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Dobbs 0 Olean 5 in State Semifinal

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by Chuck Devlin
State softball: Dobbs Ferry bats silenced in semifinal loss
WATERLOO — The Dobbs Ferry softball team couldn't get anything going against Olean High pitcher ChelseaCalabro in a Class B state semifinal at Waterloo High School on Saturday.
Calabro allowed just one hit while issuing five walks in a 5-0 win.
The key for Olean was coming out strong in the first couple of innings and taking advantage of a few Dobbs Ferry errors and misplays. After getting two runs in the first inning on an error and a fielder's choice, Olean added three more runs in the second inning on just two hits and an error.
"I think we just came out flat today and it came back to bite us," Dobbs Ferry senior Hayley Bingham said. "I think we really got down on ourselves, especially after they scored their five runs and we had a hard time recovering mentally."
The Eagles' only true threat came in the top of the third when they loaded the bases on walks. However, Calabro was able to escape by getting Lisa Tessitore to pop out to second base.
The Eagles' only hit was a bloop single to center by Andrea Abbatiello in the sixth inning.
"You can't have one hit and win the game," Dobbs Ferry coach Neil Abbatiello said. "It's very difficult. I don't think it was anything different about their pitcher. I mean, she was certainly a quality pitcher — I'm not taking anything away from her — but our hits didn't fall. There were some good hits off of our bats and if you don't hit them where they aren't, you don't score runs."
Pitcher Jacqueline Crews has been the Eagles' heart and soul all season, but like her defense, she got off to a shaky start before finally settling down.
The score could have been worse if Crews hadn't been able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning. Second basemanBronwyn Bingham gave Crews some defensive support with a great catch on a fly ball hit into shallow right field for the final out of the inning.
Crews then found her groove, setting Olean down in order in each of the remaining three innings.
"Jacqueline has always been able to control the circle all season," Abbatiello said. "I think she did it again today, we just had a couple of innings where we were a little unsteady. But they were a quality team.

                        1   2   3   4   5   6   7     R   H   E
Olean               2   3   0   0   0   0   0     5    5    0
Dobbs              0   0   0   0   0   0   0     0    1    4        

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Rob was at that game and he filed this report:
A poor start doomed the Dobbs Ferry softball team in their Class B state semifinal game against Olean High School of Section 6 on Saturday.
In the anticipated matchup at the Waterloo Softball Complex, the Huskies attacked early and took advantage of a shaky defensive display by the Eagles in the first two innings. Though the Eagles’ defense settled down in the later innings, the damage had already been done.
Olean scored two runs in the first inning and then added three more runs in the second, rattling the Eagles on their way to a 5-0 shutout victory.
Dobbs Ferry threatened in the top of the third inning, loading the bases on walks, but Olean ace Chelsea Calabro escaped unharmed. That would be the only true threat Calabro and the Huskies would face, as the Eagles were held to just one hit all game long.
Andrea Abbatiello represented Dobbs Ferry’s only hit of the game as she led the sixth inning off with a bloop single to center field, but Dobbs couldn’t gain any momentum, as Hayley Bingham popped up, and Lisa Tessitore hit into a 6-6-3 double play.
Grete Falck-Pedersen led the seventh inning off with a walk, but Dobbs Ferry popped out in three-straight at bats to end the game.
Like her defense, Dobbs ace Jacqueline Crews didn’t have her best pitching performance, but she still was able to calm the nerves and settle down to finish strong. Crews retired Olean in order for the final three innings of play.
“Our defense was on edge early on,” Dobbs coach Neil Abbatiello said after the game. “I can tell you that the three games they played earlier this week, were flawless. Everything they saw, they went and got and turned into outs. They did what they needed to do, to win those games. Today, we didn’t do that.
“I thought we would make a better showing here, but we didn’t and Olean deserves all of the credit,” he added. “This last week has been an absolute charm though. They came together as a team and worked with one another. Mistakes were made in the sectionals and regionals, but they backed one another up together as a team.”
The Eagles have come a very long way from how the season began. Though they enjoyed success pretty much throughout the entire year, the team truly came together in the second half of the season and it showed even in their final loss.
So a congratulations are in order to Dobbs Ferry for putting together a very strong and successful season.
Despite the fact that they will lose their 10 seniors due to graduation, look for the Dobbs Ferry softball program to rebuild once again under the guidance of Abbatiello and company.

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