- Last Updated: 2:55 AM, June 7, 2012
- Posted: 2:49 AM, June 7, 2012
PSAL baseball beat writer Zach Braziller breaks down the top-seeded George Washington Trojans in advance of Friday's Class A championship game at MCU Park in Coney Island.
Head coach: Steve Mandl
Record: 19-2-0, Manhattan A East
Batting order: SS Randy Rodriguez, LF Michael Richardson, C Nelson Rodriguez, 1B Bryan Mejia, CF Alexis Torres, 3B Wesley Rodriguez, 2B Marvin Campos, DH Fernelys Sanchez, RF Henry Rodriguez
Key reserves/pitchers: P Edwin Corniel, P Kevin Torres, P Reynaldo Hernandez, OF Steven Segarra, IF Yasmany Gomez, IF Eduardo Tejada
Team notes: Looking for its fourth city title and second straight. .. Won division title for 28th time in 29 years… Alma mater of Major League Baseball star Manny Ramirez.…. Swept No. 8 Telecommunications, 16-3 and 4-3, in the PSAL Class A semifinals, knocked off No. 5 Norman Thomas, 10-2, in the quarterfinals, No. 13 New Dorp, 11-1, in the second round, and No. 29 John Bowne, 8-0, in the first round.
(from league coach under condition of anonymity)
“They looked like a loaded junior college team last weekend [in the PSAL Class A semifinals]. Everyone can hurt you in that lineup. I love the leadoff guy [Randy Rodriguez], he gets on and creates problems for you. Nelson [Rodriguez] didn't have a big year, but he’s still dangerous. Two guys I wouldn’t let beat me: the leadoff kid and the freshman [Wesley Rodriguez]. He’s really good. … They were good during the regular season, but they’ve turned it up. They aren’t playing close games. … Nobody talks about their pitching, but it’s solid. [Kevin] Torres and [Edwin] Corniel both throw hard and they’re tough. I’d give the ball to Corniel. He wins. .... They're not unbeatable, they can be sloppy. I don't see them losing. That's a good team."
Position: Left fielder
Notes: Second year … Slick shortstop is the team's sparkplug and has surprising power. … Committed to JUCO North Carolina A & T. … Scored 29 runs, stole 22 bases this year and has 14 extra-base hits.
Mandl’s take: “He’s been our MVP. Incredible glove, played like Omar Vizquel this year. And he has tremendous pop in his bat.”
Position: Third baseman
Notes: Reserve at the season’s outset, played his way into starting lineup and was recently elevated into second spot in order. … Played junior varsity last spring … Has driven in seven runs in the playoffs.
Mandl’s take: “He’s a real young kid, great athlete and he was on bench for a while. We were trying to find the right guy [in left field]. We put him in and he hasn’t stopped hitting. He’s been a pretty big surprise. He’s just really consistent.”Follow @NYPostsports