Men’s Win Streak Improves To 7 Straight
By Nick Ceraso
The Dolphins wrapped up their season meeting with John Jay to improve to 18-9 and 4-0 in CUNYAC division on April.
In their third meeting of the season The Dolphins jumped to an early 3-0 lead after one inning. Juan Rodriguez who was making his first start of the season for the Dolphins was able to pitch himself out of a jam in the top of the 2nd inning.
With two outs and the bases loaded Rodriguez struck out Joe Jacobsen to end the inning.
“I really didn’t want to give up a run in that inning,” said Rodriguez. “It was a great team effort to get the win.”
Rodriguez finished his first start with the win and his first win of the season throwing 5 and 1/3 innings giving up two runs, one earned, and two strikes outs.
Rodriguez threw 58 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
In total the team threw an impressive 66% strikes as 99 out of 150 pitches were strikes.
“We take pride in that our guys are throwing strikes,” said Head Coach Michael Mauro. “First pitch strikes are huge keeps runs off the board.”
In the blowout win, CSI was able to play a total of 16 players out of their 18 hitters on the team.
“Games like this a great because everyone gets to play,” said Coach Mauro. “A total team effort you want to get everyone involved.”
The Dolphins featured great defense in the game as well. Catcher George Kantzian threw out Noel Sanchez trying to steal second base in the first inning.
In the top of the 5th with the Dolphins leading 7-2, John Jay cleanup hitter and DH Brian Cabral came up to bat with Brian Garcia on first and two outs.
Cabral hit a fly ball over centerfield Frank Sconzo head, Sconzo would relay the ball to SS Joe Palmeri who fired home to Kantzian tagged Garcia out at the plate to end the inning.
In the 15-5 win leadoff hitter Sconzo showed great heads up baseball when drawing a walk to start the bottom of the 1st on the 4th ball of his at bat the ball got by the catcher and instead of just walking to first Sconzo ran to first and took second on the wild pitch.
Sconzo would score by an RBI groundout by Frank Smith to give the Dolphins an early 1-0 lead, a lead in which they would quickly add on to.
The Dolphins cruised through this game and the series as they never trailed in any of the three games.
Part of that is due to leadoff hitter Sconzo who went 2-5.
However, it was Sconzo’s main contribution of getting on base via walk.
He had six walks and six runs scored in the series, walked and would later score in the first inning of all three games to give the Dolphins an early 1-0.
Sconzo’s 6 walks in the series increases his team leading walk total to 22 and his impressive team leading on base percentage to .495.
“Since we put him first in the order he has been producing great,” said Coach Mauro. “It’s always huge to try and get the leadoff man on it can start a big inning and create rallies.”
The Dolphins have dominated John Jay over the last four years, Including playoff appearances the Dolphins have won their last 17 games against John Jay.
Before their win streak the Dolphins were 11-9 and 0-0 in the CUNYAC division.
Since getting hot and winning 7 in a row the Dolphins are 18-9 and 4-0 in the CUNYAC Division currently lead the division.
The Dolphins will try and keep their momentum going with just 10 games and 4 CUNYAC division games before the playoffs.
“All we need to do is take one game at a time, said Coach Mauro. “Every game is important, just got to take it one step at a time.”