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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 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 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 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 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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Rapids Swag available at the Rapids Store, in "Buddy's Place"
9726 Rte. 19, Houghton, NY
Call 716-969-0688


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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