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Queens had one of its best baseball years in a long time.

John Adams advanced to the PSAL Class A semifinals for the first time in seven seasons and Cardozo, despite a quarterfinals exit, was the top seed in the playoffs. Bryant and Newtown had solid campaigns, Long Island City had its first draftee ever (Josh Almonte) and Queens Vocational Tech made the ‘B’ final.

Over in the CHSAA, Archbishop Molloy made the ‘AA’ final four, stunning favorite Xaverian. Holy Cross and St. Francis Prep both made the final 12 and Monsignor McClancy was also a playoff team.

All-Queens baseball Player of the Year: Connor Doyle, Cardozo

The difference between Class B and Class A isn’t as wide as some may think, at least Connor Doyle made it seem that way. The Townsend Harris transfer excelled in his first year in the ‘A’ division, leading Cardozo to its second straight undefeated season in Queens A East and its first PSAL Class A quarterfinal berth in many years.

The team’s stopper on the mound with a fastball that reaches the high 80s, its starting center fielder and one of its top hitters, he did it all for the Judges. Doyle, a Division I prospect in the making, had 19 RBIs, scored 19 runs and went a perfect 5-0 on the mound with 48 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched, nearly a 2-1 ratio.

“Adding Connor to the mix makes everything a lot easier for our team,” Cardozo Coach Ron Gorecki said of his dynamic junior.

All-Queens baseball Coach of the Year: Glenn Beyer, John Adams

Self-deprecating and always deferring credit, the longtime John Adams coach would refuse this award if he could. Beyer has nothing to do with the Spartans’ best season in seven years, he said. It’s a testament to the players, he repeated often.

That, of course, is untrue. He deserves plenty of kudos, for getting the most out of a group many felt was the second most talented team in Queens A West in March, for trusting an unproven sophomore — Anderson DeLeon, who would become his MVP — and riding that hot hand.

Adams stunned the city by cruising to another Queens A West crown and getting all the way to the PSAL Class A semifinals — there were some that had the Spartans bowing out in the first round — and knocking off powerhouse Tottenville in the process.

“It’s tremendous — I thought I’d never seen a final four again,” Beyer said after knocking off Tottenville. “I’m very proud of the boys.”

First Team

P/2B Nick Alvarez, Bryant

Bryant fell short of its lofty preseason expectations, finished third in Queens A East and bowed out in the second round of the PSAL Class A playoffs. Alvarez, however, did all he could, on the mound and at the plate. He gained consistency with the bat, knocking in 23 runs and hitting .404, and was also the team’s ace, pitching them to a playoff upset of Lehman in the first round.

LF Julian Bilodeau, Holy Cross

The Franklin Pierce-bound star had a walk-off single to lead Holy Cross past Archbishop Molloy in Game 2 of a best-of-three playoff series. Coach Steve Adams said he wouldn’t have wanted anyone else up in that spot.

1B/P Adrian Castano, Cardozo

Described as a mini five-tool player by Cardozo Coach Ron Gorecki, the junior continued to evolve this spring. The southpaw went 3-0 on the mound with 45 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched and also hit .424 and scored 19 runs for the Judges, who finished with a second straight undefeated league season and reached the PSAL Class A quarterfinals.

P/SS Anderson DeLeon, John Adams

Small in stature but big in every other way, the diminutive right-hander led John Adams to its first PSAL Class A semifinal berth in seven years. He went 8-0, allowed just five earned runs in 64 1/3 innings pitched and struck out an absurd 96 batters. He even beat mighty Tottenville in the quarterfinals, going 6 2/3 brilliant innings against last year’s runner-up.

P Rosario DiLorenzo, Archbishop Molloy

The St. Joseph’s College-bound senior’s best performance was a 1-0 loss to Xaverian in the regular season. But the workhorse’s signature game was in the playoffs against Moore Catholic, beating the Mavericks on two days rest.

SS Brian Luebcke, Monsignor McClancy

His sparkling defense alone probably would have earned him a spot on the all-Queens team. But add in the senior’s hitting prowess and work on the mound and he’s a surefire first team member — and McClancy’s best player in 2012.

SS Nicanor Luna, Cardozo

Juniors Adrian Castano and Connor Doyle drew plenty of attention, and understandably so given their talent. Yet Luna was the team leader, its top hitter and sturdy shortstop. He hit a robust .545 during the regular season and finished his final year at Cardozo with 24 RBIs and 22 runs scored. His leadership, and power bat, will be sorely missed next spring.

3B Jonathan Ramon, Archbishop Molloy

The CHSAA’s top power hitter, his 400-foot home run to dead center field at St. John’s in the playoffs will not be soon forgotten. Ramon missed almost the whole regular season (pinched nerve), but was vital as Molloy made the final four.

P Taso Stathopoulos, St. Francis Prep

For the second straight season, Stathopoulos was St. Francis Prep’s ace pitcher and one of the team’s best hitters. The junior’s right arm was a big reason why the Terriers advanced to the CHSAA Class AA third round, best-of-three series.

2B Jeffrey Valera, John Adams

One of the city’s best pure hitters, he led the John Adams lineup with his consistent right-handed bat. While the Spartans’ pitching staff drew most of the headlines for their run to the PSAL Class A semifinals, the batting order was underrated, with Valera, his .429 batting average and 21 runs scored keying the attack.

Honorable Mention

CF Josh Almonte, Long Island City

SS Danny Ammirati, Holy Cross

C Jorge Barahona, John Adams

P Matt Duverge, Newtown

P/SS Pedro Genao, Bayside

P/OF Adonis Lao, Bryant

1B Mike O’Dwyer, Archbishop Molloy

P Sean O’Melia, Monsignor McClancy

P Patrick O’Reilly, Christ the King

CF Steve Pelan, St. Francis Prep

SS Danny Pellegrino, St. Francis Prep

C Jason Perez, Queens Vocational Tech

LF Chris Piteo, Archbishop Molloy

P Braylin Nunez, John Adams

SS Jorge Rodriguez, St. John’s Prep

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Lou from Bayside says:
Will be interesting to see what bogus transfers Gorecki (CARDOZO HS)has coming into the school this year. Last year it was a bogus address change, this year it was "a safety transfer" claimed by a 6 foot plus 2 sport athlete from one of NYs most prestigious high schools. A little hard to buy for most everyone except PSAL commissioner Pertsas. The "mini 5 tool athletes" failed once again at crunch time failing miserably once again in the playoffs but this is a common occurance for them. But they win because they get good press and exposure by clueless reporters and administrators who tolerate cheating and skirting of the rules!~
July 2, 2012, 11:59 am
Lou from Bayside says:
"All Queens Baseball Player of the year" certainly had some help. 8 out of the 20 man roster of Cardozo HS come out of the same travel team organization in College Point. The player of the year has played with 5 of these players for years. 5 of the 8 players transferred to the school during the last year. The clueless reporter of this article fails to do due diligence and report this to the readers. This player played on a team that was put together through deceit. It was and is a stacked team. They got their exposure but it comes at a cost. The cost is the well earned reputatuion of Cardozo HS sports which is now shot. Some other player on this list, not any of the cheaters from Cardozo rightly deserved this recognition.
July 3, 2012, 3:37 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Someone should tell Gorecki that going from 5 and 0 to 3 and 0 and having only 6 extra base hits in 3 years including none this year is not exactly "evolving". A typical non sensical quote from the worst big game coach in PSAL history. If some of his "mini 5 tool players" were half as good as he and they think they are they would really be something. !
July 4, 2012, 12:08 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Somewhere out there is a kid who 2 years ago lost a seat at Townshend Harris to the "Player Of The Year" This player decided after having been given a seat and having attended Townshend Harris for 2 years to transfer alleging safety concerns to Cardozo for purely selfish reasons. Namely, he wanted more exposure in regards to baseball for scholarship possibilities. Did nt deserve to play this year for Cardozo and should not have one this award.
July 5, 2012, 9:19 pm
John says:
You know Alfredo Centola writing under the name Lou from Bayside, you really are a piece of ——! See me after next weeks game.
July 9, 2012, 11:06 am
ronald from bayside says:
i think lou should calm his ——.
July 13, 2012, 1:05 am

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