MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. Dobbs Ferry pitcher Mike Boyle understands the pressure facing an individual one-on-one. Boyle experienced that all throughout wrestling season, as he went on to win a Section 1 Division II wrestling championship.
On Saturday, the senior right-hander extricated himself from two potentially dangerous situations, sending fifth-seeded Dobbs Ferry to a 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Pleasantville in a Section 1 Class B Baseball Championship quarterfinal game at Pace University.
Dobbs Ferry will play at No. 1 Briarcliff in a semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The other semifinal will be No. 14 Hastings at No. 2 Keio Academy in Purchase.
Boyle went six innings, allowing three runs, all in the third, on six hits, and he struck out six. After Pleasantville scored in the third, Boyle secured the last two outs. In the fifth, Pleasantville was aiming to take the lead, but Boyle received a lift from right fielder Danny Crowe, who made a diving catch, saving two runs, for the third out of the inning.
I knew they were a good hitting team, so I focused on my location, Boyle said. I was staying at the knees and staying away. I did not want them getting a hold of anything.
Crowe staked Dobbs Ferry to a 3-0 lead in the third, ripping a line-drive double to left field, scoring Anthony Cialini (two hits, two runs) and Eddie Ritch. Crowe (two runs) would score on the play on an error. The lead was short-lived, as Pleasantville answered right back in the bottom of the inning.
Singles by Danny Schulman and Anthony Godino, sandwiched around a walk to Steven Sicignano, loaded the bases. Nick Greto followed with a double to the fence in left-center field, clearing the bases. Boyle was staring at Mike Lanza and Matt Cecchetelli, the No. 4 and 5 hitters. However, Boyle retired both to end the uprising.
I was moving the ball inside and out on them, Boyle said. When he got the double, I knew I couldnt let them score any more. I had to keep him there.
In the fifth inning, Godino singled and, with one out, Greto was intentionally walked. Once again, Boyle would be facing Greto and Cecchetelli. He got Lanza on fly ball to left and then Crowe made the play of the game. Cecchetelli drilled an 0-1 pitch down the right-field line, but Crowe raced over, dove to his left and secured the ball before rolling into foul territory.
After Danny caught it, I saw him tapping his glove, Boyle said. That got me hyped and all of us hyped.
Crowe led off the sixth inning with a walk and, after Boyle singled to right field, scored on a Matt Bohl infield single. Matt Fatas sacrifice fly brought in Boyle for a 5-3 Dobbs Ferry lead.
Crowe closed out the game, pitching the seventh.
Their pitchers did a nice job of getting the strike calls where the umpire was calling them, and they were making good pitches, Pleasantville coach Bob Jordan said.
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