Cyclists Can “Ride with the Camels” on Orange County’s Country Roads

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan and the Orange County Bicycle Club are presenting “The Orange County Country Roads 2017 Bike Tour, “The Ride with the Camels,” on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Rides of 10, 25, 45 and 65 miles will be available for cyclists to tour the roads of Orange County.

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Golf Outing Raises Over $50,000

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan raised over $50,000 at its 11th annual golf outing held at West Hills Country Club in Middletown.

The money will support the emergency food and shelter assistance programs in the two counties.

The winning men’s foursome featured Harry Kolbe, Joe Michulski, Bob Sherman and Mike Granger. Mary Bonura, Denise Freeman, Carol Smith and Jeanie Tomita was the winning women’s foursome. James O’Donnell was the closest to the pin winner, and Scott Batulis and Janie Tomita claimed prizes for the longest drive contest.

All winners received gift certificates to the West Hills Pro Shop.


Padilla Continues to Roll

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nicholas Padilla threw five more shutout innings, scattering two hits, in leading the Hudson Valley Renegades to a New York-Penn League victory over the Staten Island Yankees on July 20.

Padilla, a 13th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, has allowed one earned run over his last 25 innings and sports a 2-1 record with a 0.69 earned run average.

The Renegades are a Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays.


Newest Ranger Engaged

It’s been quite a month for New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk.

He grew up a Rangers fan and started the month by signing a four-year, $26.6 million deal to play with the Rangers.

Last week, Shattenkirk and his fiancee Deanna Abbey announced their engagement on social media with photos and a video. ¬†Shattenkirk got down on a knee to propose to Deanna Abbey at Barcelona Cathedral. The two were in Europe to attend Alexander Steen’s wedding in Sweden. Shattenkirk and Steen were teammates with the St. Louis Blues.

And Tuesday, Shattenkirk met the New York media and was given a No. 22 Rangers jersey. Shattenkirk’s favorite Ranger was Brian Leetch, who had his No. 2 retired by the organization.

Shattenkirk, whose mom Barbara is a teacher at an archdiocese school, is one of three NHL players from the Hudson Valley — joining John F. Kennedy Catholic grad Steve Santini of the New Jersey Devils and Irvington High School graduate Brett Pesce of the Carolina Hurricanes. At 28, Shattenkirk is the oldest of the three NHL defenders.



Strong Start for Cosgrove

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove has 13 strikeouts and a 2.16 earned run average in 8.1 innings pitched since his promotion on July 2 to the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Northwest League’s Class A short-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Cosgrove, a 12th round pick of the Padres in 2017, earned the promotion by striking out five in 3.1 innings with the Arizona League Padres.

Cosgrove pitched three seasons at Manhattan College before being drafted. He tied a single-season school record with 105 strikeouts in 2017.


Cardinal Spellman Graduate Leading Hudson Valley Renegades

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Nicholas Padilla has allowed only one earned run over his last 20 innings and holds a 0.86 earned run average for the season with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the New York-Penn League Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Padilla, 20, has scattered 18 hits and struck out 18 in 21 innings this season. Last season with the Gulf Coast League Rays, he was 0-2 with a 2.01 ERA.

The 2014 graduate of Cardinal Spellman pitched four games at Grayson College, a community college in Texas, before needing Tommy John surgery in 2015. The Rays selected him in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.


Garay Continues at Kingsport

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Gavin Garay has hits in three of his last four games to raise his average 39 points to .182 after a slow start.

Garay slugged a two-run double in Kingsport’s 5-4 victory over the Bristol Pirates on July 4. It was the first extra-base hit and second and third RBIs of the season for Garay, who served as the designated hitter against the Pirates.

Kingsport is the Rookie League affiliate of the New York Mets in the Appalachian League.


Cosgrove Promoted by Padres

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove was promoted to the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Northwest League.

Cosgrove, who pitched at Manhattan College for three years, allowed two runs on two hits and struck out five in 2.1 innings during his first relief appearance for the Dust Devils. He sports a 3.18 earned run average with 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of relief work, two appearances with the Arizona Padres and one with Tri-City.

Cosgrove was a 12th round pick of the Padres in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.


Yankees sign Manhattan’s Carrera

Jose Carrera became one of the newest members of the New York Yankees organization.

The 5-foot, 2-inch infielder, who just completed his senior season at Manhattan College, was signed as a free agent by the Yankees last week and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees, Rookie League.

“I’m thrilled for Jose to have the opportunity to play at the next level within the Yankees organization,” said Manhattan baseball coach Jim Duffy in a release from the college. “He has been the heart and sole of the Manhattan baseball program over the last four years. Now he has his chance to chase his dream. I’m proud of him and his perseverance. He’s a great example that hard work, faith and believing in yourself can go a long way.”

Carrera, who grew up in Miami, hit .266 with seven doubles, two triples and 11 stolen bases for the Jaspers in 2017.