Southtowns Pride: Welcome



Top Row (left to right): Head Coach Chris Fritz, Jim LaPaglia, Alex Harvey, Jordan Schindler, Matt Shalloe, Justin Wisniewski, Assistant Coach Eric Harvey

Bottom Row (left to right): Bryan Solinski, Noah King, Matt O'Brien, Dylan Fritz, COnnor McMillan, Lucas Potter, Steven Mooney  







Wednesday, August 20

Thanks to all of the athletes that came to the tryouts for the 2015 15U team over the past week. Players that will be offered a roster spot will be notified by phone by Thursday evening August 21st. The coaching staff is reviewing information gathered at the tryouts - and its quite obvious some tough decisions will have to be made. We look forward to a very successful 2015 season.

Tuesday, August 12
2015 Tryout information

The 2nd tryout for the team will be held Tuesday 8/19/14 at Evans Youth Baseball, 6:00 PM. Address for the facility is 920 Bennett Road, Angola, NY.

Updates will be posted here as well as our facebook page as needed.

Adjustments to pricing and the program have been made to cut the total cost significantly from previous seasons - The Pride will be one of the most affordable options out there playing in The WNY Boys of Summer, 4 local tournaments as well as one out of town tournament. 2015 should include between scrimmages, league and tournament play - 40+ games once again next season.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 9
Pride a perfect 3-0 so far at Lou Gehrig tournament

Congratulations Pride - after opening rounds of The Lou Gehrig Ironhorse tournament running Thursday through this evening - we went 3-0 to get the #1 seed and a bye in the first round of playoffs being played tomorrow at Lou Gehrig in Amherst NY.

After Thursdays win vs. LG Blue, Pride played a double header today. Game 1 was vs. Southtowns Knights - another great game played by both teams with it going into the 7th, Knights up 1-0. The Pride tied it up 1-1, before exploding in the 8th with 7 runs to win the game 8-1. Justin Wisniewski with an absolute dominating pitching performance on the mound, completing the 8 inning game in just over 100 pitches with 16 STRIKEOUTS!

The second game tonight was against LG White - The Pride made a decision to let the guys play where they wanted to start the game - batting our entire 12 man lineup. A gamble - but the coaching staff felt all of the boys deserved it - and knew Mr Consistancy, Jimmy LaPaglia was on the hill with the ball in his hand. After an anxious 1st inning that found us down 2-0, lets just say our guys decided enough was enough - and went on to absolutely hit the cover off the ball putting up 28 runs to win the game 28-3. Big kudos go out to Lucas Potter going 3 for 4 playing both outfield and infield during the game.

Great job guys - keep your eyes on the prize - you are all playing GREAT baseball - keep it up tomorrow in the playoffs.

Thursday, August 7
The Prides on a roll

The Prides on a roll.....winning 4 tournament games in a row now and 6 of the last 8.

Opening night of Lou Gehrig Ironhorse tournament, The Pride defeat Lou Gehrig Blue 6-3. Matt Shalloe with yet another outstanding pitching performance going 5 strong innings in only 70 pitches before our closer, Bryan Solinski comes in to close the door.

Offensively, Jordan Schindler, Connor McMillan and Matt O'Brien all pitching in with 2 hits each, with The Pride hitting the ball hard all over the field totaling 12 hits across the lineup.

Great win tonight guys - puts us in good shape moving to Saturdays double header with the morning game at 10 a.m. vs The Southtowns Knights at Williamsville North High School. Afternoon game is back at Lou Gehrig to play Lou Gehrig White at 4:00.

Also, please shoot us an email if you haven't as of yet to let us know how many from your family will be attending lunch and year end awards between games so we can get the food ordered.

Roll Pride Roll !!!!!

Monday, August 4
The Southtowns Pride - 2014 Southtowns Slugfest 14U Champions

Congratulations go out to each and every member of the 2014 Pride in winning the Southtowns Slugfest Wood Bat Tournament over the Ironville Raiders, out of the Rochester, NY area, 3-1 on Sunday evening.

Your coaches, parents and fans are all very proud of all of you guys for gutting through tough circumstances throughout the tournament and staying on track to take the Championship game last night. Every player on the roster, in one way or another contributed to the team winning this championship.

Next up - we conclude the 2014 season with our final tournament of the year, The Lou Gehrig Ironhorse Tournament in East Amherst, NY. You guys overall throughout the month of July and into August, have played some very good ball together - making Championship games of tournaments in both of the past 2 weekends. One more to go - lets take a third trophy home this year!!


Saturday, August 2
The Pride advance to 2nd Championship game in as many weeks

Way to go boys! To come back in the playoffs of the Southtowns Slugfest today when down 5-0 in the first and play like you guys did - makes your Coach awfully proud of each and every one of you. Huge performance from Jimmy LaPaglia on the hill this afternoon. To overcome absolutely HORRID umpiring and keep on throwing strikes - gutting through it - outstanding work.

I hope everyone, meaning our... parents, players and fans was alright with what transpired in the 6th inning between myself and the umpires. In all the years I've coached - I have NEVER been thrown out of a game. However - I truly felt it was what needed to happen on a few different levels. The boys needed someone to stick up for them at that point - the umpires needed to know what was going on was NOT OK, and at the time I felt it would boost our guys emotions and hopefully get them to let it go - to go out and take that game.

Great TEAM victory to move on to our 2nd Championship game in as many weeks. Every player played a role in that game and that's how teams win close games like that.

As of now - the Championship game is scheduled for 11:45 at the same diamond. If anything happens with the schedule due to weather this afternoon, I'll let everyone know as soon as I do. Plan on being onsite between 10:30 and 10:45. LETS DO THIS PRIDE - LEAVE EVERYTHING ON THE FIELD TOMORROW AND LETS KEEP THIS TROPHY IN THE SOUTHTOWNS!!


Tuesday, July 29
Overall - July a good month for The Pride

Pride had a rough tournament up in Lewiston at The Lancer Classic - our draw certainly didn't help - but we didn't help ourselves playing some sloppy baseball for the most part through out the weekend going 0-3 in seed play, and 1-1 in the playoff round.

Bounced back strong the following week, taking Orchard Park Thunder down 14-2, and then defeating New Era 9-4, and 1-0 in a double header. Nice second half of Boys of Summer, going 6-2 in the second half of our season - one of the strongest second halves in the league.

At the Summer Sizzler in Mill Creek, PA., The Pride took home some hardware finishing in 2nd place for the tournament, losing to Harbour Creek in the championship game - hands down the strongest team we've seen all year.

 Two tournaments left for our 2014 season - this upcoming weekend at The Southtowns Slugfest wood bat tournament in Evans, NY, and the following weekend at The Lou Gehrig Ironhorse tournament in Amherst, NY. Let's finish the season out strong - ROLL PRIDE.