The New York Collegiate Baseball League is a summer baseball league that gives college students from around the country the opportunity to gain experience, get exposure, and play against different competition.
JJ Potrikus, the president of the Syracuse Spartans, said the NYCBL is all about giving this college kids the opportunity to give back to the community and to most importantly, just have fun.
“Every team that is in the NYCBL is a non-profit,” said Potrikus. “So, we give back to the community and we’re really just trying to create a better brand of baseball or give these kids an opportunity to play.”
The Spartans roster is composed of players from all across the country. The Spartans give players the option to pay for housing and stay in dorms at Onondaga Community College (OCC), or they stay with host families. Potrikus said every since the Spartans joined the NYCBL in 2017, they have been using host families and it is something the organization wants to continue.
The Spartans have also given back to a local high school. The team has helped revitalize the baseball field at Lafayette High School.
“We really wanted to get a chance to come down and give back to a baseball community, a different baseball community that we haven’t been a part of before,” said Potrikus.
Players and coaches spent a little over a week trying to get the field prepared to host its first of six Spartans games this season.
“Literally put a ton of sweat effort, you know, maybe a little bit of blood once or twice,” said Potrikus. “Into the batting cages here, so we’ve revamped the batting cages with a nice windscreen and batter’s eye behind it. Threw a little Spartans logo on it as well. Temporary fence over here, which played an instrumental role in one of the plays today, a home run.”
Potrikus said the baseball coach and players at Lafayette are satisfied with the improve field.
“And we think the Lafayette baseball program is going to benefit from that,” said Potrikus. The varsity coach and his team was out here, they’re absolutely just thrilled with the way it looks.
The Spartans plan to continue to go out in to the community and give these young men the opportunity to grow and learn from each other.