In Full Swing

Robert Manetta, Staff Writer

Spring sports have finally begun and the baseball season is in full swing. “We are working hard to get where we need to be and I feel confident in our team this year,” says captain Jacob Taormina. The entire offseason the Dalers worked extremely hard in hopes of possibly winning a state championship.

The first week of the season the Dalers played their, the rival Massapequa Chiefs. It was a tough series for the Dalers; the Chiefs are the defending county champions, so the Dalers knew they had to play hard. The first game was pitched by Justin Rosner, and he performed incredibly, leading the Dalers to a victory. The second game was a different story, with the Chiefs taking game two. The third game, pitched by Dante Interlandi, was a tough game with both teams hungry to win the series. Unfortunately, the Chiefs won on a walk off in extra innings. “Even though it was not the outcome we wanted, we played great and I know we will beat them in the future,” says Robby Keane, a senior captain on the team.

Week two the Dalers played Port Washington. Port, at the time, was 3-0 and was looking to improve to 6-0. Even though it looked like the week was going in their favor because they were home, the Dalers fought through it and completed a sweep. The Dalers improved to 4-2 and the boys were in good shape to make playoffs.

Hicksville, who was yet to win a game, was the week three opponent. The Dalers played really well the first two games, but in the third game they fell just short. It was a sloppy game for the Dalers, but it happens in baseball.

The following week the Dalers played Syosset. The boys were looking to forget about the last week and sweep Syosset, like they did Port. The team performed at a high level and won all three games.  The final game was full of a excitement, with the Dalers coming back from a two-run deficit and winning on a game-winner by Mike Dortz.

The boys still have six more games until playoffs, but the way they are going, they should be able to make a run at the championship.