Staten Island Captures CUNYAC Baseball Championship; Defeat John
Jay 10-8 In Final
May 2nd, 2004
Island 10- John Jay 8
Staten Island, NY
- The #2 seeded College of Staten Island Dolphins (14-15) recorded a 10-8, comeback victory over the #4 seeded John Jay Bloodhounds (17-20) to win the 2004 CUNYAC Baseball Championships, Saturday at the CSI Baseball Complex. It was the Dolphins second straight title.
“It was a wild game,” said CSI head coach Bill Calli, who won his fifth CUNYAC crown. “You just hope that you can stay ahead in a game like this. Everyone has been hitting the ball well and it continued today. John Jay really hung in there tough though.”
Trailing 8-6 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Dolphins pushed four runs across on two hits and three critical Bloodhounds’ errors. With the bases loaded and one out, third baseman Joseph Ruiz (St. Joseph Sea/Staten Island, NY) lined a two-run single to left field and then advanced to second on an error. Staten Island then broke the deadlock when John Jay pitcher Joseph Gandolfo (Susan Wagner/Staten Island, NY) misfired on his throw to first after fielding a tapper by Chris Hemmes (Farrell/Staten Island, NY). The toss was thrown wildly past first baseman Anibal Vasqez (Clinto/Bronx, NY), allowing the go-ahead runs to score.
John Jay scored four runs in the top of the first inning and led 5-2 after an inning and a half, but Staten Island answered with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the second to take a 6-5 lead.
The Bloodhounds’ Richard Santana (Philip Randolph/New York, NY) tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the fifth with a two-out RBI single to rightfield and a two-run single by Vasqez in the top of the sixth extended their lead to 8-6.
Staten Island relievers Jesse Meiners (Farrell/Staten Island, NY) and Pat Smith (Curtis/Staten Island, NY) were outstanding as they failed to allow a run over the final 3.2 innings. Meiners, who earned the victory, fanned four batters and Smith came on with two runners on base in the ninth and retired three straight batters to earn the save.
Ruiz, Hemmes and Bob Glennerster (St. Joseph Sea/Staten Island, NY) each had a pair of hits in the game for the Dolphins and centerfielder Eric Zinke (Farrell/Staten Island, NY) scored a game-high three runs. CUNYAC Player of the Year Miguel Jaquez (Telecommunications/Brooklyn, NY) went 3-for-3 (3 stolen bases) and drove in a pair of runs to lead John Jay. Corey Johnson (Ontario/Ontario, OR) and Henry Chao (Bryant/Queens, NY) each added two hits.
Hemmes was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after going 4-for-9 in the two games.
Island 9 - Kueka 1
In the opening game of the day, Staten Island advanced to the finals by eliminating #3 seeded Kueka (7-16-1), 9-1. All-Conference pitcher Nick Secchini (Tottenville/Staten Island, NY), who improved to 5-0 on the season, was dominant on the mound as the righthander fanned 12 batters and allowed just four hits in a complete-game performance. After scoring a single run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by first baseman Michael Liconti (St. Peters/Staten Island, NY), the Dolphins erupted for five more runs in the second to push the lead to 6-0. All-Conference centerfielder Eric Zinke laced a two-run single and Liconti added a run-scoring single in the frame. Staten Island was also aided by two Keuka errors in the inning. Liconti (two doubles) finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and Zinke also drove in three runs. Centerfielder Dominick Dashnaw (Gouverneur Central/Gouverneur, NY) drove in the lone run of the game for Keuka with an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore lefthander Michael Duxbury (Clinton Central/Clark Mills, NY) fell to 3-3 on the year after allowing seven hits and two earned runs in 5.0 innings of work.
John Jay 12 - Cazenovia 8
John Jay upset #1 seeded Cazenovia (19-11), 12-8, to reach the championship game. John Jay led 7-1 after 3.5 innings as they chased starter Cary Taylor (Canastota/Canastota, NY) after just 2.2 innings. Taylor walked six batters and allowed three earned runs and fell to 5-4 on the season. Cazenovia closed to within 7-5 as they scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mike Fedor (Liverpool/Liverpool, NY), who went 4-for-5, led off with a homer and Todd DaCunha (East Windsor/East Windsor, CT) and Matt Aldrich (Southampton/Water Mill, NY) each had RBI singles in the frame. The Bloodhounds responded by scoring five unanswered runs to grab a 12-5 advantage. John Jay scored three runs in the top of the sixth on four hits and an error as Robert Fernandez (Norman Thomas/New York, NY) (3 RBI) and Miguel Jaquez each had RBI singles to highlight the frame. Anibal Vasquez provided some more insurance with a two-run double in the eighth. Reliever John Dobkowski (Grover Cleveland/Brooklyn, NY) allowed three earned runs over 6.0 innings to receive the win. Catcher John Tango (Linden/Linden, NJ) went 4-for-6 and scored four runs and Rocky Nicotina (Lehman/Bronx, NY) went 3-for-6 to lead the Bloodhounds. DaCunha went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in a losing cause.
2004 CUNYAC BASEBALL ALL-STARS ANNOUNCED
John Jay's Jaquez Named Player Of The Year For Third Straight Season
Bronx, NY - John Jay junior outfielder Miguel Jaquez (Telecommunications/Brooklyn, NY) was named the 2004 CUNYAC
Player of the Year for the third straight season and Staten Island flamethrower Nick Secchini (Tottenville/Staten Island, NY)
captured his second straight Pitcher of the Year award to headline the CUNYAC All-Star Team. In addition, Cazenovia’s C.C.
Lannon (Corcoran/Syracuse, NY) was named the Rookie of the Year and Cazenovia head coach Pete Liddell was named the
Coach of the Year.
Jaquez, the 2003 Player of the Year, hit .500 (41-for-82) and enjoyed a .594 on base percentage in helping lead John Jay to the
CUNYAC Championship game. The speedy centerfielder was a perfect 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts and hit four homers
and drove in 31 runs. In addition, he recorded two doubles and added a triple.
Secchini, a junior, went 5-0 with a 1.12 ERA this past season. He fanned 67 batters in 41.0 innings and recorded two shutout
victories. He also earned a complete-game victory in the CUNYAC semifinal game.
Lannon hit .316 (31-for-98) on the season and helped lead Cazenovia to the CUNYAC semifinals. The freshman added seven
doubles and was 14-for-16 in stolen base attempts.
Liddell led Cazenovia to a 19-12 record this past season and the Wildcats won the regular-season conference championship
after going 13-3 on the season.
1B Reggie Rivera, Lehman
2B Adam Butler, Keuka
SS Rocky Nicotina, John Jay
3B Corey Johnson, John Jay
C Chris Reyes, Staten Island
Utility Derek Zehr, Cazenovia
Utility Michael Liconti, Staten Island
DH Tom Wohlfit, Staten Island
OF Eric Zinke, Staten Island
OF Todd daCunha, Cazenovia
OF David Pietraszek, Keuka
OF Matt Aldrich, Cazenovia
P Moises Walter, John Jay
P Michael Duxbury, Keuka
P Eric Tylutki, Cazenovia
|| Cazenovia *
||10-7 ||8-5 ||1-2
|| Staten Island ^
||8 ||2 ||.800
||WON 2 |
|| John Jay||8
||4 ||.667 ||18
||9-8 ||3-5 || LOST 1 |
||9 ||17 ||1
||1-10 ||0-0 ||WON 1|
||0-14 ||0-0 ||LOST 12 |
||WON 1 |
* WON CUNYAC REGULAR SEASON TITLE
^ WON CUNYAC TOURNAMENT TITLE
2004 CUNYAC ALL-STARS
CHRIS REYES, STATEN ISLAND, C
REGGIE RIVERA, LEHMAN, 1B
ADAM BUTLER, KEUKA, 2B
ROCKY NICOTINA, JOHN JAY, SS
COREY JOHNSON, JOHN JAY, 3B
DEREK ZEHR, CAZENOVIA, UT
MICHAEL LICONTI, STATEN ISLAND, UT
TOM WOHLFIT, STATEN ISLAND, DH
ERIC ZINKE, STATEN ISLAND, OF
TODD DACUNHA, CAZENOVIA, OF
DAVID PIETRASZEK, KEUKA, OF
MATT ALDRICH, CAZENOVIA, OF
MOISES WALTERS, JOHN JAY, P
MICHAEL DUXBURY, KEUKA, P
ERIC TYLUTKI, CAZENOVIA, P
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MIGUEL JAQUEZ, JOHN JAY, OF
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
NICK SECCHINI, STATEN ISLAND, P
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
C.C. LANDON, CAZENOVIA, C/IF
COACH OF THE YEAR
PETE LIDDELL, CAZENOVIA
2004 CUNYAC / BURGER KING
Saturday, May 1st
CUNYAC SEMIFINALS @ CSI
#2 STATEN ISLAND 9, #3 KEUKA 1
#4 JOHN JAY 12, #1 CAZENOVIA 8
Saturday, May 1st
CUNYAC FINAL @ CSI
STATEN ISLAND 10, JOHN JAY 8
Tournament Most Valuable Player
Chris Hemmes, Sr., Staten Island
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