ROTTERDAM: Big green machine in high gear

That rumbling being heard throughout Section II is the sound of the big green Schalmont baseball bashing machine.

The Sabres have been on a tear since coming back to defeat Mechanicville 6-5 last Thursday. Beginning with a 13-run first inning against Voorheesville, Schalmont has scored 91 runs in its last four games predictably all wins.

It's a total that even has Schalmont coach Bob Anderson shaking his head in amazement.

Maybe it's the warm weather," he said. "Their bats warmed up with the weather."

If there is a driver to this machine, it's Kyle McKelvey. Entering Tuesday's Colonial Council game against Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, the veteran shortstop has hit safely in his last 12 at-bats, including a 6-for-6 performance during the Sabres' 17-7 victory over Albany Academy Monday.

"McKelvey has been doing it all year," said Anderson. "His batting average is over .700."

Others have been stepping up for Schalmont as well. Ken Kessler had two doubles, five singles and five RBI during Saturday's Bruce Bouck Memorial Tournament in Rotterdam " which Schalmont won by scores of 16-7 over Bishop Gibbons and 22-7 over Scotia-Glenville. Adam Livingston had a two-game stretch where he drove in five runs, including a game-winning two-run single against Mechanicville, and J.P. Sportman knocked in five runs in Schalmont's victory over Bishop Gibbons.

"Kessler started a little slowly, but he's really been going good lately," said Anderson. "Adam Livingston is another one who started slow, but has turned it on as of late."

Though it would appear that Schalmont's scoring spree will continue, Anderson knows his team will have to rely on its pitching and defense at some point.

"We preach pitching and defense," he said. "We know we have to play good defensively in order to win."

For now, the big green Schalmont baseball bashing machine shows no signs of breaking down.

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