Springville’s Kyle Crotty, left, and Kyle McCarthy played in the third annual Baseball/Softball Showcase for underclassmen. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
The third annual Western New York Baseball Showcase brought some of WNY’s best talent together once again. The mini tournament was held at North Collins on Aug. 16 with college coaches in attendance to scout the area’s best.
Springville-GI’s Kyle Crotty and Kyle McCarthy were chosen to play in the showcase, along with Springville resident and Canisius standout Dan Dallas. Players were separated into four teams -- according to the conference that they play in. McCarthy and Crotty played for the ECIC team, while Dallas played on the Monsignor Martin Association team.
Players had be an underclassman returning to high school and had to have been named a first team or second team all star.
On a sunny day at North Collins’ beautiful turf field, Dallas and his MMA team took the championship with a 4-1 win over Niagara Frontier League/New Orleans. Dallas had a solid day at the plate.
“I felt really good at the plate,” Dallas. “My bat felt alive, probably one of my best hitting games of the year. I don’t know what it was, it just came together that day.”
Dallas played for the Niagara Purple Eagles and a AAA Muny team over the summer. Dallas has played in seven showcases this summer, including showcases at Niagara University and Canisius College.
“You just have to go to them and give yourself experience and get yourself out there and see what comes along,” Dallas said.
Dallas, a soon-to-be junior, was a second team All-Catholic selection this year and is one of the top baseball prospects in the area, having played varsity baseball at Canisius since his freshman year. The showcase is a chance to play with some of his biggest rivals, including the likes of St. Joes and St. Francis.
“It’s a great experience, you get to play with a lot of players that are, so to say, rivals the whole year,” Dallas said. “You get to come together, have a great time and play. I look at not as competitive, but playing with players that are the best in the league and having a good time with them.”
McCarthy hit a walkoff single to push the ECIC team to a 4-3 win over CCAC in the consolation game. McCarthy wound up making the All-Tournament team.
13 players that received All-WNY recognition played in the showcase, including first teamer Mark McKenna (Grand Island) and second teamers Cam Voss (Fredonia), Brian Wasielewski (Will East) and Leugim Castillo (Lancaster). Crotty and McCarthy were named All-WNY honorable mentions this past spring.
“It was a huge experience playing with all the kids that are considered the best in WNY,” Crotty said. “Just getting a chance to be on the same and be considered one of them is a great experience... The games went really well. You could tell a lot of us hadn’t touched a bat and glove in a few weeks. But it was a lot of fun coming out and playing with all the guys out there.”