2005-05-20 / Sports

International Rule Bounces Flippers

By Elio Velez

Alyssa Rich is consoled by coach Jim DeAngelo. Photo by Pete BorrielloAlyssa Rich is consoled by coach Jim DeAngelo. Photo by Pete Borriello Stella Maris pitcher Alexa Rosella was pitching a masterful game in their second round CHSAA/Brooklyn Queens playoff game.

Rosella had to pitch great because St. Francis Prep’s Nina Cesare was also equal to the task in a game played on Thursday, May 19.

Both starters held the teams scoreless until the top of the eight inning. The umpires then enacted the international tie breaker rule, which states in the official ISF rulebook:

“If in the event of a tie, the inning will start with the person who batted last in the order at second base. The inning will start this way with nobody out. Play continues for a full inning(s) until the tie is broken.”

Unfortunately for Stella Maris, the rule ended their season. In the bottom of the eighth, a bunt by Nicole Epstein placed runners on first and third with nobody out. Samantha Marciliano’s tapper over the head of Rosella was grabbed by Stella Maris’ second baseman Kerrie Harnisher, but her throw to the plate was not in time as St. Francis Prep’s Alexis Namit scored for a 1-0 victory.

“I’m riding high. These girls are #1. We weren’t counted on in the beginning of the season. We showed them that we shouldn’t be counted out,” Stella Maris head coach Jim DeAngelo said.

“If it wasn’t for the international rule, we’d still be playing right now. These international rules I don’t like, DeAngelo jokingly said.

St. Francis Prep’s chances to win BK/Queens title were affected when ironically, the rule helped Mary Louis win 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth last Tuesday.

The Flippers had their chances to win the game, especially in the top half of the eighth inning. With two runners on and one out, Alyce Miraglia and Rosella, who fanned for the fourth time in the game, struck out to end it.

Coach DeAngelo talked about getting to what he terms the “big dance” or the championship and Rosella was the pitcher. Battling back from rotator cuff surgery, DeAngelo was proud of her strong effort.

“Alexa and I sat down and talked (after a loss to Molloy in the regular season) and she said I can get you to the big dance and she got us here and I was going to stand with her right through.”

Even with three seniors departing, the framework for an exciting team in 2006 should keep him going through the offseason.

“I told them all season that you got come out here and taste the win. You got to have fire in your belly,” DeAngelo said.

“I don’t feel though as I’m losing anything next year because I feel we can go back and can compete even harder than we did this year.”

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