2003-05-09 / Sports

Far Rock Rallies To Defeat Queens Vocational Technical

By Ken Hernandez
Far Rock Rallies To Defeat Queens Vocational Technical By Ken Hernandez

The best part of playing high school baseball in New York City is that you don’t have to wait very long for the next league game. The Varsity baseball team has had its share of highs and lows this 2003 season. None worse than April 30 when they traveled to Robert F. Kennedy High School and were soundly defeated by a score of 19-5 in a game filled with errors and a lack of passion from the Far Rock Seahorses. How quickly this all changed yesterday at home last Saturday vs. Queens Vocational.

The Far Rockaway Seahorses rallied from a 9 to 5 deficit going into the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Queens Vocational Tech Tigers by a score of 10 - 9. The victory improves the Seahorse record to 3 - 4 in the Queens South B division. It had also set up the crucial "Spring Battle of the Rockaways" as Far Rock played two games against Beach Channel. Beach Channel is currently on top of the Queen South B division standings at 6 - 3.  So these two games could have possible playoff ramifications down the line.

Saturday’s game vs. Queens Vocational started off on a good note for both teams as each scored in the first inning.  Queens Vocational scored in the top of the first inning when P. Fernando Nunez came in just before a double play was completed to make the score 1 - 0. In the bottom of the first, Far Rock’s senior tri-captain Roberto Zepeda hit a home run over thee right centerfield fence to tie the ballgame at 1. After Philip Scott walked, starting pitcher Hairo Perez came up and hit a double, driving in Scott to give Far Rockaway the 2 - 1 lead.  The game went scoreless for the next two innings until the fourth inning when Queens Vocational exploded for six runs on 5 hits. It seemed like at the point that Perez had grown tired and SS Juan Carlos Delarosa relieved him.  He quickly struck out the last batter of the inning, but Queens Vocational had now taken a 7 - 2 lead. 

The Seahorses would not hang there heads.  I told them if they chip away at the lead, we could get back into the game. The team responded. With 2 outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, 1B Sherwin Sukhu hit a single.  Anthony Nimmons next hit a towering fly ball to centerfield which the outfielder bobbled forcing in Sukhu from first base and leaving Nimmons at second. Roberto Zepeda came up next and singled to right field bringing in Nimmons. The score was now Queens Voc. 7 - 4.  In the bottom of the 5th inning, Hairo Perez led off with a triple. He scored on a fielder’s choice to make the score 7 - 5.

The 6th inning would prove pivotal as the Tigers scored two more runs to increase their lead to 9 - 5. Far Rock’s Felipe Santos would come in to pinch hit in the bottom of the 6th inning. He delivered a single placing him on base with no outs.  Sherwin Sukhu singled next and put runners on first and second. Roberto Zepeda would line a single into left field scoring 2 runs to put the game at 9 - 7. An error at third would put Philip Scott on base.  A single by Hairo Perez would set the stage for Tri-Captain Juan Carlos Delarosa to step up.  And he did.  Delarosa hit a liner into left-centerfield clearing the bases on what would turn out to be the game winning hit.  The score was now 10 - 9 Far Rockaway. 

It was left up to the Far Rock defense to preserve the lead and win the game.  They came up big.  In the top of the seventh, Vocational’s Yodarly Morbonta sent a high fly ball to left field which was caught by Philip Scott for the third and final out.  Far Rock celebrated joyously on a job well done. 

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