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Preseason Prep Talk: Baseball 2010

The sun is out, Opening Day for the major leagues is next week, and high school baseball is getting starting up as well.

With some league schedules scheduled to have first pitches thrown on Monday, we might as well start up the infield chatter.

Here's a quick catchup on last year:

** There were two underclassmen on last year's All-Western New York first team, both pitchers: junior Joel Klock of Grand Island and sophomore Zach Lauricella of Clarence.

The second team had was loaded with underclassmen, which comprised eight of the 11 slots. Frewsburg had two players in junior P Asa Johnson and freshman INF Thad Johnson. Another youngster honored last year was Grand Island sophomore OF Nick Kellner. The other second-teamers who were juniors were: Frontier junior P Garrett Cortright, Cheektowaga junior INF Jon Klein, Jamestown junior INF Adam Neubauer, Albion junior INF Brad Rush, Dunkirk junior DH Bo Westling.

** Three Section VI teams advanced to the state final four; in 2008, Gowanda was the only Section VI representative to beat the Section V (Rochester area) team in the Far West Regionals; in 2007, four teams advanced.

Frewsburg (C) won its third straight sectional title. The Bears were joined by Clarence (AA) and Fredonia (B) in advancing to the final four -- Frewsburg and Clarence lost in the state championship game. Grand Island (A) and North Collins (D) were the other sectional champs.

** Canisius ended the three-year reign of St. Francis in the Georgetown Cup, winning a 4-2 rubber game to win the series, 2-1. The Crusaders had lost to St. Francis the previous three seasons.

** What about this year?

Will Canisius make the Georgetown Cup final again?

Who's going to end their season as the champions of all of Western New York's leagues? And Section VI's classes? Will anyone advance to Binghamton area for the final four?

What league will be the toughest?

Who will be on the All-Western New York team?

What are the best matchups you're looking forward to?

Get the discussion started below in the comments section, and feel free to post any observations on any early nonleaguers that have been played.

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For coaches out there, make sure you send your rosters and schedules to us as soon as possible via fax (849-4587) or email ([email protected] or [email protected]). Thanks.

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Our season outlooks of the spring action will start when the Scholastic Spotlight returns April 13.

After that, there's about a little over a month of action before the postseason -- the Section VI seeding meeting is May 23 while the Georgetown Cup quarterfinals are May 29. 

More spring sports posts are on the way ...

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | [email protected]

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