2005-06-10 / Sports

Dolphins Closer To Title On Lebron Heroics

By Elio Velez

Samantha Lebron slides safely under the tag of Stevenson’s Desiree Galarza. Photo By Pete Borriello.Samantha Lebron slides safely under the tag of Stevenson’s Desiree Galarza. Photo By Pete Borriello. It was a perfect day at the plate for Dolphins’ centerfielder Samantha Lebron but her best play of the game wouldn’t be until the next day.

After a monsoon last Monday postponed the conclusion of Beach Channel’s and Stevenson’s playoff double elimination game, Lebron would make an impact with the glove as her over the shoulder running catch prevented the tying run to score in the top of the seventh. Beach Channel won 4-3 to advance to the semifinals of the PSAL B softball playoffs.

“I thought it (the ball) was coming behind me and I was really scared but I didn’t care nothing about winning,” Lebron said.

The Dolphins are now one win away from reaching the PSAL championship if they can beat JFK High School in the Bronx at presstime last Thursday.

Richmond Hill will await the winner in the title game to be played at the College of Staten Island on Saturday afternoon.

Dolphins Head coach Robert Attonito admitted he was a nervous wreck as Lebron went after Stevenson’s Desiree Galarza’s flyball to the right center field gap. “I’ve played football, I wrestled, and I’ve done state wrestling. I’ve never been this more nervous. There’s nothing I can do. I can’t catch the ball, can’t pitch and can’t throw. I’m tickled to death we’re going to the Bronx,” Attonito said.

The game was originally thought to be concluded the previous day when Lebron reached on a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. The game was halted and then postponed due to the inclement weather.

It was already marked down as an official game but a decision was made by PSAL commissioner Donald Douglas to continue the game.

It was a tight back and forth affair before the rains came between two evenly matched teams. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the third, the Dolphins received an RBI single from Daishel Cook to tie and Lebron’s RBI double put them up 3-2.

Pitcher Jodi Vitale got the Dolphins out of trouble in the top of the fourth Stevenson’s Gloria Quibos popped up with two runners on base with the game tied at 3.

Though only a sophomore, Lebron is regarded as one of the most consistent players on the team according to coach Attonito. She’s not getting overconfident however because her team has one more game before the Dolphins can truly celebrate their good fortune.

“We’re really going hard for the championship. It’s more wanting win. Last year I was a freshman. This year, the team got really close,” Lebron said. “It’s not just me. As we long as we stick together, we’re going to make it.”

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