Up and Down Week for Local Sports Teams

Pierson's Sam Warne tracks the ball during the second game of a double-header against Greenport on Monday. Michael Heller photo
Pierson’s Angelo Toscano hurls one toward the plate against Greenport on Monday. Michael Heller photo

By Gavin Menu

The Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team swept a doubleheader against Greenport at Mashashimuet Park on Monday, dominating game one by a score of 15-0 before squeaking by in game two, 6-5. The Whalers were fresh off being swept in three games by Southold, the undefeated leader of League IX, so the wins were welcome and highlights of the week for Pierson athletes, many of whom struggled heading into the spring break.

Tennis Falls to Westhampton

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys tennis team had its three-year, 29-match win streak snapped by rival Westhampton Beach on Friday, April 7. The narrow 4-3 decision means the Bonackers and Hurricanes are now tied for first place in League VII with identical 5-1 records.

The Bonackers picked up all three team points in singles, with Pierson’s Luke Louchheim winning, 6-1, 6-1, in the fourth spot and Bridgehampton’s’ Jonny DeGroot winning, 6-1, 6-2, at second singles. As he did in the teams’ first meeting earlier this year, Pierson’s Jack Louchheim lost to Westhampton’s Riley Smith at first singles.

But where the team picked up a point in doubles during their last meeting, this time the Hurricanes swept all three doubles matches in straight sets to claim the victory.

The Bonackers will resume the second half of the league schedule when they get back to action on Tuesday, April 18, at home against Shoreham Wading River at 4:30 p.m.

Pierson freshman Sam Cox pitched a complete game against Southold/Greenport on Friday. Craig Macnaughton photo

Softball Spits Two Against Rivals

Led by senior Isabel Peters, who hit her second homerun of the season, the Lady Whalers softball team crushed Class C rival Port Jefferson, 23-14, on April 5. Peters went 3-for-6 with a triple and homerun, and had 4 RBIs. Senior Lottie Evans walked five times, and Leigh Hatfield went 3-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Pierson/Bridgehampton returned home on Friday, April 7, to face Southold/Greenport and lost a close game, 7-4, in which freshman Sam Cox pitched from start to finish. The Lady Whalers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Southold’s Toni Esposito made a diving catch to preserve the win.

The Lady Whalers fell to 1-3 in League X and won’t return to action until after the spring break, when they travel to play at Babylon on Monday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m.

Pierson sophomore Hollie Schleicher drives toward the net against Mattituck/Southold on Friday. Craig Macnaughton photo

Toole Leads Lacrosse Team to Victory, Girls Split a Pair

Pierson senior goalie Bradley Toole made 12 saves in an 8-7 overtime victory over Center Moriches on Friday, as the South Fork Islanders improved to 2-2 in Division II action, though Friday’s victory was the team’s first official win since Mercy forfeited their game earlier in the season. Luke Marro scored five goals for the Islanders, and Connor Rozzi had two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and an assist. The Islanders faced Hauppauge on Wednesday after press time and will travel to face Bellport on Tuesday, April 18, at 5 p.m.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls lacrosse team lost, 19-1, to Mattituck/Southold on Friday to fall to 2-1 in Division III play, and 2-3 overall. The girls were coming off a 20-6 win over Mercy on April 5, a game in which Pierson sophomore Hollie Schleicher scored four goals to go with four assists. Sophia Bitis, another Pierson sophomore, scored three goals against Mercy.

The Lady Bonackers will be back in action on Monday, April 17, with a game at Westhampton Beach at 4:30 p.m.