April 6, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) announced today they have signed Reid Gibbs and Michael Netzel of Occidental College to their 2018 summer collegiate baseball roster. Netzel, primarily used as a reliever this season, posted a 4-1 strike out to walk ratio with a K/9 of 9.4 on his way to a 2.35 ERA. Gibbs, a sure-handed shortstop, posted a .327 OBP with 14 doubles and a home run. The speedster stole 14 bases out of 15 attempts.
“Junior infielder Gibbs and 2-way player Sophomore Netzel bring some much-needed experience to our young team.” noted Flames president Wayne Walker. “We expect Michael will get a lot of innings and Reid should fit in nicely with our fast-paced “stress the defense” style of play on OCC’s turf field.”
The Occidental Tigers @Oxy_Baseball are a NCAA D-III program playing in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2016 Conference Baseball Coach or the Year Luke Wetmore just completed his sixth season at the helm of this up and coming program. During his time at Oxy, baseball players have earned 1 All-American award, 8 All-West Region awards, 1 SCIAC Athlete of the Year award, 1 SCIAC Pitcher of the Year award and 21 spots on All-SCIAC teams. In 2018 Wetmore led the Tigers to their first conference championship since 1982.
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..