2006-06-02 / Sports

Dolphins Baseball Eliminated: Soccer Teams Advance In Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Head coach Thomas Kazalski (left) takes the ball from pitcher Jonathan Melendez. Photo by Borriello Photography, Head coach Thomas Kazalski (left) takes the ball from pitcher Jonathan Melendez. Photo by Borriello Photography, The basic fundamentals of baseball are taught at any level of organized baseball. From little league, high school, college and professional, the manta of hitting, pitching and defense are the factors that can't be forgotten.

In the regular season, the Beach Channel Dolphins used all three facets of the game to win the PSAL Queens South B Championship and finish with a 14-2 record.

In a second round playoff game against Thomas Edison, the Dolphins displayed their hitting skills to grab a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The pitching and defense however was a different matter entirely. Edison, the Queens North B Champions, erased a 4-0 deficit and would capitalize on the Dolphins pitching and defensive miscues to win 15-5 in a five inning game at Joseph Austin Playground last Tuesday afternoon.

The Dolphins only delight of the delay was their four run opening stanza which was highlighted by Benjamin Deleon's two run homer. The happiness would soon fade away. Starting pitcher Jonathan Melendez would be tattooed by the Edison bats. By the second inning, he gave up five runs and would be replaced by Louis Verdino. He would fare no better.

In the third inning, Edison would explode for nine runs, increasing a 5-4 game to a 14-4 lead. The Dolphins also had a tough time with the cement like infield of Joseph Austin Playground, an advantage that would surely play into Edison's hands.

Third baseman Daniel Rodriguez committed three errors as the Dolphins committed six in total in an inning that doomed their season.

Edison pitcher Randy Ortiz would bounce back from his shaky first inning to get the win. In the fourth inning, he only gave up one run as the Dolphins loaded the bases.

"We didn't field the ball when we should have," Dolphins head coach Thomas Kazalski said

The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins had circled one player in particular before their PSAL B first round matchup against Prospect Heights. Sophmore forward Shakera Hosang was the key player to stop as she torched her opponents for 35 goals in the regular season and scored two more against Beach Channel.

But the Dolphins had their own special player in Antoneka Trought, a midfielder who can be strong as aa playmaker and a goalscorer. Trought would cap off a strong day with her third goal as the Dolphins left Old Boys Field in Brooklyn with a 3-2 overtime win. They will travel to Long Island City High School for a second round game at press time.

Seahorses Win a Scorcher

Far Rockaway soccer coach William Neylon had already set up his gameplan when he got off the team bus at Lehman High School in the Bronx for his first round PSAL B girls' soccer playoff game. The gameplan factored in the weather last Tuesday afternoon as it reached 85 degrees on the thermometer. The playing surface was an issue as well as the Seahorses have not played one game this season on a grass field.

With the help of two goals from Zulma Flores, the Seahorses handled the heat with a 3-2 victory to advance to the second round.

Lehman and Far Rockaway traded goals until six minutes left when Flores capped her second goal of the contest with a diagonal cross from the right wing to make it 3-2.

Seahorses' leading scorer and senior Fayon Malcolm netted a goal and Shickona Asfalls made nine saves. Thomas Edison, the Queens BI division champions with an 11-1 record, will be Far Rockaway's next opponent at presstime at Flushing Meadows Park.

"She came up big for us. The whole team played well," said a very pleased William Neylon.

Courtney Roberts scored 4 goals for Franks Sinatra High School as the Rockaway native helped her team advance 5-0 over Banneker Academy to the second round of the PSAL B soccer playoffs. Her sister Celeste, will play in the third round with Midwood against Bayside on Sunday at Tilden High School.

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