Canisius Southpaw Jeff DeStefano to Return for 2018

Onondaga, NY September 21, 2017: Former Liverpool High School ace and NYS All-Star, Jeff DeStefano, has committed to return to the Flames (@FlamesNYCBL) for an encore season in 2018. DeStefano led the Warriors to the NYS Sectional III Championship last year and played for the Flames as a high school graduate. 

Last year DeStefano, a left-hander, was named All-League, All-CNY and All-State. His career stats include a 1.80 ERA. 

“Jeff joined us for the last half of the 2017 season as he was busy winning the NYS Section III Championship. Nevertheless, by the end of the season he had adjusted nicely to the higher level of play, which is remarkable for someone just out of high school. We can’t wait to see what he will be able to do after a year with the Canisius (@GriffsBaseball) pitching staff.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president.

“Canisius is one of the top programs in the Northeast and we always feel fortunate to have their players on our roster.” continued Walker.

Jeff is the son of Steve and Linda DeStefano and has a brother, Michael and a sister, Marissa. Jeff’s dad owns the popular Chadwicks Sports Bar & Grill on James Street in Syracuse.


Columbia All-Star Shortstop Josh Nicoloff Joins Flames for 2018

Onondaga, NY September 18, 2017: The Onondaga Flames announced today that it has signed Columbia University shortstop Josh Nicoloff. A 2017 graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California, Josh earned three letters on the varsity baseball team and was named captain in 2017, He was selected to the Trinity League All-Star Team in 2017. Santa Margarita has produced Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Trayce Thompson (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals).

Columbia Assistant Coach Dan Tischler noted, “Josh is a solid defender who can play all over the infield and help a team in a lot of different ways. His bat speed is an exciting tool and we are excited to see Josh develop further with the Flames this summer.”

Columbia has a strong baseball program that is a perennial Ivy League contender. In the last 12 year, the Lions have won five Gehrig Division titles, four Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and four NCAA Tournament victories.

“We have had good fortune with IVY league players and are pleased to have a few Lions (@CULionsBaseball) on the roster for 2018. Josh will join a very talented infield where his versatility and bat will be a big plus. We are very pleased to have Josh on the team.” added Wayne Walker, Flames president.

Josh is the son of Michelle and William Nicoloff of Ladera Ranch, CA. He has three siblings, Luke, Hailey, and Juliana.




J-D All-Star Casey Kretsch to Join Flames

Onondaga, NY September 17, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that they have signed former Jamesville-Dewitt third basemen, Casey Kretsch, a 2017 Onondaga High School League All-Star selection, to play in the 2018 summer season. An excellent hitter, Kretsch has a keen batter’s eye as witnessed by an average OBP of over .500 for his last two years of high school ball.

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“Casey is a perfect fit for our big ballpark at OCC. He has a proven ability to drive the gaps. He is a patient hitter with a good sense of the strike zone. He’s also a good fielder with a former pitcher’s strong arm, Casey is your prototypical third baseman – we are very fortunate to have him join the Flames.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president.

Kretsch is a freshmen at LeMoyne College and is undecided on his major. Casey lives in Jamesville with his parent Michelle and Michael. He has a 14-year old brother, Corey.

The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.



Onondaga Flames Set to Return to NYCBL

Onondaga, N.Y. – The NYCBL is excited to announce that CNY Baseball, Inc is returning to play in the league with the Onondaga Flames. CNY had voluntarily suspended play last year in the NYCBL and the Flames played the 2017 season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.  After a successful season, in which the Flames made the playoffs in their first year of play, the team has decided to return to the NYCBL for the 2018 season. The Flames, of Onondaga, NY will call Onondaga Community College home.

The Flames will play in the Eastern Division of the league, joining the Cortland Crush, Rome Generals, Syracuse Salt Cats, Syracuse Spartans and Sherrill Silversmiths.  The Onondaga flames will be operated by Wayne Walker and Alyce Lee, as part of CNY Baseball Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

“Alyce and I are pleased to have the Flames playing in the NYCBL. Our goals are in concert with the non-profit nature of the league and the footprint of the East Division is optimal for us and our players. Syracuse is a terrific baseball town and we look forward to the great competition in Central New York as well as the league,” said Wayne Walker, President of CNY Baseball.

“The NYCBL continues our momentum in becoming one of the top summer collegiate baseball leagues in the country, the addition of the Onondaga Flames enhances our very competitive Eastern Division, said NYCBL commissioner Joe Brown.”

Reprinted with the kind permission of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

West Genny All-Star Marshall Winn Joins Flames

Onondaga, NY September 10, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that it has signed former West Genesee All-Star first basemen Marshall WInn to to its 2018 summer roster. Winn, a New York Sportswriters Association CNY First Team All-Star in 2017, is a freshman at Albany State (D-1) and will play for the Great Danes next Spring.

The versatile Winn is fleet afoot with a sub 7-second 60-yard dash and. as a former pitcher, has a strong arm allowing him to do double duty in the outfield.

A prolific hitter, in his last two years as a Wildcat, Marshall had a slash line of .393/.460/.635.

“We are thrilled to have Marshall join us to play before hometown fans. Marshal is very familiar with our ballpark and is yet another terrific player to come out of the West Genesee  baseball program”, said Flames president Wayne Walker.

WInn is a resident of Camillus.