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Baseball Travel


Well, we were all hoping to be done with this white stuff, but with the school cancellations we also lose our gym space and will have to postpone tonight’s travel tryouts. Revised dates are shown below. For baseball, this is obviously much less notice than we wanted to provide, so please let us know if you wanted to try out but simply can not make it. We will have to set up a separate date if needed. Softball will still hold its previously scheduled 2nd session date and a postponed date for tonight (see below).

Postponed Open Travel Baseball tryouts are scheduled for:

• Tuesday, March 6th and Tuesday March 13th
• Veeder Elementary School, 25 Veeder Dr, Colonie
• 5:30pm – 6:30pm – 8U (age 8 and under)*
• 6:30pm – 7:30pm – 9U (age 9 and under)*
• 7:30pm – 8:30pm – 10U (age 10 and under)*

Additional information available on our website www.southcolonieball.org/baseball/travel-programs

If you have any questions for Baseball, please contact: Matt Conley at mattconley@southcolonieball.org

Open Travel Softball tryouts are scheduled for:

• Friday, March 9th and Friday March 16th*
• Roessleville Elementary School, 100 California Ave, Colonie
• 6:30pm – 8:30pm – 10U & 12U**

* Interested players must attend at least one of the two tryouts, and are highly encouraged to attend both.
**17U Travel Softball tryouts will be on an undetermined later date.

Additional information available on our website www.southcolonieball.org/softball/divisions

If you have any questions for Softball, please contact: Bryan Kelly at bryankelly@southcolonieball.org

2018 Travel Baseball & Softball Tryouts

In addition to our recreation programs, SCYB&GS also has a great travel program for our older players.  Any player with any interest in our travel programs will need to attend their appropriate tryout. Tryouts are open to ALL players that meet the age requirements and are registered for recreation ball. Registration is available at http://www.southcolonieball.org/registration/. Player age is determined by their age as of May 1, 2018 for Baseball and Dec. 31, 2017 for softball. Tryouts are open, FAIR and great competitive experience for players. Even if you would just like to see what the programs are about, come join us, let your players have some fun and ask lots of questions to our wonderful coaches! Attendance at multiple sessions is more than welcome if unsure what level your child would like to play provided they meet the age requirements. 

See Baseball and Softball tabs on the website for additional information.

Open Travel Baseball ball tryouts are scheduled for:

Date: March 2, 2018
Location: Veeder School
8U (8 & Under) = 5:30-6:30pm
9U (age 9 & under) = 6:30-7:30pm
10U (age 10 & under) = 7:30-8:30pm

* Additional tryouts may be necessary, depending on attendance

Open Travel Softball tryouts are scheduled for:

• Friday, March 2nd and Friday, March 9th*
• Roessleville Elementary School, 100 California Ave, Colonie
• 6:30pm – 8:30pm – 10U & 12U**

* Interested players must attend at least one of the two tryouts, and are highly encouraged to attend both.
**17U Travel Softball tryouts will be on an undetermined later date.

Questions? Email
Baseball mattconley@southcolonieball.org
Softball bryankelly@southcolonieball.org


9u Travel “Under the Lights”

travel teamCome out on Friday 6/12 to the pocket park to see the South Colonie 9u travel team take on Clifton Park. The two teams pair off at 8:15 pm under the lights on the Cal Ripken field directly following a SC intermediates rec game. The concession stand will be rocking and the weather looks to be terrific. So come out and cheer on your Raiders! The Raiders boast a record of 3-2-1 while Clifton Park comes in at 1-4.

2015 Baseball travel teams

South Colonie Youth Baseball is proud to announce that we will be fielding 2 Spring travel baseball teams in 2015. We were hoping to field an 8u / 9u /10u, but based on interest and other factors, we were only able to field an 8u and a 9u. Congratulations to the following children selected to represent the South Colonie Raiders.


There will be a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:35 – Shaker Elm School. Parents and players of travel teams must all be present. This meeting is open to anyone in our program though. If you have an interest, please make every effort to attend.

8u team

Cameron Frazier
Tyler Rosebeck
Michael Jewett
Dylan Mehleisen
Matthew Sbardella
Justice Golson
William Lockart
Braden McElroy
Joey Naubuer
Derek Stone
Ryan Parisi
Erik Adams


Manager: Tom Jewett
Coaches: Chris Rosebeck and Geoff Frazier

9u team

Dillon Small
Ryan Mele
Brendan Shea
Brandon Mehleisen
Moose Currao
Connor Ayala
Jason Cleary
Michael Sbardella
Sadie DeCrescenzo
Geneo Savoca Jr.
Deven Small
Robert Adams


Manager: Adrian Ayala
Coaches: Tim Shea and Rich Currao


Bottle Drive

SCYB Bottle Drive 2015lgSouth Colonie Youth Baseball and Girls Softball will be collecting for our annual bottle drive on Sunday March 29th from 9 am to 12 noon. Please leave your empty bottles out by 9 am and we’ll come by to pick them up.

Or, you can stop down at our pocket park off Exchange Street, between Fairfield Ave and Everette Road to drop off.

Or, friend us on Facebook, leave us a message, and we’ll come pick them up!

If you cannot make it on Sunday, please donate your bottles and cans to Colonie Beverage Center under our name and we’ll get the donation. Every little bit helps.

Thank you

Spring Baseball Travel 8/9/10u

There will be open tryouts for spring travel baseball this Friday at Shaker Road El from 5:30-8PM.  The tryouts are for 8,9 and 10 year old players. we are using the tryouts to see how many kids are interested in playing. Please plan on attending to tryout and learn more about the teams. If you want your player to play more baseball and have a great time learning then come out to the tryout. There is no cost for the tryout. Bring sneakers and a glove and we will do the rest. See you Friday!

If you are thinking about it or your player wants to play but cant make the tryout please email me and let me know you are interested! jonfinlan@southcolonieball.org

Fall Ball 2014

SC 8u

8u SC Fall Ball team


10u SC Fall Ball team

South Colonie Youth Baseball fielded two Fall Ball teams in 2014 to compete locally from September through October. Hot off their All-Star summer, Adrian Ayala managed the 8u team and won the American and National league divisions with an impressive record. South Colonie also fielded a 10u team managed by Ed Stevens. Although their win/loss record was not what they hoped, all the boys progressed and grew as we look forward to the Spring.

It is our intent to continue to field teams for the Spring and Fall travel seasons. It’s a great way for the kids to continue to sharpen their skills and play competitive baseball. Travel baseball is always a bit more competitive, but the kids tend to enjoy it more too. It gives them an opportunity to represent their program and community on the field.

For information about the 2015 season please contact Ed Stevens. Thank you!

2014 8u All Star Team


Manager, Geneo Savoca going over the game plan. (photo by Kathy Finlan)


Getting pumped before a game in Rome. (photo by Kathy Finlan)


District Champs! (photo by Kathy Finlan)


Celebrated as District Champs by the Valley Cats in August 2014. (photo by Kathy Finlan)

First hand account by board member and parent, Rich Currao

The 2014 South Colonie Raiders qualified to play in the 8U Mid Atlantic Regionals in Rome/Utica, NY. This tournament is recognized among Cal Ripken Baseball as the equivalent to Little League’s World Series.

The journey began in early June when a 3-day tryout was held. 12 spots would be filled with the best 8U players our small area had to offer.

The Raiders first test was at the District 1 Tournament. With an impressive field that included perennial power houses like Niskayuna, North Colonie and Spring (Troy, NY). They rolled off an impressive 5-game win streak and captured the District 1 Title. This allowed them to advance to the NY State Tournament as District Champions.

Our boys fought hard in State pool play, went 4-0 and earned a bye in the Championship bracket. After storming out to a 3-0 record and with a trip to the Regionals on the line; they found themselves pitted against the Northern District Champions, Saratoga-American in a “win or go home” game. Fate did not appear to be on the Raiders side early on as they trailed 3-0 in the 3rd inning. Realizing that this could have been the end of the line the bats finally woke up after some steady defense calmed everything down. They went on to win 8-3 in a game that finished far closer than the final score indicated. A victorious jubilation filled the field as the boys began a call and response chant of, “Where we going?!?!” to which the reply was a triumphant, “UTICA!!!”

The Raiders arrived at the Mid Atlantic Regionals in Rome, NY to face off against teams from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In the end, the condensed game schedule proved to be too much on our Raiders tired pitching staff. The bats held strong, while the faithful still cheered, but their young arms had already given all they could.

The 2014 8u South Colonie Raiders magical run ended on a humid Friday afternoon in Rome, NY. But from the ashes and tears what was born was so much bigger than any victory they could have achieved. Lifelong friendships were galvanized among school mates. Pride in community and neighbor was restored among a generation of adults where such an ideology has been left to die on the vine. But above all else, the love of America’s past time was resurrected here in South Colonie. Baseball is no longer America’s #1 sport, and in the communities its enrollment dwindles each year due to the popularity of Soccer and Lacrosse. However, because of this amazing experience, these outstanding 12 boys will always choose baseball…..

“…..And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field of Dreams

The team was later celebrated in the local Spotlight newspaper, Times Union and the Valley Cats in a game in late August. It was a great summer for this team and their families. Certainly one they’ll never forget.