May 4, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball;ll League (NYCBL) announced today the signing of redshirt freshman pitcher Gunnar Groen of Pepperdine University for the summer collegiate baseball season. The big right-hand power pitcher from Texas, played high school ball at Greenwich High in Connecticut before transferring to Austin’s Westlake High, where he played three varsity seasons.
“We are excited to have Gunnar’s big arm join the Flames pitching staff and we look forward to watching his development. He is big-time addition to the team.” noted Flames president Wayne Walker.
An honor student and Academic All-District in 2017, Gunnar plans to major in advertising. Born is London, England, he is the son of Kerri and Joel Groen and has two siblings, Boden and Torsten. His Dad played basketball at Wheaton College.
The Pepperdine Waves compete in the Division I West Coast Conference. The Waves have been to the College World Series twice, winning the national championship in 1992 under head coach Andy Lopez with a win over Cal State Fullerton. They are currently led by head coach Rick Hirtensteiner.
Thirty-four (34) former Waves have played in Major League Baseball, including 1986 CY Young Award Winner Mike Scott of the New York Mets and Houston Astros.
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..