2005-05-27 / Sports

Seahorses Can’t Finish the Deal In Playoff Loss

By Elio Velez

The pressure situation arrived for Far Rockaway in the bottom of the seventh inning. They were hanging on to an 8-5 lead to Lab Museum United in a outbracket softball playoff game at East River Park in Manhattan.

The inning started ominously when Seahorses’ third baseman Erica Brown misplayed a groundball that put the first runner on base. Two errors later and the bases loaded, Far Rock was struggling to escape with a win.

With the score 8-6 and the bases loaded, Raquel Carrion hit a high fly ball to left fielder Sandy Jean Francois. But Far Rock’s chances to advance went up in smoke as the ball sailed over Francois’ head for a bases clearing triple to give Lab Museum a 9-8 win.

Before the seventh, things went well for a Seahorses team that was ranked 38th out of 41 playoff teams. They scored eight runs off of Lab Museum star basketball player and now softball pitcher Amanda De La Cruz.

But Far Rockaway ruined several chances to put up more runs on the scoreboard. In the fifth inning, they had the bases loaded but could only get one run.

“We should have won this game today. Instead of going in there (bottom of the seventh) we should have gone with 12 runs. We had plenty of hits,” Sabbah said.

Their two errors in the bottom of the seventh inning which were uncharacteristic of how well the Seahorses played on defense all day. Coach Sabbah it was his team’s lost chances that gave Lab Museum, the 25th seed, their best chance to win.

“We had the chance and whenever you have the last licks scenario; it’s a very tough spot to be in,” Sabbah says. Things will happen and we do it to people and this time, they did it to us. The pressure gets to us and the plays we made all game, we just couldn’t do it.”

PSAL Playoffs

If the weather reports are true, then the PSAL playoffs will not be delayed due to the inclement weather that occurred last week.

The ‘B’ playoffs got underway last week at press time when Far Rockaway and Beach Channel’s baseball teams played on Thursday May 26. The first round matchups featured Far Rockaway, the #23 seed, traveling to #10 seed Automotive High School at McCarren Park.

Beach Channel, the #8 seed, will go against Robert F. Wagner. They will have the home advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The roster received a shakeup when it was announced that pitcher/outfielder Lemonte Attles and pitcher Victor Sanchez was declared academically ineligible. It’s a big blow because Attles would have provided depth in the pitching spot and also batted third for the PSAL Queens South B Division Champions. The team brought up infielder Omar Artsen as a replacement. If any team advances, the second round of the playoffs will be played on May 31.

The Lady Dolphins of Beach Channel, the #4 seed, also started on May 26 with a first round game against High School Environmental Studies. A second round game will also be at Beach Channel on May 31 if they can advance.

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