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Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient

Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient

Slams 3 homers in 8-1 win
Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient
Niskayuna’s Jimmy Joyce is safe at home plate while Troy catcher John Germinerio defends on the play.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

NISKAYUNA — Tyler Senecal’s first-inning home run Thursday landed well beyond the fence in left field, the type of blast that usually draws the entirety of a high school baseball team’s roster out to celebrate at home plate.

Instead, Niskayuna played it cool. Senecal received a handshake from the game’s next batter and some high-fives on his way back into the dugout.

The muted celebration made sense. Senecal’s home run in Niskayuna’s 8-1 Suburban Council win against Troy was his third in as many days, and turned out to be the first of three round-trippers Thursday for the slugging Silver Warriors.

“Our whole lineup’s got great hitters,” Senecal said.

“And we’ve just worked on staying through the [ball], hitting the ball gap to gap,” said Niskayuna senior Liam Davison, who hit a home run in the fourth inning. “The goal is to hit doubles.”

The depth of the Niskayuna (4-1 SC, 6-1 overall) lineup showed against Troy (1-4, 3-5) as the Silver Warriors continued a tremendous week. Senecal’s home run Thursday came out of the third spot in the lineup, senior Angelo Spataro’s two-run home run in the sixth inning came from the sixth place in the order and Davison homered from the eighth spot.

“You don’t think they’ve got [that type of power],” Senecal said of the later hitters in Niskayuna’s lineup, “but if they get the right pitch, look out.”

Niskayuna came into Thursday’s game off wins Tuesday and Wednesday against Schalmont and Albany, respectively, by a combined score of 43-2. On the season, the Silver Warriors are scoring an average of 10.6 runs per game.

“But we’re not sitting around waiting for home runs,” said Niskayuna first-year head coach Chris Bianchi, who replaced John Furey. “We’re just trying to put guys on base consistently.”

“We really know how to play together and attack our opponents,” Senecal said.

Niskayuna didn’t need as much offense as it produced against Troy. Senior right-handed pitcher Nick Insognia, a Stony Brook commit, was strong on the mound in a complete-game effort.

“He was down in the zone, located his fastball,” Bianchi said. “He’s a great pitcher.”

Insognia threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 27 batters he faced and recorded eight strikeouts as Niskayuna collected its fifth consecutive win.

“We just need to keep concentrating and playing hard,” Insognia said.

Niskayuna had no trouble with that Thursday. The Silver Warriors pushed ahead 3-1 after Davison’s fourth-inning home run, then tacked on five runs in the sixth. Six Silver Warriors had at least one RBI, while the same number scored at least a run.

“Hitting goes in waves, and we’re swinging the bat real well right now,” Bianchi said. “We hit some balls real hard at people, too, that were outs.”

With a senior-laden roster, Niskayuna has high expectations for itself this season. Its early results have only bolstered the confidence for a group that expects to compete for league and sectional championships this season.

“We’re ready,” Insognia said. “We’re showing that right now.”

Troy    010 000 0 — 1 3 3
Niskayuna    100 205 x — 8 7 1

Judge, Waters (6) and Germinerio; Insognia and Toy.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at 395-3109, mkelly@dailygazette.net or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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