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Montrose’s Mike Vanness, right, takes batting practice with teammate Matt Simonds, left, throwing him pitches during a practice on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Montrose’s Mike Vanness, right, takes batting practice with teammate Matt Simonds, left, throwing him pitches during a practice on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

The Montrose Area baseball team is looking to make the most of the 2013 season and write a new ending to a season that was cut short last year.
“Hard work, dedication and confidence is what the Montrose baseball team will enter the 2013 season with,” head coach Ryan Soden said. “We are back, ready to write a new ending to the story after having our season come to a close before we wanted it to last year.”
The Meteors finished off the year with a 16-1 overall record, 14-0 in the regular season.
Montrose won the Lackawanna League Division III title, but saw its hopes of a District II Class AA championship cut short with a semifinal round loss to Holy Cross, 7-4.
The Meteors return to the mound with eight returning starters in seniors Nick Meyers (C), Korey Stimmel (P), Anthony Bartock (P) and Dale Harder (OF), juniors Matt Lewis (SS), Matt Simonds (OF) and Justin Hartman (3B) and sophomore Michael Vanness (OF).
Montrose will fill some starting roles this season after losing six seniors to graduation last year.
Montrose lost Casey O’Reilly (2B), Mike Hackett (1B), Michael Rapisardi (3B/P), Zach Loomis (CF), Jared Winn (1B/P) and Matt Sobiech (C).
“They were very valuable to the team both in their play and leadership abilities,” Soden said.
The team will look to battle through a tough regular season schedule.
“In our league there are many tough teams,” Soden said. “Right now, two programs who have put together some good seasons are Mountain View and Lackawanna Trail,” Soden said. “Both of those teams are hard to beat not only because of their talent level but because they show up to play and don’t make mistakes.”
Soden said he will rely on the entire team to push them to victory, and will look to Lewis, Harder and Hartman, who all battled near or above .400 last season to come up with some big hits.
“Every member of our team is a standout student, citizen and athlete,” Soden said.
The Montrose Area varsity baseball team is comprised of seniors Nick Myers, Korey Stimmel, Anthony Bartock, Dale Harder and Anthony Augenti, juniors Matt Lewis, Matt Simonds, Justin Hartman, Will Ferrill, Sal Vetri and Pat Conaboy, sophomores Michael vanness, Nick Henry, Andreas Mittmann, Kyle Watkins and Matt Benninger.
Montrose will get its season underway on Friday, Mar. 22, with an exhibition game at home against Dunmore at 4:30 p.m.
Full schedule:
Mar. 22, home against Dunmore, 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 30, at Wallenpaupack, 11 a.m.
Apr. 2, at Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, home against Holy Cross, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, at Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 12, at Elk Lake, 5 p.m.
Apr. 18, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 20, home against Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 22, home against Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 25, home against Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, at Holy Cross, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 30, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, home against Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
May 6, at Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
May 9, home against Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, at Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge baseball team finished with a 6-8 record in Lackawanna League Division III last season and will look to post a winning record this season.
Full schedule:
Apr. 2, home against Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, at Mt. View, 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, home against Lakeland, 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 15, home against Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 18, at Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 22, home against Susquehanna, 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 25, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, home against Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, home against Elk Lake, 3:30 p.m.
May 6, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
May 7, at Lakeland, 4:15 p.m.
May 9, home against Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, at Susquehanna, 3:30 p.m.
Elk Lake
Elk Lake’s baseball team finished 6-8 in Lackawanna League Division III last year and will look to contend with powerhouses in Montrose and Lackawanna Trail.
Full schedule:
Apr. 2, home against Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, home against Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 22, at Mid Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 25, at Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, home against Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, at Blue Ridge, 3:30 p.m.
May 4, home against Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, home against Mid Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Forest City
Forest City’s baseball team had a 3-11 season last year, but will look to use returning talent to get above .500.
Full schedule:
Mar. 26, at Mid Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 2, at Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, home against Elk lake, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 9, at Carbondale, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, home against Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 16, at Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 18, home against Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 23, at Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 25, home against Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 30, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, home against Carbondale, 4:30 p.m.
May 4, at Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
May 7, home against Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
May 9, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, home against Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View
Mountain View’s baseball team had an 8-6 record in 2012, and will look to unseat Montrose and Lackawanna Trail in the upcoming season.
Full schedule:
Mar. 25, at Lakeland, 4 p.m.
Mar. 28, at Riverside, 4 p.m.
Apr. 2, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, home against Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, at Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, home against Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 15, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 18, at Dunmore, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 20, at Montrose, 1 p.m.
Apr. 22, home against Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 24, home against Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, at Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, home against Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
May 4, at Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.
May 6, home against Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
May 9, home against Dunmore, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Susquehanna
The Susquehanna Saber baseball team took home a 4-10 record last season, but will look to get past division rivals to post above .500.
Full schedule:
Mar. 25, at Hancock (N.Y.), 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 27, at Windsor Central (N.Y.), 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 2, home against Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 4, at Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, home against Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11, at Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 14, at Old Forge, 11 a.m.
Apr. 18, home against Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 20, at Northeast Bradford, 9:10 a.m.
Apr. 22, at Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 25, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 29, home against Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
May 2, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
May 4, home against Mt. View, 1 p.m.
May 6, home against Old Forge, 4:30 p.m.
May 9, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
May 13, home against Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.