THE WEEK OF MAY 16, 2002

Molloy Duels Xaverian In
Pre-Playoff CHSAA Battle

Adams Continues PSAL Dominance

While this afternoon’s diamond battle between Xaverian and Archbishop Molloy at KeySpan Park in Coney Island for first place in the CHSAA Brooklyn-Queens division is not a lights out situation, a win for either team would be an electrifying experience.
Molloy has two losses going into the 4 p.m. clash, while defending city Catholic champion Xaverian has just one.
A win for either squad would be enlightening as they battle for the top spot in the division and a site advantage in the opening round of the citywide playoffs that concludes on June 6 in Shea Stadium.
They’re Going To The Hall Basketball Old-Timers Hall of Fame inductees include (left to right) Brian Mahoney, former Manhattan College star; Al Inness, rebounding standout at St. Francis College; Howie Garfinkel and Will Klein of the Five-Star Basketball Camp; and Tom Stith, ex-St. Francis Prep all-city player and All-America at St. Bonaventure; (standing) with Jim McDermott, president emeritus of the Basketball Old-Timers of America and ex-coach of Iona College.
While today’s contest is not an end all situation, it could help determine the playoff matchups. The divisional winner would open a three-game series against a Bronx-Manhattan-Staten Island opponent.
Baseball Commissioner Wally Stanfel has secured three sites for the playoffs—Fordham University, Molloy College in Rockville Center and Richmond County Stadium on Staten Island, home for a New York Yankees minor league club.
“Molloy is a beautiful site with that hometown appearance,” remarked Stanfel. “We were unable to secure St. John’s this year as in the past,” remarked Stanfel. “In St. John’s off season, the use of the field is in the hands of the Public Access Committee since the reconstruction. Since we had the use of the field last year, the PSAL was given the use for this year.
“We hope to give the B-Q winner the most convenient site. For Xaverian, it would probably be in Staten Island. For Molloy at Molloy College.”
The loser would also qualify for the citywides as the second place finisher but would be delegated to a road series.
Six teams qualify
The Brooklyn-Queens playoffs open on May 26 at Molloy College (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) with the third place finisher against the sixth and fourth against fifth. The two winners advance to the Intersections on May 29, 30 and 31 along with the first and second place teams who had a bye.
Molloy at 10-2
At this writing, Molloy was 10-2 in league competition awaiting a game with Holy Cross that was threatened by the inclement weather.
“We had a school golf outing today,” said veteran coach Jack Curran on Monday. “And hopefully a game tomorrow [Tuesday], but the field might be unplayable with all the rain.”
Starting pitcher uncertain
Because of the weather and the uncertainty of the Stanners rotation with a scheduled non-leaguer against Holy Trinity yesterday, Curran isn’t sure who will take the hill against the Clippers.
But clipping the Clippers at the Mets minor league ballpark is Curran’s goal.
“I’ll go with one of our seniors,” Curran said. “Maybe Matt Feeley, T.J. O’Leary or Matt Bunyan.”
All three are set to throw and are also ready for the next level. Feeley will attend Yale. O’Leary, who was also Player of the Year in soccer, will attend Manhattanville, where he can play both sports. Bunyan is set for Long Island University.
In his last outing, Bunyan handled Msgr. McClancy in a 5-2 win, striking out seven and allowing just one hit.
Centerfielder Keith Hahn was the hitting star with a 2-for-4 day with a round tripper and four RBI.
Derba, a talented receiver
No matter who takes the hill, he will throw to talented junior catcher Nick Derba, an active receiver with a gun. The key player in the infield is shortstop Mike Baxter, a veteran of three years at the position.
Rich Romeo will be at second against the Brooklyn nine and at the corners are third baseman Gilberto Valle and first sacker John Shipman, who also takes a turn on the mound. Lefty Matt Risotti also plays first.
Hahn, a southpaw, is the centerfielder with Mike Shea in right and Anthony Vernacci in left. William “Barney” Miller is a big sticker who breaks into the starting lineup as the designated hitter or sometimes receiver.
“We have a strong bench and capable backups at every position,” claimed Curran. “Players like senior Mike Tweady who can fill any hole.”
Time running out on PSAL
With the Public Schools Athletic League playoffs set to open next Wednesday, baseball commissioner Bob Pertsas has been singing the tune of “rain, rain go away” for a couple of weeks.
“We are racing the clock,” Pertsas admitted, “and are hopeful for some sunny days to get on track.”
Sunday is the last day for regular season games to be completed with the seeding of the participating playoff teams set for May 20 (Monday) with the playoffs opening next Wednesday.
John Adams bolstered
John Adams is riding the best league record (16-0) at present and has been bolstered by the return of lefty pitching ace Mark Rios who was out for the first two months of the season with a broken right pinky.
Because Rios is a southpaw, he was able to keep his pitching arm in shape and has been impressive since his return. He pitched scoreless innings against Newtown and Francis Lewis last week and combined with Kelvin Nuñez on a two-hitter against Bowne on Friday.
The Spartans had their unbeaten league mark tested yesterday against Grand Street Campus and will again tomorrow against Benjamin Cardozo, year in and year out one of the finest public school nines.
Terriers earn fourth seed
St. Francis College beat Central Connecticut two of three last week to earn the fourth and last playoff berth in the Northeast Conference. The Terriers open at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow against top seeded Monmouth College in Lakewood, New Jersey.
St. Francis clinched the final berth on Saturday, when they edged Central Connecticut State, 2-1, in the first game of a twinbill.
Jason Iorio’s two-out double in the bottom of the seventh scored Greg Colonna, who was on via an error with the winning tally.
The Terriers made it a clean sweep in the second game on Matt Bailey’s school-record ninth win in a 6-4 victory.
On Sunday, CCS turned the tables, beating St. Francis 3-2. The Terriers ended the regular season at 31-21 and 18-9 in the NEC.
Slim hopes for Red Storm
St. John’s must sweep Rutgers this weekend if the Red Storm is to make the Big East championship playoffs.
Brian Dorsey kept the SJU hopes alive when he tossed a rain-filled five-hitter in an 8-2 triumph against Seton Hall at the Ballpark on Sunday. Dorsey fanned 10 in the impressive outing. Anthony DeRosa led the offense with a two-run homer.