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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Play Ball! Boys Softball Opens 2014 Season

Coach Fleishman give the Boys final instructions before taking the field
On a bright, sunny Friday afternoon, the Flatbush Boys Varsity Softball team took to the field for the first time this Spring. With the frigid winter still trying to linger, it appeared like the season would never get underway. But the sun peeked out, and even thought there was the presence of a stout breeze across the ball fields of Marine Park, the Mill Basin venue proved welcoming enough to the Falcons and their cross-town opponents from Yeshivat Or Hatorah that they would play two on the afternoon.

With First-Year Head Coach Howie Fleischman at the helm (he served as the JV coach only for the last number of years, but with former Head Coach Joe Sciallo moving on, Coach Fleischman readily stepped up to fill the void) and rookie Assistant Coach Ray Chehova at his side, they had the boys from Flatbush poised and ready to take the field.
Victor Dweck looks to drive the ball
Game one proved to be one of feeling out the talent on the Falcon squad. Unfortunately, that was a difficult process. The coaches substituted freely in search of finding the right combinations both offensively and defensively. As a result, the game proved to be a high-scoring affair. In the end, the Falcons fell by a score of 19-12. Albert Terzi shined at first base, and Matan Guez was solid at the plate for the Falcons in the opener of the scheduled doubleheader. But the overall play of the defense was not sharp at all, and the Falcon offense could not overcome the deficit resulting from the inconsistent defense.
Eyal Goldberg pitched both ends of the doubleheader for Flatbush
Game 2 proved to be much more competitive, and hopefully indicative of the kind of play the team can expect the rest of the season. Eyal Goldberg was back on the mound for game two, and appeared to have learned much from his experience in the opener. With a group of outfielders playing solid defense behind him, Goldberg yielded only 5 runs in a game shortened by the nearing of Shabbat. The defense was complemented by stellar stick work from Sam Zalta and Joseph Anteby at the plate. Unfortunately, the Falcons came up short again in game two, falling this time by a score of 4-2. Though the result was not what the team wanted, Senior Victor Dweck reflected on the games, “It was great to finally take the field and play against another team. I know we will be better the next time out!”
Flatbush fans gather to support the Falcons in their season opener
Nest Notes:
That “next time out” for the Varsity Boys will be Monday and Tuesday, May 5th and 6th with back-to-back dates with YDE scheduled for 6:00 pm starts at sites TBD.

The JV boys opened their season with a tough loss on the road at Hillel in Deal, NJ. The JV Falcons will return to the field for a match against rival Magen David on Wednesday, April 30 @ 5:30 pm. The game will be played at the field on Avenue P & West 13th Street.