The New York Boulders 2022 Season Comes to an End
by Warren Rosenberg, MetroSports Magazine - September 8, 2022
After a stunning twelve straight win no loss romp through minor league baseball's Frontier League to close out the 2022 season, the New York Boulders secured a spot in the Championship wildcard playoff came. Last night, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Clover Stadium, the home field of the New York Boulders, two local products took to the pitchers’ mound in an attempt to extend the Boulders stellar season.
The Boulders finished the regular season in second place with a record of 57-38, just ahead of the Ottawa Titans who finished in third place with a record of 56-39. In their previous twelve meetings this year, the Boulders and Titans were evenly matched winning six games each against each other.
Above: Boulders' Chris Kwitzer applies late tag on pick off attempt as Titans' Jackie Urbaez dives back in safely. Photo Credit - Drew Wohl
Opening the game was former Monroe College Mustangs pitcher, July Sosa, a 2019 Player of the year backed up later in the game by reliever Danny Wirchansky who spent his college years pitching for the Pace University Setters. Although the Boulders put up a valiant effort, the win and post-season extension, was not to be. The visiting Ottawa Titans rode a gem on the mound from Zac Westcott and downed the host New York Boulders 8-2. The victory advanced the Titans to the Eastern Division Championship series where they will face the first-place Quebec Capitales in a best-of-three series that will begin in Ottawa on Friday, then continue in Quebec on Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.
Although very disappointing, the loss does nothing to take away from the success of the Boulders 2022 season. In January of this year the former Palisade Credit Union Park in Rockland County, home of the Frontier League New York Boulders, was renamed Clover Stadium and, in its first season as Clover Stadium, the Boulders gave their fans and the stadium’s naming sponsor, much to cheer about.
Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. In 2014, the Boulders won the Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan. In 2012 and 2014, Rockland was named the Can-Am’s “Organization of the Year.” The Boulders are owned and operated by NYB, LLC, a sports and entertainment company comprised of former executives from all levels of major and minor league sports. NYB is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the New York Metropolitan area, Lower Hudson Valley and northeast New Jersey. Slide to www.nyboulders.com for more information.
We look forward to another entertaining season in 2023 as the prospect of a Frontier League Championship. While the field at Clover Stadium will host no more Boulders games this year, this coming weekend Clover Stadium will, once again, host the NYPD and FDNY baseball teams as they honor those lost in the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack in New York City in the 2022 Heroes Baseball Classic. The FDNY Bravest will be looking to avenge their loss to the NYPD Finest last month at Citi Field. MetroSports Magazine will be on hand to cover the game.