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Baseball season underway

The wait is over. Baseball season is here.

In one of Section VI's first games of the season, North Collins took down Holland, 7-2, for a nonleague win.

Tre Bley had three hits, three runs and two RBIs, while Mitchell Williams tossed a three-hitter. Merely a week ago, Western New York was encased in snow. But now, spring is upon us.

"It was fun," North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. "We've been eager to get out there. The kids couldn't wait to get going."

With a new turf facility, the Eagles have already gotten on the field 10 times over the last few weeks. In that sense, Kellner said the opener couldn't come soon enough.

On this day, Bley stepped up with three hits in the cold weather. His two-run double provided enough cushion to ensure the win.

Kellner hopes a mix of experience and rookies serves his team well this season.

"There was high anticipation," Kellner said. "We have a lot of new faces in the lineup with a lot of uncertainty. We'll learn to trust each other with a lot of young players and veterans mixed in."

Meanwhile, Fredonia pounded North East (Pa.), 15-0, in the Harbor Creek Tournament. Connor Farnham had a home run, a double and five RBI. Shane Smith (five strikeouts) earned the win with a two-hitter.

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Review Wednesday's chat

Be sure to check out the latest chat on the PrepTalk blog online. With the basketball season finished up, it's full steam ahead into the spring. In his latest discussion with fans, The News' Keith McShea makes the transition.

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Cast your votes

Also on the PrepTalk blog, be sure to cast your votes in a string of polls as high schools spring into the new season. What was the biggest sports story of the winter season? Jamestown's run to the state title game? The Grand Island girls' dash to the final four? Charlie Rommel's incredible swimming season? Punch in your vote amongst the seven biggest stories of the winter season.

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