Pierson Softball Wins Crucial Game Over Port Jeff

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Cali Cafiero watches the ball fly after connecting on Thursday.
Pierson's Isabel Peters grins as she rounds third base after hitting her first of two home runs on Thursday.
Pierson’s Isabel Peters grins as she rounds third base after hitting her first of two home runs on Thursday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

It has been somewhat of a difficult year of rebuilding for the Pierson softball team, which has struggled to a 6-11 record in the newly-aligned League VII, which includes schools from Class B, as well as Class C and D.

But Thursday afternoon at Pierson was like old times, with the Lady Whalers slugging their way to a 21-9 victory in five innings over visiting Port Jefferson.

Pierson junior shortstop Isabel Peters led the way with a pair of homeruns — her first as a varsity player at Pierson — and 7 RBIs. Port Jeff took an early lead, but Pierson exploded for six runs in the third inning, with Peters connecting on her first dinger of the afternoon, and five more in the fourth, where Peters hit a grand slam.

“From start to finish, the girls played extremely well,” Pierson head coach Shakoya Davis said later, “with solid defense and smart offense. There were no traditional bad innings.”

Pierson has been plagued in many games by one or two innings of poor play that ultimately led to losses. With three games remaining on the schedule, the team will not obtain the .500 record that is required by Section XI to reach the postseason. And neither will Port Jefferson, the only other Class C softball team in Suffolk County, which begs a question. Should Section XI allow Port Jefferson and Pierson a playoff series to determine a Class C champion?

“I haven’t gotten an official world from Section XI, but we’d love it if they would hold a playoff series for us and Port Jeff,” Davis said. “It’s been earned.”

Lottie Evans also had a big day for Pierson on Thursday, going 4-for-5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Alyssa Kneeland scored 4 runs, and Annabelle Schroeder, the team’s sophomore pitcher, went the distance, striking out three while walking just one batter.

“Every player was determined to win this game, to prove to the community that although we’ve had to rebuild this season, we are still capable of winning with hard work and tremendous effort,” Davis added.

Pierson's Isabel Peters slides safely into second base after a missed catch as the Lady Whalers took on the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson on Thursday, 5/5/16
Isabel Peters slides safely into second base.
Pierson's Lottie Evans connects for a hit as the Lady Whalers took on the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson on Thursday, 5/5/16
Lottie Evans connects for a hit.
Cali Cafiero watches the ball fly after connecting on Thursday.
Cali Cafiero watches the ball fly after connecting on Thursday.

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