Mighty Warriors, Spartans, Blue Streaks and Patriots and other teams around the region are back in the field and at the plate. In 1990 and 1991, young men and women acquitted themselves with honor. Softball pitchers Shane Kozak of Schenectady and Chris Nally of Columbia were throwing missiles. Steve Pelosi was stealing bases for Johnstown. Todd Lucca was knocking out hits for Mohonasen. It’s time to “Play ball!” once again. Local players are back on the same fields used by their baseball and softball ancestors 20 years ago. They’re swinging, slinging, striding and sliding just as hard as the “kids” — now in their mid- to late 30s — did during glory days of the past.
Schenectady’s Brad Gilbert has on his helmet, his batting glove and his game face during the Patriots’ game against Saratoga at Central Park on May 28, 1991. Schenectady won, 8-3.
Schenectady’s Lori Perretta collides with Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons first baseman Leina Minakawa during action at Linton High School on April 26, 1991. Schenectady won, 7-1.
Pete Boone, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's guardian of the hot corner, snags a throw during a game against Scotia on April 23, 1990.
Johnstown righty Hiroki Kobayoshi prepares a delivery to home plate on May 1, 1991. Gloversville beat the Sir Bills 2-1.
Columbia's Chris Nally windmills a pitch during the Blue Devils' game against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on June 3, 1990. Burnt Hills prevailed, 4-2.
Schenectady's Nick Polomaine steps lively to beat the throw to first base, where Saratoga High’s Jim Callahan is hoping for a quick out. The drama was part of Schenectady's 8-3 win over the Blue Streaks on May 28, 1991
Scotia shortstop Paul Rayburn forces out Joe Sidoti of Mohonasen at second place on April 14, 1990. Scotia won, 3-0.
Niskayuna catcher Brian Mika is ready and waiting for a sliding Todd Lucca of Mohonasen during a Suburban Council game at Mohonasen on April 20, 1990. The Mighty Warriors beat the visitors, 4-2.
Johnstown’s Steve Pelosi is on the ground, but he’s in the scorebook with a stolen base against Gloversville on May 1, 1991. Gloversville infielder Matt Smullen is late with the tag.
Schenectady's Shane Kozak, one of the Capital Region’s top softball pitchers in 1991, smiles with catcher Karen Stanley after the Patriots’ 6-3 victory over Saratoga on May 24, 1991.
Mechanicville’s Brad Sgambati takes a mighty cut against Schalmont in a JV baseball game on April 11, 1991.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake first baseman Kristi Wojcik makes a close play against Columbia on June 3, 1990. Rhonda Romer just needed another few steps.
Third baseman Pete Boone of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake offers a leather sandwich to Scotia’s Dan Giaquinto during a close encounter on the base paths on April 23, 1990. Scotia blanked the Spartans 8-0.