Rapids 2017 Season in Review
The 2017 baseball season for the Genesee Rapids of the New York Collegiate Baseball League came to a close recently. The team made the finals of the Western Division playoffs for the first time its four year history. To get that far the Rapids defeated the Olean Oilers in a one game playoff, then took the Hornell Dodgers to game three in a best of three series before falling to Hornell, the eventual League Champion.
The Rapids set several team and individual records. Attendance at games was again 2nd in the entire league showing a 14% increase over 2016. The largest attendance was for Kids Day in June when over 1400 students from area schools attended the morning game. Other large attendance days were for First Responders Recognition Day and an Exhibition Game against the Capital Reds from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Kids Baseball Camp was again well attended by both girls and boys of the area. Rapids players and coaches gave instruction in hitting, fielding, pitching and base running.
Six Rapids players were selected for the NYCBL All Star Game held in July. Zac Roberts, shortstop, Travis Ralls, catcher, Riley Brandvold, outfield, Josh Hayner, second base and Jon Young and Bailey Hall pitchers.
Four Rapids players were selected for the 1st and 2nd All League Team. Zac Roberts was named to the 1st Team, Travis Ralls, Bailey Hall and Jon Young were named to the 2nd Team.
Several players ranked high in league statistics. Zac Roberts had a .366 batting average, 7th in the league. Jon Young, pitcher had an ERA of 2.49, 8th in the league.
Adam Marston, who had 258 put outs at 1st base and played 294 innings, the most in the league, had a fielding percentage of .982, 9th in
the league. Bailey Hall, pitcher, had 4 saves, while Adam Marsh, pitcher had 4 wins, tied for 3rd in the league. A.J. Nitzschke, catcher/OF had 29 RBI's, 6th in the league. As a team the Rapids were 3rd best in the league with a team fielding percentage of .959.
Thanks to our players, sponsors, host families, volunteers, Houghton College and fans for another great season. See you in 2018.