It was a tough first week of spring sports action for Troy High. To wit:
Baseball: The Flying Horses are 1-1 going into week 2. Troy had their road opener at Burnt Hills postponed due to rain on April 3, but it was a non-league game anyway, as the two teams are set to close the season at Troy on May 14. The home opener on Thursday saw Troy shut out Averill Park, 7-0. Poor field conditions in Niskayuna resulted in the defending Class AA champion Silver Warriors moving their game with Troy to the THS campus on Saturday morning, with Nisky remaining the home team. The two clubs will play at Troy next year unless things change. Niskayuna embarrassed Troy with a walk-off, 5-4 win.
Lacrosse: Troy is now 0-2 after blowing a 3-2 halftime lead Thursday vs. LaSalle. The Cadets scored 12 unanswered goals in the second half, while their defense shut down the hosts, en route to a 14-3 win. Hockey stars Erik Zimmerman, Sam Brendese, & Sebastian Geiger combined for 8 of the Cadets' goals. Geiger had 5, Brendese had 2, and Zimmerman had 1. Troy was to play Nisky on Saturday, but that result hasn't been reported as of press time.
Softball: After losing their opener at Burnt Hills on April 3, 11-2, the women have yet to see the field again, as it appears Saturday's game at Nisky was postponed due to poor field conditions. They'll make a 3rd attempt to play arch rival Averill Park on Tuesday. For some reason, this being the only meeting between the Lady Horses and the Lady Warriors, it's listed as a non-league game on the schedule.
Tennis: The struggles on the court continue, as the boys dropped their opener to Averill Park, 9-0, on Thursday. One match was forfeited, likely due to lack of players, and that was a frequent thing last year. Tennis used to be one of Troy's stronger sports back in my days as a student.
Back to Troy baseball. I wrote a few days ago about how the Horses no longer had senior pitcher David Judge on their roster. As El Cheapo Press (The Record) was unable to discern the reasons why due to their being barred from talking to coaches and players, I found out from a friend of the Judge family, who is not only a fellow THS alumnus, but also the parent of an Albany Academy player, that Judge transferred to a school outside of Section II. Particularly, all the way down in Florida. Seems Judge made the acquaintance of then-Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his son some time back, and is boarding with the Girardi family this season. It's almost the same as moving to a prep school to enhance his chances of getting a Division 1 scholarship. Seems another part of THS policy is not disclosing student-athlete or personnel (coaching) changes to the press, period, as this would've been good copy for a feature piece for at least one local daily.
After getting my first look at the Lansingburgh baseball field yesterday, I'm more convinced than ever that Troy has to do some serious fund raising in order to get the amenities they need (i.e. scoreboards) for their baseball & softball fields.