Players’ Suspension Lead To Tough Week For Chiefs
It was a difficult week for Canarsie Educational Campus baseball. With three starters on suspension, coach Daniel Paradis was forced to play some of his players out of position. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, it showed, as they dropped three straight games, jeopardizing their chances of making the playoffs.
“The suspension messed up our whole season. We started 9-3, and now we’re 9-6. We’re searching for a win. You can’t win when you have 12 players and then you got nine. The bench players got to play positions, which they’re not supposed to be playing; they’re supposed to be on the bench if needed to come in.”
Canarsie (9-6) took its worst beating of the week Tuesday, getting mercied, 29-3, in five innings to host Thomas Jefferson.
Playing sloppy defense in the bottom of the first, the Chiefs fell into a deep 10-0 hole before they knew what hit them. The Orange Wave (13-1) tacked on six more runs in the bottom of the second for a 16-0 advantage.
A Nicolas Hernandez single plated center fielder Anthony Pascual for Canarsie’s first run of the contest. Adeel Tabasum doubled to left to drive in another man to make it 16-2. But the Chiefs would not score again until the top of fifth, while Jefferson posted 13 unanswered runs for the lopsided victory.
On Monday, Prospect Heights outlasted Canarsie, 11-8, at Canarsie Park. The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the top of the third, but the Chiefs responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap at 7-4.
The Cardinals put another run in the top of the fifth, but Canarsie fought back with a two spot in the bottom of the frame to pull within 8-6.
Prospect Heights added three more runs over the next two innings. Refusing to go quietly in the bottom of the seventh, however, the Chiefs cut the deficit to 11-8. But the Cardinals were able to silence Canarsie’s bat, and secure the win in the end.
The week didn’t begin so well for the Chiefs as they were doomed by the big inning, leading to a 22-7 mercy thrashing by Manhattan’s Millennium High School. The Phoenix put up seven and nine runs in the second and sixth innings, respectively, against the home team.
As far as making the playoffs, Paradis said a win on Thursday will get Canarsie in, but a loss will leave it up to chance.
“If we finish 9-7, we got to get lucky,” Paradis explained. “If we can win Thursday, 10-6 will definitely get us in, but 9-7, you got to get lucky.”