2016 Solomon Schechter Lions
Coach — Scott D’Ottavio
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? This is my 13th season.
How did your team fare last season? We finished 11-7 and lost to Tuckahoe in the Class C sectional championship.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Ari Leffell (2015 All-State), Noah Goldberg (2015 All-State), Ben Burton, Sam Abecassis, Jordan Goldstein, Jordan Josephs, Ariel Semel, Philip Seidenwar.
Who are your key returning players? Sr. Capt. Jason Kapelus (P/1B), Jr. Capt. Noah Dunn (P/SS), Jr. Capt. Ben Goldberg (CF/SS).
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? I feel good. My top two guys (Dunn and Kapelus) are returning and I have a few new guys who I feel will be able to help us out.
Your lineup? Other than Kapelus, Dunn and Goldberg, it will be a very inexperienced lineup this year.
Your defense? Defense has always been our Achilles heel. We are working hard every day to improve our defense. The key is to limit as many mistakes as possible during the game.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? I always tell my players that they need to be smart aggressive and that translates to all facets of the game (base-running, hitting, defense). Know the situations, know the consequences and if you are aggressive while making smart decisions then good things will happen.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? I’m hopeful that we will be a competitive team. We have a team that has little varsity experience, but they are improving each day.
When is your opening game? We open at home vs. Haldane on March 31st.
On deck: Yonkers
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