BC Dolphins’ Vitale Perfect Once Again
Jodi Vitale pitched a five inning perfect game for Beach Channel (4-0) in a 13-0 win at Far Rockaway (2-2) last Tuesday. The senior pitcher struck out eight batters and drove in four RBI at the plate. It was her second perfect game against Far Rockaway as Vitale first did it in a 24-0 victory on April 2, 2004. The Dolphins will have a tough early season matchup at home against Van Buren on Monday at 4 p.m. Both teams are tied for the division lead. The most noted win for Van Buren to date was a 39-1 blowout of Hillcrest on April 5.
Stella Maris Goes Young
The Flippers displayed the growing pains a young softball team will go through in a 12-6 loss to division rival Christ the King (5-2) last Wednesday at Fort Tilden.
The few bright spots were Alexa Rosella’s three run homer in a 5 RBI day that cut their deficit to 7-4 in the eights inning. They couldn’t come any closer as the Royals put up 5 runs in the top of the ninth to seal the game.
There are brighter days around the corner for Stella Maris (1-4), insists new head coach Jim DeAngelo. After four years as a coach, he has been elevated to the top spot and is familiar with the talent that is on the team.
“I’m looking it as a building year. We’re coming in with two freshman windmill pitchers which is a novelty for us,” DeAngelo says of Caitlin Dasaro and Caitlin Garofalo. They will replace Katie Scotko, who graduated last year and is now playing at Molloy College
“It’s a young team that needs time to jell together. They’ve all played ball together in various leagues and now they’re playing together as one unit.”
DeAngelo has been encouraged with his team’s tenacity even in their closest losses. The Flippers hanged tough for six innings before giving up two runs and falling 2-0 to Mary Louis (10-0, 5-2 Queens), one of the top teams in the city. Their lone win came in a convincing 12-4 win against St. John’s Prep.
“Nobody is unbeatable and even the best team out there have an off day and we hope to catch them on that off day,” DeAngelo said.
“I think this team is going to turn it around. They all get along well and they have fun together and it works out good.”
Not Just Another Game When the PSAL released their baseball schedule this year, Beach Channel found one game they circle on the calendar immediately. That game will be today against Townsend Harris at Kissena Park and the events of last year certainly played a big part in this anticipated matchup.
Head coach Tom Kazalski knows that his players won’t forget their heartbreaking 6-5 loss at the PSAL B Championship at Shea Stadium. But if they are to once again compete for a championship, a win over Townsend Harris may help them forget the memories of June 11, 2004. “It’s a different team and a new season but my kids are going to be up for it. It’s in their minds I think,” Kazalksi says.
Though they are 5-1 in PSAL Queens B, their miscues on team defense and inconsistent pitching has Kazalski a bit concerned. Kazalski knows that his team must execute the fundamentals to once again compete for the championship.
“For me it’s another game but I will keep the stressing the fundamentals,” Kazalski said. “That’s the name of the game and I’ll keep telling them that.”
High School Roundup
Far Rockaway (5-2) continues to put wins on the boards with a two game sweep over Hillcrest last week. In a 16-3 victory, pitcher Michael Howard gained his second win of the season by allowing only one earned run and striking out six batters. In a 14-0 shutout at Hillcrest, Felipe Santos was up to the task on the mound and he struck out 10 batters and allowed three hits. Raul Marrero went for 3 for 3 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
The Beach Channel Girls have picked up enough steam that at 9-0, they can clinch the Queens PSAL B division if they win one of their last three matches.
Tiffani Parchment and Amanda Lang remain undefeated in singles for the Dolphins. A home and away series with Far Rockaway (2-4) will conclude the regular season on April 20 and 22.
At 8-0 and in first place in PSAL Queens B, the - have enjoyed their perch at the top of the standings. Singles players Gabriel Martinez and Randall Ramchatsingh are currently 6-0 and Randall’s older brother Timothy, currently has a 5-1 record.
It’s a tenous lead though as Richmond Hill at 8-1 is right behind them in the standings. The division championship will be decided this week when they play two games against one another. The last game will be on April 21 at BCHS.
Crew Rows First Regatta
The first regatta of the season has the Beach Channel Crew team visiting Princeton, New Jersey for the Mercer Lake Spirits competition. It will place on Saturday starts at 8:45 a.m. at Mercer Lane Park.
The Dolphins are tentatively scheduled to compete in four boys and girls events throughout the day. Almost 100 high school teams from the tri-state area will be in attendance.
Volleyball-Beach Channel (3-3) fell to Richmond Hill (5-3) 2 sets to none last Tuesday.