Major league scouts will be coming in droves to watch the pitching exploits of Shenendehowa senior IAN ANDERSON, just as they did a year ago to take in the batting and fielding prowess of Niskayuna’s Garrett Whitley, who became a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays.
There’s good reason. Anderson, the 2015 Suburban Council Pitcher of the Year, has a special gift, a combination of poise and heat.
He was the only junior named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Region I team after going 6-1 with two saves and a 0.66 ERA over 53 1⁄3 innings. The Vanderbilt commit with a fastball in the 90s struck out 91 and surrendered only 21 hits.
His only loss came against Saratoga Springs 1-0 in the Section II Class AA title game.
He’s a Section II athlete who bears watching. Here are a few others you will want to keep tabs on as the spring season unfolds:
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake lacrosse: In her first four seasons as a starter, the Louisville-bound All-American goalkeeper led the Spartans to three Section II title games and a pair of championships. As a junior, Ball gave up just under seven goals per game and amassed 166 saves.
“She gives us a fighting chance every single day,” Spartans coach Jake McHerron said of Ball, who is also among Section II’s finest field hockey players.
Niskayuna lacrosse: The Silver Warriors didn’t lose a game last spring after the Siena-bound All-American faceoff specialist’s return to the lineup, reeling off 14 straight — capped by a 13-10 triumph over West Genesee in the state Class A final.
Pantalone, who missed nine games with a broken ankle, added 12 goals from the midfield.
Saratoga Springs baseball: The Suburban Council first-teamer produced a .462 average, 16 RBI and 28 runs from the top of the Blue Streaks’ order, but that was only part of Fauler’s contribution last spring. As a sophomore outfielder for the state runner-up Blue Streaks, he stole 28 bases and used that superb speed to track down many would-be hits.
Holy Names track and field: As a junior, Moran successfully defended her New York State Public High Athletic Association Division 2 outdoor long jump and triple jump titles. Earlier in the spring, she established all-time area bests with efforts of 19-11 and 401⁄2 in those events.
The All-American jumper is a points getter in the sprints, too.
Saratoga Springs track and field: What’s next for the distance star, who won a Federation cross country title in the fall and repeated as the state indoor 3,200 champion in the winter? His slew of impressive runs last spring included a first in the 3,200 at the Section II Group 1 meet, and a state junior-record 9:06.37 in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Suburban Council meet. The Syracuse-bound Tooker would later place second in the steeplechase at the state meet.
Troy softball: The Suburban Council is well-known for its standout pitchers, and this season Levesque joins the group. She earned a spot on the all-state Class A second team last year as a sophomore after going 16-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 1201⁄3 innings. The five-year varsity player and two-time Big 10 MVP can swing, too, sporting a .474 average in 2015 with 25 RBI and 40 runs scored as the Flying Horses’ leadoff batter.
Levesque has made a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh.
Guilderland tennis: After leading the Dutchmen to their third straight Section II team title in 2015, Fedorov dethroned Michael Haelan of Albany Academy to become the high school’s first area singles titlist. Fedorov, a senior who has committed to Merrimack, has helped Guilderland win 42 straight matches.