AVCS baseball: young but tough

AU SABLE FORKS - Graduation was hard on the Patriots as they lost seven key starters, but this year's AuSable Valley baseball team is showing lots of promise.

"We are very young, but I do think we can compete with anybody on any given day," said head coach Randy Douglas. "Our strengths are that we have a very good defensive team. We will also have quite a few contact hitters in our lineup.

AVCS returns four starters from last year's squad including junior T.J. Burl, who was named as a CVAC All-Star last year, accounting for many of the Patriots' hits. Seniors Curtis Loreman, Jordan Bezio, and A.J. Gordon are all proven players in the starting lineup.

Pitching ace Alex LaFountain also returns for his senior year, though he is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered earlier this year.

"We are very hopeful he can make it though the year," said Douglas, noting an otherwise inexperienced pitching rotation.

The Patriots will rely heavily on their new players: senior Kyle Doner; junior John Sikander; sophomores Kyle Sprague and Sawyer Taro; freshmen Dustin Miller and Kodie Simpson; and eighth-grader Dillon Savage.

AuSable Valley Baseball Schedule

April 19 - Ticonderoga

April 21 - At Northern Adirondack

April 23 - Seton Catholic

April 26 - At Northeastern Clinton

April 28 - Peru

April 30 - Lake Placid

May 4 - Plattsburgh

May 6 - At Moriah

May 8 - At Saranac (10 a.m.)

May 11 - At Ticonderoga

May 13 - Saranac Lake

May 15 - Northern Adirondack (10 a.m.)

May 18 - At Beekmantown

May 20 - At Seton Catholic

May 22 - At Lake Placid

May 24 - Moriah

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