2004-06-18 / Sports

Dolphins, Lady Dolphins, Defeated In PSAL Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Dolphins, Lady Dolphins, Defeated In PSAL Playoffs

Samantha Lebron  allowed a run in the Beach Channel softball’s 12-0 loss to Newtown. Charles Novak relieved starting pitcher Daniel Rodriguez in the sixth inning of Beach Channel’s 6-5 loss to Townsend Harris.Samantha Lebron allowed a run in the Beach Channel softball’s 12-0 loss to Newtown. Charles Novak relieved starting pitcher Daniel Rodriguez in the sixth inning of Beach Channel’s 6-5 loss to Townsend Harris.

By Elio Velez

It was the seventh inning of a sloppy PSAL Class B championship game at Shea Stadium. For all of Beach Channel’s mistakes and miscues during the game, they still had a chance to win their first ever title.

Down 6-5 in the top of the seventh with two runners on and one out, the Dolphins seemed on the verge of pulling off another comeback win. But it was for naught as second basemen Gregory Perdriel hit a screaming line out to shortstop Nilkolas Kaloudis for the unassisted game ending double play as Townsend Harris captured the B title, 6-5.

"If the ball is hit six inches higher, the game could have been tied", Beach Channel head coach Thomas Kazalski said after the game. "We were there until the last out. I thought we had them."

Beach Channel had a lot of opportunities to take but they also gave away chances. Freshman starting pitcher Daniel Rodriguez was shaky throughout the entire game. The defense was shaky as well. Catcher Andrew Chaluisant’s two passed balls led to two first inning runs to give Townsend Harris the lead.

The lead was quickly erased as Townsend Harris committed two of eight errors in the top of the second to give the Dolphins two runs to tie the game.

It was a seesaw battle in which every scoring rally featured an error by both teams. Townsend Harris’ second baseman Michael Schwartz apparently scored on a Rodriguez wild pitch to give the Hawks a 5-4 lead.

The Dolphins appealed the run at home saying Schwartz committed a mental error and did not touch the plate. Home plate umpire Carl Matos agreed and called Schwartz out to revoke the run and keep the game tied at 4.

Rodriguez tired in the sixth inning as the Hawks’ Michael Badala hit a fastball for a single to score John Tatti to make it 6-5.

When asked if Rodriguez should have been replaced, Kazalski was adamant that Rodriguez could get the job done in that spot.

"Danny was tired but he placed the curveball well in the game," Kazalski said. "I asked for a fastball but I should have stuck with the curveball."

Kazalski said that he agreed

I’m proud of the kids. I wish we won but we didn’t," Kazalski said. "I’m not disappointed. We got to the playoffs and it was a great season".

Almonte Dominates

In the PSAL Class ‘A’ Championship, Monroe pitcher and former little league star pitcher Danny Almonte completely dominated George Washington. Almonte struck out 11 batters and allowed only one hit in the third inning as Monroe won the city championship.

BCHS Softball Eliminated

Beach Channel was one win away from advancing to the PSAL Class B Championship. But the Dolphins would get no further as Newtown’s Erika Collado pitched a shutout in a 12-0, 5 inning mercy rule win.

Collado (13-0) allowed only 5 hits and 1 walk in a complete game victory. She allowed a runner to reach third base in each of the first four innings before stranding the runner for the final out.

The Dolphins committed six errors, which allowed Newtown to take an 11-0 lead by the fourth inning. Starting pitcher Jodi Vitale gave up 11 runs but because of the Dolphins’ miscues, she only gave up 5 earned runs.

"They make the same mistakes all the time. The throwing errors get me nuts," Attonito said. I don’t know why they played that way".

It was not a storybook ending for Beach Channel. For the first time all year, Beach Channel (19-1-1) lost a game and was mercy ruled.

"It was the first time I have been shutout in my four years here," Dolphins coach Robert Attonito said. "It was a team loss".

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