ENDICOTT, N.Y. - In a season of domination, Jack Piekos and PJ Weeks have proven themselves to be the quintessential team within a team. Each a dominant pitcher, the 1-2 punch had time and time again this postseason demonstrated that deep pitching wins championships.
So when it came down to the state championship final -- when Weeks, a junior, finally looked like he was going to crack -- Piekos didn't doubt that his partner in the trenches could finish what he started.
Weeks gave up two runs in the first but settled down to pitch a complete game as Bayport-Blue Point defeated Rye, 13-2, Saturday to capture its second straight Class A state championship. Piekos, a senior, was masterful in the semifinal against Pittsford Sutherland earlier in the day, as the Phantoms eked out a 2-1 win.
In that game, T.J. McGuire laid down an impeccable suicide squeeze, scoring Sal Geraci in the fifth inning for the 2-0 lead. With two outs in the seventh, Pittsford's Christian Toscano doubled and then came home on Jimmy Murray's single to right. Piekos induced a flyout to end the game.
Piekos faced the minimum through four -- a fourth-inning walk was erased on a double play -- and carried a no-hitter into the fifth. Michael VanderZwaag's single broke up the bid.
Piekos walked the next batter, pushing what would have been the then-tying run to scoring position, but struck out the next two batters swinging to extinguish the threat.
Weeks struck out six in the final, and overcame early control issues -- "I just put it out there and let them hit it," he said -- to essentially cruise though his final six innings. Bayport put up one run in the second, three in the third and fourth, and broke the game open with a six-run fifth. Matt McKinnon, Geraci and Dan Campanelli all had big RBI hits.
The Phantoms (21-6) had 21 hits total.
"We just started getting hits," Weeks said. "In a situation like that, all the pressure is on you to make the pitches but once we put a few runs on the board," it abated.
And, after being a bit player last year, Weeks had the honor of being on the bottom of the championship dogpile. Well, sort of.
"It hurt!" he said, laughing. "But it was nice. It would have hurt a lot more being on the bus with a loss."