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Local ball players to showcase talents at North Collins

The second annual Underclassmen Baseball/Softball Showcase, sponsored in part by Metro Group Inc., will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 – 18 at the North Collins High School sports complex.

This year’s format includes Erie County Interscholastic Conference against Southern Tier all-stars and Monsignor Martin/Buffalo City Schools against Niagara Frontier/Niagara Orleans all-stars. Baseball games will be held on Aug. 17 and softball games the next day at noon and 2:30 p.m., with the winners of each game playing at 5 p.m.

The showcase will go from two seven-inning games in 2012 to six nine-inning contests. The introduction of a championship game will determine both a baseball and softball winner and supremacy among the WNY leagues. The jump in the number of players from 74 to more than 150 came as a result of this new format.

Locals playing in the showcase include for the ECIC baseball team, Jimmy Gleason, Tom Stoklosa and Christian Young of Frontier, Dave Baskerville and Brad Palmerton of Eden and Kyle Sickau of Hamburg; and for the ECIC softball team, Madeline Jacobs and Heather Nye of Frontier, Jillian Murray and Carley Nasca of Eden, Darian Evans of Lake Shore and Madison Tucker of Hamburg.

From the Monsignor Martin baseball team, locals include Mike Deleo, Brendan Heywood, Andrew Krakowski, Joe Milkowski and Ryan Stefaniak of St. Francis and for the softball team, Molly Hennessy of Immaculata, along with late-arrivals Makayla Andrews of Lake Shore, Allie Salerno of Hamburg and Kelley Staub of Eden. Locals on the CCAA team for baseball are Austin Winter of North Collins and for CCAA softball, Arrika Bley, Beth Kibler and Nicole Torrey of North Collins.

Most of the participants from last year’s event said they are planning to play at the college level next year. Event organizer Rob Catalino said that he hopes the same can be said about this year’s group of players.

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