The Susan Wagner baseball team may be catching some people by surprise in the PSAL AAA playoffs, but the Falcons have been confident in themselves all along.
After knocking off the No. 4-seeded Beacon on Friday, the No. 20-seeded Falcons followed that performance Tuesday with a 12-1 win over No. 5 George Washington in six innings in the quarterfinals.
The Falcons were led by Sean Malamud's strong performance on the mound and at the plate. The senior struck out four through five innings of work and recorded two hits, including a double and four RBI.
"Sean (Malamud) stepped up as a senior and just had an all-around great game," said Susan Wagner coach Dan Pesce. "We felt confident coming into the game and as long as our pitchers keep throwing strikes like Sean did today and we keep swinging the bat like we have then we'll be OK."
Pesce's club will now travel to the No. 1-seeded Monroe on Friday in a best-of-three game series in the semifinals.
The Falcons' bats were alive early as they posted one run in the first and second inning, but they really opened up things in the fourth inning.
Dylan Whyte's two-run triple highlighted the Falcons' four-run inning in the fourth.
The Falcons added six more runs to the board in the sixth inning behind Jared Nusser who finished with two hits and three RBI.
"We just strung a ton of hits together in those innings and came away with some runs," explained Pesce. "The kids have been swinging the bat really well."