2004-06-11 / Sports

Beach Channel Advances To Softball Semifinals

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel Advances To Softball Semifinals


Beach Channel pitcher Jodi Vitale delivers to the plate as first baseman Katreem Palmer (background) looks at home plate. Photos By Elio Velez.Beach Channel pitcher Jodi Vitale delivers to the plate as first baseman Katreem Palmer (background) looks at home plate. Photos By Elio Velez.

By Elio Velez

In 2002 and 2003, the Beach Channel Dolphins advanced to the third round of the PSAL ‘B’ Championships and lost. In both years, high hopes for a ‘B’ championship were stopped in the fields of Central Park.

However, the 2004 season can be a case of redemption for the # 3 ranked Dolphins. They advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs with a 17-6 5-inning mercy rule win over Jane Addams at Jamaica High School on Monday. The win placed them in the semifinals against # 2 seed Newtown High School last Thursday after the newspaper went to press.

It was a tight game against Addaams, who had beaten higher ranked opponents such as #6 Columbus and #11 Stevenson. Winning pitcher Jodi Vitale was a little shaky early in the ballgame after giving up two runs in the first and three runs in the third inning.


Dolphins’ Samantha Lebron rounds third base on a inside the park home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the first inning.Dolphins’ Samantha Lebron rounds third base on a inside the park home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the first inning.

She settled down to win her second game of the playoffs. Vitale allowed only one hit in a victory against George Wingate, 12-0, in the second round.

It was a meltdown in the bottom of the fourth by Addams’ pitcher Jennifer Gonzales that led to eight walks and eight runs for the Dolphins.

The first four batters for Beach Channel walked in the inning. Shaunte Abrams, Nicole Vargas and Jodi Vitale drew RBI walks to make it 12-6.

"They finally understand that they have to be patient," says head coach Robert Attonito. "When they make the plays they have to, we can win."


The Beach Channel Dolphins smile after advancing to the PSAL B semifinals.The Beach Channel Dolphins smile after advancing to the PSAL B semifinals.

Gonzales did not allow a hit in the inning but her final pitching line wasn’t pretty. She gave up eight walks and six earned runs in 1.1 innings.

The next opponent, Newtown (17-0), will most likely send out pitcher Erika Collado who has impressed with a 13-0 record and a 1.72 ERA. Newtown won the Queens IIB Championship.

For Attonito, the win over Addams proved to be a milestone. It is the first time in his coaching career that Beach Channel has advanced this far. But before playing against Newtown, Attonito is going to savor his win against Addams.

"I’m in the semifinals," Attonito said. "I got the monkey off my back."


Return to top


Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2014 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History

 

 

Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Riding the Wave with Mark Healey on BlogTalkRadio