Andy Weimer of New Hartford inducted into Le Moyne Hall of Fame

As baseball draws closer, pitcher Andy Weimer (New Hartford) was in a class of his own – literally and figuratively.

Back then, little or no one tossed the ball the way he did – from the hip, not from the shoulder – and to this day the 40-year-old right-hander with the rare handgun throw remains the most successful thrower. most used in The History of Baseball from Moyne College.

Now, thanks in part to former Dolphins head coach Steve Owens (Sauquoit), Weimer is a member of the Gold Wave Hall of Fame at Le Moyne College.

The Le Moyne College Dolphin Athletic Association held its annual ceremony late last month, and Weimer – a local financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual who made a record 85 appearances in the Le Moyne reliever pen – was the one of three members of the 2021 class who were honored during the Syracuse School reunion weekend.

When Weimer graduated from New Hartford High School in 1999, Le Moyne was a successful Division I baseball program, and it was Owens who urged the shortstop for smooth pitch and light hitting to use. his natural punching motion – not quite like a submarine. , but close to him – to his advantage.

“I wasn’t a scraper; it was really a handgun,” Weimer said of her unorthodox childbirth. “It wasn’t like I had to be rebuilt.… It’s that natural split in the arm that (Owens) saw, and that’s it. It sealed the deal.”

Granted, not really a hitter or a flamethrower, “there really was no Plan B; it just came naturally to me,” Weimer said. “I never thought twice about it. It was my ticket.”

It’s also why Weimer grants the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame Owens – now Rutgers University head coach with 914 career wins with the Scarlet Knights, Bryant College, Le Moyne and Cortland State. – a “massive amount” of credit for his success as a college student and professional reliever.

“It was a pretty cool relationship,” Weimer said. “We never said too much. I was just coming out of the pen and he was like, ‘Do the job’ and I was like ‘You got it.’ I knew he would give me the ball, it gave me a lot of confidence. “

By the time he graduated from Le Moyne in 2003, Weimer had 20 wins and 22 saves, then a program record. He was 20-7 in his career, 2.13 earned runs average and 139 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings. He now ranks second in career saves and batting average (0.196) and sixth in ERA, and he is tied for seventh in wins.

As a senior, Weimer was 7-1 with seven saves, 0.95 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings, and he was drafted in the 15th round by the Tampa Devil Rays. Bay.

Weimer also spent time organizing the Cincinnati Reds minor leagues, and he played seven professional seasons in five different leagues (New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Midwest, CanAm and Atlantic). He went on to be an assistant coach at Mohawk Valley Community College and then coached the Utica College baseball team for four seasons.

In his last professional season, Weimer pitched for Bridgeport Bluefish in Connecticut and was an Atlantic League star who pitched 7 1/3 innings of a record-breaking 18-inn marathon.

Today, Weimer is an assistant baseball coach at New Hartford High School under the direction of head coach Kevin Green (Utica / Notre Dame), and a proud member of the Le Moyne College Hall of Fame.

“It’s a real honor,” Weimer said. “Le Moyne has a long history of very successful baseball teams and programs, and many players who have excelled. To be recognized among the top flight is quite an honor.”

More field hockey honors for freshman Corrigan star

Cortland State rookie Hanna Corrigan (Barneveld / Holland Patent) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) offensive field hockey player for the second time in three weeks after her three goals and three assists helped the nationwide No. 18 Red Dragons win two more games.

Corrigan recorded a career-high seven points with two goals and three assists in a 7-1 win over Brockport State, and she added a goal and an assist as Cortland improved to 12-1 with the 8 win. Wednesday’s -0 on Morrisville State. Corrigan has three game-winning goals and is the team’s second scorer with 10 goals and seven assists.

Kacie Simzer (Clinton) of Oswego State, meanwhile, scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season in a 6-0 win over Nazareth College. Her teammate Kaitlyn Mastracco (Rome / Rome Free Academy) scored her 12th goal, a team record and added an assist for the Lakers.

Rookie Gianna Trunfio (Clinton) scored her fourth goal of the season as 16th nationally-ranked Vassar College improved to 9-2 with a 4-3 overtime win over St. Lawrence.

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