Garden City varsity baseball shuts out undefeated Wantagh
In the opening round of the playoffs the Garden City Varsity Baseball team shocked an undefeated Wantagh squad by shutting them out 4-0, and giving them their first loss of the season. Wantagh had been 19-0 before the loss. Kyle Ritchie threw a masterful two hitter and was in control of the game throughout. Cory Fallon provided the offensive power with a tremendous 3 run home run over the center field fence, following a double by Matteo Lattanzio and PJ Volz being hit by a pitch. The fourth run was produced by consecutive singles by Tom Zwicke, Christian Capozzi and Kyle Ritchie. The win advanced GC to the second round; a 2 of 3 series against Seaford.
The first game, played at Garden City, was a seesaw affair finally won by Seaford 8-6. A GC highlight was Cory Fallon smashing his second homer in the playoffs and seventh of the season! The loss put the Trojans in a “must win” situation.
The second game was played at Seaford. Cory Fallon started and pitched his heart out. In the second inning Kyle Ritchie caught hold of a fastball and sent it far over the left field wall for a home run putting GC ahead 1- 0. As the game progressed both pitchers were able to keep the score the same, despite some tense situations for both hurlers. In the bottom of the sixth inning Seaford pushed across two runs to take a 2-1 lead into the seventh, and final, inning. Tom Zwicke led off with a walk putting the tying run on base. The next batter was Christian Capozzi who made solid contact smacking a hard line drive back up the middle, but Seaford’s pitcher reached out, snatched the ball and threw to first for a double play. Kyle Ritchie then came to the plate, with two hits already, but was retired for the final out.
The loss eliminated the Trojans from the playoffs. However, the team had a very exciting season and one can only think of what might have been, because except for one game, the Trojans had a lead in every game they lost during the regular season and in their two losses in the playoffs as well.
The three leaders, Coach Smith, Coach Menges and Coach Sweeney can look with confidence to the next year when a fine nucleus will return: Tom Zwicke, Nick Sampogne, John Cauchi,Nayeen Baksh, Steven Wald, David Butler, Zack Kolsen, Brian LoRusso, Matt Rogers, Tom Rocco, Nick Giannone, Joe Trapasso and Ryan Giacini.
A final accolade to the seniors, whose legacy will not soon be forgotten: Kyle Ritchie, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew Lobasso, PJ Volz, Christian Capozzi, Cory Fallon, TJ Pallan, Mike Perrotta, Alex Ostermann, Mike Famiglietti and Jack O’Brien.
To all the coaches and players - thanks for the memories!