H.S. Roundup: Duggan Throws First No-Hitter
Archbishop Molloy pitcher John Duggan already had an inkling that Monday was turning out to be a special day.
Duggan’s teammates didn’t speak to him throughout the latter stage of his stellar outing against rivals Holy Cross. The senior hurler knew the silence coming from his team meant a great moment was about to happen.
But Duggan had to stay calm with two outs in the top of the seventh to make it happen. The senior hurler’s 2-2 curveball pitch was thrown for a strike, and the final out signaled the Belle Harbor native had thrown his first career no-hitter in a 5-0 Molloy victory.
Duggan, a right-hander who will pitch next year at New York Institute of Technology, kept the Holy Cross hitters at bay with a mixture of a fastball, slider and off-speed pitches.
The achievement was even more special since it was the final regular season home game he would throw for Molloy at Stanner Field.
“I didn’t celebrate that much. I’m not really much of a celebrater. I shook the catcher’s hand and I just knew that I did it,” Duggan said.
Duggan was actually close to getting a perfect game, but in the second inning, he plunked a Holy Cross batter in the arm.
“Throughout the game I knew I was throwing a nohitter,” Duggan said. “I was actually nervous trying to get the first out in the inning.”
Duggan, a 6-4, 180-pound pitcher, struck out the first batter in the top of the seventh. The second batter of the inning hit a long fly ball to leftfield. Stanner Field’s smaller dimensions in leftfield gave Duggan pause that the ball would fly out for a homerun and end the no-hit bid.
But the flyball would eventually be caught near the warning track. Duggan then settled down to get the final out.
Molloy took the lead early in the game when fellow teammate and Belle Harbor native Sean Towey hit a two-run homerun to give the Stanners the lead.
He will enjoy the milestone for the next few days while Molloy gears up to compete in the CHSAA citywide baseball playoffs, which starts on Saturday.
“There’s going to be some tough teams. I’m excited,” Duggan said. “This will give us great confidence going to the playoffs.”
Tennis Team Advances
The first seed Beach Channel Dolphins advanced to the PSAL C Division playoff semifinals after winning 4-1 over No.8 Newcomers on Wednesday afternoon.
Sharif Ellis, Julian Morales and Dwayne Thomas each won their singles matches. Curtis Blocker and Frantz Gedeon won in the doubles competition.
It was a bit revenge for Beach Channel after being knocked out by Newcomers in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
“Last year was a disappointment. We felt that was our year. It kind of hit me last year,” Ellis said.
Morales said the team has achieved a tight camaraderie and support structure this year.
“We play as a team, we travel as a team, we celebrate,” Morales said. “There is nothing we do as individuals. If we have a problem, we all talk about it.”
Beach Channel hopes to continue their success today against fifth seed Truman in the semifinals at Forest Hills High School. The winner advances to the championship on Thursday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King Center in Flushing Meadows.
Lady Dolphins Makes Playoffs
After completing a solid 12-3 season, the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins will hope their winning ways continued in the first round of the PSAL B playoffs, which took place at presstime.
In finishing second in the Queens B1 Division to defending PSAL champions Queens High School of Teaching, Beach Channel claimed the 15th playoff seed and hosted their first round game against No. 18 A. Phillip Randolph Campus.
Beach Channel coach Dominic Stanco set their goal at winning a division crown. While they fell short in their quest, he is happy at how things have turned out.
“They were happy with the seed. It’s a huge benefit to get a home game,” said. “We didn’t reach our goal, but they are happy with the outcome so far.”
A Beach Channel wins advances them into the second round on Monday afternoon against No.2 High School of Information and Technology.
The Beach Channel/Channel View girls lacrosse team easily dispatched Stuyvesant, 18-1, in the first round of the PSAL playoffs on Monday afternoon.
At presstime, Beach Channel was going to host a semifinal game against third seed Midwood.
If Beach Channel wins, they will advance to the PSAL championship on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. They will get their chance to repeat as champions against either No. 1 Tottenville or No 4. Cardozo at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.