Stella Maris Stumbles In Loss To Christ the King
By Elio Velez
A host of Stella Maris players were missing, most notably starting pitcher Alexa Rosella and senior catcher Nicole Rescogno. But for six innings, Stella Maris had ignored their lack of manpower, holding on to a 7-2 lead.
Unfortunately for Stella Maris head coach Jim DeAngelo, the dramatic changes of the top of the seventh inning made him change his planned post game victory speech.
Christ the King woke up from their in-game malaise in the final inning as they blitzed Stella Maris for eight runs in a 10-7 comeback win at Fort Tilden.
Pitcher Caitlin Dasaro had held Christ the King at bay for six innings. But as she began to fade in the top of the seventh, so did Stella Maris' chances at winning the ballgame as they fell to a 1-3 record.
Christ the King had fourteen batters at the plate in the top of the seventh inning. Stella Maris helped their comeback by committing four errors, two wild pitches and were just unable to get that final out according to DeAngelo.
"It just fell apart…It was just errors. They may have gotten cocky and they just fell apart. It was a total meltdown," DeAngelo said.
"Errors are contagious. Just like hitting is contagious. If you make one, you make two and so on. They (Christ the King) capitalized on it.
Jennifer Conlin stroked a 2 RBI single to narrow the Flippers lead to 7-5. After a Stella Maris error, their second in the inning, cut the lead to 7-6, Katherine Illuzi and Kim Hernandez rapped consecutive RBI hits to give the Royals a 9-7 lead.
Frank Florio, the Christ the King head coach, kept telling his team to be patient and the hits would come. As they improved to a 2-3 record, the message did sink in and just in the nick of time.
"My girls never quit. They hung in there. They had their fair share of losses…we just had to hang in there, make some changes and settle it down," Florio said. "We made some things happen in the seventh.
For Stella Maris, the season is not over yet by any stretch and DeAngelo makes no excuses for the loss. He'll get most of his players back for their next league game on March 16 against St. John's Prep.
The Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA softball schedule though put his team and many others throughout the league at a disadvantage.
Off the field, he can understand that some of his players who didn't show up had a valid excuse as they were vacationing with family.
"What am I going to tell them? No? I can't allow you to go because we have a game, I'm a parent first. I can understand that for some parents, it may be the only week off in the year where they can spend time with their kids," DeAngelo said.
As a parent, he understands if the players are going to choose to be with their families. DeAngelo would do the same with his children.
"I'll never play another game on the holiday break again. It's ridiculous. They're kids. They're not ballplayers or major leaguers. They get a week off, they might want to go on vacation or go with their parents."
Beach Channel snapped a two game losing streak as they defeated Springfield Gardens in two sets, 25-14, 25-15, on Wednesday afternoon. Michael McGann recorded 13 kills and four service points for the Dolphins, who improved to 4-2 and reside in second place in the PSAL Queens II division. Slawomir Wloch made 11 assists and Charles Cook had 10 assists.
Daniel Kelly and Robert McCabe are two of the Rockaway residents who return this year for the PSAL defending champion Midwood Hornets. Kelly, a defender, and McCabe, an attacker, were members of the squad who defeated Cardozo 8-7 at St. John's University last June in the title game.
Midwood (4-0) hasn't stopped winning as of yet in the PSAL regular season against Cardozo. The Hornets waxed the Judges 9-3 and 16-2 in back to back games to start the season..