Playing in Class C Final Four tournaments upstate this past Saturday, Pierson High School’s baseball team, after defeating Bolivar-Richburg 4-1 in the semifinal, lost 7-2 to Hoosic Valley in the championship game, and Pierson’s softball team lost 9-1 to Greenwich in a semifinal matchup.
Nick Kruel, a knuckleballer who’s going to the University of Tampa in the fall, was said to have pitched brilliantly in the Whalers’ first game. A five-run fourth did Pierson in in the finale with Hoosic Valley. Forrest Loesch, who was relieved by Kruel with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, took the loss.
Jon Tortorella, Pierson’s coach, said later via email that he “wouldn’t have changed anything. Nick got ahead 0-2 and made a great pitch in a great location. The hitter [Hoosic’s pitcher, J.T. Sawyer] stuck his bat out there, put the ball in play, and it dropped in.” “It” being a two-run single. “Unfortunately, that how baseball goes sometimes. It can be a cruel game.”
“The loss obviously hurts right now, but we couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished this season.”
Pierson’s softball team made four errors and its pitcher, Sam Duchemin, gave up 11 hits in the 9-1 loss to Greenwich, a school that had also bested it in the state semifinal round two years ago.
“After we lost last year we had it in our heads that we would win it all this year,” Duchemin said in a Newsday account. “But it just didn’t turn out the way we had hoped.”
Brandon Kennedy-Gay and Kevin Fee, who were on East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team last winter, are to play along with their Kendall Madison Foundation teammates in a national Amateur Athletic Union under-16 tournament in Orlando, Fla., from July 10 to 16. Jack Reese, another East Hamptoner, is also to play in the tournament on the foundation’s under-14 team.