It's definitely been a season of surprises for the Port Baseball team. Suffering through a rough patch of losses and when it looked like the season was one to forget, the boys turned it around. With a three game sweep of rival Farmingdale, Port finds itself only a few wins away from a playoff spot.
The series sweep of Farmingdale was definitely a necessity, being that Port had struggled to win against East Meadow and Long Beach, getting swept by both. However, a lot of credit has to be given to the Port players and coaches for not just lying down and letting the rest of the season go by the wayside.
Port battled hard last week against a tough Farmingdale opponent and was able to come out with a three game sweep and more importantly, a lot of confidence.
The Vikings got things going last Tuesday, when ace pitcher Kenny Seligson took the hill to right the ship and end some of Port's recent struggles. Seligson responded with a lights out performance. He kept the Farmingdale hitters off balance all day, mixing his pitches well and not allowing them to get the good part of the bat on the ball.
Meanwhile, Port's offense started things off right with two quick runs in the first inning. Chris Cosolito scored on a Matt Levering single and then third baseman Jared Isaacson roped a double to left scoring Levering. That would be all Seligson needed as he worked quickly and efficiently for seven strong innings and the complete game shut out. Port went on to score two more runs helped our by Chris Pieper, Port's best hitter, who went 2 for 2 and scored and ensurance run to seal Port's victory. The final score was 4-0 and it seemed like the team was headed in the right direction.
The next game was a pitcher's duel, as RJ Voelker took the mound against Farmingdale's ace. Jared Isaacson drove in Pieper for the lead run in the third inning. Port came up on top as they played solid defense and had some timely hitting to go along with Voelker's pitching and won the game by a score of 2-1.
Port closed out the series with an important win as Matt Lazar got the victory. Adam Carron had a game breaking two run single in the sixth, to give Port the 5-4 lead, and Lazar helped his own cause by tripling in Carron to make it 6-4. Port went on to win by the score of 7-4 and now the chances for the playoffs were not as farfetched afterall.
Port Struggled once again against a tough Plainview team, which is the defending Long Island champs, last Friday, as they fell by the score of 11-3. The score doesn't however, reflect the effort that Port demonstrated in this disappointing defeat. Port hung tough, before Plainview broke it open late in the game on some miscues in the field by Port.
Even with this crushing defeat the boys still have a shot at the playoffs. This is when you think about it, really quite astounding. After losing many close games to quality teams such as East Meadow, Plainview and Long Beach, the hope of the playoffs seemed totally out of the question. However with the way the team has played of late, the games during this week against Baldwin will ultimately be the factor in whether or not Port will be playing in any post season games.
Key players, such as shortstop Chris Pieper, pitcher Ken Seligson and third baseman Jared Isaacson have all stepped up and have been the main contributors to Port's most recent success. It remains to be seen if the team has enough left in them to win the three games against Baldwin to make the playoffs. With a respectable 7-10 record going into the last week of the season, the boys should give themselves a lot of credit. They could have just given up and let the season be one to forget. Instead, they persevered and put themselves in a good position to accomplish their goals. With a sweep against Baldwin and with a little help from some other teams, Port could be in the playoffs for the first time in a few years and would be looking for their first playoff win in school history. Even if they fail to make the playoffs, the boys put themselves in a position to win and that's all anyone can really ask.