By Phil Terrigno (Photo Credit: Matthew Brown/The Journal News)
MAMARONECK The cold weather during early-season softball sometimes hampers the ability of batters and pitchers to stay loose and play effectively.
In Dobbs Ferry’s 6-1 win over Rye Neck on Wednesday, both starting pitchers endured the elements well enough to combine for 27 strikeouts, but the Eagles wound up on top as their batters capitalized on four Panthers errors and scratched out five unearned runs.
“It’s tough being in the shade, it’s tough going out there on the field,” Dobbs Ferry coach Neil Abbatiello said. “Both teams have to play on the field and that’s just the way it is. I’m proud of my team even though we did not hit well.”
Dobbs Ferry broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning when Bronwyn Bingham scored from second on an outfield error and Alison Abbatiello later scored on an infield throwing error, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
“That (third inning) was huge because the game was close and we needed to break it open,” Dobbs Ferry senior Andrea Abbatiello said.
Andrea Abbatiello (shown below left) struck out 13 batters in hurling a two-hitter, allowing just an RBI triple by Diana King (shown right).
Facing a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, Abbatiello responded by striking out Jackie DeCicco and Shannon Liguori.
“To get myself out (of the jam), I focused on strikes,” Abbatiello said. “It’s one of my first times out against a live team. We did have some scrimmages but I needed to get my bearings.”
“Last year, Jess pitched most of the games,” Rye Neck coach Joan Spedafino said. “Now, (Diana) is taking more of that role. She has to adjust. There were times (in the game) where she was dominating and there are times where the fielding … she had people ground out but we didn’t make the play. She’s doing her job.”
Now playing for Lehigh, Calvini completed 93 of 94 starts and held opposing hitters to a .168 batting average.
King, who will shoulder Rye Neck’s pitching load this year, struck out 14 and allowed six hits and one earned run.
“It’s great experience and I get to see different hitters and see different situations,” King said. “It helps me grow as a pitcher. I’m also just a sophomore but I hope to be just as good as Jess one day.”
Here are the other results from today:
Rye Country Day 18, Hamden Hall (CT) 0, 5: At Rye Country Day, Jess Grasso and Sydney Ginsberg were 3 for 4 at bat for the Sailors. Grasso had three RBI and one homerun. Ginsberg added four RBI. Teammate Taylor Forte had three hits with a double, a triple and three RBI. Winning pitcher Eve Wulf pitched a 3 hitter with six strikeouts.
Putnam Valley 12, Pawling 9: At Pawling, Jackie Budano went 3 for 4 with three runs, two RBI, a double and a walk. Justine Ortiz went 3 for 5 with three runs. Allie Dick went 2 for 4 with two runs, two RBI and a walk. Winning pitcher Rachel Stockinger struck out three and also went 3 for 4 with a double and a run. The win was the first for new head coach Rena Finsmith.
Somers 9, Haldane 2: At Somers Tuesday, Kathleen Olifers had a double and two RBI for the Tuskers. Abbey Baulkwill had an RBI double. Allie Monteleone and Marley Chefaro drove in the runs for the Blue Devils.
Nyack 6, Ossining 1: At Nyack, Tiffany Salcito had a double and a solo home run for the Indians. Eighth-grader Mackenzie Johnson pitched a one-hitter, that hit going to Cyan Scarduzio, allowing one walk and struck out 20 out of 21 batters.
Carmel 6, Mahopac 1: At Carmel, Brittany Allocca drove in three runs. Jasmine Ennabe pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11. Marina Scarcinella had a double and drove in a run for the Indians.
Ardsley 17, Edgemont 0: At Ardsley, Cassidy Wootten went 3 for 3 with a three-run home run, a double and four runs. Ashley Macri had a hit with an RBI and two runs. Rain Gorman had a hit with four runs and threw a three-hitter. Melissa Last, Sam Faden and Halle Lukasiewicz each had a hit for the Panthers.
Mount Vernon 18, Yonkers Montessori 0, 4 1/2: At Mount Vernon, Kylia Maddox-Langley allowed just an infield hit to Cathriona Maguire with one out in the fifth and struck out 11. Kelly Howell went 4 for 4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Shawna Antoine, Danaija Burton and Nakya Smith contributed three hits apiece, and Maddox-Langley had two doubles and two RBI.
Ursuline 5, Arlington 2: At Arlington, Lauren Filardi had two hits and drove in two runs for the Koalas. Brittany Mitchell allowed two earned runs and struck out four.