The Pierson baseball team knew exactly what it wanted at the start of the season and, so far, has gone out and grabbed it.
The Whalers wrapped up the League IX regular season title last week by blowing through another opponent in a dominant three-game sweep, beating Stony Brook, 33-3, over the course of three games last week. Pierson won the first two games by 10-0 scores, and won the final game of the regular season, 13-3, in front of a sizable crowd at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Friday.
The Whalers won the league crown with a 19-1 mark, their only loss coming against second-place Smithtown Christian in a 4-2 defeat on April 19. Pierson will begin its quest to defend its Suffolk County Class C title at home on Monday, May 20, against the winner of Port Jefferson vs. Southold. The tournament follows a double elimination tournament. If Pierson wins its first game, it could win the county title at home on Saturday, May 25. (For the latest updates on playoff games, go to 27east.com.)
Pierson’s dominance in League IX was not a surprise to head coach Jon Tortorella, who praised his team for what it accomplished in the regular season. The Whalers will be a heavy favorite when the Class C county playoffs begin, based on what they did against their foes during the year. Although the Whalers did not face Port Jefferson, which went 6-12 in League VIII play, they dominated Southold (13-7), beating the Clippers, 14-9, 12-0 and 12-0, in three games. The only team that gave the Whalers a run for their money in the regular season was Smithtown Christian, and the teams won’t face each other in the postseason, because the Knights compete in Class D.
“It was a great regular season for us,” Tortorella said. “We played well on a consistent basis and continued to work on improving every day. Our focus and attitude were tremendous from beginning to end. It was a great accomplishment, and these guys should be very proud of what they did. Now, our real season begins, and we need to take it to the next level.
“We had very high goals for ourselves from the beginning and understood what it took to achieve them,” he continued. “We’re not surprised with our regular season success—we worked hard for it.”
To get ready for the second season, the Whalers scheduled scrimmages against other playoff-bound teams in Class B. Pierson was slated to play at Mattituck on Monday, May 13, and at home against Southampton on Tuesday, May 14. Pierson will travel to Southampton for another scrimmage on Thursday, May 16.
Southampton won the League VIII regular season title with a 16-2 record, and Mattituck, at 12-6, was second. Both Mattituck and Southampton are headed to the Class B playoffs.
Stony Brook Series Stats
Lefty ace Colman Vila pitched Pierson to the win in the first game against Stony Brook, allowing just one hit and one walk with 18 strikeouts. In the second game, Nick Kruel got the win, going six innings with two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Catcher Aaron Schiavoni hit a homer, Vila was 4 for 4 on the day, and Jack Fitzpatrick was 3 for 5. In the final game, Jake Bennett pitched six shutout innings with three hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. Vila was 3 for 5 with two doubles and two runs, and third baseman Joe Faraguna was 3 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.