Junior PJ Weeks called pitching behind senior Jack Piekos an incredible experience.
"He makes it look easy," Weeks said. "I've always been striving to be as good as him. Hopefully, one of these days I'll get there."
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If Weeks follows in Piekos' footsteps, Bayport-Blue Point could three-peat. For now, becoming the first Long Island baseball team to capture back-to-back state championships in the 34-year history of the tournament will do.
Lefthanders Piekos (10-1, 0.47 ERA, school-record 122 strikeouts) and Weeks (8-1, 0.87, 64 strikeouts) were the driving forces behind that accomplishment.
"Our confidence grew every playoff game," said coach Jim Moccio, who credited pitching coach Asa Grunenwald for working with Piekos and Weeks. "The bigger the game got, the better they played. Having Jack and PJ helped that, too."
Weeks pitched a five-hit shutout and Piekos homered to lead second-seeded Bayport-Blue Point to its second consecutive Suffolk Class A title with a 4-0 win over No. 1 Shoreham-Wading River. That victory came after Piekos' clutch start in the Phantoms' 6-1 win over the Wildcats in the Suffolk Class A winners' bracket final.
"Nobody thought we could do it again, but we were hoping," Weeks said. "There's no better feeling than being able to pull it off."
Piekos, who won his second consecutive Gibson Award as Suffolk's most outstanding pitcher, was even better against Division in the Long Island championship.
The Blue Dragons, who had averaged 13 runs a game, didn't get a baserunner to third against Piekos. He threw a five-hitter, struck out six and walked none in a 3-0 win, the first time Division had been shut out all season.
"They were heavily favored, a really good, great hitting ballclub," Piekos said of Division. "I was able to keep the ball low and work both sides of the plate. I had my off-speed going."
Two county titles and two Long Island championships in the books.
"It's incredible," Weeks said. "We just kept getting more confident as the season went along."
There's that word again. The Phantoms got that same "confident" undefeated feeling from 2013 once this season's playoffs started, Moccio said.
The Maryland-bound Piekos then pitched a gem in a 2-1 win over Pittsford Sutherland in the state semifinals. Weeks got plenty of run support in Bayport-Blue Point's 13-2 win over Rye in the state final.
Bayport-Blue Point (21-6) is 48-6 the past two seasons, and its 30-game home winning streak is intact. But it's the two state championships that have Moccio shaking his head.
"I don't even know how to put it into words," Moccio said. "It didn't sink in right away. It just happened so fast. It was awesome. No one deserved it more than they did."