Gurney's Inn
May 03, 2006

Pierson Baseball Tops Mercy



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Independent / Jessica Mackin Mercy's Brian Meier slides for home as Pierson's catcher Dan Reiser fields the ball. (click for larger version)
The Pierson baseball team continued to move closer to earning a playoff spot by winning two of its three games against a strong Bishop McGann/Mercy team last week. The Whalers defeated the Monarchs 2-0 on April 25 behind a sparkling pitching performance from Andrew Mayer.

Mayer pitched a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out six batters and walking only two and teammate Aaron Rozzi led the Pierson offense by going 2-for-2 and scoring the game-winning run.

After losing the second game 18-8 last Wednesday, the Whalers rallied once again around the arm of Mayer last Friday, winning the series finale 5-0. Mayer was masterful once again, recording his third straight win and second straight shutout, going the distance in a five hit, seven strikeout effort.

Mayer's control was nearly impeccable as he walked only two Mercy batters in a near carbon-copy of his performance in game one of the series. Colin Connor went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored in that game, including a double and a triple that both resulted in RBI hits.

Pierson's pitching has been one of its greatest strengths this season, as it was last year when the Whalers won 13 games en route to the playoffs, with Mayer, Kyle McArdle, and Dan Reiser together comprising one of the top rotations in League VIII.

The two wins against Mercy, which entered the series with a 5-1 record in League VIII, gives Pierson a 7-5 record in league play. The Whalers are now only two wins away from clinching a postseason appearance although they'll play their toughest opponent this week in the form of Center Moriches (10-1 in League VIII), a team that features pitcher Glenn Gibson, who projects to be a first round pick in the Major League Baseball Amateur draft this June.

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