QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Getting to the state softball semifinals was great fun, but Pierson/Bridgehampton's exit Saturday wasn't.
The Whalers went hitless and fell 7-0 to eventual state champion Frewsburg as senior righthander Sam Mott struck out 10 and walked none.
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This was the second consecutive season that Pierson/ Bridgehampton (14-8) reached the state semis, only to fall to the team that won the state title.
Frewsburg (20-5), which beat Sandy Creek for the championship, scored three times in the first inning to give Mott all the run support she needed against P-B.
Sisters Meg and Julia Schiavoni were P/B's only baserunners against Mott. Meg reached on an infield error in the third and Julia, the team's only senior, was hit by a pitch in the fifth.
Although the loss was tough to handle, the Whalers are already looking forward to next year.
"Being here in and of itself is a huge accomplishment," junior shortstop/pitcher Casey Gilbride said. "I'm excited for next season. We'll be stronger next year, too."
Junior Emma Romeo said, "Everyone will now have a year under their belt."
Whalers coach Melissa Edwards can't wait for next season to start.
"I'm extremely excited," Edwards said. "Imagine what it's going to be like next year and the years to follow. We've always said as a team, 'Let's go, this is it.' Every season, our goal is to go to the counties, go to Long Island, go to states. We've dealt with a lot and have gotten stronger every game, every practice."
It starts with Julia Schiavone, one of the team's key leaders and co-captains, which includes Gilbride and Romeo.
"She wears her heart on her sleeve," Edwards said of Julia. "She's hard on herself because that's her demeanor, but always says 'I got this.' She's the consummate utility player who is definitely going to be missed."
Pierson/Bridgehampton start- er Sam Duchemin, who pitched "every inning of every game," Edwards said, brushed it aside with class after spending last season at first base.
"Didn't expect it this year," Duchemin said of reaching the state semis. "Honestly never thought we'd be back here. In the beginning, we struggled with our positions. Everyone had to find their own positions and it finally clicked."