Baseball Playoff Run Ends in North Jersey

Baseball Playoff Run Ends in North Jersey
Posted on 05/31/2019
Baseball Playoff Run Ends in North Jersey

The Flatbush Varsity Baseball Team saw its playoff run end just is got underway as the Falcons fell to the TABC Storm in the opening round of the MYHSAL Playoffs on Friday afternoon (5/31) by a score of 10-0 at Overpeck Park in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Antar delivers 

The Falcons knew it would be a tough battle as they were entering the game without the benefit of their top pitcher Dani Sharabi being available as he is nursing a sore pitching arm (he might have been available for a future playoff game if the team were able to make a deep enough run). To counter the absence of their ace hurler, Head Coach Eric Hall devised a plan to shuffle different pitchers with different styles at the top-seeded Storm. His hope was to attack their hitters with fireballing Michael Soussan to start the game, then throw TABC off kilter with the deliberate delivery of Mark Antar. Next up would be Soussan’s older brother Abie – also a hard thrower, then finish up with another rookie pitcher in Eli Zirdok. It was a good plan, but it went awry from the get go.

 Soussan delivers

As the visiting team, the Falcons had first crack at opening the scoring, but the top of the order went down 1-2-3. Michael Soussan then stepped to the top of the mound, and though he looked sharp in warm-ups, he soon found himself in a home after walking a few batters and giving up a fly ball that landed in the gap in right-centerfield. Soussan struggled, and Coach Hall was forced to bring in Antar sooner that he had hoped. Antar’s pitches came in much slower than Soussan’s, but what he lacked in velocity he more than made up for in location. With the help of a strong defensive play from Sol Laniado who hit Neil Zeitouni with a rope from left field to cut down the Storm runner at third base, Antar got the Falcons out of the inning. But the damage was done. Soussan’s control issues led to a 6-run first inning and a hole that would be a great challenge for Flatbush to climb out of.

 Laniado makes the catch Zeitouni applies the tag

Antar gave Flatbush 3 and 1/3 quality innings of pitching, and backed by solid defensive plays from Sol Laniado and Goldman in the outfield and Nathan Shabot in the infield, they managed to shut down the TABC attack through 4 innings of play.

Antar delivers Shabot pulls in the fly ball 

Unfortunately, the offense could not get in gear. Save for a Mo Goldman single which he followed immediately with a steal of second base, Flatbush could not solve the Storm pitching.

Goldman connects Goldman steals second 

Antar tired, and Coach Hall went to another power pitcher in Abie Soussan, but TABC again showed they were more adept at handling fastballs than slow speeds. The Storm touched up the elder Soussan for a few more runs. Zirdok was then called on and induced a pop fly to end the inning, but the deficit had grown to 10 runs. The playoff run was over just moments after it started, and the 2019 season had come to a close.

The loss brought the careers of the Senior Falcons to an end, one that saw four years of action for lead-off specialist Mo Goldman and the team’s Co-Captains 4-year centerfield stalwart Sol Laniado and 4-year 1st Baseman Simon Masry. They will surely be hard to replace.

 Masry swings Masry safe at second

Though the finish was not what anyone was looking for, there was promise for the future as the team saw strong performances from the two freshman pitchers along with sophomore infielder Nathan Shabot and freshman 3rd Baseman Moe Sutton. Freshman utility player Eddie Hamway also showed promise. The team will also return a pair of key Junior leaders in 2020 - catcher Marty Elmekies and, of course, ace pitcher Dani Sharabi – along with fellow juniors Joe Tawil, Isaac Ashkenazi and Michael Soussan. Flatbush will look to harness this potential as they begin looking to the future starting today!

Elmekies tosses the ball Antar and Sutton collide

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