Whalers Dominate Lesser Teams In League IX

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It was a week of dominance for the Pierson baseball team.

The Whalers improved to 6-1 in League IX with their fifth straight win on Monday, beating Greenport, 14-1, at home in the first game of a three-game set with the Porters. That victory came on the heels of a decisive sweep of Stony Brook last week, where Pierson outscored the Bears 36-4 over three games.

On Monday, sophomore ace James Sherry struck out 12 batters and allowed just one hit in six innings to lead the Whalers. He also had two hits and two walks on the day. Ryan Chisholm and Johnny Chisholm led Pierson with three hits each, while Theo Gray had a pair of RBIs. Ryan Chisholm was the biggest standout on offense, going 3 for 3 with a double, triple and three runs scored as well as an RBI.

Pierson jumped on the Porters right away with four runs in the first inning, and they were up 10-0 after just three innings.

Sherry was the starter for Pierson in its series opener with Stony Brook back on April 7, getting the win after five innings of work while allowing one hit, no walks and no runs to go along with 10 strikeouts in the 13-2 home win. Pierson was up 4-0 after three innings and broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning. Charles Canavan led Pierson at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Angelo Toscano was selective at the plate, drawing four walks on the day. Luke Denis, Theo Gray and Johnny Chisholm all had two RBIs.

A day later at Stony Brook, Pierson shut out the Bears in a 15-0 win. Gray got the win for Pierson, allowing two hits with nine strikeouts, and he also went 3 for 5 with an RBI. Sherry was also 3 for 5 on the day with three runs. Matty Burke also had three hits while Canavan had three RBIs. Pierson wrapped up the sweep with another 13-2 win at home on April 9. Johnny Chisholm got the win, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings of work with three strikeouts. Canavan came in to close the game and allowed two hits with three strikeouts. Canavan had two hits, including a double, as well as two RBIs and a run. Denis and Sam Warne also had two hits, while Chisholm and Burke had two RBIs.

While Pierson looked good against Stony Brook and Greenport—the two weakest teams in the league—they were set to face a tougher challenge next week from Class C rival Southold (6-1). The Clippers are a strong team all around and feature one of the top pitchers in the league in Alex Poliwoda, who is 3-0 on the year so far. The series is likely a preview of the Suffolk County Class C championship. (Greenport and Stony Brook are the only other Class C teams in the county). Smithtown Christian and Port Jefferson are the other quality teams in League IX, but would not be playoff opponents for Pierson or Southold, as Smithtown Christian is a Class D school and Port Jefferson is a Class C team.

“Southold is a deep, talented and experienced team,” Pierson head coach Jon Tortorella said. “They have a great pitching staff led by Poliwoda.”

Before taking on Southold, Pierson was scheduled to complete its series with Greenport this week, with a game on the North Fork on April 15 and a game in Sag Harbor the following day. The series with Southold will start on the North Fork on April 20, return to Pierson on April 22 and then conclude at Southold on April 23. All games will start at 4:30 p.m.

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