Pomona, NY — The New York Boulders may be on the road this week, but fans will still get to see plenty of exciting baseball (and familiar faces) at the team’s home field of Clover Stadium.
The 2023 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) baseball championships will run from Wednesday through Saturday, when the champion is crowned. Six teams will compete for the championship during a double-elimination tournament. The championship game is slated for Saturday at noon, with a potential doubleheader game scheduled to be played immediately afterwards if the lower seed wins.
Fairfield and Rider headline the field as the top two seeds, respectively, and will each receive a first-round bye. Canisius, Quinnipiac, Niagara and Manhattan round out the field as the Nos. 3-6 seeds, respectively. The field will feature a slew of local products from Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Bergen counties.
Rockland County natives will include Canisius’ Kenny Dodson (Airmont/Suffern HS) and Ryan Weiss (Nyack/Nyack HS), Niagara’s Wyatt Palmer (Suffern/Suffern HS), and Manhattan’s Jeff Long (Orangeburg), Patrick Benn (Pearl River/Pearl River HS) and Steven Travaglini (Stony Point/Albertus Magnus).
Westchester County natives will include Fairfield’s Mike Becchetti (Eastchester/Stepinac HS), Ryan Smith (Tarrytown/Hackley HS) and Evan Burta (Yorktown Heights/Lakeland HS), as well as Quinnipiac’s Matt Alduino (Yorktown Heights/Yorktown HS). Putnam County’s Paul Catalano (Brewster) of Fairfield and Nick Montagna (Carmel HS) of Quinnipiac will also be participating in the tournament.
Bergen County will also be well represented when Don Bosco Prep alums Blake Helmsetter (Fairfield), JP Kuczik (Fairfield) and Javian Ovalles (Manhattan) suit up this week. Manhattan teammates Pete Durocher (Emerson) and Trey Packen (Wood-Ridge) will also represent Bergen.
The MAAC announced a three-year hosting agreement with Clover Stadium in October following a successful tournament in 2022. For all information regarding the 2023 MAAC Baseball Championship, please visit maacsports.com/baseball. For more information about Clover Stadium, visit nyboulders.com.
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 42nd year of competition during the 2022-23 academic year. Current conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona University, Manhattan College, Marist College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University, and Siena College.
About the New York Boulders and NYB, LLC:
The New York Boulders are entering their 12th season of professional baseball as part of the Frontier League and are in pursuit of a postseason appearance for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the Can-Am League Championship in 2014 and hosted the Frontier vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to what was formerly Palisades Credit Union Park in 2017. The Boulders were named the “Organization of the Year” by the Can-Am League in 2012 and 2014.
The Boulders are owned and operated by NYB, LLC, a sports and entertainment company comprised of former executives from all levels of major and minor league sports. NYB is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the New York Metropolitan area, Lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey.
For information regarding season tickets and packages for the New York Boulders’ season, which is now in full swing, call 845-364-0009 or slide to www.nyboulders.com.