Jack Piekos' one-hitter puts Bayport-Blue Point in Suffolk Class A championship game
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When Jack Piekos takes the mound for Bayport-Blue Point, Matt McKinnon said he and his teammates don't worry, or feel any pressure because the lefthander is so consistent.
Piekos had it all going for the top-seeded Phantoms in their 6-0 home win Wednesday over No. 3 Sayville during the Suffolk Class A Winners Bracket Final.
The junior tossed a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and two walks as Bayport-Blue Point (23-0) advanced to Tuesday's championship game.
"Later on, I felt in the zone," said Piekos, who also walked three times. "It's definitely one of my better performances. I feel awesome right now. Big team effort and win."
The Golden Flashes (16-7) play No. 4 Miller Place, which defeated No. 7 Glenn, 10-0, in the loser's bracket semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winner plays the Phantoms at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bayport-Blue Point.
"When Jack is on the mound, we're relaxed," said McKinnon, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs. "We know we can score runs when he pitches."
McKinnon's two-run double in the bottom of the second keyed a five-run frame for the Phantoms, which led 5-0 after two innings, enabling Piekos to get into a groove.
"Being able to execute and perform well is based on my team's offense," Piekos said. "When they give me a lead, it makes it easier to sit back and throw strikes."
Sal Geraci played a role in that by following McKinnon's two-run double with a two-run base hit, scoring Matt White and McKinnon to make it 4-0.
Ryan Dollop capped the scoring with an RBI triple, to bring home Geraci.
"Timely hitting wins games," Geraci said. "Our confidence level went up in that inning. We kind of picked up on everything."
Joe Walsh led off the game for Sayville with the only hit against Piekos.
"I thought Piekos got better as he went along," Sayville coach Ryan Cox said. "We'd like another opportunity to play Bayport."
They will if they can win on Saturday.
"What I've been saying all year long," Bayport-Blue Point coach Jim Moccio said, "is you don't have to press when he's on the mound. Our staff keeps us in it. We've played the game with a good group and a good temperament."