It took until the final game of the season, but on Thursday afternoon (5/31) the Flatbush Boys Varsity Softball team put one in the win column with a 12-2 drubbing of Magen Abraham, finishing the season on a high note in Brooklyn, NY.
With a number of games being forced to be rescheduled due to repeated rainfall, the final contest between Flatbush and Magen Abraham was moved not once, but twice, with the two schools making up their final contest during playoff week.
Falcon Pitcher Morris Esquenazi set the tone for the game right from the start. He set down the Magen “A” hitters without ceding a run in the top of the first, then helped his own cause in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off home run! Jack and Josh Dweck each followed with singles in the inning, but the falcons could not add to their lead. After one inning, Flatbush held a 1-0 advantage.
The game remained close through the next inning, but everything changed in the bottom of the 3rd. Marc Franco led things off with a walk, and with one out, Esquenazi also walked. Jack Dweck plated Franco on a botched fielder’s choice play, leaving two runners on for Sammy Beyda showed why he can be so dangerous at the plate, as he stroked the ball deep into the outfield. Two runs scored, and Beyda ended up alone on third base. After a walk to Josh Dweck, Teddy Betesh brought Beyda home with a sacrifice fly. Flatbush had blown the game open, with a 5-run lead after three innings of play.
Flatbush added two more runs to their total in the bottom of the 4th inning, when with the bases loaded Michael Chattah hit a pinch hit grounder. Magen Abraham forced Franco at second base, but in the meantime, two runs crossed home plate.
When Flatbush came to bat in the bottom of the 5th inning, they now held a 7-2 advantage, and had the possibility of doing to an opponent what had been done to them in their first 5 games of the season – finish a game early due to a ten-run deficit. With one out, Josh Dweck reached on a solid single. then, things got real interesting. Betesh lifted a ball into shallow outfield, where the Magen “A” fielder dropped the ball, but they managed to nab Betesh as he tried to advance to second base. That brought up Netanel Salman. He, too, lifted a ball into the air with what looked to be the final out of the inning, but this ball was dropped as well, this time by the centerfielder. Salman was safely aboard and Dweck scored, giving Flatbush a 6-run lead. Joseph Ezon followed, hitting a single, and Michael Soussan followed him with a walk to load the bases for Michael Dayan. With one mightly swing, Dayan ended the game with a grand slam home run! With Dayan’s crossing of the plate, Flatbush now had a 12-2 lead, ending the game by mercy rule due to the Falcon’s 10-run lead.
NEST NOTES: The win was the team’s first on the season, though the play of the Falcon Varsity Softballers clearly improved as the season progressed. After losing each of their first five games by 10-run differentials, they lost game 6 by one run in regulation and lost game 7 by a score of 9-8 with the playoff-bound Shaare Torah Stars needing extra innings to secure the win. The Falcons will look to build on the late season success as they home to make a playoff run of their own in 2019!