Summer Baseball in Upstate New York
Date: Aug 8, 2018
Pictured above is home plate at the Kerr-Pegula Complex on the campus of Houghton College - home of the Genesee Rapids.
By Paul Gotham
ROCHESTER, NY – When the New York Collegiate Baseball League opens the 2014 season, it will welcome two new organizations.
The Cortland Crush and Genesee Rapids will join the lineup as the NYCBL increases to 13 teams.
"We welcome new franchises from Houghton, NY (Genesee Rapids) and Cortland, NY,” said NYCBL League President Stan Lehman. “Both Ralph Kerr (Genesee Rapids) and Bill McConnell (Cortland Crush) have invested significant time and energy preparing for their 2014 inaugural seasons. Venues are set and recruiting is underway. All that is left is to hear the magical words, Play Ball!"
Cortland will call Beaudry Field home while Genesee will occupy the diamond at the new Kerr-Pegula Complex on the campus of Houghton College.
The idea to found an NYCBL organization started for Kerr as he and his wife followed their grandson, Michael Kerr, while he played for the Niagara Power.
“We were impressed with the level of play and enthusiasm around the league,” Kerr said recently by phone. “We thought it would be great if we could take advantage of the brand-new baseball facilities at Houghton College and have a team in the league from this area.”
McConnell knows well of the NYCBL. As a player in the late 70s, he spent time in the New York State League, a predecessor to the Northeast Baseball League and eventually the NYCBL.
“The league makes it possible to bring in quality players to work with knowledgeable coaching staffs,” McConnell commented by phone. “The NYCBL is integral in the fact that it has the widespread communities involved which allows the league to sustain its growth.”