While this isn’t the end of the season the Genesee Region League has been looking for, the regular season has been an exceptional one on the baseball field.
Attica, Oakfield-Alabama, Lyndonville and Notre Dame have fought all season for the GR division titles, with the Blue Devils and Hornets finally making their way to the top. Meanwhile, the four would enter the playoffs with a No.2 seed or higher.
Attica would claim the No. 1 seed in the B2 class tournament, while Oakfield-Alabama won the first seed in the C2 class bracket; Lyndonville and Notre Dame each won second place in their respective tournaments, Class C2 and Class D1.
Notre Dame would then be the only team to advance to the section finals as the Irish would race before losing to Keshequa in the title match.
Oakfield-Alabama’s impressive season also produced senior pitcher’s GR Player of the Year Peyton Yasses and first-year head coach Mike Anderson’s Coach of the Year.
Here are the stars of GR 2021 baseball:
Cooper Colantonio, Junior, Oakfield Alabama – Infield / Pitcher, first star – is 0.439 this season with 13 RBIs, nine stolen goals, three doubles, one triple and 10 walks; on the mound, he threw a five-innings hit in his only appearance with eight strikeouts. His team’s highlights were winning the GR title, beating Notre Dame in two of three games, being the No. 1 seed in Class C2 and being undefeated in division matches.
Bodie Hyde, Freshman, Oakfield-Alabama / Elba – Centerfield / Pitcher, first star – has hit an impressive .514 this season with four doubles, three triples, seven walks, 14 RBIs and four steals. As a pitcher, he’s been in five games, four starts and a 2-2 record with a 1.38 ERA and 25 strikeouts and 18 hits allowed in 20 1/3 innings pitched. His team’s highlights have been bus rides to games and to Bourbon and Burger after games, while his career highlights have been being a college rookie in his seventh year and beating Notre Dame to win the league title and get the No. 1 seed in the sections. .
Colton Yasses, Sophomore, Oakfield Alabama – Shortstop, First Star – The main hitter has hit 0.333 this season with 15 RBIs, seven steals and three doubles. His highlights of the season were beating Notre Dame in his first varsity game at Dwyer Stadium, going out to eat after big wins, winning the GR title, winning eight games in a row to end the year, and win by the mercy rule in eight games. The highlight of his career was being the No. 1 seed in the sections.
Peyton Yasses, senior, Oakfield-Alabama / Elba – First-time pitcher / star – The Genesee Region League Player of the Year did it both at home plate and on the mound for the Hornets. Yasses beat 0.426 with three doubles, 12 RBIs, five walks and he hasn’t struck out once, as he was 6-0 on the mound in seven appearances with a 1.34 ERA, a batting average of 0.218 against, 42 strikeouts and only 31 hits allowed in 36 2/3 innings pitched. His highlights of the season have been securing the No.1 seed in sections and being the GR Champions, while his career highlights have been being named All-Star in the League and player of the year, with a 6-0 record as a pitcher and a four-year college entry. Planning to attend SUNY Brockport for physical education.
Nicholas Perl, senior, Attica – Catcher, first star – beat 0.477 in his final season with 19 runs scored, 18 goals stolen and 10 RBIs, while he also dismissed five runners attempting to steal. His season highlights have been winning a GR division title and catching back-to-back non-hitters, while his career highlights have been being back-to-back league division champions. Planning to attend Genesee Community College.
Ian Romesser, senior, Attica – pitcher / second baseman, first star – has hit .417 this season with 21 hits, made three double plays and also finished 4-1 in the hill with a 2.02 ERA and 30 strikeouts. His season highlights included going 11-4 and securing the No.1 seed in the B2 class, while his career highlights included being a three-year varsity starter and to win two consecutive titles in the GR division. Planning to attend Genesee Community College this fall.
Zach Strzelec, senior, Attica – Pitcher / Infield, two-time star – Average of 0.463 with 19 hits, four homers and 22 RBIs with 22 stolen goals, while he also had a 2.57 and 61 ERA strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched. His team’s highlights have been back-to-back GR Division and straight hitter titles, while his career highlights have included home runs and a non-hittering pitch. Plans to enter the labor market.
Rolland Balcerzak, senior, Lyndonville – pitcher / infielder, first star – hit .452 with 22 hits, 20 runs and 25 RBIs, to go with 55 strikeouts on the mound. His season highlights beat Notre Dame and the winning streak, while his career highlights included reaching the section finals, championship title and player of the week title. Plans to attend OCC and continue playing baseball.
Nathan Dillenbeck, senior, Lyndonville – Shortstop / Pitcher, two-time star – Hit almost 0.500-0.492 with 27 hits, 20 extra base hits, including 10 doubles, seven triples and three homers. His team’s highlights for the spring beat Notre Dame and the seven-game winning streak, while his career highlights made it to the second-year section finals, scoring three home runs this season and winning the league. in 2019. Plans to do both-plus-two programs at MCC and RIT for Mechanical Engineering, while he plans to play soccer at both schools.
Jack Whipple, Junior, Lyndonville – First Star – Hit 0.478 this spring with 22 hits, 22 runs scored and 24 RBIs. His highlight of the season has been beating Notre Dame at Dwyer Stadium, while his career high point so far has been going 4-for-5 at the plate against Elba.
Bryceton Berry, Sophomore, Notre Dame – Centerfield / SS / Pitcher, First Star – Averaged 0.481, 1.337 OPS, two homers, 25 hits, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while having an ERA of 1.80 with 41 strikeouts and just 11 hits allowed in 22 innings pitched, while he was 3-1. His team’s highlight for the spring was a 12-4 regular season record. His career highlights have included being a starter in his first year at Notre Dame, leading the team in batting and hitting average and striking out 17 against Elba.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Freshman, Notre Dame – Shortstop / Pitcher, First Star – The main hitter hit 0.333 with a 0.456 basis percentage, as he struck out 52 catches in 30 2/3 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.10. His team’s highlights for the spring were beating Attica, Avon, Northstar and Oakfield-Alabama and securing the second seed in the sections. His career highlights have included his hittinglessness in his first college start and a 14-out strike against Alexander.
Gavin Schrader, Junior, Notre Dame – Centerfield / Pitcher, First Star – Hit 0.457 with five homers and 19 goals stolen in 19 attempts, as he struck out 54 catches in 22 innings pitched. His highlights of the season have been his 15 strikeouts against Attica, a two-homer game against Byron-Bergen and a win over Northstar. His career highlights have included playing for Team Valle and going to a showcase in Massachusetts.
Zach Howard, senior, Elba Island – Infield, first star – hit .333 with a .515 based percentage, .562 hitting percentage, one home run, two triples and 31 steals. His career highlights have included knocking down the No.2 seed in the sophomore sections and reaching the semifinals, being a timid triple of the cycle against Holley and hitting two trebles against Attica. Plans to attend Stony Brook University for Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
Caleb Scouten, Senior, Elba – First Star – Reached .212 with a base percentage of .381 and 10 RBIs. His career highlights have included appearing in the second-year section semifinals, beating Prattsburgh and playing Belfast in the semifinals. Plans to attend GCC for two years, then move to a four-year school to become a real estate agent.
Hunter Fletcher, Sr., Alexander – Centerfield / Shortstop, First All-Star – Hit 0.438 with 21 hits, one double, seven RBIs, four walks and 15 steals. His high point of the season qualified for the second round of the section, while his career high point was named player of the week. Plans to enter the US Air Force as an electrical engineer.
Josh Merrill, Sr., Alexander – First Base, First Star – Hit 0.444 with three doubles, one triple, 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases, while he only struck out one strike. His highlights of the season included advancing to the sectional round of sections, as he knocked out three runners trying to move from second to third after an early start. The highlight of his career was being named GR player of the week. Plans to attend GCC for a two year degree and then become a welder.
Gianni Ferrara, Sophomore, Byron-Bergen – Shortstop / Twice Star – Batted .414 this season. His high point of the season has been driving six points in a game, while his career high point has been flying at home.
Jayden Gibaud, Senior, Holley – Pitcher, First Star – Hit 30 on the mound this season. His career highlight has been having more than 100 career strikeouts. Plans to join the workforce after graduation.
Garrett Totten, senior, Pembroke – Shortstop / pitcher, first star – Hit 0.324 this season with a 0.625 based percentage, with four doubles and a triple, as he struck out 44 catches on the mound. His highlight of the season was pitching in a sectional match, while his career highlight was moving to college in his sophomore year. Plans to participate in the United States Marine Corps.