2006-04-28 / Sports

Dolphins Blows Out Falcons For Top Spot In Division

By Elio Velez


St. Francis Prep's Nicole Bifulco slides in safely to second base with a stolen as Stella Maris 2B Caitlin Dasaro can't handle the ball. Photo By Pete Borriello. St. Francis Prep's Nicole Bifulco slides in safely to second base with a stolen as Stella Maris 2B Caitlin Dasaro can't handle the ball. Photo By Pete Borriello. Centerfielder Benjamin Deleon has memorized the schedule that his Beach Channel team will play this season.

In pre-season, he circled some of the important games on the calendar. Martin Van Buren and Townsend Harris were two of their main rivals to compete against this season. For a young team, pivotal games such as those would test their mettle once the playoffs approach.

One of the teams off Deleon's radar before the season started was August Martin, who after a dismal 4-12 campaign in 2005, got off to a flying start winning their first five ballgames.

As one of three seniors on the team, Deleon is expected to do his fair share in helping the team win. Last week, he did his fair share in guiding the Dolphins to spank the Falcons in two games this week, 15-1 and 15-2 to improve their record overall to 7-0 in PSAL Queens B South.

August Martin second baseman Ramon Acevedo  (left) can't snag the high throw as Beach Channel Louis Verdino slides safely with a double. Photo By Pete Borriello. August Martin second baseman Ramon Acevedo (left) can't snag the high throw as Beach Channel Louis Verdino slides safely with a double. Photo By Pete Borriello. "The first couple of games might have been easy but coming into the (Easter vacation) break, August Martin was 5-0. Our coach said they had a couple of good guys. We played strong. We did what we had to do," Deleon said.

August Martin was overwhelmed in a 10 run third inning for Beach Channel who sent 15 batters to the plate. With two outs, they plated nine runs with the help of six straight hits.

Pitcher Kevin Lessington got his first win of the year (1-0) for the Dolphins.

With four hits and five RBI in two games, Deleon is carrying his share of the load. The only four year player on the roster, he knows that head coach Tom Kazalski is expecting not only his big bat but a more vocal leadership role.

"Coach said I had to be a big bat and have to help carry the team. He named Hector Garcia and me captains," Deleon said. "It's part of my job to help bring this team up and support these guys on the varsity who's is here for the first time."

Kazalski has seen some good progress from his team early in the season. He's gotten a lot of chances to see the progression of his team with some scrimmage games against PSAL A teams like Forest Hills and Brooklyn Tech being an evaluation for him.

"We played good (today). It was important to play those teams to sharpen up," Kazalski.

At press time, the Dolphins will play their biggest game so far with a league crossover game against Townsend Harris, who met in the PSAL B championship game in 2004.

Kazalski has pointed out similarities between the 2004 squad who lost in the title game and the 2006 version. The team currently on the field is young but have the ability to hit, pitch and play solid defense that they can put together a extended run in the playoffs.

It's all a matter of staying together and creating a winning chemistry.

"We hit the baseball. We got good hitters. If we put it all together, we got a shot at the whole thing."

Flippers Ride Rollercoaster

The Stella Maris Lady Flippers have been searching all season for a consistency which would put them on par with the best softball teams in Queens.

At times, they have found the answer with good pitching and timely hitting. At 10-6 overall, more times than not, the Lady Flippers have played well against their competition.

But when the Flippers don't hit or play well in the field, opposing teams can take advantage. In two games last week, they were trying to find that elixir to cure their inconsistencies.

Stella Maris took on their division rivals St. Francis Prep last Monday in an anticipated softball battle of two of the best teams in the CHSAA at Fort Tilden. Both teams had split wins this season, as the Lady Flippers were coming off a good showing in the Uptown Softball Classic Tournament during the Easter break.

Instead of the third game being another close battle, St. Francis Prep turned it into a laugher, winning 12-0 over a dejected Stella Maris team.

Lady Flippers starting pitcher Alexa Rosella was bombarded by a Terriers offense who scored in the first three

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