Canisius Slugging Catcher Jake Zurat Joins Flames for 2018

Onondaga, NY November 22, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Canisius College slugging catcher Jake Zurat (@j_zurat39) will join the team for the 2018 summer season. Zurat, a freshman, compiled a slash line at Williamsville North HS of .396/,522/.528 with a gaudy SLG of 1.050. 

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A high school varsity hockey goalie, Zurat is an excellent defensive catcher with a strong accurate arm. He joins Canisius teammates Jeff DeStefano (@jdestefano23) and Mike Steffan (@Mike_Steffan) on the 2018 roster. “Last year, Canisius’s Gage Lanning and Stephen Bennett were two of the best players on the team and in the league and, even though they are all freshmen, we have high expectations for this current crop of Golden Griffons,” noted team president Wayne Walker. 

Zurat won many honors including First Team All-ECIC, All-Tournament Team and was a member of Spartan’s NY State Championship team. 

A NYS scholar-athlete and National Honor Society member, Jake is the son of Brent and Mana of  East Amherst, NY. He has a brother Cam and a sister Lexi. 

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 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).

The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.

As the “Fire Keepers”, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council.  They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of chiefs. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear our flame logo.