Dozo drops a depth charge

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Adrian Castano was on the bench, nursing a pulled muscle. Connor Doyle was in the lineup, but was quiet for a change.

Cardozo’s two stars, its two junior aces and arguably top hitters, weren’t a factor in April 24’s showdowns between Queens division leaders as John Adams paid a visit to Bayside.

The Judges won anyway — a nod to the team’s depth which has mostly gone unnoticed. Down to their final strike, Nicanor Luna drove in Chris Campbell with the tying run and Diego Gonzalez plated Luna with a single through the left side of the infield as Cardozo remained undefeated in baseball league play after its thrilling 9-8 win over Adams, the Queens A West leader.

“It goes to show how deep we are as a team,” Gonzalez said. “As a team, we have a lot of guys that play the game hard. We’re trying to establish ourselves as one of the better teams in the PSAL and today’s win propelled us toward that goal.”

Said Cardozo Coach Ron Gorecki, “If the first three batters don’t do it, four, five, six will do it. If it’s not them, seven or eight. What we have is pretty uncanny.”

The seventh-inning rally capped a wild back-and-forth slugfest between the two borough powers. Cardozo led most of the way, pushing ahead 3-0, 5-2 and 7-4. Adams (6-1, Queens A West), however, struck for four runs in the sixth, the key blow reliever Daniel Beizer throwing error on a Tommy Pimentel roller with two on and two out.

The gaffe gave Adams the lead as DeLeon and Jose Caceres came around to score as the ball sailed down the rightfield line. Reliever Jose Reynoso worked a scoreless sixth, but Adams Coach Glenn Beyer lifted the senior for ace Braylin Nunez, a move he said he would do over again if the opportunity presented itself despite it not working out in the end.

“Give the other team credit for coming back,” the coach said. “I’ll have no trouble sleeping about bringing Braylin in.”

After recording the first two outs, Nunez walked Campbell and Doyle, Luna lofted a softy-hit single into shallow left field to pull Cardozo (8-0, Queens A East) even at eight. Gonzalez followed by hammering a hanging curveball out of Anderson DeLeon’s reach at shortstop.

“This win shows when it comes down to pressure, we can handle it,” Luna said. “It shows that all our starting players can come through in pressure situations. We have kids that can back each other up.”

Aside from his throwing error, Beizer performed well. He worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth by striking out Richard LeBron, retiring Jordyn Correa on a pop-up and getting Jorge Barahona to ground back to the mound weakly. Alexis Torres worked four-plus innings before him as Gorecki looked to piece together the game without Castano and Doyle available.

While he would’ve preferred to have the hard-throwing Castano available, Gorecki was pleased with the continued depth of his staff. Against one of the PSAL’s top teams, his club prevailed without using its top three pitchers in Castano, Doyle and Calvin Luk.

“We’re going to be ready for the playoffs,” he said. “We’re developing quantity.”

Posted 8:10 pm, May 2, 2012
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Lou from BAYSIDE says:
"Uncanny", Whats uncanny is the fact that Coach Gorecki was successful in recruiting players the last 2 years from other baseball programs. The core of his team has played for years together on an outside travel team. For whatever reason Robert Pertsas PSAL commissioner has allowed Gorecki to acquire players who last year claimed bogus address changes and this year who claimed a "safety transfer" from one of the NY cites top academic high schools. When the team is choking in the playoffs as they most certainly will, it will be evidence once again that fate will always upend those that cheat!
May 4, 2012, 6:30 am
RF from Bayside says:
Disgusting, uninformed post by Lou. Looks like some people just run their mouths and don't have a clue what they are talking about.
May 15, 2012, 3:42 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
You know whats disgusting RF? Seniors on the team who had their playing time cut in half to accomadate interlopers who should never have been allowed on the team! Its also disgusting that someone lost a seat at Townshend Harris HS to a student who decided to leave after 2 years in order to be on a more competitive baseball team. Thats disgusting!
May 16, 2012, 6:02 am
lou from bayside says:
Bayside, Francis Lewis, John Bowne , Richmond Hill, etc you have nothing to be ashamed of. When you lost to Cardozo , you lost to a team that was put together via recruiting. This team is as far from an amateur HS team as you can get. The 5 man core of the team plays on and has played together on an outside travel team for many years. Their was an organized , concentrated effort for them all to play together in HS, Their 16-0 record is bogus and only occurred due to the incompetence of PSAL commissioner Pertsas who allowed Gorecki to compile players from other teams!
May 20, 2012, 4:27 pm
Gillian from College Point says:
Sour grapes!!
May 21, 2012, 7:15 pm
Gillian from College Point says:
not to mention a whole lot of lies. You do not have the facts of this situation and are reiterating nothing more than HERESAY based on jealousy of others. The facts are that each kid who transferred (and there were a WHOPPING TWO!!) had a real and very legitimate reason for doing so! Get over it!
May 21, 2012, 7:23 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
THe choke is now complete. 16-0 , beating up on alot of teams ,gaudy statistics etc. But you know what? The baseballl gods would not let Cardozo win the championship because they tried to win by cheating. For the third year in a row, Goreckis team of D1 recruits and "5 Tool Players" have choked in the playoffs. Heart is something that does not show up in stats. The player that could have put Cardozo over the top was either on the bench, on JV or on the other side of the fence not haveing been deemed worthy by Gorecki to play a major role.
May 30, 2012, 7:36 am
Lou from Bayside says:
"5 Tool Players" are great but only if they have the 6th tool which is called Guts!
May 31, 2012, 2:34 pm

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