The Utica Post 229 Junior American Legion baseball team will play the District 6 champion, Sidney Post, on Wednesday at 6PM at Murnane Field.  The winner will advance to the Junior Legion State Championship Series at Murnane Field on August 3rd & 4th.  The Junior UP229 team recently beat the New Hartford Post Junior team in the District V Championship game 11-1.


The Junior Utica Post 229 team is 16-10 overall with an 8-2 league record. The team is led by center fielder and leadoff man Marcus Lilley (.356, 27 runs, 13 stolen bases) , right fielder Frank Cotrupe (.370, 19 runs, 12 stolen bases, and 11 RBIs), third baseman Michael Krecidlo (.328, 7 doubles, 16 RBIs), and first baseman Tino Tartaglia (.297, 12 RBIs) . Infielder and pitcher Josh True has scored 24 runs. Catcher Joe Sullivan anchors an excellent pitching staff that includes Mike Alesandro ( 6-1, 2.80 ERA, 4 complete games), and Ryan Crigger (4-1, 2.00 ERA, 4 complete games), aided by the excellent defense of shortstop Jack Santacroce and left fielder Anthony Criscione.  The Junior Utica Post 229 baseball team has also had major contributions from outfielders Matthew VanDreason, Fred Heintz, and second baseman Anthony Calenzo.