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August 20, 2013

Owner says Hawkeyes may leave

Cox named best pitcher in league


Doubleday Field has never had lights, clubhouses, showers or office space. Additionally, the Cooperstown Crier reported May 27, 2010 that paid parking in the Doubleday Field lot was slated to start May 29, 2010. So paid parking at Doubleday Field already was in effect when Hickey brought the Hawkeyes to Cooperstown in 2010 as a New York Collegiate Baseball League franchise. Paid parking elsewhere in Cooperstown took effect before the start of the 2013 season.

Hickey also said the Hawkeyes’ rent to use Doubleday has increased from $8,000 to $10,000 and that he lost money this past season as the Hawkeyes spent about $17,000 to operate in Cooperstown.

“We can’t subsidize this team,” he said. “We have to at least break even.”

The Hawkeyes have one year remaining on their contract with the village. Fly Creek resident Hickey, who is a lawyer and a professor at SUNY Cobleskill, said he’s not worried about coming up with an exit strategy, if needed.

“It feels like keeping us here is not a priority for (Cooperstown),” said Hickey, who was quick to add that he appreciated the community for hosting players, filling seats and promoting the club over the last four seasons.

Hickey also was adamant in stating that a second consecutive losing season didn’t hurt attendance at Doubleday Field this summer.

“We had a good team,” said Hickey, whose team ranked seventh out of 10 PGCBL squads in home attendance this summer and averaged 463 fans last season. “We had a lot of good players. We got a unlucky with injuries and it hurt us at the end of the season. We also play in a very tough league.”

Despite their sub-.500 finish, the Hawkeyes managed to produce the PGCBL’s Pitcher of the Year this season in Cox.

The NJCAA Division I Black Hawk College graduate went 6-0 with a 2.11 earned run average and led the league in strikeouts with 64. Cox also led the PGCBL in batting average against (.204), tied for the league lead in victories and finished second in ERA.

The PGCBL, which announced the award Monday, said Cox will pitch for Division II Lewis University this coming college season.

Cox follows Newark’s Dominick Ruscitti (2011) and Amsterdam’s Chandler Shepherd (2012) as PGCBL Pitchers of the Year.

Daily Star Sports Editor Dean Russin contributed to this report.

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