May 7, 2013 9:09 AMBy Cailin Riley
The Pierson softball team experienced some of the best and worst competition that Leagues VII and VIII have to offer last week when it took on Shoreham/Wading River and Stony Brook.
The Lady Whalers began the week with a 12-0 loss at Shoreham (11-1) on April 30, managing just one hit off pitcher Chelsea Hawks, who has led her team to 22 shutouts this season. Hawkes struck out 12 and the game was over after five innings. Kasey Gilbride had the only hit for Pierson.
But Pierson (7-5) got back on track Friday at home against Stony Brook (0-13, 1-13 overall), shutting out the Lady Bears in a 12-0 affair, another game that lasted just five innings due to the mercy rule. The win put Pierson one victory away from clinching a return to the Class C playoffs, where the squad advanced all the way to the New York State final four last year.
While Friday’s game lacked drama, it still had special meaning for the team and the fans who came to watch the Lady Whalers play. Pierson honored the Sag Harbor Police Department and members of the volunteer Sag Harbor Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. The chiefs of each department helped throw out the first pitch, and Officer Todd Bennett of the Sag Harbor Police Department played the bagpipes before the start of the game.
Pierson took control of the game early and never looked back, as expected, taking advantage of walks and Stony Brook errors along with timely hitting to score its runs.
Pierson head coach Melissa Edwards said the game and the chance to honor the police, firefighters and ambulance members had special meaning for her, as her father, Charles Edwards, died after he was involved in a car accident in Sag Harbor last year.
“Overall, I was very pleased with the day,” she said. “Every season, we do at least one game with a purpose and this year it just felt right to thank the community that was there for me and my family, and my team last year at this time.
“Sag Harbor is such a great village filled with people that take care of each other,” she continued. “Although my father passed due to his accident, I couldn’t have asked for a better community to respond. I have much love and thanks for them all. Also these games are for my girls to see how important it is to give back, to appreciate all that we have every day. These volunteer members put in a lot of time, their personal time, and most of them hold down full-time jobs. Our support should always be there for them, and it always will be.”
A trio of losses last week dropped Southampton to 3-10 in League VII, 3-11 overall. The Lady Mariners lost, 7-1, at home to Port Jefferson on April 30 before getting handed a 5-0 defeat at Hampton Bays on May 1 and a 13-0 defeat at home against Shoreham on May 3. Hawks pitched a perfect game for Shoreham in the win.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Pierson—Tuesday, 5/7, at Port Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/8, vs. Babylon, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/13, vs. Southold, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/15, at Mercy, 4:30 p.m. Southampton—Friday, 5/10, vs. Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/13, at Mattituck, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/15, vs. Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m.