KEENE/WESTPORT - The Mountain Valley Athletic Conference will have a new force to contend with this season as Keene Central School and Westport Central School baseball teams have merged for 2010.
A dwindling number of players on both teams prompted the merger, bringing five Keene students and seven Westport students together as an experienced and formidable unit.
"The team has come together very well and the camaraderie is above expectations," said Don Markwica, who is the co-head coach for the team along with his son, Chris. "This is a great group of young men who are dedicated and committed to playing baseball and having fun while doing so."
Juniors Sam Earl and Kevin Russell, both All-Stars last year, return to headline a deep pitching rotation. James Bell, Luke Andrews and Jesse Stevens will also bring varsity experience to the mound.
The batting lineup is also strong with past All-Stars Cody Whitney and Dylan Boyle at the plate. Alan Ware, Luke Andrews, David Quaglietta, Alex Frum, and Ethan Markwica all return to bolster the lineup, and Jonathan Magoon is the lone rookie.
"We are a veteran team and we will strive to be competitive in every game," Markwica added. "We should have the ability to score some runs offensively so our season will go as far as our pitching and defense carry us."
Westport/Keene Baseball Schedule
April 20 - Bolton (WCS)
April 22 - At Schroon Lake
April 24 - Indian Lake/Long Lake (WCS)
April 28 - Elizabethtown (KCS)
April 30 - Johnsburg (KCS)
May 3 - At Crown Point
May 7 - At Wells
May 10 - Minerva\Newcomb (KCS)
May 12 - Willsboro (WCS)