Averill Park Warriors
Head coach: Mike Conroy
Returning players: Dylan Sprague (senior INF/P), Greg Hotaling (junior P/OF), Joe Marino (senior P/3B)
Top newcomers: Devin VanderVoort (sophomore P/OF), Ben Reinisch (sophomore INF), Josh Durand (junior OF), Sam Beaulac (sophomore utility), Tyler Childrose (sophomore P/1B)
Outlook: The Warriors return only three starters from last year’s team that reached the Section II Class A semifinals, so Conroy said the newcomers will need to adjust quickly.
“We’ve got some very good young players that need to experience some early success to gain confidence,” said Conroy.
Head coach: Rob Helm
Returning players: Mike Carrk (senior P), David Miller (junior P), Eric Mueller (junior OF), Sam Wander (senior OF), Brendan Behan (senior C), Josh Peterson (senior 3B), Jasper Marynczak (senior 1B)
Outlook: The Eagles are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season with seven returning players and a group of talented juniors up from a junior varsity squad that finished 15-2 last year. Helm said that Carrk and Miller should lead the pitching staff, while Mueller (.560 batting average last year) is an NCAA Division I prospect in center field.
Colonie Garnet Raiders
Head coach: Kevin Halburian
Returning players: Dave Monin (OF), Jeremy Hoffman (P), Brendon DiLello (OF), Trevor Taranto (1B), Vincent Tashjian (2B)
Top newcomers: Jeff Bink (SS), Nick Powers (OF/P), Collen Schlutow (3B), Kyle Ruth (2B), Jason Roddy (3B), Ben Contento (3B/P), Ray Schott (C), Mike McKay (C)
Outlook: The Garnet Raiders graduated 12 players from last year’s Sectional runner-up squad, but Halburian said he has a good group of players coming up from the junior varsity team. Powers, Contento and Andrew Serafino will join Hoffman on the pitching staff, while Monin (second team all-league player in 2011) will be among the offensive leaders.
Columbia Blue Devils
Head coach: Chris Dedrick