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We would like to get your input on special events for 2017.

We are planning our special events for 2017 and would like to get fan input. Take the Fan Surveys at http://onondagaflames.com/fan-surveys/.

  • Special Events – here are the special events we are planning for 2017. Take the survey and let us know which ones you are most likely to attend.
    • Hot Stove Dinner with Guest Speaker
    • 4th of July Post-Game Fireworks Night at the Ballpark
    • Perfect Game League All-Star Game
    • Cooperstown Exhibition game with visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame
    • Little League Night at the Ballpark – LL players admitted free with free voucher for hot dog, chips and drink.
  •  Guest Speakers – the following are available as guest speakers. Take the survey and let us know your preferences.
    • Bill Buckner
    • Vida Blue
    • Jim Bouton
    • Jim Bunning
    • Rick Dempsey
    • Bucky Dent
    • Peter Gammons
    • Dwight Gooden
    • Goose Gossage
    • Keith Hernandez
    • Tommy John
    • Davey Johnson
    • Sparky Lyle
    • Graig Nettles
    • Daryl Strawberry
    • Alan Trammell
    • Mookie Wilson

As always, we are interested in any other suggestions you may have.

Thanks for your help!

Flames Sign Gonzaga Infielder Josh Stenberg

King County All-Star Is Third Bulldog to Join Flames

Syracuse NY December 23, 2016: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com) announced today that Gonzaga University Bulldog Josh Stenberg will join the team for the 2017 summer season. Stenberg will join Zags teammates Anthony Scalzo and Trent Schulte on the Flames roster. Scalzo and Stenberg were also teammates at Mercer Island high school and in the 2009 Little League Series.

Stenberg was a three-year infielder for Mercer Island High (WA) and helped the squad win the 2015 state championships, hitting the game-winning 13th inning walk-off home run…In his senior year, Josh was team captain and 2016 1st Team All-KingCo Selection. He finished his high school career with an impressive .333 bating average and .554 on base percentage. A versatile athlete, he also played four years of basketball, serving as team captain his senior year as well.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Josh will be joining teammates Scalzo and Schulte on our 2017 roster.”, commented Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “All three figure to be big contributors next summer.”

“Gonzaga is a great school with a terrific baseball program and we are very fortunate to be able to work with them in developing their young talent like Josh,”

Josh is the son of Susie and Steve Stenberg of Mercer Island, WA and is a first year business major. He has three siblings,  Jackie, Jessie, and Jake.

NYS All-Star Colin BeVard Joins Flames

Cortland State Speedster Will Play Outfield Next Summer

Syracuse, NY 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com) announced today that Cortland State’s Colin BeVard.will join the team for the 2017 summer season. BeVard, a CNY and NYS Section III All-star while at West Genesee, compiled a slash line of .375/.485/.548 over his 4-year varsity high school career. He added 27 stolen bases, including 11 in his senior year.

“Colin has excellent speed and a strong arm making him a great outfield prospect.” remarked Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “We are very excited to have Colin join us.”

Team president Wayne Walker noted, “Colin has been clocked at 6.58 in the 60 yard dash, which is better than the average MLB player. Ricky Henderson for example, was a 6.4 guy and Ken Griffey Jr, 6.6. He  also has a big arm and actually pitched a no-hitter against a stellar CBA team while at West Genesee. That’s quite a combination.”

Colin is a freshman at SUNY Cortland and is the son of Eric and Margaret BeVard of Warners, NY.

Onondaga Flames Sign Wells College RHP Jared Strait

IAC/NYS All-Star Selection Signs for 2017 Summer Season

Syracuse, NY December 18, 2016: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com), announced today the signing of Wells College right-hander Jared Strait, a 2016 IAC and New

Jared Strait

York Sportswriters Section IV All-Star selection. Strait, the stopper for the Lansing High Bobcats, had a career 1.50 ERA with a gaudy 8.6 strikeout to walk ratio.

Flames Director of Baseball Ryan Stevens noted, “Jared drew every tough assignment and handled them with skill and poise. He is a good leader and will be a great addition to our team.”

When not on the mound, Jared played second base and had a .361 average with 29 RBIs , and on-base percentage of .495. He added 15 stolen bases.

Jared will be part of the inaugural team for the Wells College Express under Head Coach David Valesente. He will major in computer science. Jared is the son of Janet and James Strait of Lansing, NY.

 

 

Flames Sign Wells College Ace Zach Kemp

Ithaca High Standout Was 1st Team Southern Tier All-Conference

Syracuse, NY December 3, 2016: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (www.pgcbl.com) announced today the signing of right-hander Zachary Kemp for the 2017 summer season. Kemp, a 1st Team Southern Tier All-Conference selection in his senior year at Ithaca High, posted a team best ERA of 1.35, giving up only 16 hits and 9 walks in 26 innings pitched for a WHIP of .96.

“Zach is a great find for us,” commented Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “he is a clutch performer and his strikeout-to-walks ratio of 3.1 demonstrated good control. His shutout in a tight win over Vestal where he struck out 10 and didn’t issue a single walk was the highlight of his senior season during which he only needed 376 pitches to retire the 106 batters he faced.”

Kemp is continuing his education at Wells College where he will major in  Business Administration. He will join the schools new baseball baseball program under Head Coach David Valesente. He is the son of Angela and Scott Kemp of Ithaca, NY.

 

Flames Sign Gonzaga’s Anthony Scalzo

King County Star Led HS Team to State Championship

Syracuse, NY December 9, 2016: The Onondaga Flames announced today they have signed former All-KingCo First Team All-Star Anthony Scalzo. The Mercer Island High (WA) standout posted a slash line of .338/.456/.507 in his senior year earning him the school’s Silver Slugger award. A smooth fielder, Scalzo made only 2 errors in 25 games on his way to a .989 fielding percentage. As a junior, he led his team to the Washington State Championship.

scalzo-anthonyA two-sport athlete, Scalzo also played four years at quarterback for Mercer Island. No stranger to high level competition, Anthony played in the 2009 Little League World Series.

“Anthony will be converting to outfield next spring. He has great fielding instincts and strong arm that should make the transition smooth,” noted Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, “Anthony has a very solid set of skills and we have high expectations for him.”

Anthony is a business major who hopes to own his own business some day. He is the son of Christina and Daniel Scalzo of Mercer Island, WA.

Onondaga Flames Land Gonzaga Sidearm Southpaw Trent Schulte

Washington State All-Star to Join Flames Staff

Syracuse, NY December 8, 2016: The Onondaga Flames announced today they have reached across the continent to sign Gonzaga southpaw Trent Schulte. The two-sport high school star was a First Team All-Division, First Team All-League baseball selection as well as a three-year captain and starter for the Bainbridge High basketball team. His senior season Schulte posted a 6-1 record with 1.59 ERA, and 58 strikeouts.

schulte-trentAn over-the-top thrower his entire career, Schulte was converted to a sidearm delivery by the Gonzaga coaching staff during his freshman year. “We are really excited to see his development this spring.”, commented Ryan Stevens, Flames Director of Baseball, ” Having a pitcher of his caliber and distinctive delivery will give the staff some uncommon variety.”

Schulte is a business major who hopes to be an entrepreneur upon graduation. His is the son of Shayna and Aaron Schulte of Bainbridge Island, WA and has two sisters, Brooke and Tessa and a brother, Ethan.

Wayne Walker, Flames president, noted, “The addition of Trent together with teammates Anthony Scalzo and Josh Stenberg demonstrates our commitment to building a roster of the best CNY and national players. This is a great step forward in our first year.”

 

Flames Name Ruth Baseball as Preferred Bat Vendor

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TEAM SELECTS RUTH PRO ELITE SERIES

ruth-batsThe Onondaga Flames have selected Ruth Baseball, Inc. of Ithaca, NY as its preferred bat vendor. The Flames will use the company’s Ruth Pro Elite Series, which it considers the best wooden bat on the market today. “The key is the wood,” explained Wayne Walker, Flames president, “Ruth bats are made from the highest grade, straightest wood available – hand graded for quality and weight and then turned on the most advanced equipment. Only the top 3% of wood billets become Pro Elite Series bats.”

The team has also arranged for its players to purchase their own personalized bats at a special discount. Players can choose from a wide variety of colors with their name engraved on their bat.

European Beech
Ruth Bats are premium wooden bats made from European Beach, a perfect material for a premium bat. It is denser, more elastic, and more durable than traditional materials.  All of that equates to a bat that lasts longer and performs better than other woods. Pro Elite Series bats are also offered in American Maple.

Preferred Vendor Program
“Everything we do is geared to making our guys better players. That means better coaching and better equipment. We have started the Onondaga Flames Preferred Vendor Program to identify vendors that can provide the best training, equipment or services. Where possible, we will negotiate discounts for player and fans.” noted Walker.

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PGCBL returns to Watertown

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce that summer collegiate baseball will be returning to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York.  At the league’s Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29, the owners formally awarded a franchise to Michael Schell and Paul Velte.

“We have been looking for the right owners run a franchise in Watertown.  We have hit a grand slam with Mike and Paul,” commented PGCBL President Jeff Kunion.  “Both men have an extensive amount of baseball franchise ownership experience in the A-level New York Penn League.  We know they are ready to develop a strong team on and off the field.”

Michael Schell is a retired attorney who owned and operated the Watertown Indians, the “A” level affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, for eight years. Paul Velte has been involved in minor league baseball for more than 40 years.  His baseball career started as the GM, then owner of the NYPL Geneva Cubs. His last 22 years in the NYPL he was owner of the Williamsport Crosscutters, the short season Class “A” affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  He is the only front office executive to have been inducted into the NYPL Hall of Fame, entering that exclusive club in 2015 with Don Mattingly and Jim Leyland.

“I’m very excited to be working with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the City of Watertown to bring baseball back to my hometown. We look forward to joining the Watertown Red & Black football team and the Watertown Wolves hockey team as proud, successful Watertown sports franchises.  Paul and I will work over the coming year to build a strong organization that will be ready for the 2018 season and for many years thereafter,” stated co-owner Mike Schell.

Paul Velte added: “The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League has a great reputation throughout baseball as a quality league, with top notch talent from all over the country.  We are honored that the league Board of Directors has voted to return Watertown to the league with Mike and I as owners of the franchise.  I know the people of the Watertown area are great fans when given a quality product, and we look forward to providing them with a great baseball experience.”

The Watertown team, which will announce their name in the future, will play their first game in June 2018.

Entering its seventh season, the PGCBL will field 14 teams, playing a 50-game schedule in 2017.  Last season more than 140 PGCBL alumni were playing professional baseball.

The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country.  Last year more than 1,400 professional ballplayers were either alumni of the PGCBL or Perfect Game.