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April 14, 2013

Tight race expected in CVAC Div. I; Div. II up for grabs

PLATTSBURGH — Saranac and Beekmantown advanced to last season’s Section VII Class B baseball title game, with the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I champion Chiefs securing the victory.



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Both teams, though, lost key players to graduation.

Peru returns its entire starting lineup from a season ago and will be joined in a tight Division I race with Plattsburgh High, Saranac Lake, Beekmantown and Northeastern Clinton.

Division II, however, is up for grabs with a number of teams returning senior leadership.

Ticonderoga, which won the Division II crown in 2012, returns five starters and its top pitcher, while AuSable Valley and Lake Placid are expected to make a serious challenge for the top spot.

Division I

Beekmantown

Eric Bell takes over coaching duties for the Eagles, who finished 13-7 overall and 11-4 in Division I play in 2012.

The team returns pitching depth and five starters from last year’s team.

Seniors Brandon Rabideau, Austin Bradish, Zach Myers and Casey Leclair, as well as juniors Brandon Buksa and Quenton Barber, all have varsity experience on the mound.

Rabideau was 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts a season ago.

Adam Goldfarb (.428), Bradish (.423) and Buska will help ignite the team offensively.

Players lost

Luke Weaver, Logan Recor, Seth Pelkey, Keon Jahanbakhsh, Derek Olsen, Tavon Ford-Relation.

Players returning

Brandon Buksa, Austin Bradish, Adam Goldfarb, Brandon Rabideau, Quenton Barber, Zach Myers, Zach Brockway, Casey Leclair.

Newcomers

Devin Fessette, Greg Manney, Brennan Pelkey, Justin Stevens, Cameron VanNatten.

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Saranac Lake

Coach Bryan Munn will be looking to returning seniors to anchor his team as well as several of the juniors who have varsity experience.

Among the senior returnees are: Grant Strack, Nicholas Bayruns, Jonathon McCabe and Connor Trim.

Munn, however, will lose All-Star centerfielder/pitcher Matt Phelan. Phelan had shoulder surgery during the offseason and did not come out for the team.

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