Dolphins Dominate In Peninsula Blowouts
In their quest to qualify for the playoffs, Far Rockaway spoke of stepping up their play against Beach Channel as a test of their ability. If a 13-1 loss last Monday and an 18-2 defeat last Wednesday to the Dolphins is any indication, the Seahorses failed miserably.
Beach Channel showed why they are a better team with five inning wins last week that improved their record to 11-1 and remain one game behind of Van Buren in the South B Division.
The first victory was a sign of how good the Dolphins are hitting the ball right now. Far Rockaway pitcher Michael Howard was shelled in the third inning as he was roped for six runs in the third for an 8-1 deficit. Beach Channel pitcher Danny Rodriguez allowed one hit in 4 innings of work for the win.
The second win was a continuation of the Dolphins dominance. Seahorses’ pitcher Sherwin Sukhu could not contain a hot hitting offense that rapped nine hits in a 13 run outburst in the bottom of the second.
“We got good pitches to hit and the three run homer was a pitch down the middle,” leftfielder Chris Baierlein, who hit a homerun and drove in 5 RBI said.
“They got a quality ballclub and they didn’t go to the championship for nothing. They’re focused, not making a lot of errors and getting good pitching,” Seahorses head coach Ken Hernandez said.
Dolphins Coach Tom Kazalski has been impressed with his team’s effort as they play down the stretch.
“The hitting one to nine I feel confident in. Every kid can jolt the ball. We have speed, and it’s a wonderful combination of stuff.”
With Beach Channel on a roll, it is the complete opposite on the other side at Far Rockaway. It’s a team whose poise and confidence seem to be reeling and Hernandez is certainly unhappy at his team’s performance.
“It’s disappointing but it’s not unexpected when I got half the team showing up to practice the day before (last Tuesday) a big game,” a stern and serious looking Hernandez saod. “It shows me that we got to become a better team. We got good individuals but we haven’t jelled yet.”
“Between now and the end of the season we got to come together and give a full effort. We will figure that out.”
High School Notes
The PSAL ‘B’ tennis playoffs begin today at Beach Channel as the boys and girls host first round games at 4 p.m. The Lady Dolphins (12-0) will face off against Newtown (8-4) and the boys (12-0) will battle Leon M. Goldstein High School of Science (6-6).
Beach Channel’s (10-0, Queens B1) softball team defeated another quality team in a 7-1 win over John Adams (8-1, Queens B2). They remain in first place and a game above Van Buren (9-1). “It was a nice team effort and that’s how it should be every game,” Dolphins coach Robert Attonito said.
Far Rockaway (7-3, Queens B1) pulled off two impressive wins last week over Forest Hills, 6-5 and 15-0 over Queens H.S. of Teaching.
Troy Ann Bailey scored a goal to help Far Rockaway defeat rival Springfield Gardens, 2-1 in a soccer game played last Wednesday. Fayon Malcolm also scored as the Seahorses capture first place in the Queens BIII Conference with a 7-1-1.
At 5-4, Beach Channel can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Campus Magnet (1-4-4) at home today at 4 p.m. With three games left, the Dolphins need at least one win to finish at .500 and qualify for the postseason.