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April 5, 2014

Key players back for GI baseball

Niagara Gazette — Two years ago, Quinn Corrao and Greg Nicolia got a taste of postseason success when they were called up from junior varsity to play limited roles during the Grand Island Vikings' run to the 2012 state semifinals.

Now the seniors form two-thirds of the key trio charged with leading the Vikings on another state run.

Corrao, Nicolia and junior Mark McKenna are three of a large group Vikings returning after playing in 2013, when Grand Island went 10-4 and tied for second in the Niagara Frontier League before bowing out to the Hamburg Bulldogs in the Section VI Class A semifinals.

Excellence is the standard on the Isle, where the Vikings have won two of the past five sectional titles. Head coach Dean Santorio hopes to follow the same script to success that has worked in the past.

"I know (Niagara Falls) will be tough again, and Lockport is always going to be strong," he said. "Every year we want to make sure we're battling for one of the top-3 spots. If we finish one, two or three in our league, we can get enough power points for sectionals to get a pretty good seed. We just want the opportunity to be there at the end of the year."

Corrao, who was named first team All-Western New York as a junior, will lead the way from the hill after posting a 5-0 record with a 0.82 ERA as a starter last season. Quarterback of the football team, Corrao missed time in the fall with an ankle injury. Santorio said he's now healthy and garnering some Division I interest, particularly from Canisius.

Behind Corrao in the rotation will be junior Josh Barrett, a righty making his first appearance on varsity.

"He throws with nice velocity, very similar to Quinn, and has a nice breaking ball," Santorio said.

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