June 8, 2023

Jarrett Brown (#42) and Saugerties Stallions teammates rejoice after successful the opening sport of the PGCBL championship 2-1 at Cantine Area in Saugerties final 12 months. (John Ianelli and Chris Whitaker)

The Saugerties Stallions noticed their season come to an finish earlier this month with a 5-3 highway loss to the Amsterdam Mohawks within the Good Sport Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division championship sport. The Stallions did not defend their league title, received for the primary time in workforce historical past one 12 months earlier and extra importantly they could have performed their ultimate sport. 

In an announcement posted to their social media pages on Saturday, August 6, the Hinchey household stated they might be stepping apart as house owners of the favored workforce, which in its six seasons in Saugerties drew big crowds at its residence video games at Cantine Area, included former members of the New York Yankees on the teaching employees and noticed native households open their doorways to school gamers from across the nation for the summer time season. 

“Thanks to our Saugerties Stallions household for an additional fantastic season,” learn the Hinchey assertion. “We’ve had an unimaginable journey these previous (seven) years, creating new friendships with some superb folks from everywhere in the nation. Some who’ve change into our household. Each single certainly one of our gamers and their households has had a huge effect on our lives and holds a particular place in our hearts.”

The assertion didn’t say that the workforce would stop to exist, solely that the household would now not be concerned as house owners. 

“It was a choice that was a tough one and one that may go away a void in our lives for positive,” learn the Hinchey assertion. “It’s our hope {that a} new proprietor will take over and proceed our dedication to our group and transfer ahead with the identical love and fervour for this system as we had.”

In its six seasons of play — 2020 was canceled early within the COPVID-19 pandemic —  the Stallions made the playoffs 5 instances and received the PGCBL championship in 2021. 

Within the season finale towards Amsterdam, the Stallions took a 1-0 lead within the prime of the primary inning when Garrison Berkley, an outfielder from Texas Christian College, smacked an RBI double. Berkley would later rating on a dropped strike three that noticed the ball roll to the backstop. 

The Mohawks scored as soon as every within the second and third innings to knot the sport at 2-2 earlier than the Stallions retook the lead within the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jehlani Rogers, an outfielder from Florida Gulf Coast College. 

However whereas the nicely had run dry for the Stallions, Amsterdam plated three runs within the residence half of the sixth with back-to-back RBI singles by catcher Mark Black and heart fielder Nick Giamarusti. Whereas the Stallions threatened from then on, they had been unable to attain one other run. 

It was a topsy-turvy season for Saugerties, which opened slowly earlier than peeling off a sequence of successful streaks. The Stallions completed in third place within the East Division with an general report of 27-19. Whereas the center of the season noticed them play as sizzling because the Hudson Valley temperature, they’d a 5-4-1 report of their ultimate ten video games, nicely behind the tempo of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, who went 9-1 over the identical stretch to complete one sport forward of Saugerties. 

The place the Stallions go from right here stays to be seen. The Hinchey household, together with Proprietor and Group President Kevin Hinchey, are hopeful this isn’t the tip of the workforce.

“Our honest heartfelt thanks to our followers and supporters,” learn the Hinchey household assertion. “These years couldn’t have been potential with out you. There are too many individuals to call individually, however please know that our success was your success, and we’re without end grateful to you all. As all the time … roll ponies.”

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