But for Colonie to score more runs this season, Halburian said he’ll need more players to contribute at the plate. One such player is new-comer John Baluch, who will play first base and pitch.
“Ben Contento is going to be a good power hitter, and John Baluch ... he’s going to be a good hitter for us,” said Halburian.
Catcher Liam Rowland, third baseman Mike Mueller and pitcher/out-fielders Ryan Nicholson and Kevin Ryan are also among the nine returning players for the Garnet Raiders. Nicholson and Ryan join Contento, Baluch and Clayton Leisenfelder to form the core of Colonie’s pitching staff.
“That’s going to be our strength. We’ve got seven or eight guys who can really bring it,” said Halburian. “We match up well with anybody, pitching-wise. If we can get some timely hitting, we should do well.”
Colonie has scheduled three non-league home games to start the season. The Garnet Raiders host CBA Thursday and Albany Friday before meeting Pittsfield Saturday.
The start of the Sub-urban Council season was pushed back to April 9 due to field conditions and lack of outdoor practices for all of the member schools.