Friday, August 23, 2013



Bottom Row (left to right): Mike Prentice (2013 St. Francis High School), Liam “Trot” Kelly (2013 Bishop Timon St. Jude), Paul Wujek (2012 St. Francis High School), Noah Thompson (2016 East Aurora High School), Mathew “Coyote” Sokolski (2015 Iroquois High School), William Sulkowski (2012 Orchard Park High School) Row Two (left to right): Ian Allen (2103 East Aurora High School), Corey Fermo (2013 West Seneca East), Justin Krzemien (2014 Iroquois High School), Austin Spindler (2013 West Seneca East High School), Coach Tim Klimtzak, Coach Peter Trzybinski, Alexander Pacer (2013 West Seneca East), Joshua Fuller (2015 Bishop Timon St. Jude), Ryan Keating (2014 Iroquois High School), Matthew Keating (2013 Iroquois High School) Missing: Joseph Kwasiewski (2015 Iroquois High School), Zachary Trumpler (2013 Iroquois High School), Joel Krywcun (2015 Maryvale High School), Zachary Hayes (2012 Bishop Timon St. Jude), Coach Mike Yochum, Coach Tim Hourihan, Coach Dan Potter, Coach Ryan Struzik, Coach Justin Urschel

The American Legion – Department of New York Baseball Scholarship Committee met and after deliberation selected three young men to each receive a $500.00 scholarship and one young man to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to pursue their education.

The following players Mr. Patrick L. Gosney, who played for Binghamton Post 80, Broome County, Mr. Robert Pieszak, II, who played for Depew Post 1528, Erie County and Mr. Josh Walker, who played for Middleton Post 151, Orange County.  Each player received a $500.00 scholarship.

Mr. Joseph Austin Mann, the recipient of the $1,000.00 scholarship,  played for Leon R. Roberts Post 161, Oneida County.  His application has been submitted to the National Organization for consideration for their scholarship.  James is a 2013 graduate of Holland Patent High School, Holland Patent, NY and is planning to pursue his education in the field of biology and attend SUNYIT.  He also wants to try out for the SUNY Wildcat Baseball Team.  

Two other awards were presented at the State Tournament in Utica.  The “Big Stick” Award goes to the player with the highest batting average and greater number at bats.  This award went to Ian Allen, West Seneca Post 735, Erie County. 

The MVP Award was given to Matthew Keating from West Seneca Post 735.  He threw a Championship Perfect Game by retiring all twenty-one (21) batters he faced for a  perfect game to help West Seneca come thru the losers bracket and win the 2013 New York State American Legion Championship and allow West Seneca the opportunity to compete in Brooklawn, NJ in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.  

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