Player of the Year Barkley signs with Newark Pilots

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Kyle Barkley

The Newark Pilots continue to add to their roster for the upcoming season as a member of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). Four players who garnered All-Conference honors from their respective conferences this past spring are landing in Colburn Park this summer.

Local standout Kyle Barkley of Penn Yan highlights the group, which includes pitcher Carson Beauchaine, shortstop Jacob Starnes, and outfielder Michael Bolling.

Barkley, a sophomore from Finger Lakes Community College, finished this season leading the Lakers in nearly every offensive category. He batted .449 with 48 hits, 39 RBI’s, 12 doubles, five homeruns, and recorded a .556 on-base percentage, all team bests.

He was crowned the 2011 Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

As a freshman, Barkley served as a utility player for Alfred State College. On the mound, he went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 19 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .345, knocking in 35 runs and scoring 32 more, earning All-Western New York Athletic Conference Second Team honors in 2010.

Barkley graduated from the Penn Yan Academy in 2009, and was named the Finger Lakes East Division II Birds Eye Player of the Year following his senior campaign. He went 4-1 with an outstanding 0.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts while batting .462 with 18 RBI.

“He had an incredible year. He’s going to add some ‘pop’ to our lineup,” said Pilots’ Head Coach Chris Ebright. “It’s great to have some local kids, especially one of his talent. He was a great pickup for first base.”

Carson Beauchaine will step into the Pilots’ starting rotation. The right-handed sophomore from Fraser, Mich. led the pitching staff at Saginaw Valley State University with six wins in 10 starts. He also fanned a team-high 48 batters in 61 innings pitched, and threw five complete games. Beauchaine’s 2.21 ERA is the third lowest among Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pitchers with at least 10 starts.

Shortstop Jacob Starnes makes the trip to Newark after being selected to the American Southwest Conference East Division Second Team for the second time in his career. The University of Texas at Dallas junior appeared in all 47 games for the Comets, starting in 46. Starnes batted .289 this season, but as a freshman and sophomore, his average was over .300. Defensively, he recorded 147 assists, leading his team in another category.  

Michael Bolling, the speedy outfielder from Lewis University, will make himself right at home as the lead-off hitter for the Pilots. The junior led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 31 stolen bases in 36 attempts.

The Newark Pilots season opened at the renovated Colburn Park  June 17.  For details, check out the team’s website at www.newarkpilots.com.