By Anthony Damon ‘18
In the interest of full disclosure, Anthony Damon ’18 is the manager of the baseball team
There was a buzz in the air as the boys’ baseball team stepped out onto the field looking to turn their season around after losing two of their first six games.
“We’re going to play hard every game, and not take any team for granted,” said Nick Cardieri ’17. “It’s important that we stay focused, and take the season one game at a time in order to get back to Yankee Stadium.”
The Hornets faced off against The High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology in their fourth game of the season. Alan Sorokin ’17 was on the bump, and pitched a stellar 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs. The first two innings were quiet for the Hornets offensively, and they found themselves in a 2-0 hole. The team woke up in the top of the third, scoring five runs on hits from Matt Lieberman ’17, Cardieri, and Dan Pero ’19. Nick Lopez ’17 came around to score in the fifth, and Sorokin gave up a third run in the sixth inning. Steven Guercio ’18 came on in relief and got five outs to end the game with the Hornets winning 7-3.
“We played great as a team,” said Sorokin. “Offensively we were able to string a few hits together, and I was able to hit my spots on the mound. It was a good team win, and we’re now focused on the next game, and how we can pick up another win.”
Matthew Eng ’17 said, “We really woke up today offensively, and Alan pitched great allowing us to get the win. We need to continue playing together, and hopefully we can string a few wins together.”
The Hornets next game was against Fort Hamilton, and it was a pitcher’s duel right up until the end. Greg Dorfman’19 started the game for the Hornets and pitched spectacularly, giving up two runs, and pitching 6 2/3 strong innings. The Hornets got on the board in the bottom of the fifth because of an error by the Fort Hamilton shortstop, and tied it in the sixth because of another Fort Hamilton error. The game would head to extra innings with the game all tied up at two. The stellar pitching continued into the bottom of the eleventh inning when Cardieri came up with a runner in scoring position and one out. Cardieri roped a ball to left field, scoring James Shea ’18, and giving the Hornets their fourth win of the season.
“It’s great to win such a hard-fought game like this one,” said Shea. “We need to continue executing offensively and we should be fine going forward in the season.”
The Hornets would drop a tough game to Tottenville before rebounding and beating Franklin K. Lane 10-0 in the first game of their two-game series.
The Hornets took an early lead with Sorokin on the hill for the Hornets in their second game against Lane and didn’t let up. Sorokin pitched a great game, going five strong innings, giving up no runs. The boys would win the game 9-0, with strong offensive performances form Jared Ramos ’18, and Brandon Losquadro ’18.
“It was a great team win,” said Losquadro. “We executed our game plan, and Alan pitched great, putting us in a great spot.”
The Hornets tacked on two more wins against Lincoln, and one against Staten Island Tech, improving to 9-2 on the season. Looking ahead, the Hornets will play Susan Wagner on May 9, Grand Street on May 10 and 12, and Madison on May 15. The team has their sights set on the playoffs but must finish the regular season strong, and carry their momentum with tem into the playoffs.