May 5, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of outfielder/right-hand pitcher Collin Mathews (@CollinMathews17) from Collegiate baseball power Kent State University (@KentStBaseball) for the 2018 summer collegiate baseball season. A promising pitching talent recovering from Tommy John surgery, Mathews is also an excellent outfielder with range, a powerful arm and power at the plate.

In the fall of 2016, Collin was brought in to close out a game and on the third pitch of the outing, he felt a tightness in his elbow. After throwing one more pitch, he knew something was wrong and pulled himself from the game. A month later, he was diagnosed with a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The diagnosis meant a pitcher’s worst fear – Tommy John surgery. The surgery was done by the Cincinnati Reds’ team surgeon on Oct. 27, 2016 causing Collin to miss his entire senior season of high school ball.

“With his successful surgery, Collin is on his way back and the summer season will go a long way in rebuilding his confidence.” commented Flames President, Wayne Walker. ” He is a very valuable two-way player and will see action both ways.”

Kent State Head Coach Jeff Duncan noted on his recruitment “Extremely athletic. A really tall, lanky pitcher that has been up to 93 mph on the mound. He’s also a center fielder that runs really well and can hit. He could be a very interesting two-way player and has the potential to be very good at both. He just has a special talent and we are excited to have him.”

Kent State
The Kent State Golden Flashes compete at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the Mid-American Conference East division. The head coach is retired Major League Baseball player Jeff Duncan, who was hired in June 2013.

Through the 2017 season, the Flashes have won 14 Mid-American Conference regular-season titles, 11 MAC tournament titles, 12 MAC East division titles, and have made 13 NCAA tournament appearances. The 2012 season marked the team’s first appearance in the College World Series.

Kent State has produced a number of players who have gone on to play professionally at the Major League level, including New York Yankee great Thurman MunsonAndy SonnanstineEmmanuel Burriss, and Dustin Hermanson.

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..