By Gabriel Lorenzo.
The Lehman Lightning Baseball team has struggled lately, having lost nine consecutive games. The team is particularly weak on offense and the mound. On their current losing streak, The Lehman Lightning’s opponents have averaged 10.2 runs and 9.1 hits a game.
Last week Lehman played a doubleheader on the road against the St. Joseph’s Bears in Brooklyn. The team lost both sides of the doubleheader as the offense continued to struggle for Lehman while only scoring a total of three runs in the day.
In the first game Lehman was blown out 10 to 1, as their only run came in the second inning off of a sacrifice fly by Stephen Smith to score the runner Tom Liang who reached base off a leadoff single. Tom reached second base off of a balk from the St. Joseph’s team. He then reached third off of a groundout that advanced over him. Eight of the ten runs scored by the visitors were earned runs that were all off of Wilfredo Gonzalez in his four innings of pitching.
In the second game of the doubleheader, it was no different as the visitors scored another ten runs. Lehman scored two runs, one in the fourth inning, and one in the seventh inning of the game. Lehman had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning by Danny Rodriguez that scored Stephen Smith from third base. In the top of the seventh, Tom Liang’s RBI single to right field scored Michael Liang to give the Lighting its second run of the game. The run in the last inning came too late as the visitors already established an insurmountable lead. Lehman would go down 10-2 and lose the doubleheader against St. Joseph’s College solidifying a seven game streak of losses.
Lehman would then return home on Thursday to play against the Ramapo College Roadrunners of New Jersey. Lehman would draw first blow as they strike first by scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Ramapo would answer back, and answer back very strong as they scored two runs in the second inning, and then nine runs in the third inning. Ramapo would bat around in the third, as Lehman was charged for all nine runs on the strength of nine hits and a three run home run, all off of Joel Duran. The Lightning would allow one more run in the sixth to go down 12-2.
Lehman hosted the CSI Dolphins on Saturday morning in a doubleheader where the second game was postponed due to rain. It has been rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. on the South field but the first game was played through the rough weather. In the first inning of work, Lehman scored their only two runs of the game off of RBI singles by both Tom Liang and Stephen Smith coming with two outs. Though the Lightning had four hits in the first inning of play, the team could not get a hit the rest of the game for six full innings. The Lightning dropped this game 2-8 as their offense continues to have struggles to manufacture runs.
The team’s highest scoring outing was seven runs against Mount St. Vincent’s. This week, the Lightning baseball team plays against CSI on Monday, and then Maritime College on Wednesday in Throggs Neck.
Also last week, the Lehman softball team played against Hunter College at Randall’s Island Park in New York. The team dropped both games in the doubleheader, as Lady Lightning was shutout in the first game eight to zero.
The team had only one hit in the game, which came in the last inning of play on the last out by Arlette Martinez. Senior Sheila San Andres took the mound pitching all four innings for Lehman while allowing 10 hits, six earned runs, four walks, and five strikeouts in the game.
The second game of the doubleheader was a very offensive game as the teams scored a combined 26 runs. In the first inning of play, senior Sheila San Andres put Lehman on the board with force blasting a three run home run to take an early 3-0 lead. The team would score again in that inning totaling four runs.
Hunter would respond by getting two runs in their bottom half of the first off of defensive errors. Lehman would score two more in the top of the second to keep the pressure up. However, Hunter erupted in the bottom of the third inning with four hits that scored five runs.
During the top of the fourth, Lehman answers back with another blast of a home run by Jona Kerluku, her second of the year to tie the game up at seven. Lehman would score two more times, in the top of the fifth off of a sacrifice fly by Megan Bravo to score Imalay Rodriguez, and a double steal in the top of the sixth to score Rodriguez from the drawn throw to second base. Hunter would score 10 runs in the last two innings to give them a 17-9 lead an eventual win.
This pushes the softball team’s losing streak to six games.
The Lady Lightning Softball team will be back to play on April’s Fools as they host John Jay College in a double header. The team was scheduled to play St. Josephs College on March 28 in a doubleheader but was rained out. There is no rescheduled date planned yet.