Suburban Council baseball battles tight as ever

Key newcomers: A.J. Monin (catcher), Matt Vetrone (second baseman), Colin Mooney (outfielder), Dan Bardaro (third baseman), Eric Birdsall (catcher/pitcher), James DeVoe (pitcher)

Outlook: The Garnet Raiders are armed for another shot at the Blue Division title and the No. 1 seed for Sectionals.

"We have a solid group of returning players, and we have depth on the (pitcher's) mound," said Lanni. "Hopefully the bats will really come around, and we can be competitive in every game."

Saratoga Blue Streaks

Head coach: Rich Lofink

Key veterans: Brad Elliott (infielder), Drew Jeffreys (infielder), Ryan White (pitcher), Colby Hudson (pitcher), Mike Allen (third baseman), Scott Hladik (catcher), Joe House (pitcher)

Key newcomers: Ford Plowman, Matt Coleman, Erich Lange, Paul Dreyer, Will Dreyer

Outlook: Lofink said he believes his team can move up in the division standings this year.

"We have a great mix of experience and youth," said Lofink. "With a solid three starters (in the pitching rotation), we should be competitive in the Suburban Council."

Shaker Blue Bison

Head coach: Pete Mravlja

Key veterans: Mike Casey (catcher/pitcher), Thomas McDonald (infielder/pitcher), Blaise Agnew (third baseman), Casey Haydock (second baseman), Mike Skroupa (infielder), Sean Fruscio (outfielder), Eric Breton (outfielder), Brian Cary (pitcher/outfielder), Mike Petilli (designated hitter)

Outlook: Mravlja is hoping his team gives him a better season than his varsity coaching debut in 2007.

"I think we've improved a lot since last year," he said. "We learned a lot from last year " what we did well, and what we didn't do well. We'll be a very good baseball team if we remain focused, play together and cut down on our mistakes."

Shenendehowa Plainsmen

Head coach: James Carrese

Key veterans: Jon Shippee (pitcher), Jeff Carter (pitcher), Bryan Marotta (catcher), Sam Rosenzweig (first baseman), David Balsalmo (shortstop), Chris Howard (centerfielder), Tim Jones (outfielder/catcher)

Outlook: After losing eight games by one run and missing the playoffs for the first time in several years, the Plainsmen are looking to their veterans to lead them back to the top of the division.

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