Makeup Loss Stuns Far Rockaway
Far Rockaway played their varsity baseball game against Transit Tech last Wednesday thinking that the game was makeup due to a rainout on April 1. At the time of the postponement, Transit Tech was leading 6-0 in the first inning; so Far Rockaway manager Ken Hernandez expected the game to start fresh. That expectation was dashed.
PSAL baseball commissioner Paul Barchitta allowed the game to be picked up at the time of the postponement and Transit Tech went on to a 15-2 win. The circumstances incensed Hernandez and he filed a formal protest with the PSAL. "I read the rules and it states that if the game is ended before 5 innings, then the game must be restarted", said Hernandez. "This hurts the players because they’re already playing from behind."
Onix Duran, head coach of Transit Tech also agreed with Hernandez that the game should have had a clean slate. "We figured before we arrived that we would restart the game. I even told my team to be prepared to start over," said Duran. "I really don’t know who made the decision. I didn’t want that to happen because they always give us a good game."
"It was supposed to be a new game," said Far Rockaway junior catcher Selvin Hernandez. "The PSAL may mess with us but we will prove them wrong."
Pitcher Juan Rodriguez won for Transit Tech and Pablo Torres hit his first home run in his four years playing. Far Rockaway made a lot of mental errors in losing the game, which was called after 5 innings. Coach Hernandez wants to work on correcting the mistakes. "My team is very young but they are competitive," says Hernandez. "We will work on it". The result of the formal protest was not given at press time.
Beach Channel Splits
The Beach Channel Dolphins baseball team split a doubleheader with Jefferson High School. Jefferson won the first game 10-8 and Beach Channel won the second game 10-8.