Back in the fall of 2017 I had heard of a new baseball team that would be making its mark on the diamond soon.

I was immediately impressed because that news came from a good friend and a great baseball source from way back. I had bumped into Dansville graduate and hardball enthusiast extraordinaire Tom Kenney. Yeah, I had known that name from not only a "Mustang" standpoint, but Dansville Merchants, Cohocton Red Wings, Hornell Dodgers, Alfred State Pioneers, and a litany of other baseball venues.

He had told me of a new high school aged youth travel team that was taking flight called the Southern Tier Power. Well fans and friends, here it is! The team begins play on June 7 and features a number of local players, let alone guidance of a stellar realm with regards to "quality baseball" in our area.

The inaugural installment of the Southern Tier Power will be coached by the quality quartet of Marc Agnello (Cortland State), Tom Kenney (Brockport State), Jake Bannerman (Houghton College), and Jake Kenney (Brockport State).

The roster will include these local standouts ...

Logan Bess-Bolivar Richburg

Chris Calladine-Andover

Matt McHale-Arkport-Canaseraga

Will Tormey, Laertes Cushing, and Ty Kenney- Alfred-Almond

Austin Keib and Brayden Delahunt-Wellsville

Connor O'Rourke, Nick Oyer, and Matt Oyer-Hornell

Hayden Meyer and Ryan Carnevale-Dansville

Brian Ramarge-Olean

Cody Schneider-Genesee Valley

Caleb Clements-Prattsburgh

The team's mission statement is ..."Our mission is to provide opportunities and exposure to baseball players in the Southern Tier of New York, while competing at the highest levels in baseball and instilling discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty and integrity. Southern Tier Power teaches their players to respect the game, work hard on and off the field, and to play hard."

You can go to their website online and receive any additional news and updates. But all I can say is this program has "success" written all over it already! My best wishes to the Southern Tier Power as they set sail on an inaugural season of top quality diamond competition!