Suburban Council baseball preview

Newcomers: Josh Fabian, Cooper McGowan, Brendan Shannon, Brian Guilder

Outlook: Sheremeta moves up to the varsity level after coaching the freshman team, but he has experience as the varsity coach at Morris High School. "I'm not familiar with the play of the other teams [in the league] because this is my first year, but I feel confident with this group," said Sheremeta.

Burnt Hills Spartans

Head coach: Paul Deluca

Returning starters: Mike Fischer (catcher), Aaron Pennings (second base), Matt Pucunas (first base/pitcher), Keaton Flint (outfield/pitcher), Brett Dennis (shortstop), Corey Parks (third base/pitcher), Blake Wadsworth (pitcher), Mike Symer (outfield), Justin Bariteau (pitcher/outfield), Jake Chernesky (outfield)

Outlook: Though the Spartans are returning most of their starting lineup from last year's team, they are still a young bunch. "I've got five juniors and two sophomores," said Deluca.

BH-BL suffered a minor setback during a pre-season trip to Connecticut when Pennings injured his shoulder, but Deluca said he should be back shortly to help with the Spartans' defense. "Our defense, when we are intact, should be our strength going into the season," said Deluca.

Niskayuna Silver Warriors

Head coach: John Furey

Key players: Peter Furey (second base), Mike Krasodomski (outfield), Gregg Rahn (first base), Shawn Callahan (catcher), Dan Peters (third base), Zach Griesche (pitcher)

Outlook: The Silver Warriors have experience in the field, but not a lot on the pitcher's mound, which may hurt them in close games. "We'll see how it pans out," said coach Furey. "There's a lot of good teams and good ballplayers."

Saratoga Blue Streaks

Head coach: Rich Lofink

Returning starters: Mike Allen (infield), Matt Colemen (pitcher), Scott Hladik (catcher), Erich Lange (infield), Leejay Pollacchi (outfield)

Newcomers: Chris Davis (infield), Luke Fauler (infield/pitcher), Nate Foster (outfield), Kyle Willmott (outfield)

Outlook: Like Niskayuna, Saratoga will be reloading its pitching staff after graduating some key players last year. "I think we'll be doing pitching by committee," said Lofink. "Hopefully, the young kids will step up."

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