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Familiar Face Finds Himself Home as New Orange Baseball Coach

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

SUNY Orange took little time in finding the perfect replacement for long time coach, Wayne Smith, who retired from the diamond after having coached at the collegiate level for almost 25 years. Orange's new coach is a familiar face who has extensive experience at Orange as both a player and as a coach. Manning the helm for the Orange Baseball team will be Stephen Cabarcas.

Coach Cabarcas has spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Mt. Saint Mary's College in Newburgh, NY. Prior to that he was the recruiting coordinator and the assistant head coach right here at SUNY Orange for six years.

As a player, Cabarcas had a successful collegiate career. He posted a career batting average of .330 and was selected twice to two different All-Conference teams. His college career started at SUNY Orange where he was selected as a Mid-Hudson Conference All-Team selection, as well as a Region XV All-Team selection after his sophomore season with the Colts. In two years at Mt. Saint Mary's , Cabarcas posted a career average of .325 and led the team in hits his senior year. As a senior, Cabarcas was selected to the All-Skyline Second Team.

Cabarcas graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in history while acquiring his teaching certification in childhood education 1-6. Cabarcas received his Master's Degree in instructional technology in education and is currently employed by the Wallkill School District.

Welcome back to Orange "Coach Cabby!"

All Conference and All Region Honors for Colt Baseball Players

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The baseball season has ended and with it comes well deserved recognition from the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV for several Orange players. Named to the Mid Hudson Conference first team were Jonathon Lindau and Mike Bartolone. Region XV honors went to second team selections Bartolone, Kyle O'Brien, and James Daidone. Jonathon Lindau was named to the Gold Glove Team as a catcher and also received a Region XV Sportsmanship Award.

Jonathon Lindau was the team's defensive stopper behind the plate this year. As catcher he excelled at handling the pitching staff and helping with their pitch selection. Lindau also has a canon for an arm. The 13 base runners who tried and failed can attest to how tough it was to steal on him this season. At the plate Lindau batted over .300 and led the team in home runs, extra base hits, and RBI. Johnathon will be attending school and playing at Castleton St. next year.

After playing third base the previous year, Mike Bartolone found his groove in the outfield for the Colts this season. "Bart" recorded 59 putouts this year and assisted on two double plays. At bat was where Mike really shined this year. He led the team in batting average, hitting a robust .402. He also led the team in doubles and triples. His 49 hits were 9 more than any other Colt had this year. Bartolone is going to continue his education at East Carolina University in the Fall and will try to walk on with the Pirates.

James Daidone was limited a bit this year by a wrist injury. He was still able to bat for the Colts and his success there landed him on the All Region team as a designated hitter. Daidone, who will be attending the University of Buffalo to major in engineering in the Fall, batted close to .300 and was tied for second on the team in home runs.

The lone freshman on the team, Kyle O'Brien, played second base for Orange. Kyle anchored the middle of the infield and his bat became explosive as he learned to adjust to the speed of the college game. Kyle was second on the team with a .348 batting average and second in hits. Kyle will be a key returner for the Colts next year.

Congratulations to all of these well-deserved recipients! All of them exemplify everything a student/athlete should represent. They all have great character and played the game the right way.

Baseball Colts Earn Post Season Awards

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Members of the 2015 SUNY Orange Baseball Team were recognized for their accomplishment at both the Regional and Conference levels. First baseman David Leiter (Valley Central) and catcher Jonathan Lindau (Pine Bush) were voted second team All-Region XV. Leiter was also named the Region XV Defensive player of the year. The 2015 All Mid-Hudson Conference team included Leiter on the first team and SS Schuyler Martire (Pine Bush) on the second. Congratulations to all!

Bartolone Named MHC Athlete of Week

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Freshman Mike Bartolone, a Cornwall H.S. grad, was named the Mid Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week for the week of April 12. Bartolone is a 6'4" slick fielding third baseman who bats third in the lineup for the SUNY Orange Baseball team. Bartolone batted .550 for the week going 11 for 20 at the plate. He also tallied 7 walks, scored 11 runs and had 5 RBI's. Mike's strong play helped Orange to their first MHC series win of the season. Orange took 3 of 4 from Rockland County Community College to climb into a tie for second place in the wins column in the conference standings.

Colts Three Game Win Streak Leads To Series Win

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange Baseball team has been looking for its breakout moment of the 2015 season. They may have found it by taking the final 3 games of their Mid-Hudson Conference series with the Rockland Community College Hawks. Orange's 3 game winning streak moves the Colts to .500 in Mid-Hudson Conference play and keeps them in the hunt for a top seed heading into the Region 15 Division 2 tournament at Cantine Field in Saugerties, NY.

Orange's offense started the ball rolling on Friday afternoon. The Colts exploded for 20 runs in a 20-13 victory. Orange picked up a huge spark from Gunnar Barr who was thrust into the lead off and short stop roles for the first time this season after an injury to stalwart Schuyler Martire. Barr had 4 hits from the lead-off spot and scored 4 runs. Third baseman Mike Bartolone also had a monster day picking up 4 hits, scoring 4 runs and driving in 3. Jonathon Lindau, Peter Fuentes, and Tom Brusca had 3 hits apiece for the hot swinging Colts. Brusca also tallied 3 stolen bases on the day. On the mound, a trio of pitchers were able to keep Orange in control. Will Ortiz, Josh Rivera, and Dave Sicina all contributed to the winning effort.

Orange's series with Rockland concluded with a double header sweep on Sunday. Kevin Crawford pitched a gem in the opener. Crawford scattered 6 hits over 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs as Orange won the first game 7-2. Aaron Costello came in for the final 5 outs and slammed the door shut on the Hawks. Orange was led at the plate by their two catchers. Jonathon Lindau and James Daidone, who DH'd this game, are both having great seasons for the Colts. They each drove in 2 runs and Lindau also picked up 2 hits and a walk. The day's second game ended in drama as Orange had to wait until the bottom of the 8th and a walk off ground rule double by David Leiter to get the win. Orange was trailing 7-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Orange scraped across one run and then had the bases loaded for Orange catcher James Daidone. Daidone smashed a line drive to left field that went to the fence. The hit cleared the bases and tied the game. Daidone was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double to a triple, but the game was tied. Even after his head first slide into third, Daidone's always impressive head of hair was still perfect. In the bottom of the eighth Orange once again had the bases loaded with Veteran first baseman David Leiter at the plate. Leiter hit a bomb to left field that bounced once and popped over the fence. Orange won the game 9-7 off of a walk off ground rule double. Nick Pacifico pitched well for Orange scattering 4 runs over 5 innings. Dan McNamara picked up the win for the Colts.

Orange plays a non league game at County College of Morris on Tuesday then continues conference play with their penultimate series of the season against Sullivan. Orange is home at 3:30 on Thursday and Friday and travels to Sullivan for a double header on Saturday.

Orange Sweep Forces Split with Dutchess

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

After dropping the first two games of their Mid-Hudson Conference series against the Dutchess Falcons, the SUNY Orange Colts rebounded strongly on Saturday to win both games of a wind-blown double header. Orange won the first game 2-1 in 9 innings and the nightcap, which was rescheduled from the previous day, 11-6 in 7 innings.

Orange was able to force the series split with very strong performances from a quartet of freshmen hurlers on the mound Saturday. In the opener Nick Pacifico (Wallkill H.S) gave up just 1 run in 8 innings. Pacifico struck out 7 and gave the bullpen a much needed rest. Dan Mcnamara (Pine Bush H.S.) entered the 1-1 game in the ninth and recorded a scoreless inning to pick up the win. In the series finale, Dave Sicina (Port Jervis H.S.) went 4 2/3 innings. Sicina was in command of his pitches and gave up no walks. Aaron Costello (Middletown H.S.) was dominant in relief giving up no hits in 2 1/3 inning of relief.

While Orange's stingy defense led the way in the first game, it did receive some timely hitting. David Leiter (Valley Central H.S.) had a hit and scored the game winning run while James Daidone (Valley Central H.S.) had a run scored and picked up the game winning rbi. In the second game the Colts offense came alive. The team picked up 11 runs on 12 base hits. Orange had two players pick up multiple hits, rbi, and runs scored. Leiter was again key in the second game. He had a hit, 3 rbi, 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Brian Guzman (Pine Bush H.S.) was 3 for 5 with 2 rbi and 2 runs scored. He also had a stolen base. Orange tallied 8 stolen bases in the night cap. Orange also received excellent contributions from Mike Bartolone (Cornwall H.S.) with 3 hits, 2 rbi and a run scored and Jonathon Lindau with 2 hits, 1 rbi, and 2 runs scored. Shawn Talmadge's (Minisink Valley H.S.) flying leap to catch a line drive hit in the gap in left center to end the 6th inning was the defensive highlight of the day. Shawn's teammates all met him by third base as he was coming off the field to let him know what a great play it was.

Orange moves to 4-7 on the season. They resume play Tuesday, April 7, with a game against Sussex CC at Skylands Park in Augusta NJ. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Orange continues Mid Hudson Conference play with a key series against Westchester starting Thursday at Westchester.

Colts More Than Ready to Start the 2015 Season

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

After a long winter, the SUNY Orange Colts baseball team is set to open their season this weekend on their annual spring trip to North Carolina. The Colts play a challenging schedule including many teams that are traditional powers. The 2015 Colts look to continue their successes of recent years by competing for a Conference and Regional Championship. Last year, the Colts finished second in the region to NJCAA World Series participant, Westchester CC. The Colts return eleven players from last years squad and welcome a strong freshman recruiting class. Coach Wayne Smith is optimistic about the season, and can't wait for the weather to cooperate. "We have a very good everyday line up with good bench depth. We have more speed than the last couple of years, and I like the way this team competes. Pitching-wise, I believe that we have a solid, competitive staff with pretty defined roles. The biggest strengths of this group will be their consistent everyday effort and how well they work as a team. I really look forward to this spring." The Colts open Sunday with a Doubleheader vs. Craven CC.

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.