2015 HS Team Preview: Shenendehowa

Dan Cevette
Director, New York

Bobby Krogh
Eastern Scout, New York

As the High School baseball season quickly approaches, PBR NY will be previewing teams across the state over the next month. We will also be out scouting the High School season providing NY with the most in-depth amateur baseball coverage possible. To do this we have hired nine scouts, spread across the entire state to give players the platform they deserve to be seen.

High School: Shenendehowa
AA - Section 2
Head Coach:
Greg Christodulu (3rd Year)
Asst Coach:
Keith Lansley, Dan Cafarelli
Last Years Record:

      Section 2 Champions (defeated CBA of Albany 10-4)

      Regional Champions (defeated Auburn of section 3, 3-1)

      State Championship (runner-up) (Lost to Victor High School, 3-0)

Coach Christodulu's outlook for 2015:
“Although we lost a number of outstanding players to graduation, we return a core group of veterans who have experienced big time playoff baseball the last two years.  That valuable experience along with the quality of our pitching staff and depth should be the foundation of our team in 2014.  With the addition of a talented group of juniors, we look forward to developing this group into a competitive baseball team.”

Key Losses From 2014:
SS - Justin Yurchak – Wake Forest University
RHP - Aaron Kalish – RPI
1B - John Novenche – St. Boneventure
CF - Kyle McAlonie – HVCC       
RHP - Corey Hommel – HVCC
3B - Matt Drum – Union College
LF - Brendan McCormack – Ithaca College

Returning Players:
Bryan Warzek, LHP, 2015 – University of New Orleans
Ian Anderson, RHP, 2016 – Vanderbilt University
Frankie Pizzo, 3B, 2016
Josh Hayner, SS, 2015 – Messiah College
Connor Douglas, 3B/LF, 2015 – Cornell/NYU/Fordham
Brad Pearson, C, 2015– Clarkson University
Andrew Pedone, 2B, 2015 – Cortland St.
Alex Lavigne, RF, 2015 – Clarkson University
Zack Sargent, CF, 2015 - HVCC
Matt Alverson, 1B, 2015 - HVCC
Mike Morrissey, RHP, 2015
Greg Waldek, RHP, 2015
Brian Walsh, LHP, 2015 – HVCC
Ben Anderson, RHP/C, 2016
Nikolas Malachowski, 3B/RHP, 2016

Players to watch:
The Plainsmen show an impressive five players in our top 100 state wide rankings, one of those players being the 9th ranked 2016 graduate in the country.

+ Bryan Warzek, LHP, 2015, State Rank (25), 8 – 0 record with a 1.40 ERA last season
+ Ian Anderson, RHP, State Rank (2) Overall (9), 6 – 0 record with a  .424 ERA last year
+ Nikolas Malachowski, 3B/RHP, 2016, State Rank (63)
+ Ben Anderson, RHP/C, 2016, State Rank (66)
+ Frank Pizzo, 3B, 2016, State Rank (35)

Games to watch:
April 9th, SHEN @ Saratoga
April 18th, N. Rockland @ SHEN @Joe Bruno Stadium Troy N.Y.
April 24th, Niskayuna @  SHEN
May 1st, Guilderland @ SHEN
May 11th, Saratoga @ SHEN
May14th, Shaker @ SHEN

PBR's Take

Almost any high school baseball team in the northeast that just lost seven players from last years state championship runner-up campaign would normally be taking a step back. Add in some craziness - those seven players are headed to further their baseball careers in college - only magnifying the impact of their departures. But under Head Coach Christodulu, it seems all the Plainsmen do is win - and with the unbelievable stacked deck in 2015 it's hard to imagine anything but wins. Since 2013 they have compiled a total 44 wins against a mere six losses. Even more impressive than those numbers is actually seeing this school play. They play, act, and carry themselves the right way. From the minute they arrive, to the minute they leave, every player is looking for a way to help the team win. Hard working kids, really fun to watch.

*April 24th has the makings (If Ian Anderson takes the mound) as being one of the biggest matchups in the history of NY high school baseball - Niskayuna superstar Garrett Whitley (one of the top northeast players in this years amateur MLB Draft) squaring up against one of the top 2016 pitchers in the country...enough said.

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