David Dennis Named Flames Assistant Coach

May 19, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (@NYCBLbaseball) announced today that David Dennis will joins the Flames for the 2018 season as an assistant coach. David just completed his first season with the Willamette University Bearcats (@WillametteBSB) as Assistant Coach working with infielders and outfielders, while serving as the team’s first base coach.

Dennis has several years of experience as a player and a coach at various levels of baseball. He played collegiate ball at the College of Idaho from 2007-09. Dennis recently coached the Storm Lake White Caps, an expansion team in the Pioneer Collegiate Summer Baseball League. He led Storm Lake to a second place regular season finish and helped the Whitecaps win the PCSBL Championship.

He served as the vice president of the Reno Blue Devils Baseball Academy from 2010-13. He was a head coach for multiple teams with the Blue Devils, and was in charge of player development, scheduling, and travel. Dennis led his teams to multiple championships. He was chosen an All-Star Coach twice for Reno West Babe Ruth in Nevada. Also during his time in Nevada, he led multiple Babe Ruth Prep teams to League Championships and was selected as the All-Star manager in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to his head coaching experience in Nevada, he served as a head junior varsity coach and was in charge of summer baseball teams in 2009-10. In addition, he coached the Team USA 17-and-under squad in June of 2010 and was in charge of high school baseball players for the Team USA qualifying camp.

David holds a BA from the University of Nevada-Reno in General Studies and an emphasis in Health Sciences and an MBA from Corban University.

Will Chapman Joins Flames Coaching Staff

May 15, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Will Chapman, Volunteer Assistant Coach at Cal State San Bernardino, will join the team as a new Assistant Coach for the 2018 summer season.

As the hitting and outfield coach Will did analysis of hitting tendencies for the Coyotes and served as the bench coach during games, Will also had responsibilities for recruiting and scouting. Will has been a Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach at Queens College, New York, Assistant coach for the Garden City Wind (Garden City Kansas, Pecos League Independent Pro League), He has also been a Personal Trainer at a New York Sports Club,.

While attending graduate school, Will played 3 years in the Minor Leagues. He holds a BA in History,from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University,

“We are very fortunate to have Will join us. His analytical skills and baseball knowledge will be a huge addition to the staff.” noted Flames President Wayne Walker.

CCRI Infielder Jarrad Grossguth Joins Flames

May 9, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of infielder Jarrad Grossguth from the Community College of Rhode Island (@CCRI_Baseball)) for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season.   Grossguth is from Coventry, Rhode Island and will be bringing his power bat to the Flames lineup.  His slash line was an outstanding .327/.426/.609 with seven homeruns and 33 runs batted in for the Knights this past season.  He is being recruited by a couple of top Notheast D-I schools.

Community College of Rhode Island

CCRI’s baseball team is consistently a nationally ranked program and NJCAA Division II powerhouse, regularly recruits top-flight talent, has won 11 NJCAA Region XXI titles and has cultivated future professional players such as Rheal Cormier, Allen Levrault, Brad Hertzler and Tom Gavitt. Head coach Ken Hopkins, a former CCRI player and the college’s all-time wins leader, has built a challenging program that includes fall ball against collegiate competition and preseason games against competition in Florida and North Carolina. In 2016, the team finished the season with a 16-13 record. The Knights have an overall program record of 1,080-442-3. In 2012 the Knights won the Region XXI and East district championships earning them a trip to the Division II World Series

 

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 their flame logo..

Storm Blowing In from the Midwest

There is a storm brewing just in time for the 2018 college summer baseball season.  The duo of Corbin Paxton and Trace Peterson from the Lake Erie Storm @lecbaseball look to terrorize pitchers in the New York Collegiate Baseball League this summer.  Paxton and Peterson have been outstanding for the Storm in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference this Spring.

Corbin Paxton

Corbin Paxton @corbin_paxton is Sophomore first baseman from Sylvania, Ohio.  He broke the Lake Erie College record for batting average (.361) as a Freshman.  This season he has built upon that with a slash line of .309/.409/.381.  A switch-hitter, Paxton is a great contact hitter who can put the ball into play every time he steps up to bat. He is also a solid defensive first baseman.   Corbin was a 4-year letter winner at Sylvania Northview high school and was team captain in his senior year.

Trace Peterson

Trace Peterson @petersont30 is a Freshman catcher/DH from Medina, Ohio.  Peterson has started an outstanding beginning to his collegiate career.  His slash line is .333/.390/.551.  Trace currently has 9 home runs with 29 runs batted in.  Peterson’s power numbers should add some instant offense to the team.  He is the son of Jeffrey and Jennifer Peterson and is majoring in Business Administration at Lake Erie.  Peterson made the Ohio all-state baseball team coming out of high school.

Paxton and Peterson have the talent to be real rainmakers this year.

 

 

@Castro_Turf) @lakeeriebase .@FlamesNYCBL

Herkimer Slugging Catcher Matt Parkinson Joins Flames

May 5, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) is excited to announce the signing of catcher Matt Parkinson (@M_Parkinson_17) from JUCO hitting powerhouse Herkimer College. The Whitesboro, NY native is enjoying a fabulous freshman campaign with a slash line of .449/.525/725. Fifteen of his 31 hits are for extra bases – 12 doubles, 2 triples and one home run. A strong-armed catcher with excellent defensive skills, Parkinson has also stolen 6 bases out of 7 attempts.

Generals Head Coach Jason Rathbun was prescient when he said during Parkinson’s recruitment, “Matt is a strong armed catcher who brings solid defensive play behind the dish. Matt is also a strong athlete who the coaching staff believes will develop the bat into an impact hitter in the lineup.”

“Matt joins a talented group of catchers, all of whom can hit. We are carrying one more than normal this year because they will all see duty as designated hitters when not behind the plate.” said Wayne Walker, Flames President.

Herkimer College

Herkimer College baseball has achieved some major successes in recent years. The team won the NJCAA Region III Championships in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and Mountain Valley Conference in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Since taking over as Head Baseball Coach in 2005, Jason Rathrun has led Herkimer to the top of NJCAA baseball. The program has been nationally ranked 13 years in a row and it always found at the top of the team batting statistics. Here is a list of the Generals accomplishments under Rathbun.

  • 3 players drafted by MLB
  • 1 player drafted by Japanese Professional League
  • 13 regional playoff appearances
  • 10 regional Final Four appearances
  • 7 regional Championship games
  • 5 World Series appearances
  • 4 third place finishes in the World Series
  • 2 NJCAA All-Academic team honors
  • 10 conference championships
  • 56 All-Conference selections
  • 54 All-Region selections
  • 18 All-Americans
  • 5 NJCAA Academic Student Athlete Awards
  • 2 SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner
  • American Red Cross Youth Leadership Award
  • Nationally ranked 12 years in a row

 

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 their flame logo..

Flames Sign Kent State’s Collin Mathews

May 5, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of outfielder/right-hand pitcher Collin Mathews (@CollinMathews17) from Collegiate baseball power Kent State University (@KentStBaseball) for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season. A promising pitching talent recovering from Tommy John surgery, Mathews is also an excellent outfielder with range, a powerful arm and power at the plate.

In the fall of 2016, Collin was brought in to close out a game and on the third pitch of the outing, he felt a tightness in his elbow. After throwing one more pitch, he knew something was wrong and pulled himself from the game. A month later, he was diagnosed with a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The diagnosis meant a pitcher’s worst fear – Tommy John surgery. The surgery was done by the Cincinnati Reds’ team surgeon on Oct. 27, 2016 causing Collin to miss his entire senior season of high school ball.

“With his successful surgery, Collin is on his way back and the summer season will go a long way in rebuilding his confidence.” commented Flames President, Wayne Walker. ” He is a very valuable two-way player and will see action both ways.”

Kent State Head Coach Jeff Duncan noted on his recruitment “Extremely athletic. A really tall, lanky pitcher that has been up to 93 mph on the mound. He’s also a center fielder that runs really well and can hit. He could be a very interesting two-way player and has the potential to be very good at both. He just has a special talent and we are excited to have him.”

Kent State
The Kent State Golden Flashes compete at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Mid-American Conference East division. The head coach is retired Major League Baseball player Jeff Duncan, who was hired in June 2013.

Through the 2017 season, the Flashes have won 14 Mid-American Conference regular-season titles, 11 MAC tournament titles, 12 MAC East division titles, and have made 13 NCAA tournament appearances. The 2012 season marked the team’s first appearance in the College World Series.

Kent State has produced a number of players who have gone on to play professionally at the Major League level, including New York Yankee great Thurman MunsonAndy SonnanstineEmmanuel Burriss, and Dustin Hermanson.

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 their flame logo..

Flames Add Two Occidental College TIgers

April 6, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) announced today they have signed Reid Gibbs and Michael Netzel of Occidental College to their 2018  summer collegiate baseball roster. Netzel, primarily used as a reliever this season, posted a 4-1 strike out to walk ratio with a K/9 of 9.4 on his way to a 2.35 ERA. Gibbs, a sure-handed shortstop, posted a .327 OBP with 14 doubles and a home run. The speedster stole 14 bases out of 15 attempts.

“Junior infielder Gibbs and 2-way player Sophomore Netzel bring some much-needed experience to our young team.” noted Flames president Wayne Walker. “We expect Michael will get a lot of innings and Reid should fit in nicely with our fast-paced “stress the defense” style of play on OCC’s turf field.”

Occidental College

The Occidental Tigers @Oxy_Baseball are a NCAA D-III program playing in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2016 Conference Baseball Coach or the Year Luke Wetmore just completed his sixth season at the helm of this up and coming program. During his time at Oxy, baseball players have earned 1 All-American award, 8 All-West Region awards, 1 SCIAC Athlete of the Year award, 1 SCIAC Pitcher of the Year award and 21 spots on All-SCIAC teams. In 2018 Wetmore led the Tigers to their first conference championship since 1982.

 

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 their flame logo..

Pepperdine Power Pitcher Gunnar Groen Joins Flames Staff

May 4, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) announced today the signing of redshirt freshman pitcher Gunnar Groen of Pepperdine University for the summer collegiate baseball season. The big right-hand power pitcher from Texas, played high school ball at Greenwich High in Connecticut before transferring to Austin’s Westlake High, where he played three varsity seasons.

“We are excited to have Gunnar’s big arm join the Flames pitching staff and we look forward to watching his development. He is big-time addition to the team.” noted Flames president Wayne Walker.

An honor student and Academic All-District in 2017, Gunnar plans to major in advertising. Born is London, England, he is the son of Kerri and Joel Groen  and has two siblings, Boden and Torsten. His Dad played basketball at Wheaton College.

Pepperdine University
The Pepperdine Waves compete in the Division I West Coast Conference. The Waves have been to the College World Series twice, winning the national championship in 1992 under head coach Andy Lopez with a win over Cal State Fullerton. They are currently led by head coach Rick Hirtensteiner.

Thirty-four (34) former Waves have played in Major League Baseball, including 1986 CY Young Award Winner Mike Scott of the New York Mets and Houston Astros.

 

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 their flame logo..