The Pierson softball team took down powerhouse Babylon on Thursday in a hard-fought 3-2 road game, beating the second-place Lady Panthers in extra innings.
The victory came on the heels of a 7-6 comeback win over Southold/Greenport at Pierson High School on Wednesday. The Lady Whalers improved to 6-5 on the season, and need just two more wins in their final five games to finish with a .500 record in League VI and officially secure a spot in the Class C postseason.
Pierson was scheduled to host Southampton (1-11) on Monday. (For results, see this week’s Monday Roundup article). The Lady Whalers were set to visit Hampton Bays (8-3) on May 6, will host Port Jefferson (3-8) on May 8, will visit Mercy (8-4) on May 11, and will close out the regular season at home against Mattituck (4-8) on May 13.
Babylon held a slim 1-0 lead on Thursday until the final inning, when Lottie Evans hit a two-run double to deep center field to score Cali Cafiero and Isabel Peters with two outs, giving the Lady Whalers a 2-1 lead. Babylon forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the inning, but an RBI single by Cafiero in the top of the eighth proved to be the winning run for the Lady Whalers.
Pierson pitcher Sam Duchemin and the Lady Whaler defense made three straight outs to end the game; Duchemin struck out the first batter, while third baseman Meg Schiavoni made an out and Peters made a game-ending catch in left field. Duchemin struck out seven batters and didn’t allow any walks for the win. Coach Woody Kneeland said he did not know the last time that Pierson beat Babylon, but that it was at least two years, and probably longer, ago.
The Lady Whalers needed a late-game comeback to avoid what would have been a disappointing loss to one-win Southold. Down 6-3 going into the fifth inning, Pierson started its rally by taking advantage of Southold errors. Duchemin scored the first run on an error, before an RBI single by Sabrina Baum made it 6-5 Southold. When Zoe Diskin got on with an error, Baum scored to tie the game, and an RBI single by Alyssa Kneeland that scored Diskin proved to be the game-winner. Pierson added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, and retired the Southold batters in order in the seventh to end the game.
Duchemin struck out six batters in the win.
Because Pierson is the only Class C school in Suffolk County, if the Lady Whalers make the playoffs, they will be automatic county champs. There is no Class C school in Nassau County, so Pierson’s first playoff game would be the Southeast Regional Final, which does not have a date yet but would be in early June. The state championships will be held in South Glens Falls this year on June 13.