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Suburban Council baseball preview

Lanni will have several strong pitchers at his disposal. Morrison and Agneta pitched well during the team's playoff run last year, while Herman, Carucci, Zielinski and Smith were the JV team's leading hurlers.

"We're pretty deep in arms. That's definitely our strong point," said Lanni. "Hopefully, we'll have enough innings to let them all have a shot."

Saratoga Blue Streaks

Head coach: Rich Lofink

Key veterans: Andrew Jeffries (second base), Brad Elliott (shortstop), Chris Hackett (third base/pitcher), Nick Torres (first base), Colby Hudson (pitcher/outfielder), Mike Gould (outfielder/pitcher)

Key newcomers: Scott Haladik (catcher), Mike Allen (utility), Joe House (pitcher)

Outlook: The Blue Streaks have a solid pitching rotation and a good defense, but to break into the top half of the Blue Division, they will need to find a way to score runs on a more consistent basis.

"We struggled at the plate last year, but that was a combination of being a young team and playing in the Suburban Council, where there are a number of good pitchers," said Lofink.

Adding Colonie to the Blue Division mix will give Saratoga four games against last year's Sectional class AA finalists, but Lofink said his team would face challenges no matter who was in the Blue Streaks' division.

"Whether you're in the blue, the white or the gold, you're in a tough division," he said.

Shaker Blue Bison

Head coach: Pete Mravlja

Key veterans: Thomas Kahnle (pitcher), Cody Chaszczewski (first base), John Casey (second base), Thomas McDonald (pitcher/shortstop)

Key newcomers: Brian Cary (pitcher), Mike Petilli (pitcher)

Outlook: The Blue Bison feature several new faces including Mravlja, who was Ed Dopp's assistant the last eight years.

"I learned a ton working with him," said Mravlja. "He's been involved not only at the team level, but also at the league and section levels " and now at the state level. He's been very good to include me in a lot of it."

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