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Moriah returns

PORT HENRY - Moriah enters the 2009 baseball season with optimism.

"Returning nine players from last year, we hope to improve on our record from last year and get better as the year continues," Coach Casey Nephew said.

The Vikings were 5-11 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action and 6-13 overall last spring.

Leading Moriah this spring will be pitcher/outfielder Tim Martin. In 2008 Martin topped the club in hitting with a .375 average and anchored the pitching staff with four wins and a save.

Nick Marcotte and Nathan Woods will line up at first base for the Vikings. Joining them are middle infielders Eric Baker, Tyler Trombley and Nathan Woods along with third basemen Tim Armstrong and Ryan Mascarenas.

Moriah will feature Tyler Blaise, Martin, Caleb Harvish, Tom Wheelock, Jud Zelinski and Daryk Budwick in the outfield.

Catchers are Mascarenas and Tom Wheelock.

Martin, Mascarenas, Blaise and Baker comprise the pitching staff.

Nephew is being assisted by Mike Mascarenas with the coaching duties.

Viking schedule

April 20...at AVCS

April 22...Lake Placid

April 25...vs. Ticonderoga

at Cooperstown

April 29...at Saranac Lake

May 1......Seton

May 5......at Peru

May 7......at NAC

May 8......NCCS

May 12....AVCS

May 14....at Saranac

May 16....at Lake Placid

May 19....Beekmantown

May 21....Ticonderoga

May 23.....at Seton

May 26.....NAC

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