By Scott Kindberg
The Hornell Dodgers are the owners of the best record in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and two Frewsburg Central School graduates are playing significant roles in the team's summer success.
Erie Express safety B.J. Monacelli intercepts a pass during a recent Premier Amateur Football League game. The Cassadaga native returned the pick 63 yards for a touchdown.
At last report, infielder Thad Johnson and pitcher Connor Grey (Frewsburg Class of 2012) are using their bat and their arm respectively to help the Dodgers to an 18-4 record and a four-game lead in the Western Division.
Johnson is batting .356 (32-of-90), including six doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs, while Grey is sporting a 3-1 record with a 2.18 earned run average. In 24.2 innings pitched, Grey has yielded only 12 hits, issued 12 walks and struck out 22.
Both Johnson and Grey will be juniors at St. Bonaventure University in the fall.
Another NYCBL player with ties to the area is Ted Dilts, who is an infielder for the Olean Oilers.
The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. resident is batting .298 (14-of-47), including five doubles, and has driven in seven runs. Dilts is the son of Jamestown natives Greg and Cindy Dilts.
The Oilers are off to a tough start, though, having lost 13 of their first 17 games, and are in last place in the Western Division, 11.5 games behind the Dodgers.
B.J. Monacelli (Cassadaga/Cassadaga Valley) recently joined the Erie Express of the Premier Amateur Football League and his impact has been felt almost immediately.
In a recent victory over the Cleveland Saints, Monacelli, the starting safety, returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, even caught a pass in limited time with the offense and was named the co-Player of the Game.
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Monacelli, a recent Washington & Jefferson University graduate, was a two-time All-Presidents Athletic Conference first-team safety and finished his career with 11 interceptions, 161 tackles, four forced fumbles, seven tackles for loss and 31 pass breakups.
Micah Kellogg (Lakewood/Southwestern) has made three appearances for the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Pennsylvania League.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.45 earned run average and one save. In 7.1 innings pitched, he has allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), walked three and struck out six.
In his last outing against Lowell on Tuesday, he pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for the save, yielding two hits, striking out three and walking one.