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Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. In front are Coach Derek Tombs, Cody Green, Charles Alton, Cam Clark, Mike Bolster, Frank Barbagallo, and Coach Joe Labeef. In back are Coach Matt Kitts, Matthew Kitts, Koda Labeef, Chris Jones, Austin Mattison, Josh Carney, Jake Seymour, and Adam Baldwin.

Under 14 Fulton baseball team wins CanAm tournament

Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. In front are Coach Derek Tombs, Cody Green, Charles Alton, Cam Clark, Mike Bolster, Frank Barbagallo, and Coach Joe Labeef. In back are Coach Matt Kitts, Matthew Kitts, Koda Labeef, Chris Jones, Austin Mattison, Josh Carney, Jake Seymour, and Adam Baldwin.

by Rob Tetro

Fulton’s Under 14 Baseball Team recently won the CanAm Championship. The team, which consisted of 10 players from Fulton, one from Hannibal and another from Oswego, was coached by Derek Tombs and Matt Kitts.

The team took on teams from Long Island, Cape Vincent and Syracuse.

Fulton’s Under 14 Team first took on Valley/Eastwood Aug. 3. Fulton came away with a 12-0 win in a game that was called after 5 innings.

Fulton was led by Adam Baldwin. Baldwin was 1-3 at bat, which included a triple that brought in three runs. Austin Mattison was 2-3 at bat with three RBIs and two stolen bases. Frank Barbagallo had two hits and scored twice.

Charles Alton earned the win for Fulton. Alton pitched four innings while striking out two batters and giving up only a hit. Koda LaBeef came in as relief for Alton. LaBeef struck out two batters while giving up only a hit in one inning of work.

The team’s second game was against Cape Vincent Aug. 3. Fulton came away with a 7-2 win. Josh Carney earned the win on the mound. In five innings of work, he struck out 10 batters while keeping Cape Vincent off the scoreboard.

Mattison came in as relief for Carney. Mattison struck out four Cape Vincent batters while giving up only one earned run in two innings of work.

Alton was 1-2 at bat with two RBIs. Baldwin was 1-2 at bat with an RBI and Jake Seymour scored two runs and stole three bases.

Up next for Fulton was West Nyack Aug. 4. Fulton held on for an 8-6 win.

Fulton were led on the mound by Mike Bolster, who struck out five West Nyack batters. He gave up five earned runs in four innings pitched.

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Transition to evening games successful for Kiwanis baseball

by Rob Tetro

Derek Tombs has returned for his second season at the helm of Kiwanis Baseball. He enjoys his position, just as his father once did as Kiwanis past director.

To encourage more players to take part in the program, the games have been moved to the evening. By changing the times of the games, Tombs feels that he will accomodate players better,

Last season, the program featured 19 teams and 260 players. This season, the number of teams has jumped up to 26 with 325 players in the program. Tombs has mentioned previously that his ultimate goal is to have a league that features 500 participants. The numbers show that his vision is not an impossible one.

It seems Tombs’ vision is inspired by the desire to provide youth baseball and softball players of Oswego County a positive social outlet to be apart of during the summer.

“I like to see kids outside and active instead of playing video games and in front of the television,” said Tombs.

Aside from the move to evening competition, Kiwanis Baseball features other changes as well this summer. The Minor League and Softball League fields now have drainage systems in place. New grass and dirt are also new additions to these fields.

Tombs expresses his appreciation for the work that Fulton Kiwanis Club and Fulton Little League has put into Kiwans Kidhaven.

“All the work that Kiwanis Club and Little League has done to the fields has made our complex one of the nicest in the area.”

Tombs  suggests that there are a number of reasons why the decision was made to allow Kiwanis Baseball to become a summer evening pasttime. With some parents working during the day, players were forced to walk or ride their bikes to the fields in potentially sweltering summer heat for games.

Tombs and Kiwanis Club opted to bring Kiwanis baseball to the evenings so that parents could safely accompany their children to the games and other league functions. Tombs feels that whether its volunteer coaching or other league functions, everybody wins when there is more parental participation.

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