Whalers Advance to Regional Final, Despite Being No-Hit


No-hitters hold novelty, while shutouts hold substance. At least that’s what Pierson and Friends Academy found out Friday afternoon at Dowling College.

The Whalers beat Friends by the score of 1-0 to win the Long Island Class C Championship, despite Quakers’ pitcher Matt Feinstein throwing a no hitter. Johnny Chisholm led off the first inning with a walk, stole second and then was moved over to third on a groundball by Jack Fitzpatrick. Catcher Aaron Schiavoni hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the game’s only run.

Sag Harbor starting pitcher Nick Kruel threw a shutout, working around five Quaker hits. Friends Academy’s best chance came in the top of the fifth with a runner on third with one out, but Kruel got the batter to ground out and then first baseman Tim Markowski nailed the Quakers’ runner at the plate to end the inning.

“We’ve got these tees that say, ‘Find a Way,’ and it’s funny because we talked at the end of the day and said we’re not going to hit the baseball a lot,” said manager Jon Tortorella. “We’ve got good pitching and you just got a find a way to do it. I’ve been saying that all season long. Then they found the way through a lot of things today.”

Pierson plays again on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Dowling against the winner of the Chester vs. Haldane in the state quarterfinals.

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