In the seventh week of voting to fill out the New York Boulders’ All-Decade team, fans selected Suffern’s Ryan Mollica as the franchise’s top third baseman, earning him a spot on the on the roster.
As part of the New York Boulders’ Bould Decade celebrating the franchise’s first 10 years of play, fans have been voting to fill one position on our All-Decade team each week for eight successive weeks.
Voting for the All-Decade third baseman, which concluded on Thursday, May 28 was sponsored by Healthsav, LLC of Bardonia, NY, and offered fans the opportunity to select one nominee from a list of five third basemen who excelled for the Boulders.
A local product from Suffern High School, the lefty swinger was an original Boulder, playing in 2011 and 2012 and hit a combined .308, including .313 in 2012. Mollica reached double-figures in home runs in each of his campaigns – connecting 10 times in 2011 and a dozen times the following year. He also drove in 117 runs during his stint with the Boulders and posted an OPS of .830 in 2011 and .858 in 2012.
“This honor means a lot to me – it is always nice to be recognized,” Mollica said. “This is special to me because of my ties to Rockland County. I started my baseball career playing T-Ball in Rockland and it is special how it all worked out for me.”
He continued, “It was great to be able to have my family come to the games.”
Mollica added, “Some of my best memories from baseball come from my days playing with the Boulders.”
Other candidates for the third base position on the All-Decade team included Phil Cuadrado (2012), Mike Fransoso (2016-2017), Cody Regis (2017-2018) and Richie Fecteau (2019).
Mollica joins catcher Marcus Nidiffer, starting pitchers Richard Salazar and Bo Budkevics, closer Adrian Martin, first baseman Jerod Edmondson, shortstop Junior Arrojo and second baseman Matt Nandin as fan selections over the seven weeks of voting.
Voting for the All-Decade team is continuing this week as fans have the opportunity to select a centerfielder from a group of five nominees who stood out for the Boulders, as well as one corner outfielder from a roster of nine candidates. The voting to select the outfield is sponsored by 16 Handles of New City, NY, with fans able to cast their ballot through Thursday, June 4, by sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
The centerfielder receiving the most votes will land a spot on the All-Decade team, as will the two corner outfielders who garner the most support.
The final results of the outfield balloting will be announced during a Podcast on the Boulders’ Facebook page on Friday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m., hosted by Seth Cantor, the voice of the Boulders and theVice-President of Business Development.
Altice cable television in Rockland County will also rebroadcast each week’s All-Decade team announcement every Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. on channel 76, except for channel 77 in Ramapo and channel 15 in North Rockland.
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