PRESS RELEASE – Utica Brewers Owner and President Butch Russo announced yesterday that the Brewers have signed a three year lease extension with the Oneida County Sports Authority to keep the team at Murname Field at Donovan Stadium for three years. The agreement ensures there will be PGCBL baseball at the venerable ballpark thru 2017.
“Were excited to remain a part of the athletic scene in Utica for years to come.”, Russo said. “We feel our brand has become a premier attraction in the Mohawk Valley and has filled the baseball void created when the Blue Sox left in 2001.”
The Brewers are entering their fifth season of play in 2014, won the national championship of the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) in 2011. This will be their second season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The PGCBL was ranked as one of the top 10 collegiate summer baseball leagues by Perfect Game in 2013.
The Brewers have already seen 13 alumni go on to be selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) entry draft, with five coming from the 2012 playoff team. Included in that group is Zach Loraine, who was selected in the 21st round of the 2013 first year MLB Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Loraine was named the Cardinals Minor League Rookie Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2013 for his performance with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League. Loraine appeared in 24 games with the Cardinals, where he finished the season with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.04. Most impressively, he fanned 47 batters in only 39.2 innings.
The Brewers season kicks off on June 5 in Little Falls, NY against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The team’s home opener is Saturday, June 7 against the Watertown Rams.
“Big plans are in the works for the 2014 season. Our front office is dedicated to bringing a championship home to Utica,” comments Brewers GM Peter Faughnan. “With hard work and determination, it will happen. And, we are committed to make a Brewers game the main attraction in town for many summers to come.”