“We’ve had so many battles,” Hoover continued. “He’s always so well prepared. You never take anything for granted when you play Delhi.”
Kelly guided the Bulldogs to a Class C state title in 2001, a 12-1 season that culminated with a 39-21 victory over Cambridge.
With Kelly at the controls over 48 seasons, Delhi earned five bowl berths from 1980-92 and won four sectional championships during the state championship era (1993-present).
6, Oneonta Outlaws
New owner, new manager and plenty of local flavor highlighted the Oneonta Outlaws’ second New York Collegiate Baseball League title in three seasons.
Local business owner Gary Laing bought the club last December. He hired Oneonta High baseball coach Joe Hughes as manager.
The Outlaws’ roster included former OHS standouts Chris Pindar, Sean Getman and Mike Calkins.
“I think (the local flavor makes it more special),” Hughes said July 29, when the Outlaws beat the Hornell Dodgers, 6-1, to sweep the best-of-three championship series, 2-1. “Anytime you win a championship, it’s special, but when you have a local owner, local coaches and local players, it had an Oneonta flavor and that made it more special.
“The Oneonta community was awesome, the attendance was awesome and the fan-base was awesome,” Hughes continued. “Even tonight, we had a lot of fans here. When they were introducing the starting lineups, there were more cheers for our guys than the Hornell side.”
Hughes was named the NYCBL’s Coach of the Year. Outlaws Luke Crumley and Corey Kafka were named the league’s pitcher and reliever of the year, respectively.
Pindar hit .294 for the Outlaws. He also hit a school-record seven home runs in leading Oneonta High to the Section Four Class B final for the third straight year this past spring.
7, Sean Bernstein
The next time someone talks about an athlete’s speed, you might want to reply, “Yeah, but does he have Sean Bernstein-type speed?”