By Gavin Menu
One series was expected, the other a surprise. After two cold and wet months of the regular season, the Pierson baseball and
softball teams enter the postseason with hopes of winning Suffolk County Class C Championships.
The baseball team will face Southold in a best-of-three-game series beginning Thursday, May 19, at 4 p.m. on the top-ranked Settlers’ home field. Game 2 will be at Mashashimuet Park on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Game 3 back in Southold on Monday at 4 p.m., if necessary.
The Lady Whalers finished with a regular-season record of 7-13, which is below the usual .500 record required by Section XI, the governing body of Suffolk County high school athletics, for a berth in the postseason. But because Port Jefferson, the only other Class C school in the county, also finished below .500 at 6-14, the section awarded the teams a chance to play for a postseason title.
Pierson is the top seed and will host Game 1 on Wednesday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. Game 2 is Friday at Port Jeff at 4:30 p.m., with Game 3 back in Sag Harbor on Monday, if necessary, also at 4:30 p.m.
“I think the key to winning the series will be to remain focused and determined as a team,” Pierson’s first-year head softball coach Shakoya Davis said on Monday. “We have to play like our backs are against the wall. We’ve played very well when our chemistry is flowing and everyone is ready to go.”
The Lady Whalers knocked off visiting Shelter Island, 14-5, on May 11, a day the team honored its lone senior and starting first baseman, Taylor Cox.
“A well rounded, remarkable player and one of many leaders on the team,” Davis said when asked about Cox. “I’ve moved her to three different positions throughout the season and her response every time was, ‘I’ll go wherever you need me, coach.’”
The Pierson baseball team had its regular season extended a bit, making up games against Southampton and Mattituck, both of which were postponed earlier this month due to poor weather. The Whalers fell to Southampton, 7-0, on Saturday and lost to Mattituck, 16-6, on Monday to end the regular season at 11-8 and in fifth place in League VIII. Mattituck won the league with a record of 14-2.
Southold (16-4) is the top seed and defending county champion in Class C.