August 31, 2018 Onondaga, NY: The Onondaga Flames of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) announced today that RHP Connor Morrisroe and Outfielder Marshall Winn of the University at Albany will be returning for the 2019 summer season. They will be joining their future Great Dane teammate LHP Cregg Scherrer of Skaneateles, a UAlbany 2019 commit.
Morrisroe, a redshirt sophomore, was a starter for the Flames 2018 NYCBL Championship team. He appeared in 9 games and started 8, earning a 3-1 WL record. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Morrisroe improved with work as the season progressed winning his last three games, giving up only five earned runs on 12 hits over 15 innings. “Connor has a lot of arm talent and with more work his command is sure to sharpen – then watch out!” commented Wayne Walker, Flames president, “He has guts and determination and that can’t be taught. We are thrilled to have him back on the staff.”
Sophomore Marshall Winn, a New York Sportswriters Association CNY First Team All-Star in 2017, was a prolific hitter in his last two years as a West Genesee Wildcat posting a slash line of .393/.460/.635. He suffered from a high ankle sprain in the Flames sixth game and missed the rest of the 2018 summer season. A speedster with a sub 7 second 60-yard dash Winn, a former pitcher, is a wide ranging outfielder with a strong arm. “We have to replace a couple of terrific outfielders and Marshall is just the ticket. We are fortunate to get him back.” commented Walker.
University at Albany
UAlbany is an NCAA Division 1 program competing in the highly competitive America East Conference.against Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UM Baltimore, UMass Lowell and Stony Brook. The Great Danes are led by Head Coach Jon Mueller who enters his 19th season at the helm. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 377 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction.
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.
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..
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 hitting, pitching and fielding. The Flames have announced their return to the PGCBL for the 2019 season and thereafter.