ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The South Troy Dodgers baseball team stopped by the NEWS10 ABC studios after they participated in the Pee Wee Reese World Series.
Two nights ago, a very special group of Capital Region kids returned home after taking their skills to the baseball diamond in Puerto Rico making big waves in the Pee Wee Reese World Series.
The South Troy Dodgers made it all the way to the semifinals but not without overcoming challenges both on and off the field.
Josh Rultenberg, NEWS10 ABC reporter: Coach Scattareggia, I’ll start with you. How great of an experience was it just to have you and the entire team down there?
Nick Scattareggia, assistant coach: I’ve been in baseball for about 40 years now, and I’ve never experienced anything like it. Lifelong memory; lifetime memory for the kids. Something they should be proud of and something they’ll be able to look back on for years to come.
JR: You made the semifinals. I know you didn’t end up winning the tournament. I know that was the goal. Were you guys surprised that you got that far? Did you think you’d get that far? Did you think you’d get further?
Matt Tiberia, first baseman: I expected, I mean, I had high expectations for the team but nothing you can do about it now.
Bryan Wilcenski, shortstop: I wasn’t surprised that we made it. Wish we could have gone father, but we did the best we could.
Danny Rogers, second baseman: Yeah, I definitely knew we would go this far because we’re a great bunch of baseball players.
JR: Nick, I’m gonna ask you: This wouldn’t be possible without your heroics in the semifinal of the local tournament. You guys wouldn’t even be on this stage. We know your personal story and what it took for you to get here, and your father, just for you to even get to this point. So what did it mean for you to be a part of this team this year knowing what you have to overcome off the field?
Nick Scattareggia, Jr., third baseman: It means a lot for all of us to come together and be able to move on during the season. And it was a lot of fun working together. Even though we didn’t make it, we still tried our hardest and got fourth. So hopefully, we’ll do better next year.
JR: Coach, you hear from these guys. They’re really proud. How proud are you as a coach to know what they’ve done?
Nick Scattareggia, assistant coach: All of us – parents, coaches and players – we couldn’t be prouder of the effort that these guys put in and just the results that we had. To go this far and to get the experience we had with these guys, we couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve done this year as a team.
JR: And knowing what you guys had to deal with on and off the field, how they came together, how great was that to see?
Nick Scattareggia, assistant coach: We really came together like a family. Everyone embraced the spirit of what we were going through and really pulled together, and we really are truly blessed as a family and as a baseball team.