Jack Piekos was in full control Saturday. He was all about rhythm and pace. He pounded the strike zone with a nice mix of two- and four-seam fastballs, curveball, slider and changeup. It was a repertoire that not even Division, which averaged 13 runs per game, could solve.

The Maryland-bound Piekos fired a five-hitter, struck out six and walked none in a masterful performance as Bayport-Blue Point shut out Division, 3-0, to claim its second straight Southeast Regional final / Long Island Class A baseball championship at Dowling Athletic Complex in Shirley. It was the first time Division had been shut out all season. Piekos was so stingy, he never allowed a Blue Dragons baserunner to reach third base.

It was the second time the Phantoms earned back-to-back Long Island titles, also achieving the feat in 2003-04. The Phantoms (20-6) will head to Binghamton on Saturday to defend their state crown against an opponent to be determined.

"This was a team that really came together as the year wore on," Piekos said. "We struggled a little offensively at the start of the season and then got better and better. What we have is three things -- great pitching, excellent defense and outstanding team chemistry."

Piekos received all the run support he needed in the three-run first inning. Bayport-Blue Point (19-6) reached Division starter Chris Reilly for three runs and four hits, including a run-scoring double by designated hitter Dan Campanelli.

"We had a mistake on positioning on a bunt attempt in that inning," Division coach Tom Tuttle said. "And they capitalized for a big inning. I thought Piekos was a stud. He had good stuff, great composure and he competes. We had far too many fly ball outs."

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Piekos sailed through the middle innings, retiring 16 of 18 hitters, including five by strikeout. Centerfielder Matt McKinnon made seven putouts for a defense that played flawlessly.

"When you pitch in a big park, it's good to know that your centerfielder is tracking all of those balls for easy outs," said Piekos, who improved to 10-1 with 117 strikeouts.

McKinnon laughed about his workload in centerfield.

"It's easy when Jack is on the mound," McKinnon said. "He's a proven winner. And I liked playing on the bigger field."

Reilly was equally impressive from the second through sixth innings, settling down to allow only three hits and a walk. But it was all about Piekos, who never let the Blue Dragons get going.

He caught the final batter looking at a nasty slider for a called strike three.

"This team and last year's state championship team don't really compare in any way," said Bayport-Blue Point coach Jim Moccio, whose team also holds a 28-game home winning streak. "They're just different. But we knew we had excellent pitching and we could do well in the postseason. And everything fell into place."