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Fifteen to be inducted into WNY Baseball Hall of Fame

Two long-time Western New York high school coaches who also made major contributions to amateur baseball in the area are in the 2017 class of 15 individuals who will  be inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in September.

The inductees include the late Bob Burnside, who coached Eden High for 45 years, winning more than 400 games. Burnside died in 2016.

The other veteran coach is Chuck Senn of Cattaraugus Central School, who is still coaching the Cattaraugus/Little Valley team in the CCAA. Senn ran the East Otto town team for years in the Suburban League.

Another inductee is the late Jeff Sgroi, who played at West Seneca East and Niagara University and played for the Kandefers in Suburban ball. He also was an assistant coach at St. Francis High where the baseball diamond has been renamed in his memory. Sgroi died in 2016.

The other inductees:

Joe DeMartino - University at Buffalo and Canisius College pitcher who had a long career with Leibs and West Herr teams.

Edward DiRosa - Retired state trooper who was a catcher at Buffalo State and Lakeview teams in Suburban ball.

Jeff Evancho - Left-handed pitcher who performed for West Herr team for 17 years.

Mark Gabriel - Shortstop who had .414 career batting average at Niagara University and played for Macaroni Company teams in Muny AAA.

Shaun Gavigan - Successful manager of Orchard Park Sox team that won NABF World Series in 2005. Played at Orchard Park High and for OP amateur teams.

Ray Haines - Slick fielding middle infielder at old Woodlawn High and Buffalo State in 1950s.

Joe Hill - Pitcher for coach Jim Mauro at Niagara and with Leibs and Orchard Park in amateur leagues.

Tony Krupski - All-WNY outfielder for Cardinal O'Hara and for four seasons at St. Bonaventure, batting .324 and made All-Atlantic 10 Academic team. Starred for Herb Niebergall's Cheektowaga Travelers before injury ended his playing days.

Joe Lowicki - Outfielder-shortstop for Dick Fischers, Kenmore Knights and 101s in local ball. Also an umpire.

Paul Pascucci - One of WNY's most highly-regarded umpires for nearly 40 years.

Ralph Proulx - Long time organizer and manager of Erie Buffalo Baseball Club of Muny League. A leader in keeping local amateur league alive and successful.

Jeff Van Remmen - Pitcher and catcher for Team Barnabas in Cheektowaga Classic League. West Seneca Kandefers in Suburban ball and Third Base team in Muny. Also played at Canisius College.

The induction dinner will be Sept. 13 at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

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