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.
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.