May 5, 218 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) is excited to announce the signing of catcher Matt Parkinson (@M_Parkinson_17) from JUCO hitting powerhouse Herkimer College. The Whitesboro, NY native is enjoying a fabulous freshman campaign with a slash line of .449/.525/725. Fifteen of his 31 hits are for extra bases – 12 doubles, 2 triples and one home run. A strong-armed catcher with excellent defensive skills, Parkinson has also stolen 6 bases out of 7 attempts.

Generals Head Coach Jason Rathbun was prescient when he said during Parkinson’s recruitment, “Matt is a strong armed catcher who brings solid defensive play behind the dish. Matt is also a strong athlete who the coaching staff believes will develop the bat into an impact hitter in the lineup.”

“Matt joins a talented group of catchers, all of whom can hit. We are carrying one more than normal this year because they will all see duty as designated hitters when not behind the plate.” said Wayne Walker, Flames President.

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 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..