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Carroll enjoys staying on his grind

August 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ROCHESTER, NY – More than a decade has passed since Brett Carroll roamed the fields of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Time hasn’t erased the memories. The veteran of ten years in professional baseball, including parts of six seasons in the majors, has played 180 games in the bigs, hit a home run off a future […]

Urckfitz and Lancaster claim California League crown

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Urckfitz knows how to save his best for last. As a junior college player, he came out of the bullpen for Monroe Community College and helped the Tribunes finish third in the 2008 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series. Four years later, the left-hander hurled a pair of scoreless frames in the […]

Brownsten earns a pair of post-season honors

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When the Rome Braves opened the 2012 season with six wins in their first twenty-four attempts, making the playoffs seemed far-fetched. Becoming the worst team in  minor league looked more realistic. But that is the depth to which Rome fell. The Braves bottomed out at  18-52, and found themselves all alone in the basement of minor league baseball. […]

Former Geneva Red Wings Chaplin and Fennell sign free agent deals

August 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Little more than a year ago they wore the uniform of the Geneva Red Wings. Later this month they may face each other in the Arizona Rookie League. Jake Chaplin (Haverford) will catch a plane headed to Arizona early this week. When he arrives he will find a locker, new uniform and a contract with […]

Sherrill’s Van Boom ends summer with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League

August 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Seventy-nine games was not enough. After starting 44 games for the Brown Bears and 35 for the Sherrill Silversmiths, Wes Van Boom went looking for more. He got what he wanted. Soon after his New York Collegiate Baseball League season ended, Van Boom headed east, crossed the Sagamore Bridge and ended the summer with the […]

Jr. Chiefs seize the NYCBL title

August 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — Pressure created a crack which eventually widened enough to make the difference. The relentless Syracuse Jr. Chief offense played to its character and in so doing caused uncharacteristic play from its opponent. Series MVP Tim Locastro (Ithaca) slapped a one-out bases loaded single to bring home the winning run as the Jr. […]

Hornell’s Eck to finish summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League

August 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most players of the New York Collegiate Baseball League have returned home for rest and relaxation before heading back to campus this fall. That’s not the case for Eric Eck (Wofford). Not long after his NYCBL season ended, Eck agreed to make the trip to Massachusetts and finish the summer season with

Schweigert and Niagara advance to the NYCBL finals

August 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — On a night that saw 31 hits, defense made the difference. When it was over, the final out rested in an appropriate glove, and the Niagara Power clinched its first trip to the finals. Niagara swept the New York Collegiate Baseball League Western Division finals pounding out 19 hits en route to […]

Jr. Chiefs flex muscles and eliminate the Red Wings, 14-7

August 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. – So much for momentum and any theories of inertia. The Geneva Red Wings came into the New York Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division finals with a full head of steam after winning three straight in rousing fashion. That streak came to a screeching halt at McDonough Park. Frank Salerno (St. Thomas Aquinas) led […]

Red Wings reap the benefits of Heyman’s decision

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — It hasn’t taken long for Grant Heyman to get comfortable making his way around the base paths of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Not that he needed any directions. Getting four bags at a time looks familiar to him. Heyman connected for his latest home run on Sunday as the Geneva […]

Stimpson’s perseverance paying dividends for the Red Wings

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — There was Leon Stimpson running along the right field line fence exchanging high fives with the denizens of McDonough Park. Less than four days earlier he breathed life into a season on life support. Now, Stimpson and his Geneva Red Wing teammates have a chance to play for a championship. No one […]

Geneva Red Wings advance with a 6-5 victory over Adirondack

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — Pitcher and team went looking for redemption. The hurler sought to put a disastrous start behind him. The club needed to make sense of a season of unfulfilled expectations. Both reached their goals. Aaron Benusis (Alvernia) notched a series-clinching win as the Geneva Red Wings defeated the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 6-5 to

Stimpson punches Geneva’s playoff ticket with walkoff hit

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Around half-past ten EST Wednesday night, the playoff scenarios in the New York Collegiate Baseball League‘s Eastern Division were as tangled as a weed bed in nearby Seneca Lake. A three-way tie for the final two playoff spots looked probable. Then everything changed.

Ansett and Burkhardt lead the Ridgemen past Olean in home finale, 6-3

July 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking for a sendoff to the 2012 home schedule, Taylor Hargrove and his Lake Ontario Ridgemen found the right combination. Spencer Ansett (Whitworth) held one of the league’s top offenses in check for eight innings, and Jonathan Burkhardt (East Texas Baptist) sparked an 11-hit attack as the Ridgemen downed the Olean Oilers, 6-3 in New […]

Lynch and Newton drive Niagara in victory over the Ridgemen

July 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hornell’s Dodgers had their streak. The Syracuse Jr. Chiefs put together their own – the season’s longest. Olean had a nice run. As did Utica. Now seems to be Niagara’s time. Chane Lynch (Dallas Baptist U.) collected a pair of hits as the Niagara Power defeated the Lake Ontario Ridgemen, 6-4 in New York Collegiate […]

MLB Draft Pick Heyman signs with the Geneva Red Wings

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to bolster their lineup for the stretch run, the Geneva Red Wings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League signed MLB draft pick, Grant Heyman. The Toronto Blue Jays chose Heyman out of high school in the 11th round with 355th overall pick of the 2012 draft.

Schwartz pitches Niagara to split with Ridgemen

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. — It’s not often that coaches enjoy surprises, especially when battling for playoff position late in the season.  Niagara’s Garrett Shivley got something unexpected Monday night, and he’s not complaining. Jordan Schwartz (Niagara Univ.) tossed a complete-game three hitter as the Power rebounded for a doubleheader split (6-5 / 5-1) with the Lake […]

Muglia and Adirondack make it two in a row with 6-2 triumph over Geneva

July 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — It’s not in the losing as much as it is in the getting up after defeat. After dropping five consecutive and falling to .500 at 12 wins and 12 losses, the Adirondack Trail Blazers got up off the canvas. Two strong pitching performances later have the Trail Blazers streaking in the opposite […]

Ansett and the Ridgemen beat Wellsville, 7-2

July 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. — Lake Ontario coach Taylor Hargrove has been looking for an angle to accentuate the positive. A new name and a clean slate might fit the bill. Spencer Ansett (Whitworth) tossed five shutout innings, and his offense got all the runs needed in their first at bat as the Lake Ontario Ridgemen defeated […]

Hornell continues streak; defeats Rochester, 9-4

June 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. – Hornell’s Dodgers came north on route 390 toting a four-game win streak along with them. The NYCBL Western Division leading club left town adding another victory to their streak. Matt Calhoun (Harding) connected for a three-run home run in the pivotal fifth inning as the Dodgers came from behind to defeat the […]

Adirondack continues dominance of Geneva

June 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An efficient Adirondack offense took advantage of six Geneva errors, and three pitchers combined for a shutout as the Trail Blazers downed the Red Wings 10-0 in New York Collegiate Baseball League action, Friday night. Adirondack pushed runs across the plate in each its last four at bats to put the contest out of reach. […]

Olean Oilers dismantle Rochester AIA

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. – The Olean Oilers scored 19 unanswered runs en route to a 20-7 victory over the Rochester Athletes in Action in New York Collegiate Baseball League play at Basket Road Field, Wednesday night. Olean sent 14 batters to the plate in a 12-run seventh inning to blow the game away. Seth Heck (Tacoma […]

Bostick tabbed NYCBL Player of the Year

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Add another to the list of accomplishments by the 2011 Webster Yankees. The team which set a New York Collegiate Baseball League record with 14 consecutive wins and reached the league finals for the first time in the organization’s history placed the a club record five on the all-league team including Player-of-the-Year, Chris Bostick. “I’m […]

Brust named NYCBL Coach of the Year

September 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Four years in the making Dave Brust got his just due. The New York Collegiate Baseball League announced its post-season awards, and the Webster skipper nabbed the top honor. Brust’s Webster nine set new organization standards and broke a league record en route to a 30-14 regular season mark and an eventual spot in the […]

Bostick and Montgomery: A tale of two draft picks

August 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One summer collegiate wood-bat team. Two Major League Baseball draft picks. One player launching a professional career. Another player re-working a career. Both came to the Webster Yankees and got what they needed. When Chris Bostick took advantage of a change in the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s by-laws, a unique situation was created. The […]

Webster advances to the NYCBL championship

July 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. — It was a fitting end. Corey Goeggleman (Waynesburg St.), who had just entered the game as defensive replacement, leapt into the air and snared the line drive off the bat of Max Casper (North Dakota St.). When his feet returned to the ground, the second baseman alertly moved to double-up Ralph Alloco […]

Pair of Webster hurlers combine on no-hitter

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

GENEVA, N.Y. — Webster Yankee head coach, Dave Brust has his concerns. With his team clinching the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s West Division on Saturday, the Webster skipper wants his team to remain focused for the upcoming playoffs. If Tuesday night’s effort is any indication, the Webster nine have blocked out all distractions. Nate […]

Bostick and Webster walk off with another victory

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. — Another day and another win in the last at-bat for the Webster Yankees. And a familiar surname again takes the honors. Ben Bostick (St. John Fisher) dropped a two-out, bases-loaded bunt down the first base line, and Nick Flemister scampered home as Webster came from behind in extra innings to defeat the […]

Webster maintains grip on first place

July 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

WEBSTER, N.Y. — All’s well that ends well, and for the Webster Yankees that means another day atop the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s West Division. Chris Bostick (Aquinas Institute) rapped a two-out, walk-off single in the 10th inning capping  a wild affair as the Yankees trimmed the Geneva Red Wings 8-7 in NYCBL action […]

Recent MLB draft stirs memories of MCC great, Ken Lelek

July 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been 35 years since Ken Lelek first heard his name called in the Major League Baseball draft, but last month’s annual free agent selection bridged a more than three-decade gap to the Monroe Community College hall-of-famer. When the Oakland Athletics picked Chris Bostick in the 44th round of the 2011 draft, it was the […]

Bostick is keeping time on his side

June 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On June 18th, Chris Bostick went through the formality with fellow classmates and crossed the stage at Rochester’s Eastman Theatre to receive his diploma from Aquinas Institute. In actuality, the Gates, New York resident started graduation proceedings almost two weeks prior to the official high school ceremony. The Oakland Athletics chose Bostick in the 44th […]

Clemente’s spirit remains alive with Roberto’s Kids

February 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In 2010, 35 tons of donated baseball equipment went to communities in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Native American reservations in South Dakota.  Bats, balls, gloves, socks and every item necessary to play the game found its way to needy neighborhoods. This was all part of a collaborative effort headed by Steve Pindar, […]

Urckfitz Named To AFL Rising Stars Roster

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s billed as the fans’ chance to see them before they hit the big leagues, and one of Rochester’s own will take part. Patrick Urckfitz, the former Monroe Community College and Webster Yankee standout, will suit up for the West Division when the Arizona Fall League  holds its fifth annual Rising Stars game. Saturday’s game […]

Urckfitz Perfect in First AFL Appearance

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Picking up where he left off, Pat Urckfitz tossed a perfect inning of relief as the Peoria Javelinas fell to the Surprise Rafters 8-6 in the season opener of the Arizona Fall League. After more than a month break from game action, Urckfitz showed no signs of rust. The third-year pro came on in the […]

Jurik Enjoying the Journey

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

From Vestal, New York to Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia and stops in between, Dan Jurik blazed a trail through minor league baseball this summer. The former St. John Fisher Cardinal and Webster Yankee listened to the Major League draft with his parents. When the moment came, and he heard his name called, Jurik embarked […]

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