Hudson Valley Sports Report

DREAM RIDE ENDS FOR ARLINGTON

Admirals Baseball Falls In State Quarterfinals To Kingston, Looks To Next Year

By Philip Sanzo
Special to HVSR

PLEASANTVILLE – At some point, Cinderella – in all her glory and having the time of her life – still has to go home.

That time came for the Arlington High School baseball team on Saturday afternoon.

The Admirals ran out of gas and pitchers, falling to Kingston 12-3 in a New York State Class AA regional final at Pace University. Kingston advances to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four in Binghamton next weekend.

But while the Tigers look six days ahead, Arlington looks to net year.

Arlington coach Darrell Flynn admitted after the game that not even he had thought his Admiral team would have been a win away from the New York State Final Four.

As a 10-seed team during sectionals, the Admirals had to overcome a four-run deficit vs. Ketcham, beat No. 2 star studded John Jay, won an extra-inning sectional title game vs. White Plains, and survived a late blown lead vs. Horseheads just to get to the State quarterfinals.

Senior catcher, Austin Zakow said that the loss does not take away from what the Admirals had accomplished.

“No not really, we were doubted the whole year and we won a section title,” Zakow said. “We always put something on and made our community proud, and we just came up short today.”

When Flynn puts together his starting nine next spring, it will feature a lot of new faces.

Linwood Burke, Zakow, CJ Light, Anthony Arena, Jon Iula, Rob Fratarcangeli, Kevin Besko and Jimmy Bascone all played their last game Saturday afternoon and will all be graduating in a few weeks.

Not bringing back many of the pieces that made this run possible will make Flynn’s job next year that much more difficult. However, the experience gained from these recent games are valuable to repeating the feat next season.

“Honestly, I know we’re losing a lot of seniors but I have a good four or five juniors that started, and they’ll be the cornerstone of the lineup next year,” Flynn said. “I thanked the seniors for their time and dedication but I told the juniors, we’ve learned a lot this year and I’m hoping we can bring that back next year.”

Junior left fielder Mike Bulgia could be one of juniors leading the Admirals back to the state quarterfinals next season. He had a huge two-run triple in the section finals against White Plains along with a couple of singles and RBI the game before against Scarsdale.

“It has been a great experience,” Bulgia said of this season. “This is my first year starting on a varsity team and I had a pretty good year. It set an example for next year that you just have to come out every day and try your hardest and get better each and every day. And let it pay off in the games.”

Despite losing many seniors Bulgia expects the Admirals to be just as competitive come next season.

“Our juniors are going to step up, we have a good junior class,” Bulgia said. “And he have some good sophomores and freshman.”

Zakow is on the list of seniors whose Admirals career has come to a close. But as one of the leaders and key components of this year’s team, he also believes a repeat in 2018 is realistic.

“I know when I was younger I played up in the playoffs, but they’re going farther now,” Zakow said. “I think it helps a lot because they’re used to the pressure and they know what it takes to get to where you need to be. I think they’re ready for next year.”

The Admirals trailed 4-0 after the top of the first inning when starter Robert Fratarcangeli gave up five hits, and that didn’t bode well for Arlington against Tigers starter Avery Short. Although the Admirals chipped away for single runs in the first and second innings to cut the deficit in half, the left-handed Short – on a baseball scholarship to Siena in the fall – had given up only two runs since April.

Arlington used Fratarcangeli, Matt McGowan, Kevin Besko in a rare relief performance, Jimmy Bascone and Jon Iula. Kingston banged out 16 hits.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *