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Armed with experience, Bolton boys are poised to advance

Eagle schedule

April 22 Whitehall

April 24 Corinth

April 26 @Warrensburg

April 27 Loudonville-Christian

April 29 @Fort Ann

May 1 @Corinth

May 3 Hadley/Luzerne

May 6 Fort Edward

May 8 North Warren

May 10 @ Lake George

May 13 @Argyle

— In 2012, the Bolton High School Varsity Baseball Team was loaded with young, relatively inexperienced players.

Up against far larger schools in the competitive Adirondack League, the youthful players had a tough time, but they put up a good fight, although the season tally of 3-12 was discouraging.

This year, the battle-scarred Eagles are likely to take a substantial step forward, as they put their game experience and improved skills to use, coach Mark Andrejkovics said this week.

“The players have put a lot of time into our off-season practices and clinics and are confident in being a tough team,” he said noting their athleticism. “We will be a very aggressive team at the plate and on the base paths.”

Experienced veterans will be leading the way for the younger players, he added.

“Senior leadership from our catcher Hunter Brown and our first basemen Carl Ciccarelli will be important in molding our younger players,” he said. Hunter is considered an anchor for the team play, and Ciccarelli, with his long reach, has great defensive skills.

Two other seniors will be mentoring the team this year: Dustin French, who handles his shortstop duties with expertise as well as providing solid pitching; and Kevin Pratt, an experienced ballplayer in center field. Andrejkovics said the team will be relying on them for solid hitting as well as their defensive work.

“Both Kevin and Dustin will play a major role this season providing both power at the plate and on the mound,” he said.

These experienced 12th graders will be backed up with four veteran juniors: starting pitcher Josh Persons, the athletic duo of Sam Cady and Django Denne — a left-handed batter — as well as Alex Maxam, lending his skills as backup pitcher and at third base.

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