May 03, 2006
Stafford Leads Lady Whalers
Sophomore pitching sensation Laurie Stafford threw one of the best games of her young varsity career in leading the Pierson softball team to a 12-1 victory over Elwood/John Glenn last Friday afternoon.
Stafford, who earlier this season pitched a no-hitter against Stony Brook, limited the Lady Knights to only two hits while striking out a career-high 14 batters last Friday as the Lady Whalers improved to 5-6 in League VII. Samantha Federico helped pace the Pierson offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, her first of the season, to go along with four RBI.
The win couldn't have occurred at a better time for the Whalers who, before Friday's game, had lost back-to-back league games against Hampton Bays
(9-2 on April 15) and Bayport-Blue
Point (10-3 last Wednesday). Pierson
had been mired in a four-game losing streak entering the Elwood/John Glenn game.
Last season, Pierson missed making the playoffs by only one win, falling to Stony Brook in the final game of the regular season. This year, the Whalers have showed signs of becoming a postseason contender although their defense has been downright abysmal at times and average at best.
The strong pitching of Stafford, along with her superior hitting prowess, gives Pierson a big reason to believe that it will be in the mix for a final playoff spot in the last week of the regular season later this month.
Couple that with some timely hitting provided by players such as Stafford, Federico, Kara O'Halloran, Brina Stachecki, Meghan Pintauro, and Jordan Kosinski and the Whalers have an offense that is tough to contain regardless of what team Pierson is facing.
Up next for the Whalers are the tough League VII crossover opponent Babylon Lady Panthers (8-2), whom Pierson will host today at 4:30 p.m. The Whalers then play another home game on Friday against Smithtown Christian (3-7 in League VIII), a team that Pierson defeated 6-3 on March 31.