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.

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 Resume Play In Perfect Game League in 2019

Onondaga, NY July 2. 2018: The Onondaga Flames collegiate summer league baseball team, currently in voluntary suspension, announced today they will be resuming play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) next season.

The Flames will play in the PGCBL Central Division,under the league’s newly created 3 divisional format, which was created to mitigate travel time and costs.

West Central East
Elmira Pioneers Adirondack Trail Blazers Albany Dutchman
Geneva Red Wings Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs Amsterdam Mohawks
Jamestown Jamers Onondaga Flames Glens Falls Dragon
Newark Pilots Utica Blue Sox Saugerties Dragons
  Watertown Rapids  

Widely recognized as one of the premier collegiate summer baseball leagues in the nation, the PGCBL is a wood bat development league for aspiring major leaguers. The league was founded in the fall of 2010 by eight summer baseball teams located across upstate New York in conjunction with Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service. The league’s first season was completed in the summer of 2011.

In March of 2018, the PGCBL announced a new President and Vice President to guide the league into the future. Former New York Penn League President Robert Julian was named President, and longtime right-hand man and Utica College head baseball coach Joe Milazzo was named Vice President.

“The league has made great strides in the last 18 months and is poised for an exciting future,” said Alyce Lee, co-owner of the Flames, “we are thrilled to be resuming play in the PGCBL”

The Flames’ home field is the Onondaga Community College baseball complex located on the corner of Onondaga Road and Collegiate Drive in Onondaga, New York.

@OnondagaFlames @Ubluesox @MVDiamondDawgs @ADKTrailBlazers @WatertownRapids @MohawksBaseball @DutchmenPGCBL @PioneersPGCBL @GenevaRedWings @GFDragons @jtownJammers @NewarkPilots @OutlawBaseball @PGCBLStallions 

 

Bullpen Aces Part 2 – Jimmy Flahive

Onondaga, NY June 25, 2018: The Onondaga Flames pitching staff has been rock solid so far this season, leading the NYCBL in fewest earned runs with 61 over 19 games. Flames pitchers have given up 145 base hits, second best in the league. The staff has a team league best ERA of 3.14.

Contributing to the staff’s success has been the reliable performance of the bullpen with none more steady than Jimmy Flahive, a rising Junior at American International College. Flahive’s 1.00 ERA is the best in the NYCBL (pitchers with 8 or more innings pitched). Appearing in 18 innings over nine games, Jimmy has allowed only 2 earned runs on 11 hits – only one for extra bases. He has struck out twenty while walking only nine for a WHIP of 1.11.

A sidearm southpaw, Flahive has an excellent pickoff move and has already caught a couple of base runners napping. A middle inning reliever, he seldom figures in wins,losses or saves, however, he earned his first win two days ago over the Syracuse Salt Cats.

Jimmy hails from Longmeadow, Massachusettsl.

@JimmyFlahive
@AIC_Baseball
@NYCBLbaseball 

 

Flames Visit Onondaga Free Library

Onondaga, NY June 21, 2018: Six Onondaga Flames players visited the Onondaga Free Library yesterday joining Laura Hand, news anchor NBC3, and her therapy dog Moose to read to about 20 children in the first of two scheduled visits. The Flames will return on July 13th at 10:00 PM. Jarrd Grossguth (Queens College), Jack Chernow (Columbia University), Connor Morrisroe (University at Albany), Gunnar Groen (Pepperdine University) and Adam Gordon (Cal State LA) spent an hour during their off day engaging children and teaching them about baseball through reading.

The Flames handed out official New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) baseballs, which the players autographed.

The event was organized Maggie Gall, Youth Services Librarian. Susan Morgan is the Library Director of the award-winning Onondaga Free Library.

 

 

 

 

The Flames will be hosting the 1st Annual Friends of OFL Night at the Ballpark to raise funds for the library on July 14th. The evening will feature games, giveaways, a $10,000 Pick 4 contest, 50/50 raffle and. of course, great baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the library or online at http://onondagaflames.com/online-box-office/. The event is presented by the Friends of OFL, Anne Andrianos, President.

NYCBL
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 their flame logo.

 

Chris Burnette In Relief

June 19, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Flames’ bullpen has been critical to the team’s success so far in the young season. Four Flames bullpen pitchers have ERA’s under 1.00, including Chris Burnette (Cal Poly Pomona) @BaseballCPP who has allowed only two singles and one double giving up no earned runs. Chris has faced 15 batters and struck out 7 of them while issuing no base on balls. He has a WHIP or .750 and a BAA of .214. He also has a very impressive strikeout to walk ratio of 2.9. So far, when Chris shows up, the light go out.

Chris Burnett

Flames pitching coach Robert Anders has used his relievers judiciously, using each for one or two innings at a time. The trend in baseball is toward “bullpenning” or the art of limiting starting pitchers’ exposure while optimizing reliever use,  It seems to be working for the Flames so far.

Next up, Jimmy Flahive @JimmyFlahive from American International College @AIC_Baseball).

Photo credit Andrew Roth (LeMoyne College).

 

 

NYCBL
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 their flame logo..

Salt Cats Snap Flames’ 4-Game Winning Streak

By Eric Moon

Onondaga, NY June 18, 2018: The Flames trailed early against the Salt Cats last night at Onondaga CC baseball Complex. This time around, however, a comeback was not in store for Onondaga as Syracuse snapped the Flames’ 4-game winning streak with a 7-3 win.

For the first five innings, the game was relatively back-and-forth. The Salt Cats scored 4 runs in the first five innings while the Flames scored 3 in that span. Still up 4-3 in the 7th inning, Syracuse struck for 3 runs on RBI Singles from Christian Naccari and Michael Gorman and an RBI Double from Patrick Miner.

Drew Patterson and Naccari stood out for Syracuse. Patterson went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Naccari went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBIs.

For Onondaga, Adam Gordon (Cal State LA) went 2 for 4 with an RBI single and Corbin Paxton (Lake Erie College) hit an RBI triple in the 2nd inning.

Salt Cats Starter Zach Kemp picked up the win to improve to 1-1 on the season. He pitched 5.0 innings allowing 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 6 batters.

Flames Starter Gabe Golob (New York University) took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the season. He pitched 4.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3 batters.

Syracuse improves to 6-8, 2.5 games back in the NYCBL Eastern Division.

Onondaga drops to 7-7, 1.5 games back in the NYCBL Eastern Division.

Game Date: 06/17/2018
Syracuse Salt Cats  7 AT Onondaga Flames  3

SYR Saltcats 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 - 7 15 0 
Onondaga 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 3 7 1
                                 YTD                                   YTD
SYR Saltcats       AB  R  H BI   AVG  Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Ray, M 2B           4  2  2  0  .278  Chernow, J CF       2  0  0  0  .364
Coates, C CF        4  0  0  0  .045  Netzel, M 3B,RF     4  1  1  0  .389
Lawlor, S LF        2  2  2  1  .382  DiFillipo, A DH     3  0  1  0  .324
Patterson, D 1B,RF  5  0  3  1  .317  Mathews, C RF       2  0  0  0  .222
Naccari, C 3B       4  1  2  2  .286   Grossguth, J 3B    1  0  0  0  .226
Fajardo, T DH       5  2  3  0  .222   Steffan, M LF,PH   0  0  0  0  .214
Anderson, C RF      3  0  1  0  .130  Hart, B 2B          4  1  2  0  .279
 Miner, P 1B        2  0  1  1  .281  Peterson, T C       2  0  0  0  .244
Gorman, M SS        4  0  1  1  .250   Zurat, J C         2  0  0  0  .083
Nolan, D C          3  0  0  0  .143  Gordon, A LF,RF     4  1  2  0  .318
 Ferlenda, A PH     1  0  0  0  .306  Paxton, C 1B        3  0  1  1  .185
 Porter, I C        0  0  0  0  .111   Kretsch, C PH      1  0  0  0  .333
                                      Ruggerio, M SS      4  0  0  0  .211
                   37  7 15  6                           32  3  7  1

2B--Patterson, D 1B,RF (2), Fajardo, T DH (1), Miner, P 1B (4). 3B--Lawlor,
S LF (1), Naccari, C 3B (1), Paxton, C 1B (2). RBI--Lawlor, S LF (3),
Patterson, D 1B,RF (8), Naccari, C 3B  2 (5), Miner, P 1B (5), Gorman, M SS
(3), TOTALS  6 (0), Paxton, C 1B (4), TOTALS (0). HP--Lawlor, S LF (1).
SB--Ray, M 2B (1), Lawlor, S LF (4), Patterson, D 1B,RF (2), Fajardo, T DH
(3), Gorman, M SS (7), Chernow, J CF (2), Netzel, M 3B,RF (4), Hart, B 2B
(5). CS--Coates, C CF (1), Anderson, C RF (1), Gorman, M SS (2), Gordon, A
LF,RF (1). E--Hart, B 2B (4). 
LOB--SYR Saltcats 10, Onondaga 9. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 SYR Saltcats
Kemp, Z (W,1-1)                 5.0   7   3   3   2   6   0    9.90
Patterson, L                    2.1   0   0   0   3   3   0    3.86
Cundieff, B                     1.2   0   0   0   2   1   0    0.00
                                9     7   3   3   7  10   0
 Onondaga
Golob, G (L,2-2)                4.1   6   4   4   3   3   0    5.79
Griffin, J                      2.0   4   3   3   2   4   0    7.15
Burnett, C                      1.1   3   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
DeStefano, J                    1.1   2   0   0   1   0   0    0.00
                                9    15   7   7   6   7   0
WP--Patterson, L (3), Golob, G 2 (2). HB--Golob, G (2). SO--Patterson, D 2,
Fajardo, T, Anderson, C, Gorman, M, Nolan, D 2, Chernow, J, Netzel, M 2,
Mathews, C, Grossguth, J, Zurat, J 2, Paxton, C 2, Ruggerio, M. BB--Ray, M,
Coates, C, Lawlor, S 2, Naccari, C, Gorman, M, Chernow, J 3, Netzel, M,
DiFillipo, A 2, Steffan, M. BF--Kemp, Z 22 (50), Patterson, L 10 (24),
Cundieff, B 7 (29), Golob, G 21 (84), Griffin, J 12 (40), Burnett, C 5
(14), DeStefano, J 6 (14). P-S--Kemp, Z 93-61, Patterson, L 47-26,
Cundieff, B 27-13, Golob, G 89-48, Griffin, J 49-34, Burnett, C 14-11,
DeStefano, J 18-10. 
T--3:10.  

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Flames to Host Friends of Onondaga Free Library Night Saturday July 14th

Onondaga, NY June 8, 2018: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that they will be hosting the 1st Annual Friends of OFL Night at the Ballpark to benefit the Onondaga Free Library @OnondagaFreeLib . The event will be held Saturday July 14th at 6:00 PM at Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex at the corner of Collegiate Drive and Onondaga Road in Onondaga Hill. The Flames are a collegiate summer baseball team with a national roster of players from top collegiate baseball programs from coast-to-coast together with top local stars.

In addition to great baseball, the night will include games, prizes, giveaways and the Flames popular Pick 4 contest, where a lucky fan will have the chance to win $10,000. Before the game youth players can sign up for Baseball Buddies and play catch on the field with Flames players, run out for player introductions and stand for the National Anthem. A portion of the ticket proceeds and the 50/50 raffle will go to benefit OFL.

Tickets are available at the gate or through our online box office. Ticket Prices are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors (55+), $2.00 Youth (13-18), $3.00 Military & 1st Responders, Children 12 and under FREE.

Onondaga Free Library

Onondaga Free Library is located on Onondaga Hill. Its chartered service area is the Town of Onondaga and the portion of the Westhill School District within the Town of Geddes. Founded in 1960, this modern free association library was expanded and renovated in 2010. As the community’s destination to read, explore, learn, and share, the library features the Onondaga Woods children’s room and spaces for all ages. Meeting rooms, public computers, exam proctoring and fax services are also available.

For the second year in-a-row OFL was voted the the Best Library by the Syracuse New Times annual readers Poll. This is one terrific library!

NYCBL
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 their flame logo..

Onondaga Flames Take Season Opener 6-2 Over Salt Cats

Onondaga, NY June 1, 2018: The Onondaga Flames (@FlamesNYCBL) won their season opener in a New York State Collegiate Baseball League (@nycblbaseball) match up at Onondaga CC Baseball Complex last night. In a game that was much closer than the 6-2 score might indicate, the Flames played flawless defensive ball and managed to turn their 10 hits into six runs. Brilliant fielding and clutch pitching by the Salt Cats frustrated the Flames who left a small village on base.

The Flames used five pitchers who combined to allow only 2 runs on three Salt Cats (@saltcats1) hits. Starter Gabe Golob (NYU) (@gabegolob28) pitched three scoreless innings to help the Flames get out in front 1-0. Johns Hopkins’ (@JHUBaseball) sidearmer Jake Griffin followed up with another two innings of shutout ball in front of solid defense. American International College’s Jimmy Flahive (@JimmyFlahive) pitched two no-hit innings before giving up the ball to Albany’s Connor Morrisroe (@morrisbro24). Chaffey College’s (@panther_bsb) Keon Taylor came to close things out in order for the Flames.

The big inning for the Flames came in the top of the sixth as they were able to plate four runs as they batted around the order. First baseman Mike Steffens (@Mike_Steffan) from Canisius College (@GriffsBaseball) came through with a two RBI single with the bases loaded to help the offense in the top half of the inning.

The victory was not without a price as standout shortstop Mike Ruggiero, who had two hits, pulled a hamstring and is expected to miss a few games.

The winning pitcher was Jake Griffin.

The Flames return to action tonight against the Syracuse Spartans at Hopkins Road Park at 5:00 PM.