Ridgemen complete wild comeback, stay in playoff hunt

WEBSTER, N.Y. — How wild can postseason races be? Well, heading into the top of the ninth at Basket Road Field Wednesday night, the Genesee Rapids held a 5-3 advantage over the Rochester Ridgemen. About an hour and a half south of Rochester, the Olean Oilers held a 4-3 lead over the Hornell Dodgers.

Should the results have held, the Ridgemen would have been eliminated from postseason contention.

Of course, because this is a postseason race, that was not going to stay. Hornell came back and won 5-4, and Ryan O’Hearn (Hillsdale) grounded into a fielder’s choice that should have been a double play, but a throwing error allowed Aaron Vallance (Wayland Baptist) to score the winning run and give Rochester a 6-5 victory over Genesee, completing a wild final two innings that saw both teams put up three spots.

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Big eighth lifts Rapids over Ridgemen

HOUGHTON, N.Y.—The Genesee Rapids’ playoff chances are slim, but there is still hope after they came away with a 5-1 victory over the Rochester Ridgemen Tuesday night at the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

After six scoreless innings, Rochester struck in the sixth with a run from Ryan O’Hearn (Hillsdale) off a Genesee error. The lead didn’t hold for long as the Rapids offense found some much needed life in the eighth inning and scored five runs; three more than they had in their previous 22 innings of baseball.

Dan Crozier (Cazenovia), Ryan Dickt (Virginia-Wise), Austin Hauck (Sienna Heights) and Will Lucas (Akron) recorded one RBI each in the inning.

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Ridgemen, Nitros get early scoring to split DH

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. — In a seven-inning game, it is critical for to teams to get the scoring going early.

With that being the doubleheader format today in Wellsville, the Rochester Ridgemen and Wellsville Nitros knew that, pounding out 14 runs in the first three innings of both games combined en route to a doubleheader split Monday in New York Collegiate Baseball League action.

Rochester took the opening game 6-4, before falling in the second game 7-6 after a furious rally fell short.

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Late push gives Oilers series split with Ridgemen

WEBSTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Ridgemen used an eight-run eighth inning to surge past the Olean Oilers at Bradner Stadium Saturday night.

Olean’s answer? Take it up a notch.

Jonathan Lapolla (Suffolk U) and David Hollins (St. Petersburg) combined for eight hits and six RBI, and the Oilers scored 12 runs in the final four innings of the game to run away from the Ridgemen 14-6 in New York Collegiate Baseball League action Sunday night at Basket Road Field.

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Eight-run eighth powers Ridgemen past Olean

OLEAN, N.Y. – The Rochester Ridgemen defeated the Olean Oilers, 9-5, in a New York Collegiate Baseball League game on July 18 at Bradner Stadium.

Down 4-1 going into the top of the eighth inning, Rochester took the lead and broke the game open with eight runs. Aaron Vallance (Wayland Baptist) and Ryan O’Hearn (Hillsdale) highlighted the inning with a bases-loaded double apiece that scored two.

Olean started things off with two runs in the top of the first inning. Jon Lapolloa (Suffolk) delivered an RBI single and David “Bubba” Hollins (St. Petersburg) scored the second run of the inning.

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Valentin’s big day leads Ridgemen past streaking Twins

WEBSTER, NY — The most hits in a game Armando Valentin (Benedict) has had all season coming into Tuesday night’s affair with the Geneva Twins was three. His game-high for RBI in a game was two.

Valentin broke the former and tied the latter with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in a pair of runs and delivering a huge 7-1 victory for his Rochester Ridgemen in New York Collegiate Baseball League action at Basket Road Field.

The win ended Geneva’s nine-game winning streak.

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Three Ridgemen named to 2015 All-Star Game

The Rochester Ridgemen will have two representatives in Oneonta this season, as Cameron Carney and Colin Winn were named to the 2015 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game earlier today during the league’s weekly podcast show.

Carney has been the ace of the Ridgemen staff this season, putting together a 4-2 record, while going the distance in four complete game efforts on the year. He is 4-0 in those, and currently has 41 strikeouts, which is good for fifth in the league.

The Niagara Falls, NY native who is entering his senior season at Tusculum College has a team-low ERA of 2.25, only allowing 11 earned runs and 31 hits in his 44 innings pitched on the season. Carney will most likely pitch in a reliever role on Thursday at Damaschke Field, as he is the probable starter for Tuesday’s matchup with the Geneva Twins.

The position player heading with Carney will be outfielder Colin Winn, who has put together a very good season at the plate and has gotten hot as of late. Currently working on a streak of four multi-hit games in a row, Winn has a .317 batting average in 104 at-bats on the season, a team-high for current players.

Hitting in the top two spots in the lineup for the bulk of the season, Winn is the one scoring the runs, not driving them in for most cases. He has a team-high 19 runs scored, while seven runs have been driven in off his bat.

The Santa Ana College sophomore who calls Orange, California home has stolen seven bases on the season, which is good for third on the squad and drawn 16 walks, which leads the Ridgemen.

The third player elected to the All-Star Game was Cole Metcalfe, but he had to go home earlier in the season due to an injury sustained in the first couple weeks of the season. Metcalfe himself was swinging a hot bat, swinging at a .345 clip in 58 at-bats. He drove in nine runs in 15 games before having to go home July 5.

Taute sparks Ridgemen to “Holy Wars” victory

WEBSTER, N.Y. — In his first eight offensive appearances for the Rochester Ridgemen, Tyler Taute’s (MidAmerica Nazarene) stat line was a less than impressive 2-for-17 with two runs scored, one RBI and a pair of strikeouts. In the two games since then, he is 3-for-7 with four RBI and Sunday night he had two of those.

Taute’s two-run triple down the right field line capped a three-run fifth for Rochester giving them a 4-3 lead over the Niagara Power, and that was the last scoring of the game in a victory the Ridgemen needed to inch closer in the playoff hunt in New York Collegiate Baseball League action at Basket Road Field.

“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time,” Taute said. “God-willing, good things will start to happen.”

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Ridgemen, Oilers use big innings to split DH

WEBSTER, N.Y. — One big inning can set the stage for an entire game, and in this case, it was two big innings that gave the Rochester Ridgemen and Olean Oilers a split of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Basket Road Field. Olean scored four runs in the fifth inning of game one to take a 4-2 victory, then Rochester answered with a three-run third in game two en route to a 4-3 victory in New York Collegiate Baseball league action.

“I was overly impressed,” Olean coach Sean O’Connell said of his team’s opening game. “The aggression at the plate is starting to change.”

Rochester started early against Olean’s Austin Bizzle (Alabama State), plating a pair in the bottom of the first.

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Donahue’s complete game leads Ridgemen past Nitros

WEBSTER, N.Y. — Rochester head coach Joe Shallenberger has been known to let pitchers go a little longer than some fans (or bullpens) might like. On Friday night, Mitchell Donahue (Toccoa Falls) went all nine innings, throwing a season-high 137 pitches in a 5-2 Ridgemen victory over the Wellsville Nitros in New York Collegiate Baseball League action Friday night at Basket Road Field.

Donahue threw his second complete game of the season, his first being a seven-inning win against the Nitros in his first start of 2015.

“I just put it up there and let my defense work,” Donahue said.

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