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Baseball Players Earn Post Season Accolades

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The SUNY Orange Baseball Program was well represented on the 2014 All-Mid Hudson Conference and All-Region XV teams. Soph 2B Dillon Merola (Cornwall) was named to both the MHC and Region XV first teams. Soph Catcher Nick Gurda (Warwick) was named to the All MHC 2nd Team, and the Region XV 1st Team. Gurda was also selected as the Regional Defensive Player of the Year. Soph LHP Rob Berger (Cornwall) was named 1st Team MHC and 2nd team Region XV. Fr Inf/ Of Schuyler Martire (Pine Bush), and Soph DH Adrian Castillo (Middletown) were named to the 1st and 2nd All- Region XV team, respectively. LHP Nolan Apfel (Middletown) was named to the Regional Sportsmanship Team.
The Colts season ended with a 5-2 loss in the Regional Championship to Westchester CC. Westchester went on to win the East District advancing to the NJCAA Division II College World Series.

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Second Half Surge Takes Colts to Title Game

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Middletown, NY - Every year the SUNY Orange Colts Baseball team starts its season down south. While Orange is playing their first games of the year, their opponents are in mid-season form with having well over 20 games under their belts. In the short term this usually leads to a frustrating start to the Orange season. Playing these experienced, battle tested teams can however, pay off down the road. The Colts 1-8 start was no way indicative of how competitive the team would be once they returned north for conference play.

In Region XV play Orange split their first two series with Dutchess and Westchester. A tough series with Rockland left the Colts at 5-7 in the Region and needing a spark. Orange then caught fire and swept Sullivan Community College in their next series 4-0. Orange finished conference play splitting with Ulster in a rain shortened two game stand. Orange had clinched the 3 seed and dropped their first game of the Region tournament to 2 seed Westchester. Orange then came back from an 8 run deficit to beat Rockland 12-11. That victory knocked Rockland, the one seed and defending champion, out of the tournament. Orange then defeated Sullivan in the loser's bracket final to advance to the championship game against Westchester. Orange could not sustain their hot streak and dropped the final 5-2.

Orange had a potent offensive attack this season. Four Colt regulars batted over .300 on the season. Dillon Merola led the way batting .349 with 8 extra base hits, 9 stolen bases, and scoring 26 runs. Schuyler Martire batted .331 with 10 stolen bases and scored 25 runs. Nick Gurda hit .301 with 10 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases. Adrian Castillo also had a great year at the plate hitting .301 and driving in 21 runs. Freshman outfielder Brian Guzman had 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

The Colts pitching staff went 10 players deep this season. Leading the way was sophomore south paw Rob Berger. Rob Pitched 46 innings for the Colts and had an impressive 3.86 ERA. Berger was one of 6 Colts to have 2 or more wins on the season. Another lefty, Kevin Crawford also had a strong season from the mound with 2 wins and leading the team with 18 strikeouts. David Gizzarelli ably filled the closer role. He won two and closed out 4 games for Orange out of the bullpen this season.


Colts Defeat Westchester 4-2

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The SUNY Orange Colts defeated WCC 4-2 behind a strong pitching performance from Rob Berger (Cornwall). Berger went the complete game, yielding 8 hits with 5 strikeouts and one walk. Dillon Merola, Schuylet Martire and Brian Guzman all had two hits for the Colts. The Conference series with WCC continues today at 3:30 at home.


SUNY Orange Colts Earn Regional Bid with an Extra Inning Win at Dutchess

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The baseball Colts beat Dutchess CC 3-2 in eight innings in the second game of a Doubleheader on Saturday. Ryan DiMarzo pitched a complete game and added a sac fly for Orange. Matt Cartwright broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth with a line drive base hit to score Dillon Merola from second. DiMarzo set down the Falcons in order in the bottom of the eighth to send the Colts to the playoffs. The Colts have won the Region 15 tournament in 2006 and 2010.


Baseball Colts Down Sullivan

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The SUNY Orange Baseball team defeated Sullivan today 1-0. Jose Rondon pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Colts. Dillon Merola led off the bottom of the first with a single, and eventually scored on a Ryan DiMarzo sac fly for the game's only run. That run would be all that Orange needed. Rondon scattered six hits over the nine innings, walking two and striking out six. The Colts are in action Friday vs. Sullivan, first pitch is at 3:30.