Flames Ranked 6th in PBR Week 2 NYS Power Rankings

Onondaga, NY: Baseball Player Report ranked the Onondaga Flames 6th in its week 2 power rankings.

Summer Collegiate Power Rankings – Week 2

  • June 26, 2017

1 Westhampton Aviators 15 – 3 .833 HCBL 5 – 1 2
2 Jamestown Jammers 15 – 5 .750 PGCBL 4 – 3 1
3 Hornell Dodgers 14 – 5 .737 NYCBL 4 – 2 3
4 Cortland Crush 12 – 5 .706 NYCBL 5 – 0 NR
5 Geneva Red Wings 14 – 6 .700 PGCBL 5 – 1 7
6 Onondaga Flames 12 – 6 .667 PGCBL 6 – 0 NR
7 Long Island Road Warriors 11 – 6 .647 HCBL 5 – 1 NR
8 Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 11 – 6 .647 PGCBL 3 – 2 5
9 Albany Dutchmen 11 – 7 .611 PGCBL 2 – 4 4
10 Shelter Island Bucks 10 – 8 .556 HCBL 3 – 3 10

Wings Sweep Doubleheader of Flames

The Geneva Red Wings (16-6) would move to 10 games over .500 on Monday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of the Onondaga Flames (12-8).

Game 1

The Flames would get on the board first in the top of the opening frame, scoring on an E6.

The Red Wings would respond in the bottom of the 2nd, pushing across 4 runs in the frame. A Trustin Riley (University of Tampa) 2 RBI single would get Geneva on the scoreboard. An RBI single from Matt Chamberlain (University of New Haven) and an RBI fielder’s choice from Justin Barr (Central Alabama CC) would put the Wings up on top, 4-1.

Another pair of RBI singles from Matt Smith (UC Davis) and Justin Barr would extend the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the 4th. To round things out, Jake Evans (Southern Alabama CC) would launch a 2 RBI double to left center in the 6th to make the score 8-1.

In the top of the 7th, a Kyle Gallagher (Ithaca) RBI single up the middle would plate 2 runs for the Flames, but the deficit would prove too hefty for an Onondaga comeback.

Alex Bellardini (4-0, Youngstown State) would earn his 4th win of the season with a complete game performance. 7.0 innings and 2 strikeouts later, Bellardini would come out with the W.

Game 2

The Geneva offense would start hot out of the gate in the second game of the day, plating 4 runs in the first inning. Matt Chamberlain would start things with a leadoff triple, and then Mikey Arman (Kenyon) would plate him with an RBI single. Arman would come around to score on a William Simoneit (Cornell) RBI double. To finish scoring in the frame, Joseph Tassin (Bossier Parish CC) would double home Jake Evans and William Simoneit.

An RBI groundout from Jake Evans would score Chamberlain in the bottom of the second, extending the Geneva lead to 5-0.

Anthony Scalzo (Gonzaga) hit a solo home run in the top of the 3rd to get the Flames on the board. Geneva’s starter Domenic Nardone (Siena) would throw 4.0 innings of 1 run ball in his spot start, good enough for the victory in the second game.

A sacrifice fly from Anthony Scalzo in the fifth inning would score Kyle Gallagher for the second and final run that Onondaga would score in the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, a 2 run home run to dead center from William Hampson (Southwest Tennessee CC) would make the score 7-2.

A total of three Geneva relievers would throw the final 3 innings of the game. Garrett Swanson (Kalamazoo) would pitch the fifth, allowing a lone run, Pat Connor (Monroe CC) would throw a perfect 6th, and Brent Holcombe (Bossier Parish CC) would close things out in the 7th.


Geneva now holds the most victories in the PGCBL with 16. They return to action in Newark against the Pilots (4-15) on Tuesday night.

Big Red Flames Shine in PGCBL

Onondaga, NY June 25, 2017: Cornell Big Red players on the Onondaga Flames roster have turned in rock solid performances in the field and at the plate. Often lost in the glare of big time athletic conferences like the SEC and ACC found on many league teams, the IVY League produces fine players every year.  This year, Flames Trey Baur and Kyle Gallagher have carried the IVY league flag in the PGCBL with distinction.

Junior Trey Baur .has been a rock at first handling 113 put outs and 7 assists in perfect fashion for a 1.000 fielding percentage. Bauer has been a vacuum cleaner picking up errant throws out of the and covering a wide range at the corner. “He makes all the infielders better. They know he will clean up errant throws, which takes the pressure off of everyone.” remarked Ryan Stevens, Flames GM &Head Coach.

At the plate Bauer has been a tough out with a slash line of 333/.400/.404. Trey has 19 its with 4 doubles and 9 RBI’s.

Left fielder Kyle Gallagher, also a junior, has also played error-less baseball over 62 innings in 8 games. A tough out, Kyle has the fourth highest batting average on the team. He has has posted a slash line of .278/.348/..375 with 5 RBI’s.

Baur and Gallagher have contributed to many of the Flames wins and have been great additions to the Flames roster..

Flames Use Five-Run Eighth Inning to Win Sixth Straight

ONONDAGA, N.Y. – The Onondaga Flames (12-6) beat the Newark Pilots (4-15) for the fourth time in less than a week on Sunday, as the Flames pulled away for a 9-3 victory at Onondaga Community College.

The Flames came into the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead.  Trey Baur (Cornell University) got things started with a double and then moved to third on a single from Sam Little (Ithaca College).  Baur then scored on a passed ball.

Stephen Bennett

Two batters later Stephen Bennett (Canisius College) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the Flames sixth run of the game. The Flames then scored their second run of the inning via a passed ball when Matt Carey (Ithaca College) came home with Anthony Scalzo (Gonzaga University) at the plate. Two pitches later Scalzo brought home Ricky Sisto (Monroe CC) with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Ricky Sisto

Sisto started out the season struggling at the plate and has had limited playing time through the first 16 games.  However, he has stayed positive and was ready to go when his name was called this weekend.

“I made a mental note to myself to say stay focused and stay ready to go and just be relaxed,” said Sisto. “The good thing about being 0 for 1,000 is you can only go up from there.”

Bennett scored the Flames final run when he came home when the Pilots tried to catch Alex Canty (Monroe CC) trying to steal second base.

Newark started the scoring on the day when Peter Battaglia (Niagara University) drew a bases loaded walk to score Mark Mckenna (Canisius College). The Flames answered with an RBI double by Canty in the bottom of the inning. In the fifth inning, the Flames took the lead when Bennett drove in Sisto with a double.

Before the sixth inning lightning caused the umpires to impose a 15-minute rain delay. When play resumed the Pilots loaded the bases and took the lead with two runs in the inning. The Flames tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and then took the lead in the seventh before blowing it open in the eighth.

Trent Schulte

Trent Schulte (Gonzaga University) earned the win. Schulte threw a season high four innings and coach Ryan Stevens knows how important that outing was at this time of the season.

“With 11 games in seven days that saves our bullpen,” Stevens said. “Trent coming out and bulldogging us through that, it was big time because we have the doubleheader tomorrow in Geneva and he saved some arms that didn’t have to throw today.”

Peng-Fel Wang (Vanung University) was given the loss after giving up four runs in seven innings of work.

The Flames will head to Geneva to play a doubleheader against the Red Wings (14-6) on Monday.  The Pilots will host the Red Wings on Tuesday.

Jake Binder

Onondaga Edges Albany in 4-3 Contest on Ricky Sisto’s 3-Run Double

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Onondaga Flames (11-6) emerged victorious by a score of 4-3 in a back and forth contest against the Albany Dutchmen (10-7) by surviving a ninth inning in which Albany loaded the bases with only one out.

Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome)

Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome) the Flames closer, entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead.  The Dutchmen rallied on a Chase Allen (Limestone) single, a Brandt Holland (North Alabama) single, a wild pitch by Dunn, and an intentional walk to Jon Skidmore (Dallas Baptist).  The opportunity for the Dutchmen to score a comeback win went out the window as Zach Durfee (Siena) popped out to the catcher and Brad Gneiting (Rice) struck out looking after battling his way back from a 0-2 count to a 3-2 count.

The Flames rallied their way back from a three to one deficit as Ricky Sisto (Monroe CC) became the unexpected hero, blasting a go-ahead three run double with two outs off of Deaven Phillips (Ave Maria), who had loaded the bases on a single sandwiched in between two walks.  Phillips looked momentarily like he would get out of the inning, as he struck out Alex Canty (Monroe CC) looking with the bases loaded and one out to record out two of the inning.  Sisto, who had been hitless with 10 strikeouts in his 21 total at bats on the season, then hit the go ahead double.

Matt Carey (Ithaca)

The game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the evening, as Greg Marino (Stony Brook) and Evan Reichel (St. Lawrence), traded scoreless innings for much of the ballgame.  Marino finished with a no decision after allowing one run on five hits in six innings.

Onondaga struck first in the second inning, as Matthew Carey (Ithaca) hit a soft line drive that barely eluded the glove of the outstretched Trace Tyre (Ole Miss) to bring home the first run of the ballgame.

Evan Reichel (St Lawrence)

Albany was unable to answer until the fifth inning, when the Dutchmen’s trademark aggressive base running allowed them to tie the game at one.  Durfee attempted to steal second, as Nick Gallo (Oklahoma State) broke home from third base on the throw to second to score the tying run with Durfee remaining in a rundown long enough for that to happen.   

The Dutchmen got their first lead of the game in the seventh inning, as Brant Holland (North Alabama) hit a single down the third base line to score the go-ahead run, and Skidmore laid down a perfect safety squeeze to give Albany a two run lead.

Albany, who has now lost five out of their past six games, will try to regroup tomorrow as they take on the Glens Falls Dragons for the seventh time this season.  The teams have split their six matchups so far on the season.

Ryan Greco (SUNY Brockport)

Pilots and Flames Split Doubleheader

NEWARK, N.Y. – The Newark Pilots and Onondaga Flames split a non-traditional doubleheader at Colburn Park on Friday night, with the Pilots taking the opener by a score of 18-9 and the Flames securing the late game 9-7.

Game 1 of the doubleheader started on Father’s Day, and was picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Pilots leading 5-2.  They would add 8 in that inning to go up 13-2, and would win by a final score of 18-9.  Will Frank (Canisius) started the game and went 4 innings of 1 hit ball, 2 runs (0 earned), 2 walks and 5 strikeouts, he picked up the no-decision.  Zach Mann (Saginaw Valley State) picked up his first win in 4 innings of relief.  Jake Binder (Ithaca) takes the loss after tossing 3 and a third, allowing 6 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The Game 1 scoring started in the top of the third, when Trey Baur (Cornell) drove in a run with an infield single, the second run scored on a passed ball to go up 2-0.  John Balliet (Orange Coast CC) tied the game up at 2 when he launched a two out, two run over the right center field wall.

They put this game out of reach when they sent 14 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth when they put up 11.  The first 3 were scored back on Father’s Day, singles by Tanner Huddleston (Jones County JC) and Over Torres (Yavapai CC), and a throwing error got the score to 5-2.  When the game resumed this afternoon, Balliet was hit by a Jeff DeStefano (Canisius) with the bases loaded for the games 6th run, then D’Marcus Guillory (Motlow CC) scored on a passed ball to go up 7-2.  Will Allocca (Virginia) drove in 2 with a single and Jonathan Parker (Jones County JC) drove in 2 with a double to make it 11-2.  Parker came around to score on a wild pitch.  Torres rounded out the 11 run fourth with a solo home run to deep center field.

The Flames got 3 back in the fifth on a 2 run double from Stephen Bennett (Canisius) and a single by Bour to cut the lead to 13-5.  In the bottom half, the Pilots got 2 across on a Huddleston 2 run single to go back up 15-5.  In the top of the sixth Onondaga scored 2 on an Alex Canty (Monroe CC) single and Colin BeVard (SUNY Cortland) sacrifice fly to trim the deficit to 15-7, then scored 1 in the seventh on an Adam Gallagher (Ithaca) single.  15-8 is the closest the Flames would get, Newark scored 3 in the bottom half of the seventh on a Torres 2 run single and a Guillory hit by pitch to go back up 10, 18-8.  The Flames finished off the scoring in the eighth with a Tyler Rourke (Alabama A&M) run scored on a wild pitch.

Every Pilots starter scored a run in their 18-9 victory.  Torres had the big day at the plate going 4-5 with a solo HR, a stolen base, a run scored and 4 driven in.  Allocca went 3-4 with a stolen base, 2 runs scored and 2 runs driven in.  Balliet led the way with 4, Huddleston scored 3 times.  Torres led the team with 4 runs driven in, Huddleston and Balliet both drove 3 home.  Baur had the big day at the plate for the Flames going 3-4 with a stolen base, 1 run scored and 2 driven in.

The After a 90-minute rain delay to start in between games, the Pilots and Flames squared off in Game 2.  Onondaga got 7 runs in the second to knock Chris Vitale (Erie CC) out of the game.  After trailing 7-0 through 3, the Pilots got 4 back in the bottom of the fourth, and 3 in the fifth to tie it up at 7.  The Flames would get 2 in the top of the sixth to finish out the scoring, and win the game 9-7.  Rourke picks up the win for the Flames, Jake Bernardo (Fordham) takes the loss, and Matthew Bowman (SUNY Broome) picks up his second save.

Onondaga sent 12 hitters to the plate in their 7 run top of the second.  Sam Little (Ithaca), Bennett, Canty, and Laz Moralez (Tomkins County CC) all drove in runs with bases loaded walks.  Kyle Gallagher (Cornell) drove in 1 and Baur drove in 2 both on singles to go up 7-0.

The Pilots got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Wei-Chi Chen (Vanung) bounced a slow chopper to third with the bases loaded, he reached first with an infield single to drive Po-Chuan Pan (Fu Jen Catholic) in.  Peter Battaglia (Niagara) came around to score when Bennett’s throw got away from the first basemen Ricky Sisto (Monroe CC), Colton Carney (Seton Hill) came around to score from first when Sisto’s throw got away from Camillo Spinoso (Le Moyne) behind the plate.  Chen scored the Pilots 4th run on an error from Canty.

Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Carney drove in a run with a ground out, Battaglia scored a run on an error, and Zach Santoto (Notre Dame College) hit a game tying double to right center to even the score at 7.  The Flames re-took the lead in the top of the sixth on a Canty single with two runners on, the 9th run came in to score on a Mark McKenna (Canisius) error in center.

The Pilots host the Elmira Pioneers tomorrow night at Colburn Park. The Onondaga Flames are on the road in Albany.

Gonzaga Commit Carsen Negrete Joins Flames

Onondaga, NY June 21, 2017: The Onondaga Flames announced today that Gonzaga middle infielder commit Carsen Negrete will join the team on Tuesday after helping his El Toro Chargers to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championship. He joins Gonzga players Trent Schulte and Anthony Scalzo, who have already contributed to the Flames this season.

A 2017 Orange County Register South Coast League First Team All-League selection, Negrete was a four-year shortstop at El Toro. He helped lead the Chargers to a South Coast League title in 2016 and 2017.

Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Machtolf on Negrete: “Carsen comes from one of the elite summer programs in Southern California. He’s a true middle infielder who will come in and compete for a role early in his career. He will bring a toughness and style of play to our program that our best infielders have all possessed.”

Carsen is from Lake Forest, CA and is the son of Gil and Lori Negrete. He has a bother,.Joel Townsend (28).

Lanning Stokes Flames

ONEONTA, NY– Junior Gage Lanning (Canisius College) went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead the Flames, as one of five Flames players to drive in two or more runs. Sophomore Matt Carey (Ithaca College/Webster Thomas) scored a run for the Flames. Freshman Justin Beyer (Niagara Community College) provided five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks, striking out one. Freshman Jake Hershman (Wofford College) pitched four innings with seven runs, seven hits and two walks allowed with four punch outs.

Pickin Splinters

Outlaws Handed Tough Loss at Damaschke Field

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Oneonta Outlaws were defeated 13-0 by the Onondaga Flames on Thursday night at Damaschke Field.

Jake Hershman (Wofford College) (0-2) started on the mound for the Outlaws; the sophomore pitcher would get touched early in the game when Gage Lanning (Canisius College) would lead off the second inning with a triple and later score on a fielder’s choice. The Flames would add on another six runs on seven hits before Hershmen would be relieved by sophomore Josh Winkler (Northeastern) in the fifth.

The Outlaws tried to get some momentum going heading into the bottom of the sixth when Aron Fried (Quinnipiac University) lead the inning off with a walk. Chandler Engels (USC Sumter) then hit a double putting runners in scoring position. Ryan Greco (SUNY Brockport) would manage to get the Flames out of the inning without allowing any damage on a strikeout, and two fielder’s choice.

Winkler and Jason Wasilnak (St. John Fisher College) would both go two innings and combine for 3 runs on 5 hits in four innings of work. Zach Kemp (Wells College) would relieve Ryan Greco in the bottom of the eighth and would allow zero runs on no hits in two innings of work. The Flames would score three runs in the top of the ninth off Ben Rhodes (Siena College) to seal the victory in Oneonta.

The Outlaws will be back in action tomorrow as they host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at 7pm.