For the third time in five years, the Cougar Baseball Team won the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship.
In game one on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, the Cougars defeated Jamestown Community College 3-0. The team was led by pitcher Greg Rapp who threw a one-hitter in all nine innings while striking out five and walking three. Nate Smith and Adam Grace each had two hits to lead the offense.
In the championship game later that day, Genesee defeated Niagara County Community College 7-1 to win the WNYAC championship.
The Cougars took the early lead scoring in the second inning. John Broll led the inning off with a walk and then scored off a single by Jacob Featherstone. NCCC came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning, but Genesee was determined to battle back as they continued to score throughout the game to make the score 7-1.
Adam Grace led the team in offense going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's. Genesee starting pitcher Shaun Slemko pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up two hits while walking one. Dan Sharpe entered the game and got the win pitching the rest of the way, striking out four and walking one.
The team will play at SUNY Brockport on Saturday, Oct. 9, in an "all day" game with SUNY Brockport and Finger Lakes Community College. The team will play three games on Saturday.
On Sunday, Oct. 10 the team will hold its annual Eastern Great Lakes Baseball Showcase at Dwyer Stadium. The team invites high school students, as well as junior college players, to workout in front of four-year colleges and professional baseball scouts.
This is one of the ways Genesee successfully sends its players up to other colleges. In the last five years, the program has had 32 players get baseball scholarships from colleges and universities around the country. Genesee has also had three players drafted or sign to play professional baseball.
The team finished its Conference fall season with an impressive 11-3 record. Coach Skip Sherman says, "I could not be more proud of this team. They have worked very hard and this a well deserved championship for this group of players."
All Conference players should be announced in the next couple of weeks and the team will then begin getting prepared for a competitive spring season.
GCC Baseball Roster:
Shan Alexander, of Willemstad, Curacao; John Broll, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Bryan Depew, of Wellsville; Jacob Featherstone, of Ajax, Ontario; Charles Gibbons, of Port Washington; Adam Grace, Niagara Falls, NY; Ross Graham, Kingston, Ontario; Alex Harms, Hamburg, Germany; Manuel Hernandez, Valencia, Venezuela; Josh Hill, Akron; Josh Leavitt, of Kingston, Ontario; Ivan Madafferi, of Albion; Leandro Pereira, of Curacao; John Polonius, of Curacao; Bryan Pyper, of Toronto; Greg Rapp, of Cambridge, Ontario; Adrian Rosellon, of Mexico City; Daniel Sharpe, of Youngstown; Shaun Slemko, of Courtice, Ontario; Nathan Smith, of Brampton, Ontario; Kyle Taylor, of Ajax, Ontario; Jaymee Young, of Pickering, Ontario; Greg Young, Waterloo, Ontario.
For further information please contact Genesee Community College Baseball Team Coach Sherman at 343-0055, ext. 6454 or email: SSherman@genesee.edu.