TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga has dominated Section VII baseball for years. The Sentinels have won six straight Class C championships. This year could be different.
"This year will be our toughest year to repeat, I believe," Coach Dan Dorsett said. "We lost our top pitcher in ERA in Robert teRiele, and we lost a four-time all star in Todd Carr. In addition, Bryant Austin and Nate Laundree were all-stars last year who have graduated as well."
Those players led the Sentinels to a 13-3 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference record and 15-7 overall mark in 2010.
But the news isn't all bad for Ti fans.
Tanner Purkey returns to the mound, where he led the team in wins a year ago. He'll be joined on the hill by veteran Nate Lenhart, Tyler Tucker, Tanner Wright, Jordan Woods, Miles Austin and Bobby Grey.
"Purkey is the only pitcher with real experience on the mound at the varsity level," Dorsett said. "Bobby Grey has a big arm and should help a lot with Tyler Tucker and others pitching in."
Anchoring the infield will be Austin at shortstop. He is also the Ti leadoff hitter and led the team in runs last season. Also on the infield will be Purkey, Woods and Wright, when not hurling, along with Doug Wilson, E.J. Kearns and Logan Ross.
The Sentinels boast a veteran outfield with Lenhart, Tucker, Dan Morrison and Frank Jebb. Grey, Joe Gonyeau and Allen Zheng are new to the outfield.
"Our outfield defense will be solid with two returning starters in Nate Lenhart and Dan Morrison," Dorsett said.
Kody Whitford and Wright will catch.
"Offensively we are really going to have to work on moving runners and taking advantage of situations," Dorsett said. "As always, though, we are looking to compete at the highest level in the league and are anxious for the challenge."
Assisting Dorsett in the dugout this spring will be Rick McClintock and Scott Nephew.