2011 Suburban Council baseball preview

"We have a lot more depth this year," said Sheremeta. "Last year after our front five or six, we didn't have a lot of depth."

The Scotties also have more experience on their roster this year, but injuries have already taken a toll on the pitching staff.

"We've been a little snake bitten, so we'll see who steps up for us," said Sheremeta.

Burnt Hills Spartans

Head coach: Paul DeLuca

Returning players: Keaton Flint (CF), Bret Dennis (SS), Corey Parks (P), Dan Buff (OF), Mike Brienza (OF)

Outlook: With a lineup that features four players that batted .338 or better and a pitching rotation that features a healthy Parks, the Spartans are looking to contend in the North Division.

"The experience will help us where we were like deer in headlights last year," said Dennis, who batted .358, stole 10 bases and drove in 20 runs.

"We definitely can turn it around," said DeLuca. "We were 8-8 [in the league] last year, which was our most wins we've had in years, and there were a couple of games that we definitely could have turned around."

The key will be developing a pitching staff around Parks, who missed part of last year with an injury after being the ace the previous two seasons.

"The only realy question is our rotation after Parks," said DeLuca. "We have some talented players, but we have to see who steps up."

Niskayuna Silver Warriors

Head coach: John Furey

Returning players: Austin Clock (P), David Hoffman (C), Nick Valletta (OF), Peyton Houghtaling (P), Alex Melius (3B), John Scisci (P), Taylor Clock (1B), Jake Syed (P)

Newcomers: Zach Zebrowski (SS), Josh Callahan (SS)

Outlook: The Silver Warriors enter the 2011 season with their pitching rotation intact and a pair of three-year veterans in Valletta and Syed.

"I think we're a very solid hitting team," said Furey. "Nick [Valletta] was one of our leading hitters last year, and our younger guys did well at the junior varsity level last year."

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