RYE, N.Y. – Michael Anderson had just finished up a fine pitching performance, leading Scarsdale on Sunday to an 8-3 win over Dobbs Ferry in a first-round game of the District 20 Little League Baseball Minor’s Championship.
The 10-year-old sixth-grader-to-be at Scarsdale Middle School allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings. When asked about his outing, Anderson immediately cited his teammates.
Scarsdale advances to a winner’s bracket semifinal against Harrison, Thursday, 8 p.m., at Gedney Field in White Plains. Harrison earned a berth with a 10-0 win over Rye Brook. Dobbs Ferry goes to the loser’s bracket and will play Eastchester, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m. at McDowell Field in Ardsley.
“I couldn’t have done it today without my teammates,” Anderson said. “In the third inning, our right fielder, Alex Arovas, made a great catch to get us out of the inning and that really helped me a lot.”
Even with his defense playing excellent behind him, Anderson was in control. He would receive another boost, this time from the offense, in a three-run fifth inning.
Kevin Walker led off the fifth with an infield single and he came around to score on Anderson’s single up the middle. After Anderson’s RBI single, Jeremy Steinschraber stepped in and belted a home run over the trees in right center field for his first of the season. He was greeted at home plate by his teammates.
“It felt really good,” said the 10-year-old Steinschraber, who was holding his homerun ball. “Besides it being my first one and it went to the opposite field, I was really excited.”
Anderson was equally excited.
“Jeremy’s homerun got me pumped up because I was on base for it,” Anderson said.
Steinschraber also scored Scarsdale’s first run, in the second inning, after he singled. Ryan Smith, Jashen Saigal and Zach Medvinsky also scored Scarsdale runs.
Dobbs Ferry scored once in the fifth inning when Kevin Straub singled in Andrew Schwabe, who doubled. Nate Bloom drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for a RBI and Schwabe drove in the last run on a ground out.
Scarsdale 011 231 -- 8 8 0
Dobbs Ferry 000 012 -- 3 4 0
RBI -- Sc: Jeremy Steinschraber 2, Michael Anderson 2; DF: Kevin Straub, Andrew Schwabe, Nate Bloom. 2B -- DF: Andrew Schwabe. HR -- Sc: Jeremy Steinschraber. WP -- Michael Anderson.