By Jim Ferchland
The Suffolk County Community College Clippers and the Bronx Community College Broncos faced off in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3 at the Ammerman Campus. The Clippers were victorious the first game 10-5. SCCC entered the game with a record of 19-9 and BCC entered 9-20. It was a must-win for the Bronx because a victory punched their ticket in to the playoffs. It’s the last game of the season for both teams. If SCCC wins, they would play Queensborough in the playoffs, and if BCC wins, they would play SCCC again in the first round. The Clippers have been on an absolute tear winning 15 of their last 16. They finished the season remaining perfect on the road(11-0). Baseball podcast
Jorge Ruiz, parent of Clippers’ second basemen, Jorge Ruiz, explained the significance and dominance of this year’s team and what their goal is. “The team has had a lot of success this season”, Ruiz said. “We beat everybody here and we are hoping to get to Texas where the best teams play”.
Pitching for the Bronx was right-hander Lutty Santiago who pitched a complete game for the Broncos. He pitched all seven innings, allowed up five runs, gave up nine hits, struck out four, and had two walks. However, the Clippers’ bullpen was struggling giving up ten runs overall and utilizing three pitchers.
Pitching for the Clippers was starting right-hander Dillon Burke who really had truble facing the Broncos’ hot bats. He only pitched 1 and 2/3 innings, gave up seven hits, allowed six runs, and only struck out one batter. Substituted in the 2nd inning was left-handed Richard Motta, who pitched 2 and 2/3 innings, gave up three runs, struck out three, but had trouble getting the ball over the point and allowed four walks. The last pitcher to substitute for the Clippers’ was right-hander,Ryan Dollop, who completed the rest of the game and stopped the bleeding for SCCC. He struck out five, allowed three hits, and gave up one run.
Victor Leroux started the enormous run support for the Broncos in the second inning where they would score six runs. He hit a a two-run double over the center fielder’s(Travis George) head which gave the Broncos a 2-0 advantage. After Leroux, Franyi Santana hit an RBI single between thrid and short increasing the lead to 3-0. For more insurance runs, Broncos Daniel Rojas received a two run infield single on an error by Clippers second baseman, Jorge Ruiz, which stretched the deficit to 5-0. The final run in the inning was accredited by Jose Marte, who nailed the ball down the third base line receiving an RBI double as the Broncos concluded on a monster six run inning.
SCCC’s head coach, Glen Brown, was still confident in his team and he urged his team to get it together, by stating,”we are more than capable of coming back, we need to stop fooling around,” Brown exclaimed to his team in the middle half of the fourth inning.
It seemed to only get worse at the moment for the Clippers as they allowed three more runs in the top of the fourth which mostly came off of walks and a wild pitch by Richard Motta. Motta was pulled that inning and replaced by Ryan Dollop.
As SCCC was trailing 9-0 in the top of the 5th, Clippers scorekeeper and stat manager, Sam Egan, urged the team that they could get mercied. “This would probably be our worst loss of the season,” Egan said. We would hate to close out the season like this”.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Clippers bats began to heat up and rallied a five run inning. Clippers Tyler Bell, roped a 2-run double to right center which got the Clippers on the board 9-2. Next up bat, was pitcher Ryan Dollop who hit an infield single directed to second base. Dollop, then steals second which brought Bell to score which made it 9-3. Next at bat, was shortstop, Shawn Blasberg, who drove in Dollop on a bloop single to right field which made the score 9-4. To conclude to rally, catcher, Michael Hewson, hit a bloop single to center which drove in Blasberg to make the score 9-5.
The Broncos still had one run left in them as third basemen, Daniel Rojas, hit an RBI single to left and pushed the lead to 10-5. Clippers could not capitalize and make another big rally as the Suffolk County College Clippers fall short 10-5 to Bronx Community College Broncos.
Head Coach Glen Brown, addressed his team in the huddle in left field reminding them on how far they have come to get to this point, the playoffs. “We have come a long way”, Brown said after the game. Kudos to us. We started off the season 0-6 and finished 17-3 in our region. We finished the season 19-10. Im proud of my guys but kudos to the Bronx for playing a great game”.