Thank you all for coming to our End of Year Celebration at Ocean’s 8 last night. It was great to have our players gathering as friends, students and team mates. Thanks to all the parents and siblings who showed up to support the Baseball Team. And of course a big thank you to our Coaches Mike Rodriguez and Adrian Castano for an incredible season. We may not have made it to the final round, but it was an amazing journey. We wish our Seniors Frank Adams, Miles Ahlgrim, Trevor Doebele, Adam Sankarsingh, and Christopher Vergara all the best in their future endeavors.
There is no joy in Techville today: the Harry Van Arsdale E/C Cardinals avenged their two regular season losses to the Engineers by defeating them in the PSAL AA quarterfinals 4-2. While much sadness and disappointment suddenly struck the BTHS players who hoped for a longer run in the playoffs, the team succeeded beyond any Engineer baseball team in recent memory, perhaps as far back as the 1984 PSAL champions. Special thanks go to the class of 2018 seniors: Captain Frank Adams, Adam Sankarsingh, Miles Ahlgrim, Trevor Doebele and Chris Vergara who all played their last game in a BTHS uniform. GO ENGINEERS!
Earlier this month, the Engineers defeated the Harry Van Arsdale E/C Cardinals twice during league play: 6-1 at McCarren Park and 3-2 at The Parade Grounds. Three weeks ago, the Cardinals #1 starting pitcher Alexis Santos was ineffective at McCarren Park and departed during the 3rd inning. Today however, Santos battled with surprising grit and held the Engineers at bay for a 4-2 complete game victory at Field #3 of the Parade Grounds.
Coach Mike Rodriguez handed the ball to Jackson Morris (’19) to start this quarterfinal game and while the visiting Cardinals did not hit Morris hard they were still able to cobble together base runners (in part due to loose Engineer defense) and push across 3 runs in the 3rd inning.
The Engineers responded immediately in the bottom of the 3rd with 2B Luca Vasiliu (’20) coming around to score after getting hit by a pitch from Santos. CF Zach Gee (’19) who got on base via error scored the Engineers’s 2nd run thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Santos, his third in a row. Unfortunately, that was Santos’s last walk as he quickly regained his composure, got out of the inning and maintained his control through the rest of his 7 innings.
The Engineers, however refused to give up and still threatened to score in the 6th and 7th innings: With one out in the 6th Gee scorched a ball toward LF but the Cardinals shortstop, Ronold Abreu Colon laid out and while parallel to the ground backhanded the line drive for an out. Subsequent singles by SS Miles Ahlgrim (’18) and 3B Matteo Mallino (’20) would’ve driven in the tying run but Santos was able to get out of the inning. With one out in the 7th inning, consecutive singles by P Frank Adams (’18) and PH Trevor Doebele (’18) put the tying and winning runs on base during the Engineers’s last up’s. However, Santos dug deep into his inner reserve and struck out C Andy Santella (’19) and LF Adam Sankarsingh (’18) to end the game. Indeed, no joy in Techville today.
Building on his tremendous success this season, Coach Mike Rodriguez will look to advance further in the PSAL playoffs in 2019. In his first season, Coach Rodriguez took over a baseball program that had gone 1-15. Since then, the Engineers have progressed from 9-7 to 10-6 to 13-3 to 14-1 this season — with each year the team making the playoffs including the quarterfinals this year and last. While losing five seniors, Captain Frank Adams, Adam Sankarsingh, Miles Ahlgrim, Trevor Doebele and Chris Vergara, the Engineers return a core of 27 players next year, Go Engineers!
This past Friday the BTHS Engineers dispatched regular season foe, Curtis HS (Staten Is.) 13-2 on a sultry 84 degree afternoon at the Parade Grounds. Starting pitcher Jackson Morris (’19) went the distance and secured his 7th win for the Engineers who improved their overall record to 15-1 while his battery mate, C Andy Santella (’19) led the offense with 4 RBI’s and 2 hits. BTHS advances to the PSAL AA quarterfinals next Wednesday at 3:30pm vs. in-league rival, Harry Van Arsdale Educational Campus at The Parade Grounds, Field #3. Come out and support the team as they continue their march to the PSAL AA championship at Yankee Stadium in June!
The 13-1 BTHS Engineers sweep a 2-game series today vs. 2nd place Harry Van Arsdale E/C with a thrilling 3-2 victory behind Sr. starting pitcher & co-captain Frank Adams (’18) who refused to lose his last regular season game at the Parade Grounds.