WATCH LISTEN

News

Golden Eagles Summer School

Photo courtesy Sheri Williams/GF Golden Eagles
(Photo: Buddy Putnam (South Florida) speaks to students at Moreau Elementary School in Glens Falls earlier this month.)

Article from Perfect Game USA

When he is not serving as the President and General Manager of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, Darin Williams works as a prison guard at the maximum-security Great Meadows Correctional Facility.

Through interacting with these troubled lives on a daily basis, Williams has built a vision to impact the community using the student-athletes on his baseball team.

“I want to reach kids before they make mistakes and become a menace to society,” Williams said. “The way that professional athletes act makes kids believe that if they can do whatever they want if they are good at sports.”

Noticing this problem, the Golden Eagles teamed up with a number of schools in the Glens Falls community. A reading program has been created that rewards students by the number of books they read. The more they read, the more chances there are to win prizes like tickets to the games or memorabilia. One of the team’s sponsors, TD Bank, has pledged that if a student reads 10 books over the summer, they will open a $10 savings account in their name.

Along with the reading program, players are sent into the schools to talk about the importance of academics and staying active. They read to the kids, and often tell stories of great baseball players they knew who are no longer playing the game because of mistakes they made off the field.

“Bringing the players into schools gives the kids good role models,” Williams continued. “They are able to see that in order to become good in athletics, you need to do things the right way.”

“We try to make at least two school trips a week,” Ross Kivett, the Golden Eagles’ second baseman said. “I’m a big proponent of reading. It helps give the kids an imagination and with that you can go anywhere. I try to tell the kids that you need to work your mind as well as your body to stay healthy.”

Along with helping out in the schools, the Golden Eagles look to continue their success on the field in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Since the team’s creation in 2004, Glens Falls has won four regular season titles and made the playoffs six times. Their 31-17 record in 2011 was the best in the league, helping them win the East Division crown in the inaugural season of the PGCBL.

Leading the Golden Eagles in 2012 will be Chase Griffin, a catcher from Georgia Southern University. Griffin was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American after a tremendous rookie season in which he hit .320 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 42 RBIs.

“Chase is a very intense kid,” Head Coach John Mayotte said. “He had an outstanding freshman year, and being named the Freshman of the Year in a major conference is quite the honor. There are parts of his game that need to improve, but there are also parts that are already pretty darn good.”

Along with Griffin, the Golden Eagles offense will have a number of other talented players. Ross Kivett, who has started at Kansas State in both of his first two seasons, has gotten off to a hot start and is currently hitting .404 with two triples and seven stolen bases. However, Coach Mayotte might be the most impressed with Canadian product Emmanuel Forcier.

Hailing from St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Forcier has spent the past year at New Mexico Junior College, working on his baseball skills and adapting to the United States. In his first eight games with the Golden Eagles, he has shined, hitting .462 with a homerun and five RBI.

“He speaks limited English (96.57% of people in St. Hyacinthe speak French only), but he is an outstanding all around player,” Mayotte added. “He is one of those young guys who doesn’t realize how good he could be.”

On the mound, the Golden Eagles will lean heavily on Northwestern right-hander Brandon Magallones. As a freshman this spring, he led the Wildcats with seven victories and 67 strikeouts. He has continued his success in Glens Falls, as he has a 1.00 ERA and has only allowed four hits in his first two starts.

“Brandon is a quality Summer League pitcher,” Mayotte said of Magallones' success on the mound this summer. “He has good velocity and a nice arsenal of pitches. Being from Northwestern, he is a well-rounded kid and he has a good pedigree.

Other standouts on the mound include Georgia Southern’s Jarod Cheek, who is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his first six appearances. Kansas State’s Jake Doller has not allowed an earned run in 12.1 innings of work, and Louisburg College’s Tony Urban is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA after throwing 10.2 innings.

Even if this success on the field does not continue, Coach Mayotte will be happy with what his team has been able to achieve in the community.

“The kids have done a great job. Baseball is a special sport in which the players are truly student-athletes. They are excited about getting in the classrooms and they are really good citizens. I can tell it’s legitimate.”



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
0

Browse by Month »

October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
November 2010