Bayport-Blue Point wins Class A state baseball title

Bayport-Blue Point starting pitcher Jack Piekos Clarke delivers Bayport-Blue Point starting pitcher Jack Piekos Clarke delivers to home plate in the Long Island Class A baseball final. (June 4, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - P.J. Weeks had become comfortable as his team's relief ace, coming out of the bullpen into high-pressure situations and getting some of the game's most important outs.

Suddenly, after a concussion in the Long Island championship game forced outfielder Mike Alliegro out of the lineup, Weeks found himself starting in leftfield. Other than his bullpen duties, Weeks hadn't played in more than a month.

As was par for the course during Bayport-Blue Point's magical season, the sophomore came up huge and helped the Phantoms cap a perfect 27-0 season with a New York State Class A championship at NYSEG Field in Binghamton. Weeks was 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the Phantoms outlasted Williamsville South, 5-3, to capture the crown. Weeks also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the semifinal earlier in the day.

"P.J. gets pressed into duty today and plays two games and comes up big in both of them," coach Jim Moccio said. "And there was never a doubt as we were figuring out who we would use, we were comfortable with anybody and he was a great example of that today."

Bayport-Blue Point finishes the season as the first Class A team to win every game it played in a season since Huntington in 1949. The Phantoms are also the first Suffolk team to go undefeated and win the state championships, which began in 1981, and the first Suffolk team since Whitman went 29-0-1 in 1975 to finish a season without a loss. It is also the first state championship in program history, according to Moccio.