It’s official: This spring is Jem Sisco’s breakout season.
The junior pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 in the Southampton baseball team’s 10-0 home victory over Mercy on Monday. Jayden Pepitone hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning—which Sisco said allowed him to relax and find a groove. He also said his defense backed up him: To protect the no-hitter, Tom Fullam tracked down a line drive in left center field, and Pepitone leaped to snag a line drive at first base.
Sisco said he didn’t realize he even had a no-hitter until the last inning. After the final out was made, Sisco walked up to his catcher, Thomas Gabriele, and gave him a big hug, and Aaron Krzyzewski ran in from left field and picked up Sisco in celebration.
Sisco said when he was pegged to start the opening game of each series before the start of the season, it gave him a big boost of confidence, which has led to his strong start.
“The support from my teammates and my coaches has really helped,” he said. “It’s allowed me to go out there and do my thing.”
The Mariners won a key series over Center Moriches last week. After losing the opening game of the series, 2-1, in extra innings on April 3, Southampton bounced back with a 3-0 victory at Center Moriches on April 5 to even the series, then won, 2-1, at home on Saturday to take the rubber game.
The Mariners are 6-1 and tied with Mattituck, as of Tuesday morning, for first place in League VIII.
Southampton won Saturday’s game in walk-off fashion, thanks to an error by Center Moriches in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chad Pike struck out nine and allowed one run on two hits in the complete game. He also went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk at the plate. Krzyzewski allowed four hits and struck out eight to help lead the Mariners to the win in game two. Gabriele came on to get the last out of the game, inducing a ground ball with two runners on base; he also contributed at the plate, going 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Johnny Navan had a 2-for-3 day at the plate, with two RBIs.
The Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team (5-3 League IX) swept Greenport in a doubleheader at home on Monday, winning the first game, 15-0, before rallying in the second game to win, 6-5. The Whalers completed their sweep of Smithtown Christian with a 15-2 home victory on Friday.
The Whalers, however, were swept by rival Southold last week. After losing the first game, 7-1, at home on April 3, the Settlers won the second game, 6-1, in Sag Harbor on April 5, then finished the sweep with a 15-2 victory back in Southold on Saturday afternoon.
The East Hampton baseball team is still searching for its first victory of the season, as of Tuesday morning. The Bonackers were no-hit in a 9-0 loss at home to Shoreham/Wading River on Monday. Wildcat Brian Morrell—who has committed to play baseball at Notre Dame next year—struck out 16 and walked one.
The East Hampton softball team won its first two games of the season last week. The Lady Bonackers won, 15-0, at Amityille on April 3, and also won, 7-2, at Southampton on Friday.
Sophia Ledda and Sophia Foglia each had two hits in the win over Amityville. Maddie Schenck went 2 for 3 with a home run, threw out a runner out attempting to steal a base, and also started a double play to finish off the victory over Southampton. Ledda went 2 for 3, and Sam Merritt got the win in the pitching circle.
East Hampton lost, 6-4, at home to Bayport/Blue Point on April 5, and lost, 9-0, at home to Westhampton Beach on Monday. The Lady Bonackers are 2-5 in League IX.
The loss to East Hampton was a culmination of what was a tough week for the Southampton softball team, which had suffered a 17-0 loss at Mount Sinai on April 5 and a 12-0 loss at home to Shoreham/Wading River on April 3. Mt. Sinai and Shoreham are the top teams in League VIII and IX, respectively.
The Pierson/Bridgehampton softball team had a rematch of last season’s Suffolk County Class C Championship and, just like last season, the game featured a bevy of runs. The Lady Whalers defeated the Lady Royals, 23-14, for their first victory of the season on April 5. Isabel Peters was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, with a single, triple and a home run, and she drove in four runs. Charlotte Evans went 1 for 1 with five walks, and Leigh Hatfield went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double and two walks.
Pierson lost, 7-4, at home to Southold/Greenport on Friday. The Lady Whalers are 1-3 in League X.
The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls lacrosse team won, 20-6, at Mercy on April 5, but followed that up with a 19-1 loss at home to Mattituck/Southold, which is coached by former East Hampton coach Matt Maloney. Hollie Schleicher had four goals and four assists in the win over Mercy, Elizabeth Bistrian also scored four goals, and Sophia Bitis and Jacqui Thorsen finished with three.
The Lady Bonackers are 2-2 in Division III, 2-4 overall.