PLATTSBURGH — A season ago, the Beekmantown and Peru baseball teams advanced to the Section VII Class B championship game with the Division I champion Eagles winning in walk-off fashion.
The Eagles return pitching depth and their two-three hitters, while the Indians have moved up to become the section’s lone Class A representative.
Beekmantown, however, will look to fend off the likes of Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Plattsburgh High, Saranac and Saranac Lake for the Division I crown.
Division II programs Ticonderoga and Lake Placid won the Section VII Class C and Class D titles, respectively. The two will be perennial contenders in Division II alongside AuSable Valley, Northern Adirondack and Moriah.
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The Patriots will rely on pitching depth with six projected pitchers. AuSable Valley also returns three 2013 CVAC all-stars in Dillon Savage (.590), Shane Douglas and Nick McDonald.
Randy Douglas, now in his 11th season at the helm, said the team lacks outfielders. But that will be offset by the speed of players competing for spots in left and right field.
Douglas will look to Roger Preston, Sultan Sikandar, Douglas, McDonald and Savage for production.
John LaDieu, Kodie Simpson, Dustin Miller, John Goodnough, Austin Facteau, Connor Kennedy, Reilly Peck, Brandon Nolan.
Shane Douglas, Dillon Savage, Nick McDonald, Sultan Sikandar, Roger Preston.
Ali Sikandar, Jimmy Provost, Jamie Coolidge, Keith Christensen, Josh Taylor.
The Eagles have pitching depth and return their one, two and three hitters from last year’s Section VII Class B championship squad.
Seniors Brandon Buksa, Quenton Barber and Greg Manney, who combined for 57 innings of work on the mound, will see a lot of time on the rubber this spring. As a junior, Manney went 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts.