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Kenmore East Bulldogs

NFL (A1) Last Season Record 12-11

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Last season the Bulldogs struggled during most of the regular season but rallied just in time to make a deep playoff run. They rode that late season momentum all the way to the A2 title game but fell to Hamburg 3-2. The furthest the school had gone since 1994.

Enter 2016 and the expectations are high for the Bulldogs. Les Simon returns for his 16th season as Head Coach. “I was very proud of these kids last year” he said “but, you never know when you will have another chance at winning sectionals.” Simon is excited about his pitching rotation, especially junior Ryan Williams. Coach Simon believes Williams has the talent to play Division 1 baseball and perhaps, might even get drafted into the MLB.

Along with Williams, Dylan Creasey, Ben Shotwell (also juniors) and senior Cullen Smyth round out the pitching staff. Smyth, you may recall just helped the school’s hockey team capture a state championship last month.

The Bulldogs will be counting on senior middle infielders Dylan Leith and Ken Ruggiero for offensive support. Jake Simmons a junior is an excellent catcher.

Ken East opens up the season with two quick road games. Thursday at Albion and Friday at Tonawanda. The first home game is April 12th versus Lockport. They make an appearance out at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday April 23rd versus Hutch Tech (12:30pm). The Bulldogs face cross town rival Kenmore West at home Monday April 25th and then “under the lights’ at Sheridan on May 13th.

Kenmore East is making a trip to Cooperstown in early May and will play two games at Doubleday Field.

Players to Watch

P – Ryan Williams (Jr)

P – Dylan Creasey (Jr)

SS – Kenny “Bam” Ruggiero

TEAM FUNDRAISER

The Kenmore East and Kenmore West baseball teams will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday April 2nd from 10-5 in the old gym at Kenmore West High School. All name brand mattresses with factory warranties and all available sizes will be sold at costs of 40 to 60 percent below retail. A full showroom will be set up with experienced sales personnel. Contact Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon at 861-2016 or Kenmore West Coach John Haynes at 628-1710.

     2016 Kenmore East Bulldogs Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball Schedule

All varsity home games played at Adams Field unless noted.

All Junior varsity home games played at Lincoln Park unless noted.

All road games played at the opposing team’s high school unless noted.

Monday March 21*******scrimmage varsity only Noon at Sweet Home           

Thursday March 31                                          4:45PM at Albion

Friday April 1                                                      4:45PM at Tonawanda at Vets Park

*********scrimmage varsity only:     Thursday April 7    4:45PM              home vs City Honors

Tuesday April 12                                               4:45PM   home vs Lockport

Thursday April 14                                             4:45PM    at Niagara Wheatfield

Monday April 18                                               4:45 PM home vs Lew-Port

Wednesday April 20                                        4:45PM   at North Tonawanda varsity at Rojek/jv at Ramsey

Thursday April 21                                             4:45PM    home vs Niagara Falls

Saturday April 23 (varsity only)                 12:30PM  vs Hutch Tech at Coca Cola Field

Monday April 25                                             4:45 PM home vs Kenmore West

Wednesday April 27                                        4:45PM    at Grand Island

Thursday April 28                                             4:45PM    at Lockport Varsity: Outwater Park/jv: North Park

Monday May 2                                                  4:45PM    home vs Niagara Wheatfield

Wednesday May 4                                          4:45PM   at Lew Port

Thursday May 5                                                4:45PM    home vs North Tonawanda

*********Varsity Trip to Cooperstown   Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8

Sunday May 8 (varsity only) Doubleheader at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown)

                                                                         10:00AM vs Sidney, New York

1:30PM vs Ticonderoga, New York

Monday May 9                                                  4:45PM   at Niagara Falls

Thursday May 12                                              4:45PM    home vs Grand Island

Friday May 13 (KE-KW Double header)   4:00PM                     jv at Ken West Adams

6:30PM     varsity (away) home

**  Sheridan Park  vs Kenmore West

Monday May 16 (varsity only)                    4:45PM     home vs Hutch Tech

jv only                                    4:45Pm    home vs sweet Home

**End of jv season, sectionals to follow for varsity

                         SEEDING MEETING TUESDAY MAY 17

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