By BILLY HEYEN Rayson Miller had it all lined up. Lukas Haefner, RM’s ace, had been pulled early on Saturday so he’d be eligible to pitch Wednesday in a potential championship series. A lot of pieces had to fall into place for that to work out. But something no one on Rayson Miller could’ve expected […]
By BILLY HEYEN A year ago, Rayson Miller head coach Tom Sapienza called Rockland the “evil empire.” As far as Rayson Miller is concerned, that may be true. Rockland is the team that’s ended RM’s season two years in a row. Rayson Miller lost 9-2 to Rockland on Tuesday at Murnane Field in Utica. After […]
By BILLY HEYEN All season long, Hayden Smith has delivered when called upon for Rayson Miller. With a loss Monday representing the end of RM’s season, Smith ensured that wouldn’t happen. Rayson Miller stayed alive at the state tournament with a 7-1 win over Maine-Endwell. Smith threw a complete game on the mound, allowing five […]
By BILLY HEYEN Rayson Miller’s 2018 season ended in the state championship series, two wins shy of a title. The shortcoming was due in part to the pitching demands placed on a team coming out of the losers’ bracket. This year, RM head coach Tom Sapienza didn’t want to face that issue again, so he […]
By BILLY HEYEN The last time Lukas Haefner and Owen VanNewkirk played at Murnane Field in Utica, the outcome wasn’t what they wanted. They posed with a second-place trophy, Haefner’s arms crossed and no emotion on his face. VanNewkirk tucked himself into the back row, not making an effort to be prominently pictured. With Rayson […]
Rayson Miller’s pregame speeches are the stuff of legend. Once RM comes off the field from infield-outfield warmups, Sapienza gathers his team to the dugout bench and into a huddle. Then, he speaks. He might ask an assistant or player to add words. But the most notable aspect, at least from outside the dugout, is the length…
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Rayson Miller sent 10 batters to the plate and broke out for six runs on six hits…..
Haefner (Finger Lakes Community College) led the way with a complete game shutout on 96 pitches, allowing five hits, one walk and fanning nine batters…..
Hayden Smith worked out of a fifth-inning jam, and Rayson Miller downed Greece Post 7-3 to advance to the American Legion District 7 Championship Series…
James Cooke sent 10 men to the plate and connected on six hits to sweep Irondequoit Post in a best-of-three series at Victor High School…..