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Spring Sports Preview: Westport Eagles

Cooper Sayward rounds the bases after hitting a home run.

Cooper Sayward rounds the bases after hitting a home run. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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The roster:

Back to being the Eagles, the now-solo Westport varsity baseball team will field a roster that includes seniors Ethan Markwica and Cooper Sayward; juniors Gabe Schrauf and Garrett Reynolds; sophomores James Stone, Ryan Davis, John Doyle, Tyrell Tryon and Lloyd Staats; freshmen Domenic Banish and Aaron Schrauf; and eighth grader Sam Napper.

What the coach says:

“Keene will not be merging with us this year so we are back as the Westport Eagles. Graduation hit us hard and we have two returning starters so our focus is on re-grouping and getting our players ready for varsity level competition. The rest or our roster will be filled with players with little or no varsity experience.

“Ethan Markwica and Cooper Sayward are my seniors and anchor my starting pitching staff along with freshman Domenic Banish and eighth grader Sam Napper. Our offense will not feature the power of the old Westport-Keene offense, but I look for our re-vamped lineup to push across a few runs per game. Even though we are young and inexperienced we are working hard and the desire to succeed is pushing this team beyond my early expectations and because of this I can see a lot of potential and believe we can be competitive in the league. But as everyone knows, success in baseball at any level depends on pitching and defense and therefore that will dictate how well we will do.” - head coach Don Markwica.

The schedule

Baseball/Softball

Monday, April 16 v. Crown Point

Wednesday, April 18 v. Schroon Lake

Friday, April 20 v. Minerva Newcomb

Monday, April 23 at Chazy

Wednesday, April 25 at Willsboro

Friday, April 27 at Johnsburg

Monday, April 30 at Elizabethtown

Wednesday, May 2 v. Keene

Monday, May 7 at Crown Point

Wednesday, May 9 at Schroon Lake

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