ROCHESTER, NY – On July ninth, the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s finest will convene at McDonough Park in Geneva, New York for the 2013 All-Star Game.
The league All-Stars have been divided and will represent Roberto’s Kids and The Second Impact.
Chris Haynes, the head coach of the 2012 NYCBL Champion Syracuse Jr. Chiefs, will guide Roberto’s Kids.
Eleven pitchers comprise the staff of Roberto’s Kids: Zach Augustine (Geneva Red Wings/Johns Hopkins), Tommy Bergjans (Geneva Red Wings/Haverford), Nick Hedge (Geneva Twins/Penn St.), Jimmy Gutowski (Hornell/Monroe CC), Kyle McClain (Olean/Washington & Jefferson), Derek Vail (Olean/Santa Fe CC), Luke Crumley (Oneonta/University of Georgia), Corey Kafka (Oneonta/Mercer), Mike Bittel (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/Seton Hill), Ryan Clark (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/UNC-Greensboro) and Austin Munn (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/Ave Maria).
Dylan Dunn (Hornell/Hagerstown CC) and Mike Fahrman (Olean/University of Florida) earned spots as catchers.
The infield of Team Roberto’s Kids consists of Aaron Brill (Wellsville/Felician), Joe Chittester (Olean/Brewton Parker), Scott De Jong (Wellsville/Felician), Cristian Fiorito (Syracuse Salt Cats/Concordia), Sean McCracken (Hornell/Southern Nevada), Aaron Pigna (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/Ave Maria), Anthony Renz (Hornell/Mansfield) and Stanley Susana (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/St. Thomas Aquinas).
Roving the outfield will be Shane Barley (Wellsville/St. John Fisher), Mike Bunal (Sherrill/Binghamton) Alex Caruso (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/St. John’s), Aaron Haag (Hornell/Southeastern Louisiana U), Brian Kraft (Oneonta/Grand Canyon U), Tyler Lau (Wellsville/Illinois-Springfield), and Nick Sinay (Syracuse Jr. Chiefs/U of Buffalo).
Anthony Barrone (Wellsville), Bobby Bell (Olean), Tom Kenney (Hornell) and Ross Trachtenberg (Geneva Red Wings) will assist Haynes with Team Roberto’s Kids.
Josh Rebandt, of the 2012 NYCBL finalist Niagara Power, will skipper The Second Impact.
Rebandt’s pitching staff also has 11 arms: Brandon Agar (Oneonta/No. Georgia College & St. U.), Zach Carlino (Syracuse Salt Cats/Mt. Union), Ian Drapcho (Syracuse Salt Cats/Walsh), Zac Fowler (Geneva Twins/Alabama Southern CC), Josh Griffith (Sherrill/Fort Scott CC), Tim Knesnick (Rochester/SUNY Stony Brook), Hunter Lewis (Niagara/Hampden-Sydney), Dwayne Snider (Rochester/Texas Lutheran), Brandon Valentin (Olean/Nova Southeastern), Josh Webb (Sherrill/ Utica College) and Rob Winemiller (Geneva Red Wings/Case Western Reserve).
Ben Pickard (Niagara/Delta St.) and Brandon Stephens (Oneonta/University of Georgia) garnered the spots at catcher.
The Second Impact’s infield is Mike DeCarr (Syracuse Salt Cats/SUNY Cortland), David DeWolfe (Wellsville/Francis Marion), Casey Fox (Geneva Red Wings/Haverford), Casey Gibson (Olean/Nova Southeastern), Andrew Gronski (Geneva Red Wings/Case Western Reserve), Zack Kessinger (Sherrill/Washington U), Jake Levine (Oneonta/Brown), Nick Oddo (Rochester/Cal St. San Bernadino) and Perry Rigby (Niagara/Covenant).
In the outfield will be Kirby Campbell (Geneva Twins/Arkansas Pine Bluff), Scott Gillespie (Niagara/Covenant), Carlos Guzman (Syracuse Salt Cats/Molloy), Dan Iturrey (Geneva Twins/Emory), Ka’ai Tom (Sherrill/Fort Scott CC) and Bobby Twitty (Niagara/St. Leo).
Nick Callahan (Geneva Twins), Dennis Duffy (Sherrill), Taylor Hargrove (Rochester), Joe Hughes (Oneonta) and Mike Martinez (Syracuse Salt Cats) will assist Rebandt.
Founded by Oneonta Outlaws president and general manager, Steve Pindar, Roberto’s Kids strives to develop social responsibility through baseball. Named after MLB Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente, Roberto’s Kids works to provide equipment to needy children throughout North and Central America. With the endorsement of the Clemente family, Roberto’s Kids has overseen numerous drives and collections since 1999.
The Second Impact is dedicated to increasing awareness of the risks involving double impact brain injuries. Geneva Red Wings and Twins strength and conditioning coach, Ray Ciancaglini, a former prize fighter, founded The Second Impact after he was diagnosed with Dementia Pugilistica - a neurological disorder common among career boxers and others who receive numerous blows to the head. Good Morning America did a feature on Ciancaglini.
Naming the teams after these two organizations was the brainchild of league secretary and Hornell Dodgers general manager, Paul Welker.
The day begins at 11 a.m. with the All-Star luncheon at the Geneva Lakefront Ramada. From there players will participate in the skills competition coordinated by MLB Scouts. The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 5 p.m. with a 7 p.m. first pitch scheduled for the 2013 NYCBL All-Star Game.