Split Brings Dolphins to 11-8 this Season
By Jose Rivera
On a cold and windy night the CSI Dolphins were looking to take care of business on their home field as they opposed the Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins in a double header. CSI was able to pick up a 10 to 0 victory in game one. But only to find themselves on the losing end of a 5 to 1 score in game two.
CSI went into the game coming off a tough 14 to 11 loss the night before to William Patterson in which the team let multiple leads slip away.
CSI jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after outfielder Frank Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Frank Sconzo from third. After that it was all one way traffic for CSI as they went on to score six runs in the bottom half of the second inning.
“You never wanna continue where you left off,” said CSI coach Michael Mauro. “We left off on a bad note yesterday, so coming out and swinging the bats was the main thing. Getting a lead right away definitely set the tone for the day.”
That six run second inning did set the tone for game one as CSI went on to collect 13 hits and to score 10 runs in total.
The home town Dolphins were able to go on this offensive tear despite getting little production from their team RBI leader Joe Palmeri (1 for 4) and team doubles leader George Kantzian (0 for 3).
Instead it was a big game from outfielder Glenn Glennerster who had just one hit in the game but it was a big one. He capped off that six run second inning by hitting a monster three-run homerun over the left field wall off Mount Saint Vincent’s pitcher Frank Angeles. Glennerster finished with 4 Runs Batted In (RBI’s) and second baseman Anthony Dimarco also added 2 RBI’s of his own. The CSI Dolphins roughed up Frank Angeles who got the start for Mount Saint Vincent for a total of 7 runs on 8 hits.
The big story coming out of game one however despite the offensive explosion was the brilliant pitching performance by CSI’s starter Ryan Kennedy.
Kennedy pitched all 7 innings of the game and only allowed 4 hits. He allowed 0 runs and struck out 5 batters. Kennedy’s solid outing was exactly what the dolphins needed.
“It was a huge confidence booster for him today and he’s gotta build up innings for his arm strength too,” added Coach Mauro. “As long as his pitch count was down, I think it was in the 70’s or 80’s it was perfect, it was good day for him.” Coach Mauro also added, “Once the third inning came I calmed down because I could see he was in a groove.”
“He pitched really good today,” said infielder Joe Palmeri when reflecting on Kennedy’s outing. “We expect that from him and he’s been one of our best pitchers all year so nothing new”.
“Especially yesterday, after a lot of people pitched and we didn’t have a good game yesterday so I wanted to come back and start it off good for us,” said Ryan Kennedy, CSI’s starting pitcher. “Right away even during warm ups I felt good today.”
The Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins came into the game with a record of 1 win and 8 losses, so they did not pose as a big threat to CSI.
But CSI admitted that they were not going to let the record dictate how they would play.
When referencing to falling into laid back mode when it comes to teams with losing records Kennedy added, “Sometimes you do naturally but you don’t want to take anyone lightly. Anybody can’t beat anyone in baseball.”
“These are the games that are the worse for us,” saidCoach Mauro. “You get complacent, you throw the glove on the field, and you think you just don’t have to give 110 percent. But today they didn’t play that way. The bench was live, they were swinging the bats, the pitching was getting the job done, I was very happy with it.”
As for Game two Coach Mauro had no intentions of changing the game plan.
“Exactly like game one, my guys are going to start, same guys just maybe some different positions, but we play it like they’re 10-0, you have to. A 1-9 team can turn it around at anytime and anything can happen,” said Mauro.
And as Coach Mauro mentioned anything can happen. In Game two Mount Saint Vincent turned it right around as they were led by a fantastic pitching performance from their own starter to give the team a 5 to 1 victory.
In game two starting pitcher Michael Kochen pitched all 7 innings as well and allowed only 4 hits.
He gave up 1 run and struck out 4 batters. Star offensive performance went to Keith Schroeher who went 4 for 4 with 1 RBI.
For CSI it was like a different team took the field. Starting pitcher Peter Ballina couldn’t find any rhythm as he only lasted 2 and 1/3 innings, allowed 5 hits, and 3 runs. CSI only needed one pitcher in game one; they needed five to get through game two.
CSI now has a record of 11-8 on the season.