Broncos bow in outbracket

John Seminara takes a cut against Dobbs on May 21. The Broncos lost 8-1 in a Class B outbracket game.

John Seminara takes a cut against Dobbs on May 21. The Broncos lost 8-1 in a Class B outbracket game.

The Bronxville Broncos season ended on May 21with a loss to Dobbs Ferry in a Class B outbracket game. Though the game was close early on, Dobbs Ferry was able to pull away with a convincing 8-1 win over the home team.

Bronxville got on the board first, plating a run on a throwing error in the first inning, but it would prove to be the Broncos’ only run of the game. Dobbs answered in the top of the second inning and never looked back from there, building an insurmountable lead.

Dobbs Ferry’s Nick Abbatiello was stellar, striking out 11 Broncos on the day.

Despite the outbracket loss, the future seems bright for the Broncos. With only two seniors on this year’s squad, the Broncos will return the majority of their players next spring.

“I think only having two seniors is tough,” head coach Anthony Vaglica said. “I think it was a rollercoaster of a ride. We struggled at times and I think there were a lot of bright spots.”

Graham Klimley throws a pitch on May 21. Bronxville fell after taking an early lead over the Eagles. Photos/Bobby Begun

Graham Klimley throws a pitch on May 21. Bronxville fell after taking an early lead over the Eagles. Photos/Bobby Begun

With so many players set to return in 2014, Vaglica sees this spring as a major step in getting his players experience on the varsity level and they will mature further over the next few seasons.

“Only having two seniors, the future is bright for us next year, we have nine returning juniors.” Vaglica said.

Much of Vaglica’s optimism stems from the fact that his squad acquitted itself nicely in big league games against teams like Eastchester this year.

“I think we played a very tough schedule this year, even within our league,” he said. “We played Eastchester, we played Pelham, we played Yonkers; all schools bigger than us. There were no easy games, every game was difficult.”

With the win, Dobbs Ferry earned the right to play a first-round game against second-seed Rye Neck on May 27. The Panthers beat the Eagles 2-1 to advance to a second-round meeting with Croton Harmon.

Matt Huncke throws to first on a bunt attempt.

Matt Huncke throws to first on a bunt attempt.

-Reporting by Vidal Serfaty

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bronxville runner slides into second base against Dobbs Ferry.

A Bronxville runner slides into second base against Dobbs Ferry.

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