Local High School Softball/Baseball Previews

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The Hudson Independent looks at the prospects for local softball and baseball teams as the spring seasons get underway.

by Tom Pedulla – 

SOFTBALL

DOBBS FERRY

Coach: Kim Reznicek

Top returning players: Third baseman Emma LaBella, first baseman Jeanne Longworth, catcher Sky Piacentino, shortstop Ashley Polimeno.

Top newcomers: Second baseman Samantha Arone, pitcher Gabriella Bonilla.

Key to success: Much is being asked of Bonilla, an eighth grader who will be expected to regularly take the ball. Then again, she possesses uncommon leadership and poise for her age.

Outlook: “We only have 11 players, but they are eleven that are committed to being successful. I hope that work ethic will help us be successful.”                     – Reznicek

HACKLEY

Coach: Diane Campbell

Top returning players: Third baseman Lauren Ahearn, first baseman Isla Parton, catcher Abby Schiller, right-hander Dana Van Buren, Centerfielder Emmy Wenstrup.

Top newcomers: Infielder-outfielder Ashley Morgner, shortstop Destiny Stevens.

Key to success: Van Buren pitched Hackley to the Ivy League championship game last year. She is overpowering.

Outlook: “My expectation is that we take the league this year and go to the championship game and win. I think we’re that good that we will be able to do that.” – Campbell

IRVINGTON

Coach: Martin Resendiz

Top returning players: Left fielder Natalie D’Amelio, shortstop Eva Gilbert, first baseman Emily Hanlon, catcher Julia Weber.

Top newcomers: Infielder/outfielder Ruby Hanna, infielder Isabella Moyer.

Key to success: Unproven pitchers will be asked to make steady progress.

Outlook: “I don’t want to use the word ‘rebuilding,’ but it’s definitely going to be a learning year for us. Our aim is to be competitive within the section.” – Resendiz

MASTERS

Coach: Shannon Nicholson

Top returning players: Infielder Sophia Herzberg, outfielder Stellar Son, catcher Rebecca Wachen.

Top newcomer: Infielder Celia Torino.

Key to success: Although a young team, players show a willingness to learn from mistakes and make  corrections.

Outlook: “I want to get all of the players on the same page from Day One and keep communication clear between all players and coaches.”                          – Nicholson

SLEEPY HOLLOW

Coach: Anthony Giuliano

Top returning players: Third baseman Emma Briante, outfielder Peyton Koch, right-hander Delilah McCarthy, infielder Kelsey Santana.

Top newcomers: Catcher Eva Poll.

Key to success: After being its own worst enemy in the past, Sleepy Hollow must look to keep errors to a minimum.

Outlook: “One of my goals for the team is a .500 record. It would be a tall task to accomplish, but I do think it’s realistic.”
– Giuliano

BASEBALL

DOBBS FERRY

Coach: Frank Adamo

Top returning players: Left-hander Nathaniel Bloom, outfielder Brian Dubilier, left-hander Zachary Holzman, second baseman Thomas Ritch, right-hander Andrew Schwabe, shortstop Tyler Sepinski.

Top newcomers: Roster stacked with returning players.

Key to success: The ability to develop pitchers who can provide quality innings will determine how high the Eagles can fly.

Outlook: “I would like to see us make a deeper playoff run than we have in the past couple of years.”            – Adamo

HACKLEY

Coach: Steve Frolo

Top returning players: Shortstop Peter Clyne, right-hander Alex Kaloupoutis, centerfielder Jason Mark, second baseman Tyler O’Brien.

Top newcomers: Outfielder Mitch Einhorn, catcher Matthew Zampolin

Key to success: Young pitchers must continue to grow and provide quality innings.

Outlook: “We’re hoping to be a little bit better than .500 this year because we are a relatively young team.”    – Frolo

IRVINGTON

Coach: Michael DiNardo

Top returning players: Outfielder Cris D’Amelio, right-hander Brandon Gallagher, left fielder Trygve Ordahl, left-hander Evan Panjwani, Right-hander Liam Toolan.

Top newcomers: Middle infielder Jake Bryant, infielder Dylan Grande, outfielder Luke Schrader.

Key to success: The Bulldogs must replace a good deal of hitting and pitching lost to graduation last year.

Outlook: “We’re a young team with many new parts. But if we all blend together, we will be very successful. We should be able to compete for a league title and peak at sectionals.”   – DiNardo

MASTERS

Coach: Dale Mueller

Top returning players: Third baseman Marcus Diaz, shortstop Carter Myers-Brown, pitcher-catcher August Peterson, infielder Justin Small.

Top newcomers: Left-hander-centerfielder Harrison Blueweiss, right-hander Aidan McLaren.

Key to success: Veteran nucleus must find ways to win some of the close games that were lost last spring.

Outlook: “We had a pretty strong year in 2018. I expect something very similar this year.”   – Mueller

SLEEPY HOLLOW

Coach: Ryan O’Rourke

Top returning players: Centerfielder Jackson Many, third baseman Luke McCarthy, shortstop Manny Perez, right-hander Andrew Walek.

Top newcomers: Catcher Manny Abreu, right-hander Devin Betheja, second baseman Patrick Smith.

Key to success: Players have the talent to succeed. They must develop the confidence needed to compete at a high level.

Outlook: “If all goes well, we can compete for a league title.”        – O’Rourke

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