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High school baseball: Suburban Council preview

Several contenders aim for division titles

Shaker sophomore pitcher Tyler Hoffman delivers to the plate during last Friday’s scrimmage against Scotia-Glenville in Latham. Hoffman is following in the footsteps of his brother Jeff, who graduated after leading the Blue Bison to the 2011 state Class AA finals.

Shaker sophomore pitcher Tyler Hoffman delivers to the plate during last Friday’s scrimmage against Scotia-Glenville in Latham. Hoffman is following in the footsteps of his brother Jeff, who graduated after leading the Blue Bison to the 2011 state Class AA finals. Photo by Rob Jonas.

Top returning players: Erik Martin (senior 3B/P), John Stanley (senior OF), Tyler Hart (senior SS/P), Jonas Godell (senior OF/P)

Outlook: With eight seniors and six juniors returning from last year’s 9-7 team, the Blue Devils will have one of the most experienced starting lineups in the Suburban Council.

“Team chemistry has been excellent in practice, due to strong senior leadership,” said Dedrick.

Guilderland Dutchmen

Head coach: Doug LaValley

Seniors: Dylan Collett (P/OF/1B), Mike Doynow (2B), Andrew Ehlinger (3B), Devin Fisher (OF), Adam Gersowitz (P/1B/DH), Ryan Ghizzoni (C), Eric Golderman (P/1B), Zach Kronick (P), Tim O’Connor (SS), Matt Trestick (P)

Outlook: The Dutchmen were another team hit hard by graduation, but LaValley’s teams have been competitive within the South Division for the last several years. Golderman, Trestick and Collett are among the seniors LaValley will be counting on to help with the pitching staff.

Mohonasen Mighty Warriors

Head coach: Andy Cuthbertson

Top returning players: Josh Giordano (senior OF), Mike Lyons (senior P/OF), Adam Dergosits (senior P/1B), Anthony DeNofio (senior 2B/SS), Vinny Struffolino (senior P)

Outlook: Cuthberston comes in to replace Jim Huggins as the Mighty Warriors’ head coach, and he is looking to turn around a team that finished a league-worst 1-15 in 2011.

“Most of the team consists of upperclassmen who are eager to turn the program around,” said Cuthbertson.

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