Baseball wraps up Fall Season
Herkimer wrapped up a successful fall season as the Generals are coming off back to back World Series appearances the past two spring seasons. Herkimer was able to face two of the top four year programs in the state with NCAA DIII power SUNY Cortland and NCAA DII St. Thomas Aquinas which provided a bright look at the future with this new group of Generals. Scout day provided over 20 college and professional scouts to campus and evaluate the Generals for this year, which provided great feedback.
The offense lost some very productive starters at C, 1B, 2B, SS, LF, CF but the strength of the team will be from the pitching staff with returning left handed pitchers in Dale Stanavich (Amsterdam, NY) and Cole Miller (Chicago, IL). Stanavich, Rutgers commit in the Big 10 conference, served as closer last year and was awesome in that role, this year he moves to starting role to build on his impressive resume. He was 2-0 with 6 saves and over 30 innings he carried a 0.56 ERA. He is also had 64 strikeouts with 18 walks and 17 hits. Miller is coming off a great summer where he was named PGCBL All Star. Miller is a horse, works 86-89 range and worked 49 innings last year with 55 strikeouts and 11 walks and held a 4-2 record. Returning pitchers Tyler McDonnell (Yorktown, NY) and Masaki Furudona (Japan) who were both important parts of last year’s staff had strong fall seasons as well.
The fall season had the top two pitchers shutdown for the fall so it was a great chance to develop the staff. Three Oneonta high school products will have huge impacts as Tanner Beang, John Mikolaicyk, and true freshman Ryan Packard all flashed fastballs over 87 mph with plus breaking pitches. Beang posted a 1.50 ERA with 19 strikeouts and only 2 walks over 12 innings this fall while also logging innings at shortstop. Packard was the most dominate arm this fall logging 18 innings with 27 strikeouts and a 0.50 ERA and 0.83 Ratio. Mikolaicyk was strong early in the fall before shutting down from a long spring and summer last year. State champion Ethan Patch (Whitehall, NY) was a strong freshman lefty posting over 20 innings with 32 strikeouts this fall. Luke Pusz (Schenectady, NY), Jack Wyatt (Burnt Hills, NY), David Montalvo (Bethlehem, NY), and Parker Tooley (Little Falls, NY) all showed ability to get hitters out this fall.
The offense will be led by two returning starters in Cedric Rose (Pittsfield, MA) and Joe Novenche (Clifton Park, NY). Cedric hit in the 5 hole as a freshman and hit .378 over 98 at bats with 9 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 HR. 3 of the 4 HR were in the post season. Cedric is an excellent defender at third base and should lock down the hot corner again. Novenche hit .411 over 112 at bats with 13 doubles, 4 Home runs, 35 RBI’s and 9 SB’s and will move back to his original position of catcher. Frank Wayman (Horseheads, NY) should hold down a spot in the middle of the order and at first base. Frank hit .333 with 4 home runs as a freshman and went to NYCBL this summer and hit over .300 with over 10 doubles. Dom Fasolo (Whitesboro, NY) had a very strong fall and should hold down a starting outfield spot this spring as he showed the ability of always getting on base, with good wheels, solid defender, and a very smart player. Returning players Nick Gates (Australia), Matt Tobin (West Canada, NY), Dillion Cassidy (Rocky Point, NY) will provide quality depth in the lineup.
Two freshman outfielders Trey Miller (Rocky Point, NY) and Griffin Yastremski (Bath, NY) both showed the ability to have major impact as freshman this year, however both players did it in different ways. Miller will roam CF for the next two years with his blazing speed (6.6-60). Yastremski will be a middle of the lineup hitter for the next two years, he has it all, power at the plate, 88-89 outfield arm, and can run a 7.0-60 as a monster. Ryan Kerley (Vestel, NY) has shown some ability in the outfield as well hitting a few homeruns this fall. Jake Hernandez (Guilderland, NY) and Elian Pimentel (Huntington Station, NY) are promising freshman who will provide depth and the corner infield spots as well. Yuzuki Okamura (Japan) and Brad Sakellarides (Center Moriches, NY) will head into the spring as strong catching and DH options. Rob Conley (Utica, NY) showed off electric ability as well and will be strong consideration for the DH and will also get work in the outfield.
The middle infield will be a key part of the level of success for the Generals this year. Freshman Daveas Espinal (Monroe-Woodbury, NY) was great this fall providing steady play at shortstop and added a .424 average this fall. Trey Princiotto (Horseheads, NY) is an infielder with all the tools to be successful and comes from a great high school program. Beang will be in the mix too with his blazing speed on the base paths. All three players are left handed hitters. Devin Disonell (Clifton Park, NY) was electric this fall and is a right handed hitter that will provide balance in the middle infield but can also play all three outfield positions.
Herkimer opens the season up in North Carolina as a part of the southern trip that will take them from the Carolina’s to Florida and finish up in Pennsylvania.