End Of Season Loss To Jefferson Crushes Chief Playoff Aspirations
At one point in the season Canarsie was 9-3, and the possibility of making the playoffs looked bright. However, after three key players were suspended — two of whom were involved in an off-field altercation with Erasmus earlier in the month — the Chiefs lost four straight games, including last week’s 12-1 mercy defeat to Thomas Jefferson to end the regular season and squash their playoff hopes.
The season came down to what-ifs for Canarsie, who started out with a short roster due to player academic ineligibility. But after a few of the Chiefs became eligible, they were able to field a more complete roster and win, only to see that go by the wayside after the incident.
“We started slow because of the grades and then they got the grades, and we stepped it up and won six to seven games out of eight,” coach Daniel Paradis said. “And then, at the end, we went backwards again. Four games ago, we were 9-3. My kids got suspended, and we lost four in a row because those guys were not there. If those guys were there, we would’ve won at least two. “
Jr. breezed through Canarsie’s lineup, striking out 10 batters and allowing just two hits in five innings of work. The Chiefs (9-7) did manage to reach Stewart for a run on an RBI single by Nicholas Hernandez, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double, in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 6-1.
But Thomas Jefferson (15-1) tacked on six more runs in the top of the fifth to increase its lead to 12-1, and put the contest out of reach.
Offensively for Canarsie, Hernandez went 1-2 with an RBI and centerfielder Anthony Pascual added a twobagger and a run scored in the loss.