Dolphins Defeat Drew University
by Michael Papandrea
The rain held off for one of CSI’s most anticipated games of the year, as the Dolphins defeated Drew University by a final score of 7-4. The event raised over $6,523 to help support CSI’s own Breast Cancer Research Initiative, bringing the total amount of money raised to over $55,000 since 2004.
Before the game started a number of people were introduced, including Anthony Hillary, a former CSI baseball player who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2004. The event, which is titled “Grace Hillary Breast Cancer Awareness Night,” is named after Hillary’s mother, and has risen in popularity each year. This year Z100 radio personality, Bethany Watson, promoted the game through Z100 and threw out the second pitch.
“We have listeners who call in the morning. And they’re driving to chemo or they’re driving to get a test taken that might be very scary for them and to hear that in their voice, to hear the fear and also to hear the strength,” said Watson. “They are going through some of the darkest days of their lives and they’re finding ways to laugh and smile. How can you not want to help and do everything you can to limit that experience for more people.”
Since Watson threw out the second pitch, the first pitch of the game was thrown out by Janet Sorrentino, a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission since 2013. She threw a strike to get the game started but before the first pitch, head coach Michael Mauro made a moving speech regarding Sorrentino.
“I’ve witnessed her battle and her fight and how she perceives life every day,” said Mauro. “It’s just amazing. I’m just so happy to be part of her life and being able to know her.”
Money was generated through t-shirt sales, raffles, 50/50s, and donations. One-on-One Rehabilitation services donated $1000 while Drew’s baseball team donated $250. Raffle prizes included autographed baseball equipment such as David Wright’s signed cleats and a Jorge Posada signed bat.
The game was kicked off with a 1-2-3 inning from CSI pitcher, Josh Bernstein. In the bottom of the first, CSI had a good scoring opportunity to get on the board with runners on second and third. Will DiFede grounded to third baseman, Mike Kinlger, who made a diving stop for the final out, potentially saving two runs.
Drew would score the first run of the game in the fifth, and CSI would answer right back in the bottom half. After a two out single by freshman Tilson Brito, team captain Chris Ramanauskas would drive him in with a deep double to center field.
CSI would go up 3-1, but in the seventh the Rangers would score three runs to take a 4-3 lead. In the middle of the seventh, the daughter of Janet Sorrentino, Nikki, performed Amazing grace to an energetic crowd.
In the bottom of the eighth, CSI had the bases loaded with no outs. DiFede grounded out to second base, but Nick Delprete would score from third base to tie the game at 4-4. Greg Manassa was up next and delivered a single to score Joseph Palmeri from third and gave CSI the lead with only one out. A throwing error by Drew would bring home John Baggs to put CSI up 6-4.
With two outs, lefty hitter Frank Sconzo would single to drive in Phil Ciprello for the final run in the inning and the game at CSI would go on to win 7-4. CSI is now 3-2 against Drew University in their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game, and they improve to 16-11 with five games left in the regular season.