2016 Yonkers Bulldogs
Coach — Scott Stampfl
How many years coaching at current school? This is coach Stampfl’s third year as the head varsity baseball coach at Yonkers High School.
How did the team fare last season? The Bulldogs went 10-10 last season, defeated Early College in an out-bracket game, and lost to Lincoln in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Who are your top returning players? Yonkers High School will be captained by their four seniors: Frank Cagnetta (All-League), Joe Campiglia, Mike Hernandez and James Langley.
Who are the top players you lost to graduation? Camilo Burgos-Bye, Vincent Balzano, Chris Martinez, Rigoberto Cruz and Joe Grippo.
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Coming into tryouts, we knew that we had lost our firepower in the rotation (Burgos-Bye and Balzano). However, we have returning players that have had varsity pitching experience in limited roles that are ready to step up for the team. We also have new players that may be viable options on the hill.
Your lineup? The Bulldogs return many of their position players. Student-athletes who have experience in varsity game situations. A good mix of contact hitters with decent speed.
Defense? Our defense is something we need to pride ourselves on. We should be a defensively sound team.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? Have an aggressive approach at the plate. Take the extra base when given to you. Move runners over and get timely hits to manufacture runs; while the defense keeps opposing runs off the board.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? Our team is always full of youth due to the lack of JV and modified programs. Our seniors are great leaders and helpers of the coaching staff. They understand our philosophies and goals. The sooner that our underclassmen understand these principles, the better our chances will be this season.
When is your opening game? April 4, 2016 – at Irvington HS.
On deck: Suffern
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