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  





Monday, June 30
HUGE win tonight - Pride defeat KC Curve 6-5

Couldn't be happier with the boys tonight - they hung in there and kept it close the whole game. They stayed patient until the time was there and Jordan Schindler came up HUGE with a bases clearing double to win the game.

TEAM baseball - everyone played a roll - Jim LaPaglia gutting out 5 innings in the heat on the mound, Steven Mooney playing part of set up man, and Jordan Schindler once again closing the game out on the hill. Kudos to Alex Harvey behind the plate tonight as well - it was HOT out there. Connor McMillan keeps his hot bat going being the only player on the roster with multiple hits tonight.

Baserunning and our up and down hitting is a little concerning - BUT - we've won 3 of our last 4 - lets keep it going gentleman. Lets get hot at the right point in the season - playoffs and tournaments.

 GREAT WIN GUYS - the rubber match with the Buffalo Wings next up on Saturday - lets take it!




Saturday, June 28
Pride split double header with the Buffalo Wings Saturday

Pride split the double header with the Buffalo Wings today, losing the opener 6-1, & winning the 2nd game 9-5. Once again, pitching staff did a great job, this time with Matt Shalloe throwing a solid 6 1/3 only allowing 2 earned runs in game 1. Justin Wisnewski threw 6 1/3 in game 2 allowing 3 earned runs over 6 innings. Jordan Schindler closed both games down. Bats were cold in game 1, with Prid...e only getting 4 hits but woke up in a big way with 14 hits in game 2.
Starting rotation of LaPaglia, Shalloe, and Wisniewski doing a great job on the mound keeping us in games - we hit like we did in game 2, a lot more wins on the way in second half of the season.
Lucas Potter leaves Monday for an experience of a life time on a three week trip to Australia....enjoy every minute of it Lucas!
We're down to 11 guys for awhile - let's keep our heads in every game and continue playing team baseball. Today evened our overall record to 10-10.
Next up, KC Curve on Monday night, LaPaglia on the hill to start - let's go PRIDE

Wednesday, June 25
Pride defeat Orchard Park 4-3 in a great ball game

After a long weekend where The Pride found itself losing 3 games to The Academy and WNY Prospects by a combined total of 4 runs - great rebound defeating The Orchard Park Thunder, a team in the top of the league, 4-3 Tuesday night at Lake Shore. Play of the game was a suicide squeeze bunt by Noah King scoring Alex Harvey from third base to take the lead 3-2 in the fourth. Justin Wisniewski broke out of his hitting slump in a big way in the 6th, opening the inning with a triple, before Steven Mooney got the RBI single. Jim LaPaglia had yet another strong night on the mound going 6 1/3 innings before Jordan Schindler came in for the save.
Great game boys. Evens our season record to 9-9 with a big double header Saturday vs. Buffalo Wings.
Lets get on a little roll - Boys of Summer games now half over - lets make the second half of the season stronger than the first.

Thursday, June 19
Up and down week for The Pride.
Started the Lancaster Tournament - lets just say not all that well - but finished STRONG reaching the semi-finals before losing to the eventual champion - Lou Gehrig Red, 4-3. The Pride officially ended the tournament in 4th place - not to bad for our first of the year. 4 more tournaments to go!
Tuesday night, The Pride from Sunday disappeared and played an awful against The Southtowns Knights losing 12-7. We've got to get better at showing up every game to play and focused on baseball. We'll get there -
This upcoming weekend , Friday night at 6:15 vs. Academy Stars @ Lake Shore. Saturday we're back at Lake Shore for a double header vs. The WNY Prospects. Game times 10:00 and 12:30.
Lets get a little swagger back to our game guys!

Tuesday, June 10
Tonights game has been postponed

Tuesday June 10th's game vs. New Era has been postponed due to an issue with our field. Make up date has not been made as of yet. Will pass along as soon as we get something.

Saturday, June 7
Pride split the double header with Evans

Pride split the double header with the Evans Eagles today. Pride winning game 1 , 3-1. Justin Wisniewski got the win with a complete game. Play of the game was a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Dylan Fritz with Jordan Schindler charging the dish from third base to plate the run...Fritzy hustling down the line to beat the throw for an infield hit.

Evans took game 2, 8-5. Matt Shalloe w...ith yet another strong outing on the hill (his 4th in a row) - but our defense and some flukey calls/plays hurt us in the end as Evans jumped to an 8-2 lead in the 7th. Loved how the boys charged back in bottom of the 7th to plate 3 but we had dug to big a hole for ourselves to climb out of that late in the game.

Todays games put our overall record at 6-2, Boys of Summer record sits at 1-2. New Era Gold, next up Tuesday at Lake Shore, first pitch at 6:15 PM.

Thursday, June 5
Nice bounce back Win after Tuesdays loss

After an ugly 6-1 loss to the Southtowns Knights on Tuesday, The Pride bounce back in a big way tonight vs. North Tonawanda. Pride extend their record to 5-1 with the 11-1 win tonight. Nice game both defensively and offensively tonight. Jim LaPaglia gets his first win of the season as he and Connor McMillan combine for the 1 hitter. Defensive play of the game came early in the game. Hard hit ball into the left/center gap. Dylan Fritz tracked it down just before the fence, turned and threw to SS Matt O'Brien who then threw a perfect strike to C Steven Mooney to get the runner in a close play at the plate. Offensively - 13 hits to push the 11 runs across, 5 of them in the 6th to get the mercy run rule put into effect. Lucas Potter and Steven Mooney each with 2 RBI's in the big win.

Lets go out and get 2 more wins this Saturday in the double header home opener at Lake Shore vs, The Evans Eagles.

Tuesday, June 3
6/3 Game vs Knights is ON

Looks like the weather has decided to hold out for us this evening - the game vs. Southtowns Knights is a go. Game will be played on the lower diamond at St Francis - it is behind the football field complex - NOT the Varsity field on top of the hill with the fence. See you there!

Sunday, May 25
Pride sweep another double header, this time vs. Mel Ott

The Pride extend their record to 4-0 after another double header sweep today, this time Vs. Mel Ott.

Once again, stand out pitching performances and solid defense was the story of the day.  Connor McMillan started game 1 and threw a solid 3 innings before Bryan Solinski took the hill in the 4th to complete the 6-1 victory.

Matt Shalloe picks up his 2nd win of the young season by throwing a 43 pitch, 4 inning perfect game to take the Mercy Run ruled game, 14 - 0.  

Overall outstanding defensive performance across the board making plays all over the field when needed to get the 2 wins.

 Heads up base running, smart at bats,  quality bunts and hitting balls to right areas of the field to advance base runners....was nice to get a little "small ball" work in to show the guys we can move guys into scoring position in a lot of ways.

4 and 0 to start - but we've got a lot of ball to go against quality teams - lets keep our heads on straight and keep playing quality ball. 

  - Coach 

Thursday, May 22
Double header VS. Mel Ott, Sunday May 25th

Pride will be playing Mel Ott Travel Sunday May 25th at Mel Ott Little League complex, located at 377 Meyer Rd, Amherst, NY 14226. The complex is behind Dicks Sporting Goods and Tops on Maple Road. First pitch for Game #1 is 10:00 AM, with the second game beginning at 12:30.

 We're rolling with 10 guys on Sunday so everyone be up and ready for a lot of ball.  Plan on being at the diamond between 9:15 and 9:30 at the latest to get warmed up and ready. Lets start this season 4-0!!

Sunday, May 18
PRIDE begin the 2014 Season with a sweep of doubleheader vs. Springville

Congratulations Pride on a sweep of Springville in our double header opener in the Buffalo Niagara Select League. The first game was a 5-0 shutout behind the strong pitching of Matt Shalloe and Connor McMillan, and an overall solid defensive effort from the entire team - ending with a double play put out from Center Field.

Second game - Pride went down 4-0 in the first inning before more standout efforts from our pitching staff by Alex Harvey and Justin Wisniewski, shut Springville down the rest of the way pulling off the come back with a 5-4 victory. Lucas Potter had the clutch, game winning triple in the 6th pushing the winning run across the plate.

Standout pitching performances, shutdown defense and clutch hitting sure sounds like a combination to win a lot of games this season. Great job boys!


Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Fri 7/25 Baseball Summer Sizzler Tournament Day 1 TBA
Sat 7/26 Baseball Summer Sizzler Tournament Day 2 TBA
Sun 7/27 Baseball Summer Sizzler Tournament Day 3 TBA
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Thu 7/17 Baseball Boys of Summer Game #15 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM Green Lake/Yates Park
Tue 7/22 Baseball Boys of Summer Game #16 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM Lakeshore Little League Town Diamond