Beach Channel Softball Exits Playoff Stage
The rains that have haunted the city the past few weeks did not cancel or postpone any games for the girls’ softball team at Beach Channel. The ominous dark clouds did not halt Beach Channel’s 7-run 6th inning to win a come from behind 14-11 victory over Bronx High School of Science on May 30. It could have been just the overcast clouds on June 3 in the North Meadow at Central Park that may have led Beach Channel to lose to Forest Hills 12-4 and be eliminated in the third round of the PSAL B playoffs. But it was some early inning errors by the Dolphins and the pitching of Forest Hills’ Jessica Chow that ultimately decided Beach Channel’s fate.
The game was decided early as Forest Hills scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings off as Anna Burkadze got her first of four hits off of Dolphins pitcher Jodi Vitale. Esther Doku quickly hit an RBI double to score Burkadze and the floodgates were opened for Forest Hills. Windmill pitcher Jessica Chow, who only allowed 6 hits and struck out 9 in a complete game victory, stymied the Dolphins. Chow’s fastball halted the Dolphins’ potent offense. "She doesn’t pitch as fast as Jodi, but her windmill delivery is what got us", said head coach Robert Attonito.
By the second inning, the game was essentially over when Forest Hills’ first three batters got basehits and two errors led to 3 unearned runs for a 6-0 lead.
Beach Channel tried to remain tough even with the inconsistent umpiring. Newtown High School, Forest Hills’ divisional rival, came on to cheer against the Dolphins. Though Newtown lost to Richmond Hill earlier in the day, the constant loud cheering by Newtown seemed to make the Dolphins uncomfortable. The many errors that the Dolphins committed were uncharacteristic of the team. "We threw the ball away a bit and we didn’t get to pressure them. Once that happened, we started to pressure and we threw the ball away", Attonito said.
For the 17-1 Beach Channel Dolphins, another season ends with a tough playoff defeat. Coach Attonito remains positive of the development of his players when he talked to them at the end of the game. "I’m very proud of you guys, you did a good job and we have something to work on for another year".
The Beach Channel Boys (13-4) varsity baseball team lost to #1 seed Randolph 11-5 in the second round of the PSAL B playoffs on June 2.