The Pierson baseball team went into its Monday evening matchup with first-place Southold knowing that the Settlers had already wrapped up the League IX title and the top seed in the two-team Class C playoffs. Still, Pierson was hoping to even its regular season series with its rival at 2-2.
That did not happen, as Southold (17-2) came away with a 10-5 win, but the good news for Pierson (13-6) is that they’ll get another chance to beat the Settlers, when the squads square off for the Suffolk County Class C Championship. A best-of-three series with the county title on the line was tentatively set to begin in Southold on May 26.
Before the loss to Southold, Pierson had won three straight, beating Smithtown Christian, 3-2, back on May 4 before a 2-0 win at Stony Brook on May 4. On May 7, Pierson crushed Greenport, 16-1, in another road game.
In the win over Stony Brook, Pierson had just two hits and scored a run in the fourth inning and another in the seventh. It was all the run support Charles Canavan needed, as he went six innings to get the win. Ryan Chisholm and Theo Gray had Pierson’s hits, while Chisholm had an RBI.
Offense was easy to come by in the win over Greenport, by contrast. Pierson was up 5-0 after three innings and steadily added on more runs before scoring six more in the final inning for the wide margin of victory. The Whalers had 13 hits on the day and took advantage of three Greenport errors. Johnny Chisholm struck out five in a complete-game effort for the Whalers. James Sherry had three hits and two RBIs for Pierson while Duncan Bennett had two hits and three RBIs, and Jack Fitzpatrick also added three RBIs.
The Lady Whalers moved to 9-6 in League VI with a 9-0 win over Mercy last night. The win pushed Pierson ahead of Mercy (8-7) and into fourth place in the standings. The Lady Whalers were scheduled to close the regular season at home against Mattituck (6-9) on May 13.
Before the win over Mercy, Pierson lost 6-2 at Hampton Bays on May 6 and beat Port Jefferson 8-4 at home two days later. In the win over Port Jeff, shortstop Sabrina Baum and catcher Alyssa Kneeland each had three RBIs, and accounted for five hits.
By assuring they will finish with a .500 league record, the Lady Whalers clinched a playoff spot in Class C. But because they are the only Class C team on Long Island, they will not begin their playoff run until June 6 in the Southeast Regional Final, against the winner of the Section I/Section IX game. The time and location for that game has yet to be determined.