Kneeling: Mike Magnanti, Johnny Ricotta, Jake Sciortino, Brett Sanders, Tyler Smola, Jake Graham, Jamie Magone, Reagan Morrow
Standing: Dave Pavone, Mike Dentino, Jack Vivinetto, Jake Phelan, Joe Alfieri, Ben Knauf, Mike Bessette, Dan Curtis, Colin Johnston, Coach Dan Ford
Welcome to 2012 Greece Post American Legion Baseball team page.
Home of the 2008 Monroe County and District 7 Champions.
Last year's team finished with a record of 18-12 losing to Ferris Goodridge in the district 7 play-in game.
Coach Dan Ford's team consists of players from SUNY Brockport, Monroe Community College, Greece Athena, Greece Olympia, Greece Odyssey, and Aquinas.
The Generals return 8 of last year's 18 man roster. There are ample replacements from last season's team as well as newcomers to fill the voids.
Last year's team had a last week skid that moved them from 1st to 5th place just looking into the playoffs. Commitment will be a priority for this year's team as this was a major cause of the late season fallout. Defense will be a strong point of the team with an athletic outfield and an infield that is now a year older and stronger. Pitchers will do a great job of throwing strikes.
Strength's of this team will come from behind the plate and balanced starting pitching. None are overpowering but as long as they throw strikes and keep their defense moving they will do great.
The are two collegiate player on this season's roster. Brett Sanders, an Olympia graduate, is an infielder on the MCC roster this spring. He is in his second season with the Post. He is a utility player where he will get a lot of time at 2nd base as well as the outfield depending on who is pitching. He had 2 triples and 10 RBIs last summer. Brett will serve as co-captain
Tyler Smola, who graduated from Odyssey, was on SUNY Brockport's fall roster and returns to Greece for a third season behind the plate. Smola finished last season .357 average and hit at a .440 clip in 2011. He is a solid defensive catcher who fills the 2 hole in the oder very well. He also is a co-captain.
Back for a 3rd season is Athena senior Dan Curtis. He will be the anchor of the infield at first base. Phenomenal around the bag and good at cashing in at the plate in clutch situations. You will see Dan in the middle of the order. Also can come in and put fires out on the mound witht he capability to throw strikes.
A 3rd year returning player is Aquinas Junior Ben Knauf. Ben hit .300 with Greece last summer . You will see Knauf out in right field and some time on the mound if needed. 6'3" and uses his long arms to produce a powerful arm. Ben makes good contact with the ball and scatters it to all fields. He will again be in the bottom 3rd of the order to give it an RBI producer down there.
Returning for his 2nd season is Olympia Senior Jake Graham. Jake is a very athletic individual and can play anywhere in the field. Graham got the win in relief against Brooks Shepard where he came in during a bases loaded jam with the tying run on base to retire that batter and the 3 he faced the next inning. He will see innings on the mound as well as spots in the middle infield and corner outfield spots. Gets a lot of outs when he pounds the zone. His speed will get him into games.
From Athena is Junior David Pavone. David will get a lot of innings on the mound as both a starter and reliever. Very tough individual. In the championship game of the Amherst Invitational, David got the start against a very strong Lamm team. He was hit with the barrel of a broken bat which gave him a nasty cut but stayed in the game and kept the Generals in the game. Throws three pitches for strikes to keep you off balanced. Did hit an early season home run in a non league game against Livonia.
Odyssey Junior Jamie Magone is a very versatile player who will see time on the mound as well as all over the infield. He throws a lot of strikes and keeps his teammates involved on the mound. Can put the ball into gaps to produce some runs at the plate
Also a Junior at Odyssey is pitcher Mike Bessette. Mike will get plenty of chances on the mound as he will be a league game starter this season. Can get the fastball by you but throws a big breaking ball that he can spot very well. Can see some at bats from time to time as well. Was 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA last season in 17 innings of work.
The final returner from last summer's Post team is Sophomore Mike Magnanti. Spark plug you can put at the top and bottom of the order to get things going. Mike hit .321 in 28 at bats last season with only 2 strikeouts which came against college pitchers as a 9th grader. Hit a big double in a 9 inning victory against Rayson Miller on July 4th. Smooth fielding 2nd baseman who rarely makes mistakes in the field.
As with every season comes new faces:
Aquinas senior Reagan Morrow joins the team after playing last season with the now defunct Ira Jacobson team. Lefty who can hop on the mound as well as fill a void in the middle of the lineup when inserted. He will also see time at first and in the outfield.
Athena Junior Jack Vivinetto will see some action behind the plate. Big kid who controls the defense out on the field does a good job with his pitching staffs. Strong arm throwing down to 2nd base. Can also play a role as a run producer.
Sophomore Johnny Ricotta of Athena will take over the role of third baseman for this summer's Post team. Had a very successful freshman season on Athena's varsity team and will be counted on as a big bat in the middle of Greece's lineup.
There is a trio of Athena pitcher's who will join this summer's staff. Juniors Jordan Eckl, Jake Sciortino, and Sophomore Colin Johnston will see time on the mound for the Generals.
Eckl will come right into the role of a league starter after a successful spring campaign. Does a good job with 3 pitches thrown for strikes.
Johnston will get some action at 1st base and designated hitter as well as getting relief duty and some closer role. Hard throwing with a good slider to get guys out.
Sciortino will serve as a lefty specialist in the rotation as well as some time inthe outfield.
Olympia senior Mike Dentino isan addition to the outfield. He does a good job going after a fly ball and when on base has the capability to swipe some bags.
Odyssey senior Jake Phelan will come in to add some depth to the middle infield. a solid fielder who does a good job of scoring runners when they're in scoring position.