Baseball Battles for First Place

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By Zachary Chanmin ’17 and Matthew Putterman ’17

Big hits and stellar pitching by the boys’ baseball team has put them first in their division.

The Hornets, with a chip on their shoulder from last year’s opening day, came out firing against Grand Street Campus on March 28 at Grand Street’s home field. Roy Wagner ’16 picked up the win on the mound with help from Alec McFeely’s pinch-hit grand slam in the fourth inning to extend the Hornets’ lead.

“I got up to the plate looking for a pitch middle-in and when I got the pitch I was looking for I was able to drive the ball over the center fielder’s head to clear the bases and give us a nice lead for the rest of the game,” said McFeely ’16.

The game two days later at the Hornets home field however, held a different outcome. The Hornets were beaten 11-1 by Grand Street Campus. The bats did not come around against the Wolves’ starting pitcher Andrew Hernandez ’16, along with a couple errors that led to big runs for the Grand Street.

“The score didn’t quite show how good the game actually was,” said Nick Cardieri ’17. “It was a close game up until the fifth inning when we left a lot of runners in a scoring position. As a team we just need to put this game behind us and move forward with the season.”

After an upsetting loss at home against Grand Street, the Hornets went out and got the job done against Telecommunications High School.  Even with tough weather conditions, the Hornets battled and were able to scrap together five runs and topple Telecom 5-2 at Telecom’s home field. Starting pitcher Roy Wagner got the win.

“It wasn’t easy playing in that type of cold, but I was able to command my fastballs and curveballs for strikes and I gave our offense a good chance at winning the game,” said Wagner.

Looking for the sweep against Telecom, the Hornets got the job done again in a thriller. The Hornets were down 1-0 up until the fifth inning when James Shea ’18 smoked a ball past the first basemen and scored the tying run for the Hornets. Alan Sorokin ’17 was able to hold the game at 1-1 on the mound giving the Hornets a chance for a walk-off. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Matthew Putterman ’17 came through for the Hornets with a walk-off double to left field to score Mangeroo Eng ’17. The bench cleared and the Hornets piled on top of Putterman to celebrate the win and gaining first place in their division.

“This was a big win for us and we are going to hold onto first place until the end of the regular season,” said Peter Grabowski ’17.

The Hornets are looking to beat Millennium High School April 11 and New Dorp High School April 15 to keep their position as the first seed in the division.

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