UAlbany’s Connor Morrisroe and Marshall Winn Return for 2019 Flames Season

August 31, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that RHP Connor Morrisroe and Outfielder Marshall Winn of the University at Albany will be returning for the 2019 summer season. They will be joining their future Great Dane teammate LHP Cregg Scherrer of Skaneateles, a UAlbany 2019 commit. 

Morrisroe, a redshirt sophomore, was a starter for the Flames 2018 NYCBL Championship team. He appeared in 9 games and started 8, earning a 3-1 WL record. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Morrisroe improved with work as the season progressed winning his last three games, giving up only five earned runs on 12 hits over 15 innings. “Connor has a lot of arm talent and with more work his command is sure to sharpen – then watch out!” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president, “He has guts and determination and that can’t be taught. We are thrilled to have him back on the staff.”

Sophomore Marshall Winn, a New York Sportswriters Association CNY First Team All-Star in 2017, was a prolific hitter in his last two years as a West Genesee Wildcat posting a slash line of .393/.460/.635. He suffered from a high ankle sprain in the Flames sixth game and missed the rest of the 2018 summer season. A speedster with a sub 7 second 60-yard dash Winn, a former pitcher, is a wide ranging outfielder with a strong arm. “We have to replace a couple of terrific outfielders and Marshall is just the ticket. We are fortunate to get him back.” commented Walker.

University at Albany

UAlbany is an NCAA Division 1 program competing in the highly competitive America East Conference.against Binghamton, Hartford,  Maine, UM Baltimore, UMass Lowell  and Stony Brook. The Great Danes are led by Head Coach Jon Mueller who enters his 19th season at the helm. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 377 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction.

PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The PGCBL is upstate New York’s premier summer wood bat league. Every year since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has sent players to the pros and has had several alumni selected in the MLB Draft with each year. 

 

 

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..

In 2017, its first year, the Flames played in the PGCBL and made the playoffs. The team moved to the NYCBL and won the league championship, sweeping the playoffs, winning 15 of their last 16 games and leading the league in hitting, pitching and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Skaneateles All-Star Southpaw Cregg Scherrer to Join Flames

Photo by Jenn Scherrer

August  20, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Skaneateles high school senior Cregg Scherrer will join the  team for the 2019 summer season. The University at Albany 2019 commit had a pitcher’s dream season in 2018 – posting a 0.00 ERA. That’s not a typo – zero, zip, nada earned runs. “At any level, that’s very impressive for six 7-inning games.” noted Wayne Walker, Flames president

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Striking out 93 while walking only 23, Scherrer also posted an impressive 3.85 SO to BB ratio over 40.2 innings pitched. He allowed only one run (unearned) to cross the plate all season. He had five games in which he had at least 12 strikeouts, including In this year’s second round of the Section III Class B playoffs where he pitched a complete game shutout with 19 strikeouts and only one hit and one walk – that’s 19 Ks out of 21 outs.. 

Delivering from his high 3/4 arm slot, Scherrer commands a heater that sits at 85-87 and peaks at 88-mph, and a 74 mph curve ball, creating big timing problems for hitters. 

Not yet 18-years old, Scherrer has room to grow and to fill out his 5’11” 165 lbs. athletic frame. 

“When I first saw his stats I thought there was a typo but when I drilled down I realized it was accurate. Then, I thought maybe he was just playing in a league below his talent level. However, Cregg has excelled at regional and national level tournaments against stiff competition – he’s the real deal.” commented. Walker, “The Flames will give him some great experience facing high caliber college hitters. I have no doubt he’ll be up to the challenge.” 

Scherrer, who is ranked by Perfect Game USA as the 39th top player and the 4th best left-handed pitcher in New York State, has won numerous accolades including:

  • 2017 WWBA 2019 GRADS or 16U National Championship All Tournament Pitchers
  • 2017 Perfect Game 16U PG SUPER25 National Championship All Tournament Pitchers
  • The Citizen’s baseball Player of the Year 2018
  • 2017 NYSSWA All-Star
  • 2018 NYSSWA All-Star
  • Perfect Game 2018 PG Underclass All Americans/All Regions Honorable Mention

Scherrer in the News

Son of Skaneateles golf star emerges as strikeout king in Section III baseball

Local Roundup: Scherrer dominates with 19 Ks as Skaneateles baseball moves on

Toyota High School Athlete of the Week- Skaneateles star Cregg Scherrer

STATISTICS BY YEAR 

YEAR IP RUNS ALLOWED EARNED RUNS ALLOWED BB K W ERA PITCH COUNT
2018 40.2 1 0 24 93 6 0 123
2017 57 12 9 30 87 7 1.11 384
2016 23.1 18 12 14 29 3 3.6  
CAREER   31 21         507
 

STATISTICS BY GAME

Pitching Statistics

DATE OPPONENT W IP R ER H BB K HB ERA PIT
4/10 Bishop Grimes 1 6 0 0 0 3 15 0
4/11 Solvay
4/14 Marcellus 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0
4/21 Central Square 3 0 0 0 1 8 0
4/23 Bishop Ludden
4/23 Bishop Ludden
4/24 Marcellus 1 4.2 0 0 0 8 12 0 0 107
4/25 Christian Brothers Academy
4/30 Solvay 1 7 0 0 2 2 15 2 0
5/01 Weedsport
5/05 Hannibal 1 5 1 0 0 4 12 0
5/07 Phoenix
5/08 Mexico
5/09 Altmar-Parish-Williamstown
5/10 Jordan-Elbridge
5/11 Westhill 1 6 0 0 5 3 6 0 0
5/16 Chittenango 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 16
5/23 Utica Notre Dame 1 7 0 0 1 1 19 1 0
5/24 Holland Patent
5/26 Adirondack

University at Albany

UAlbany is an NCAA Division 1 program competing in the highly competitive America East Conference.against Binghamton, Hartford,  Maine, UM Baltimore, UMass Lowell  and Stony Brook. The Great Danes are led by Head Coach Jon Mueller who enters his 19th season at the helm. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 377 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction.

 

PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The PGCBL is upstate New York’s premier summer wood bat league. Every year since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has sent players to the pros and has had several alumni selected in the MLB Draft with each year. 

The league has 14 teams in three division with the Onondaga Flames competing in the Central Division.

 

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..

In 2017, its first year, the Flames played in the PGCBL and made the playoffs. The team moved to the NYCBL and won the league championship, sweeping the playoffs and winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Flames Begin Recruiting For 2019 PGCBL Season

August 19, 2018 Onondaga, NY:  While Flames players, families and fans bask in their well-deserved NYCBL Championship afterglow, Flames management is hard at work recruiting for next season. “August and September are very important recruiting months and we can’t afford to sit on our laurels only to find ourselves left at the starting gate.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames President.

Walker explained that each year, as players arrive on campus, college coaches review summer league placements with their players and determine the best next step for them. Factors such as location, desire to play with teammates or friends, expense and competition level all come into play. By mid September the Flames will have a decent idea of who will return from their championship team. In addition to additional pitchers, the Flames will have to replace players who choose not to return.

“Resuming play in the Perfect Game League presents different challenges. The PGCBL schedule is longer and more grueling so, we need to make sure the pitching staff is at full strength. College coaches give us pitch counts for their arms and many pitchers even get shut down before the season is over. With normal injuries, we’ll need 7 or 8 more arms than we had last year.” 

The Flames 2019 roster will include up to twenty pitchers, with some of them 2019 high school graduates on their way to college programs.”The PGCBL allows us to have up to four “qualified” high school graduates each season. Its a real feather in a player’s cap to play in the PGCBL as a high school graduate and the experience gives them a head start on their college career” noted Walker, “We like to use these roster spots on local talent because we feel it provides a real value to Syracuse area baseball.”
 

Recruiting philosophy varies among summer team General Managers. “Outside of the Cape, which gets first dibs, it pretty much comes down to recruiting for experience or taking a chance on raw talent. We choose the latter.” noted Walker. He pointed out that last year’s Flames Champs had 17 freshmen, 2 redshirt freshmen, 9 sophomores and only 3 juniors. Walker noted, “Its a development league and the greatest development occurs in the freshman year. We can’t be afraid to roll the dice on raw unpolished talent or we’ll miss out on the fun of watching them grow before our eyes. I am always amazed at how quickly they adapt to the wooden bat and the next level of pitching.”  

The Flames try to balance their roster with equal numbers from local, regional and national college programs.The Flames have built relationships with top college programs throughout the country. However, Walker quipped, “Things are either getting better or getting worse and if you think they are staying the same, they’re probably getting worse! We need to keep improving.”

Flames management is also constantly watching the local high school programs, trying to identify potential Flames. They will patiently wait for sophomores to blossom and try to throw their hat in the ring early on juniors. Its rare that a talented senior (or their future college coach) doesn’t hear from the Flames before they throw their last pitch of their high school career. “Each year the Syracuse area sends many players to great college programs across the country. If we can keep the local kids here at home for summer ball, we will be way ahead of the game.” said Walker.

“The 2018 Flames team will be hard, if not impossible, to match, but we will be more than happy if we can get close.” said Walker as he held up crossed fingers.

 

Flames Sign J-D Section III All-Star Scottie O’Bryan

Photo by . (Edited to put Scottie in a Sienna uniform!)

August 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of RHP/OF Scottie O’Bryan for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. O’Bryan starred as a two-way player for three seasons at Jamesville-DeWitt High school near Syracuse, NY. He was selected as a 2018 NYS Section III SCAC first team All-Star. (Selected by Section III coaches). O’Bryan is headed to Siena College where he will join new Siena teammate Mike McCully who has also signed with the Flames. 

“We’re excited about working with Scottie who has tremendous natural talent and a great work ethic.” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president. “Scottie was a late bloomer in terms of his size and strength and has recently improved his throwing speed to over 90 mph from the outfield and the mound. We think with some great college coaching, which he will get at Siena, and playing experience, which he will get with the Flames, the sky is the limit for Scottie.” Walker added.

The Flames are no strangers to developing young players. Last year’s Flames NYCBL championship team had 17 pure freshman and 2 redshirt freshman, all of whom were better players at the end of the summer than at the beginning. One redshirt freshman, Mike Steffan (Canisius College) was the Playoff MVP and other first year college players played key roles in the Flames success.

Siena College

Siena College is a member of the  highly competitive Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). 

The Saints are led by Tony Rossi for the 49th consecutive season, He is both the longest tenured active Division I head coach in the nation after Augie Garrido of Texas (46 years) stepped down, and the longest active tenured coach at the same institution in any NCAA Division I sport. Rossi is the winningest coach in school history in any sport, and the winningest active coach in the MAAC, Rossi has defined Siena baseball over the years, building it from a Division II team with 10 players to a championship Division I program with 24 scholarship student athletes.

Since entry into the MAAC, prior to the 1990 season, Rossi has guided the Saints to a 355-273 (.565) record in the conference. He has been named MAAC Coach of the Year six times: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001 and most recently in 2005. Rossi has also coached six MAAC Rookies of the Year and six MAAC Players of the Year. Over his time, Siena has captured four MAAC regular-season titles and five MAAC Tournament championships.

PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The PGCBL is upstate New York’s premier summer wood bat league. Every year since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has sent players to the pros and has had several alumni selected in the MLB Draft with each year. 

 

 

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..

In 2017, its first year, the Flames played in the PGCBL and made the playoffs. The team moved to the NYCBL and won the league championship, sweeping the playoffs and winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Flames Sign New Haven Catcher George Pappas

August  7, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of rising sophomore catcher George Pappas from the University of New Haven, a perennial NCAA Division II powerhouse. Pappas will join the Flames  for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season.  

“George is smart, solid defensively and can handle the bat.” said Wayne Walker, Flames President, ” We are excited to have a catcher of George’s caliber join us for our return to the PGCBL.” 

Interstate Collegiate Baseball League

In the summer of 2017, Pappas played 21 games in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League as a high school graduate. in 54 at bats, he slashed .315/.443 ,440 with one double and three triples, producing .an OPS of  877 and 15 RBI.

ICBL Stats

Freshman Season

2018:
Made 17 appearances and nine starts for the Chargers…Hit .295 with 10 hits and one double…Drove in six runs and scored six times…Recorded a slugging percentage of .324 and on base percentage of .400…Tallied two RBI with a hit, run scored, and two walks against Mercy (4/24)…Had one multiple hit game when he went 2-for-4 against American International (3/31)

2017:
NE10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

High School:

  • Second Team New York State  All-State in 2017
  • First Team Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Team MVP Senior Year
  • First Team All-Conference and Team MVP junior year
  • High School team won Class B, Section 4 State Championship in 2015
  • Was a member of National Honor Society and graduated as a high-honor student
  • Earned Presidential Academic Excellence Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Scholar Athlete for three years
  • Named the Engineering and Technology Student of the Year in 2016
  • President of Tech Club in 2016 and 2017
  • Also was a member of the Sabers men’s volleyball team

Personal:

Son of Tom and Susan Pappas…Has one sister, Sophia…Civil Engineering major.

https://newhavenchargers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=8649

University of New Haven

The New Haven Chargers are one of the top NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation. Led by Head Coach Chris Celano the Chargers have amassed a record of 186-109-1 over his seven season at the helm..
 
The 2018 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division II Coach of the Year led the Chargers to one of the most successful campaigns in program history in 2018, as the team accumulated a program-record 39 wins. It was the 13th 30-plus win in program history and third under coach Celano. The Chargers began the season with a 16-0 record which was the second-best start in program history.

New Haven achieved a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national ranking as high as No. 5, and spent 11 weeks nationally ranked by the organization. In addition, the Chargers were ranked top-three in the East Region throughout the season and eventually earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship.
 
Celano also coached the New Haven pitching staff to the lowest team ERA in the nation in 2018, as the staff combined for a 2.51 ERA, the lowest in over a decade. For the season, he mentored two All-Americans, four All-Region players and seven All-Conference honorees, including NE10 Co-Pitcher of the Year, David Palmer. https://newhavenchargers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=797&path=baseball

PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The PGCBL is upstate New York’s premier summer wood bat league. Every year since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has sent players to the pros and has had several alumni selected in the MLB Draft with each year. 

 

Onondaga Flames

The Onondaga Flames is a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players.The team is 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..

In 2017, its first year, the Flames played in the PGCBL and made the playoffs. The team moved to the NYCBL and won the league championship, sweeping the playoffs and winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

 

Flames Sign Local Star Pitcher Mike McCully

August  2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today the signing of NYS Sectiion III All-Star pitcher Mke McCully (CBA) for the 2019 summer season. The highly recruited McCully is  headed to Loudonvile to become a Siena Saint. 

Mike enjoyed an impressive high school career capped by an All-Star senior campaign in which he pitched a perfect game, a one-hitter and two shutouts. McCully won 7 games and lost only one.  He struck out 69 in his 43.1 innings pitched, while issuing a meager 11 base on balls. His incredible 14.4 K9 was matched by an equally impressive 6.2 SO/BB ratio.

McCully’s season highlight was a 6-inning perfect game in which he used just 64 pitches (48 strikes) and never allowed a batter to get more than two balls in the count. Mike McCully’s perfection on mound drives CBA to eighth straight win

High School Stats

In a warm up for collegiate play, McCully played in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League during this past summer season and showed he is ready for the next level.

ICB Stats

Siena College

Siena College is a member of the  highly competitive DI Mid American Collegiate Conference. 

The Saints are led by Tony Rossi for the 49th consecutive season, He is both the longest tenured active Division I head coach in the nation after Augie Garrido of Texas (46 years) stepped down, and the longest active tenured coach at the same institution in any NCAA Division I sport. Rossi is the winningest coach in school history in any sport, and the winningest active coach in the MAAC, Rossi has defined Siena baseball over the years, building it from a Division II team with 10 players to a championship Division I program with 24 scholarship student athletes.

Since entry into the MAAC, prior to the 1990 season, Rossi has guided the Saints to a 355-273 (.565) record in the conference. He has been named MAAC Coach of the Year six times: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001 and most recently in 2005. Rossi has also coached six MAAC Rookies of the Year and six MAAC Players of the Year. Over his time, Siena has captured four MAAC regular-season titles and five MAAC Tournament championships.

PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was founded in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The PGCBL is upstate New York’s premier summer wood bat league and widely regarded as one of the most competitive leagues in the nation. Every year since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has sent players to the pros and has had several alumni selected in the MLB Draft with each year. 

 

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames is a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players, The team is 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..

In 2017, its first year, the Flames played in the PGCBL and made the playoffs. The team moved to the NYCBL and won the league championship, sweeping the playoffs and winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.