By Bruno Bavaro ’16 and Jadi Trumpet ’16
In the interest of full disclosure, Bruno Bavaro ’ 16 is on the baseball team.
After major struggles for the Hornets baseball team, the season came to an end in the first round of the PSAL playoffs. The boys were eliminated by the John Bowne Wildcats by a score of 7-3.
The game was played at John Bowne high school in Queens so Midwood was the away team batting first. They scored one run early on. Center fielder, Gavin Brien ’16, was on third base and right fielder, Bruno Bavaro ’16, was on first base with one out. Brien and Bavaro executed a double steal with Brien scoring to give the Hornets the early lead.
On the hill for Midwood was Francis McMahon ’16. He came out in the bottom of the first inning and allowed one run to score, tying the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the second inning McMahon gave up another two runs putting the Wildcats in the lead 3-1.
For the Hornets, Michael Gonzales ’16 led off the top of the third inning and reached base bringing up Jalen Robinson ’18. Robinson sat on a first pitch fastball right down the pipe and crushed in deep over the left fielders head. Robinson coasted around the bases for a homerun as the left fielder chased down the ball.
This bomb had the boys fired up and tied up the game at three, but they were shortly silenced when John Bowne came back scoring two runs of their own.
With the Wildcats leading 5-3, the Hornets were worried as their bats cooled down. John Bowne seemed like they couldn’t be stopped, getting base runner after base runner, and successfully advancing them to the next base. They were playing smart baseball bunting and stealing their way across the base path to increase their lead, adding another two runs.
Down 7-3, the Hornets felt like it was time for a change in pitching. McMahon exited the game, and Paul Pelligrino ’16 came in to relieve him.
Although Pelligrino didn’t allow any more runs to score, the change made no difference as John Bowne’s left-handed ace shut down the Hornets.
“We were all very frustrated but their pitcher had very good off speed stuff and he throw it in any count, making it him tougher to hit,” said Nicholas Cardieri ’17.
As the last out was made, Midwood’s season came to an end. After finishing the regular season with a 6-10 record, the boys were frustrated to be bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. Returning players were left stunned being where they were last season finishing 14-2 as division champions.
“It was a very long, frustrating season as we faced a lot of adversity, but I will never lose faith in my teammates,” said Matthew Putterman ’17. “We plan on working as hard as ever this off season to come back ready to dominate the league next year.
For seniors Michael Taormina ’15, Robert Malone ’15, and Christopher Wooden ’15 this meant not only an end to the season, but also the end of their high school careers. For the rest of the boys, they know there is much room for improvement and they are ready to work hard.
Although the team started off slow, they ended the season winning three straight heading into the playoffs. Coach Nardone said that if the boys play every game like they did the final three he has no doubt in his mind he will have the best team in the league next year.