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Schroon Wildcats lack depth this season

Jeffery Armstrong will pitcher and play first base for Schroon Lake this spring. Armstrong is a senior.

Jeffery Armstrong will pitcher and play first base for Schroon Lake this spring. Armstrong is a senior. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Wildcat schedule

April 8......at Minerva-Newcomb

April 11.....at Hadley-Luzerne

April 15....at Willsboro

April 17....Chazy

April 19....Keene

April 20....Warrensburg Tournament

April 22....at ELCS

April 24....at Crown Point

April 29....Westport

May 1........Minerva-Newcomb

May 3........at Johnsburg

May 6........Willsboro

May 8........at Chazy

May 10......Wells

May 13......ELCS

May 15......Crown Point

May 17......at Indian/Long Lake

May 20......at Westport

— When the Schroon Lake baseball team steps on the field for its first game of the season, it will be a victory for the Wildcats.

Schroon Lake was nearly forced to cancel the 2013 season because of a lack of players.

After considering options, the ‘Cats will field an 11-man team with three freshmen and an eighth grader.

“This will be a tough year for us only because we lack numbers,” Coach Mike Sharp said. “We return all of our pitchers so that will benefit us. Our returning seniors and juniors will be the backbone of our squad and will help lead us to a competitive season. We look to rebound after a couple of rough seasons.”

Jeffery Armstrong, Joe DeZalia, Nate Wilson and Max Gardner return for their senior seasons. Armstrong will pitch and play first base. DeZalia will pitch and play second. Wilson will split time between second and the outfield. Gardner is a utility player.

Also returning are Eric Paradis, Logan Mitchell and Chris Barror. Paradis will pitch and play in the outfield. Mitchell will man first base and roam the outfield. Barror will catch and play in the outfield.

New to the club are Brandon Dugan, Derek DeZalia, Cole Anauo and Braden Hall. Dugan is an outfielder. DeZalia, Anauo and Hall are utility players, which will give Sharp flexibility with a limited roster.

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