April 19 Corinth
April 22 Fort Edward
April 24 @Lake George
April 26 Corinth
April 29 Salem
May 1 Lake George
May 3 @Warrensburg
May 6 @Whitehall
May 8 @Bolton
May 10 @Hadley/Luzerne
North Warren High School has traditionally developed solid athletes, who have performed way beyond expectations for schools with such small enrollment.
North Warren’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, tennis, softball, and field hockey teams have all underscored this point in recent years, achieving considerable success.
Area fans will never forget the North Warren baseball team of 2008 that had a fair season, but ended it with a flourish, defeating far-higher ranked teams in the Section II tournament, taking their winning campaign all the way to the tournament finals.
Last year, the team was relatively young, and their win-loss record reflected the situation. But this year the entire lineup — except for star athlete Kristian Seeley — returns with a wealth of experience.
Considering his deep roster of veterans, twelve-year head coach Jason Humiston has high expectations, despite the relatively low number of hits and runs the 2012 team produced.
“We have the pitching and defense to stay in games,” he said, noting that each season poses new uncertainties.“The biggest question is whether we have enough firepower offensively to win games.”
Humiston, who’s always focused on improving his athletes, often sounds less than effusive about his teams — even when they are on a winning streak. This week, he expressed a warning. Coming from Humiston, some might interpret it as optimism.
“We must have more offense if we are to improve,” he said. “Also, pitching and defense must be more consistent.”
Last season, six players hit under .200. It’s a new year, however, and the baseball players are concentrating on conditioning and developing their skills.
Area fans, knowing the baseball team has been working hard under the mentorship of Humiston and his assistant coaches, have high hopes.
The 2013 starting lineup features Robert Vaisey as pitcher; Ethan Schenke at shortstop; Robert French, catcher; Colby May, first base; Chris DeFranco, second base; Jacob Hill, center field; Daren Granger, left field; Christiaan Van Nispen, right field; and Ethan Frasier, third base; and Dan Hill, closer.
Key players are Robert Vaisey, Ethan Schenke and Robert French — known as the “Big Three,” not of U.S. golf or basketball, but of northern Warren County baseball.
Humiston said he has high expectations for the talented trio.
“These guys are the key to what we will accomplish this year,” he said, adding that all three pitch, and French has the ability to shut down opponents’ running games. “They are the senior leaders that need to step up and produce like I know they can.”
It’s a new season with new opportunities, Humiston said.
And as proven in the past by other North Warren teams that have blown away expectations, the sky’s the limit.
“We are looking to have a better season, and get back to being competitive every game,” Humiston said.