Beekmantown, Lake Placid, Ti look to defend baseball titles

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Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014 3:23 am

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.

Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive a coaching form from Northeastern Clinton. 

AuSable Valley

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.

Players lost

John LaDieu, Kodie Simpson, Dustin Miller, John Goodnough, Austin Facteau, Connor Kennedy, Reilly Peck, Brandon Nolan.

Players returning

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.

Juniors Zach Bingel, Mickey Pepper, Justin Stevens, Brandon Provost and sophomore Brantley Marion will also join the mix.

Buksa (.442), left fielder Devin Fessette (.467) and Stevens (.447) will help ignite the team offensively. Fessette and Stevens combined for 35 steals on the basepaths in 2013.

Players lost

Austin Bradish, Zach Brockway, Adam Goldfarb, Casey Leclair, Zach Myers, Brennan Pelkey, Brandon Rabideau.

Players returning

Brandon Buksa, Quenton Barber, Devin Fessette, Greg Manney, Cameron VanNatten Justin Stevens, Alex Price.


Zach Bingel, Colden Mrak, Mickey Pepper, Brandon Provost, Jacob Wyand, Tanner Williams, Brantley Marion.

Lake Placid

The Blue Bombers have pitching depth, which includes Chris Williams, Noah Mohr, Shane McNierney, Kamm Cassidy and Alex Brandes.

Connor Preston will replace Eddie Kane behind the plate.

Ryan Damp, a junior, will be on the disabled list to start the season with a broken collar bone. Coach Brian Brandes hopes he will return in time to regain form for sectionals.

Players lost

Ryan Meyer, RJ Reid, Kyle Shipman, Eddie Kane, Ryan Grady.

Players returning

Garret Woodruff, Shane McNierney, Alex Brandes, Ryan Damp, Connor Preston, Chris Williams, Noah Mohr, Kamm Caddidy.


Davis Moore, Tucker Angelopoulos.


The 2014 Vikings have a mix of returning players and newcomers. Moriah looks to improve on last season, which ended in a 4-2 loss to Chazy in the Section VII Class D semifinals.

The team returns eight starters from last year’s club, but the area of concern is depth. Coach Casey Nephew will look to the returning players to build on their varsity experience and help the Vikings be more successful this spring.

Players lost 

Dakota Marcotte, Tommy Callahan, Dillon Adkins.

Players returning

Austin Allen, Jordy Greenough, Christopher Clarke, Sam Russo, Billy Petro, Jarrod MacDougal, Tom Rancour, C.J. Raymond.


Cody Stockwell, Austin McKiernan, Billy Larrow.

Northern Adirondack

The Bobcats have a lot of speed, but lack experience, according to third-year coach Jeph Doorey.

Northern Adirondack is coming off a 1-11 season, so returning players Ryan Manion, Alden Kerr and Ethan King will be counted upon.

The club is youthful, but Doorey expects to be competitive and much improved.

Players lost

Doran Sorrell, Evan Nichols, Jared Nichols, Colby Garrand, Michael Petrashune.

Players returning

Ryan Manion, Alden Kerr, Ethan King.


Josh Juntunen, Brandon Decker, Brandon Honan, Bryce Labarge, Kody Smith, Stephen Peryea, Bailey Cross, Dylan Miller, Cameron Gero.


The Indians return two of the top pitchers from the CVAC last year in Conor Casey and Andy Kneussle. Returning player Blake Altizer will give Peru a three-pitcher rotation.

The Indians carry 14 players on their roster, which will give coach Brian Marino several options.

With third baseman Mitch Cunningham, Peru has several experienced players at key positions and have depth in the middle of its lineup.

Players lost

Nick Demarais, Ryan McCall, Nick Uliva, Luis Pepen Matos, Dom Delello.

Players Returning

Conor Casey, Mitch Cunningham, Josh Robinson, Blake Altizer, Andy Kneussle, Tristan Archambault.


Ian Spear, Austin Brault, Jonathan Plessis-Belair, Isaac Nixon, Troy Hackett, Alex Beaudette, Cody Cunningham, Luke Carpeneter.

Plattsburgh High

The Hornets have a solid core of returning players that can pitch and play infield positions.

Jack Tolosky, Gerrit Rietsema, Ryan Whalen and Alex Follmer will be interchangeable, depending on whom the starting pitcher is.

Plattsburgh High also returns two-thirds of its starting outfield in seniors Shawn Courson and Garrett Manchester. Brandon Bombard and Quran Carroll will compete for the third outfield spot.

Dan Hartman returns as the catcher and has solid varsity experience. He will be backed up by freshman Andrew Bechard. Bechard will help out the pitching staff and could be a candidate for an outfield position.

Players lost

Nate Emery, Rob Knowles, Alex Maston, Mohamed Eltahir, Dan Patrie.

Players returning

Garrett Manchester, Shawn Courson, Rob Hartman, Jack Tolosky, Gerrit Rietsema, Ryan Whalen, Dan Hartman.


Brandon Bombard, Christian Donivan, Quran Carroll, Andrew Bechard, Mike Lawson, Alex Follmer.


Tanner Rascoe returns for his third year of varsity baseball and will anchor the Chiefs by playing center field and pitching.

Caleb Keysor was a CVAC all-star at second base last season and returns as an integral part of the infield. Morgan Earp, a senior transfer, will start at shortstop and is expected to produce.

Nate Stanton, Mike LeBeau, Austin Staley and Earp will all see time on the mound for Saranac.

Players lost 

Kyle Erickson, Austin Medeiros, Jeremy Barber, Zachary Lareau, Michael Conway, Jake Griffin, Matthew Sheehan, Andrew Tedford, Durgan Zappala, Matt McCasland.

Players returning

Nate Stanton, Caleb Keysor, Nate Mather, Ethan Goslin, Tanner Roscoe, Cody Plumadore, Austin Staley, Devin Butchino.


Morgan Earp, Mike LeBeau, Chris Fall, Josh Emerson, Jacob Lilledahl, Mason Utzler, Branden DuBray, Nick Mather.

Saranac Lake

The Red Storm have a veteran club, returning five players who have been playing on the varsity since their sophomore year.

The weather, however, has disallowed Saranac Lake from practicing outdoors. The Red Storm’s first time hitting the field will occur during its season opener against Peru.

With four games in five days to start the season, Saranac Lake coach Bryan Munn is hoping to keep his pitchers healthy.

Players lost

Grant Strack, Nicholas Bayruns, Jonathan McCabe, Connor Trim.

Players returning

Trent Fitzgerald, Dylan Gunther, Jack Martin, Nicholas McCabe, Cody Perryman, Brad Shumway, Derek Thurber, Logan Wood.


Drew Sturgeon, Blake Darrah.


The Sentinels have a plethora of experience with nine returning players. All-stars from a season ago include pitcher Ryan Trudeau and infielder Mark Donahue.

Defensively, Ticonderoga should be OK, but the offense is a big question mark, according to coach Dan Dorsett.

The Sentinels lose their three and four hitters from a season ago, but expect to contend for the Division II and Class C crowns.

Players lost

Jordan Woods, Miles Austin, Tanner Wright.

Players returning

Mark Donohue, Ty Denno, Ryan Trudeau, Michael Graney, Blake Gautreau, Jarryn Granger, Jesse Wilson, Aaron Bush.


Quentin Austin, Dom Banish, Konner Bruce, Cole Mass, Devin Alkinburgh, Gavan Wells.

Northern Athletic Conference

Franklin Academy

The Huskies return a significant number of players and have exceptional senior leadership.

According to coach Tim Lamay, Franklin Academy’s keys to success will be what Austin Lamay, Jordan Yando, Alex Johnson and Blake Lewis can provide in terms of pitching, defense and timely hitting.

The Huskies, which went 9-5 a season ago, should be in the hunt for the division title with Potsdam, Ogdensburg and Massena.

Players lost

Brandon Welch, Shawn Mulverhill, Tanner Studlack, Devan Monette.

Players returning

Austin Lamay, Jake Perry, Jordan Yando, Jon Brown, Alex Johnson, Kody Mulverhill, Abe Gravell, Blake Lewis, Jake Henning.


Jared Moody, Tucker Bartenslager, Dylan Thomas, Jacob Scharf.

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