Flames Well-Represented on All-Star/Prospect Teams
This year’s All-Star Day has two games featuring All-Stars selected for their performance thus far in league play and a Prospect Team selected for draft potential. Both teams are selected by a vote of each division’s coaches.
The Flames All-Star selections are Kyle Gallagher (Cornell), Gage Lanning (Canisius), Alex Canty (Monroe CC), Trent Schulte (Gonzaga) and Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome).
Gallagher (.297/.341/.351) has been a consistent performer all season and leads the Flames with 14 RBI’s. Kyle has been solid in left field as well. He will be a senior at Cornell in the fall.
Lanning (307/.435/.533) leads the league in triples with 6 and has 5 doubles to add to his extra base hits as well. Gage has 23 hits and 13 RBI’s. He will be a senior at Canisius in August.
Alex Canty (.247/.336/.351), a talented middle infielder who has been playing injured all season, was selected even without his best performance. Alex has multiple 4-year college offers, including a D1 school. He will be a Junior wherever he decides to attend.
Trent Schulte (1-1 ERA .254) has appeared in 11 games pitching 17.2 innings of middle inning relief. He has 16 SO and 3 BB for a SO to Walk ratio of 5.3. He leads the Flames with a 1.13 WHIP. Trent has an impressive K9 (strikeouts per 9 innings) of 8.15. He will be a Sophomore when he returns to Gonzaga.
Flames closer Matt Bowman (3-1, 3 saves, ERA 1.39) has pitched 19.1 innings in 12 games and has allowed only 3 earned runs. “Bo” as his teammates call him, has a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.19. Matt has caught the eye of Hall of fame Coach George Valesente and will be transferring to Ithaca College this fall.
Flames Prospect team selections are Sam and Webb Little (Ithaca) Chase Hagerty (South East Missouri State SEMO), Stephen Bennett (Canisius) and Ryan Marketell (Monroe CC). The Prospect Team is meant to identify players with the greatest future draft potential.
Rifle-arm Sam Little (.273/.373/.341) has delighted Flames fans with spectacular play in right field this summer. After a slow start at the plate due to a hand injury, Sam has been hitting the ball hard lately and has been climbing in the stats.
Brother Webb, also playing with a nagging injury, has done yeoman service at shortstop and second base and has been on a tear at the plate. He hit triples in back-to-back trips to the plate last week.
Chase Hagerty (2-2 ERA 3.46) has been the steadiest Flames starter this summer. Opponents are batting a meager .189 against the big right-hander from Missouri. Chase has started 5 games and pitched 26 innings in which he has struck out 32 batters for a whopping K/9 of 11.08. Hagerty will be a sophomore when he returns to SEMO.
One of the hardest working players on the team, Stephan Bennett (.286/.414/.386) has impressed league observers with his potential. Only a freshman, Stephan has shown he can thrive at this demanding level of play. He will return to Canisius ready to assume more responsibility.
Ryan Marketell has a live arm with great potential on his 6’5″ frame. In the 13.2 innings of short relief pitched over 12 games, opponents have managed only .184 batting average against this impressive freshman.
The PGCBL has 13 teams, seven (7) in the Eastern Division and six (6) in the Eastern Division.