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Rapids win final home game over Nitros

HOUGHTON, N.Y. --The Genesee Rapids played their final home game of the season Friday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex and came away with an 8-5 triumph against the Wellsville Nitros in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

The win was the second in a row for Genesee as Vincent Santarsiero (Fontbonne) got the win on the mound. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts in six innings.

“Vinny threw pretty well tonight,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He had a couple defensive miscues early that made the score look worse than it really was but I thought he threw pretty well for us.”

“My fastball was running really well,” said Santarsiero. “And then tonight was the first time I’ve thrown a slider and that actually worked really well so that was new for me; God blessed me. My splitter was working well tonight too.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville), Ryan Chamberlain (Pitt-Bradford) and Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) also threw for the Rapids, with LaRose credited with the save.

The Nitros scored four of their five runs in the third inning and held a 4-2 lead going into the fourth.

“Guys were having nice plate approaches in that inning,” said Nitros manager Jake Bannerman. “We didn’t try to do too much, we took pitches that we should’ve taken and we hit balls hard that we should’ve hit hard.”

The fifth Wellsville run came in the seventh inning when Christopher Welch scored off a Dylan Rajkovich (Webster) RBI double.

Rajkovich was 2-for-4 with one RBI and two doubles on the night.

Harry Montero (Bloomfield) recorded an RBI and a double. Donny Killian (Buffalo) also tallied an RBI.

The Genesee offense was consistent. They scored at least one run in every inning except the third and the eighth.

Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and scored a run. Austin Hauck (Sienna Heights) recorded 2 RBI while Bailey Smith (Howard Payne) tallied 2 RBI, a run and a double on the evening.

Tyler Minogue (Bellarmine) and Nick Ippolito (California St Stanislaus) also had an RBI.

“We had good approaches at the plate,” said Rost. “We were able to get guys on either by hits or walks and move them over. I know we drove guys in with sacrifice flies a few times so that was good to see.”

“We didn’t get ahead in counts,” said Bannerman. “Anybody can hit a fastball when they’re up 2-0, they know exactly what’s coming. Our guys just had to do a better job with those first pitch, second-pitch strikes to get the batters back on their heels instead of having the advantage.”

The Wellsville mound saw four pitchers on the night. Brian Baker takes the loss. He allowed three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in four innings. Michael Vovris (Hilbert) started the game, while Juan Reina (Bloomfield) and Jensen Kirch (Wabash) came out of the bullpen along with Baker.

This was the Nitros final game of the 2015 season. They ended with a record of 7-39.

“We knew going into our last 15 or 20 games that we didn’t really have much of a shot,” said Bannerman about his season. “But we continued to improve. Guys had great approaches at the plate. Guys kept working every single day. They came to the field and worked hard. That’s all you can ask as a coach. We didn’t make the playoffs but we can still take things from this season.”

The Rapids improve to 20-24 on the season and travel to Olean Saturday for their last two games of the summer; a double header against the Oilers.

“We had a pretty young team this summer,” said Rost. “We kept getting better as the season went on. It’s been good to get to know the guys and develop some good relationships with them. I hope we can end on a good note tomorrow.” 

-Written by Abby Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Power shut out Rapids

HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- The Niagara Power rolled through the Genesee Rapids Monday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex behind pitcher Ryan Broaderick's (LaGrange) two-hit shutout in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

The Power came away with an impressive 17-0 victory.

Broaderick went the distance for Niagara. He allowed no runs on two hits and eight strikeouts.

"Ryan pitched very well tonight," said Power manager Josh Rebandt. "His changeup was working well and he really pounded the strike zone. He did what we asked of him, he was relaxed and his defense did the rest for him."

"My changeup was on," commented the Florida native. "My fastball was struggling in the early innings but I found it and I had a great defense tonight."

Niagara's offense struck early and didn't look back. The team scored at least one run in eight of the nine innings; with three in the first, second, third, and seventh.

Many different Power members shone on the night. Paul Bretton Jr.(Florida Southern College) went 3-for-4 at the plate with one run, four RBI, a double and a tripple. Caleb Lang (Cairn) and Nathan Stanley (Toccoa Falls) bothwent 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Game Sevigny (Olivet Nazarene) was 1-for-3 and tallied two runs and a double, while Mason Irby (Jones Country Junior) was 3-for-6 with two RBI.

John Conti (Canisius) tallied three runs and an RBI.

"It was so much easier for me; looking at the scoreboard and seeing 16 runs," said Broaderick. " The offense did a great job today."

On the other hand, Genesee couldn'g get anything going offensively.

Brandon Dupuis (Rochester) and Tommy Haas (Arkensas-Pinebluff) recorded the only two hits on the night. 

"Our offense is still struggling," said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. "It doesn't matter if we give up 17 runs or one run, with two hits you're still not going to be able to win a baseball game. We just have to be better."

Despite giving up 17 runs, the Genesee defense did have some highlights.

One came in the top of the seventh when Karlis Graubics (Marymount) made an impressive diving catch in right field.

Another came in the last two innings whith pitcher Bailey Smith (Howard Payne). He recorded a zero in the eighth inning and gave up only one run in the ninth.

Nick Watkins (Defiance) started on the mound and received the loss. Tyler Minogue (Bellarmine) and Will Lucas (Akron) also threw for Genesee.

This game was the second of the day for Niagar, who traveled to play the Olean Oilers earlier in the day and lost 4-3.

That didn't seem to phase the Power too much.

"We had a tough loss at Olean earlier today," said Rebandt. "But it seemed like our guys were still focused and read. I told the guys they can look at this day as a blessing and an opportunity, or a dragging long day. We got our feet back under us and it showed in this game. This gives us a lot of confidence going into the end of the regular season and playoffs."

The Power improve to 24-18 with the win. 

Genesee falls to 17-23 with the loss and will face the Rochester Ridgemen Tuesday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.

"At this point, we just have to try to get better every day," said Rost. "I told them not to worry so much about the result on the scoreboard, worry about getting better as a player personally."

-Written by Abby Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Power oust Rapids in Fifteen

HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- Nine innings weren’t enough to decide the game Sunday afternoon at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex between the Genesee Rapids and the Niagara Power-it took fifteen for the Power to come away with their 23rd victory of the season.

The score was knotted at two from the fourth inning to the fourteenth, until Caleb Lang (Cairn) stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fifteenth. He swung at the first pitch and recorded a two-run RBI that brought Caleb Thomas (Colorado School of Mines) and Jordan Hayes (Olivet Nazarene) home.

“I was really just trying to pick the team up,” said Lang. “I had a couple of opportunities in the second and third with less than two outs where I just popped up so I just wanted to pick them up because they picked me up.”

Lang and Hayes each recorded a double on the afternoon, while Thomas and Hayes tallied one RBI each.

“Getting into the hitter’s counts worked for us in that inning,” said Power manager Josh Rebandt. “Seeing a fastball in a hitters count I think was a lot different, and Caleb is someone who’s usually going to come through for us and with this opportunity he did.”

“Lang is a good hitter,” commented Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He’s one of the best in the league.”

Dallas Deavers (North Georgia) started on the mound and pitched an impressive ten innings. He allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts.

“Really just fastballs were working best today,” commented Deavers. “Just trying to work those. Once we got those down that’s what we lived off of.

When I started to get tired, I just told myself to just keep throwing strikes.”

Deavers also had a little bit of extra motivation:

“It’s my mom’s birthday so I wanted to do good for her; give her something to be happy about.”

Nick Campe (Olivet Nazarene) came out of the bullpen in the eleventh and received the win. He allowed no runs and only one hit with five strikeouts in five innings.

Three of his strikeouts came one right after another to close the thirteenth inning.

“Our pitchers were unbelievable today,” said Rebandt. “One of the things we challenge our pitchers with is to just pound the strike zone. A lot of guys that have scored against us in the past week have been getting on base with walks. So we’ve challenged them to throw strikes and let your defense do the work.”

The Power defense was efficient with only two errors. Shortstop Gabriel Sevigny (Olivet Nazarene) had eight assists.

Ned Monthie (Houghton) started for the Rapids. He allowed two runs on five hits with one strikeout in six innings.

Ryan Chamberlain (Pitt-Bradford), Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart), Jason Collingwood (Greenville) and Tommy Haas (Arkansas-Pinebluff) also threw on the day. Haas takes the loss.

The Rapids defense recorded zero errors.

“Our pitchers were great today,” commented Rost. “Ned went out there and he battled for us and threw six innings of great ball. We just couldn’t get anything offensively to help him out.”

You can’t hold a team like the Power down for long; we knew they would score eventually. We just needed to be better offensively to have a chance.”

Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) recorded an RBI single and a run on the day. Corey Andrade (Anna Maria), winner of the NYCBL All-Star home run derby, tallied a ground-rule double. Joey Chapman (Cedarville) also had a double.

The Power improve to 23-17 on the season and will face the Rapids again Monday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at 7pm.

“Each day we’re inching closer to a playoff clincher and that’s enough motivation for these guys at this point in the season.”

“This win was real big for us,” said Lang. “The way guys kept battling was great. Today sums up our team.”

The Rapids fall to 17-22 with the loss, and their playoff chances are dim as they sit in sixth in the NYCBL’s Western Division going into the last week of the regular season.

“They just need to get better every game,” said Rost. “As long as they’re getting better every game then we can be successful. That’s what we’re here to do; is get them to compete and make improvements.”

-Written by Abby Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College 

Vukas leads Twins past Rapids

Christian Vukas of Wabash College threw eight innings for the Geneva Twins on Friday night, and completed six with only one hit allowed.

That kind of pitching was hard for the Genesee Rapids to beat, as the Twins took a 6-1 victory at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

The Indiana native allowed one run (none earned) on three hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

“Christian was phenomenal tonight,” said Twins manager Andy Weeks. “That’s the best I’ve ever seen him throw. He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and getting ahead of all his hitters. I don’t think he got to a three ball count once.”

“I had all my pitches tonight and was throwing them for strikes,” said Vukas. “I felt like I was mixing up my timing well; keeping them off balance. But I had great plays in the infield by my shortstop and some outfielders. Everybody was on point.

I wasn’t really thinking about the fact I had a one-hitter. I knew my pitches were working so I just kept going back to them and the more they worked, the more confidence I got, and that just kept building throughout the game.”

The Geneva offense was also efficient as they scored six runs, and many different players contributed.

Marty Napleton (St. Josephs) went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, JT Pittman (Le Moyne) went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Luke Waldek (Minnesota St Community & Tech) went 2-for-4 with one RBI, a double, and scored two runs.

Andy Lalonde and Nate Roethel (St. John Fisher) tallied one RBI each, and Connor Simonetti (Kent St) recorded a double.

“We had competitive at-bats,” commented Weeks. “The Genesee guy is a good pitcher but guys kept fighting and spoiling good pitches. We put the ball in play pretty often, scratched a couple, and Vukas did the rest for us.”

Vincent Santarsiero (Fontbonne) received the loss for the Rapids. He allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out three.

“Vinny threw well, he gave us a chance,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He was good on the mound tonight. We just didn’t do much offensively. It’s tough to win baseball games when you only score one run. We need to be better offensively.”

The Rapids lone run came in the eighth inning, when Tyler Minogue (Bellarmine) scored off a Jake Shelby (Hesston) RBI single.

Nick Ippolito (California St. Stanislaus)’s hitting streak came to an end, but he stands in the NYCBL’s record books with a hit in 29 straight games.

Jason Collingwood (Greenville), Ryan Chamberlain (Pitt-Bradford) and Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff) also threw for Genesee on the night.

The Twins improve to 19-13 on the season and take a 1-0 lead in the four game set between the two clubs. The teams face off again Saturday in Geneva at 5pm.

“Every since we’ve had our big break, we’ve been able to refocus and the guys are just having fun,” said Weeks. “I’m not going to change anything, because once you start having fun that’s when you start playing well so we’re going to keep the same process.”

The Rapids fall to 16-16 on the season and sit in fourth in the NYCBL’s Western division.

“I have to give the Geneva pitcher credit,” Rost continued. “He kept our guys off balance all night. He threw a good off-speed pitch tonight that we struggled with. I definitely give him credit. We just have to bounce back tomorrow.”

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College 

Genesee wins second of series with Olean

HOUGHTON, NY--The Genesee Rapids found a way to win Wednesday night with a 4-2 victory over the Olean Oilers at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball action.

John Kopicky (Ohio Northern) got the win for the Rapids. He allowed two runs on six hits with one strikeout in six innings.

“John threw really well on the mound,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He threw strikes all night and he was able to get guys out.”

“Pitching to contact worked for me tonight,” said the Ohio native. “I only had one strikeout and fell behind batters a few times, but letting them hit it seemed to work well.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) and Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) came out of the bullpen, with LaRose credited with the save.

The Genesee offense struck first in the second when Austin Hauck (Sienna Heights) scored off a Tyler Minogue (Bellarmine) RBI double.

Minogue tallied two doubles and an RBI on the evening.

Olean scored one in the top of the fifth, but the Rapids answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Ippolito (California St. Stanislaus) had an RBI single to bring Jake Shelby (Hesston) home, then Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) smacked a two-run RBI single to bring Ippolito and Karlis Graubics (Marymount) across the plate.

Crozier leads the NYCBL in RBI on the season with 25, while Ippolito continued his hitting streak to 28 straight games.

“The fifth inning was big for us,” said Rost. “We were able to get the leadoff guy on base and then Dan had the huge hit that really opened things up. Getting guys on base early was key.”

“That big inning from our offense really helped me,” said Kopicky. “I was falling behind a lot of batters, but having that 4-1 lead relaxed me a little and I wasn’t so tense.”

Olean scored one more in the sixth to cut the Genesee lead to two, but it would stay there for the remainder of the game.

“It seems consistent that one bad inning kills us,” said Olean manager Bobby Bell. “Obviously we would like to score more runs, but one inning got us tonight. If we can minimize those innings to keep us in the game I think it’ll put us in a better situation.

[Genesee] is a good team, they hit the ball. They put a few hits together in one inning, which I wish we would do, and that was the difference in tonight’s game.”

Ryan Pordes (El Camino) received the loss for Olean. He allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Joe Nicolace (Nichols) and Ben Wilford also threw for the Oilers.

“A positive tonight for us was Ben,” said Bell. “He’s new to the team and it was his first time pitching all year. It was nice to see him come out and really shove. Hopefully he’ll help us out and win a few games down the road.

Our pitching tonight wasn’t bad, it’s always pretty good.”

Jonathan Lapolla (Suffolk) and Kaden Darrow (Marymount) each tallied an RBI and a double on the night. Darrow was 3 for 3 at the box.

The Oilers fall to 13-15 with the loss and Genesee improves to 16-15.

The two teams face off again Thursday in Olean for the third of the four-game set.

“We need to not let up,” said Rost. “There’s an opportunity tomorrow to either split the series or win the series so we need to come out ready to go.”

-Written by Abby Schmidt, junior year communications and business major at Houghton College 

Rapids end dry spell with win over Oilers

A win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Genesee Rapids tonight as they took a 6-3 victory over the Olean Oilers Monday night to end their seven game losing streak, at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.

The Oilers came out strong and scored two runs in the first. Trailing 2-0, the Rapids offense came alive in the second inning where they tallied five runs, four of which came from Bailey Smith (Howard Payne) and Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) two-run RBI doubles. The other run came from a Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) RBI single to bring home Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff)

Dickt also recorded a triple on the night.

“We had great approaches at the plate tonight,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “We got some timely hitting. Corey and Bailey both had big doubles for us that scored runs so that’s huge.”

The Oilers scored again in the seventh to cut the Rapids lead to two. However, the Rapids added an insurance run in the eighth to seal the win. Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) was credited with the RBI on the run.

Nick Ippolito (Cal St. Stanislaus) improved his NYCBL record-setting hitting streak to 26 straight games.

Nick Watkins (Defiance) received the win for Genesee. He allowed two runs on six hits with two strikeouts in five innings.

“I could locate my changeup really well tonight,” said Watkins. “I got ahead of guys a few times and that really helped. And of course it’s always good to have your offense working behind you.

It always feels good to be able to pitch out there with a lead. The last few starts I’ve been starting a little shaky but today I felt really good. We knew we were due for a big game and today was the day.”

“Nick minimized in the first inning,” said Rost. “He kept it to two runs and didn’t let the inning explode on him. He pitched to contact and was really good for the rest of his five innings that he threw.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) and Haas also threw for the Rapids, with Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) credited with the save in the ninth.

Aaron Phillips (St. Bonaventure) received the loss for Olean. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with one strikeout in 2.1 innings.

“We really just had one bad inning,” said Oiler manager Bobby Bell. “Aaron I think was trying to do a little too much in the second, he just needed to settle in and do what he knows.”

Jonathan Lapolla (Suffolk) and Cole Peterson (St. Bonaventure) tallied doubles on the night, while Isaac Dillard (Gulf Coast CC) had a triple. Michael Farman (Florida) recorded the sole RBI on the night.

Charles DiGiulian (Marymount) came out of the bullpen for Olean for the remaining 5.2 innings.

Olean falls to 13-14 on the season and will get another chance at the Rapids tomorrow in Olean at 7pm.

“This is a four game series with them so it’s big,” said Bell. “We’re really aiming to win the set. We just have to come out and be focused and executed in order to get the W.”

The Rapids improve back to .500 with the win, sitting at 15 wins and 15 losses.

“This is a good win for us,” said Rost. “We have to keep having a good approach at the plate cause they’re a good team; they’ll swing it and they’ll throw it well. We definitely have to play a good game to beat them, but carrying the momentum from tonight will be big.”

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Power grind out victory over Rapids

The Niagara Power fought their way to their eighteenth victory of the season with a win over the Genesee Rapids, 4-2 on Independence Day at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

Ryan Broaderick (LaGrange) got the win on the mound for the NYCBL’s Western division leaders. He allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

“Early on, my changeup and curveball were working really well,” said the right-hander. “But I had some really good defense behind me. I would like to be able to go more innings in the future.”

“Ryan worked ahead of guys tonight,” said Power manager Josh Rebandt. “Anytime a pitcher works ahead it helps him out on the mound. He was able to do a lot of different things because he got ahead. I can’t say enough about how he battled all night. He’s a great pitcher, really even keeled on the mound and does a lot of great things for us.”

The Power’s offense got going early and scored one run in the first, two in the second and one in the third to seal the victory. Mason Irby (Jones County Junior), Bryan Klendworth (Olivet Nazarene), Jordan Hayes (Olivet Nazarene) and Caleb Lang (Cairn) were credited with the RBI on the night.

The Power defense kept the Rapids scoreless until the fifth inning when Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) crossed the plate. Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) tallied a run in the sixth off a Jake Shelby (Hesston) RBI single.

“We played really good defense tonight,” commented Rebandt. “We had a few nice plays and didn’t commit a lot of errors. That’s what it all comes down to: pitching and defense.”

The Power mound saw four additional pitchers on the game. BJ Greathouse (Baptist Bible), Drew McLochlin (Huntington), Nathaniel Lagos (North Greenville) and Nick Campe (Olivet Nazarene) came out of the bullpen, with Campe credited with the save.

Brett St. Clair (Walsh) started on the mound for the Rapids and received the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits with no strikeouts.

The Rapids once again struggled to bring runners home, as they left ten men on base throughout the night.

“Brett settled in and kept us in it,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He gave us a chance to win, we just couldn’t get a big hit when we needed to. We definitely had some opportunities, we just couldn’t get anything to go our way.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) and Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff) also threw for the Rapids tonight.

Shelby recorded two hits on three at-bats with one RBI.

Irby, Lang and Klendworth tallied two hits each on the night.

Niagara improves to 18-7 on the season and will take on the Wellsville Nitros on Sunday.

“Baseball is a funny game,” said Rebrandt. “You can win one day and lose the next. We have to try to keep things as simple as possible and focus on the little things, like throwing strikes and making routine plays we’ll have a lot of success.

The Rapids fall to 14-14 on the season and will take on the Geneva Twins on Sunday at 2pm at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.

“We’re right in these games, said Rost. “A ball that falls in here, a ball that finds the gap there and it could be a tie game or we have the lead tonight. We just have to keep our heads up and keep fighting.” 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Carney leads Ridgemen past Rapids

Cameron Carney (Tusculum) went the distance and led the Rochester Ridgemen to a 6-4 victory against the Genesee Rapids Wednesday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball league action.

Carney allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. All four earned runs came in the ninth inning.

“Pitching to contact worked for me tonight,” said the right-hander. “I didn’t try to blow it by everybody, I just tried to throw strikes.”

“He pitched well for us tonight,” said Ridgemen manager Joe Shallenberger. “He got a little bit tired towards the end but up until the ninth he had a shutout so I left him in there.”

Rochester jumped to a huge start, scoring five runs in the first inning. Tage Johnson (Houghton) and Tim Gurnow (Southwest Baptist U) recorded an RBI single and double during the inning and scored as well. Shane Soria (Westmont), Alexander Stack (Dallas) and Armando Valentin (Benedict) also crossed the plate.

“Jumping out 5-0 early was huge for us,” said Shallenberger. “We were all over their pitcher. Any time you get five runs right away it gives your pitcher confidence. He had freedom to throw a little tight and see what happens.”

Rochester scored one more run in the seventh, as Soria crossed home again off a Johnson RBI double.

Johnson and Gurnow both recorded two RBI in the victory.

The Rapids struggled again to bring men home. They left nine players on base throughout the night.

Genesee is on a five game losing streak.

“We haven’t been able to get a big hit lately,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “We had some opportunities throughout the game and we just didn’t drive guys in when we had the chance.

We just need to keep our heads up, not panic and stay positive.”

The Rapids did find some life, however, in the ninth inning when Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) hit a grand slam with two outs to bring home Nick Ippolitio (Cal State Stanislaus), Triston Hill (GCC) and William Lucas (Akron) home to cut the Rochester lead to two.

“We got ourselves in good counts to hit,” said Rost about the inning. “We put some good swings on balls and got on base. Corey got ahead in the count and obviously put a great swing on that pitch.”

Unfortunately for the Rapids, the big play came a little too late as Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) was put out at the next at-bat to end the game.

Nick Watkins (Defiance) received the loss for the Rapids. He allowed five runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Ned Monthie (Houghton), Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff) and Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) came out the bullpen for Genesee.

The Ridgemen improve to 9-14 on the season, and while fighting illness and injury, Shallenberger was proud of his club.

“It shows a lot of character. To have the team pick it up says a lot. Baseball’s a funny game sometimes, and I tell my guys to just keep showing up and working hard and we’ll see what happens.”

Rochester plays again tomorrow, July 2nd at Hornell at 7pm.

The Rapids fall to 13-12 on the season and will take on the Ridgemen again on Friday night in Rochester. 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Dodgers hang on against Rapids

The Hornell Dodgers came away with their second straight victory against the Genesee Rapids, 2-1 on Monday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

CJ Lee (Webster) led the Dodgers on the mound. He allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

“My fastball felt good early on,” said Lee. “I was struggling with my off-speed stuff a little bit and had those six walks in the beginning, but my coach came out and calmed me down and after that I was able to settle in and I found my slider and circle-change which helped me a lot later in the game.”

“Lee started off a little shaky and our defense stepped up, commented Dodgers’ manager Tom Kenney. “But in about the third inning he settled in and he pitched well for us.”

Michael Jordan (Vanguard) was also essential on the mound for the Dodgers’ win. He entered the game with the bases loaded and Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) up to bat for the Rapids.

“It was a long relief outing for our closer,” said Kenney. “We brought him in in a tough situation and he went two and a third [innings] for us.”

Jordan gave up no hits, no runs, one strikeout and is credited with the save for the Dodgers.

After a scoreless first three innings, Hornell scored one in the fourth and one in the fifth to clinch the win.

Garrett Prossner (Baylor) and Jimmy Latona (Monroe CC/Mercyhurst) were credited with the RBI on the night and brought home Trevor Thompson (Ithaca) and Anthony Santoro (Monroe CC).

Steven Goldstein (Kansas) tallied a double.

The Rapids offense got hits and guys on base, but couldn’t bring them home. The team left a total of ten players on base on the night.

“There were a couple situations where there was a guy on third with less than two outs, and we didn’t execute,” said Rapids’ manager Tyler Rost. “That was the difference tonight.”

The Rapids cut the lead to one when Brandon Dupuis (Rochester) scored off a walk by Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) when the bases were loaded in the seventh.

Karlis Graubics (Marymount) recorded a triple on the night, and shortstop Nick Ippolito (Cal State Stanislaus) improved his hitting streak to 21 straight games with a hit.

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) received the loss for the Rapids. He allowed two hits on seven runs with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Jordan Wilkerson (East Texas Baptist) and Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff) also threw for the Rapids.

The Rapids fall to 13-11 on the season, and will face the Dodgers again tomorrow in Hornell at 7pm.

“It’s going to be another battle,” commented Kenney, whose team improves to 16-7 with the win. “It’s always a battle with these guys. It’ll come down to who gets a key hit in a key spot.”

“They’re a good team,” said Rost. “They have good pitching and they swing it well. We have to come out and play fundamental baseball and execute when we have guys in scoring position.

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Defense leads Rapids past Ridgemen

The Genesee Rapids got their second win in a row Monday night with a 4-1 win against the Rochester Ridgemen at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball action.

Jordan Wilkerson (East Texas Baptist) got the win on the mound. He allowed only one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

“Jordan settled in and threw a great game for us,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost.

“I was struggling to find the strike zone early,” commented Wilkerson. “I was able to throw some balls across the plate and get them swinging, but tonight I definitely relied on my defense. It’s good to know they have my back out there and can help get me out of some tough situations.”

The Genesee defense recorded only one error on the night and held the stolen bases by the Ridgemen to one.

The Rapids offense gained an early 3-0 lead in the first. Two of the runs came off a Karlis Graubics (Marymount) two-run RBI single and an error from the Rochester center field. Shortstop Nick Ippolito (Cal St. Stanislaus) also tallied a run from a Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) RBI single.

“We got on the board early,” said Rost. “It’s always nice to score early and get some momentum.”

Ippolito crossed home again in the second off a Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) RBI double. Ippolito also added a double on the night.

Rochester tallied a run in the seventh as Tim Gurnow (Southwest Baptist) scored off a Michael DiViesti (Butler) RBI double.

Gurnow also recorded a double on the game.

“I would love to see us play a complete, clean game,” said Ridgemen manager Joe Shallenberger. Unfortunately an error put us in a bad spot, but nobody intends to make that error, so we just have to pick the kid up and let him know that accidents happen.”

“We’re still hitting the ball well, and we’re staying positive.”

The Rochester mound saw two pitchers on the night. Cameron Carney (Tusculum) received the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Taute (Mid America Nazarene) threw the last two innings for the Ridgemen.

The Rapids mound saw two additional pitchers. Jason Collingwood (Greenville) and Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) pitched 1.1 innings a piece, with LaRose credited with the save.

The Ridgemen fall to 6-11 on the season and will travel to Olean to take on the Oilers Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The bottom line is, we have a choice,” said Shallenberger. “We can either hang our heads and let the season go away from us, or we pick ourselves up and approach the next game like we have a 0-0 record and it’s a whole new season, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

The Rapids improve their record to 12-7 and look forward to taking on the Niagara Power on Wednesday for the first time this season. The Power sit on top of the NYCBL’s Western division, with the Rapids close behind them in second.

“We just need to treat [the game against the Power] like any other game,” commented Rost. “Obviously it’s big because those guys are on the top. But we just have to come into it like we have the past few games and I think we’ll be fine.”

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Rapids win first meeting with Ridgemen

The Genesee Rapids emerged with a tight victory in their first season meeting with the Rochester Ridgemen Sunday afternoon, 6-5 at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

There were four lead changes in the first five innings. The Ridgemen took an early 2-0 lead only for the Rapids to answer back in the bottom of the second with three runs to take the lead 3-2.

The Ridgemen retook the lead at the top of the fifth as Michael DiViesti (Butler) hit an RBI single to bring Alexander Stack (Dallas) home.

Cole Metcalfe (Bellarmine) recorded a double and a triple on the day.

The Rapids answered again and tied the score at five in the fifth inning off a two run RBI triple from Dan Crozier (Cazenovia).

Crozier also had a double and a single on the afternoon.

“We swung the bat a lot better today,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “We were able to hit the gaps and get guys home.”

The Rapids scored the winning run in the seventh as Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) hit an RBI double to bring Joey Chapman (Cedarville) home.

“This is our fifth game where we’ve lost by one run,” said Ridgemen manager Joe Shallenburger. “Someone has to come up with a big hit sooner or later. We were swinging the bats hard just right at somebody. So hopefully those will start falling our way.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) got the win for the Rapids. He allowed no runs on two hits and struck out one in 2.2 innings.

“I was able to keep the ball down,” said the Illinois native. “But all the credit to God and the defense. They hit a couple balls but luckily my defense was there. It was a great team win.”

“I don’t throw the hardest but if I can keep that ball down that’s where I do well,” he continued.

“Our defense was much tighter tonight,” said Rost. “We had a couple mental mistakes that we need to clean up but other than that I thought we did well.”

The Rapids mound saw two additional pitchers on the day. Brett St. Clair (Walsh) got the start and pitched the first five innings, while Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) was credited with the save in the ninth.

The Rochester mound also saw three pitchers. Nick Jensen (Grays Harbor) started and threw 4.1 innings. Luke Brown (Rollins) received the loss. He gave up one run on four hits and struck out one. Jacob Purcell (Clearwater Christian) also came out the bullpen.

Timely hitting is a key for the Ridgemen moving forward.

 “Someone needs to come up with a hit when we need it, said Shallenburger. “We’re getting hits but they’re not coming when we need them.”

“We scored five runs, which should be good for a baseball game, he continued. “It seems like either the pitching is down or the hitting is down. We need to be more together.”

The Ridgemen fall to 6-10 on the season with the loss.

The Rapids end their three game losing streak and improve to 11-7 on the season, sitting in second in the NYCBL’s Western division.

The teams will face off again tomorrow at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at 7pm. 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Eleventh inning rally pushes Dodgers past Rapids

“For the two starting pitchers, it was a fifteen-round championship boxing match,” said Tom Kenney, the Hornell Dodgers’ manager as his championship defending team took a 6-1 victory over the Genesee Rapids in eleven innings Friday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.

The first six innings proved to be a pitchers’ duel, as John Kopicky (Ohio Northern) of the Rapids and Connor Ryan (Mercyhurst) of the Dodgers battled it out and allowed no runs.

“It was my first start of the season, and I just felt really comfortable,” said Ryan. “My off-speed stuff was working really well and I just got into a rhythm.”

The Buffalo native went nine innings and allowed only one earned run on eight hits with nine strikeouts.

Kopicky takes the loss but pitched an impressive ten innings. The right-hander allowed only two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

“[Kopicky] was unbelievable tonight,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “You can’t say enough about him and the effort that he gave. He deserved better than what he got tonight.”

Both teams broke through in the seventh inning and scored one run a piece. The Dodgers struck first as Jimmy Latona (Monroe CC/Mercyhurst) crossed home off a Steven Goldstein (Kansas) RBI.

The Rapids answered back as Jake Shelby (Hesston) stole home to tie the game at one.

Along with the run, Shelby recorded a single, double and a triple on the night, while Jonathan Nola (Walsh) tallied two doubles.

The score would stay tied through ten innings until the Dodgers broke the game open in the top of the eleventh.

With Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) on the mound for the Rapids, the Dodgers scored five runs. Brock Eissman (Vanguard) tallied the first run of the inning off a Kellen Brown (St. Petersburg) RBI single.

Brown came in off a Latona triple, and two more runs scored off a Tyler Walter (St. Bonaventure) single. Collin Fantaskey (Mercyhurst) also scored in the inning to make the score 6-1.

“They executed very well,” said Kenney of his club in the eleventh. “We got a guy in scoring position right away and then some big hits to bring them home. We did a lot of good things.”

“We didn’t execute on the first bat of the game and they got a guy in scoring position,” said Rost. “Things kind of compiled after that.”

Michael Jordan (Vanguard) got the win for the Dodgers. He pitched the last two outs of the tenth and all the eleventh and allowed no runs on one hit and struck out three.

The Dodgers improve to 9-6 with the three-game sweep of the Rapids.

“We just played hard,” said Kenney of his team the past three games. “We played with a lot of heart every game. Every game was a battle at some point and they just kept battling. To come out and win the game tonight like we did shows a lot of character.”

The Dodgers take on the Wellsville Nitros Saturday at 5pm in Wellsville.

The Rapids fall to 10-7 on the season and sit in third in the league’s Western division.

“We need to keep working hard,” said Rost. “The little things are what we didn’t do tonight. We didn’t get a bunt down when we needed to and we made a costly error late in the game. We have to fix those little things, but I think we’ll be fine.”

The Rapids have a day off and then battle the Rochester Ridgemen on Sunday at 2pm at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.

“It was a terrific baseball game,” commented Kenney. “That’s about as good as it gets. It’s a shame that someone had to lose it.” 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Dodgers win first of series with Rapids

The Hornell Dodgers were firing on all cylinders Wednesday night in New York Collegiate Baseball action as they shut out the Genesee Rapids, 8-0.

Troy Montemayor (Baylor) got the win for the Dodgers. He allowed no runs on four hits and struck out two Rapids in seven innings.

The rest of the Dodgers defense did not let a single Genesee runner past second base all game.

“I had a great defense behind me,” said Montemayor, the San Antonio native. “I threw some zeroes up but you can’t win without some hits. The offense scored a lot of runs for us.”

Dodger’s reliever Jose Almany (Erie CC) came out the bullpen in the eighth and allowed no runs, one hit and struck out two.

The Dodgers offense went off for eight runs on 13 hits. They scored four runs in the fourth and three in the seventh, with one in the third to claim the win.

Brock Eissman (Vanguard) tallied three RBI on the night, while Tommy LaCongo (Monroe CC/Bonaventure) recorded two. Steven Goldstein (Kansas) crossed the plate twice for the Dodgers on three at-bats.

Trevor Thompson (Ithaca) hit a game-high four doubles and Eissman had two.

“Our approach was good today,” said Dodgers’ manager Tom Kenney. “We executed a lot of little ball stuff. We got our bunts down and created a little havoc there in the fourth. And Troy pitched very well.”

The manager doesn’t have too many critiques of the way his club played. “They played well tonight. We played good defense, pitched well, and I don’t have any complaints.”

Nick Watkins (Defiance) takes the loss for the Rapids. He gave up five runs on eight hits with no strikeouts in six innings. Jason Collingwood (Greenville) came out of the bullpen as relief in the seventh and Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff) threw the ninth.

“There’s little things that we need to do to get better,” said Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “Our outfield has to throw the ball through the cut, we can’t give up extra bases, and at the plate our timing has to be better.”

“You’re going to have these nights,” he continued. “We just need to bounce back tomorrow.”

A defensive highlight for Genesee came in the top of the fifth when right fielder Bailey Smith (Howard Payne) made a diving catch with a runner on second for the second out of the inning.

Rapids’ shortstop Nick Ippolito (Cal State Stanislaus) recorded a double on the evening.

The Dodgers improve to 7-6 on the season with the win.

“If we come out and get after it like that everyday, the results are going to be big,” commented Kenney.

The Rapids fall to 10-5 with the loss, but have another chance at the Dodgers tomorrow at 11am at Maple City Park.

“We need to bring energy tomorrow,” said Rost. “It’s going to be an early game, but the guys need to get themselves ready and be awake and alert enough to play.” 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Crozier Walk Off Single Completes Rapids’ Comeback Win

HOUGHTON, N.Y—There’s a reason Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) leads the New York Collegiate Baseball League in RBI: when you need one, he delivers.

He did just that Sunday afternoon at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex against the Geneva Twins as he hit a walk-off single to win 7-6 after his team trailed 6-1 in the sixth.

The Twins came out strong with three runs in the first inning after Taylor Vile (Castleton St) hit a bases-clearing triple with two outs. They struck again with a solo shot from Joshua Handzik (St. Josephs) in the third. A Jeremy Tejada (Southern New Hampshire) RBI double and a JT Pittman (Le Moyne) sacrifice fly made the score 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.

JT Conti (Wayne St) was on the mound for the Twins for five full innings and got the first out of the sixth inning. The sophomore from Michigan allowed only two runs on five hits and struck out two.

“Their pitcher was pretty tough the first time through the lineup,” said Rapids’ manager Tyler Rost. “We’ve seen very few lefties this year, so I think it took a few innings to adjust to that.”

The bottom of the sixth inning was when the Rapids found a spark. They scored three runs, two of which coming from a Nick Ippolito (Cal St Stanislaus) triple with two outs against.

“We had a couple defensive miscues that hurt us a little bit,” said Twins’ manager Andy Weeks. “I told my guys we just need to be smarter in certain situations. I think we were a little overaggressive defensively. We had pretty good contact all day long, we just have to put a full game together.”

After one run in the seventh, the tying run came for the Rapids came again with two outs working against them. First baseman Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) smacked a triple to bring Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) home to knot the score at six.

“Guys just grinded at-bats out,” Rost continued. “We were able to put a few good innings together late in the game.”

With the score still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Austin Hauck (Sienna Heights) and Jake Shelby (Hesston) singled. With one out, Crozier hit a perfectly placed ball into centerfield to bring Karlis Graubics (Marymount), pinch runner for Hauck, home for the victory.

“I was just thinking about the pitches he [Kyle Monk, Emory] threw me last at-bat and just keeping my head in there and driving the first thing I saw come over the plate,” said the New York native.

“As soon as I struck out the at-bat before,” he continued, “my teammates told me to keep my head up and that they had me. They were really positive; it’s a great team we have here. They were behind me 100 percent. They told me to just go out there and do what I do, and we ended up coming home with a win.”

Rost spoke highly of his team after the game. “It’s huge that we were able to be mentally tough enough, and from the fifth inning on just not giving up and taking every at-bat seriously; not giving anything away. It shows a lot of character.”

Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) got the win for the Rapids. He allowed no runs, no hits and struck out one in the ninth inning.

Brett St. Clair (Walsh) and Jason Collingwood (Greenville) also pitched for the Rapids on the day.

At the plate, Ippolito and Andrade tallied a triple and two RBI each. Hauck recorded three doubles, while Bailey Smith (Howard Payne) had two.

The mound saw four different Twins in the course of the game. Monk takes the loss, while Max Tessitore (Le Moyne) and Andy LaLonde also saw action.

Vile had three RBI on the day for Geneva.

The Twins fall to 5-5 with the loss, and look to improve their record Monday night against the Dodgers.

The Rapids improve to 9-4 on the season and sit at the top of the Western division. They take on the Hornell Dodgers on Wednesday night in Houghton.

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Big First, Ninth Innings by Twins end Rapids win streak

Four runs in the first and three runs in the ninth by the Geneva Twins helped them blow by the Genesee Rapids on Friday night in New York Collegiate Baseball League action, 9-4.

“We came out there and swung tonight,” said Twins’ manager Andy Weeks. “We got guys on [base] consistently all day.”

The Twins jumped to a big lead early, as Austin Kearney (Carson-Newman) hit a three-run RBI double and brought JT Pittman (Le Moyne), Connor Simonetti (Kent St) and Luke Waldek (Minnesota St) home. Nate Roethel (St. John Fisher) also scored in the inning to make it 4-0.

“We were really close that first inning to getting out of it,” said Rapids’ manager Tyler Rost. “We were about one pitch away, and then it exploded on us. Not a great start for us.”

Josh Laferty (Widener) got the win for the Twins. He gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out two.

“Nothing was working for me in the first two innings,” said the Pennsylvania native. I couldn’t locate and I was throwing everything up. But I started locating my fastball in the third inning and it started to work out.”

Laferty credited his offense as his help after his slow start. “I knew that even when I was struggling my team was picking me up. It was definitely great to have them there.”

With the score still close after eight innings, the Twins put the game away in the ninth. With no outs against them and the bases loaded, Simonetti hit a double that plated Roethel, Joshua Handzik (St. Josephs) and Pittman to make the score 9-4, and that’s where it stayed.

Simonetti recorded four RBI on the night, while Kearney tallied three.

“We’ve definitely started swinging better the last couple of days,” said Weeks.

Ben Wood (Pamona-Pitzer) was relief for Laferty at the bottom of the eighth, and Kyle Monk (Emory) emerged from the bullpen in the same inning to get the last out and finish the game for the Twins.

Vincent Santarsiero (Fontbonne) received the loss at the mound for the Rapids. He gave up six runs on 11 hits and struck out six batters.

The Rapids brought the score to 4-3 in the second inning, after RBI singles from Ryan Dickt (Viriginia-Wise) and Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) brought Nick Ippolito (California State Stanislaus) and Brandon Dupuis (Rochester) home.

Crozier had two RBI on four at-bats, and currently leads the NYCBL in RBI with 13 on the season.

“I don’t think we played a horrible game tonight,” said Rost. “Our hitters need to keep doing what they’re doing, hitting balls on a line. We hit some balls hard tonight.”

“Vinny threw well after [the first inning],” he continued. “We just couldn’t put enough runs across the plate to comeback.”

The teams face off again Saturday in Geneva as they fight for the second spot in the West.

“We definitely have to improve our pitching, we fell behind a lot of hitters tonight,” said Weeks. “There’s room for improvement defensively as well, but we’re going to come out there [tomorrow] and hopefully put together a win.”

The Twins improve to 5-3 with the win.

“We need John [Kopicky, Ohio Northern] to be able to throw strikes tomorrow, he has to be able to locate his off-speed stuff,” said Rost.

The Rapids fall to 7-4 with the loss and are ranked second in the West division behind the Niagara Power.

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Rapids sweep series with Nitros

HOUGHTON, NY—The Genesee Rapids swept a three game series with the Wellsville Nitros with a win Thursday afternoon, 5-4, in NYCBL action.

Nick Watkins (Defiance) received the win for the Rapids. He went six innings, allowed only three runs on six hits and struck out three Nitros.

“Nick threw well on the mound today,” stated Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “He battled for us, kept us in it, and that’s what we need our pitchers to do.”

“My changeup was working for me today,” said the Ohio native. “I had trouble locating my curveball all day, but I thought my changeup looked good and I was spotting my fastball really well.”

The Rapids faced a 2-1 deficit after the fifth, but answered back in the sixth inning and gained their first lead of the game. Tommy Haas (Arkansas of Pinebluff), William Lucas (Akron) and Bailey Smith (Howard Payne) crossed home plate to give the Rapids a 4-3 lead with two outs against them.

Karlis Graubics (Marymount), Nick Ippolito (California State Stanislaus) and Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise) tallied one RBI each in the inning.

“We were able to get guys on and move them over,” Rapids manager Tyler Rost said. “We just got some big hits in big situations. Two out hitting was big again today.”

Corey Andrade (Anna Maria) had two doubles on the afternoon, while Joey Chapman (Cedarville), Ippolito and Graubics tallied three, two and two RBI respectively.

“We didn’t have any home runs, there weren’t many extra base hits today, but guys battled at the plate and we were able to hit balls hard. We had a lot of singles here and there, we just took balls the other way pretty well today,” commented Rost.

Watkins also praised his offense. “It’s always good when you get your offense behind you. The guys put some good swings together and it gave me confidence all the way.”

A highlight for the Nitros offense came in the eighth inning, when Donny Killian (Buffalo) hit a solo home run to bring them within one run after the Rapids scored one in the seventh.

“We gave up three runs in the sixth inning. We take that inning away and it’s a completely different ball game,” said Nitros manager Jake Bannerman. “It’s just about limiting damage when teams score runs. We’ve been giving up multiple runs in innings instead of just one, and that’s killed us the last couple games.”

“On a positive note,” Bannerman assessed, “we were definitely swinging the bats a lot better. We’re getting hits it’s just those timely hits that we’re missing. We want to turn those one run innings into two or three runs.”

The Rapids mound saw a total of three pitchers, with Edward Monthie (Houghton) coming in as Watkins’ relief in the seventh innings, while Breton LaRose (Sacred Heart) was credited with the save in the ninth.

Caleb Bennett (Pitt-Bradford) started for the Nitros and received the loss. He gave up four runs on nine hits with no strikeouts in five innings. Christopher Welch (Mississippi) came in at the bottom of the fifth for the last two outs of the inning, and Harry Montero Jr. (Bloomfield) finished the last two innings.

The Nitros fall to 3-7 with the loss, and will take on the Niagara Power, the top seed in the West, Friday at 7pm in Niagara.

The Rapids improve to 7-3 on the season, ranked second in the West division. They battle the Geneva Twins on Friday at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex. Rost simply wants to see “more of the same” from his team.

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College 

All Around Solid Play gets Rapids First Home Win

A solid team effort on both sides of the ball brought the Genesee Rapids their first win in front of a home crowd against the Olean Oilers, 8-1 on Wednesday night.

The Rapids’ offense found much needed life tonight as they went for eight runs, the most in a game this season so far.

Jordan Wilkerson (East Texas Baptist) went the distance on the mound for the Rapids, getting the win while only allowing one run, seven hits and two walks. He struck out ten Oilers on the night.

“Jordan was phenomenal on the mound. He got ahead of guys all night. He located his pitches well, and the offense just fed off of him,” says manager Tyler Rost.

The Rapids started slowly, as the Oilers went up 1-0 in the first inning off an Isaac Dillard (Gulf Coast CC) RBI. Lawson Wishard (Maryville) started on the mound for Olean.

The second inning was more of the same, with tight defense by the Rapids, going one-two-three with two strikeouts by Wilkerson. Wishard had one of his three strikeouts at the bottom of the inning.

The Rapids’ offense came alive at the bottom of the third. After a leadoff walk by Tyler Minogue (Bellarmine) and a single by Nick Ippolito (California State Stanislaus), Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) brought Ippolito home with a triple. Crozier was plated by a single from Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise). The final run of the inning was scored by Dickt from a Joey Chapman (Cedarville) double to make the score 3-1.

Oiler’s reliever Adam Rigney (Nichols) came out of the bullpen, getting the last out of the inning to bring in the fourth.

“They’re a good hitting team,” comments Oiler manager Bobby Bell. “I think five of their eight runs came with two outs, so we need to clean that up a little bit and really work hard to get that last out in some of those innings.”

The fourth inning brought another one-two-three for the Rapids’ defense, with one strikeout by Wilkerson.

“My defense really stepped up tonight,” says the pitcher. His success tonight came from, “working the ball in and out and staying low, that really helped out a lot when I’m getting ahead of a batter. It changed the whole aspect of the game.”

The fifth inning stayed at 3-1, with more strikeouts coming from Wilkerson.

“They had a shutdown pitcher on the mound,” states Bell. “And they put the ball on the bat pretty well. Anytime you face a team like that doing those things, they’re going to be pretty good.”

From the sixth to the eighth inning, offense was the name of the game for the Rapids. The sixth inning rally started from a leadoff walk from Rigney, giving Austin Hauck (Sienna Heights) the free base.

Hauck would score off an Ippolito RBI single. Ippolito was brought home by Dan Crozier once again with an RBI single.

Dan Crozier (Cazenovia) had a big night offensively with one triple, two doubles and a single, crossing the plate once and tallying three RBIs.

“Seeing the offense do well is big for me,” says Wilkerson. “I don’t feel like I’m squeezed and have to pitch perfectly. It allows me to relax a little bit and get a little groove going.”

The Oilers brought in their third pitcher of the night in the bottom of the seventh, Charles DiGuilian of Marymount University.

The Rapids ran away with the win during the eighth inning. Hauck led off with a triple, eventually scoring off a pass ball by the Oilers. Minogue walked to first and advanced to second off another pass ball. Bailey Smith (Howard Paine) shot a double, leading to Minogue crossing the plate off yet another pass ball. Dan Crozier delivered the RBI single that would bring Smith in for the final run of the night, making the score 8-1.

The teams face off once again tomorrow in Olean at 7pm.

Manager Bell is looking for “better plate appearances” in the contest. “But the best part of this game is that we get to have a chance again at them tomorrow.”

Rost is optimistic moving forward. “The offense was better tonight. We definitely hit the ball well. We rallied a few times when there were two outs so that was good. I’m hoping the offense can carry that momentum.”

Nick Ippolito went for one hit, one RBI and two runs from five at-bats, with a strong game at shortstop as well.

Cole Peterson (St. Bonaventure) of the Oilers had two hits and a walk at three at-bats.

Both teams have a 2-2 record on the season, and will face off once again tomorrow in Olean at 7pm. 

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, junior year business and communications major at Houghton College 

Aggressive Offense helps Oilers get past Rapids

Solid pitching by Ryan Pordes (El Camino) combined with hits from seven different players pushed the Olean Oilers past the Genesee Rapids by a score of 7-2 on a chilly Tuesday night in NYCBL action.

Pordes only allowed 3 hits on the night, giving up 2 earned runs and walking no one.

“For Ryan to come out throwing strikes after not getting a ton of experience at school as a redshirt freshman is very positive for us,” comments Oilers’ manager Bobby Bell on Pordes performance. “It really helped us gain some momentum.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Oilers struck first, with Aaron Phillips (Liberty) crossing the plate off of an RBI single by Dan Pellinen (Friends).

The top of the third inning was impressive for Rapids starting pitcher, Brett St. Clair (Walsh). With Oilers on second and third, St. Clair struck out Isaac Dillard (Gulf Coast CC) to thwart Olean’s threat.

The score remained 1-0 through four innings, until both teams found some offense in the fifth inning. For Olean, after a leadoff single by Pellinen, a successful bunt by Evan Ryan (Erie CC) and a single from Cole Peterson (St. Bonaventure), David Hollins brought home Pellinen and Ryan with a two-run RBI double. Samuel Kysor (South Carolina Upstate) also tallied a single and a run to make it 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth.

“They like to bunt,” states Rapids manager Tyler Rost. “We have to be able to defend that better. We were sloppy tonight defensively.”

Jason Collingwood (Greenville) subbed in at the mound for St. Clair in the inning, ending his run allowing 8 hits, 4 earned runs, walking 2 and striking out 2 in four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rapids found a little life of their own. Third baseman Jake Shelby (Hesston) and Brandon Dupuis (Rochester) scored due to a stolen second base by Shelby and a double by Dan Crozier (Cazenovia). The score was 4-2 after five.

“I thought our offense was better tonight,” says Rost. “We were getting solid hits, they were just right to someone. Two runs isn’t too bad, we just have to focus on hitting the gaps more.”

The score remained the same through the sixth and seventh innings, with good defense and pitching by both teams.

“They had two double plays on us and we can’t let that happen,” Bell comments. We have to clean up our base running a little bit and when we do I think we can be a really strong team.”

Austin Kirksey (Florida State) subbed in at the pitching position for Pordes, who receives the win, in the seventh inning.

When asked about the keys to his success tonight, Pordes replied, “just throwing strikes. I was able to hit the zone with the fastball and then throw a changeup that got them off balance a little bit. I would like to be able to go longer though, in the future.”

Aggressive offense during the eighth inning by the Oilers was the nail in the coffin for the Rapids. With Karlis Graubics (Marymount) on the mound for the Rapids, Dillard stole second and third base to score off of a Matthew Kamenicky (Clarion) sacrifice fly. Phillips also scored in the inning to make it 6-2.

“We’re a fast team,” says Bell. “We run hard and we like to steal bases to put pressure on their defense. It helps when guys are hitting and bunting well.”

The Oilers scored once more in top of the ninth, as Evan Ryan was plated off of an RBI double from Kysor. The Rapids failed to generate anything in the bottom of the ninth, and the final score was 7-2.

After this game, the Rapids fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Oilers improve to 2-1.

The Oilers and Rapids will face off again Wednesday, June 3rd at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at 7pm.

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, a junior year business and communications major at Houghton College

Old Timer's Game a Success for Genesee Rapids & Houghton Community

To kick off their second season, the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s (NYCBL) Genesee Rapids hosted their annual Old Timer’s game, in which members of the surrounding community gathered to play a fun, light-hearted exhibition game against the Rapids’ starting lineup. Although the scoreboard displayed the Rapids 27, Old Timer’s 9, the game was far from boring or drawn-out.

After a scoreless three innings, the Old Timer’s finally brought one home, scoring Don Haingray on the play to make it 19-1 at the end of the fourth. Efficient defensive plays at center field by Drew Hannan, Houghton men’s basketball coach, and Jon Cole, youth pastor of Houghton Wesleyan Church, held the Rapids to three runs in the fifth inning. When asked about his two big plays in the outfield, Jon Cole said it was, “sheer luck.”

Pitching for the Old Timers was Jim Nola, the father of current Rapids catcher Jonathan Nola. According to Jim, this game “wasn’t the first time I’ve pitched against him. It’s actually the second time.” He adds, “It’s a lot of fun.”

When asked about having his father pitch against him, Jonathan, with a laugh, stated, “I thought he’d give me more fastballs to hit, but I guess he wanted to get me out or something.”

This was the first time, however, that the son had ever caught for his father. “It was a really cool experience.” Jim adds.

Going into the sixth inning, the score was 22-1, but the Old Timers rallied for four runs, making the score 22-5 at the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Boon scored the second run after hitting a triple to deep center field, over the head of the defense. Dave Brubaker and Drew Silbert came in off a two run single by Drew Hannan. Dan Haingray scored for a second time to lead all Old Timers scorers on the night. Matt Cox, Souly Sanasith and Billy White also scored runs for the Old Timers.

Highlights of the Rapids performance included an infield home run by Corey Andrade as well as a ground rule double in the second inning.

Despite the unbalanced scoreboard, this event was an overall positive experience for everyone involved, community and players alike. Souly Sanasith, a community member playing in this game for the second year in a row, stated, “This is such a great community experience. Did you see the turnout? It was awesome. Definitely bigger than last year…this is such a great thing not only for the Rapids’ program, but for the community in general. It really brings people together.”

The Rapids look to build on the solid foundation of the past week of practices and scrimmages as they head into their season opener tomorrow against the Wellsville Nitros at 5 p.m. They head back to the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in Houghton for the home opener on Sunday, May 31st, also against the Wellsville Nitros. Admission for this game and all other home games will be $4 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are free. Come out and support your Genesee Rapids!

Check the complete game schedule and follow the Rapids at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com and on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, @geneseerapids

Rapids to have Eventful First Week

The Genesee Rapids staff in Houghton have been tirelessly preparing for the team’s arrival for the summer season. They have a very eventful first week planned for the young men to make them feel welcome and at home for the summer.

The team arrives on Tuesday, May 26th to be introduced to their individual host families, followed by a Bar-B-Q with all the players, coaches and hosts. This will be a great way for the players to unwind and get to know each other and the people of the Houghton community. After a relaxing night to settle in, the team gets down to business on Wednesday, May 27th with the first team meeting and double practices. After practices are over, the RVER group will be providing dinner for the players.

The RVER group, which stands for Regional Ventures in Economic Revitalization, is a group of Houghton community members and Houghton College faculty who are focused on increasing economic activity and bringing a refreshing, new look to Houghton and the surrounding area.

On Thursday, May 28th, the players will again have double practices and will then be travelling to Charcoal Corral in Perry, NY for dinner and a round of mini-golf. The men will also be touring the falls at Letchworth State Park, which recently received USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Award for the best state park in the United States.

After a single practice on Friday, May 29th, the Rapids will be hosting the Old Timer’s All-Star game at 7pm to kick off the season. Saturday, May 30th holds the first game of the season in Wellsville, NY at 5pm.

The week will be rounded out with the home opener at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in Houghton, NY on Sunday, May 31st against the Wellsville Nitros at 2pm. The Rapids look forward to bringing much success and excitement to Houghton this summer. Come out and support!

Check the complete game schedule and follow the Rapids at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com or on Facebook or Twitter @geneseerapids

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, a sophomore business and communications major at Houghton College

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Rapids to Host "Old-timers" All-Star Game

The Genesee Rapids second season is quickly approaching. Before regular season play kicks off, the Rapids will host the annual Old Timers All-Star game on May 29th at 7:00pm at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex at Houghton College to get the summer started. Local residents, including Dr. Rob Pool, Vice President of student life at Houghton College, Drew Hannan and Alicia Mucher, men’s and women’s basketball coaches at Houghton and Andrew Cahill, maintenance worker at Houghton will be battling the Rapids regular season player lineup in a lighthearted, family-friendly exhibition game. Admission to this game is free and there will be program booklets, Rapids merchandise and refreshments sold throughout the evening.

Kevin Austin, assistant pastor at Houghton Wesleyan Church will be returning as the coach the Old Timers team this year. He says, “I coached last year because I enjoy an atmosphere of competition surrounded with the concept of having fun! [The event] is a nice mix of enjoying the game all while catching up with friends and family.” Austin adds, “because of the pace of baseball, spectators often spend a lot of time during the game visiting and talking about all kinds of things. Well the Old Timers game is much like that for the coaches and players too.” He ends with, “laughter is good for the soul, and we certainly had a lot of good laughter last year and expect much of the same this year too. Winning the game would be fun, but not nearly as fun as playing the game.”

Souly Sanasith, a Houghton community member who participated in the game last summer, said, “I had a great time. It brought everyone together, the community and the players. I felt so proud and excited to show the great guys who we are and the facilities we have here in Houghton.” Souly and his family were also a host family for head coach Tyler Rost last year, and will be again this year. He says, “Our kids loved him and the team. What great and respectful men they are.” He adds, “I am so anxious to begin another great season here in our community.”

The first regular season home game will be Sunday, May 31st versus the Wellsville Nitros at 2pm at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex. Admission for these games is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and children under 5 year old are free. Individual and family season tickers are also available for purchase. Come out and support your Genesee Rapids!

Check the complete game schedule and follow the Rapids at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com or on Facebook or Twitter @geneseerapids

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, sophomore communications and business major at Houghton College

A Generous Gift

Thanks to the Allegany County Area Foundation for a generous contribution towards the Rapids Kids Day on June 11! Students from throughout Allegany County and other surrounding counties have been invited to attend the Rapids game vs. the Wellsville Nitros at 10 a.m.

Free admission for all students has been made possible by this generous gift!

Pictured Above: Rapids General Manager Ralph Kerr presenting the generous check from the Allegany County Area Foundation

Rapids Roster Being Finalized

The 2015 Genesee Rapids' roster is being finalized as the summer season approaches. 12 states and 21 different colleges will be represented on the diamond.

The most recent addition to the team is Nick Watkins, an outfielder and pitcher from Defiance College in ohio. Watkins will join four other pitchers on the mound; Dylan Gerdts of Marymount University, Brenton LaRose of Sacred heart University, Vincent Santarsiero of Frontbonne University and Jordan Wilkerson of East Texas Baptist university. A variety of strong pitchers will be essential to the Rapids success.

Similar to Watkins, additional players on the roster specialize in more than one postitin. William Lucas from Jamesdwon Community college plays shortstop and second base, while Jake Shelby out of Hesston College competes as a third baseman and at shortstop as well. Versatility among players will be another characteristic that will help the Rapids field a competitive team this summer.

With twenty-one different young men from different backgrounds comes the challenge of building strong team chemistry. the players' various experiences, strengths and weaknesses can be used as an advantage to not only make the team more successful; but result in the young men growing in relationship with one another, leaving the summer with life-long friendships. Head coach Tyler Rost states, "Last season was my first experience as a head coach and I learned many valuable lessons about managing and coaching young men. I am excited to meet this year's team and begin developing relationships with each of the guys. We are going to work hard to bring home some wins for the Rapids baseball community and awesome fans."

Check the complete game schedule as well as any future roster changes at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com or on Facebook or Twitter @Geneseerapids

-Written by Abigail schmidt, a sophomore communications and Business major at Houghton College.

Get to Know the Coaches!

Baseball’s Genesee Rapids return to Houghton this summer and again will be led by the highly experienced Tyler Rost. A former first team All-American at Cedarville University and professional for the Alpine Cowboys in Texas, Rost showcased his prowess during his inaugural season last year leading the Rapids to 21 team wins, to shatter a league record and to produce the MVP of the annual All-Star game. Coach Rost, aside from winning games, also desires to see his team members grow in Christ through the game of baseball.

Joining Rost for a second season, assistant Coach Bill Swanson also possesses a rich baseball background, which includes working as the batting practice pitcher for 13 years with the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. When the Rapids are not in season, he serves as the assistant baseball coach at Alfred State University. Coach Swanson has a great love for baseball and for Christ and wants to share those attributes with all of the members of the Rapids.

The coaching staff will be finalized with the addition of Chad Muise, a member of the 2014 Rapids’ team, who will serve as the pitching coach and director of the annual Kids Baseball Camp. Muise is currently a senior pitcher on the Houghton College baseball team. As a communications major with a minor in sports ministry, Chad should transition smoothly in his fresh role for the Rapids. He comments, “Being a player last year is a big help because it allows me to know Coach Rost, know the league and know the organization.” Muise also adds, “I am most excited to be in a role of leadership to share my knowledge and passion of the game with younger guys. A majority of the players in this league aspire to a future in baseball, and I want to work with them.” Like Coach Rost and Swanson, Chad additionally wants to spiritually invest in the men. “The overall goal is to have them leave here feeling better in every aspect of their lives,” he states.

This coaching staff will strive to stay true to the Genesee Rapids mission statement, “to present to baseball players, coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of living for Jesus Christ in a needy world, through the game of baseball. With this at the forefront, the leaders hope to bring measurable success to the program this summer!

Check the complete game schedule and follow the Rapids at www.geneseerapidsbaseball.com or on Facebook or Twitter @geneseerapids

-Written by Abigail Schmidt, a sophomore Communications and Business major at Houghton College


The 2014 Season is History



August 28, 2014

The inaugural season of the Genesee Rapids Baseball team is over. Thanks to all the players, coaches, volunteers and fans who contributed to the success of the season. The players grew in their game as well as matured in their faith. 

The Rapids finished one game out of the playoffs in the Western Division of the NYCBL, considered by all an outstanding result for a new franchise. Finishing out the season just shy of playoffs was disappointing but we have numerous proud moments to reflect on in 2014.

Highlights include...

  • Players and Coach Rost had ministry opportunities in area churches
  • Players completed a community service project, painting the exterior of the Houghton Movement and Dance Studio Building
  • 21 team wins
  • Over 3,000 people attended home games
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Genesee Rapids Fact Sheet


Team Apparel

Rapids Swag available at the Rapids Store, in "Buddy's Place"
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NYCBL

The New York Collegiate Baseball League is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball, founded in 1978. The league affords college players the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by Major League Baseball scouts. The NYCBL is located in Upstate New York and a small portion of the league's annual budget is funded by Major League Baseball.

Teams play a 46 game regular season schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week in July. All games are 9 innings, with most doubleheaders scheduled on the weekends. The All-Star game is played in early July, and the League Championship Series concludes in the first week of August.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was established in 1954. Their mission is to challenge coaches and athletes from youth to professional levels to impact the world for Jesus Christ through their gift of athletics.

The FCA equips, empowers, and encourages their athletes to make a difference for Christ as they serve their local communities.
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