The Albany Athletics had another successful season in 2013, as they won their division of the Albany Twilight League and reached the Stan Musial World Series for the second consecutive season. The Athletics featured several Section II alumni including Guilderland High School graduate Tim O’Connor.
The Athletics posted one of the best regular season records in Albany Twilight League history with a 22-2 mark and had an overall record of 38-11. They scored 198 runs during the Twilight League season, three runs off their record of 201 runs they had in 2012.
“We lost six position starters from the 2012 national championship team, and our new players … came in and did an unbelievablejob performing at a very high level every game this season,” said Altieri. “They kept this program going in the right direction and started their own legacy.”
Watervliet High School graduate Chris Salamida was a big contributor in his first season with the Athletics. Salamida, who once pitched for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League, posted a 4-0 record with 23 strikeouts while allowing only three earned runs in 16.1 innings pitched. He also had a .320 batting average with 22 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
Guilderland High School graduate Tim O’Connor had a .364 batting average, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored, while Ichabod Crane grad Derick Horn posted a .444 batting average with 20 RBI and four home runs. Hudson Valley Community College grad Dan Barbero batted .400 with 23 runs scored, 18 RBI and six homers.