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May 17, 2017 10:43 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pierson Baseball Forces Decisive Game Three In Class C Championship With Upset Victory Over Southold

Bridgehampton senior Raymond Maldonaldo DANIELA DETORE
May 17, 2017 10:48 AM

The high fives and celebration of the Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team said it all after the final out.

The Whalers, facing incredible odds, upset previously undefeated Southold, 4-1, in front of a raucous home crowd at Mashashimuet Park on Tuesday afternoon, tying the best-of-three Suffolk County Class C Championship at one game apiece and forcing a decisive third game, which is Thursday, May 18, back in Southold at 4 p.m.

Pierson lost the first game of the series, 7-0, on Monday. It was the Whalers’ fourth straight loss against the Settlers, who were 21-0 coming in to Tuesday’s game.

“It was the biggest win at Mashashimuet in a long time,” Pierson head coach Sean Crowley said after the upset.

Southold took an early lead off Pierson starting pitcher James Sherry in the top of the first with an RBI single by Dylan Clausen, but the Whalers eventually responded in the bottom of the third, when Matt Burke’s infield single created a play at the plate where Sam Warne was called safe.

Strong defense in the top of the sixth seemed to turn momentum in Pierson’s favor. Cooper Schiavoni threw out Settler Shane Zimmer trying to stretch a ground ball that snuck past first baseman Tyler LaBorne.

Schiavoni then led off the bottom of the sixth and reached base on an error by Southold second baseman Joseph Hayes. A base hit by Tom Brooks, followed by a walk by Warne, loaded the bases for Sherry. The senior worked a deep count before finally drawing a walk, bringing in Schiavoni for the 2-1 lead. Then Sean Sloane and LaBorne followed up with run-scoring base hits, providing some insurance runs.

Sherry, who went 2 for 3 at the plate with the key walk, finished off the complete game in the top of the seventh. He struck out seven and only needed 83 pitches to get through the seven innings.

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