August 7, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) are pleased to announce the signing of rising sophomore catcher George Pappas from the University of New Haven, a perennial NCAA Division II powerhouse. Pappas will join the Flames for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season.
“George is smart, solid defensively and can handle the bat.” said Wayne Walker, Flames President, ” We are excited to have a catcher of George’s caliber join us for our return to the PGCBL.”
Interstate Collegiate Baseball League
In the summer of 2017, Pappas played 21 games in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League as a high school graduate. in 54 at bats, he slashed .315/.443 ,440 with one double and three triples, producing .an OPS of 877 and 15 RBI.
Made 17 appearances and nine starts for the Chargers…Hit .295 with 10 hits and one double…Drove in six runs and scored six times…Recorded a slugging percentage of .324 and on base percentage of .400…Tallied two RBI with a hit, run scored, and two walks against Mercy (4/24)…Had one multiple hit game when he went 2-for-4 against American International (3/31)
NE10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
- Second Team New York State All-State in 2017
- First Team Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Team MVP Senior Year
- First Team All-Conference and Team MVP junior year
- High School team won Class B, Section 4 State Championship in 2015
- Was a member of National Honor Society and graduated as a high-honor student
- Earned Presidential Academic Excellence Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017
- Scholar Athlete for three years
- Named the Engineering and Technology Student of the Year in 2016
- President of Tech Club in 2016 and 2017
- Also was a member of the Sabers men’s volleyball team
Son of Tom and Susan Pappas…Has one sister, Sophia…Civil Engineering major.
University of New Haven
The New Haven Chargers are one of the top NCAA Division II baseball programs in the nation. Led by Head Coach Chris Celano the Chargers have amassed a record of 186-109-1 over his seven season at the helm..
The 2018 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division II Coach of the Year led the Chargers to one of the most successful campaigns in program history in 2018, as the team accumulated a program-record 39 wins. It was the 13th 30-plus win in program history and third under coach Celano. The Chargers began the season with a 16-0 record which was the second-best start in program history.
New Haven achieved a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national ranking as high as No. 5, and spent 11 weeks nationally ranked by the organization. In addition, the Chargers were ranked top-three in the East Region throughout the season and eventually earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship.
Celano also coached the New Haven pitching staff to the lowest team ERA in the nation in 2018, as the staff combined for a 2.51 ERA, the lowest in over a decade. For the season, he mentored two All-Americans, four All-Region players and seven All-Conference honorees, including NE10 Co-Pitcher of the Year, David Palmer. https://newhavenchargers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=797&path=baseball
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.
The Onondaga Flames is a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players.The team is 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..
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 and winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.