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15 Tri-Lakers named baseball all-stars

Tri-Lakes baseball all-stars. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

The Tri-Lakes region saw another successful spring sports season from the Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake baseball teams. All three teams were able to reach their respective sectional title game. Fifteen total players and one coach have now been recognized for their efforts on the diamond this season by being selected to their respective league all-star teams.

Lake Placid’s Vann Morrelli was named Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference Division I MVP, while Jon Caito, Hyler Isham and Jarrett Mihill were chosen as first-team all-stars. Teammate Will Landriault was an honorable mention.

Saranac Lake was led by Cedar Rivers, who was named to the All-Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all-star team and was a Division II All-Star. Red Storm teammates Carter Nicastro and Evan Willett were also named D-II all-stars. Zack Goetz was an honorable mention.

Tupper Lake’s Griffin Shaheen was named All-Northern Athletic Conference East division MVP and was selected to the first team. Shaheen was joined by Wyatt Godin, Karter Kenniston and Ryder Willett on the first team, while Cooper Cuttaia was named to the second team. Cody Auclair received the sportsmanship award.

Lake Placid’s Brian Brandes was named the MVAC D-I coach of the year for the third straight season.

The Lumberjacks were the lone team to come away with a banner, winning the Section X, Class C crown, while also winning Section X East Division league title. The team finished the season with a winning record of 15-3, and ended its season in the NYSPHSAA Class C subregional round to the eventual state champion, Chatham Panthers, on May 30.

Tupper Lake was the only team this season to record score double-digit runs in a single seven-inning game on Chatham. The Hudson Blue Hawks scored 10 runs on Chatham in an 11-10 loss on April 25, but that game required extra innings.

A big reason for the team’s success was because of Shaheen, who batted in in the three-hole and mostly played catcher. During his best outing as a pitcher, Shaheen tossed a no-hitter in a 14-0 victory over the St. Lawrence Larries on May 3. It’s the fourth time Shaheen was named to All-NAC all-star team.

Kenniston was the team’s ace, helping log most of the team’s innings. Godin was strong in his outings, including throwing a no-hitter in a 15-0 victory against St. Regis Falls on May 7. Ryder Willett earned his honor playing in centerfield and Auclair and Cuttaia also had strong seasons.

While the Lake Placid baseball team wasn’t able to walk away with the Section VII, Class D title for the second year in a row, the team was able to win its third consecutive MVAC league title.

The Blue Bombers went 13-3 overall after suffering an 11-8 loss in the sectional championship to the Bolton Eagles on May 22.

Morrelli earned his honor as the team’s top pitcher and shortstop. He led the team in batting average, runs batted in, as well as strikeouts and pitching wins.

All of Lake Placid’s infield — which included Caito at third, Mihill at shortstop when Morrelli pitched, Isham at second and Landriault at first — received honors. The five Blue Bomber all-stars, all of whom are juniors, combined for 92 of the team’s 142 total hits this season.

Despite not having the best regular season, the Red Storm had back-to-back great performances in the Section VII, Class B playoffs. The team fell just short in the championship game, suffering a 5-4 loss in eight innings to the Saranac Central Spartans on May 23.

Rivers, who started on the mound in both playoff games, was a key factor during that stretch. He had 16 strikeouts in 11 and one-third innings, allowing just six runs. For Rivers, it’s his fourth time he’s been named to the all-star team. He closed out his baseball career with more than 200 strikeouts.

Evan Willett returned to the all-star team for the second year in a row, earning his honor as a centerfielder. Nicastro and Goetz both nabbed their first-ever baseball selections.

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