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Voorheesville Blackbirds aim for top perch

The Voorheesville baseball team wants to get back to the top of the Colonial Council standings.

To do that, the Blackbirds must navigate through a tough league schedule against the likes of Schalmont, Albany Academy, Lansingburgh, Watervliet and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

Every year is different, said Voorheesville coach Hank Czerwinski. "There's no favorites that I know of. The teams that make the least mistakes in high school baseball usually win. Having good pitching doesn't hurt, either."

Czerwinski believes he has a good pitching staff with Jay Conde, Nick Blow, Joe Berschwinger and Landon Church anchoring the starting rotation.

"We have four strong pitchers, in my opinion," said Czerwinski.

Conde does more than offer a strong arm on the pitcher's mound. He is also one of Voorheesville's top hitters, along with catcher Chris Massaroni, center fielder Kevin Klembczyk and second baseman Tom Pasqualli.

"We have speed throughout the order," said Czerwinski. "We play percentage baseball, which means we will sacrifice hits to move runners over. And we hope the big bats of Conde and Massaroni will carry the RBI weight."

The Blackbirds already have a pair of non-league victories as they prepare for the Colonial Council season, which starts Friday against Watervliet. Voorheesville defeated Schoharie 5-2 last Wednesday behind a Massaroni two-run double and a Conde home run, and the Blackbirds edged Cairo-Durham 8-7 last Thursday.""

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