Dukes set to battle for MHAL, Class A title
Coming into the 2014 season, Marlboro’s baseball team made it to 10 sectional final games in the last 12 years. And it was a game the Dukes missed last year after finishing the season with an 8-10 record. Now Coach Dave Onusko comes back with five seniors, six juniors and five sophomores for another chance at a sectional title.
And Onusko predicts it will be a fight both for MHAL and Section 9, Class A titles with Saugerties, Wallkill, and Cornwall.
“As always, Cornwall brings a rich tradition, great coaching and a roster full of talent every year. Along with (Saugerties and Wallkill) you should see a very competitive section tournament again at this level,” he said.
The Dukes lost their best hitter, Matt Winkler, from last year’s team along with Matt Tamburri, pitcher and first baseman, and Eric Sandri, a left-handed pitcher.
Jackson Segnit, a senior, returns to pitch and play in the outfield, and he’ll be pitching to Justin Votta, a returning senior, behind the plate. John Mooradian, sophomore, returns to play shortstop, and be a double-play partner with Matt Volpe, a junior, at second, or Xavier Oliver, a sophomore who will also pitch.
Scott Oliver, a junior, returns after playing third in 2013. This season Scott Oliver could pitch or play in the outfield. Matt Marquis, a junior, will pitch and play the outfield, and Nick Mongelli and Jack Rusk, sophomores, will both pitch and play first.
Brett Vanamburgh, a junior, will play in the outfield, and Robbie Rabe, a junior, will pitch and play third base. Kyle Cherubini, a junior, will pitch and play in the outfield, and Alan Cain, a senior, will play in the outfield. Matt Lavery, a senior, will play first.
By Bond Brungard