It was a case of David versus Goliath and Goliath finally won.
Washington Irving High School fields nine seniors, many of them 18 years old with three years of high school baseball experience and several playoff games behind them.
They have two pitchers who can throw the ball in the high 80’s and a catcher who can gun down runners at any base.
Scholars’ Academy, a team that played “David” all season and won every game, fields no seniors. Its baseball program is in its second year of operation under Coach Adam Berman. Its only playoff experience was one losing game last year.
While many of the players had years of experience in little league, few have more than one year of high school baseball experience and that one playoff game.
All that showed on Monday afternoon when the Manhattan school beat Scholars by a score of 14-2 and for most of the game, the local team was beat down by the visitor’s speed and power.
The Monday game started in the third inning with the score 1-0 in favor of Washington Irving after a Sunday suspended game due to heavy rain and an unplayable field.
The day started badly for Scholars, with pitcher John Allcock giving up four runs on four hits and two men on base hit by his pitches.
It all went downhill from there, with the Manhattan team hitting around for six runs in the top of the fifth, making the score 11-0.
Scholars got their only two runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and an error.
They went quietly in the bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts and a grounder to third.
The game ends a very successful season for the young team.
A PSAL official at the game told onrockaway.com that he expected big things from the team next year.
“They’re young and talented,” he said. “They just have to get bigger and stronger and more experienced and they will be back in the mix next year.”
Washington Irving will play in the AAA Championship game at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday.