South Side Cyclones Defeat Garden City 8-5 in Varsity Baseball
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by Michael Sparacino Early regular season games are not necessarily a harbinger of whether or not
championships will eventually be won (see New York Football Giants: 2011/12 season),
but the Trojans’ first two matchups against middling opponents indicate that some work
needs to be done if they are going to contend.
The issue is inconsistent play, particularly in the areas of pitching and defense. “Oh,
those bases on balls,” to borrow the trademark phrase of the Fordham Flash, Frankie
Frisch, as lack of control bedeviled several GC pitchers at various points during the
two games. Untimely defensive misplays did not help, resulting in the Trojans finding
themselves battling uphill against early deficits in both games.
On the other hand, hitting has been a positive, allowing the team to mount late comeback
rallies in both games. In Game 1 against Lawrence, juniors Joe Gulmi (two hits) and
Cory Fallon (two RBIs) had the big blows, and the senior Dans (Muller and Sparacino),
along with junior T.J. Pallan, each chipped in with key doubles, leading to a 7-5 victory.
Pete Alford salvaged the pitching effort, picking up the win in relief, aided by a sparkling
Lattanzio to Sparacino to Pallan double play that shut down a late Lawrence bid.
In Game 2 against South Side, the Trojans fell behind 6-1 while facing the South Side
staff ace, a hard-throwing UConn-bound lefty. To its credit the team fought back in the
sixth, closing the gap to 6-4, thanks to the continued hot hitting of Pallan and a clutch
double by sophomore Thomas Zwicke. Unfortunately, pitching and defense failed the
Trojans again in the top of the seventh, allowing South Side to score two additional
insurance runs, so that GC’s final attempt at a comeback in the home seventh was
doomed to fall short in the 8-5 defeat.
The team takes to the road for its next two league games against Bethpage and Glen Cove
before embarking on its annual trip to Virginia and other points south during spring break
week. The toughest part of the schedule awaits their return, and the hope is that by then
the battle-tested Trojans will be ready to begin their march to the post-season.