Season Highlights- Oswego Club Baseball's first ever qualification for the District I Regional Playoffs. Unfortunately due to conflicts with finals week, we were not able to attend. This past season was by far the team's best season highlighted by a second place finish in the District I-North Conference, behind archrival Binghamton. Overall, this was a great season and the team looks to improve in the upcoming year.
Key Returning Players- Mike Boyce, Jack Durkin, Tom Small, Nick Dreimiller, Adam Clawson, Dillon Archer, Anthony Kolnberger, Zack Bird, Jake Carocci, Dan Cava, Mark Frappied, Brendan Keogh, Julian Marzocchi, T.J. Mattice, Scott Stein, Jeff "Buck Wheat" Buchheit
Key Losses- Brian Nessy, John Dahl, Sam Roes, Matt Miller, Jared Ungerland, Tony Lauto, Corey Breck, Mike Stanbrough, Nick Vertucci
Pitchers to watch- Mike Boyce, Jack Durkin, TJ Mattice
Hitters to watch- Tom Small, Nick Dreimiller, Dillon Archer, Anthony Kolnberger, Adam Clawson
Impact Newcomers- Will be Posted after tryouts
Season Outlook- The upcoming season will come with high expectations for the Lakers. After last year's record and success this season the Lakers will try to win the District I-North Conference. Graduation has hit the team hard, but a good group of veterans will try and keep the momentum going in the right direction. Led by ace Mike Boyce, the pitching staff will be counted on to keep Oswego in games. Jack Durkin will also be counted on to start many games. TJ Mattice will be used as a spot starter as well as in pressure situations late in games. Some young arms will also be available in relief in the form of freshmen and sophomores. At the dish, Oswego will count a group of core veterans to continue the offensive success from last season. With Tom Small hitting over .500 and Nick Dreimiller hitting nearly .450, the Lakers will count on their production at the heart of the lineup. Hitters like Anthony Kolnberger, Dillon Archer, and Adam Clawson will need to drive in the runs like they did last season in order to keep the Lakers in contention. The loss of the Nation's leading Home Run hitter from last year, Brian O' Shaugnessy, will be a hard void to fill, however the Lakers are capable of holding down the fort. The Lakers will be challenged throughout the season against foes like Binghamton and Syracuse. The team will have to count on strong pitching, good hitting, and mistake free baseball if they are to make their way down to Pennsylvania for the District I Playoffs. The wealth of quality arms and bats returning, combined with the infusion of some new players will help the Lakers on their quest to the NCBA D2 World Series in May 2012.
The Oswego Club Baseball team emerged victorious behind the stellar hitting of Brian O' Shaughnessy (2 HR), Mike Boyce (1 HR), Tom Small, John Dahl and Joe Landon. O' Shaughnessy, Boyce, Small, Dillon Archer, and Anthony Kolnberger all turned in multiple RBI's to help Boyce's cause. Joe Tullo and Sam Roes each scored 2+ runs to help contribute from the dish. On the mound, Boyce held Hartwick to 3 runs, 1 earned, while striking out 9 and walking 2. Overall, dominant performance in all facets of the game from the Lakers on this single Sunday 7-inning game.
On Sunday September 26th, the SUNY Oswego Club Baseball team completed an epic comeback to salvage a 3 game series with SUNY Geneseo. After being down 9-1 going into the bottom of the 4th inning, Oswego answered back with 3 runs with 2 outs with 3 clutch singles in a row from Anthony Kolnberger, Nick Dreimiller, and Bryan Kane to make it 9-4. Geneseo made it 10-4 in the top of the 6th, and Oswego answered back with 2 more in the bottom half of the inning with doubles from Adam Clawson, Joe Tullo, and Nick Dreimiller to make it 10-6 Geneseo. Tullo came on to pitch in the 7th to shut the Geneseo offense down to set up some dramatics in the last inning (bottom of the 7th). Geneseo got the first 2 outs of the inning quickly until Matt Chevier got hit by pitch, and John Dahl pinch ran for him and stole second base. Matt Hammill then reached on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Dahl to score. Brian "Nessy" O'Shaughnessy came up and smacked an RBI double to make it 10-8 Geneseo. Next Tullo came up to bat and sent the Oswego team into a frenzy with a monster 2 run home run to tie the game at 10-10 and send it to extras. In the 8th Geneseo plated 1 run to take the lead, followed by a putout with the infield in at home by shortstop Jared Ungerland to catcher Matt Miller who was knocked over by the runner but held onto to ball to keep Oswego within one run. In the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs again, Mike Boyce knocked in Kane to tie the game yet again at 11-11. Tullo shut Geneseo down in the top of the ninth to set Oswego up for a walkoff win. Nessy led off with a booming double off the right-center field fence in the air, followed by a walk to Tullo. Miller then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt with two strikes on him to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Kolnberger was walked intentionally to load to bases for Dreimiller who struck out. Then Kane came up and worked a bases loaded walk to push across the 12th and winning run to send Oswego home with a 12-11 walkoff victory, their first of the year.
The first game for the Oswego State Club Baseball team against the SUNY Geneseo Mudcats is scheduled for Saturday September 25th at the Fort Ontario Baseball field. Please come out and support the team and enjoy some baseball right next to the historic Fort Ontario.
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Thank you and we hope to see you at tryouts in the Fall!