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Dobbs Ferry (Matt Arone, Third Year)
Last Season: (11-7)
CF: Rocco Cipriano, Sr.
C: Anthony Cialini, Jr.
SS: Eddie Ritch, Sr.
3B: Danny Crowe, Sr.
OF: Michael Boyle, Sr.
1B: Thomas Fleming, Sr.
2B: Matt Fata, Sr.
3B: Kenyon Roberts, Jr.
P Brian Gardner, Jr.
OF/1B: Mike Mitaro, Jr.
OF Matt Bohl, So.
Top Pitchers: Danny Crowe, Thomas Fleming, Michael Boyle, and Brian Gardner
Coaches Outlook: We want to compete for the league and get a earn seed for the sectionals. This group has to go further in the post season. We lost the opening game to Magnus last year by one run and it still stings. This team has many winning athletes on the roster. Eight or nine of them played football and won a state championship, four of them played in the basketball sectional finals and one wrestled in the state tournament. These guys know what being a successful athlete means here in Dobbs Ferry.
Dobbs hopes winning ways continue into Spring
At small schools like Dobbs Ferry, the multi-sport stars are plentiful. Great athletes tend to star in many of the major sports. When teams in the fall and winter have success, it can lead to more winning come spring time. That’s exactly what the Eagles are hoping for with its baseball team in 2012. Nine players won a state championship in football and four played on a 20-win basketball team. Important players like Eddie Ritch did both. Ritch starred in both sports and is committed to play baseball at American International College next spring.
“All the seniors have to be leaders. Our seniors have experience winning and we have to translate that to the baseball field,” Ritch said. “We’ll need other guys to step up this year too.”
One of the new guys stepping into a starting role is a transfer for Saunders, Michael Boyle. The senior pitcher/outfielder was one of Saunders’ top players a season ago and should fit in nicely with the Eagles.
“I’ve been working out with him a lot and he’s definitely a really good player,” Ritch said. “Not a lot of people know about him and he’s going to open some eyes.”
Dobbs Ferry returns its top pitcher and player in Danny Crowe. The senior star was an all-section player a year ago and feels great this spring. He will head one of the top pitching staffs in Class B along with Thomas Fleming, Boyle, and Brian Gardner. Ritch may throw some innings in relief with others on top of that. Dobbs Ferry definitely feels great with its staff.
“We started 10-2 last year before injuries crippled out staff,” Crowe said. “We have three aces now in my opinion and it’s definitely our team strength.”
If the pitching turns into strength for the Eagles, then the outlook definitely looks bright according to head coach Matt Arone.
“We definitely need to pitch better, we have to go deeper into games with our starters,” Arone said. “We can’t excepted Crowe and Ritch to be the hero every time.”
The Eagles expect some good things from its underclassmen. Anthony Cialini is already into his third year on the varsity and Brian Gardner expects to be a capable starter for Dobbs Ferry. Kenyon Roberts will play some third base when Crowe is on the mound.
With Ritch, Crowe, and the other seniors, it still comes down to leadership and winning tradition.
“We’ve been playing together since Little League and we live across the street from each other, so we have a great relationship,” Crowe said. “We’ve provided a winning tradition so far this year, we just want to transition into baseball and we’ll look pretty good.”
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