by Tom Pedulla –
The Hudson Independent takes a look at the prospects for our local baseball and softball teams:
Coach: Frank Adamo, sixth season
Last year’s record: 9-10
Top returning players: Right-hander John Archer, Right-hander Nicky Amendola, Outfielder Zachary Holzman, Catcher Aaron Young
Top newcomers: Outfielder Nolan Bahlke, Infielder Thomas Ritch, Third baseman William Charkes, Infielder Zachary Soderquist, Kyler Wurf
Key to success: With the graduation of a large number of veteran players the last two seasons, there is a need to develop team chemistry, the sooner the better.
Outlook: “We are looking for a winning record. We want to make the sectionals and see how far we can go.” – Adamo
Coach: Steve Frolo, 21st year
Last year’s record: 12-8
Top returning players: Catcher Ray Carafano, Shortstop Peter Clyne, Second baseman Danny Hernandez, Center fielder Matthew Jean, Right fielder Jason Mark, Right-hander Chris O’Sullivan
Top newcomers: Outfielder Ben Monroe, Third baseman Tyler O’Brien
Key to success: Hernandez, a four-year starter who will be Cornell-bound after graduation, provides strong leadership as captain. Mark, a .440 hitter last season, is an offensive force.
Outlook: “It’s a great group of kids and they work very hard, but they’re very inexperienced. I think by the second half of the year we’ll be playing much better.” – Frolo
Coach: Michael DiNardo, second season
Last year’s record: 9-10
Top returning players: Third baseman Bill Clinton, First baseman Evan Panjwani, Centerfielder Liam Toolan, Infielder Jeff Schrader, Right-hander Jake Weintraub
Top newcomers: Outfielder Harry Plaut
Key to success: The Bulldogs are battle tested after graduating only one senior. Every pitcher returns to a formidable staff.
Outlook: “The time is now for us to make a strong push in Class B. Our goal is to win Irvington’s first league title in 15 years and make a strong run in the sectionals.”
Coach: Dale Mueller, first season
Top returning players: Catcher Mike Fitzgerald, Right-hander Aleksei Goldhill, Right-hander Mike Markolis, Right-hander Carter Myers-Brown
Top newcomers: Third baseman Marcus Diaz, Right-hander Sebastien Pacheko.
Key to success: Pitching and defense will have to carry the day while the offense works to manufacture runs.
Outlook: It’s a hard-working group of sophomores, juniors and seniors. I would like to think by late April, early May we will be in good shape.” – Mueller
Coach: Ryan O’Rourke, first season
Last year’s record: 10-10
Top returning players: Catcher Matt Bischof, Centerfielder Jared Carey, Second baseman Travis Cowles, First baseman Jaden D’Agostinis, Shortstop Sean McCarthy, Right-hander Ben Oshins.
Top newcomers: Outfielder Jackson Many, Second baseman Luke McCarthy.
Key to success: Solid defense will be critical while a young pitching staff gains needed experience.
Outlook: “Since we have a lot of last year’s team back, our goal is to improve on last year’s .500 record and clinch a home playoff game.” – O’Rourke
Coach: Kim Reznicek, fourth season
Last year’s record: 17-4
Top returning players: Third base Katelyn Fanning, Centerfielder Katherine Knezevic, Shortstop Regina Venditto.
Top newcomers: Pitchers Emma LaBella, Ashley Polimeno.
Key to success: Much will depend on the development of freshmen pitchers LaBella and Polimeno. Offensively, Reznicek looks for production from top to bottom in the lineup.
Outlook: “The talent and chemistry these girls have with one another is tremendous, but time will tell how they perform.”
Coach: Diane Campbell, sixth year
Last year’s record: 10-8
Top returning players: Third base Lauren Ahern, Shortstop Carly Griffen-Fiorella, Right-hander Dana Van Buren.
Top newcomers: First base Abby Schiller, Center field Emelyn Wenstrup.
Key to success: Although Griffen-Fiorella is the lone senior, the team can be highly competitive if it plays well defensively. Van Buren, a junior, has developed into an outstanding pitcher since she joined the varsity as an eighth grader.
Outlook: “I think we can finish in the top two in the Ivy League. I think we can make some noise.” – Campbell
Coach: Martin Resendiz, tenth year
Last year’s record: 7-13
Top returning players: Third base Kelly Degnan, Right-hander Emily Stack, Center field Hannah Stack.
Top newcomers: Infielder Eva Gilbert, First base Emily Hanlon, Catcher Julia
Key to success: Irvington must reduce costly mistakes in order to avoid big innings that hurt this team in the past.
Outlook: – “I think our schedule is favorable. We are looking for a winning season with this group.” – Resendiz
Coach: Shannon Nicholson, third year
Last year’s record: 5-6
Top returning players: Third base Ciara Escobar, Catcher Rebecca Wachen, Pitcher Eden Wenberg.
Top newcomers: Second base/Outfield/Pitcher Sophia Herzberg
Key to success: Wachen is a prolific hitter with power. Herzberg, a sophomore, brings extraordinary versatility.
Outlook: “My goals and expectations for the year are for the girls to have fun while learning not only the fundamentals of softball but the life lessons that come along with being part of a team.” – Nicholson
(In an effort to build its program, the school will compete solely at the junior varsity level this spring)
Coach: Anthony Giuliano, second season
Last year’s record: 3-17
Top returning players: Catcher Emma Briante, Second base Alaina Otto, Left fielder Genefis Quezada
Top newcomers: Right-hander Delilah McCarthy
Key to success: With the emphasis on achieving long-term success, Sleepy Hollow will look to rebuild by developing young talent.
Outlook: “We want to be in close games and find ways to win close games.”