October 17, 2016 The Armonk Baseball League’s 12U team had an unforgettable experience at the prestigious Cooperstown Baseball Tournament this summer.
After training all summer with coach Joe Farina, the boys headed up to Cooperstown Dreams Park on August 20. The tournament attracts teams from all over the country, 104 in all. The 13 boys on the team stayed together in barracks at Dreams Park for six straight nights, with Assistant Coaches John Blackmar and Ross Kaufman.
The team marched in the opening ceremonies in front of a packed stadium, participated in skills competitions and traded pins late into the night with players from other teams. But the real fun began when the baseball games started on Sunday August 21.
The Bobcats raced through the field, beating all six opponents in tournament play with a combined score of 74-10. They ended up in 2nd Place out of 104 teams heading into the playoff round, making Armonk History. From the very first pitch the boys played flawlessly in the field and continuously hit the ball hard.
The Bobcats showed off their power at the plate day after day and the home runs continued to mount. The final home run tally was staggering, led by Cam Maldonado with 6, Danny Corona with 4, Justin Sanchez with 3, and Brett Kaufman with 3-including a walk off home run to mercy the opponent and end the game 16-3. Sam Friedman, Jose Vasquez, and Jayden Echevarria also contributed to the home run total with one home run each.
Hitting was a contributing factor to the team’s wins as well. Dashiell Ross, Javier Gonzales and Jose Vasquez started off game one with two hits each.
The Bobcats also had solid pitching led by Javier Gonzalez who pitched six scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts. There were many other strong pitching performances throughout tournament play. Cam Maldonado, Jose Vasquez, Jack Blackmar, Logan Nieves, Ryan Maryyanek, Justin Sanchez, Danny Corona and Jayden Echevarria all combined to surrender only 10 runs over six games. Gerard Dalton also made his little league pitching debut in Cooperstown.
Unfortunately, Armonk came up against the hot Millville (NJ) Lightning team in the playoffs on Wednesday August 24, losing 6–4 in a game that was intense until the final pitch.
Even after losing in the playoffs, the 2016 Armonk Bobcats finished with the highest winning percentage of any Armonk team in this prestigious tournament (6-1, 0.857).
But with the new friendships made and memories that will last a lifetime, the trip to Cooperstown can only be considered a resounding success.
Thank you to John Blackmar and Grace Kaufman for their efforts in putting the team together. A special thank you to Michelle Boyle and all of our sponsors for their support in making these memories possible.
A Spooky End of Season
November 1, 2016 The Lady Bobcats 10U Fall Travel Softball team participated in the Mahopac Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday. The tournament represented the end to a fun and competitive softball season.
The 10U girls played spirited games against Katonah and Mahopac. Many of the first time travel players improved throughout the season with the guidance of Coach Christine Leo, Yasamin Bayley, assistant coach and Byram Hills varsity softball player, and many of Armonk parents. The team was able to forge a solid foundation for future seasons.
This was the first season Armonk Softball was able to field three separate travel teams in the 10U and 12U divisions.
Lady Bobcats Fast Pitch
September 17, 2016 Armonk Softball League (ASL) 12U tournament team opened its fall season on Saturday with a doubleheader scrimmage against Rye and then Darien.
The Lady Bobcats-aka Lady Bobcats Fast Pitch-play softball all year long; they travel the tri-state area to play in tournaments in Windsor, Hershey, and Massachusetts, to name of few of the places where they will compete this season. They are scheduled to play eight to ten tournaments against other travel organizations from around the country. The team fields twelve sixth and seventh grade players born in 2004 and 2005. The girls play in the fall, and then practice together in the winter, and play again in the spring and summer.
ASL is creating another level of competition, says parent Christopher Conigliaro, who is also president of Armonk Softball League. There’s also another 12U team that is exclusively made up of Byram Hills players who travel and play locally.
Coach Trish Allutto played softball as a four-year starting catcher and third baseman for Pace University. Her level of commitment to the ASL is outstanding, says Conigliaro. Allutto has worked with the Lady Bobcats league for four years as she works on player development and training with the younger kids, too. According to Conigliaro, the strategy is to build on that and have a good high school program in the future.
There’s been a huge improvement from last year, says Allutto, who coached the players of the this year’s 12U tournament team last year. “They have grown into the role as the oldest team in the league and they are making huge improvements. They are committed, working hard and look forward to play,” added Coach Trish. They practice Tuesday and Thursdays and scrimmage every weekend at this point. Their home turf is IBM Field 1 in Community Park.
What is the responsibility of a parent of an ASL player? As a parent, Brian Bierman said, he makes sure there is a balance between school and softball. “They have to get their homework done first.” His responsibility is to get his daughter to the field on time, practice with her on the sideline, and to cheer the team on with support and love. “It’s also a beautiful thing that they developed a sisterhood,” as he says his daughter is not only making friends here, they’re like sisters. The team camaraderie is strong among all of the ASL teams, says Conigliaro.
Emily Bierman has been playing softball for about four years, she has been working with Coach Allutto for over a year now. Her father says, Emily owes all of her success as a pitcher to Trish, who is an amazing pitching and catching coach.
The Lady Bobcats dominated Rye as they ended the game with a tag-out at third base. They headed off the field together for lunch before the next game against Darien, which was to start at 5:00 p.m.
Armonk Baseball League Family Day
May 19, 2016 Come on out to the ballpark this Saturday May 21 for Armonk Baseball League Family Day at Community Park. There’s going to be an all-day BBQ between the IBM fields 2 and 3 with burgers, hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, an ice cream truck, snacks, water, and gatorade – all free for ABL families.
Join ABL Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
April 14, 2016 Armonk Baseball League is excited to host the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run competitive all-day event this Saturday, April 16 at the Clark Little League Baseball Field in Lombardi Park. This event is free and provides players with different levels of individual competition. The winners of each competition, in each age group, will automatically move on to the compete against other towns. After a series of regional competitions, the finalists will compete in the National Championships at the MLB All-Star game this summer.
In addition to the MLB competition, members of the State Champion Byram Hills Varsity Baseball team will be there to assist with team practices, starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Pitch Try to throw strikes like MLB pitchers. Players aim to deliver pitches to hit the MLB strike zone. For any method of throwing, accuracy is targeted from a designated distance. Hitting any portion of the strike zone in six attempts is deemed a strike and earns 75 points for each hit.
The Hit Hit from a stationary batting tee at home plate with three swings. The furtherest hit of the three attempts counts toward your score.
The Run The Run measures participants’ time in a 120 feet run starting from a standing second base, touching third base, and then touching home.
After all three portions of the competition are completed, the results from the individual event champions and the all-around champions will be tallied for each age group.
ABL and ASL Open the Spring 2016 Recreation Baseball / Softball Registration
Early Bird Registration is October 15, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Early Bird Registration Fee is $275
Regular Registration is February 1, 2016 - February 15, 2016
Regular Registration Fee is $375
Families registering more than one child will receive a $100 discount for each additional child registered.
Baseball and softball registrations have combined the spring registration in order to pass along additional savings to those families registering across the baseball and softball leagues.
Game days to be determined based on coaches meeting in early spring.
This year out of concerns for safety each player will be required to have his or her own helmet.
To complete registration through the secure site www.Armonkbaseball.org, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account information available. Upon completion of registration a charge from Armonk Baseball League will appear on your account.
End of Season Softball Clinic
June 9, 2016 In an effort to continue to build on the relationship and collaboration between the Byram Hills Varsity Softball program and the Armonk Softball League, Christopher Conigliaro, president of Armonk Softball, encourages all Lady Bobcats to participate in the 2016 Byram Hills Varsity Softball Clinic on Friday June 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ther clinic will be run by the high school varsity head coach Albana Munrett, her coaching staff, and the varsity softball players.
Learn from the head coach and experience many of the same drills and practice plans the varsity players run daily. The clinic will focus on overall skill development of hitting, fielding, throwing, and catching. The clinic will take place at IBM Field #1 at 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk.
Developing players at an early age and creating interaction with the varsity coaches will help create a top notch softball program. The clinic is designed for all ages. Girls will be broken up by division and placed in appropriate age groups.
The cost is $20. All proceeds and donations will go to the Byram Hills Varsity Softball program. This enables them to upgrade equipment, enhance field conditions and support the annual tournament trip to Florida.
Registration can also be completed by going to the home page of the Armonk Baseball website, www.armonkbaseball.org.
Free Softball Clinic
Armonk Softball League will be hosting a free “Learn to Play Softball” Clinic for all girls. The clinic will be run by Pace University Head Coach, Claudia Stabile with current Pace players and Armonk’s Head of Softball training and elite instructor, Trish Allutto.
The clinic will take place on Friday February 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Coman Hill Elementary School gymnasium. The clinic is designed for beginners, ages 5 to 11. The goal is to give our girls an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of softball (catching, throwing and hitting) from some of the best instructors in Westchester County. To register, please email Christopher Conigliaro at email@example.com.
Armonk Lady Bobcats Strive to be Top Program In Westchester
The Bulldogs of the Armonk Softball League (ASL) are now the Lady Bobcats. Along with the new name there are many positive changes for the divisional teams this year, says Christopher Conigliaro, President of Armonk Softball.
The restructuring of the recreational softball league will include a new rookie division for 2nd and 3rd graders. There will also be expanded clinics with training for players of all skill levels. The coaching staff and college players of Pace University’s softball team will provide professional softball instruction for parent coaches and additional coaching for players.
Also new in 2015 was the introduction of fall and summer league travel softball team, which was a great success. The Armonk Lady Bobcats 10U Team brought home the first tournament championship.