyle McGowin split time on the mound, with Mascali throwing the first four innings, tallying one strikeout, two walks, three hits and allowing two earned runs. McGowin finished the game with three strikeouts, two walks, four hits and one earned run.?Mascali and McGowin got help from some good fielding by their teammates. After the pair of errors in the first inning, the Whaler fielders settled down and made two double plays in the game.?Pierson head coach Sean Crowley said he was happy to get the win against his team’s local rival.?”It was one of those momentum games,” he said. “It seemed like we got all the close calls. We only play once a year, so we only get one chance to beat them. We had a tough loss to them last year, so this certainly gets us off to a good start.”?Pierson began its League VIII schedule with a three-game series against Smithtown Christian earlier this week. The Whalers traveled to face the traditionally weak but improved Knights on Tuesday and hosted them yesterday. They will wrap up the series on the road tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The Whalers will begin a three-game set with Class C rival and defending county champion Mercy at home on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. They will travel to Riverhead for a game the following day at the same time and will play the third game at home on April 11 at 4:30 p.m.?

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