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May 19, 2017 12:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pierson/Bridgehampton Baseball Falls To Southold In Suffolk County Class C Final

Sean Sloane hits a two-run double. DANIELA DETORE
May 23, 2017 2:42 PM

Just two days after being upset in the second game of the Suffolk County Class C Championship by Pierson/Bridgehampton, the Southold baseball team made sure there wouldn’t be another in the deciding game of the series, defeating the Whalers, 14-4, on Thursday, May 18. It’s the third consecutive county title for the Settlers, who advance to the Long Island Championship against the Nassau County Class C winner on June 1.

Pierson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of last week’s game. Sean Sloane doubled in Sam Warne and James Sherry, then later in the inning, Sloane attempted to steal third base and a wild throw allowed him to score easily.

Southold responded with two runs in the bottom of the first to make it a one-run game, then scored three runs in the second to take a 5-3 lead. Matt Burke drove in Warne on a base hit to right field in the top of the third to bring it back to a one-run game, but Southold blew things open in the bottom of the third, scoring nine runs to take a 14-4 lead. Settlers’ starting pitcher Dylan Clausen settled in nicely with the big lead. He struck out eight in six innings.

The hanging heads said it all for the Whalers, who wrapped up their season with the loss. Burke, Sherry, Sloane, Aidan Crowley, Charlie Pintado, Angelo Toscano and Bridgehampton’s Raymond Maldonaldo are all graduating next month.

“No matter what, I’m going to keep baseball in my life,” Sherry said. He’s currently weighing his post-high school options but would like to find a college to continue his playing career. “You’ll see me at Mashashimuet Park throwing and fielding. I’ll be doing what I love.”

Pierson head coach Sean Crowley said he’s going to miss the group of seniors, which includes his son, Aidan.

“They had a great career,” he said. Crowley was impressed with the performances of Sherry and Toscano, who both suffered injuries early on this season. Sherry was fortunate enough to come back for the second half of his final season, becoming a vital part of the late-season success of the team. While Toscano couldn’t physically play, he continued to come and support his team from the bench or as the first base coach.

“I’m going to treasure every moment out [on the field],” Toscano said in conclusion to his baseball career.

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