Onondaga Flames Sign Bombers Hard Throwing Right-Hander Jake Binder

Ithaca Transfer is Former Jamesville-Dewitt Star  

Syracuse, NY September 19, 2016: The Onondaga Flames collegiate summer baseball league team announced today they have signed 6′ 4″ right-handed pitcher Jake Binder of Jamesville, NY.  The Jamesville-Dewitt binder-jakeHigh School star was a 2015 Northeast Region Honorable Mention and was selected to the All-CNY and All-State Team in his junior season. Binder helped lead his team to a NYS sectional championship.

After a successful freshman season at Fairfield University where he allowed only 4 extra base hits in his 15 appearances (18.1 IP), Binder transferred to Ithaca College and will play for the Bombers this year. Jake played for the Syracuse Junior Chiefs of the New York Collegiate Baseball League last summer and appeared in eight games in relief. He struck out 23 in 26 2/3 IP on his way to 3 saves and a 2-1 record.

“Jake is a gifted pitcher and we are excited to have to him join our staff next summer,” said Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “he has tremendous potential and we eager to help him develop.”

A business and finance major, Jake is the son of Joy and Theodore Binder of Jamesville, NY.


Mickey Beach Named Coastal Carolina Baseball Student Assistant Manager

Coveted Spot to Onondaga Flames Intern

Syracuse, NY October 22, 2016: Onondaga Flames Intern Mickey Beach, a junior transfer student at Coastal Carolina University, has been appointed Student Assistant Manager to the Chanticleers’ reigning College World Series Championship baseball team.

beach-mickeyLast year, Beach was the Tompkins Cortland Community College team captain under Head Coach Ryan Stevens, who is also the Flames Director of Baseball.  After graduation, Mickey transferred to CCU, where he is a sports management major. “I am excited to have these great opportunities.” said Beach, “I am working towards a career in baseball and am thankful for the chance to learn from these top professionals.”

Mickey has quickly adjusted to the CCU lifestyle and loves every part of the new challenges. He will travel with the team and assist on any practice and game day needs. A pitcher at TC3, Mickey will also throw batting practice.

“Mickey already has some valuable baseball experience and learning under Coach Giimore is a chance of a lifetime.” commented Stevens, “We are very proud to have him a part of our Onondaga Flames staff this summer.”

Mickey is from Newfield, New York.

Conor Thompson Named Assistant Coach of Onondaga Flames

Syracuse, NY October 20, 2016: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL.com) announced today that Conor thompson-conorThompson will be an assistant coach for the 2017 summer season. A local product, Conor is a graduate of West Genesee High where he starred in both baseball and hockey. An outstanding catcher, he was named All-League catcher two years in a row.

Conor had an excellent collegiate career at SUNY Onondaga CC where he was a JUCO all Conference catcher and later at Mansfield University (PA) as a two-year starter. He was also a two time summer league All Star selection in the NYCBL.

After Mansfiekd, Conor pursued a career in professional baseball with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League (Texas Indy Ball). His stellar play in his first year earned him an invite to spring training with the Chicago Cubs, who signed him to play in their farm system. Conor was assigned to the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League.

Thompson is now pursuing a career in coaching. He was the Catching Coach for OCC last year and helped lead them to the Regional Championship game. “Conor is a great addition to our coaching staff. He is an excellent coach and his collegiate and professional playing experience will be invaluable to the team.” said Flames Director of baseball Ryan Stevens.

The Onondaga Flames will play a 50 game schedule in June and July. Their home games will be played at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex.The PGCBL is a wooden bat development league for collegiate players with remaining college eligibility.

Onondaga Flames Attract Top Local Collegiate Talent

Over A Dozen Area Stars To Play For Hometown Team

Syracuse, NY October 19, 2017: The Onondaga Flames summer league baseball team is well on its way to building a roster of the best local talent, together with top college players from coast-to-coast. The Flames will play their inaugural season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (pgcbl.com) at the Onondaga Community College baseball complex during June and July 2017.

Onondaga-Flames Tee-shirt logo_border-PNG-250x199“We are excited to have already signed over a dozen of the best local college talent and are in the process of recruiting several others. Syracuse is a great baseball area and we are pleased to be able to provide these terrific young men a chance to play in front of their hometown fans,” commented Ryan Stevens, Director of Baseball for the Flames, “Local fans are going to be amazed how good these college players are.”

“College coaches pretty much control where their players will play summer league ball. Coaches at the collegiate level place their players where they will get experienced coaching and play at a challenging level of competition,” explained Wayne Walker, Flames president. “The Flames touch both of those bases. Our Director of Baseball has a great reputation in baseball circles and the Perfect Game League competition ranks near the top of all 40 collegiate summer leagues. College coaches as far South as Florida and as far West as California and Washington are placing players in our care for the summer. We will work very hard to reward that trust,” continued Walker.

The Flames Director of Baseball Ryan Stevens, a Dryden native and current Head Baseball Coach at Tompkins Cortland Community College, returned to his hometown in 2013 after a highly successful professional managerial career that included league titles and coach of the year honors while coaching the Alpine Cowboys in the Pecos League. Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He graduated from Dryden High before going on to a distinguished collegiate career at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).

The Perfect Game League had ten alumni selected in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, which consisted of 30 selections. They also had the third overall selection, Ian Anderson, drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Some 37 PGCBL players were darted in all ten rounds. Over all, since its inception in 2010, the league has had over 1,500 players who were either drafted or have professional ball.


Onondaga Flames Sign Elmira College Right-Hander Corey DeMauro

Westhill High Standout Was A 2016 Section III Pitcher-of-the-Year

Syracuse, NY October 17, 2016: The Onondaga Flames announced today they have signed 2016 Section III OHSL Liberty Pitcher-of-the-Year demauro-coreyCorey DeMauro. Over the course of his high school career, the slender DeMauro fashioned an impressive 1.40 ERA as well as a WHIP of .688 and 3 to 1 strike-out-to walk ratio for the highly regarded Westhill High program. DeMauro is continuing his education and baseball career at Elmira College.

“I was impressed with Corey’s command of the strike zone from the first time I saw him pitch”, commented Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “he delivers some nasty stuff from a low arm slot. He will add some nice variety to our staff.”

Corey is the son of Linda DeMauro of Syracuse.

Onondaga Flames Sign Oswego Ace Brian Nolan

Former Corcoran High Standout to Join Flames Staff

Syracuse, NY September 27, 2016: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced today the signing of southpaw ace Brian Nolan nolan-brianof the SUNY Oswego Lakers for the 2017 summer season.

The right-handed pitcher enjoyed a brilliant freshman season for the Lakers last year as he appeared in 11 games, making 9 starts and finishing with a stellar 6-2 record. His  premier performance was a complete game shutout against Wheaton College in the NCAA New England Regional. Nolan scattered 7 hits and fanned nine while walking only two in his clutch performance.Nolan had a season ERA of 2.54 while pitching the second-most innings on the Lakers squad and striking out the second-most batters.

Nolan enjoyed similar success at Corcoran High where he won four games while compiling a 1.91 ERA. “Corey has excellent control as evidenced by his 4.5 strikeouts-to-walk ratio.”, noted Ryan Stevens, Director of Baseball for the Flames, ” He gets almost a strikeout per inning pitched. We’re very excited to have him join us.”

Nolan, now a sophomore, is the son of Brian and  Debbie Nolan of Syracuse, NY.



Onondaga Flames Sign LeMoyne Catcher Camillo Spinoso

CBA Graduate is Defensive Standout

Syracuse, NY October 5, 2016: The Onondaga Flames announced today it has signed Camillo Spinoso, sophomore from spinoso-camilloLeMoyne College. Spinoso is a transfer from George Washington University and a former star at Christian Brothers Academy where he helped his team to four consecutive OHSL Freedom League Championships

While at CBA he  was a four-time First Team All-League selection, two-time Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior and team captain as a senior. In 2015 Perfect Game elected him a North East Honorable Mention All-American. While known for his defensive skills as a shortstop and catcher, he is also a reliable hitter  having batted .327 as a senior, .321 as a junior, .391 as a sophomore and .291 as a freshman.

Flames Director of Baseball Ryan Stevens said, “Camillo is a great addition to our roster. He will round out our catching staff and be available to play infield when needed. He is a proven pinch hitter having batted .429 in that role at George Washington. We are very fortunate to have him join the Flames.”

The local standout is the son of Jill and Carmen of Jamesville and has has two brothers, Dominick and Carmen, and one sister, Angelina.

Onondaga Flames Sign Ithaca College Catcher Adam Gallagher

Former Maine-Endwell Star Joins Brother On Flames Roster

Syracuse, NY September 15, 2016:  The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced the signing of Ithaca Bombers sophomore catcher Adam gallagher-adamGallagher. The former Maine-Endwell star appeared in 25 games with 15 starts in his freshman year. A defensive standout with a .969 Fielding Percentage, Gallagher batted .273 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs. 

Ryan Stevens, Director of Baseball for the Flames commented, “Adam is a terrific athlete and we look for him to do great things in the league next summer. We are fortunate to have him on our roster.”

While at Maine-Endwell HS, Adam helped the Spartans win four-straight Section IV Championships. A Sports Management major, Adam is the son of Matt and Julie Gallagher of Endwell, NY. He has two brothers, Kyle and Drew.