Adco falls short of goals

From the Staten Island Advance

Staten Island softball notebook: Adco falls short of goals
by Bob Nestel
Tuesday September 01, 2009, 1:09 PM

Adco Electric finished up their fastpitch season with what manager Peter Quaranta calls “disappointing” — at least by their lofty standards.

“We didn’t have a great tournament,” said Quaranta, whose club went 1-3 at the ISC II Fastpitch Championship in Rock Island, Ill. “It was a tough season for us overall. We never seemed to be at full strength until last weekend.”

“This was the toughest schedule we’ve ever played,” he added. “We played in the Mid Atlantic Premier Fastpitch Travel League, we played a couple of ISC qualifiers and we played in the Summit Fastpitch League (second place).”

“Fastpitch is just a different game than modified,” he continued. “The pitching dominates. You fall behind just one or two runs and it’s tough to catch up.”

Quaranta’s club opened the ISC II leading CPI (Dundas, Canada) 4-1 early, before dropping a 10-5 decision.

They followed with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Lamp Liter Inn (Iowa) and a 2-0 loss to the top ranked Bridgeport Braves (Ontario, Canada).

Not even a 5-2 tourney win over the Donnacona Blue Sox (Quebec, Canada) could get the Island entry into the elimination round.

“We got some good pitching from John Jones, Jeff Pleszewicz and Ryan Nichols,” said Quaranta. “And Dave Lohman and Jerry DeMatteo hit the ball well.”

“Overall it was a good learning experience for us, playing this type of competition almost every game,” he added.

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