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Talent abounds for Warriors, the reigning AL champions

Warrior schedule

April 22 Argyle

April 23 @Luzerne

April 24 North Warren

April 26 Luzerne

April 29 @Fort Edward

May 1 @North Warren

May 2 Corinth

May 6 @Hartford

May 8 @Warrensburg

May 10 Bolton

May 13 Fort Ann

May 14 @Glens Falls

— For years, the Lake George High School Baseball Team has been a powerhouse.

Having captured three championship titles in the last five seasons, Lake George has proven the strength of their baseball program — the legendary Warrior will-to-win, the school’s coaching expertise, and the players’ annual dedication to skill development and conditioning.

In 2012, the Warrior baseball team had struggled some during the earlier weeks of the season, but rallied at the conclusion to win the Adirondack League title, stunning Fort Ann, which had won 37 straight league games.

Lake George’s campaign continued into the Section II tournament. Seeded no. 5, the gritty Warriors beat No. 1 Greenwich — which had in 2011 competed in the state tourney — in the Class CC semifinals by a convincing score of 9-1 in a fan-pleasing upset victory. Lake George ended up Section II runners-up, however, after a disappointing loss to Cambridge.

From that ultra-talented 2012 Lake George team, two notable seniors graduated: Lee McCabe and Peter Fisher — with such a limited loss, the Warriors’ 2013 squad is now loaded with experience.

Key in those 2012 tournament wins was the outstanding pitcher Connor McCoy, a junior, who is 17-1 from 2010 through 2012 with 187 strikeouts. McCoy was recruited by St. Michael’s College, where he will be playing next year.

Also pitching this season for the Warriors will be Charles Barber, who backed up McCoy in 2012. Not only did he have 40 strikeouts last season, but he batted .397. He’ll be pitching or on duty at third base.

The Warriors’ powerful offense goes deeper — consider the athletic Willy Blunt, who’s now entering his fourth season on Varsity. He batted .449 last season. He’s likely to be in center field for 2013.

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