The Cicero Dawgs 18-and-under baseball team won the New York State Big League championship last weekend in Wappingers Falls, advancing to the regional tournament later this month in Delaware. In three games, all wins, the Dawgs only allowed one total run.
Combined, Cicero pitchers threw 23 innings without giving up a single earned run. They combined for 13 strikeouts and gave up only 13 total hits.
At the plate, DeLuca, Kapcinski, Joe Bodnar and Owen Dziados (both from C-NS) provided most of the firepower for the Dawgs.
For the tournament, DeLuca went five-for-10 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBIs. Kapcinski went six-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, an RBI, stolen base, and scored the championship-winning run in the bottom of the ninth against Dix Hills.
Bodnar went five-for-12 with a run scored and a stolen base, and Dziados went five-for-eight with a double, two runs scored, and RBI and stolen base.
Other offensive highlights included Paul Ludden going three-for-nine with two runs scored and two RBIs, and also shinthree would-be base stealers from behind the plate. Jesse Farabee, went two-for-five with a double, run scored and three RBIs.
On the season, the Dawgs have accumulated a 19-3 record, including games played in the District 8 Little League season and recent tournaments played in Darien Lake and Niagara Falls. The team is coached by Ken Dubois, Kurt DeLuca and Mark Kapcinski – all from Cicero.
The roster includes: Will Apps, Joe Bodnar, Jake Christian, Joe DeLuca, Tyler Dubois, Owen Dziados, Jesse Farabee, Matt Fiume, Austin Frawley, Eric Hamilton, Brandon Kapcinski, Paul Ludden, Ryan Martin, Jake McArdell, Joe Quinn, C.J. Szczesny, Paul Vinciguerra and Pat Zimmer.