By Bruno Bavaro ’16
Struggles continue for the Hornets baseball team as they drop to 4-10 on their season. So far the team has not been able to put the pieces together.
Despite their victories against New Dorp, Fort Hamilton, High School for Construction and most recently Millennium, the Hornets have not been able to take control of their division. Hopes and confidence were at an all-time high after a big win against High School for Construction on Friday, May 1, but the boys couldn’t carry that momentum into Monday’s matchup against Grand Street Campus as they lost 11-5.
May 6 brought a game against McKee Staten Island Tech that also resulted in a Hornet loss. They took a hard 14-4 loss showing no signs of life. The dug out was almost silent, pitchers had no command and hitters combined with a total of only five hits.
A lot of frustration is brewing in the Hornet dugout with only two games remaining in an intense playoff race. To help gain an extra game the team beat division foe Millennium. The two played on Friday, May 8 at Parade Grounds, Millennium’s home field.
The game was scoreless until the second inning, when a wild pitch scored pinch runner Paul Pelligrino ’16. In the fourth inning, Michael Taormina ’15 got on base, and then stole second and third base, putting him in scoring position for Nicholas Cardieri ’17. Cardieri then drove him in on a long double that hit of the fence to deep left center.
This put the Horents up 2-1 and pitcher Francis McMahon ’16 was able to hold this lead until the middle of the seventh inning. With one out remaining, he had to exit due to exceeding the pitch count with 107 pitches. At this point, the Hornets were up 3-1 with one out left. Closer Thomas Scarpaci ’16 came into the game. He entered with a runner on second and had a difficult time getting that last out. He gave up a two run double sending the game into extra innings. The Hornets followed up the next inning by putting three runs on the board thanks to a two run double by Mathew Putterman ’17. Scarpaci was then able to hold it down and give the Hornets a 6-3 victory.