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.

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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.

ROCHESTER — With the news that the minor-league baseball season is officially canceled, the Rochester Red Wings are offering fans who purchased tickets for the 2020 season various options.

After months of back-and-forth bickering over money between the Major League Baseball owners and Players Association, they could not come to agreement for a shortened season because of the pandemic.

WATERLOO — Waterloo High School’s 54th annual sports award ceremony wasn’t the usual night of celebration it has been in years past. Nonetheless, the Athletic Department ensured the district’s student-athletes were honored for their hard work and dedication.

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

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NEWARK — Ben Cowles was a standout baseball player during his time in Newark High School. And, he seized an opportunity few from this region get: He is attending the University of Maryland, playing NCAA Division I baseball on an athletic scholarship.

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LATHAM — The announcement that many suspected came down from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Monday morning: There will be no state championships for spring sports in 2020.

I grew up in New Britain, Conn., as a Detroit Tigers fan who also liked the Red Sox. My father was originally a New York (baseball) Giants fan and had converted to the Yankees. My mother was part of a large extended family that was all diehard Red Sox fans. I was 6 years old, undecided on wh…

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NEWARK — Despite being in its winter hibernation, baseball still finds a way to remain relevant throughout the cold months.

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GENEVA — After a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the Elmira Pioneers in the first round of the PGCBL playoffs, the Geneva Red Wings’ season ended with a series loss against the Adirondack Trail Blazers.

NEWARK — After battling it out all season long, the Geneva Red Wings (24-20) and Newark Pilots (17-30) met for the final time in the 2019 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Season.

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GENEVA — In the home stretch of every sports season playoff implications are on the line, and coaches will typically say, “we control our own destiny.” That was the case in the Red Wings double header action between Adirondack on Thursday night. If Geneva captured both games over the Trail B…

LITTLE FALLS — Going into Tuesday night’s game at Mohawk Valley, the Pilots had dropped five straight games and were looking to get off the losing schneid.

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NEWARK — The weather in the Finger Lakes region has been steadily warming up as of late, and nothing says summer better than a warm night at the ball park.

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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.