Penn Yan Alumni Game draws baseball players of all ages

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Shortstop Ryan Barkley awaits the throw from home as Max Parsons slides head first to steal second base.

More than 30 former Penn Yan baseball players, as old as 63 and as young as 17, gathered at the Elm Street park this past Saturday night.

The Fifth Annual Penn Yan Alumni Game was a huge success as more than 100 parents, friends, and spouses showed up to watch the fun, according to Penn Yan Varsity Coach Marty Olmstead.

Dave Shipman collected a single in the second inning but then was thrown out at third base trying to advance on a passed ball.

“My head said go and my legs said no,” the 63-year-old player explained.

The evening gave players  an opportunity to get involved in new combinations and competition.

“The alumni game allows families to see brothers, and fathers and brothers play  when it otherwise would not have happened during their school years.” Olmstead said.

Chris Owen homered for the odd years team.

Pitcher Joe Folts got to throw an inning to his brother Adam.

Chris Owen got to play the infield with his dad Ken Owen. Greg Parson almost got thrown out stealing by his brother Max.

Varsity Assistant Coach Steve Morse was able to coach his son Shane one last time.

John Ottaviano, from the 1983 sectional team, doubled, and Derek Stork pitched two scoreless innings. 

Stork soon will be returning for his Junior season at Skidmore College.

Recent graduate Ryan Barkley used this game as a tune up at shortstop. Barkley will attend Alfred State College soon to be a member of the baseball team.

Olmstead offers special thanks to Dan Barkley for umpiring and Marianne Griffin for announcing.

Watching the other team warm up before the beginning of the inning is LtoR Mark T. Griffin Jr., Marshall Hendrix, Phil Hand, Scott Sebring and Dale Perry