Thursday, April 8, 2010

La Salle trio ready for one last go-round in the Big 10

A trio of La Salle Institute seniors sat down to talk about the upcoming baseball season at Thursday's Big 10 Conference Media Day.


TROY — Only three teams – Albany, Schenectady and host La Salle Institute - showed up to the Big 10 Conference’s annual Media Day Thursday evening. Still, the league’s head coaches are expecting a wild rush in the race for first place.

Albany High and Christian Brothers Academy tied for the Big 10 regular season title a season ago and both are expected to be in the mix again in 2010. All three of the Collar City’s teams – Troy High, Catholic Central and La Salle – are also dreaming of becoming league champions this year.

La Salle has a trio of Division I college-bound players who also star together in the summer months for the South Troy Dodgers.

Lefthanded pitcher Dave Roseboom will be hurling at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. a year from now. This spring for the Cadets, he’ll be playing at first base and hitting in the lineup on his non-throwing days, something he hadn’t done since summer ball as a 14 year old.

“He’s going to be an everyday player,” said head coach Jesse Braverman. “He’s having a great time and he’s also been pretty successful in the preseason games. I’m thinking that may continue. He’s done well. He’s a good athlete. He’s a baseball player!”

Catcher Will Remillard will play at Temple University in Philadelphia beginning in 2011. He split time between catcher and first base as a junior, but will focus exclusively on catching this season.

Second baseman J.P. Sportman, who transferred from Schalmont prior to his junior year, will compete at Central Connecticut State University.

The Cadets advanced to the New York State Class AA Final Four in 2008, but were bounced in the first round of the 2009 Section II Class AA playoffs by Shaker High.

La Salle will run out three lefthanded starting pitchers this season, as Zach Ferris and Roseboom will make a potent front of the rotation combination. For Braverman, it’s always about pitching and that has him excited about 2010.

“You can sometimes win if you don’t hit,” he said. “You can occasionally win if you don’t field, as long as your pitcher is getting a lot of strikeouts.

“But if you don’t pitch? You’re probably not going to win!” Braverman laughed.

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I plan on catching up with the Troy High team on Friday and our 2010 season preview section will be published Monday.

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