2006-04-21 / Sports

Dubious Umpire Call Wipes Out Lady Flippers

By Elio Velez


Beach Channel's Benjamin Deleon is welcomed at the plate by Daniel Rodriguez (7). Photo by Elio Velez. Beach Channel's Benjamin Deleon is welcomed at the plate by Daniel Rodriguez (7). Photo by Elio Velez. Stella Maris was on the verge in the bottom of the ninth inning last Wednesday afternoon of earning a berth to the Uptown Spring Classic Softball Tournament championship at Walton High School.

With the bases full of Lady Flippers, Caitlin Garofalo worked a 3-2 count at the plate with the game tied at six against Molloy in the semifinal matchup between the two CHSAA division rivals.

Molloy pitcher Kayley Ferran made the pitch and catcher Andrea Morscher caught it on the lower half of the plate. Most expected the call from the umpire to be a ball and the winning run would walk to the plate. Instead, the umpire raised his hand and yelled strike three, which halted the Flippers chance to win.

Molloy would pull ahead 7-6 in the top of the tenth and held on to win by that margin and eventually win the Uptown Classic. Stella Maris head coach Jim DeAngelo could only shake his head at what he thought was a curious decision by the home plate umpire.

DeAngelo said even though the team was hurt at the call, the Flippers still had their chances to win the game.

"There was no way that was a strike. The girls knew it may have deflated them a bit but their spirits were still high."

They had one more opportunity to make a comeback. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Caitlin Garofalo reached second base via the international tiebreaker rule. She was moved over to third base via a single by Kristen McIntyre with two outs. Starting catcher Nicole Rescigno drilled a line drive into left field but Kristen Torres made a running catch. Fortune and a win would not be on the Lady Flippers side.

DeAngelo took a lot of positives in their performance in the Uptown Classic. In their three of five victories, the offense, which seemed to disappear in recent weeks, has gone through a reawakening.

Teams have pitched around the lethal bat of cleanup hitter Alexa Rosella, who has pounded the opposition at the plate. Jackie Fank has been one player who has gone through a reemergence as of late. The senior leftfielder hit two home runs against McKee-Staten Island Tech in an 8-1 drubbing on Tuesday.

"They're hitting all the way around with the bat. We're getting some runs and the lower half of the order is starting to pick it up," DeAngelo said.With league play resuming this Monday in an important matchup with St. Francis Prep, the Fliipers have eight more games to polish their act for the postseason. They will face Mary Louis and Molloy twice to end the season so it's imperative to DeAngelo that they finish strong.

"It'll come down to the end (of the season). We got the pieces to put something together. It'll be a good second half for us if we do."

Dolphins Prepare

For August Martin

The Easter vacation was a busy one for the Beach Channel baseball team. They kept busy hosting doubleheader scrimmages against Forest Hills, Sheepshead Bay and Brooklyn Tech to stay in game shape.

Head coach Thomas Kazalski said at the beginning of the season that he will eventually find chemistry mixing new players at key positions and his veterans. On Monday, he will get his first test in league play.

A resurgent August Martin, who has gone through two consecutive losing seasons, has won their first five games of the season and will play the Dolphins twice this week. On Monday, an undefeated Beach Channel will meet their PSAL Queens South B rivals in a home and away series that concludes at BCHS on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

In what was originally thought to be a two team race for the division crown between Van Buren and the Dolphins, August Martin has inserted themselves as possible contenders. The Falcons defeated Van Buren in back to back matchups on April 10 and 12.

Notes

The Lady Dolphins of Beach Channel looks for their first win (0-4) of the softball season with matchups against Newtown, Francis Lewis and 2005 championship rematch with Richmond Hill. A young Far Rockaway baseball team (1-4) won their first game of the year on April 11 with a 13-3 win over Springfield Gardens.

Celeste Roberts, a Rockaway resident, has scored five goals in three games for the Midwood soccer team (3-0, 9 points, PSAL Brooklyn A division).

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