Ridgemen kick off their 2015 campaign

Baseball is back in Webster. The New York Collegiate Baseball League starts back up again, and the Rochester Ridgemen are calling Basket Road Field home for another summer.

The Ridgemen, under the direction of general manager Chris Rainwater,  is a collection of summer collegiate athletes from all around the country that play summer ball in hopes of improving their skills or getting noticed by scouts who will come to various games.

Players from this league include Hunter Pence and Rajai Davis, who currently play for the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.

Head Coach Joe Shallenberger is in his first year as head man for the Ridgemen, who are looking to make it two playoff appearances in a row after making it to last year’s NYCBL Western Divisional Series before falling in the best-of-three to the Geneva Twins.

Assistant coach Trent Sullivan is also in his first year of coaching, transforming from his role as a player from a season ago.

Sullivan was able to compile a .208 batting average in the summer of 2014, with four doubles and a triple while driving in 10 runs on the season.

The Ridgemen feature two players from Western New York, as Cameron Carney is from Niagara Falls and Tage Johnson calls Jamestown home.

Rochester also features three players from the baseball-heavy state of Texas, while two hail from California and two from the Sunshine State of Florida.

The lone returner to the 2015 team from last season in player form is Shane Soria, who is from Auburn, California and takes his classes at Westmont College. Soria batted .318 last summer, with four doubles and two triples while driving in 17 runs over the course of the season.

Soria also featured 14 multi-hit games throughout the season.

Rochester was home on Monday night, taking on the Wellsville Nitros, but the game ended too late for publication.

The Ridgemen are home on June 3 and 4, taking on the Twins and then the Niagara Power. After a road game on the fifth, they are back to take on the Power and Twins again on June 6 and 7, respectively.

Admission to the games is free.

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