May 03, 2006
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. And by losing twice, the Monarchs slipped to 6-3 in the League VIII standings after entering the series in control of second place in the league standings.
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.
The Monarchs responded with an 18-8 win last Wednesday, sparked by the ferocious hitting performances of Michael Bieber and Eric Coome. Bieber went 4-for-5 with a double and five RBI while Coome had three hits in four at-bats including a double, four RBI and three runs scored.
The Whalers rallied once again around the arm of Mayer last Friday, winning the series finale 5-0. Mayer was masterful once again, out-dueling Coome to record 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.
Mercy, which still needs three wins to reach the playoffs, plays first place Center Moriches (10-1) this week before finishing the season with three-game series against Shelter Island (0-9) and Port Jefferson (5-4).