April 22 Whitehall
April 24 Corinth
April 26 @Warrensburg
April 27 Loudonville-Christian
April 29 @Fort Ann
May 1 @Corinth
May 3 Hadley/Luzerne
May 6 Fort Edward
May 8 North Warren
May 10 @ Lake George
May 13 @Argyle
In 2012, the Bolton High School Varsity Baseball Team was loaded with young, relatively inexperienced players.
Up against far larger schools in the competitive Adirondack League, the youthful players had a tough time, but they put up a good fight, although the season tally of 3-12 was discouraging.
This year, the battle-scarred Eagles are likely to take a substantial step forward, as they put their game experience and improved skills to use, coach Mark Andrejkovics said this week.
“The players have put a lot of time into our off-season practices and clinics and are confident in being a tough team,” he said noting their athleticism. “We will be a very aggressive team at the plate and on the base paths.”
Experienced veterans will be leading the way for the younger players, he added.
“Senior leadership from our catcher Hunter Brown and our first basemen Carl Ciccarelli will be important in molding our younger players,” he said. Hunter is considered an anchor for the team play, and Ciccarelli, with his long reach, has great defensive skills.
Two other seniors will be mentoring the team this year: Dustin French, who handles his shortstop duties with expertise as well as providing solid pitching; and Kevin Pratt, an experienced ballplayer in center field. Andrejkovics said the team will be relying on them for solid hitting as well as their defensive work.
“Both Kevin and Dustin will play a major role this season providing both power at the plate and on the mound,” he said.
These experienced 12th graders will be backed up with four veteran juniors: starting pitcher Josh Persons, the athletic duo of Sam Cady and Django Denne — a left-handed batter — as well as Alex Maxam, lending his skills as backup pitcher and at third base.
They are joined by junior Kevin Wholey, who was one of the top Junior Varsity players last year, and is slated for second base.
This lineup, with their strong defense, will likely be playing with remarkably fewer errors, which posed a problem in 2013, Andrejkovics said.
“The kids realize the importance of limiting extra outs and the free passes,” he said.
On the mound in 2012, Persons gained a lot of experience, School Superintendent Ray Ciccarelli said.
“He’s versatile, a complete player both offensively and defensively, and he’s got a good head on his shoulders,” he said.
Joe Connery and Ben Blanchard, who both have promise, are likely to make key contributions, he continued.
Ciccarelli said that coach Mark Andrejkovics and Luke Schweickert both worked hard in 2012 and this year developing the athletes’ skills, as well as encouraging them toward their goals.
“Both coaches have tremendous experience, and the kids’ attitudes have been great — they are very positive regardless of last year’s record,” he said.
Andrejkovics said he’s looking forward to the season, which has a lot of promise.
“This year the players are very athletic and this provides us with flexibility defensively and on the mound,” he said.