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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.

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.