In its first crossover games with League VII last week, the Pierson softball team earned a split, beating Mattituck, 6-3, on the North Fork on April 16 before losing, 13-1, at Center Moriches on Friday.
Pierson moved to 5-2 and maintained its hold on second place in League VIII, behind Babylon (6-1, 7-2 overall). Mattituck fell to 2-7 and remained in last place in League VII, while Center Moriches moved to 6-1, 7-1 overall and was in second place in League VII behind Shoreham/Wading River (7-1, 7-2).
Against Mattituck, Sam Duchemin picked up the win for Pierson, with seven hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Shortstop Kasey Gilbride had two hits to lead the team on offense. Pierson trailed 2-1 for a significant portion of the game before getting some late runs to take the win. The Lady Whalers had to adjust to some changes defensively after a foul ball glanced off catcher Emma Romeo’s hand. Gilbride was called on to catch, and Romeo moved to shortstop, but head coach Melissa Edwards said both players did a nice job making the adjustment.
The loss to Center Moriches lasted six innings, shortened by the mercy rule.
Edwards said she wasn’t upset that her team lost to Center Moriches, but said she had hoped the final score would be closer.
“Center Moriches has a great team this season,” she said. “I didn’t mind the loss, I just didn’t expect to get beat as bad. We weren’t there to play, and [Center Moriches] jumped on us in the first inning. Center Moriches will go deep into playoffs this season and honestly in my opinion are the best ‘B’ school.”
Pierson was scheduled to continue games with League VII opponents, which count in its league record. They will face Southampton (2-5, 2-6), Hampton Bays (5-3), Bayport/Blue Point (5-2, 6-3) and Shoreham/Wading River (7-1, 7-2) before getting back to League VIII play.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/23, vs. Southampton, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 4/24, at Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/26, vs. Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/30, at Shoreham, 4:30 p.m.