Garden City Trojans Recover Against New Hyde Park
GARDEN CITY – After their defeat Tuesday evening, the Garden City Trojans varsity baseball team made a serious recovery against New Hyde Park on Wednesday.
Junior Matt Focella drilled a grand slam in the first to give Garden City a quick 4-0 lead. This strong start made it easier to forget their loss the previous day, and paved the way for the Garden City Trojans’ 10-2 win against the New Hyde Park Gladiators.
Gladiators pitcher, Mike Cassio, let Rich D’Angelo and Brandon Samardich each score runs in the fourth inning, bringing the score to 6-1. Cassio was then moved to left field and J. T. O’Callahan took his place on the pitcher’s mound for the remainder of the fourth inning. O’Callahan, however, was replaced by Gladiators pitcher Diego Dilon in the fifth inning after letting another two runs in during the end of the fourth inning. Dilon was brought in as the Gladiators’ final effort to strike hard in the last two innings.
Despite scoring a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, the Gladiators couldn’t muster any more.
Garden City junior James Duff pitched the entire game against the Gladiators, totaling a solid 94 pitches, including three strikeouts.
“After losing yesterday, it was really important for our kids to come back and play well,” Garden City coach Rich Smith said. “Jimmy Duff pitched a great game; that defense was good, and Matt Focella with that grand slam. I’m really proud of the kids, they had a great game.”