#lohudbaseball preview: Dobbs Ferry

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Dobbs Ferry's Chris Cipriano taking a swing during a game last season.

Dobbs Ferry’s Chris Cipriano taking a swing during a game last season.

2016 Dobbs Ferry Eagles
Coach — Frank Adamo

How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Four years.

How did your team fare last season? 10-10 (11-11 Overall). Lost in the second round of the Class B playoffs to Albertus Magnus.

Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Neil Abbatiello (Wagner), Matthew Crowe and Kevin Kudelka.

Who are your key returning players? 
Gabe Wiersma (Senior Captain, 2B)
Ted Annunziato (Senior Captain, SS) 
Chris Cipriano (Senior Captain, CF)
Chris Romano (Senior Captain, UTIL)
Michael Archer (Senior, 1B) 
Michael Grant (Senior, C)
Lou Tobacco (Senior, OF)
Hudson Trader (Senior, P)
Max Braimon (Senior, P/OF)
John Archer (Sophomore, 3B)

How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? This year, Hudson Trader and Max Braimon will look to lead an experienced group that returns four of our top five pitchers from last year. In 2015, Hudson led the team in both innings and wins and will look to improve on an excellent junior season. Also, the addition of several quality arms have helped us to round out our staff.

Your lineup? Our lineup consists of tough outs 1-9. Annunziato, Cipriano and Wiersma all have great approaches at the plate and give us speed at the top. Mike Grant, Mike Archer and John Archer all have the potential to step up and deliver some “pop” in the middle of our order.

Your defense? Defense will be the key to our season. Last year, we were able to make the routine play and avoid the big inning. This will be the goal once again as we return our starting infield. We should be strong up the middle with three of our new captains returning to starting roles. Additionally, Lou Tobacco and Chris Romano will help us solidify our defense. Tobacco, an excellent defender, has the ability to play all three outfield positions. Romano is a super utility player who can potentially play anywhere on the field. This will give us the flexibility to make different moves throughout the course of a game.

How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? Focus on the things that you can control.

How would you assess your team’s chances this season? If we rely on our strong senior leadership, we should be competitive throughout the season.

When is your opening game? 3/31 vs. Keio.

On deck: Hastings

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