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April 21, 2014

Pitching-rich Panthers earn nod

Crown Point, with a solid nucleus of players returning from last year, is the pre-season choice for top honors this season among Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference baseball coaches.

Wells, Indian Lake/Long Lake and Westport are a few of the other teams returning a good group of returning players from a year ago. In addition, Schroon Lake makes its return to baseball.

Defending Section VII Class D runner-up and MVAC Division I champion Chazy, which went 37-7 overall the past three seasons, will be in a rebuilding mode after suffering huge losses to graduation.

The MVAC format has changed this season to just one division, instead of Division I and II. Each team in the league will play each other once during the regular season.

CHAZY

Nobody in the league got hit harder by graduation than the defending Division I champions and Section VII Class D runner-ups.

Gone are the four pitchers who combined to start every game last season and the first five batters in the line-up.

Chazy also has a new catcher who will have to work with an inexperienced pitching staff.

The positive is the return of five full-time or part-time starters from a year ago who will provide good leadership in the field and at the plate.

Returning players Hayden Guay, Alec LaPierre, Dylan Doran, Josh Barriere and Zach Brothers bring a winning attitude to the program and have been part of a team that has gone to the sectional finals the past three years.

Varsity newcomers Trent Blais, Derek Drake, Tyler Hicks, Austin Gravelle and Kade Collins are working hard to step in and make immediate contributions.

Players lost

Nathan Reynolds, Kyle Bisonette, Craig Botten, Jacob Kennedy, Josh Peete, Justin Roy, Dustin Miller.

Players returning

Hayden Guay, Alec LaPierre, Dylan Doran, Josh Barriere, Zach Brothers.

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