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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 Announce Schedule Change

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The schedule for the Colts' conference series vs. DCC for this week has been changed. Orange will host DCC on Thursday and Saturday and travel to Dutchess Stadium on Friday for the DCC hosted doubleheader. Start times are 3:30 on Thursday and Friday, and 12:00 on Saturday.


Colts Game vs. Sussex for Tuesday 3/31 Postponed

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The SUNY Orange Colts home opener vs. Sussex CC is postponed due to field conditions. A make-up date has not been set.


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.


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.