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Moriah looks to improve offense this season

PORTHENRY-Moriah baseball fans are hoping momentum from last season will carry into 2011.

After posting a 4-12 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference record, the Vikings got hot when it counted and won the Section VII Class D championship en route to the state tournament.

"The end of last year was pretty exciting," Coach Casey Nephew said. "We hope to take that experience and build on it."

Moriah has the players to do it. The Vikings have six players returning from the 7-13 overall club, including two all-state selections.

Jimmy Curran, a shortstop, earned first-team all-state Class D honors after hitting .436 with a .545 slugging percentage. He also pitches.

Ryan Mascarenas, a pitcher, was an all-state second team pick. He won two games in the section playoffs, including a three-hitter in the championship game. An infielder when not on the mound, Mascarenas hit .380.

Also returning are Ben Zelinski, Justin Cutting, Tim Breeyear and Jeff Greenough.

New to the roster are Isaac Aponte, Alan Smith, Trevor Cheney, David Quinn, Mike Badger, Craig MacDougal, Jake Shaffer and Nick Gilbo.

Cutting will catch.

Joining Mascarenas and Curran on the mound will be Cheney, Breeyear, Greenough and Gilbo.

The infield will feature Curran, Mascarenas, Smith, Cheney, Breeyear, Greenough and Gilbo.

Roaming the outfield will be Aponte, Zelinski, Smith, Quinn, Badger, Greenough, MacDougal and Shaffer.

Moriah is one of the smallest schools in the CVAC, but Nephew is optimistic about the season.

"We expect to compete against the CVAC teams and improve as the year progresses," he said.

Assisting Nephew with the coaching chores are Jimmy Langey and Pat McCaffery.

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