It was another competitive season in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball in 2013.
It was so competitive that the coaches in the league couldn’t come up with clear choices for Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year.
Beekmantown’s Austin Bradish and Plattsburgh High’s Robby Knowles were chosen as co-Most Valuable Players, while Beekmantown’s Eric Bell and Lake Placid’s Brian Brandes were selected as co-Coaches of the Year.
CVAC Division I and Section VII Class B winner Beekmantown, in addition to Bradish’s MVP selection, had three players chosen to the All-CVAC team.
CVAC Divison II and Section VII Class C champion Ticonderoga placed one player on the All-CVAC team and five on the Division II All-star quad.
The Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award was awarded to Northern Adirondack.
All-Stars were selected by CVAC coaches.
Co-Most Valuable Players
Austin Bradish, Beekmantown- 50 at bats, 14 runs, 21 hits, .420 batting average, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 18 RBI, .620 slugging, .476 on-base, 9 walks, 11 stolen bases, 4-0 pitching record, 29.2 innings, 25 strikeouts, 25 hits, 4 walks, 0.24 ERA. Bradish was a team captain in his fifth varsity season. He was a clutch hitter while batting fourth in the order. He was the team’s emotional leader on and off the field. Bradish led the Eagles in a number of offensive categories and was the ace of the pitching staff.
Robby Knowles, Plattsburgh High- 55 at bats, 24 runs, 30 hits, .545 batting average, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 21 RBI, .709 slugging, .597 on-base, 10 walks, 6 stolen bases, 3-0 pitching record, 32.2 innings, 29 strikeouts, 40 hits, 8 walks, 14 earned runs, 3.00 ERA. Knowles has been a key starter the past three years. He played shortstop for the Hornets and led the team in most offensive categories. He was a tough out at the plate and always gave PHS a chance to win when he was on the mound.
Co-Coaches of the Year
Eric Bell, Beekmantown- Bell, in his first year as varsity coach, guided the Eagles to both the CVAC Division I and Section VII Class B crowns.
Brian Brandes, Lake Placid- The Blue Bombers had one of their best CVAC seasons ever under Brandes and capped it off by winning the Section VII Class D championship.
Blake Altizer, Peru- 16 runs, 22 hits, .423 batting average, 1 double, 10 RBI, .422 slugging, .464 on-base, 6 stolen bases. The sophomore led the Indians in batting average and on-base percentage. He showed a lot of growth from his freshman season, taking control of the pitching staff and becoming a field leader.
Nate Emery, Plattsburgh High- 59 at bats, 20 runs, 27 hits, .458 batting average, 11 doubles, 1 home run, 16 RBI, .695 slugging, .492 on-base, 1 stolen base. Emery has a breakout offensive year in his junior season while anchoring first base for the Hornets.
Kyle Erickson, Saranac- 54 at bats, 13 runs, 22 hits, .407 batting average, 5 doubles, 9 RBI, .500 on-base, 6 stolen bases. A natural team leader, Erickson played great defense at shortstop the entire season. Offensively, he led the Chiefs in batting average.
Caleb Keysor, Saranac- 52 at bats, 12 runs, 21 hits, .404 batting average, 4 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 13 RBI, 9 stolen bases. The junior played second base and stepped into the team’s clean-up spot in his first year on the varsity. Keysor did a great job as a run producer and led the Chiefs with five triples.
Andy Kneussle, Peru- 13 runs, 19 hits, .396 batting average, 3 doubles, 11 RBI, .458 slugging, .453 on-base. Kneussle was the second-leading hitter for the Indians and his hard work paid off in his sophomore season. He was a quiet leader on the team.
Jack Tolosky, Plattsburgh High- 58 bat bats, 26 runs, 27 hits, .466 batting average, 5 doubles, 12 RBI, .552 slugging, .543 on-base, 10 stolen bases. The leadoff hitter for the Hornets, Tolosky had a steady glove in the middle of the infield, making only two errors in 54 chances.
Grant Strack, Saranac Lake- 42 at bats, 11 runs, 19 hits, .452 batting average, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI, .511 on-base, 1 stolen base. The senior was a two-year starter for the Red Storm. He was second on the team in batting average and RBI. Strack was a workhorse on the mound, pitching every other game, and played a solid third base when not pitching.
Brandon Buksa, Beekmantown- 52 at bats, 17 runs, 23 hits, .442 batting average, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 19 RBI, .577 slugging, .500 on-base, 9 stolen bases. A team captain, Buksa was a standout all season in center. He was one of the best in the league at running down balls in the gap and threw out several baserunners.
Devin Fessette, Beekmantown- 45 at bats, 11 runs, 21 hits, .467 batting average, 1 double, 1 triple, 18 RBI, .533 slugging, .500 on-base, 15 stolen bases. Fessette played left field all season and made only one error. He was a team leader with his words and actions. Fessette was an outstanding hitter with runners in scoring position.
Bradley Shumway, Saranac Lake- 51 at bats, 13 runs, 24 hits, .471 batting average, 1 double, 1 home run, 14 RBI, .491 on-base, 1 stolen base. The junior played in his first season of varsity baseball. He played just about every position, but first base. His bat came through time after time and Shumway led the Red Storm in RBI.
Dom Delello, Peru- 4-0 record, 31.1 innings, 42 strikeouts, 1.79 ERA. Delello led the Indians’ pitching staff in wins and worked extremely hard in practice to become the best he could. He showed a great deal of determination on the mound.
Austin Medeiros, Saranac- 4-1 record, 1 save, 31 innings, 35 strikeouts, 28 hits, 13 walks, 11 earned runs, .2.48 ERA. Medeiros was a solid and consistent pitcher all season. His ERA was a team-leading 2.48.
Brandon Rabideau, Beekmantown- 3-1 record, 23.2 innings, 32 strikeouts, 11 hits, 8 walks, 0 earned runs. 0.00 ERA. Rabideau threw a no-hitter in the last game of the season against Peru to clinch the CVAC title.
Kevin Sousa, Northeastern Clinton- 4-2 record, 40 innings, 40 strikeouts, 32 hits, 11 walks, 11 earned runs, 1.92 ERA. Sousa had a great attitude on and off the field and made just two errors all year while pitching, playing shortstop and center field. He pitched a one-hitter against Peru and won his last four decisions after losing his firs two. Sousa also pitched well in relief.
Marcus Lefebvre, Northeastern Clinton- 54 at bats, 15 runs, 21 hits, .389 batting average, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 12 RBI, 12 walks, .500 on-base. His never-give-up attitude helped the Cougars come from behind to win games. Lefebvre was a tough out at the plate and showed good power. He gave the team a chance to win every game.
Dillon Savage, AuSable Valley- 43 at bats, 11 runs, 24 hits, .558 batting average, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 18 RBI. The junior is a four-year varsity player for the Patriots. Savage had eight multiple-hit games and hit safely in 11 of 14 games. He struck out only twice all year.
Christopher Clarke, Moriah- 42 at bats, 6 runs, 15 hits, .357 batting average, 1 double, 6 RBI, .381 slugging. The sophomore first baseman led the Vikings in most offensive categories. As a pitcher, Clarke accounted for half of Moriah’s wins, along with getting a save.
Miles Austin, Ticonderoga- 40 at bats, 14 runs, 16 hits, .400 batting average, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, .675 slugging, .519 on-base. A four-year varsity starter, the shortstop was chosen to the all-star team every season. Austin was selected to the all-star team as a junior. As a senior, he led the Sentinels in batting average, doubles and on-base percentage.
Mark Donohue, Ticonderoga- 45 at bats, 11 runs, 14 hits, .311 batting average, 3 doubles, 4 RBI, .378 slugging, .464 on-base. The junior second baseman was the leadoff hitter for the Sentinels. Donohue played outstanding defense, committing only one error the entire season.
Jordan Greenough, Moriah- 43 at bats, 6 runs, 13 hits, .302 batting average, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, .581 slugging. A three-year varsity starter, Greenough had a productive season at the plate batting third and supplying the Vikings with some key extra-base hits. He pitched, played shortstop and the outfield.
Kodie Simpson, AuSable Valley- 5 runs, 14 hits, .333 batting average, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI. The senior, a three-year varsity player, showed tremendous range at shortstop.
Kamm Cassidy, Lake Placid- 32 at bats, 8 runs, 13 hits, .406 batting average, 1 double, 5 RBI, .438 slugging, .513 on-base. Playing in his first varsity season, the eighth-grader hit over .400 and played third base for most of the season.
Alex Brandes, Lake Placid- 42 at bats, 10 runs, 18 hits, .429 batting average, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBI, .571 slugging, .435 on-base, 3 stolen bases. The first-year varsity player was second on the team in batting average and led the team in RBI. Brandes played center field.
Dustin Miller, AuSable Valley- 8 runs, 13 hits, .317 batting average, 4 doubles, 5 RBI. Miller, a senior, played his fourth season on the varsity.
Jordan Woods, Ticonderoga- 44 at bats, 12 runs, 14 hits, .318 batting average, 1 double, 4 triples, 1 home run, .590 slugging, .519 on-base. The outfielder was a power hitter for the Sentinels. Woods, a senior, led the team in slugging and RBI.
Shane Douglas, AuSable Valley- 2-1 record, 20 innings, 14 strikeouts, 15 hits, 13 runs. The junior pitcher played his third season on the varsity. Douglas pitched two complete games.
Ryan Meyer, Lake Placid- 4-4 record, 46 innings, 67 strikeouts, 52 hits, 11 walks, 17 earned runs, 2.59 ERA. Meyer led the team in both hitting and pitching. When the opponent made a potential momentum-changing play, Meyer took the mound and was able to shut them down. He was a co-captain on the team, led by example and batted this in the order.
RJ Reid, Lake Placid- 2-0 record, 8 innings, 11 strikeouts, two hits, 3 walks, 5 earned runs, 4.38 ERA. A three-year starter, Reid played first base and pitched this season. The vocal leader of the team was injured midway through the season, but came back to make a big impact in the playoffs.
Ryan Trudeau, Ticonderoga- 3-2 record, 31.1 innings, 40 strikeouts, 23 hits, 18 walks, 12 earned runs, 2.68 ERA. The freshman led the Sentinels’ pitching staff in wins and ERA. Trudeau pitched a no-hitter against AuSable Valley.
Blake Gautreau, Ticonderoga- 34 at bats, 7 runs, 13 hits, .382 batting average, 9 RBI, .382 slugging, .441 on-base. The junior was strictly a designated hitter for the Sentinels. All year long, Gautreau came up with key hits in big situations.
Blake Altizer (Peru), Nate Emery (Plattsburgh), Miles Austin (Ticonderoga), Kyle Erickson (Saranac), Caleb Keysor (Saranac), Jack Tolosky (Plattsburgh), Grant Strack (Saranac Lake), Alex Brandes (Lake Placid), Brandon Buksa (Beekmantown), Devin Fessette (Beekmantown), Dom Delello (Peru), Ryan Meyer (Lake Placid), Brandon Rabideau (Beekmantown), Kevin Sousa (Northeastern Clinton), Marcus Lefebvre (Northeastern Clinton).
Blake Altizer (Peru), Nate Emery (Plattsburgh), Kyle Erickson (Saranac), Caleb Keysor (Saranac), Andy Kneussle (Peru), Jack Tolosky (Plattsburgh), Grant Strack (Saranac Lake), Brandon Buksa (Beekmantown), Devin Fessette (Beekmantown), Bradley Shumway (Beekmantown), Dom Delello (Peru), Austin Medeiros (Saranac), Brandon Rabideau (Beekmantown), Kevin Sousa (Northeastern Clinton), Marcus Lefebvre (Northeastern Clinton)
Dillon Savage (AuSable Valley), Christopher Clarke (Moriah), Miles Austin (Ticonderoga), Mark Donohue (Ticonderoga), Jordan Greenough (Moriah), Kodie Simpson (AuSable Valley), Kamm Cassidy (Lake Placid), Alex Brandes (Lake Placid), Dustin Miller (AuSable Valley), Jordan Woods (Ticonderoga), Shane Douglas (AuSable Valley), Ryan Meyer (Lake Placid), RJ Reid (Lake Placid), Ryan Trudeau (Ticonderoga), Blake Gautreau (Ticonderoga).
Nick McDonald (AuSable Valley), Justin Stevens (Beekmantown), Shane McNierney (Lake Placid), Austin Allen (Moriah), Ryan Manion (Northern Adirondack), Josh Rabideau (Northeastern Clinton), Conor Casey (Peru), Alex Maston (Plattsburgh), Jeremy Barber (Saranac), Trent Fitzgerald (Saranac Lake), Ty Denno (Ticonderoga).