Bryant Speedster Bryan Hart Joins Flames for 2018

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.

Bryant Baseball
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.

NYCBL
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.

Onondaga Flames
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 Nationan 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.

Lake Erie Storm Catcher Trace Peterson Joins Flames

Onondaga, NY November 22, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Lake Erie College (@lecbaseball) freshman catcher Trace Peterson (@petersont30) has signed to play for the Flames in the 2018 summer season. The Medina County Gazette MVP for 2017, Peterson finished with a .474 batting average, .587 on-base percentage, .816 slugging percentage and a flashy 1.403 OPS. The right-hander had seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 41 RBIs, 25 runs and a brilliant 21 walks to four strikeouts, giving him only nine K’s in 194 career plate appearances.

“A big kid (6’2″ 210 Lbs.) with a 1.9 pop time, strong arm and big bat, Peterson is going to attract a lot of attention – he sure got ours!” commented Wayne Walker, Flame president. Peterson joins Storm teammate Corbin Paxton (@corbin_paxton) on the Flames 2018 roster.

Peterson played four years of varsity baseball at Medina as a catcher where he was a part of the Bees District Championship and Regional Runnerup n his senior year. Trace earned numerous accolades in his senior season including being named First Team All-State, All-District and All-Conference and Player of the Year for Medina County.

Peterson is the son of Jeffrey and Jennifer Peterson. of Medina, OH. Trace plans to study Business Administration at Lake Erie.

About Lake Erie Baseball @lecbaseball

Lake Erie College is a NCAA Division II program located in Painesville, OH. The Storm are members in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Lake Erie is led by second-year head coach Cameron Castro, a 2012 graduate of Lake Erie. The Lorain, OH native credentials include coaching with the world-renowned IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

NYCBL
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.

Onondaga Flames
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 Nationan 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.

Flames Sign Lake Erie Record-Setting First Baseman Corbin Paxton

Onondaga, NY November 22, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Lake Erie College (@lecbaseball) sophomore first baseman Corbin Paxton (@corbin_paxton) has signed to play for the Flames in the 2018 summer season. In his freshman year, Paxton appeared in 33 games with 28 starts and led the Storm with a .361 batting average, including 39 hits, 19 runs, and six doubles in 100 at bats, setting a new school record for freshmen batting average.

“Corbin is an excellent defensive first basemen and his strong left-handed bat will be a huge asset for us. We are excited about having a couple of terrific Storm players on the roster.”  said Wayne Walker, Flames president.

A Sylvania, OH native, Corbin was a 4-year letter winner at Sylvania Northview high school and was team captain in his senior year.

About Lake Erie Baseball @lecbaseball

Lake Erie College is a NCAA Division II program located in Painesville, OH. The Storm are members in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Lake Erie is led by second-year head coach Cameron Castro, a 2012 graduate of Lake Erie. The Lorain, OH native credentials include coaching with the world-renowned IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

NYCBL
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.

Onondaga Flames
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 Nationan 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.

Canisius Slugging Catcher Jake Zurat Joins Flames for 2018

Onondaga, NY November 22, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Canisius College slugging catcher Jake Zurat (@j_zurat39) will join the team for the 2018 summer season. Zurat, a freshman, compiled a slash line at Williamsville North HS of .396/,522/.528 with a gaudy SLG of 1.050. 

Photo credit http://icingthefed.com

A high school varsity hockey goalie, Zurat is an excellent defensive catcher with a strong accurate arm. He joins Canisius teammates Jeff DeStefano (@jdestefano23) and Mike Steffan (@Mike_Steffan) on the 2018 roster. “Last year, Canisius’s Gage Lanning and Stephen Bennett were two of the best players on the team and in the league and, even though they are all freshmen, we have high expectations for this current crop of Golden Griffons,” noted team president Wayne Walker. 

Zurat won many honors including First Team All-ECIC, All-Tournament Team and was a member of Spartan’s NY State Championship team. 

A NYS scholar-athlete and National Honor Society member, Jake is the son of Brent and Mana of  East Amherst, NY. He has a brother Cam and a sister Lexi. 

About Canisius College Baseball @GriffsBaseball
Canisius College is a highly successful NCAA Division 1 program located in Buffalo, NY. This decade the program compiled a .594 and .680 overall and conference winning percentages, respectively. 

The Golden Griffons are members in the highly competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), which includes .Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University, and Siena College. The Griffs won the 2013 and 2015 Conference Championships.

Canisius is led by newly appointed Head Coach Matt Mazurek. A star alumni and long-time assistant, Matt is just the fourth head coach for the baseball program in the last 40 years. Mazurek has served as the program’s hitting instructor for eight seasons, where a total of 11 different Griffs ranked among the MAAC’s top-five in batting average. Additionally, Canisius has led the conference in home runs four times in those eight seasons, highlighted by a school record 90 homers in 2009, which ranked the Griffs 19th in the nation as a team.

The Silver Creek, N.Y., native was a member of the coaching staff that has helped produce 13 Major League Baseball draft picks since 2009, including seven hitters (Jake Lumley, Conor Panas, Brett Siddall, Sean Jamieson, Steve McQuail, Kevin Mailloux and Kevin Mahoney).

NYCBL
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.

Onondaga Flames
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 Nationan 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.