May 26, 2011 |
Felix Torraca-Dedos had to laugh to keep from . . . not crying. From snapping out. In the second inning of yesterday's Public League Class AA baseball final, Esperanza (charter) Academy's infielders committed one, two, three, four, five, six errors. As the circus continued, it was a wonder Torraca-Dedos, a 5-9, 160-pound senior righthander, didn't dig up the pitching rubber and start clubbing guys on the head. "Well, I did think, 'These guys are killin' me,' " Torraca-Dedos said, laughing.
May 26, 2011 |
Felix Torraca-Dedos did some heavy lifting for host Esperanza, carrying his baseball team past visiting Prep Charter, 12-5, in the Public League's Class AA championship game Wednesday. Torraca-Dedos pitched all seven innings and allowed no earned runs and added a 2-for-3 afternoon at the plate with a home run and three RBIs. Teammate Aderly Perez added three hits and three RBIs. In a Class AAA semifinal, Steve McCollum had four hits in as many trips to the plate to pace a 12-hit attack and power host Philadelphia Electrical past Roxborough, 18-8.
April 7, 2011 |
It's doubtful Tyler Criniti will forget his first stint as a cleanup hitter. Mostly for what happened, naturally, but also for the circumstances that caused a 2-day delay. Criniti, a 5-10, 190-pound junior, is the rightfielder for Girard Academic Music Program's baseball team and yesterday he experienced all kinds of fun as the visiting Pioneers topped Esperanza Academy, 18-8, in a six-inning Public A game at Front and Erie. Monday, not by choice, he was a no-show for a loss to Northeast.
December 16, 2010 |
La Esperanza's vivid rose-and-blue exterior puts it on the map. And the inside story of this landmark Lindenwold restaurant is pretty colorful, too. "It's the essence of immigration," says manager Saul Cordova Jr., a 31-year-old Stratford resident. On any given day at La Esperanza (which loosely translates as "hope"), you'll find Saul; his sisters Maricela, Claudia, and Norma; their parents, Saul Sr. and Susana; and various other Cordovas, most of whom live in the cluster of towns around Lindenwold.
June 8, 2010
Girard Academic Music Program built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty yesterday in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff at Montgomery County Community College. The Pioneers wound up falling to Christopher Dock, 15-5, in six innings. Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia pitched three innings apiece for GAMP. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece. Great Valley 4, Bonner 1: In AAAA, at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly, Matt Ruggieri's RBI single gave Bonner a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
May 26, 2010 |
Don't think for a minute, even a second, that Aaron Wilmer remotely gave thought to not playing baseball this spring for George Washington High. Wait, wasn't he a top-notch quarterback for the Eagles' Public League championship squad? Won't he participate in just one sport at Division II West Chester? "No way!" he darn near roared. "I'm going to be playing both sports. I love them both equally. Really, because of my dad [Tom, former Jules Mastbaum Tech third baseman], baseball was my first love.
May 25, 2010
It was championship day for Public League baseball Monday. In the Class AAA title game, Ryan Kubacki limited Philadelphia Electrical to one single and boosted Franklin Towne Charter to a 4-1 win. Kubacki struck out seven and walked two in a complete-game effort while Kevin Racek and Tim Hart combined for three RBIs. In the Class AA championship game, Esperanza got 10 strikeouts from Carlos Gil and beat visiting Swenson, 7-3. Luis Santos led the Scorpions' offense with three singles and two RBIs, while Felix Torraca and Franklin Mejia each added a pair of hits.
September 9, 2009 |
Unlike some parents who objected to President Obama giving a first-day-of-school talk with children about the importance of studying hard, parents of students at the Nueva Esperanza Academy charter school in Feltonville yesterday said they believed Michael Vick's message of admitting he was wrong and trying to make amends should be heard. After all, the meaning of Nueva Esperanza is "New Hope. " "I believe people deserve second chances," said Les Perez, the friend of a mother waiting for her ninth-grade daughter.