Varsity Softball Wins Big in Season Opener

Varsity Softball Wins Big in Season Opener
Posted on 04/02/2019
Varsity Softball Wins Big in Season Opener

Michael Dayan drove in four runs and Morris Esquenazi pitched a gem giving up one solitary run on the day as the Boys Varsity Softball Team won their season opener on Tuesday afternoon (4/2) in dominating fashion, topping the rival Magen David Warriors 14-1 at McDonald Avenue Park in Brooklyn, NY.

 Boys Varsity Softball Team

It was a new beginning for the Flatbush Boys Softball program, and from the start it was clear things were going to be different than in past seasons for Head Coach Howie Fleischman’s Varsity Boys. There was a feeling of anticipation and a level of high energy that the Senior-laden roster brought to the park, with a nice mix of veteran softballers and first-timers filling out the roster. These boys came ready to play, and it showed from day one that they have big aspirations for the 2019 season.

 Coach Fleischman with his Varsity boys

With rookie First Baseman Senior Jack Rosow pumping up his teammates, the Falcons took the field in the top of the first inning behind hurler Morris Esquenazi. The Senior pitcher is one of only a few players to be playing his fourth season of softball for Coach Fleishman, and he showed from the outset that his experience would be of value. He popped up two Warriors, and with quality fielding from Freddy Salem, he retired Magen David in the top of the first without yielding a hit or a run.

 Outfield Pup Up Salem makes the play

It was then Flatbush’s turn to bat, and the Falcons quickly went to work. Salem drew a lead-off walk, followed immediately by walks to Esquenazi and Rosow. That brought Victor Terzi to the plate. Terzi proceeded to rip a single back up the middle, driving in the first run of the game for the Falcons. After a walk to Sammy Beyda plated plated a second run, Josh Dweck connected on a single up the middle knocking in run number three. That brought Michael Dayan to the plate. Dayan drove the ball into centerfield for a double, and when the Warrior outfielder misplayed the bounce, Dayan cleared the bases, coming all the way around to score himself as well (the team only got credit for three runs, though, as one of the runners missed third base on the way around and was ruled out). At the end of one inning of play, Flatbush had a big 6-0 lead.

 Victor Terzi connects Josh Dweck drives in Jack Rosow

The Falcon defense again denied the Warriors any runs in the top of the second inning.

 Morris Esquenazi deals

Meanwhile, Flatbush added 4 more runs to their total, with Esquenazi starting things off with a leadoff hit, Dayan recording his 4th RBI on a single and Sonny Natkin knocking in the team’s 10th run of the game with a single of his own (Dayan was thrown out at the plate trying to score to end the inning).

 Michael Dayan drives the ball

Magen David finally got on the board in the top of the Third Inning, but one run is all they would manage.

 Rosow snags the ball

When Flatbush came up to bat in the bottom of the third, the Falcons wasted no time adding to their lead. After another Salem lead-off walk, Esquenazi ripped a double to put runners on second and third. Rosow knocked them both in with his first hit of his Flatbush softball career. Terzi followed with a double, again putting runners at second and third. That brought up Beyda, who got his first hit of the season, plating both runners for his second and third RBI of the game. It was all the runs the Falcons would get on the day, but clearly way more than they would need. By league mercy rule, the game had come to an end with Flatbush recording the season opening 14-1 victory.

 Sammy Beyda knocks in a run

NEST NOTES: The Varsity Boys will look to make it two in a row when they take on YDE on Friday, April 5. Game time at West Playground is 3:15 pm.


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