Onondaga, NY October 7, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today they have signed Canisius freshmen Mike Steffan (@Mike_Steffan) to play in the 2018 summer season. Steffan, a first basemen for Williamsville East High, won many honor over his three-year varsity career, including the Amherst Bee’s 2017 Player of the Year Award.
One of the most prolific hitters in school history, Steffan complied career batting stats including a .517 batting average with 46 hits, five home runs and 44 RBIs. He also had an impressive .820 slugging percentage.
Steffan was also a star forward on the Williamsville East hockey team where he earned NYS All-star honors.
“Mike will be joining Canisius teammates Jeff DeStefano and Jake Zurat on our roster for the 2018 summer season. We are thrilled to have all three of these talented young players from such a terrific program.” commented Flames president Wayne Walker.
Not surprisingly, Mike chose Canisius over many other offers as six family members have attended Canisius, including two who played for the baseball program (Tom, Paul). He is the son of Sue and Jim Steffan of Williamsville and he has a brother Matt (20) and sister Rachel (16). He is a Finance major.
Mike’s’ baseball honors include:
- First Team ECIC II (twice)
- Player of the Year
- Second Team All-WNY
- Third Team All-State
- First Team All-Bee Newspaper
Canisius (@GriffsBaseball) is widely recognized as one of the best collegiate baseball programs in New York State. The Golden Griffons are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association‘s Division I. Canisius has won the MAAC Championship two of the past five years as well as qualifying for the NCAA National Tournament in those years (2013 and 2015). The team plays home games at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, New York. The Golden Griffins are coached by Matt Mazurek.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.