Andrea Abbatiello, a sophomore righty, saved her best pitching performance of the season for the most important game of the season so far, shutting out visiting John F. Kennedy on a one-hitter as Dobbs Ferry advanced to the Section 1 Class B softball semifinals with a 5-0 quarterfinal win at Springhurst School.
The Eagles (16-5) will face top-seeded Valhalla at Valhalla in the semifinal round Thursday at 4:30. Kennedy finished its season at 9-7.
Id have to say this is the best Ive pitched, Abbatiello said. I wanted to throw strikes and let the fielders do their job. The defense was great.
The great defense Abbatiello referred to was highlighted by a stunning triple play in the fourth inning. With Kennedy runners on first and second, Eagles sophomore shortstop Brownwyn Bingham field and ground ball threw to second where the ball was relayed to first for a triple play.
It was kind of amazing, Bingham said. It happened so fat. I just field it and made a throw. Well remember that one for sure.
Bingham will also remember her four-hit performance that led the offense. Abbatiello and Alex Cialini each added two hits for Dobbs.
Both girls are sophomores, Eagles Coach Neil Abbatiello said of his two stars of the game. Were making plays and everyone is playing at a high level. If you make plays and hit the ball you have a chance to win. Well just go on and try to do the same things well.
Alish Hogan had the lone Kennedy hit and teammate Colleen Nestle pitched well in the loss.
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