WARRENSBURG - Several weeks ago, a dozen male high school athletes shoveled snow together, tossing heavy, soggy slush off their baseball practice field so they could start playing sooner.
Warrensburg Varsity Baseball Coach Rex Reynolds said the dedication and enthusiasm the players demonstrated in shoveling snow was a compelling indication this season would be a competitive one for the 2010 Warrensburg Central Varsity Baseball Team.
"The guys were excited to get started as early as possible," he said. "Now, they like to be on the field whenever they can - it's even tough to get them to quit practice."
This enthusiasm, Reynolds said, has potential to develop the teamwork and skills necessary for a winning season, he said.
"We've got a roster of players, especially the Seniors, who are anxious to play and achieve success," he said.
Last year, Warrensburg tallied an impressive season, ending up 10-4 in the Adirondack League's Western division, runner up to Lake George.
It was a tough battle, but the tenacious, talented 2009 Burgher team pulled it off.
This year, the team has seven seasoned Seniors: Brendan Frye, Mike Perrone, Jason Power, Ben Nicols, Donovan Santisteban, Dante Siletti, and Tyler Springer.
A leading pitcher for the team, Brendan Frye, is a standout athlete, having served as football quarterback and the basketball team's top scorer. Shortstop and pitcher Mike Perrone is also top notch in various sports as is Jason Power and the rest of the Senior crew.
This experience - and the chemistry they've developed playing on various teams - will serve them well during this season, Reynolds said.
This team has already performed well, demonstrating a steely defense and some offensive power.
The squad defeated Bolton March 31, and fought to the finish April 1 against the far-larger Hudson Falls - an action-packed game in which the Burghers had lots of extra-base hits and good