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Baseball Team Swings For Fences

Graham Boduszek (`10) will be vital to the Lancers Success this year.

With the springtime rapidly approaching, the Lancers are beginning to prepare for another spectacular Boys’ Baseball season.

The Lancers are coming off of a strong 25-win season in 2008. They not only captured the District Title but made it all the way to the state semifinals in Columbus. As the season begins to unfold with spring break right around the corner, the Lancers will need to find a way to fill the shoes of last year’s graduated seniors. This will be no simple task but the Lancers will mainly depend on the leadership of Billy Urban (`09), Vinny Trivisonno (`09), Cody Osburn (`09), and Brian Sharnsky (`09). These four individuals round up this year’s senior class on the baseball team and they will be heavily relied upon as the season progresses.

The Boys’ Baseball team will also look to many of the younger players for considerable contributions. The Lancers hope to revamp their pitching staff as well as add a few more heavy bats to an already stacked lineup. Billy Urban (`09), a Saint Bonaventure’s baseball recruit, says, “Although it will be tough, we are looking to some of the younger guys to step up and contribute a great deal.” Some of these younger players include Graham Boduszek (`10), Zach Buehner (`10), Nate Fiala (`10), and Jake Hurley (`10) and sophomores Mike Zavagno (`11), Matt Debick (`11) and Jack Dolan (`11), most of whom saw gameaction on last year’s varsity squad.

The hope for this year’s baseball team is to top the standard set last season with their tremendous run at the state-title. Mr. Ray Sharnsky, long-time Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball Team, says, “We’d like to exceed what we accomplished last season.’’ Urban (`09) also adds that “failing to make it to Columbus would be a major disappointment.”

The Lancers are approaching this year’s season with a businesslike attitude. This does not mean that the team will not have their fair share of fun, but they certainly are going to keep their eyes on the ultimate prize, a state championship.

The Lancers will begin their preparation shortly for their demanding regular season schedule. The 2009 season will officially open in early April and it will be quite a treat to watch the Lancers in action this year. Soon enough, weather permitting, their road to Columbus will be in full swing.