Onondaga, NY November 17, 2018: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Bryant University sophomore infielder Bryan Hart has joined the team for the 2018 summer season. The 6’2″ 215 pound Hart who runs a 6.5 second 60-yard dash, finished sixth in the state 55 meter dash and helped his 4 x 200 relay team take first place. Hart earned a Massachusetts State Individual Track Award.
“Bryan has come into his own as a hitter batting .320 during the Bulldogs’ fall team segment. He’ll be a nightmare on the bases for opposing teams and should fit in well in our style of play.” said Wayne Walker, Flames president, “We’re very happy to have him on the roster.”
Highlights of Hart’s high school baseball career:
- A three-year varsity letter winner at Xaverian Brothers
- Helped the Hawks advance to the third round of the Massachusetts Super 8 State Championships in each of his final two years
- Played in the 2014 Perfect Game Underclass WWBA Championships
- Led his team with 15 stolen bases as a junior
- Selected to the 2015 Under Armour Preseason All-American Tournament in Mesa, Ariz
- Also competed in the 2015 Perfect Game WWBA Championships
- Competed in the Arizona Senior Fall Classic
- Earned Catholic Conference All-Star honors from the Boston Globe as a senior
Personal: The son of John and Janet Hart of Franklin, MA. Bryan has a brother, Neal. An excellent student athlete he is a Member of the National Honor Society, the Chinese National Honor Society and the World Language National Honor Society. Bryan is a double major in Accounting and Finance.
The Bryant Bulldogs are one of the best baseball programs in the Northeast Region and one of the top mid-majors in the country. Seventh year head coach Steve Owens has led the Bulldogs to three 40-win seasons, five-straight Northeast Conference Regular-Season titles and three NCAA tournaments. Owens has posted a 226-115-1 record in his six-year tenure. Over his 25-year career, Owens holds a career record of 813-414-2 (.663), placing him 19th among active Division I coaches in career winning percentage. Even more impressive is his 68-42 (.618) career record in the postseason.
Central New York area fans know Coach Owens well. He spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Le Moyne College (Syracuse) leading the Dolphins to 11-straight winning seasons and three NCAA tournament berths. He finished his Dolphins career with an impressive 342-217 record. Bryant recruits the Syracuse area heavily, raking in many top area players, especially pitchers.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.
Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.
The New York Collegiate baseball League 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.
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.
The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nation, an original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.
As the “Fire Keepers”, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council. They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear our flame logo.