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May 23, 2018 9:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Pierson Baseball Is One Win Away From Winning Class C County Title

A Pierson player heads home.
May 23, 2018 12:00 PM

The Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team is one win away from capturing the Suffolk County Class C Championship.

The Whalers beat up on Southold on Tuesday, 10-1, to continue their run and set themselves up nicely for their next game this Thursday, May 24, back at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor at 4 p.m. With the loss, Southold dropped down to the elimination bracket and faced Mercy on Wednesday. The winner of that game will play Pierson on Thursday, which could be the title-clinching game, if the Whalers win. If they lose, they will play again the following day due to the double-elimination format of the playoffs.

Pierson got exactly what it needed from senior starting pitcher Sam Warne in Tuesday’s victory over Southold. He tossed just 66 pitches to get through six innings, which will allow him to pitch on Thursday, if needed. Tyler LaBorne, who pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout in the Whalers’ 1-0 win on May 17 over Stony Brook, is in line to make that start though.

“I told [Warne] before the game, let [Southold] hit the ball, and that’s what he did,” Pierson head coach John Schwartz said. “We played good defense behind him. A lot of the times we don’t give him the best defense, but today we did.”

With the rain that came through the region on Tuesday slowly creeping east, the game was pushed up to start at 3:30 p.m. from its regular 4 p.m. start time to try to keep the game from being suspended into the next day. Keeping that in mind, Schwartz implored his players to get out to a fast start offensively, just in case the game was suspended. They did.

The Whalers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then blew the game open with four runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Cooper Schiavoni drove in four runs, LaBorne drove in three and Nick Egbert had three hits in the game.

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