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.
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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.
Weeks got BBP on the board in the second inning after lining a single into leftfield to score Ryan Dollop and Alex Dura, giving the Phantoms a 2-1 lead.
He came through with another RBI single in the sixth as part of BBP's three-run rally that broke a tie at 2. Dollop opened the inning by reaching on an error, starting pitcher Chris Brewer walked and Ryan Smith laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Dura then came through with a sacrifice fly and Weeks lined another RBI single to give the Phantoms some breathing room. Matt White capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.
"We just have a bunch of good players and everyone has their games," Weeks said. "When people get hits, it starts to come together and if someone is down, we try to pick him up."
It also helps to have a pair of starting pitchers like Jack Piekos and Brewer. Piekos pitched a complete-game shutout on three days' rest in the semifinal win over Queensbury in the morning and Brewer followed him with a workmanlike complete game in which he allowed three runs and eight hits, walked four and struck out one. Piekos finished the season 11-0, and Brewer had a 9-0 record.
"I was kind of just missing my spots and struggling at times to keep the ball down," Brewers said. "But I was able to do it by the end of the game and found my zone."
It was a day of Bayport-Blue Point putting what it does best on display with the entire state watching.
"We've been saying all year long that anybody who is in the box -- we felt like they were going to get a hit," Moccio said. "Either a hit or going to have a productive out and they bought into the system of playing up tempo. Bunts and doubles is what we try to do and they're all good at it . . . No one ever bought into it like this team did."