The rest of the Suburban Council is littered with talented teams looking to knock Shen off after the Plainsmen ran through the 2007 league season undefeated. Class AA runner-up Colonie has its entire starting lineup intact, while Shaker, Saratoga, Columbia, Bethlehem, Niskayuna, Guilderland, Mohonasen and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake all have talented players that can lead them to victory on any given day.
"The Council is pretty up this year " stronger than it's been in the last two or three years," said D'Amboise.
Shen faced another tough challenge Wednesday when it hosted Shaker in a Blue Division battle. The Plainsmen return to action Saturday when they play New Rochelle in a non-league game.
Two Tuesday no-nos
Two Saratoga County pitchers tossed no-hitters for their teams in Tuesday's softball action.
Erica Palleschi shut down Schenectady's batters to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a 7-0 non-league victory, while Saratoga's Alyson Onyon struck out 14 Troy batters to help the Blue Streaks defeat the Flying Horses 2-0.
Palleschi " called into the starting pitcher's role after a season-ending injury to Emily Ostrom " helped her own cause with a home run and a double as BH-BL improved its record to 3-3.
Krista Robarge scored one of Saratoga's two runs against Troy as the Blue Streaks ran their overall record to 4-0.
Meanwhile, Saratoga Central Catholic continued its stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a 7-6 victory over Section III's Auburn Tuesday. Mollie Denier belted a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game for the Saints (2-3). Jen Diggins added a bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the second inning.
Saratoga Central Catholic opened its visit to the South Carolina coastal resort with a 6-5 loss to Section VI's Niagara Falls Monday. Denier drove in three runs, and Betsey Towne added a double and a single for the Saints.""