Originally written on Summer Ball  |  Last updated 3/22/12
From the NYCBL
For the Geneva Red Wings, this summer baseball season looks promising as they are relying on the “strength and speed of their outfield” says owner Dave Herbst.

“With a good blend of all players from the various divisions, the Geneva Red Wings consists mostly of D1 Guys” says Herbst. Among those D1 guys, is big hitting outfielder Dan Saluga (Youngstown State).Complementing Dan will be NYCBL All-Star Leon Stimpson (Alverina) who will make an impact both at the plate and on the bases. Other players expected to make a contribution this summer are spray hitting outfielder Brian Sullivan and Jon Leroux, A returning NYCBL All-Star who can catch.

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Undoubtedly, Speed and hitting appears to be the strengths for this year’ssquad, but what is up for speculation is whether the pitching staff will be a weakness or strength this season. “We will challenge our pitching staff, as it appears we are inexperienced. We plan on bringing an experienced pitching coach who will be a great leader for the staff” says Herbst. Up for the challenge will be left handed pitcher Phil Rosenblum (Villanova) who will be expected to log some innings for the Red Wings this summer as well as their side arm slinging bullpen threat, Zach Augustine (John Hopkins) who will be returning from last year’s team.

Aside from the pitching staff, the Red Wings return Ross Trachtenberg for his 4th season as the associate head coach. Trachtenberg is a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lastly, the team will try to continue its valued tradition of strong generals at the catcher’s position by breaking in three new catchers this season. The future looks bright for the Geneva Red Wings in their 10th season as part of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Let’s just hope they are ready for the challenge that awaits them for the 2012 summer baseball season.

-credited James Williamson


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