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Dobbs Wins Championship 3-0 over Rye Neck

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by Chuck Devlin

    Section 1 softball final: Dobbs Ferry finishes off Rye Neck


WHITE PLAINS — The last time a Dobbs Ferry softball team won a Section 1 title was back in 2007 when most of the Eagles' 10 seniors were freshmen. For them, this was a long time coming.

"We've been waiting since 10th grade to do this again," said senior shortstop Hayley Bingham, who was on that team three years ago. "We have 10 seniors on this team; a lot of them were with us back then. We loved that feeling, and that's the feeling we've been trying to get back ever since then. "I can't feel any happier."

The top-seeded Eagles defeated second-seeded Rye Neck 3-0 Monday in the Class B final, which was resumed at White Plains High School in the top of the second inning after the game was suspended on Saturday in Nanuet due to lightning strikes.

Dobbs Ferry (21-2) will play Section 9 champion Highland (13-7) today at 3 p.m. at Heroes Field in Nanuet in the regional semifinals. If the Eagles win, they'll play the winner of the other 3 p.m. game — Oyster Bay vs. Babylon — at 5:30 at Nanuet High School for a spot in this weekend's state final four.

The Eagles scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pitcher Jacqueline Crews led off with a walk. Andrea Abbatiello smacked a double to center field. Bingham lined a two-run triple to left-center to give the Eagles the lead.

Then Lisa Tessitore grounded out to Panthers shortstop Nicole Pineda for the first out of the inning and gave the Eagles an insurance run.

"Right at the beginning of that inning, I said to the girls: When we have runners on, we can't leave them there," Bingham said. "Two innings before that, we had bases loaded and we left them. We couldn't do that again."

That broke up a well-played pitchers' duel between Crews and Rye Neck's Jessica Calvini. Crews pitched a four-hitter, allowing just two walks and striking out 11.

"Jacqueline's been controlling the circle all year," Dobbs Ferry coach Neil Abbatiello said. "We've been able to depend on her all year long."

Calvini took the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits. She walked three and struck out six.

The Panthers (17-7) had two chances to put a run across. They had runners on second in the first and fifth inning but left them stranded.

"We had our chances, but we just didn't string our hits together," Rye Neck coach Joan Spedafino said. "I'm very proud of our kids. They never gave up."

They won't have much time to rest, but the Eagles said they are ready to play and excited about the regionals.

"We're going to come out so pumped up that we're ready to go," Crews said. "It's a slight disadvantage that we had to play in terms of tiredness, but we also have an advantage that we have the momentum going now. Our adrenaline is high, and we'll come into that game geared up."

                         1   2   3   4   5   6   7      R    H    E
Rye Neck             0   0   0   0   0   0   0      0    4    1
Dobbs Ferry        0   0   0   0   3   0   x      3    6    0

Below from LoHud.com Blogg

No. 1 Dobbs Ferry 3, No. 2 Rye Neck 0

It took a long time to get to this point but I think it was well worth the wait and congratulations to the Dobbs Ferry Eagles for winning the Class B title today at White Plains High School by the score of 3-0.

They will face Section 9 champion Highland in the opening round of regional play. Courtesy of the Record in Section 9, here’s a little taste on how Highland won their first title in six years: READ THIS

What Highland is going to get, and something that I’ve seen in the stats all year, but really getting an understanding is that this team is deep up and down the line up. That two-run triple Eagles shortstop Hayley Bingham got in the bottom of the fifth inning was huge. Andrea Abbatiello is a great table setter at the top of the order; she went 3 for 3 in the game. What else can I said that hasn’t been said yet about Jacqueline Crews.  She’s definitely in the talk as one of the top pitchers in Section 1. She proved it today going out there and hitting her spots. She kept Rye Neck off balance. Offensively, the day off really helped and from in a conversation with Bingham, she said, and I’m paraphrasing; that the day off gave the team a chance to restragtegize their game plan on Rye Neck pitcher Jess Calvini

The Panthers played really well as well. This was a pitcher’s duel through four and a half innings.  They played well but they couldn’t get the clutch hit when they needed it. Calvini pitched well as well. Catcher Vanessa Laise went 2 for 3 for the Panthers.

Congratulations to both teams on fanstastic seasons and good luck to the Eagles tomorrow in the regionals.

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