Herkimer Outfielder Brandon Kruzinski Joins Flames

September 8, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that Herkimer Generals sophomore outfielder Brandon Kruzinski will join the Flames for the 2019 summer collegiate baseball season. Kruzinski will join Herkimer teammate Matt Parkinson on the Flames roster.

Kruzinski played in 37 games during his freshman season for the Generals, making 115 plate appearances and slashing .330/.409/.608 with 7 doubles, 7 triples and 2 home runs. A tough out, Kruzinski struck out only nine times all season. He also stole 8 bases while being caught only once.

“Brandon is a rangy outfielder with a big arm, exactly what is needed for. our big ballpark, commented Wayne Walker, Flames president, “Brandon is also going to be a big part of the lineup.”

Herkimer College

Herkimer College baseball has achieved some major successes in recent years. The team won the NJCAA Region III Championships in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and Mountain Valley Conference in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Since taking over as Head Baseball Coach in 2005, Jason Rathrun has led Herkimer to the top of NJCAA baseball. The program has been nationally ranked 13 years in a row and it always found at the top of the team batting statistics. Here is a list of the Generals accomplishments under Rathbun.

  • 3 players drafted by MLB
  • 1 player drafted by Japanese Professional League
  • 13 regional playoff appearances
  • 10 regional Final Four appearances
  • 7 regional Championship games
  • 5 World Series appearances
  • 4 third place finishes in the World Series
  • 2 NJCAA All-Academic team honors
  • 10 conference championships
  • 56 All-Conference selections
  • 54 All-Region selections
  • 18 All-Americans
  • 5 NJCAA Academic Student Athlete Awards
  • 2 SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner
  • American Red Cross Youth Leadership Award
  • Nationally ranked 12 years in a row

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. 


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..

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, winning 15 of their last 16 games and leading the league in pitching, hitting and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.