Sun Shines Down and Whalers Baseball Team Gets Back on Track

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Pierson freshman Dan Labrozzi on the mound against Hampton Bays at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday, 4/23/19. Michael Heller photos

Spectators relished in the spring weather at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Tuesday as the sun shined down on the Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team, which warmed up to a long-awaited winning streak.

After a grueling stretch in which the Whalers lost six straight to Center Moriches and Mattituck, two of the best Class B teams in Suffolk County, Pierson won two straight against Hampton Bays, the most recent a 4-2 victory on Tuesday that saw freshman Dan Labrozzi pick up his first career victory on the mound.

Labrozzi went six innings and benefited from offensive production from Harry Cowen, Henry Brooks and Chase Eckey. Eighth-grader Christian Pantina closed out the game with a 6-4-3 double play to end the seventh inning.

Matt Hall throws to first to complete a double play as Cooper Schiavoni looks on against Hampton Bays on Tuesday.

A day earlier, Pierson (2-6 League VIII, 4-6 overall) picked up its first win since March 29, a 7-2 win over the Baymen in Hampton Bays.

“After a while you forget what it feels like,” Pierson head coach Jonathan Schwartz said. “Their confidence is getting better. It was also nice to have a dry field, some nice hops off the dirt and no 40 mile-per-hour wind gusts.”

Labrozzi on Tuesday threw a lot of strikes and kept his pitch count low, which Schwartz said helps the team’s defense develop a nice rhythm. Matt Hall pitched a complete game to pick up the win on Monday, meaning that when Pierce Summers and Max Mensch return to the mound in the coming weeks, the Whalers will have a formidable rotation for the remainder of the season.

“Our pitchers are doing a pretty nice job,” Schwartz said. “We still have two pitchers who have yet to throw an inning. Pierce has not thrown an inning, and he’ll be back, and Max recently threw a bullpen. With those two back, we have options.”

Schwartz said Habtamu Coulter threw “a ton of innings” in the tough stretch against Center Moriches and Mattituck, which allowed starters like Cooper Schiavoni and Hall to get a break.

At the end of the day, now with a few more victories to build on, Schwartz said his team was still focused on fundamentals.

“I am stressing on making the routine plays, the plays that have to be made every inning, every game in order to beat these good teams,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to our team bonding and coming together a little bit more. When you’re losing badly – it’s very easy to get on each other and point fingers. But we know where we’re going to be down the stretch when the season ends.”

Pierson and Hampton Bays will play their third and final game on Thursday, April 25, at Hampton Bays at 10 a.m. Next up is a three-game series with Port Jefferson, starting Monday, April 29, at Mashashimuet Park at 4:30 p.m.

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