NY Midgets Alumni (2004-2009)





NY Midgets Alumni Invitational
Sunday August 8th - 2:00pm

On Sunday August 8th, featured players from past years' NY Midget teams participated in an Alumni Invitational Game against the current NY Midget team.  Thirteen players were confirmed for this eight inning game.  Umpires worked the plate and the bases and the game was competitive.  The Alumni players took pre-game batting practice and wore their old NY uniform.

A box-score from the game is posted here.  Pictures are posted here, here, and here.

NY Midget Alumni Roster:

Mike Blachford

Mike Blachford played with the NY Midget team from 2004-2005.  Mike caught, pitched, and starred for the NY Midgets during the initial rebuilding years.  Mike was the first player approached to make the transition from NYBA Bantam houseleague to Midget Rep.  Mike finished his career with a .350% average and 67 RBI in only two seasons, plus 9 wins and 4 complete games on the mound.  Mike was voted the team's best hitter in 2005 and still holds NY Midget records for consecutive at-bats with a hit (6) and RBI in a single game (8).

Anthony Szczachor

Anthony Szczachor played with the NY Midget team in 2008.  After changing teams three times in three years, Anthony found a home with the NY Midgets as a solid and dependable backup catcher.  Anthony once accidentally volunteered to pitch in a game - contributing to the NY Midgets' second largest loss in team history.

Anthony caught Brendan's complete game 12-1 victory over the East Pointe Express in the CABA Michigan 18u State Tournament.

Wesley Tysdale

Wesley Tysdale played with the NY Midget team from 2004-2006.  Wes was an irreplaceable part of his team's tournament victory in Oshawa ('06) and at the 2006 TBA Championships.

Between 2004 and 2006, Wes increased his batting average by 100 points, added 50 points to his on-base percentage, and stole 79 bases (which is third highest all time).  His .324 career average is fifth highest all time among players who played at least two years.   In both 2004 and 2006, Wes was awarded a Most Improved Player trophy.

Rob Echlin

Rob Echlin played with the NY Midget team from 2005-2007.  Rob's determination and consistency contributed to his teams tournament victories (Ajax '06, Oshawa '06, Bolton '07) and on route to winning the 2006 TBA Championship.

Between 2005 and 2007, Rob added 100 points to his batting average, doubled his at-bats, tripled his runs and RBI totals and lowered his strikeout-to-plate appearance ratio from .38 to .17.  Rob earned a Most Improved Player award in 2007.

Jake Mooney

Jake Mooney played with the NY Midget team from 2006-2008 and attended the CABA 18u World Series with the team in 2009.  Jake excelled in each season both at the plate and on the mound.  Jake finished his NY Midget career with a .324% batting average, 83 stolen bases, a .479% on-base percentage, a 14-6 win/loss record and 158 strikeouts.  In 2006, Jake pitched 10 consecutive innings without allowing a hit and reached base in 12 consecutive at-bats.  In 2008, Jake pitched a no-hitter and hit for the cycle.  Jake's teammates voted him the Most Valuable Player in 2007 and 2008.

Brendan Lynch

Brendan Lynch played with the NY Midget team from 2007-2009.  Brendan's competitive edge helped drive his 'big game' successes.  Brendan earned tournament game MVP awards four times and pitched two complete games in the CABA Michigan State tournament in 2008.

On June 22nd 2007, Brendan set an NY Midget team record by striking out 13 batters in one game.   In 2008, Brendan contributed to a no-hitter by striking out 9 batters in three innings.   At the end of the 2009 season, Brendan's teammates voted him Team Leader.

Randy Back

Randy Back played with the NY Midget team from 2005-2007.  Randy was the team's starting shortstop throughout each season, during NY Midget tournament victories (Ajax '06, Oshawa '06), and on route to winning the 2006 TBA Championship. 

Randy's five hits in a 2006 single game is still an NY Midget record.

In all three of his seasons, Randy's teammates unanimously voted him the team's Best Defensive Player.

Steve Hersch

Steve Hersch played for the NY Midget team from 2004-2006 and completed his NY career by leading his team to the 2006 TBA Championship.  Steve brought stability to the centre-field position and the leadoff spot of the batting order.  In 2005, Steve stole 59 bases (including 7 in one game) toward an NY Midget career record of 154 stolen bases.  Steve also holds career records for runs, hits, on-base percentage, and plate appearances.  In 2006, Steve recorded a 14-game hitting streak.  In all three of his seasons, Steve's teammates voted him both Team Leader and Most Valuable Player.

Chris Gott

Chris Gott played for the NY Midget team from 2005-2006 and with the team during the 2007 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Chris dominated on the mound during both full seasons and led his team to the 2006 TBA Championship.

Chris ended his career with a tiny 2.14 ERA and 123 strikeouts.  In 2005, Chris struck-out 7 batters in a row.  Chris holds the NY Midget record for complete games with 12 and he pitched an impressive 21-inning streak in which he did not walk a batter.  Chris's teammates voted him Best Pitcher in both 2005 and 2006.

Robert Ghandour

Robert Ghandour played for the NY Midget team from 2007-2008.  Robert's skill set included all three major baseball tools - speed, pitching, and power. 

Robert finished his career with a 10-2 pitching record, a .357% batting average (an NY Midget record), and a .459% on-base percentage.   His 2008 season was highlighted by an amazing .528% on-base percentage.

In 2007, Robert's teammates voted him the team's Best Pitcher and the team's Best Hitter.

Robin Fox-Pappas

Robin Fox-Pappas played for the NY Midget team in 2009.  Robin's approachable nature was invaluable in helping connect the older '91 players with the younger '93 players.  Robin contributed to his team's finish as finalists in the Oshawa tournament and at the TBA Championship.

One of the highlights of Robin's season occurred on June 25th when he went 4-4 with three doubles and a 9th inning intentional walk against a team managed by Robin's former coaches.

Sean Usher

Sean Usher played for the NY Midget team in 2006.  Sean helped his team win two tournaments (Ajax '06, Oshawa '06) and the TBA Championship. 

A true power hitter, Sean's 50 RBI are the second highest single-season total ever achieved by a NY Midget player.  Underrated on the basepaths, Sean also stole 10 bases in 2006.

One of Sean's career defining moments was the homerun he crushed into the trees in Lewiston, NY to continue a team rally.   Sean also won the homerun derby event at the 2006 Cannon Cup in Oakville.

Justin Newbold

Justin Newbold played for the NY Midget team from 2007-2009.  Justin helped his team win two tournaments (Bolton '07, St. Clair Shores '08) and his 2009 team finished in third place at the OBA Championship.

Signed as LHP, Justin developed into a well-rounded outfielder and stolen-base threat - stealing a team-high 39 bases in 2009.  Justin's best season was his 2008 year in which he had a .367% average, a .420% on-base percentage, contributed to a no-hitter, and hit a grand slam homerun in the CABA 18u Michigan State Tournament.



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