NEWARK — It took a few tries for the Finger Lakes Lake Show to knock off the dominant Sharks in the Rochester Baseball league, but Sunday’s extra-inning victory was all the more sweeter for Ryan Johnson and the Lake Show.

It’s possible no other league’s teams beat up on each other in baseball more than Wayne County and with all that fire power the Gananda Blue Panthers came out as league champions. The Blue Panthers were 16-4 overall and 13-1 in the league with the only one loss in league play against William…

The 2021 season was one of the shortest baseball campaigns that Section V has seen in recent years, but there was still plenty of time for sectional champions to be crowned and All-League selections to be handed out.

AUBURN — The Geneva Red Wings traveled to take on the Auburn Doubledays, first-year member of the PGCBL, on Sunday evening.

NEWARK — The Geneva Red Wings have stumbled of late after their 4-0 start to the season, and they traveled to take on the Newark Pilots Wednesday night for their fifth meeting of the season.

WELLSVILLE — Penn Yan baseball’s journey through the 2021 Class B2 Section V championship tournament certainly was not monotonous. The No. 5-seeded Mustangs came back from five runs down against Wayland-Cohocton, defeated LeRoy via an unusual disqualification and then traveled to the edge of…


WATERLOO — Dan Palermo records every single one of his son Sammy’s at-bats, not only to hold onto cherished memories, but also to help show Sammy how to get better. It’s a timeless activity for any father helping their child get better at baseball.

NEWARK — Optimism is in the air at Colburn Park for the start of the 2021 Newark Pilots season. For the Szatkos, the start of their first season as the owners of Newark has been a long time awaited.

GENEVA — Admittedly, a lack of statistical evidence prevents a tried and true preview for the Geneva Red Wings in their upcoming season of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball league.


GENEVA — The Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders baseball team let their play slightly slip after a 9-0 start to the season. Meanwhile, the Geneva Panthers looked to win their second game over the Red Raiders to continue their push for the Finger Lakes East title.

WATERLOO — These final two weeks of the regular season are going to help teams prepare for sectionals. The Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles and the Waterloo Indians are two teams that are still trying to fine tune their squads heading toward the postseason.

GENEVA — If the first few weeks are any indication, it’s going to be a battle until the very end for the Finger Lakes East baseball title. The Newark Reds and the Geneva Panthers look to be in that conversation all season long.

SENECA FALLS — The Seneca Falls Little League season got underway Saturday. Before a pitch had been thrown, the organization took some time to honor someone who had contributed much to the league and community.

KEUKA PARK — Keuka baseball hosted Houghton Friday afternoon, looking to gain momentum following a split doubleheader against Utica earlier in the week.


Shortly after sending 12 emails to the different athletic directors in our area like a Gatling flare gun, I was pancaked by emotion and elation in anticipation of next week.

HOPEWELL — Finger Lakes Community College baseball and softball were in action on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of doubleheaders against Erie College. The women played at Erie while the men hosted the Kats at home.


It’s been a near two years since we’ve seen our traditional Opening Day and that day has finally arrived for the 2021 Major League Baseball season.

Baseball computer departments and their endless obsession for crunching statistics have converted the sport into a simulated, robotic chess match, even referring to players as pieces. Their position shifts and analytics — OPS, WAR, WHIP, ISO, BABIP — have transformed our beloved game into ro…

PITTSFORD — Not soon after the Hobart Statesmen began their 2021 season, the rest of Hobart and William Smith spring athletics “sprang” into action. The William Smith lacrosse team saw their first action in over a year taking on No. 11 ranked St. John Fisher in Pittsford.

CANANDAIGUA — The first day of above-freezing temperatures in the month of February is not the only sign that spring is on the horizon. Weeks ago, Hobart lacrosse released an eight-game tentative schedule for the spring 2021 season, and now Finger Lakes Community College baseball has joined …

I created and coined the phrase “Six-Tool Player.” The concept was first published in an article I wrote for the L.A. Times on Aug. 28, 2010, and again on Dec. 14, 2013. I originally thought of this concept because Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, five-tool players for the Dodgers, were committing…

GENEVA — High-risk winter sports began practice this week, with games set to begin next week. In less than a month, the winter season will ramp up and overlap with the Fall II sports season — a rare crossroads of football and basketball meeting before spring sports get underway.

Genevan John Oughterson and I were both talked about and quoted in the book “Tony Perez: From Cuba to Cooperstown.” We spent two evenings with author John Erardi at McDonough Park discussing Geneva’s NY-Penn League baseball teams. A year or so later Mr. Erardi came back to Geneva and gave us…

In the months of May, June and July, sports junkies like myself took to watching Korean baseball at 5:30 in the morning or even table tennis to get our sports fix. Even I struggled to find positivity in that.

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The 2016-17 high school sports season had it all. From instant-classic football games to teams capturing sectional championships on the hardwood to a standout earning gold at the state track meet — it was a stellar season for athletes and teams in the Finger Lakes.