Dolphins Win In Rematch Over Hawks
For 6 innings, it was déjà vu all over again for the Beach Channel baseball team at Kissena Park. Townsend Harris were beating them 3-1 in a regular season matchup and echoed similarities that popped up in last year’s PSAL championship defeat.
But instead of losing to the Hawks as they did at Shea Stadium last June, the Dolphins didn’t give up. They once again displayed the ability to come back late in a ballgame by scoring seven runs in the last two innings to win 8-3 last Friday.
Yogi Berra, the hall of fame New York Yankee, once said, “Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical.” Of course he has been known to screw up a quote now and then but Berra was right about the mental aspect. It was an important win according to head coach Tom Kazalski that can pay off nicely in the future according to Dolphins (7-1, Queens South B) .
“It was good psychologically. We’re better than them and I knew that,” Kazalski said. “We knew them from last year and it was in the back of our head so it was nice today that we took it to them.”
Though Townsend Harris (4-1) graduated many of their 2004 starters, they took an early lead. Ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the 4th, Townsend Harris extended their lead off of starting pitcher Daniel Rodriguez. Jason Vargas drove in Jon Tatti with an RBI single to make it 2-0 and a throwing error by Rodriguez allowed Ethan Felder to score from third to make it 3-0.
The Dolphins were held scoreless for the first five innings by last year’s title game winner Christopher Guillou. This time around, the Dolphins’ aggressiveness and patience s at the plate became a virtue in the later in-nings.
RF Lemonte Attles, was one of the Dolphins who became aggressive in the comeback, made it 3-2 with an RBI single. His speed tied the game when catcher Max Nadler’s throw on a stolen base attempt at third sailed into leftfield.
“I knew that we were going to beat them. But I had confidence in my teammates that we would catch up them,” Attles said. “When we’re down like that, I know we have more confidence and can catch up and play our game.”
BC’s Ben Deleon worked out a RBI single over a tired Guillou for a 4-3 lead and the floodgates were opened. The Hawks were charged with errors due to the rocks that littered the playing surface and led to three errors and four more Dolphins’ runs.
The win was crucial as the Dolphins head to the halfway point of the season with some tough games up on the schedule. It’s an important stretch coming up with three non league games during the spring break and the looming home and away series with Far Rockaway. Kazalski knows their psyche is much calmer with their come from behind victory. “It’s the chemistry of the team. They just rise to it.
This is an important win if we didn’t win, I think psychologically it would have been more damaging,” Kazalski said.