BOLTON LANDING - The Bolton High School Eagles are likely to have a stellar season, based on the 10 talented veterans that are the core of the 2011 team. The experience these players gained in 2010, Coach Mark Andrejkovics said, undoubtedly will carry over into the Eagles' first year competing in the Adirondack League.
Tyler Calzada, Caleb Kneeshaw and Jacob Nitmann, first-team Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference awardees, are returning with their substantial skills. Andrejkovics said he's looking to them for senior leadership this year.
"We will be leaning on our seniors to provide a spark and punch for the team," he said.
Tyler Calzada, the pitching ace of the 2010 Eagles, looks forward to continued success on the mound as well as anchoring the infield at shortstop. Calzada also led the 2010 team in several batting average, hits and runs scored. Jacob Nittmann, as catcher, was Calzada's battery mate as well as providing the power for the Bolton lineup.
Caleb Kneeshaw is the team's vocal leader, Andrejkovics said, adding that Kneeshaw led the 2010 team in RBIs and home runs.
The Donohue brothers, Sean and Kelly, will spend time on the mound this year and roam the outfield. The Eagles also have added two seniors to this year's squad: Matt Smith and Vincent Barcia.
Two freshmen also were selected for the team: Josh Persons and Alex Maxam. Andrejkovics said he's confident in their ability to play at the Varsity level.
So far this year, the Bolton players have practiced hard, particularly on areas that needed improvement, including defense.
"The kids now clearly understand the importance of eliminating extra outs and they realize the challenge of joining a very strong Adirondack League," the coach said.