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HS baseball roundup: Nisky goes deep

Staff report Ben Funyak and Nick Insognia hit home runs to back the pitching of Alec Ritzenthaler as Niskayuna dealt Ballston Spa its first Suburban Council baseball defeat Monday 6-0. Funtak hit a three-run home run and Insogna hit a…


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Niskayuna's Jimmy Joyce is safe at home plate while Troy catcher John Germinerio defends on the play Thursday.

Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Tyler Senecal’s first-inning home run Thursday landed well beyond the fence in left field, the type of blast that usually draws the entirety of a high school baseball team’s roster out to celebrate…


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Changes in state rules will limit how often pitchers can be used in a game or week.

Every pitch counts

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Duanesburg baseball coach Chris Wyanski is heading into the season with plenty of pitchers, but for Section II’s other small-school teams that do not have that luxury, he has a suggestion. “I’m lucky,” the Western…


JIM SCHILTZ/Gazette Sportswriter New Niskayuna baseball coach Chris Bianchi is familiar with the team.

New Niskayuna baseball coach confident in seniors

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Chris Bianchi said he is in a comfortable spot as Niskayuna’s new varsity baseball coach. Being with the program for quite some time and knowing the young men in it helps. Having a senior-filled roster…


Alex Kerr rounds third base during a Niskayuna 8U travel baseball practice Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna 8U baseball learns as it wins

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Standing near third base at one of the Blatnick Park baseball diamonds, Niskayuna 8U travel coach Dave Fields spent several minutes at a recent practice explaining how he wanted his players to run…


Team members huddle during a Wednesday, March 16, 2016 practice for Niskayuna baseball. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna baseball, track stars earn league honors

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — A pair of Niskayuna girls’ outdoor track and field athletes received Suburban Council all-star selections Amelia Kokernak was selected for the 800-meter run, while Karen Leap earned the honor for the discus throw….


Head Coach John Furey of Niskayuna coaches along the third base line against Saratoga Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Season closes for Niskayuna baseball, Furey

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first thing John Furey did was talk up his sophomore pitcher, going on about the way Alec Ritzenthaler started so well in Niskayuna’s May 17 Section II Class AA first-round game…


The Niskayuna baseball team gathers after its game Tuesday, May 13, 2016 against Schenectady. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna baseball needs 1 win to qualify for postseason

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Two games to go, one win needed. That’s where the Niskayuna baseball team stands after its 12-0 victory today against Schenectady, a game which started Friday before weather delayed the finish. The Silver…



Niskayuna's DJ Endres defends third base as Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter approaches during a Monday, April 11, 2016 baseball game in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna loses baseball opener

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter CLIFTON PARK — CLIFTON PARK — An RBI double, a steal of third base and a sprint home after a wild throw. That was the pivotal sequence Shenendehowa baseball senior shortstop Nick Jacques delivered for…


Annabelle Conover of Niskayuna, left, and Jane Reffelt run over to congratulate goal keeper Maya Manchester after beating Queensbury in the Section 2 Class B final at Mohonasen High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Niskayuna Spring Sports 2016

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Welcome to Your Niskayuna’s home for coverage of the Niskayuna High School varsity spring sports teams for 2016. Check back each day for the latest schedule changes, scores, and highlights for the Silver…