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It's Not If You Win . . .

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Ryan O’Mara of the Sullivan Scorchers

. . . But How You Play the Game

By Frank Rizzo
SULLIVAN COUNTY — August 29, 2000 – The Sullivan “Scorchers” Connie Mack Baseball team did not exactly burn up the summer circuit, finishing with a 3–14 record (another eight games were rained out) in the Greater Hudson Valley Connie Mack League.
But playing, not winning, was ultimately what mattered. After years of virtually no summer play for county scholastic baseball players, the past few summers have provided real opportunities — first in the form of an American Legion team, and, for the past two years, the Connie Mack squad.
Longtime Liberty baseball coach Phil Fanning, along with Delaware Valley CS grad Jed Carrier, coached this summer’s Connie Mackers.
According to Carrier, “It was tough to get everybody there at the same time. One game we had a good pitcher and inexperienced fielders, another it was the other way around.
“We faced pretty much consolidated teams like Rondout Valley or Washingtonville,” Carrier added. “Most of their players were [on the scholastic] varsity [squads] and had played together for years.”
The Scorchers’ roster included players from most of the schools in Sullivan County.

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