Several local teams which did not advance to the playoffs finished up their spring seasons last week, while others were gearing up for the second season.
The Pierson softball team, which finished second in League VIII with a 10-6 record, earned the top seed in the Suffolk County Class C playoff bracket, and was scheduled to begin a best-of-three series with Port Jefferson for the country crown in Sag Harbor on Friday, May 24, at 2 p.m. The second game will be played at Port Jefferson on Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m. A third game, if necessary, will be back in Sag Harbor on Wednesday, May 29, at 4 p.m.
Pierson won the county and Long Island titles last year and also won the Southeast Regional final before losing to eventual state champion Greenwich in the state semifinals.
The Southampton softball team wrapped up a 3-13 season in League VII, 3-14 overall and failed to make the playoffs. The team will graduate only two seniors, including Jenna Hegel, who will be attending Suffolk County Community College and pursuing a career in teaching, and Gina Curreri, who will be attending Salisbury University to follow a career in nursing.
Head coach Virginia McGovern is hoping to see vast improvement from her team next year.
“We are seriously hoping to be playoff contenders,” she said. “We have a solid core returning and some real promise in the eighth grade. We showed a tremendous amount of growth this season and I hope that if we continue to build our offense and pitching in the offseason, we can be competitive in the league.
“I am proud of how far we came in a short period of time,” McGovern continued. “But as always I wish some things could have gone differently. But at the end of it all we can say we really learned a lot about the game, and had some fun along the way.”
East Hampton Tennis
The East Hampton boys tennis team saw some success in the Suffolk County team tournament, earning the 10th seed and beating No. 23 Huntington in a 4-3 match on May 16 before losing to No. 7 Westhampton Beach, 7-0, the following day. Westhampton Beach (10-2 in League VII, 13-4 overall) lost 4-3 at No. 2 Half Hollow Hills West in the semifinals. East Hampton finished the season third in League VII with an 8-4 record, 8-6 overall.
Individual results were not provided for the final matches of the season.