Though his junior season was shortened to just 11 games, Fort Plain graduate Drew Fureno played well enough to be named the team’s Most Valuable Player at Division II Le Moyne College.
Fureno, who was New York’s Class D State Player of the Year as a high school junior on Fort Plain’s 2016 state championship team, played 11 games – all starts – for the 9-7 Dolphins this spring and batted .308 with the second home run of his college career and 13 runs batted in. He homered and drove in six runs at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania on March 1.
Fureno doubled five times to lead the team this spring – his only previous extra base hit at Le Moyne was a home run in his second game as a freshman at Shippensburg – and he was second on the team in slugging percentage (.513) and RBI with one of the team’s five sacrifice flies.
Drew Fureno will be joined on campus by his younger brother Brady in the fall. Brady Fureno, also a catcher, has been a first-team all-state selection and was scheduled to play his senior season for Fort Plain this spring.
Le Moyne’s 2020 season ended after a March 11 game at Goldey-Beacom College when the coronavirus pandemic halted college spring sports. The virus also prevented high schools from starting their spring season in New York.