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Our Experience as a Host Family for the Geneva Red Wings

What does being a host family mean? Well for us it meant welcoming another family member to our household but that’s getting ahead of myself! 

When we first decided to be a host family we were excited but apprehensive. Allowing a stranger to come into our house with our kids made us a bit nervous but once we learned who our player was my son immediately started reaching out to him and let us know a bit more about him. The minute Joseph pulled into our driveway and gave us all hugs he just fit right in with our family. 

Joseph’s schedule was focused on baseball but any free time he had he spent with us. He came with us to our sons baseball games and to family events. We took him and another player to Cooperstown to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. He even helped our daughter study for her tests in school as he wants to be a teacher when he graduates college. We provided him with a home so he could just focus on playing baseball. 

Our summer was spent enjoying great baseball at McDonough Park and we now have an extended family member who lives in Louisiana! 

Our experience could not have been better and I would encourage anyone who is interested in hosting a Geneva Red Wings baseball player for 2018 to contact us for more information. You could be hosting the next big MLB star or you could just be providing a young man a wonderful home experience while they are away from their own homes.

Either way I would encourage you to explore the idea, talk about it with your families and contact us to host a player – call me at 315-856-0545 or email to to find out more information or to sign up as a host family!

FREE ADMISSION to McDonough Park tonight!

Fans – you are all FREE to get into McDonough Park tonight! We want the entire City of Geneva to come out for our last regular season contest before the playoffs. Enjoy not only FREE admission but fireworks after the game and cheer on your Geneva Red Wings as they take on the Elmira Pioneers in a contest to determine Playoff home field advantage!!

7/27/17 Game against Newark is at 7:05

Tonights double header game against the Newark Pilots in Newark is scheduled to start at 7:05pm due to the weather. Come out to Colburn Park and support your Geneva Red Wings! Watch for updates on our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

7/23/17 Today’s Game was Cancelled

Today’s game against the Newark Pilots was cancelled due to inclement weather. We will be in Newark tomorrow night to play a double header. Join us at Colburn Park as the first game starts at 5pm. Come out and cheer on your Geneva Red Wings!

Red Wings Rout Flames 18-7 in Geneva

The Geneva Red Wings (23-15) erupted for 18 runs on 16 hits in an 18-7 victory over the Onondaga Flames (16-20) on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Park.

A sacrifice fly put the Flames up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Red Wings responded by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the frame. The first inning would be one of two offensive frames in which Geneva scored eight runs; they also brought home eight runners in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The offensive takeaways from Sunday’s contest for Geneva:

  • Trustin Riley (Tampa) and Jake Evans (Alabama Southern CC) combined for nine walks and six runs. Evans finished the day 1-2 with a two run home run and five walks.
  • Dominic Toso (Bucknell): 4-7, 3 RBI, 2 R.
  • Mikey Arman (Kenyon): 2-5, 3 RBI, 3 R.
  • Justin Barr (Central Alabama CC): 3-6, RBI, R.
  • Justin Etts (NJIT): 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R.
  • Matt Chamberlain (University of New Haven): 2-3, 2 R.

The Flames had a couple players finish with multi hit days. Webb Little (Ithaca) finished 2-4 with a home run. Matt Carey (Ithaca) finished the day 2-5.

The Red Wings now have a couple days off in a row in accordance with the PGCBL All Star Break. They will send eight total members to represent the Geneva ballclub at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, New York. Additional coverage will come. Their next contest is in Jamestown on Wednesday against the Jammers (27-11).

Red Wings Defeat Jammers 5-4 in Geneva

McDonough Park played host to another one run decision between the top two teams in the Western Division of the PGCBL on Saturday Night. The hosting Red Wings (22-15) beat the visiting Jammers (27-10) by a final tally of 5-4.

Jamestown jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the fourth inning. Christ Conley (Canisius) finished with a pair of home runs on the night, driving in three RBI and scoring once. He was responsible for all four Jammers runs.

The Wings responded with a solo run in the fifth, a product of a wild pitch to score Matt Smith (UC Davis). The following inning, Geneva plated four runs to take a 5-3 lead. TJ Byrd (Rend Lake) started the inning with a double, and scored on a passed ball. The Red Wings loaded the bases after that, and Jake Evans (Alabama Southern CC) delivered with a two out, two RBI single. Jake Lyle (Volunteer State CC) followed immediately with an RBI single of his own to conclude Geneva’s scoring for the evening.

Jamestown added a single run in the top of the seventh on Christ Conley’s second home run of the game. Following that, there were runners on the corners with only one out, but a line drive double play on a hit and run got reliever Brent Holcombe (Bossier Parish CC) and the Wings out of the inning with the lead.

Reliever Colby Mullins (Andrew College) earned a six out save, pitching scoreless eighth and ninth innings. There were runners on first and second with one out in the top of the ninth, but a flyout and strikeout ended the game. It was Mullins’ sixth save of the season.

Geneva returns to action on Sunday when they host the Flames. It will be their last game before the All Star Break.

Red Wings Topple Pioneers 10-6

On Wednesday night in Geneva, McDonough Park played host to a game which saw the Red Wings (20-15) outscore the Pioneers (17-17) 10-2 following the top of the first inning. This led the hosting Geneva ballclub to walk away with their second consecutive victory by a score of 10-6.

Down 4-0 going into the bottom of the first, the Wings responded with five straight hits to open the frame and four runs of their own. Mikey Arman (Kenyon), William Simoneit (Cornell), and Matt Smith (UC Davis) all had RBI hits in the inning.

In the top of the third, the Pioneers regained the lead with a two out bloop RBI single from Devon Adams (Old Dominion). Geneva answered back in the bottom of the frame with three runs of their own, and they would keep the lead for good at that point. Jake Evans (Alabama Southern CC) singled home a run to tie the game, and Matt Chamberlain (University of New Haven) followed with a two out, two RBI double to push the Red Wings on top, 7-5.

In the top of the seventh, a bases loaded walk brought the Pioneers within one of the Red Wings. Geneva added three runs of insurance in the bottom of the eighth, ultimately concluding scoring for the evening. The Pioneers stranded a couple runners in the top of the ninth, and the Wings walked away winners, 10-6.

Starter Jordan Murphy (UT Dallas) earned the win, going 5.0 innings and allowing four hits. Reliever Domenic Nardone (Siena) provided 3.0 solid innings of relief, surrendering only a single run and keeping the lead intact in a wet contest. Garrett Swanson (Kalamazoo) closed things out for the ballclub, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Elmira starter Parker Ford (Mississippi State) got slated with the loss on the game, throwing 3.0 innings.

Geneva earned, debatably, their biggest two wins of the season in the past two nights. A pair of home wins against Jamestown and Elmira has pushed their lead for second place up to 2.5 games in the East. They return to action on Thursday on the road against the Flames.