Onondaga Flames Win NYCBL Championship In Convincing Fashion

Onondaga, NY July 29, 2018: The Onondaga Flames mauled a good Olean Oilers team with 17 hits on their way to an 11-4 win and a series sweep to capture the NYCBL Championship Playoffs last night at Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex. The Flames swept through the playoffs 4-0 beating the Cortland Crush for the Eastern Division Title and the Western Division Champion Oilers 7-3 and 11-4 to claim their first league championship. This was the last NYCBL game for the Flames, who announced they are returning to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League next season.

Riley Glenn Chapman University

The Flames starter Riley Glenn (Chapman University) held the hard-hitting Oilers (3rd in NYCBL team batting) to just 2 hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Oilers did not fare any better with the Flames league-leading bullpen as they managed only one hit and no runs off of NYCBL All-Stars Jimmy Flahive (American International College), Nick Garcia (Chapman University) and closer Keon Taylor (Cal State LA).

Olean opened the scoring in the second inning with an unearned run on an error by the second baseman to take what would be their only lead of the night.

Onondaga stormed back in the bottom of the third with four runs. Jack Chernow (Columbia University) hit a lead off double down the left field line and was followed by a single by McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) setting the stage for a two-run single by Collin Mathews (Kent State University). After Mike Steffan

(Canisius College) reached base on an error by the Oilers second baseman, Mike Netzel (Occidental College) blasted a double scoring Mathews and advancing Steffan to third. Adam Gordon then lofted a sacrifice fly to score Steffan giving Onondaga a 4-1 lead.

Back-to-back doubles by O’Connor and A.J. DiFillipo (Columbia University) in the fourth inning increased the Flames lead to 5-1.

Colin Mathews
Kent State 2 for 4 3 RBIs

Olean rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth on two walks, two doubles (Nail Doherty, George Washington University and Brian Tagoe, La Salle University) and a sacrifice fly by Cole Hollins (Canisius College) to make it a one-run ball game.

The Flames wasted no time in answering back. Steffan, the MVP of the Championship Series, lead off the bottom of the fifth with a single. Adam Gordon hit a single to right and both Steffan and Gordon advanced on a throwing error by the right fielder. Steffan then scored from third on a wild pitch. With Gordon on third, Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) walked and Bryan Hart (Bryant College) was hit by Olean pitcher Matt Grace (Niagara University) to load the bases for Chernow, who singled home Gordon. With only one out, O’Connor hit a grounder near the third base bag and, inexplicably, third basemen Doherty, rather than throwing home for an easy force out, stepped on the bag and fired to first, missing the fleet-footed O’Connor and allowing Peterson to score with the Flames eighth run.

Bryan Hart
Bryant University
Courtesy of Roger Hagen

Onondaga was not done as they added two runs in the sixth. Mathews singled for his second hit of the game, Steffan reached base on a fielder’s choice and Netzel was hit by reliever Matthew Grace (Niagara University). Bryan Hart then smacked a sharp single up the middle to score both Steffan and Netzel, to give the Flames a 10-1 lead.

The final run of the game was scored by McClain O’Connor who sped all the way to third when an errant throw to first went past the first basemen into right field foul territory. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Collin Mathews.

In total, the Flames had 17 hits, including four doubles, as well as two sacrifice flies.

Flames Dominating Play
Jack Chernow
Columbia University
4 for 6

The Flames were dominating, leading the league in pitching, batting and fielding. The Flames finished the season 32-14 (.696), winning 15 of their last 16 games. In the month of July they were 19-4 for an incredible .826 winning percentage. Starting the season with six players arriving late due to play in the College World Series and late exams, the flames were 3-6 after the first 9 games. Since reaching full strength, they have posted a 29-8 (.784) record. In divisional play the Flames won every series, besting the Syracuse Spartans 4-3, Sherrill Silversmith 6-1, Rome Generals 5-2, Syracuse Salt Cats 4-3 and the Cortland Crush 5-2. Counting the playoffs, the Flames beat the Crush seven times in-a-row, including a 24-6 win where they had a league record 35 hits.

The Flames pitching staff led the league with a team ERA of 3.22, 44 basis points better than second place Olean. Over the regular season, they allowed the fewest earned runs (128), fewest hits (303), had the fewest wild pitches (35) and gave up the fewest home runs (9).  Starters and relievers were the best in the league.

Flames hitters tore apart league pitching in the month of July, scoring 189 runs, an average of 8.2 runs per game. They finished with a regular season best slash line of .295/.414./.415 and an OPS of .829. The team batted .340 in the playoffs, better by 110 basis points than Cortland and 86 bp than Olean.

Mike Netzel
Occidental College
Courtesy of Roger Hagen @blazer67

In the field, the Flames committed the fewest errors in the league and posted a league best .959 fielding percentage. They made spectacular play after spectacular play. Flames infielders turned five double plays in one game and made several game-saving plays. The talented outfield tracked down potential extra base hits and gunned down runners trying to score or take an extra base so often that it became almost commonplace.

A Season to Remember

“These were really great young men who can really play baseball,” commented Alyce Lee, co-owner of the Flames, “this was truly a season to remember and we will do so fondly for a long, long time. They will always be Onondaga Flames.”

Box Score
Game Date: 07/28/2018
Olean Oilers  4 AT Onondaga Flames  11
Olean    0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 4   3 3 
Onondaga 0 0 4 1 3 2 1 0 x - 11 17 1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Olean              AB  R  H BI   AVG  Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Tagoe, B LF         5  0  1  2  .105  Chernow, J CF       6  1  4  1  .400
Webb, J 1B          4  0  0  0  .238  OConnor, M SS       5  3  2  1  .333
Hollins, C RF       4  0  1  1  .381  DiFillipo, A 3B     3  0  1  1  .231
Higgins, K SS       4  0  0  0  .300  Mathews, C RF       4  1  2  3  .471
Cecere, D 2B        3  1  0  0  .188  Steffan, M 1B       5  3  1  0  .294
Harris, S DH        3  0  0  0  .000  Netzel, M DH        3  1  2  1  .364
Beimel, M C         2  1  0  0  .294   Paxton, C DH,PH    1  0  0  0  .000
Doherty, N 3B       4  1  1  0  .333  Gordon, A LF        4  1  3  1  .462
Lane, K CF          2  1  0  0  .333  Peterson, T C       4  1  1  0  .222
                                      Hart, B 2B          3  0  1  2  .294
                                       Ruggerio, M 2B,PH  0  0  0  0  .000
                   31  4  3  3                           38 11 17 10


2B--Tagoe, B LF (1), Doherty, N 3B (2), Chernow, J CF (2), OConnor, M SS
(1), DiFillipo, A 3B (1), Netzel, M DH (2). 3B--Hollins, C RF (1).
RBI--Tagoe, B LF  2 (3), Hollins, C RF (5), TOTALS  3 (0), Chernow, J CF
(4), OConnor, M SS (2), DiFillipo, A 3B (2), Mathews, C RF  3 (7), Netzel,
M DH (3), Gordon, A LF (1), Hart, B 2B  2 (3), TOTALS 10 (0). HP--Lane, K
CF (1), Netzel, M DH (1), Hart, B 2B (1), Ruggerio, M 2B,PH (1).
SF--Mathews, C RF (1), Gordon, A LF (1). SB--DiFillipo, A 3B (1).
CS--Chernow, J CF (1). E--Cecere, D 2B (1), Doherty, N 3B 2 (2), Hart, B 2B
(1). 
LOB--Olean 6, Onondaga 11. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Olean
Pulli, B (L,1-1)                4.1  12   7   6   1   3   0    7.94
Grace, M                        1.2   4   3   1   1   1   0    5.40
OBrien, M                       2.0   1   1   0   1   1   0    0.00
                                8    17  11   7   3   5   0
 Onondaga
Glenn, R (W,1-0)                6.1   2   4   3   5   5   0    4.26
Flahive, J                      0.2   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Garcia, N                       1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Taylor, K                       1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                9     3   4   3   5   9   0
WP--Grace, M 2 (2). HB--Grace, M 2 (2), OBrien, M (1), Taylor, K (1).
SO--Tagoe, B 2, Hollins, C, Higgins, K, Cecere, D 2, Harris, S, Beimel, M,
Doherty, N, Mathews, C 2, Steffan, M, Peterson, T, Hart, B. BB--Cecere, D,
Harris, S, Beimel, M 2, Lane, K, DiFillipo, A 2, Peterson, T. BF--Pulli, B
25 (57), Grace, M 12 (12), OBrien, M 9 (12), Glenn, R 27 (27), Flahive, J 3
(8), Garcia, N 3 (8), Taylor, K 4 (9). P-S--Pulli, B 71-54, Grace, M 50-28,
OBrien, M 33-19, Glenn, R 108-62, Flahive, J 10-7, Garcia, N 16-11, Taylor,
K 16-9. 
T--2:38.  

Flames Win Game 1 – Lead Playoff Series 1-0

Olean, NY July 28, 2018: The Onondaga Flames (31-14) bested the Olean Oilers (28-18) 7-3 last night at Bradner Stadium to grab a 1-0 lead in the best of three playoff series for the NYCBL League Championship. The second game will be played today at Onondaga CC Baseball Complex at 3:00 PM and the third game, if necessary, at 7:00 PM.

The Flames got another stellar pitching performance from Gunnar Groen (Pepperdine University) who scattered 6 hits over 7 2/3 innings holding the Oilers to three runs on his way to his fifth win of the season. The 6’5″ freshman right-hander needed only 106 pitches, 2/3 of them strikes, to keep Olean in check. 

The Flames jumped out to an early lead when Mike Steffan (Canisius College) smashed a solo home run over the left-center field fence. They added two more runs in the top of the third when McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) singled and scored on a single by A.J. DiFillipo (Columbia University) and a throwing error by the right-fielder. Steffan then singled DiFillipo home to make the score 3-0.

Olean answered with a solo run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Kevin Higgins (St Bonaventure University), scoring Cam Lane (University of Miami) who reached base with a single and advanced to second when Cale Hollins (Canisius College) walked.

The Flames broke the game open in the fifth inning when Collin Mathews (Kent State University) singled to open the inning and was followed by a single by Staffan (his third hit of the night). The Flames loaded the bases with no outs when Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) was hit by a pitch. Mike Netzel (Occidental College) blasted a two-run double to score Mathews and Steffan, advancing DiFillipo to third. DiFillipo came home on a fielder’s choice by Jake Zurat (Canisius College) as Netzel moved to third and then scored on an error by the shortstop. The inning ended with the score 7-1 Flames.

The Oilers scored again in the bottom of the eighth with a two out rally. Back-to-back singles by Higgins and Dominic Cecere (Mercyhurst College), set the table for a bases clearing double by pinch hitter Niall Doherty (George Washington University) off of reliever Chris Burnette (Cal Poly Pomona) to cut the lead to 7-3.

In the ninth inning, Burnette, after giving up a double to Lane, retired the side to earn the save in a 7-3 Flames victory.

Box Score

Game Date: 07/27/2018
Onondaga Flames  7 AT Olean Oilers  3
Onondaga 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 - 7 13 1 
Olean    0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 3  8 2
                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Olean              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Chernow, J CF       5  0  1  0  .286  Tagoe, B LF         5  0  0  0  .071
OConnor, M SS       5  1  1  0  .308  Webb, J 1B          5  1  0  0  .294
 Ruggerio, M SS     0  0  0  0  .000  Hollins, C RF       3  0  1  0  .412
DiFillipo, A 3B     5  1  1  0  .200  Higgins, K SS       3  1  2  1  .375
Mathews, C LF       4  1  2  0  .462  Cecere, D 2B        4  1  1  0  .231
 Paxton, C 1B,PH    0  0  0  0  .000  Flicker, B 3B       3  0  0  0  .200
Steffan, M 1B,LF    5  2  3  2  .333   Doherty, N 3B,PH   1  0  1  2  .500
 Gordon, A LF       0  0  0  0  .333  Simmons, R DH       3  0  1  0  .143
Peterson, T C       2  1  0  0  .200   Phillips, T DH,PR  0  0  0  0  .000
Netzel, M RF        5  1  2  2  .250   Mooney, K DH       1  0  0  0  .500
Zurat, J DH         5  0  1  1  .200  Beimel, M C         4  0  0  0  .333
Hart, B 2B          5  0  2  0  .286  Lane, K CF          3  0  2  0  .385
                   41  7 13  5                           35  3  8  3

2B--Mathews, C LF (4), Netzel, M RF (1), Hart, B 2B (2), Doherty, N 3B,PH
(1), Lane, K CF (1). HR--Steffan, M 1B,LF (1). RBI--Steffan, M 1B,LF  2
(3), Netzel, M RF  2 (2), Zurat, J DH (1), TOTALS  5 (0), Higgins, K SS
(7), Doherty, N 3B,PH  2 (2), TOTALS  3 (0). HP--Peterson, T C (1).
SB--Hart, B 2B (1). E--Steffan, M 1B,LF (1), Hollins, C RF (1), Higgins, K
SS (1). 
LOB--Onondaga 11, Olean 8. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Groen, G (W,1-0)                7.2   6   3   3   3   2   0    3.52
Burnette, C                     1.1   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9     8   3   3   3   2   0
 Olean
Warner, K (L,0-1)               2.2   5   3   2   2   1   1    6.75
Holt, N                         6.1   8   4   4   1   3   0    4.32
                                9    13   7   6   3   4   1
PB--Peterson, T. HB--Holt, N (1). SO--Chernow, J, Peterson, T, Zurat, J,
Hart, B, Tagoe, B, Webb, J. BB--Paxton, C, Peterson, T 2, Hollins, C,
Higgins, K, Lane, K. BF--Groen, G 32 (32), Burnette, C 6 (6), Warner, K 15
(15), Holt, N 30 (38). P-S--Groen, G 106-70, Burnette, C 23-15, Warner, K
73-43, Holt, N 104-71. 
T--3:00.  A--782

Weather: 79 degrees/partly sunny

 

 

Flames Sweep Cortland 10-3 – Claim Eastern Division Title

Onondaga, NY July 27, 2018: The Onondaga Flames exploded for eight runs in the first inning yesterday and then rode the stellar pitching of Jeremy Taylor (Cal Poly Pomona) to sweep the Cortland Crush 10-3 and capture the NYCBL Eastern Division Championship at Onondaga CC Baseball Complex. The Flames travel to Olean, NY today to play the Western Division Champion Oilers at Bradner Stadium at 6:00 PM. They will return home to OCC tomorrow for the second game at 3:00 PM and, if necessary, third game at 7:00 PM to determine the league championship.

Playing as visitor at their home field when the game was transferred to OCC due to unplayable conditions at Cortland’s Beaudry Park, the Flames opened the game by sending 14 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on four hits as well as six base on balls, a wild pitch and four Cortland errors. Collin Mathews (Kent State University) and Jack Chernow (Columbia University) both slammed two-run doubles. 

After putting the Crush down with no hits in the first three innings, Taylor scattered seven hits over the next four, allowing solo runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. The big 6’5″ right hander from Mission Vejo, California finished strong setting the Crush down in order in his seventh and last inning. Taylor faced 26 batters and needed only 88 pitches, 56 of them strikes, to gain his fourth win against two losses, bringing his ERA to 2.70 on the season.

The Big O added single runs on a fielder’s choice in the second and an RBI double by Bryan Hart (Bryant University) in the 8th to improve their lead to 10-3.

The reliable Flames’ bullpen produced shut out performances by Holden Martin (Muskingum University) in the eighth and All-Star Selection Jimmy Flahive (American International University) to close the game in the ninth.

The win improves the Flames record to 30-14 (.681 winning percentage). The Flames have won 11 of their last 12 and for the month of July their record is 17-4. Since reaching full strength (players at CWS, etc.) the Flames are 27-8.

Box Score

Game Date: 07/26/2018
Onondaga Flames  10 AT Cortland Crush  3
Onondaga 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 10 12 1 
Cortland 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 - 3 10 1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Cortland           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Chernow, J CF       5  2  2  2  .333  Palmo, J LF         3  0  0  0  .167
Netzel, M DH        3  1  0  0  .000   Palma, N LF        1  0  0  0  .000
 Zurat, J PH        1  0  0  0  .200  Ketch, D RF         3  2  3  0  .333
DiFillipo, A 3B     3  1  1  1  .200  Laviosa, N CF       3  0  1  1  .333
Mathews, C RF       5  2  2  3  .444   Volpe, J CF        1  0  0  0  .000
Hart, B 2B          5  0  1  1  .222  Flock, A DH         4  0  2  1  .417
 Ruggerio, M 2B     0  0  0  0  .000  Kelley, Z 1B        2  0  0  0  .111
Steffan, M 1B       4  2  1  1  .143   Houts, H 1B        2  0  1  0  .250
 Paxton, C 1B       0  0  0  0  .000  McKeon, T 3B        2  0  0  0  .000
Gordon, A LF        5  1  2  0  .333   Babcock, A 3B      2  0  0  0  .000
Novenche, J C       4  0  2  0  .500  Hunter, G C         2  0  0  0  .200
OConnor, M SS       4  1  1  1  .375   Horsfall, B C      1  0  0  0  .000
                                       Valentino, J C     1  0  1  0  .333
                                      Tatum, J 2B         4  1  2  1  .364
                                      Cieszko, A SS       4  0  0  0  .100
                   39 10 12  9                           35  3 10  3

2B--Chernow, J CF (1), Mathews, C RF 2 (3), Hart, B 2B (1), Novenche, J C
(1), Flock, A DH (2). 3B--Ketch, D RF (1). HR--Tatum, J 2B (1).
RBI--Chernow, J CF  2 (3), DiFillipo, A 3B (1), Mathews, C RF  3 (4), Hart,
B 2B (1), Steffan, M 1B (1), OConnor, M SS (1), TOTALS  9 (0), Laviosa, N
CF (3), Flock, A DH (1), Tatum, J 2B (3), TOTALS  3 (0). HP--Steffan, M 1B
(2), Novenche, J C (1). CS--Laviosa, N CF (2). E--Chernow, J CF (2),
Cieszko, A SS (2). 
LOB--Onondaga 10, Cortland 6. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Taylor, J (W,1-0)               7.0   7   3   2   0   3   1    2.57
Martin, H                       1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Flahive, J                      1.0   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    10   3   2   0   5   1
 Cortland
Wojichowski, B (L,0-1)          0.2   3   7   7   4   0   0   94.45
Wilk, C                         0.2   1   2   1   2   0   0   13.49
Mack, B                         0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Viveiros, M                     5.1   7   1   1   0   1   0    1.42
Steve, D                        0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Rajsigl, J                      1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    12  10   9   6   2   0
WP--Martin, H (1), Wojichowski, B (1), Wilk, C (1), Viveiros, M 2 (2).
PB--Novenche, J. HB--Wilk, C 2 (2). SO--Chernow, J, Steffan, M, Palmo, J,
Palma, N, Laviosa, N, Volpe, J, Kelley, Z. BB--Chernow, J, Netzel, M 2,
DiFillipo, A 2, OConnor, M. BF--Taylor, J 26 (26), Martin, H 4 (4),
Flahive, J 5 (5), Wojichowski, B 9 (9), Wilk, C 8 (8), Mack, B 2 (5),
Viveiros, M 22 (28), Steve, D 2 (2), Rajsigl, J 4 (4). P-S--Taylor, J
88-56, Martin, H 20-12, Flahive, J 17-10, Wojichowski, B 39-18, Wilk, C
30-13, Mack, B 6-4, Viveiros, M 65-48, Steve, D 8-7, Rajsigl, J 8-6. 
T--2:31.  

Flames Player Profile #39 McClain O’Connor, UC Santa Barbara

McClain on his way to a triple. Photo by Andrew Roth.

McClain O’Connor is no stranger to putting out fires. Having served on a California firefighter helicopter support crew last summer, the rising junior at West Coast baseball powerhouse University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has plenty of experience staying focused when the heat is on. That experience came in handy in the first game of the NYCBL Eastern Division Playoffs Tuesday evening on a wet Onondaga CC baseball field. With the Flames leading 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Cortland Crush loaded the bases on a walk and two fielding errors caused by wet baseballs. After closer Keon Taylor struck out the next batter for out number one, the Crush sent up a pinch hitter who hit a sharp low line drive towards the hole between short and third base for what seemed like a sure game-trying base hit. The athletic O’Connor dove to his right and snatched the ball before it hit the turf for out number two and then threw to second base to nab the runner trying to return to the bag for out number three, for a dramatic double play to put out the fire and end the game.

McClain O’Connor
UC Santa Barbara

The 5’10” 165 pound bundle of talent has great range, sure hands and a strong accurate arm. While McClain arrived late due to a previous personal commitment, he nevertheless, has made a strong record at the plate. In 64 at bats, he is slashing .328/.370/.531 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 21 RBI’s. (Wood bat – no problem!)

McClain has been a big contributor to the Flames success this season. 

Personal: Dell McClain O’Connor is the son of Kodee and Dell of Pioche, Nevada. He has two siblings: McKinley and Mitchell. He plans to major in sociology and aspires to be a firefighter. McClain roots for the Chicago Bulls, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He calls winning the state championship in his high school as his most memorable pre-UCSB sporting moment. Lists Remember the Titans as his favorite flick … Listens to the Red Hot Chili Peppers … Likes to hunt, fish, and go camping in his free time … Watches Sportscenter … His top read is Louis L’Amour’s Last of the Breed

 

Flames Win Pitchers Battle 2-1; McClain O’Connor Makes Game-Saving Diving Catch

Onondaga, NY July 24, 2018: In a classic pitchers’ battle, the Onondaga Flames defeated the Cortland Crush 2-1  in the opener of the NYCBL Eastern Division Championship Playoffs last night at Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex. The close game ended in dramatic fashion when McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) made a game-saving, diving catch on the last play of the game. The Flames take a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 series going into game two to be played Wednesday at 3:00 PM at OCC with a second game, if necessary at 7:00 PM..

Mike Netzel
Occidental Colleg

Flames starter Mike Netzel (Occidental College) bested Cortland’s Alex Larson (Wisconsin Oshkosh) by the slimmest of margins on this drizzly night with a slick field. Over 7 complete innings, Netzel threw only 88 pitches (60 of them strikes) fanning six and walking only one Crush batter on his way to his third win. In an impressive performance of his own, Crush Starter Larson scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only two Flames runs, while striking out three and walking one.

After four no-hit innings, the Crush got the first of their three hits off Netzel in the top of the fifth when Alex Flock (Brescia University) hit a bloop single. Flock advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on passed ball. Jimmy Tatum’s (Trinity University) single up the middle scored Flock to give the Crush their only lead of the night.

Collin Mathews
Kent State

The Flames answered in the next inning when Bryan Hart (Bryant University) singled, moved to second on an error by the catcher and then scored on a booming double into the left-center field gap by Collin Mathews (Kent State University) to tie the game at 1-1.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Flames scored the game’s only other run on three consecutive singles by Adam Gordon (Cal State LA), Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) and McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) and a sacrifice fly by Jack Chernow (Columbia University), that scored Gordon with the go-head run.

Going into the last two innings, Flames’ Pitching Coach Robert Anders (Howard Payne University) called on two of his three All-Star relievers to finish the game. Nick Garcia (Chapman University) shut out the Crush in the eighth, setting the stage for Flames closer Keon Taylor (Cal State LA) .

McClain O’Connor
UC Santa Barbara

After a walk to Zach Kelly (Clark University), the Flames made two consecutive fielding errors on the wet turf to load the bases with no outs. Taylor then struck out Tatum for the first out. In the most dramatic ending to a game this year, Crush pinch hitter Nick Palma (UMASS Boston) smashed a low line drive towards the hole between 3rd and short in what appeared to be a game-tying single. However, it was not to be as shortstop McClain O’Connor dove to his right and made what can only be described as a spectacular catch, caught the ball before it hit the ground, O’Connor, in a heads up play, then jumped to his feet and threw to second basemen Jack Chernow to double Alex Flock trying to return to the bag.

The victory improves the Flames to 29-14 (.674). 

Box Score

Game Date: 07/24/2018 

Cortland Crush  1 AT Onondaga Flames  2
Cortland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 2 
Onondaga 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 x - 2 9 2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Cortland           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Palmo, J CF         4  0  1  0  .222  Chernow, J 2B       4  0  1  1  .250
Ketch, D RF         4  0  0  0  .111  Steffan, M 1B       3  0  0  0  .000
Laviosa, N DH       2  0  0  0  .333  Hart, B 3B          4  1  1  0  .250
 Houts, H PH        2  0  0  0  .000  Mathews, C RF       4  0  2  1  .500
Kelley, Z 1B        3  0  0  0  .143  DiFillipo, A LF     2  0  0  0  .000
Flock, A LF         4  1  2  0  .375  Zurat, J DH         4  0  1  0  .250
McKeon, T 3B        4  0  0  0  .000  Gordon, A CF        4  1  1  0  .250
Tatum, J 2B         4  0  1  1  .286  Peterson, T C       3  0  1  0  .333
Valentino, J C      2  0  0  0  .000  OConnor, M SS       4  0  2  0  .500
 Palma, N PH        1  0  0  0  .000       
Cieszko, A SS       2  0  0  0  .167       
                   32  1  4  1                           32  2  9  2

2B--Flock, A LF (1), Mathews, C RF (1). RBI--Tatum, J 2B (2), TOTALS (0),
Chernow, J 2B (1), Mathews, C RF (1), TOTALS  2 (0). HP--Cieszko, A SS (1),
Steffan, M 1B (1). SF--Chernow, J 2B (1). SB--Palmo, J CF (1), Cieszko, A
SS (1). E--Flock, A LF (1), Valentino, J C (1), Chernow, J 2B (1), Taylor,
K P (1). 
LOB--Cortland 7, Onondaga 11. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Cortland
Larson, A (L,0-1)               6.1   8   2   2   1   3   0    2.84
Mack, B                         0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Viveiros, M                     1.0   1   0   0   2   3   0    0.00
                                8     9   2   2   3   7   0
 Onondaga
Netzel, M (W,1-0)               7.0   3   1   1   1   6   0    1.29
Garcia, N                       1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Taylor, K (S,1)                 1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    0.00
                                9     4   1   1   2   8   0
PB--Peterson, T. HB--Mack, B (1), Garcia, N (1). SO--Ketch, D 2, Houts, H,
Kelley, Z 2, Tatum, J 2, Cieszko, A, Chernow, J 2, Hart, B 2, Zurat, J 2,
Gordon, A. BB--Kelley, Z, Valentino, J, DiFillipo, A 2, Peterson, T.
BF--Larson, A 28 (28), Mack, B 3 (3), Viveiros, M 6 (6), Netzel, M 25 (25),
Garcia, N 5 (5), Taylor, K 5 (5). P-S--Larson, A 96-61, Mack, B 12-6,
Viveiros, M 31-16, Netzel, M 88-60, Garcia, N 21-13, Taylor, K 21-14. 
T--2:37.  

Flames Player Profile #24 Jarrad Grossguth, Queens College

The Flames Jarrad Grossguth is a natural talent to watch. One of the youngest Flames, the hard-hitting shortstop/third basemen has demonstrated an abundance of raw talent playing in his first collegiate summer baseball season. Fresh from the junior college ranks at CC of Rhode Island, Grossguth is slashing .273/.430/.455, proving he has seamlessly made the transition to wooden bat and the next level of competition. He also shares the team home run title with AJ DiFillipo with 3. 

Jarrad Grossguth
Queens College

At CCRI his slash line was an outstanding .327/.426/.609 with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in. In somewhat of a recruiting coup for the Head Coach Chris Reardon, Jarrod will be transferring to Division II Queens College in the fall as a sophomore, eligible to play for three more seasons. Not yet 19 years old, the 5-11 185 pounder has a 60-yard dash time of 7.0 seconds and an infield velocity of 87 mph. The sky is the limit for this talented prospect.

Jarrod is the son of Donna and Randy Grossguth of Coventry, Rhode Island.

 

 

Flames Player Profiles #22 Adam Gordon, Cal State LA

Slashing .327/.421/.469 with great range, sure hands and strong arm, outfielder Adam Gordon, a rising senior at Cal State LA, is a complete ballplayer with great instincts on the base paths. Time and again, he has amazed us with his canny ability to grab the extra base when few others would try it. His heads up play alone has won a few games for the Flames. 

Adam Gordon
Cal State LA

In his 113 at bats, Adam has 37 hits with 5 doubles, 4 triples and one home run producing 24 RBIs, second only to team leader AJ DiFillipo. His contributions to the Flames have been a large part of the team’s success. He will be sorely missed as he graduates next year.

Gordon played his first two college years at Saddleback College in his hometown, Mission Viejo, California where he hit .289 as a sophomore with 41 hits in 142 at bats. Scored 26 runs and drove in 20. Hit .328 as a freshman with 20 hits in 61 at bats, four home runs, 15 RBI and 13 runs scored. He attended Capistrano Valley High School where he competed in baseball and football. Adam earned All-CIF and All-League honors in football as a wide receiver and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Personal: Son of Jim and Gina Gordon. Majoring in economics. Enjoys mountaineering (exploring). Lists hitting a pinch-hit grand slam home run as a freshman in junior college and kicking a game-winning field goal in high school as his most exciting experiences in sports. Says deciding to hang up the football cleats for baseball spikes in college is the best decision he’s made. (We’re glad he did!)

 

Flames Split With Generals 6-9, 7-4

Rome, NY July 21, 2018: The Onondaga Flames playing their second doubleheader in a row last night, split with the hard-hitting Rome Generals at DeLutis Field, losing the opener 9-6 and then recovering to claim the nightcap 7-4  

Opener

The Flames fell behind in the opening inning 1-0 and after a 2-run second, surrender ed the lead for good when Rome scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th on 4 hits and 2 errors, The Generals scored what proved to be the winning margin in the fifth inning, scoring 3 runs on four its and another Flames error.

The never-quit Flames rallied in the bottom of the 6th of the 7-inning game scoring three runs on a wak by AJ DiFillipo (Columbia University), consecutive singles by Jake Zurat (Canisius College) and McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) and a bases loaded double by Adam Gordon (Cal State LA).

The Flames threatened again in the bottom of the seventh when Bryan Hart (Bryant University)  lead off with a triple and scored on a double by Zurat. However, the Flames could not close the gap and the loss dropped them to 26-14 on th season.

Nightcap

Trailing -2 in the fifth inning, the Flames loaded the bases with two outs when Joe Novenche (Canisus College Commit) walked to drive in the tying run, A walk to Collin Mathews (Kent State) brought in the go ahead run setting the stage for the red hot Corbin Paxron (Lake Erie College. The lefty first basemen blasted a double over the head of the right fielder to clear the bases to give the Flames a 6-3 lead. Paxton, plagued with an ankle sprain most of the season, has now hit safely in his last five games with 8 hits.

The Flames bullpen preserved the win for starter Casey Kretsch (LeMoyne) who scattered four hits and allowed only two earned runs. Holden Martina (Muskingum University) alowed one hit and no runs in his 2/3 innings and Nick Garcia (Chapman University), one of the Flames 90+mph hurlers, struck out three batters in the 6th inning setting the stage for Flames closer Keon Taylor (Cal State LA) who set the Generals in order to save the Flames 27th victory n the season versus 14 losses.

The Flames travel to Cortland to play the Crush at 2:00 PM at Beaudry Park in the last game of the regular season.

Game 1

Game Date: 07/21/2018
Rome Generals  9 AT Onondaga Flames  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Rome               AB  R  H BI   AVG  Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Miller, D 3B        4  0  1  0  .342  Netzel, M DH,RF     4  0  2  2  .343
Stokes, D 2B        4  2  2  0  .359  Steffan, M 1B       2  0  0  0  .214
Michael, K DH,P     3  0  0  0  .272  Hart, B 2B          4  1  1  0  .279
Bramanti, J 1B      4  2  3  1  .336  Mathews, C LF,RF    4  0  0  0  .363
DeGiacamo, C RF     3  2  2  2  .286  DiFillipo, A 3B     3  1  1  0  .365
Woodruff, W C       4  1  1  1  .271  Peterson, T C       2  0  0  0  .253
Peters, S CF        3  0  0  1  .343   Zurat, J C,PH      2  1  2  0  .232
Baker, M LF         3  1  1  0  .284  OConnor, M SS       3  2  2  0  .317
Gallagher, R SS     3  1  2  1  .207   Gibbs, R PH,SS     1  0  0  0  .257
                                      Gordon, A CF,LF     3  1  3  3  .321
                                      Chernow, J CF,P     3  0  0  0  .279
                   31  9 12  6                           31  6 11  5

Rome                 1 0 0   4 3 1   0 -  9 12  2
Onondaga             0 2 0   0 0 3   1 -  6 11  4
2B--DeGiacamo, C RF (4), Woodruff, W C (7), Zurat, J C,PH (3), Gordon, A
CF,LF (5). 3B--Bramanti, J 1B (1), Hart, B 2B (5). RBI--Bramanti, J 1B
(24), DeGiacamo, C RF  2 (15), Woodruff, W C (9), Peters, S CF (12),
Gallagher, R SS (3), TOTALS  6 (0), Netzel, M DH,RF  2 (13), Gordon, A
CF,LF  3 (24), TOTALS  5 (0). SF--Peters, S CF (1). SB--Baker, M LF (20),
Gordon, A CF,LF (7). CS--Miller, D 3B (5), Gordon, A CF,LF (2).
E--DeGiacamo, C RF 2 (4), Steffan, M 1B (4), Hart, B 2B (6), DiFillipo, A
3B (6), Peterson, T C (8). 
LOB--Rome 4, Onondaga 7. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Rome
Geiger, G (W,1-1)               6.0  10   6   5   3   4   0    6.97
Michael, K                      1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    4.91
                                7    11   6   5   3   5   0
 Onondaga
Groen, G (L,4-3)                4.1   9   8   4   1   2   0    2.41
Flahive, J                      1.2   2   1   0   1   1   0    1.30
Chernow, J                      1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                7    12   9   4   2   3   0
WP--Geiger, G (3), Michael, K (1), Groen, G (1), Flahive, J (2).
SO--Michael, K, Bramanti, J, Gallagher, R, Netzel, M 2, Mathews, C,
DiFillipo, A, Peterson, T. BB--Michael, K, DeGiacamo, C, Steffan, M 2,
DiFillipo, A. BF--Geiger, G 30 (107), Michael, K 4 (34), Groen, G 24 (184),
Flahive, J 7 (113), Chernow, J 3 (3). P-S--Geiger, G 108-63, Michael, K
19-14, Groen, G 66-42, Flahive, J 18-12, Chernow, J 5-4. 
T--2:11.  

Game 2
Game Date: 07/21/2018
Onondaga Flames  7 AT Rome Generals  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Rome               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gibbs, R 2B         3  1  0  0  .237  Baker, M LF         3  1  1  1  .286
Gordon, A CF        4  0  2  0  .327  Peters, S CF        2  1  0  0  .336
Hart, B 3B          4  0  0  0  .271  DeGiacamo, C RF     4  0  1  0  .284
Netzel, M RF        2  2  0  0  .336  Bramanti, J 3B      3  1  1  1  .336
Zurat, J DH         1  2  1  0  .246  Tyler, S C          3  0  2  1  .329
 Ruggerio, M DH,PH  1  0  0  0  .213  Kenny, P 1B         4  0  0  0  .274
Novenche, J C       2  1  0  1  .130  Gallagher, R SS     3  0  0  0  .188
OConnor, M SS       1  0  1  2  .328  Valenti, J 2B       0  1  0  0  .227
 Mathews, C PH      0  1  0  1  .363   Manning, K PH      0  0  0  0  .000
 Chernow, J SS      0  0  0  0  .279   Stokes, D 2B,P,PR  1  0  0  0  .355
Paxton, C 1B        4  0  2  3  .254  Gamelin, S P        1  0  0  0  .000
, W LF              2  0  0  0  .000   Vasquez, A P       1  0  0  0  .358
 Steffan, M LF,PH   1  0  0  0  .212   Kajita, K P        0  0  0  0  .000
                                       Miller, D 2B,PH    1  0  0  0  .338
                   25  7  6  7                           26  4  5  3

Onondaga             0 1 0   1 5 0   0 -  7  6  1
Rome                 2 1 0   0 1 0   0 -  4  5  2
2B--Paxton, C 1B (2), Baker, M LF (7), Bramanti, J 3B (14). RBI--Novenche,
J C (4), OConnor, M SS  2 (21), Mathews, C PH (21), Paxton, C 1B  3 (13),
TOTALS  7 (0), Baker, M LF (16), Bramanti, J 3B (25), Tyler, S C (15),
TOTALS  3 (0). SF--OConnor, M SS (3). SH--Novenche, J C (0). SB--Gibbs, R
2B (3), Gordon, A CF (8), Baker, M LF 3 (23), Bramanti, J 3B 2 (12), Tyler,
S C (4). CS--Gordon, A CF (3). E--OConnor, M SS (3), Bramanti, J 3B (13),
Gallagher, R SS (2). 
LOB--Onondaga 7, Rome 8. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Kretsch, C                      4.1   4   4   2   4   4   0    1.96
Holden, M (W,1-0)               0.2   1   0   0   1   0   0    0.00
Garcia, N                       1.0   0   0   0   2   3   0    2.51
Taylor, K (S,8)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    2.46
                                7     5   4   2   7   7   0
 Rome
Gamelin, S                      3.2   2   2   2   2   2   0    4.85
Vasquez, A (L,0-1)              1.0   2   4   4   4   1   0   36.00
Kajita, K                       1.1   2   1   1   1   1   0    5.31
Stokes, D                       1.0   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
                                7     6   7   7   8   6   0
WP--Kretsch, C (3), Gamelin, S (3). SO--Hart, B 3, Novenche, J, Paxton, C,
Steffan, M, Peters, S, DeGiacamo, C, Kenny, P, Gallagher, R, Stokes, D,
Gamelin, S, Miller, D. BB--Gibbs, R, Netzel, M 2, Zurat, J 2, Novenche, J,
Mathews, C, Chernow, J, Baker, M, Peters, S 2, Bramanti, J, Tyler, S,
Valenti, J, Manning, K. BF--Kretsch, C 21 (104), Holden, M 4 (16), Garcia,
N 5 (51), Taylor, K 3 (75), Gamelin, S 15 (138), Vasquez, A 9 (9), Kajita,
K 7 (180), Stokes, D 4 (4). P-S--Kretsch, C 85-48, Holden, M 24-14, Garcia,
N 26-15, Taylor, K 11-7, Gamelin, S 67-37, Vasquez, A 35-18, Kajita, K
28-16, Stokes, D 22-14. 
T--2:23.  

Flames Sweep Smitties In Dramatic Fashion 9-5 and 8-1

Sherrill, NY July 2, 2018: A determined Onondaga Flames team stormed into Sherrill  for a 7-inning doubleheader looking to clinch the Eastern Division regular season title and the top playoff seed. Trailing 5-2 going into the top of the seventh (and final) inning of the first game, the Flames refused to lose and mounted a dramatic 7-run rally to secure an improbable 9-5 victory. The Big O then took care of business in the nightcap 8-1 to secure a first place finish.

Game One

The Silversmiths jumped on top with three home runs over the Noyes Field’s notorious short right field fence. Sherrill hurler Michael Mathews (Salve Regina) held the Flames in check scattering five hits over 5.1 innings for two runs on an RBI single by Corbin Paxton (Lake Erie College) and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Hart (Bryant University),

Last Inning Dramatics

The Flames mounted their most dramatic rally of the season in the top of the 7th. Singles by McClain O’Connor (UC Santa Barbara) and Mike Steffan (Canisius College) followed by a walk to Hart loaded the bases with no outs ,setting the stage for the dramatics that followed. The red hot Collin Mathews (Kent State) singled home O’Connor and Steffan The reliable A.J DiFillipo (Columbia University) pulled a line drive double down the right field line to score Hart and move Mathews to third. After Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) walked to again load the bases, Adam Gordon (Cal State LA) lashed double in the gap to score Mathews and DiFillipo.

Corbin Paxton, the ninth batter in the inning, walked and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. McClain O’Connor brought home Gordon and advanced Paxton to third with his second single of the inning. Paxton then scored the last run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Mike Steffan.

Flames All-Star closer Keon Taylor (Cal State LA) put the Smitties down in order striking out two of the three batters he faced on nine pitches, all of them strikes.

The Flames improved to 25-13 with the win.

Game Two

Connor Morrisroe

Flames starter Connor Morrisroe set the tone for the second game with a strong 5 inning 3-.hit shutout stint on the mound.as the Flames built an 8-0 lead for reliever Chris Burnette (Cal Pol Pomona) who retired the Silversmiths in order in the sixth on two strikeouts and a come-backer. In an effort to conserve arms for the playoffs, the Flames sent outfielder Adam Gordon to the mound to close out the game.

In the first inning, the Flames picked up where they left off in the first game scoring a run on a walk to Reid Gibbs (Chapman University) who advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on AJ DiFillipo’s single. Corbin Paxton extended his hitting streak to four games (6 hits in last four) with a one-out single in the top of the second and. advanced on Jack Chernow’s  (Columbia University) one-bagger. Mike Netzel, (Occidental College)  the Flames all-purpose Swiss Army Knife, in the lineup at third base, singled Paxton home putting the Flames ahead 2-0.

The fourth inning brought two more runs for the Flames as Reid Gibbs (Chapman University) smashed a lead off homer over the left center field fence. Netzel followed up with a single and later scored on an error to put the Flames in front 4-0.

Flames hitters played long-ball in the sixth inning. After consecutive walks to Netzel and DiFillipo, Collin Mathews went yard for three more runs to increase the lead to 7-0. Jake Zurat (Canisius College), back from an injury, added a solo dinger to close out the Flames scoring.

The Flames improved to 26-13 for a league-leading .667 winning percentage. (Since reaching full strength, the Flames are 23-7 for .766,)

With these wins, th Flames become the regular season Eastern Division Champions and the 1st seed in the playoffs. The Flames will host the winner of the wildcat game on Tuesday, July 24th at Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex – time TBA.

Game 1 Box Score

Game Date: 07/20/2018
Onondaga Flames  9 AT Sherrill Silversmiths  5

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sherrill           AB  R  H BI   AVG
OConnor, M SS       5  1  2  1  .300  Armitage, R CF,LF   4  2  3  1  .308
Steffan, M 1B       3  1  1  1  .222  Doherty, S 3B       4  1  1  2  .333
Hart, B 2B          2  1  1  1  .280  Roden, A RF         3  0  0  0  .282
Mathews, C RF       3  1  1  2  .379   Mullins, M CF      0  0  0  0  .340
DiFillipo, A 3B     3  1  1  1  .367  Turco, C 1B         2  2  1  1  .324
Peterson, T C       2  0  0  0  .258  Armitage, Ro SS     1  0  0  0  .353
Gordon, A LF        3  2  1  2  .302  Krause, M LF,RF     3  0  1  0  .321
Paxton, C DH        3  2  2  1  .231  Fitzgerald, M DH    3  0  0  0  .337
Chernow, J CF       3  0  0  0  .269  Gozzo, A C          3  0  1  1  .150
                                      Cormier, N 2B       3  0  0  0  .295
                   27  9  9  9                           26  5  7  5

Onondaga             0 0 0   0 2 0   7 -  9  9  0
Sherrill             0 1 1   1 2 0   0 -  5  7  0
2B--DiFillipo, A 3B (9), Armitage, R CF,LF (5), Gozzo, A C (1).
HR--Armitage, R CF,LF (5), Doherty, S 3B (1), Turco, C 1B (13).
RBI--OConnor, M SS (19), Steffan, M 1B (13), Hart, B 2B (23), Mathews, C RF
 2 (17), DiFillipo, A 3B (36), Gordon, A LF  2 (21), Paxton, C DH (10),
TOTALS  9 (0), Armitage, R CF,LF (21), Doherty, S 3B  2 (25), Turco, C 1B
(40), Gozzo, A C (4), TOTALS  5 (0). HP--Mathews, C RF (1). SF--Steffan, M
1B (1), Hart, B 2B (3). SB--Hart, B 2B (15), Gordon, A LF (6). CS--Hart, B
2B (2). 
LOB--Onondaga 9, Sherrill 3. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Taylor, J                       5.0   5   5   5   2   5   3    2.73
Ruggerio, M (W,1-0)             1.0   1   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
Taylor, K                       1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.60
                                7     7   5   5   3   7   3
 Sherrill
Mathews, M                      5.1   2   2   2   6   3   0    5.72
Lahey, W (L,1-1)                0.2   4   4   4   1   0   0    8.62
Baker, R                        0.0   2   2   2   1   0   0    6.75
VanDreason, C                   1.0   1   1   1   1   1   0    6.91
                                7     9   9   9   9   4   0
PB--Gozzo, A 2. HB--Mathews, M (4). SO--OConnor, M, Hart, B, DiFillipo, A,
Paxton, C, Roden, A, Turco, C, Armitage, Ro, Krause, M, Fitzgerald, M,
Gozzo, A, Cormier, N. BB--Steffan, M, Hart, B 2, DiFillipo, A, Peterson, T
2, Gordon, A, Paxton, C, Chernow, J, Turco, C, Armitage, Ro 2. BF--Taylor,
J 21 (154), Ruggerio, M 5 (16), Taylor, K 3 (72), Mathews, M 24 (199),
Lahey, W 7 (97), Baker, R 3 (81), VanDreason, C 5 (211). P-S--Taylor, J
79-50, Ruggerio, M 17-12, Taylor, K 9-9, Mathews, M 100-48, Lahey, W 22-14,
Baker, R 9-4, VanDreason, C 16-11. 
T--2:30.


Game 2 Box Score
Game Date: 07/20/2018
Onondaga Flames  8 AT Sherrill Silversmiths  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Sherrill           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Gibbs, R 2B         4  2  1  1  .265  Armitage, R CF      3  0  1  1  .309
Netzel, M 3B        3  2  2  1  .337  Doherty, S 2B       4  0  1  0  .331
DiFillipo, A 1B,LF  3  1  1  1  .366  Roden, A 1B         3  0  1  0  .284
Mathews, C RF       3  1  1  3  .378  Turco, C DH         2  0  0  0  .319
Grossguth, J DH     2  0  0  0  .273  Armitage, Ro SS     1  0  0  0  .350
 Zurat, J DH,PH     2  1  1  1  .204  Krause, M LF        2  0  0  0  .315
Novenche, J C       4  0  1  0  .143  Fitzgerald, M RF    3  1  1  0  .337
Ruggerio, M SS      2  0  1  0  .217  Stroshine, A C      2  0  0  0  .111
Paxton, C 1B        2  1  1  0  .239  Cormier, N 3B       3  0  1  0  .296
 Steffan, M LF,PH   1  0  0  0  .220       
Chernow, J CF       4  0  3  0  .287       
                   30  8 12  7                           23  1  5  1

Onondaga             1 1 0   2 0 4   0 -  8 12  0
Sherrill             0 0 0   0 0 0   1 -  1  5  1
2B--Doherty, S 2B (7). HR--Gibbs, R 2B (1), Mathews, C RF (1), Zurat, J
DH,PH (1). RBI--Gibbs, R 2B (6), Netzel, M 3B (11), DiFillipo, A 1B,LF
(37), Mathews, C RF  3 (20), Zurat, J DH,PH (10), TOTALS  7 (0), Armitage,
R CF (22), TOTALS (0). HP--Ruggerio, M SS (1), Paxton, C 1B (2), Turco, C
DH (3). SH--Netzel, M 3B (0). SB--Netzel, M 3B 3 (10), DiFillipo, A 1B,LF
(4), Roden, A 1B (4), Stroshine, A C (9). CS--Stroshine, A C (2).
E--Doherty, S 2B (14). 
LOB--Onondaga 9, Sherrill 7. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Morrisroe, C (W,3-1)            5.0   3   0   0   5   2   0    5.23
Burnette, C                     1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    2.12
Gordon, A                       1.0   2   1   1   0   0   0    9.00
                                7     5   1   1   5   4   0
 Sherrill
Riesberg, A (L,1-4)             5.0  10   7   7   4   3   2   10.97
Elliott, M                      2.0   2   1   1   1   0   1    9.53
                                7    12   8   8   5   3   3
WP--Gordon, A (1), Riesberg, A (9). HB--Morrisroe, C (5), Riesberg, A 2
(8). SO--Grossguth, J 2, Paxton, C, Armitage, R, Roden, A, Turco, C,
Krause, M. BB--Gibbs, R, Netzel, M, DiFillipo, A, Mathews, C, Ruggerio, M,
Armitage, R, Armitage, Ro 2, Krause, M, Stroshine, A. BF--Morrisroe, C 21
(141), Burnette, C 3 (68), Gordon, A 5 (5), Riesberg, A 31 (187), Elliott,
M 7 (61). P-S--Morrisroe, C 97-47, Burnette, C 17-9, Gordon, A 15-9,
Riesberg, A 99-62, Elliott, M 19-12. 
T--2:15.  

Flames Player Profile #23 Collin Mathews, Kent State

Simply put, the Flames Collin Mathews is on fire with 14 hits in 28 at bats over the last seven games. The owner of the 4th highest batting average in the league, the redshirt freshman is slashing .380/.468/.478 on the season with 5 doubles, 2 triples and 15 RBI’s over 109 plate appearances. Collin has created 20.788 runs, second most on the team.

Collin Mathews
Kent State

A two-way player, Collin has been clocked at 93-mph on the mound. The 6’2″  200 pound Kent State Golden Flash appears to have fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. performed in the fall of 2016. However, the Flames have used him almost exclusively as an outfielder to get his bat in the lineup.

Mathews is a gifted athletic who can hit, run, throw and field. His contributions to the Flames have been invaluable.