With the 2013 season complete, parents, family members and friends met at Ravenwood Country Club to honor and recognize the Pal-Mac modified, JV and varsity baseball teams at the booster club’s annual awards banquet on June 10.

With the 2013 season complete, parents, family members and friends met at Ravenwood Country Club to honor and recognize the Pal-Mac modified, JV and varsity baseball teams at the booster club’s annual awards banquet on June 10.

All three teams shared success on the diamond with the modified team, under coach Dave Dandino, closing out the season with a 13-1-1 record. JV coach Tom Schukis shared highlights of their season, which included a walk-off win to sweep Penn Yan, two come-from-behind wins over rival Newark and finishing with a league record of 11-3. The team posted an overall record of 14-5 and Schukis was proud of how the players performed during the season. With several key players moving up next season, Schukis felt that the varsity team should be in good shape for another run at the title next spring.

After calling up and recognizing each of his players and handing out JV certificates and letters, Schukis presented the team and individual awards. The Most Improved Player was presented to Danny Hickman, the Ideal Teammate Award winner was Eddie Durkin and the team’s Most Valuable Player was Bryce Ryder.

Varsity coach Jeremy Hulbert and assistant coach Paul Valade then shared remarks and highlights of an “exceptional Pal-Mac varsity baseball season.” For the second season in a row, the team traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. over spring break where they played four games to start the season. The Red Raiders started out hot, winning all four games, and upon returning north they continued to play good baseball, with a 10-0 start.

The team split the next 10 games, including winning a decisive victory over Geneva to claim the Finger Lakes East championship for the second time in three seasons. The team finished the regular season with a 15-5 record and clinched the No. 1 seed in sectionals. In sectionals, Pal-Mac defeated Midlakes, Penn Yan and Batavia to earn the Section 5 Class BB Championship title — the first in the history of Pal-Mac. The Red Raiders finished the season with an overall record of 18-6 after falling to Wayland-Cohocton in the New York State Qualifier.

Other highlights included eight players being named to the Finger Lakes East All-League teams, Finger Lakes East Player of the Year and Section 5 Player of the Year Awards, a Section 5 Tournament MVP Award winner and earning the first-ever John Cataline Sportsmanship Award.

The coaches then called up the players one by one to be recognized before presenting varsity letters and certificates to all. Hulbert and Valade presented the team and individual awards. Co-Rookies of the Year were Todd Brockhuizen and Noah West. The Most Improved Player Award went to Mike McGinn. The Golden Glove Award was presented to Devin Robson and the Ideal Teammate Award, voted on by the players, was presented to Nick Thomas. The team’s Most Valuable Player Award was presented to Cody Eckerson.

The coaches then spoke about the seniors individually before presenting each of them with a special senior gift. Hulbert remarked that this group of seniors was a special group to him as they were on his team the first year he began coaching at Pal-Mac. He told them after their last game that they brought the program to a new level both on and off the field. “I feel blessed to have been a small part of their baseball careers here at Pal-Mac,” he said. “I am a better coach because of the things they’ve taught me.”

Coach Jeremy Hulbert was also recognized for being named Finger Lakes East Coach of the Year and also being named Section 5 Coach of the Year.