LAKE PLACID - Five players who helped lead the Lake Placid baseball team to its first Section VII championship since the late 1990s were honored as Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all-stars.
Senior Ryan Meyer and sophomore Alex Brandes led the way as members of the all-CVAC team.
Meyer was the Blue Bombers captain and four-year starter who played every position during his high school career. As Lake Placid's ace, Meyer was named an all-CVAC team pitcher. He also paced the Bombers at the plate, leading the team with a .488 batting average. On the mound, Meyer posted a 4-4 record and a 2.59 ERA. In 46 innings of work, Meyer struck out 67 batters and gave up just 11 walks.
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During his first season of varsity baseball, Brandes was one of the most reliable hitters in the Lake Placid lineup. He was an all-CVAC selection at centerfield, and had the second-best batting average for the Blue Bombers behind Meyer. Brandes batted .429 and paced the team with 13 RBI.
Meyer and Brandes were also Division II all-star picks, along with teammates RJ Reid and Kamm Cassidy.
Reid, a senior, was second in a deep pitching staff for Lake Placid. He missed a number of games late in the season with an injury, but returned to help the Blue Bombers during their successful playoff run. He posted a 2-0 record on the mound and also played first base. Reid was a three-year starter on the team.
Just an eighth-grader, Cassidy made an immediate impact for the Blue Bombers and normally played third base. He was Lake Placid's third top hitter, finishing the year with a .406 batting average.
Shane McNierney, a junior outfielder, was an honorable mention choice in the CVAC. He was fourth on the team in batting with a .295 average and led the Blue Bombers with 44 trips to the plate.