Bayport-Blue Point junior lefthander Jack Piekos took the mound against Mount Sinai Monday ready to begin a key league VII three-game series against the talented lineup of the Mustangs, who were coming off a two game outburst in which they scored 22 runs against Shoreham-Wading River.
Piekos silenced the powerful bats of the Mustangs, pitching a complete game while striking out nine and allowing only six hits in a 4-1 Phantoms victory at Mount Sinai.
"He's been really efficient and he's throwing four pitches right now for strikes," BBP head coach Jim Moccio said. "He's able to mix it up, he's got hitters off balance and they're not able to square him up, it's tough. You can throw four pitches but you can throw them all over the place but he's throwing them for strikes -- that's what makes him so efficient."
BBP (9-0) got on the board in the second inning. Ryan Smith led off with a double to rightfield and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring on an RBI groundout by shortstop Alex Dura. Mike Alliegro reached on an infield hit later in the inning and came home on a two-out single by Matt McKinnon.
"We know when we have even just one run with Jack on the mound, it pretty much means we have the game," Dura said.
Dura would help add two more insurance runs in the fifth when he sliced a two-out RBI hit into leftfield.
"A lot of our games have been close and you can't sit on those small leads; that will catch up," Moccio said. "We've been focusing on having great at-bats late in the game and we've had a lot of two-out hits and it's working for us. Our league is tight and the difference is a couple of two-out hits here and there."
It also helps to have an ace like Piekos. Mount Sinai (4-4) was led by starting pitcher Anthony Flynn (seven innings, seven hits, four walks), who drove in the Mustangs' run in the seventh but by then, it was too late.
Piekos is now 4-0 on the year with 39 strikeouts in 27 innings and has allowed only two runs.
"I felt pretty good," Piekos said. "Mount Sinai is a good-hitting team and I knew they hit against Shoreham. My goal was to come out and keep the ball low and make sure they didn't get any timely hits."