New Haven Southpaw Cam Guarino Commits to Flames

September 18, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of sophomore LHP Cam Guarino,from NCAA D-II national collegiate baseball powerhouse University of Ne Haven for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season.  

As a freshman, Guarino came out of the bullpen for the Chargers appearing in 13 games and compiling a 3.42 ERA over 14.2 innings pitched. He  did not allow a run in nine different appearances, including two stretches of four straight games each. .Pitched 1.1 hitless innings in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship win over SouthernNewHampshire.

Guarino played with the PGCBL’s Watertown Rapids this past summer. He appeared in 13 games posting a 3-1 record and 4.95 ERA with a WHIP of 1.25. Over 20 innings he struck out 21 against 4 walks.

 

 

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. 

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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Slugging Infielder Jarrod Grossguth Returns for 2019 Season

September 13, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that CCRI sophomore third baseman Jarrod Grossguth will return for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. During the Flames 2018 NYCBL Championship season, Grossguth appeared in 29 games with 87 plate appearances slashing .273/.430/.455 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

“Jarrod was a real find for us He made the transition to the wood bat and the higher level of pitching in a seamless fashion and was a big part of our championship drive,” remarked Wayne Walker, Flames president, “He’ll wind up at a D-1 program next year for sure. We’re fortunate to have him for another season.”

Grossguth finished his freshman season at CCRI with an outstanding slash line of .327/.426/.609 with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in. The 5-11 185 pounder has a 60-yard dash time of 7.0 seconds and an infield velocity of 87 mph.

The Coventry High School star was selected to the 2015 Showcase League All-Star team.

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

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 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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Canisius Catcher Jake Zurat Returns for 2019

Photo by Roger Hagen @blazer67

September 12, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Canisius Sophomore Jake Zurat will return for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. During the 2018 NYCBL Championship season, Zurat  appeared in 20 games with 71 plate appearances slashing .283/.386/.433 with 4 doubles, a triple and home run. 

Limited by injury, during his freshman season at Canisius, Zurat started out the summer season slowly batting only .188 in his first ten games.  “Once he knocked off the rust, Jake just exploded in his last ten games batting .500. Just what we figured he would do,” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president. “He was key to our playoff run. We are excited to have him back.”

Zurat joins Matt Parkinson (Herkimer CC) and George Pappas (New Haven) to form a trio of strong sophomore backstops. 

About Canisius College Baseball @GriffsBaseball
Canisius College is a highly successful NCAA Division 1 program located in Buffalo, NY. This decade the program compiled a .594 and .680 overall and conference winning percentages, respectively. The Griffs are fresh from an appearance in the 2018 College World Series in Minneapolis.

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

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

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

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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Herkimer Outfielder Brandon Kruzinski Joins Flames

September 8, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Herkimer Generals sophomore outfielder Brandon Kruzinski will join the Flames for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. Kruzinski will join Herkimer teammate Matt Parkinson on the Flames roster.

Kruzinski played in 37 games during his freshman season for the Generals, making 115 plate appearances and slashing .330/.409/.608 with 7 doubles, 7 triples and 2 home runs. A tough out, Kruzinski struck out only nine times all season. He also stole 8 bases while being caught only once.

“Brandon is a rangy outfielder with a big arm, exactly what is needed for. our big ballpark, commented Wayne Walker, Flames president, “Brandon is also going to be a big part of the lineup.”

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

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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

NYU Pitcher Gabe Golob Returns to Flames Staff for 2019

September 3, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that starting pitcher Gabe Golob will be returning to the Flames for the 2019 summer season. Golob, an NYU sophomore, started four games for the Flames, winning three, until his season was cut short with arm soreness at the end of June.

“Gabe was cruising along with a 1.88 ERA before he started experiencing soreness in his pitching arm and had to shut down. He was a leader on the staff and a great teammate – he was sorely missed in July.” commented Flames president Wayne Walker, “Couldn’t be happier to get get the spirit of the team back next year.”

The 6′ 4″ 205 pound Encino CA native right-hander pitches from a high three quarters arm slot with a short arm action, low effort repeatable delivery. He commands three pitches including fastball, 11-5 curve and a change with cutting action.

A versatile athlete, Golob has played both ends of the battery with an impressive 1.98 pop time.

Gabe enjoys playing the guitar and watching Netflix. He plans to attend law school in order to pursue a career a as sports agent.

New York University
NYU fielded a Division III varsity baseball team for the first time in 2014-15. Head Coach Douglas Kimbler enters his fifth season at the helm of the Violets. In only their third startup season, they posted a 26-9 season, and are looking to build on that success. 

 

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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Herkimer Generals Catcher Matt Parkinson Rejoins Flames

September 1, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Herkimer Generals sophomore catcher Matt Parkinson will join the Flames for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. Parkinson was on the Flames roster last year but did not play due to a preseason injury that sidelined him for the summer. 

An excellent defensive catcher, Parkinson played in 33 games during his freshman season for the Generals, making just 4 errors out of 217 chances for a .982 fielding percentage. The Whitesboro, NY native slashed .430/.512/.701 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs. 

Parkinson’s performance has already garnered attention from several major league clubs, with the Cincinnati Reds showing the most interest.

Parkinson comes from a long line of terrific athletes including cousin, once removed Olympic speed skater Val Bialas and Grandfather Dick Miller, a professional baseball player with the Pirates organization (also a star college basketball player). The City of Utica’s Sports Center, featuring a skating ring and ski slopes, is named after Bialas. Miller was an extraordinary athlete and real gentlemen. Utica College named an award after him – the Richard “Dick” Miller Most Inspirational Student-Athletes Award. It is awarded annually to deserving male and female senior student-athletes who have exhibited excellence, determination, hard work and outstanding athletic achievement over the course of their time spent at Utica College. The City of Utica’s highly successful youth basketball league also bears his name – the Dick Miller Basketball League.

“I vividly remember watching Dick play in the YMCA men’s basketball league when I was a kid. He was perpetual motion like John Havlicek. A real gentlemen who always had time for us wide-eyed kids.”  reminisced Flames president Wayne Walker.

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

 

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 pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.

Canisius Slugger Stephen Bennett Returns for 2019

September 1, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Canisius junior third baseman Stephen Bennett will return to the Flames for the 2019 summer season. Bennett played for the Flames in 2017 when he slashed .317/.411/.394, earning him a spot on the PGCBL Prospect Team, meant to identify players with the greatest future draft potential. This past summer the former Auburn High School star played for the Richmond Jazz of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League earning a spot on the All-Star Team with a slash line of .307/.403/.491.

“It’s no mystery whether or not Stephen can hit PGCBL pitching and he is perfect for our ballpark. A strong line drive hitter, he slammed nine doubles and a triple for us in 2017. He also blasted the only two home runs hit out of our park that season. They’re still in my mind’s eye – two line drive shots over the 390 foot left-centerfield fence on successive days.” commented Flames president Wayne Walker. “We’re excited to have Stephen back in a Flames uniform.”

As a sophomore, Bennett batted .284 for the Golden Griffons last year with three doubles, two triples and fourteen RBIs. A scholar athlete, Bennett recently was named to the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Baseball All-Academic Team. 

About Canisius College Baseball @GriffsBaseball
Canisius College is a highly successful NCAA Division 1 program located in Buffalo, NY. This decade the program compiled a .594 and .680 overall and conference winning percentages, respectively. The Griffs are fresh from an appearance in the 2018 College World Series in Minneapolis.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.