Whalers Set To Face Southold in County Baseball Final
By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
The Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team will face an all-too familiar foe in a three-game series starting Monday with the Suffolk County Class C Championship on the line.
Undefeated League IX Champion Southold enters the series a heavy favorite with three ace pitchers who have domintated opponents on their way to the team’s combined 20-0 record.
The Whalers finished the regular season at 16-4, their only losses coming at the hands of the Settlers. Pierson made sure there would be no out-bracket game in the playoffs with a 10-1 win over Port Jefferson in the regular-season finale on Thursday, May 11.
The Whalers celebrated senior day prior to the game’s start, but it was a junior, Tyler LaBorne, who scattered three hits with no earned runs and 12 strikeouts to lead Pierson to the victory and drop Port Jeff two games below .500, which is required for a automatic berth in the postseason.
Pierson has a pair of ace pitchers as well in James Sherry and Sam Warne, and with the emergence of LaBorne, the Whalers are hoping to go toe-to-toe with the Setters, who are the top-ranked Class C team in the state.
Pierson athletic director Eric Bramoff has launched a “Pack the Park” campaign seeking historical perspective over social media in an effort to make Tuesday’s home game at Mashashimuet Park, which follows the series-opener at Southold on Monday, the largest Pierson baseball crowd in history.
Game one at Southold on Monday is at 4 p.m., with game two back in Sag Harbor on Tuesday, also at 4 p.m. Weather forecasts call for sunny skies with highs in the 70s.