---- — PERU — With only five returning players, there will be a lot of new faces on this year’s Adams Glass Senior Babe Ruth baseball team.
Players back include Peru’s Nick Demarais, Nick Uliva, Ryan McCall and Luis Pepen-Matos, along with AuSable Valley’s Kyle Sprague.
Newcomers include Plattsburgh High’s Kristian Sherman, Northeastern Clinton’s Kevin Sousa, Kyle McCarthy and Alex Lamberton, Northern Adirondack’s Ethan King and Alden Kerr, Chazy’s Jacob Kennedy, and Peru’s Austin Brault and Michael Danis.
Adams Glass, which finished last season with a 14-12-2 record, will be playing a 35-game schedule, including participating in the Vermont Senior Babe Ruth League championship where it finished in third place last year.
“The coaching staff is very excited about this year’s team,” Adams Glass head coach John Demarais, who will be assisted by Jim Reid, said. “With six local high schools represented on the team and playing so many games in a short period of time, we must play together. The kids seem to mesh together after our first practice.
“Austin House was last year’s team leader and he will be missed. It will be hard to replace his leadership on and off the field. But I’m sure with this group one or two will take over that role.”
Demarais said this is a turnover on the pitching staff.
“You lose some and you gain some,” he said. “We lost three pitchers, but we gained four in Sousa, King, Sherman and Kerr.
“Improvements from last year is team speed and having three left-handed hitters as compared to one last year, We will also be just as interchangeable with the players like we were last year.”
ROCKIES 8, ADAMS GLASS 1ROCKIES 4, ADAMS GLASS 3
PERU — Adams Glass opened its season with a doubleheader loss to the Montreal Rockies on Sunday.
Nick Uliva had two hits and Nick Demarais a double in the first game for Adams Glass and Kristian Sherman took the pitching loss.
“Sherman showed signs of not pitching in over a month with control issues,” John Demarais said. “But, on the other hand, he struck out eight in three innings — which is promising.
“Ethan (King) did a great job coming in and striking out nine of the 18 batters he faced.”
In the second game, Adams Glass held a 3-1 lead until Montreal tied it in the fifth and took the lead with a run in the sixth.
Losing pitcher Kevin Sousa struck out seven in six innings and Luis Pepen-Matos three in the seventh.
Kevin pitched great,” Demarais said. “We had some fielding mistakes that led to their first three runs and the fourth run came on a suicide-squeeze bunt.
“I’m always nervous at the beginning of the season with many kids from different schools and how they will play together. But after today’s games, I’m excited about the season. They never gave up and battled to the end.”
Adams Glass will be back on the diamond on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Malone Legion at the Airport Field.
Rockies 8, Adams Glass 1
Rockies 120 401 0 — 8 3 0
Adams Glass 100 000 0 — 1 5 1
Springer and Gagnon. Sherman, King (4) and McCarthy. WP- Springer. LP- Sherman. 2B- Demarais (A).
Rockies 4, Adams Glass 3
Rockies 100 021 0 — 4 4 2
Adams Glass 102 000 0 — 3 4 2
Chevalier, Blondeau (3), O’Neill (7) and Gagnon. Sousa, Pepen-Matos (7) and McCarthy. WP- Blondeau. LP- Sousa.