April 22 Argyle
April 23 @Luzerne
April 24 North Warren
April 26 Luzerne
April 29 @Fort Edward
May 1 @North Warren
May 2 Corinth
May 6 @Hartford
May 8 @Warrensburg
May 10 Bolton
May 13 Fort Ann
May 14 @Glens Falls
For years, the Lake George High School Baseball Team has been a powerhouse.
Having captured three championship titles in the last five seasons, Lake George has proven the strength of their baseball program — the legendary Warrior will-to-win, the school’s coaching expertise, and the players’ annual dedication to skill development and conditioning.
In 2012, the Warrior baseball team had struggled some during the earlier weeks of the season, but rallied at the conclusion to win the Adirondack League title, stunning Fort Ann, which had won 37 straight league games.
Lake George’s campaign continued into the Section II tournament. Seeded no. 5, the gritty Warriors beat No. 1 Greenwich — which had in 2011 competed in the state tourney — in the Class CC semifinals by a convincing score of 9-1 in a fan-pleasing upset victory. Lake George ended up Section II runners-up, however, after a disappointing loss to Cambridge.
From that ultra-talented 2012 Lake George team, two notable seniors graduated: Lee McCabe and Peter Fisher — with such a limited loss, the Warriors’ 2013 squad is now loaded with experience.
Key in those 2012 tournament wins was the outstanding pitcher Connor McCoy, a junior, who is 17-1 from 2010 through 2012 with 187 strikeouts. McCoy was recruited by St. Michael’s College, where he will be playing next year.
Also pitching this season for the Warriors will be Charles Barber, who backed up McCoy in 2012. Not only did he have 40 strikeouts last season, but he batted .397. He’ll be pitching or on duty at third base.
The Warriors’ powerful offense goes deeper — consider the athletic Willy Blunt, who’s now entering his fourth season on Varsity. He batted .449 last season. He’s likely to be in center field for 2013.
Although the roster is a little thin, the players are versatile, talented and determined. Take as an example Craig Keenan, a sophomore that can play in any position. A veteran who has proven his talents, Keenan batted .353 last year. He’s pencilled in at shortstop.
Coach Erik Hoover said this week he’s optimistic, considering the depth of experience his players have, as well as their work ethic and determination.
“This year we are really excited about the number of arms we have to pitch,” he said. “We have a good core of seniors that are hungry for a deep sectional run.”