By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
The Pierson softball team got off on the right foot with an 11-8 victory at home on Wednesday in the first game of a best-of-three series against Port Jefferson for the Suffolk County Class C Championship.
Leading by three runs in the top of the seventh and final inning, and with the bases loaded, Pierson’s sophomore pitcher, Annabelle Schroeder, worked a groundout to third base, which Paige Schaefer scooped up and tagged the base for the final out.
Game 2 will be played Friday at Port Jefferson at 4:30 p.m., with Game 3 back in Sag Harbor on Monday, also at 4:30 p.m., if necessary. Nassau County has one Class C team in Carle Place, but it was unsure as of Wednesday whether they had qualified for the postseason and a possible Long Island Championship game, which would be held on June 2 at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
The Lady Whalers fell behind 1-0 early on Wednesday but tacked on five runs in the second inning, where Cali Cafiero, Taylor Cox and Leigh Hatfield all had RBIs. Port Jeff scored four times in the fourth inning to pull within one run, but in the bottom of the inning Pierson batted through the lineup and scored five more runs. Isabella DiRussa led off the inning with a single, came around to score, and closed out the scoring with a bases loaded walk to put the Lady Whalers in control, 10-4.