Al Roy has traded his baseball cap for a calculator.
Section II’s baseball coordinator for the last nine years was hired last month as the athletic organization’s internal control officer.
In his new role, Roy will oversee expenditures involving Section II’s sports budget.
“I have a business background and a sports background,” said Roy. “It’s a perfect fit for me.”
Roy’s stint as Section II’s baseball coordinator was marked by new opportunities.
This past spring, Roy saw a goal come to fruition when the Fort Ann, Warrensburg, Loudonville Christian and Germantown baseball teams converged at East Field in Glens Falls for the Section II Class D semifinals.
“We had been playing all of the semifinals at big facilities except for the ‘Ds.’ The ‘AAs’ were at Joe Bruno Stadium, the ‘As’ were at Saint Rose, the ‘Bs’ were at Bleecker and the ‘Cs’ were at Shuttleworth [Park]. The ’Ds’ were at Morse Complex, which is a high school field. I contacted the city of Glens Falls to see if there was a possibility of using East Field, and one thing led to another.
“I took great satisfaction in that. I had to look out for all of the classes, not just the big schools.”
Smaller schools that play mostly against those from a larger class got some assistance in 2008 with the introdution of the two-for-one sectional qualifying system that Roy firmly backed.
In the system, a school is awarded two “wins” for every league victory over a larger classification school. Teams need to have a .500 or better league record to make the sectionals.
“We changed from eight schools [in each class] to a .500 league
record quite a while ago, and we expanded it to the two-for-one,” said Roy. “That opened up an opportunity for Burnt Hills, Mohonasen and other schools that play against bigger schools.”
Roy joined the Section II baseball committee in 1997, and served as its media liason before taking the reins when Ed Dopp stepped down.
Maple Hill coach Rico Frese is the new Section II baseball coordinator.
Grout Run saturday
Three returning individual champions and a special guest starter will be part of the 75th Everett T. Grout Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Central Park in Schenectady.
Jamie Kasza of Fonda-Fultonville will attempt to repeat as the Division C winner, with that race at 11:20 the first of the six for varsity athletes. Jack Meader, who won the Grout Run in 1948 while competing for Nott Terrace, will start that race.
Maryanna Lansing of Shaker will strive for her third straight Grout Run title after taking first in Division II last year and first in Division I in 2011. Lansing will compete Saturday in Division I.