Calhoun has been a great offensive team all season. It had scored at least five runs in 9 of 10 games before it lost the first two games against first-place Bellmore JFK last week. The Colts scored two runs and were shut out in the second game of the series.
The batter order was shuffled for the final game of the series and Calhoun scored 31 runs. Of course, the lineup has stayed the same since and Calhoun has scored 56 runs in three games since getting shut out.
Calhoun had 18 hits in a 18-8 road win against Carey Wednesday in Nassau Conference AA-III baseball.
Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit and each one reached base at least twice. Thomas Viverito went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Tom Joannou went 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs and Robbie Rosen went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs for Calhoun (12-3, 9-2). It was more than enough for Alex Vargas, who pitched six innings and allowed four hits, three walks, two earned runs and struck out seven. Carey is 8-6, 7-4.
"We were slow last week, but we put it together in the last game of the series," Viverito said. "Everyone is getting hot. We're more disciplined. We're seeing more pitches and swinging at the good ones. The losses put in our head that we're not unbeatable. We just need to play our game."
Viverito had an RBI double and Joannou hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning for the Colts. Alex Rodriguez led off the second with a home run and Zach Goldstein (three RBIs) had an RBI double to extend the Colts lead to 5-1.
"We switched the lineup and everyone is stroking the ball," Joannou said. "It got kids fired up. People want to start earning their spot. Losing the [Bellmore JFK] series fired us up. We have to realize we have to earn these wins. We have to hit our stride going into the playoffs."
Calhoun coach Joe Corea was never concerned. He looked at it as a two-game slump.
"I just wanted to shake things up," Corea said. "They're all good hitters. We just went two games where we tried too hard. Guys are more relaxed now."