2005-05-13 / Sports

Flippers Advance In First Round Upset

By Elio Velez

Pitcher Alexa Rosella of Stella Maris delivers to the plate against Bishop Kearney. Photo By Pete Borriello.Pitcher Alexa Rosella of Stella Maris delivers to the plate against Bishop Kearney. Photo By Pete Borriello. Stella Maris needed a spark badly. Down 1-0 to top seeded Bishop Kearney in the first round of the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs, they were in danger of being eliminated.

Pitcher Karen D’Ambrosi was mowing down the Flippers for six innings, striking out 9 and allowing one hit. Stella Maris coach Jim DeAngelo told outfielder Alyce Miraglia that she needed to get a rally started.

“Alyce came up big. I told her to make a surprise bunt. I told her don’t show it until the last minute. They got frazzled and the floodgates seemed to open,” DeAngelo said.

The floodgates did open. Miraglia’s hit was one of five consecutive hits which led to three Stella Maris runs. Jackie Frank’s RBI single tied the game and pitcher Alexa Rosella helped her cause with the go ahead RBI for a 2-1 lead.

The furious Flippers’ rally affected Bishop Kearney on the field. Second baseman Margarita Ruiz could not get her glove underneath a Kerry Harnisher’s grounder and led to third run of the evening.

It was enough for pitcher Alexa Rosella, whose seven strikeouts held off Bishop Kearney for a 3-1 upset victory.

The Flippers kept alive their championship hopes with a second round game against St. Francis Prep, which will take place at presstime at Cunningham Park.

“We were not intimidated at all. Both teams were flat at the bat in the beginning and they were awesome on defense,” DeAngelo.

“It was a just matter on who would make the first mistake and fortunately for us, it was them.”

Jackie Frank was in full agreement with her coach.

“We wasn’t intimidated but we just needed to wake up the bats at the end of the game and we pulled through. I wanted this game really bad because I wanted to see Prep,” Frank said.

It’s been an uphill climb for Stella Maris but they seemed to have erased their early regular season doldrums. After defeating Christ the King, 6-1, last Monday to clinch they clinched the fourth and last playoff spot at Fort Tilden.

Alexa Rosella also wants to face St. Francis because it was a 3-1 Stella Maris victory on April 26 that fueled their late season charge to the playoffs.

“It was the Prep game mostly because we knew they were hard team to beat. It was the first time we beat them in a while it started to turn us around,” Rosella said.

DeAngelo has been riding a wave of good fortune and he doesn’t want it to end until the championship at Queens College on Tuesday against the winner of Molloy and unbeaten Mary Louis.

“I’m feeling it right now. We’re at dance but we’re going to the ball and the ball is the big ones at Queens College,” DeAngelo, in his first season a s head coach said. “That’s where I want to go.”

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