The dominance of the Pierson baseball team continued on Monday, as the Whalers improved to 7-0 in League VIII, 8-3 overall, with an 11-0 drubbing of last-place Greenport in the opener of a three-game series at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor.
The victory officially clinched a spot in the Class C playoffs for the defending Suffolk County and Long Island Champion Whalers.
Senior Forrest Loesch went the distance and got the win for his team, allowing four hits and no runs, with five strikeouts and three walks over seven innings. He was also 2 for 5 on the day at the plate, with a triple, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Catcher Aaron Schiavoni was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, three runs and a walk, while second baseman Kyle Sturmann was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
“It was a good day all around,” Pierson head coach Jon Tortorella said. “Forrest pitched well—he got better as the game went on. Our defense was solid, and we started to drive the ball more, which was great to see.”
Pierson needed only 11 hits to score its 11 runs, which it scattered over the course of the game, with three in the first, two in the second, and three each in the fourth and fifth innings. The Whalers also played error-free ball, while Greenport made five errors on the day.
Like their male counterparts, the Pierson softball team has been dominant this season as well, and improved to 7-2 in League V with an 11-4 rout of Mattituck on the North Fork on Monday.
Pitcher Sam Duchemin allowed six hits and struck out seven with one walk in seven innings of work, and also went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run.
Pierson scored a run in the first, another in the third, then tacked on four more in the fourth and five in the seventh inning. Third baseman Meg Schiavoni went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs, while shortstop Kasey Gilbride went 1 for 3 with an RBI triple in the first inning.
“We capitalized on their errors and, as the game went on, we became more disciplined at the plate, which was needed,” Pierson head coach Melissa Edwards said.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Baseball—Thursday, 4/24, at Greenport, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/25, vs. Greenport, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/5, at Stony Brook, 4:30 p.m. Softball—Thursday, 4/24, vs. Babylon, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/25, at Mercy, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 4/28, at Port Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.