Lake Erie Storm Catcher Trace Peterson Joins Flames

Onondaga, NY November 22, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Lake Erie College (@lecbaseball) freshman catcher Trace Peterson (@petersont30) has signed to play for the Flames in the 2018 summer season. The Medina County Gazette MVP for 2017, Peterson finished with a .474 batting average, .587 on-base percentage, .816 slugging percentage and a flashy 1.403 OPS. The right-hander had seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 41 RBIs, 25 runs and a brilliant 21 walks to four strikeouts, giving him only nine K’s in 194 career plate appearances.

“A big kid (6’2″ 210 Lbs.) with a 1.9 pop time, strong arm and big bat, Peterson is going to attract a lot of attention – he sure got ours!” commented Wayne Walker, Flame president. Peterson joins Storm teammate Corbin Paxton (@corbin_paxton) on the Flames 2018 roster.

Peterson played four years of varsity baseball at Medina as a catcher where he was a part of the Bees District Championship and Regional Runnerup n his senior year. Trace earned numerous accolades in his senior season including being named First Team All-State, All-District and All-Conference and Player of the Year for Medina County.

Peterson is the son of Jeffrey and Jennifer Peterson. of Medina, OH. Trace plans to study Business Administration at Lake Erie.

About Lake Erie Baseball @lecbaseball

Lake Erie College is a NCAA Division II program located in Painesville, OH. The Storm are members in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Lake Erie is led by second-year head coach Cameron Castro, a 2012 graduate of Lake Erie. The Lorain, OH native credentials include coaching with the world-renowned IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

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 our flame logo.