The Pierson baseball team wrapped up its dominant run through League IX competition with a three-game sweep of Stony Brook last week to finish 12-0 in league, 13-3 overall heading into the Class C postseason.
The Whalers won 7-1 in Stony Brook on May 5, walloped the Bears 18-3 in Stony Brook on Thursday, and capped their undefeated regular season with a 3-1 home win on Friday.
Because the only other Class C schools in Suffolk County—Southold and Stony Brook—did not finish with winning records in league play, the Whalers are automatically Suffolk County Class C champs, a distinction they earned for the third year in a row, and will officially begin their playoff run in the Long Island Class C Championship against Friends Academy on June 6 at the Dowling Sports Complex. Pierson beat Friends Academy to win the Long Island title last season and made it to the state semifinals before its season came to an end.
All seven Pierson seniors—Aaron Schiavoni, Nick Kruel, Ulysses Poulmentis, Henry Kotz (a Bridgehampton student), Kyle Sturmann, Tim Markowski and Forrest Loesch—started and played the entire game in Friday’s win. Kruel was on the mound for the full seven innings and got the win, allowing five hits and one run with no walks and five strikeouts. Catcher Schiavoni was hot at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI. Pierson head coach Jon Tortorella said that Poulmentis and Kotz, who are not typically starters, did a nice job, with Poulmentis at first base and Kotz in right field.
Pierson took a 3-0 lead into the final inning before Stony Brook avoided the shutout by scoring one run in the seventh. The Whalers had six hits and no errors on the day, while Stony Brook had five hits and one error. Markowski and Kruel drove in Pierson’s other runs on the day.
In the 18-3 win over the Bears, Theo Gray got the win, going four and one-third innings while allowing five hits, three runs, two walks and five strikeouts, starting in place of James Sherry, who was injured. Gray had more than enough run support—Johnny Chisholm was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs; Forrest Loesch was 2 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs; Jack Fitzpatrick was 2 for 4 with a homer, three RBIs and a run; and Gray helped his own cause by going 2 for 3 with a double, ran RBI and three runs.
To say that the Whalers dominated in League IX would be an understatement. Pierson scored a total of 101 runs in 12 league games, an average of 8.4 runs per game, while holding its four league foes—Smithtown Christian, Southold, Greenport and Stony Brook—to just 23 runs in 12 games, an average of 1.9 runs per contest.
The Whalers had only four wins decided by two runs or less, and three of them came against second-place Smithtown Christian (9-3, 13-3), a Class D team that would not face Pierson, a Class C squad, in the playoffs. Southold (4-8, 4-11), was the only other team to push Pierson, losing 1-0 to the Whalers on April 11, but the Settlers were not close in the other two games, losing 11-3 and 6-1.