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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.


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.