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Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Yankees get stomped in Triple A match-up with Red Sox at Dwyer

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, sports

Batavia baseball fans may have been denied a chance to see Andy Pettitte pitch in Dwyer Stadium, but on Saturday, two other pitchers with major league experience graced the mound.

Nelson Figueroa, 38 years old, with nine seasons of MLB experience and a career record of 20-35 to go along with his 4.55 ERA, was the Empire Yankees starter.

Figueroa, whose nine seasons were spent with seven different teams, surrendered seven earned runs over 3 2/3 innings, which made the Red Sox fans at the game happy.

Boston's farm club from Pawtucket won the game 9-3 behind the pitching of Brandon Duckworth, a 34-year-old right-hander who has been out of the majors since 2008.

To Duckworth's credit, his 2012 record is now 4-0 to go with a 3.34 ERA.

Attendance for the game was 1,838.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Season ends for GCC Baseball

post by Andrew Crofts in baseball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College baseball season came to an end on Saturday afternoon after the Cougars fell to Mercyhurst North East 8-3 in the first elimination game of the Region III Playoffs.

Genesee took an early lead after Shakeel Newton (Christiansted, V.I.) singled to lead off the bottom of the first, stole second and then scored on a fielders choice to give GCC a 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Ruben Medina (Maracaibo, VEN) kept the lead safe until the fourth inning when the Saints broke through with a solo homerun by Tim Denman to tie the game at one.

Mercyhurst NE took the lead in the fifth, scoring three times on a walk, an error, a double and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-1 lead. The Cougars responded in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on an RBI single from Fauchedre Celestijn (Willemstad, Curacao) and a sacrifice fly from Rafael Lozada (Santo Domingo, DR) to make it a 4-3 game, but GCC could not close the gap any further.

The Saints added two runs in the sixth, a run in the seventh and a run in the ninth and set GCC hitters down in order in three out of the final four innings to earn the victory.

(Tyler Koronas (white) slides in safely to third against Mercyhurst North East on Saturday afternoon)


Medina went six innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits while striking out one.

Newton finished the game 1-4 with a single and two runs scored, Tyler Koronas (Naples, FL) was 1-3 with a single, two walks and a run scored and Lozada was 1-3 with a single and a run batted in.

With the win, Mercyhurst North East advanced to the championship round and defeated Monroe Community College 9-5 in the 4pm game on Saturday. The two teams will play at noon on Sunday, with the winner being crowned Region III Champion.

Genesee finishes the season 28-15.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

GCC Men's Lacrosse loses to Monroe

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, Men's Lacrosse, sports

(Herkimer, NY) The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team fell to Monroe Community College in the Region III Final Four on Saturday afternoon, 12-11.

Both teams played to a 2-2 tie after the first quarter before the Tribunes outscored the Cougars 5-2 in the second period to take a 7-4 lead into the half.

Genesee scored the first two goals of the second half to get to within one, and from then on it was a back-and-forth game. Trailing 12-9 in the fourth quarter, GCC scored two quick goals to draw within one once again, but could not get the equalizer on their final possession during the final thirty seconds of the game.

Gaehnew Printup (Tuscarora, NY) scored four times on the afternoon, Connor Latimer (Whitby, ON) scored two goals and also added three assists and Jon Gill (Cattaraugus Territory) chipped in a goal and an assist.

At midfield, Marcus Palvino (Spencerport, NY) had three goals and an assist, Tom Owen (Clarence, NY) added a goal and an assist and Spencer Halliwell-Allen (St. Catherines, ON) had two assists.

With the loss, Genesee is eliminated from the Region III Playoffs and will now wait until the selections are made for the NJCAA National Tournament to see if their season continues.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Empire State Yankees vs. Pawtucket Red Sox tonight at Dwyer Stadium

post by Billie Owens in events, sports

The Empire State Yankees will take on the Pawtucket Red Soxs tonight at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Event Date and Time

May 5, 2012 - 7:05pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Salvation Army Community Center spring schedule begins May 21

post by Billie Owens in announcements, Salvation Army, sports

The Salvation Army announces its Spring 2012 Community Center Schedule. It begins Monday, May 21. The Salvation Army Community Center is located at 529 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia.           

Open Gym and Game Room                                    Ages 13 and up

            Mondays & Thursdays  6 to 8 p.m.               Cost: $1 per hour


Men’s Pick Up Basketball                                          Ages: 18 and up

            Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.                                       Cost: $1 per hour


Youth Open Gym                                                       Grades 1-8

            Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m.                                    Cost: Free


Teen Open Gym                                                        Ages 13 and up

            Saturdays 7 to 9 p.m.                                    Cost: Free                                   

For more information contact: Major Patty at 343-6284 or email at [email protected]

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Quiet bats doom Cougars

post by Andrew Crofts in baseball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College baseball team will face elimination on Saturday after falling to Monroe Community College 5-0 in their opening round game of the Region III Playoffs on Friday afternoon.

Genesee, the number one seed in the tournament, managed only four hits on the day and only once had multiple runners on base. Brandon Collins (Toronto, Ontario) was 2-4 and was one of only two Cougars to reach scoring position in the game. Jose Alicea (St. Croix, V.I.) was 1-3 with a single and Fauchedre Celestijn (Willemstad, Curacao) was 1-3 with a single.

(GCC head coach Skip Sherman makes a mound visit in Genesee's 5-0 loss to Monroe CC in the opening round of the Region III Playoffs on Friday afternoon)


Starting pitcher Dan Sharpe (Youngstown, NY) threw well, going all nine innings allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out four.

Monroe took the lead in the top of the second with a run on two hits and a walk. The Tribunes added a run in the fourth and three runs in the ninth to earn the win.

Genesee will play Mercyhurst North East on Saturday at noon. The Saints lost to Monroe CC 8-0 to start the afternoon on Friday and the loser of the game will be eliminated from the Region III Playoffs.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Sunday's Empire Yankees game shifted to Rochester after Pettitte announced as starter

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, sports

It's true, one of New York's premier pitcher's will make a final rehab start with the Empire Yankees on Sunday against the Red Sox farm club.

Unfortunately for Batavia baseball fans, the game has been shifted to Frontier Field in Rochester.

UPDATE: Additional information about tickets just in:

All fans holding tickets to the regularly scheduled Yankees--PawSox game in Batavia on Sunday may exchange their tickets for the same game at Frontier Field. The exchange must be made by 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office in Batavia or the Frontier Field Box Office in Rochester. If any ticket holder can not attend Sunday’s game at Frontier Field, they can exchange their ticket for the Yankees game on June 12 in Batavia or any regular season Muckdogs game.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

Batavia Downs getting ready for big Kentucky Derby event

post by Howard B. Owens in announcements, batavia, Batavia Downs, sports

Press release:

The staff of Western Regional Off-Track Betting & Batavia Downs Casino are going through final preparations for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby festivities at each OTB and EZ Bet Location in the Western New York Area.  Batavia Downs Casino will host a radio remote and enjoy a visit from their Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas.  Locations of OTB Branches and EZ Bets can be found at www.westernotb.com.

“Staff members will be in each branch to help those unfamiliar with horse betting pick their horses for a chance to hit a big payday, “said OTB Director of Branch Operations, Sean Schiano.  “Prize drawings for Derby shirts and glasses will go on at every OTB Branch.  We’ll also be drawing a winner for a trip to the Belmont Stakes.”

Batavia Downs Casino will host its own Derby Party with a live radio remote from WGR Sports Radio 550 AM.  “We’re thrilled to have a sports talk show live on site as we count down the minutes to the Derby” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing. “With the added presence of our ambassador Thurman Thomas, the atmosphere here will surely be one of excitement.”

Batavia Downs in owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, a public benefit corporation. Municipalities that own Batavia Downs Casino include: City of Buffalo, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Erie County, Genesee County, Livingston County, Monroe County, Niagara County, Orleans County, Oswego County, City of Rochester, Schuyler County, Seneca County, Steuben County, Wayne County, and Wyoming County. The track is also home to Batavia Downs Casino, featuring over 600 video slot machines. Batavia Downs Casino is located less than one mile from Thruway Exit 48 and is open daily from 8AM-4AM.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

GCC Men's Lacrosse Advances in Region III Playoffs

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, Men's Lacrosse, sports

The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team opened up the Region III Playoffs with a 20-0 shutout win over visiting Finger Lakes Community College on Wednesday night.

The matchup was the second meeting between the two teams this season, with GCC notching a 23-8 victory on the road against FLCC in early March.

Pat McMahon (Amherst, NY) was brilliant in net, turning aside all 18 shots he faced to record Genesee's second shutout win of the season.

The game was scoreless until the 6:37 mark in the first quarter when a Gaehnew Printup (Tuscarora, NY) goal gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Marcus Palvino (Spencerport, NY) followed with his first of six goals on the night to increase the lead to 2-0, which GCC took into the second quarter.

(Gaehnew Printup #16 fires a shot in the first quarter of the Region III Quarterfinals against Finger Lakes CC)


GCC managed three goals in the second period which saw almost an hour delay due to weather. Goals by Jason Harasimowicz (Batavia, NY) , Connor Latimer (Whitby, ON) and Joe Pedro (Batavia, NY) gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead at the half.

The Genesee offense got rolling in the second half with five goals in the third quarter and ten goals in the fourth to cruise to the quarterfinals victory.

The GCC defensive unit made up of Vin Pedro (Batavia, NY), Jordan McElligot (Spencerport, NY), Dylan Hickey (Hilton, NY), Dave Lehman (Edmonton, AB) and Aaron Hayward (Hilton, NY) combined for 12 takeaways and 33 ground balls.

(Members of the GCC men's lacrosse team celebrate with goalie Pat McMahon after a 20-0 win over Finger Lakes CC on Wednesday night)


Printup led the offense with four goals and three assists, Jon Gill (Cattaraugus Territory) finished with three goals and an assist and Latimer chipped in a goal and two assists.

Palvino paced the midfield with six goals and an assist and Spencer Halliwell-Allen (St. Catherines, ON) added a goal and six assists.

Genesee advances to the Region III Semifinals and will play Monroe Community College on Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm at Herkimer County Community College.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Yankees ace could pitch in Batavia on Saturday or Sunday

post by Howard B. Owens in baseball, batavia, sports

Yankees ace Andy Pettitte, rehabbing from an injury, is going to make one more start for one of the Yankees' minor league teams before returning to the big club, probably on Saturday or Sunday.

Which team Pettitte will start for hasn't been announced, but one possibility is the Empire Yankees.

The Triple A farm club is playing three games at Dwyer Stadium this weekend against Pawtucket, the farm team of the Boston Red Sox.

So ... there is some chance, perhaps a good chance, that one of the premier pitchers in baseball and a likely Hall of Famer, will be pitching in Batavia on Saturday or Sunday.

Yankees -- Red Sox, maybe Pettitte, warmer weather ... it could be a very good weekend for baseball in Batavia.

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