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Eagles fall to Valhalla in Class B semifinal

Dobbs Ferry’s bid for a Section 1 Class B title fell just a bit short Thursday when Valhalla broke an early 1-1 tie and ran to a 4-1 victory.

The Class B semifinal played at Westchester Community College.

Valhalla pitcher Alex Kinnally kept batters off balance and her catcher Maddy DeMilio called the pitches and drove in the winning run in the fourth inning after the Eagles had tied the game in the top of the fourth.

The third-seeded Eagles finished at 16-6, while top-seeded Valhalla (17-4) moved on to the Class B final for the fourth time in four years. The Vikings (18-4) will travel to Nanuet on Friday for the game.

Kinnally allowed just three hits and made things tough for the Eagles batters, moving the ball up and down in the strike zone.

“I know I can depend on Maddy to call pitches and to know what the batters are looking for and how they hit,” said the sophomore pitcher. “She is aware of everything that’s going on.”

DeMilio, whose base hit in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie, was a worker behind the plate, checking fielders, evaluating hitters’ swings and calling the game.

“Alex has late movement on her fastball and did a great job getting it up there,” DeMilio said. “She doesn’t give hitters much. But the fielders did it all today too. They got everything.”

Dobbs Ferry’s Andrea Abbatiello, who was the winning pitcher in the 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Kennedy Tuesday, said the game turned on a couple of plays.

“We didn’t hit the ball well, but we fielded the ball and were in the game all the way,” Abbatiello said. “They got two big hits and that was the difference.”

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