Pierson Wins Game 1 of Suffolk Class C Championship Series

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Pierson's Paige Schaefer swings mightily during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Pierson's Annabelle Schroeder charges home during the first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against Port Jefferson on Wednesday.
Pierson’s Annabelle Schroeder charges home during the first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against Port Jefferson on Wednesday.

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.

Pierson's Isabel Peters watches her hit during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Pierson’s Isabel Peters watches it fly during the Lady Whalers’ game against Port Jeff on Wednesday.
Pierson's Isabel Peters makes the tag at second base during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Peters was also strong in the field, making several stellar defensive plays at shortstop.
Pierson's Lottie Evans tracks her hit during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Lottie Evans tracks the ball as the Lady Whalers tacked on five runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth.
Pierson's Paige Schaefer swings mightily during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Paige Schaefer takes a cut.
Pierson's Annabelle Schroeder on the mound during the Lady Whalers' first game of a three-game series for the Suffolk County Class C championship against the Port Jefferson Lady Royals at Pierson High School on Wednesday, 5/18/16
Annabelle Schroeder earned the victory for Pierson on Wednesday.

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Gavin Menu is the sports editor, advertising director and co-publisher of The Sag Harbor Express and Express Magazine. Reach him at gmenu@sagharborexpress.com.

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