2012-03-30 / Sports

Dolphins Earn Comeback Win

High School Report:
By Elio Velez

A day after Beach Channel/Channel View s shut out Springfield Gardens 11- 0 to win on the opening day of the PSAL ‘B’ baseball season, the Dolphins found a way to persevere despite not playing a crisp brand of baseball on Tuesday.

The Dolphins scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and came back to win 10-8.

Joshua Morales recorded an RBI single and 14-year old freshman Ryan Suglia drove in Joshua Morales with an RBI single to centerfield to tie the game. Murphy Ortiz and Suglia each scored on a wild pitch to give the Dolphins the lead.Sergio Galdamez pitched the last 2.1 innings as the Dolphins improved to 2-0 in the Queens ‘B’ South Division.

Beach Channel coach John Mangieri found success last season instilling the fundamentals as the team made their first PSAL ‘B’ playoff appearance in five years. The Dolphins are a very young squad this year with only three seniors on the roster. They will have to work in a host of new starters to help returning sophomores Joshua Morales and shortstop/ pitcher Kely Aponte, along with senior pitcher Chris Bonilla.

Last year we was 9-6, we made the playoffs which is great, but we’re looking to do better. We got a lot of new kids, so it’s going to take time,” Mangieri said. “The kids have been working hard, practicing 6 days a week and they are committed. That I respect and appreciate and that’s how they are going to get better. They have a lot of enthusiasm.”

Aponte is an emerging player who pitched a no-hitter, and struck out 15 batters against Springfield. Morales will play third, and Bonilla splits time at pitcher and catcher. Suglia and centerfielder Justin Enz are the two freshman starters, and others have arrived from the junior varsity team.

The competition form the division will come from reigning champions Van Buren, Renaissance and Queens High School of Teaching. Aponte says if his team can contend if they can keep improving every day.

“We got to focus, make the plays, not get lazy, run for the ball. If we do that, we can beat any team,” Aponte said. Softball

First year varsity program Scholars’ Academy improved to 3-1 in the PSAL Queens BII Division with a 31-4 victory at Campus Magnet last Tuesday.

Far Rockaway (2-2) plated 9 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Thomas Edison to win 16-15 last Tuesday. Beach Channel/Channel View (3-1) scored six runs in the top of the seventh for a 17-16 comeback win over Springfield Gardens on Tuesday.

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