Moving up won't be easy at any rate for Ballston Spa. After playing in the White Division the past several seasons, the Scotties are now in the Gold Division with three of the toughest teams in the league " Columbia, Guilderland and Bethlehem.
"The kids know what to expect. Every game, there are no gimmies," said Sunkes.
Head coach: Rob Helm
Key veterans: Mike Carroll (pitcher), Oren Rasowsky (pitcher), Jason Daniels (pitcher), Kevin Dumacich (pitcher), Nick Nardacci (second base), Will DeRuve (shortstop), Kirk Shimkin (catcher), Derek Wolff (centerfielder)
Key newcomers: Matt Nash (pitcher), Lucas Nitsche (outfielder)
Outlook: In order for the Eagles to survive in the tough Gold Division, they will need their pitching staff to hold up.
"We'll see if pitching makes the difference," said Helm. "Pitching and defense " that's what we're going to focus on this year."
Daniels, Carroll, Rasowsky and Dumacich give Bethlehem four veteran arms, and Helm called Nash "one of the best pitchers" in the program. However, Helm also said the rest of the division will have talented hurlers to rely on.
"There's some quality pitchers there," he said. "I think it will be a very even league."
Columbia Blue Devils
Head coach: George Czerno
Key veterans: Sean Weber (catcher), Mark Herrington (first base/pitcher), Kyle Moldoff (pitcher), Geoff Proper (pitcher), Jeff McCormick (shortstop), Jeff Salisbury (second base), Ryan Lucas (pitcher), Chris Shaver (leftfielder), Nigel Gorman (pitcher/utility), Tyler Rose (third base)
Key newcomers: Matt Montross (pitcher/infielder), Austin Chase (pitcher), Pat Puentes (outfielder), Bobby Peluss (infielder/outfielder)
Outlook: The Blue Devils are hoping to avoid a drop-off after tying Colonie for the best regular season record last year.
"This year, we have a really good balance and a really good blend of youth and experience," said Czerno. "We have a number of players who can play several positions."