April 10, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of right-hand pitchers Keon Taylor and Nathan Gessler of the Chaffey College Panthers for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season. Both sophomores hail from Fontana, CA where they played for Kaiser High School.
A rapidly developing sophomore, the 6’4″ 175 pound right-hander has become the workhorse closer for the Chaffey Panthers. Taylor has logged 35 strike outs in 29.2 IP, giving up 15 walks and allowing opponents a meager .209 batting average. Taylor gave a hint of his promise in his senior year at Kaiser High School (Fontana, CA) where he struck out 33 while giving up only 4 walks in 21.1 innings pitched. Chaffery Head Coach Mike Cordero (also Flames HC), noted, ” We converted Keon to a submarine delivery last fall and he is just now becoming comfortable with it. His slider is now working and he is doing a great job for us.”
Gessler is a hard-throwing right-hander with a big fastball and plus slider. Pitching in front of a young Panther defense (23 of 29 freshmen), Nathan has started 10 games and has logged 52 IP. He has struck out 42 and walked 21 for a 2.0 K/BB ratio allowing only a .230 BA for opponents.”Nathan is drawing a lot of interest from D-I and D-II programs. He has a bright future.” commented Head Coach Cordero.
A member of the competitive South Coast Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), many consider Chaffey to be a sleeping giant. Twenty-five panthers have been drafted by MLB since 2007. Chaffey has won 5 South Coast titles in the past 14 years, however, only one in the last nine. Located in a talent rich region in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, the Panthers recently hired Head Coach Mike Cordero to take the helm last fall, replacing the retiring Jeff Harlow. Cordero has won at every stop in his career, and has had nationally ranked high school teams as well.
Chaffey’s 18,500 students.attend classes at the school’s 200-acre campus in Rancho Cucamonga.
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.
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 Nation, an 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..