Wilfredo Rosario

Starting 3rd Baseman for the Mavericks

2008-2009 & 2009-2010

Wilfredo Rosario, ex Maverick Baseball Player 2009-2010, is now the starting Short Stop for the Pescadores of The Federación de Béisbol Aficionado de Puerto Rico (Double A Baseball Association of Puerto Rico).  This is an AA Professional Baseball League based in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The league was founded in 1940. The season starts in Mid-February, and ends with the Carnaval de Campeones (Champions' Carnival) final in September.  Their All-Star game is held soon after the regular season and before the playoffs. The Maunabo Jueyeros are the defending champions, having won it for the first time in the franchise history last season by defeating the Pescadores in 5 games.  Wilfredo was a member of the Junior Olympic World Champion team in 2008.  He was starting Centerfielder and represented Puerto Rico twice in the World Championships. 


Brooklyn-based Bonnie Rams baseball team headed to national tournament.


Photo by Steve Solomonson

Champs in the making: Anderson Mateo, Northern Oklahoma College -Sophomore, will try to lead the Bonnie Rams to a championship at the All-American Baseball Association tournament.


Brooklyn’s Bonnie Rams college all-star baseball team had one goal this summer: to win the nearly seven-decade-old All-American Amateur Baseball Association tournament in Johnstown, Pa.

“We are always talking about Johnstown,” said Jonathan Pineiro, a former Bishop Ford standout now playing at Long Island University. “We need to clinch Johnstown. We look forward to it. If we don’t clinch we see the season as a failure.”

He and the Bonnie Rams will be heading back to the national tournament from August 6–11 after wining the Parade Grounds League’s senior divison with a 10–1 record. Getting there this season meant even more after the Brooklyn-based club lost a heartbreaker in the championship game of the Altoona Regional last season, and five of it players earned second chance at a storybook finish when the league increased the age limit to 22.

“We get another chance to show our skills and we get another chance to represent Brooklyn,” said former Sheepshead Bay standout Angel Vidal also playing baseball at Northern Oklahoma College.

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It is the Bonnie Rams’ second appearance in the last three years in the 16-team tournament made up of clubs from New Orleans, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago among other places. The crowd reaches up to 6,000 people for tournament game, which only adds to the experience.

“We come from Brooklyn and we usually get 10, 15 people out here,” Vidal said. “There we get more excited. We get more into the game just because of the fans.”

The people in Johnstown with see a Bonnie Rams team that features sparkling defense and mashing line up. They don’t feature a lights-out starter outside of ace Sandro Ferreira, but Robert Perez of Pace and Donnie Pagano of St. Joseph College (Brooklyn) have been steady on the hill and have gotten good run support.

“We hit a lot,” Vidal said. “If we win 10–8, I’m happy. It’s a win.”

The switch-hitting Vidal, former Telecommunications star Sam Simmons, and former Bishop Ford standout Anderson Mateo lead a powerful lineup. Mateo hit a three-run walk-off homer to clinch the Bonnies the Parade Ground League title. The team’s experience has coach Jerry Katzke believing his club has a chance to make some noise in Johnstown.

“We know the change in age made us better,” said Katzke, who is in his 47th year with the Bonnies organization. “We don’t know how much it made the other teams better as well. We feel we have a very experienced team. We played together for two years. We are a very sound defense team and we have some guys who can hit the ball very well.”

The players understand they will be representing more than just themselves and their team in the tournament. The Parade Ground league, which has been around for more than 60 years, has a rich history. Baseball greats like Joe Torre, Manny Ramirez and Willie Randolph all played in it growing up.

“It shows you that baseball is not just down south or other places,” Pineiro said. “There is good baseball in New York — not just in high school, but the college level too.”

Former Northern Standout - Wins Stolen Base and Triple A Crown:

Baseball PlayerBaseball PlayerBaseball PlayerJuan Carlos Martinez - "Junior" won the Stolen Base Award for Double A Minors in Puerto Rico.  He was later moved up to Triple A where his team won the Triple A Crown.  Junior still owns the NJCAA Division II Stolen Base National Record.  His Sophomore year he stole 81 bases out of 84 attempts.


Shane Brinker and Chris Pilkerton have received the NJCAA Academic Student-Athletic Awards:

Shane Brinker

Chris Pilkerton

Shane Brinker and Chris Pilkerton have received the NJCAA Academic Student-AthleticAwards for Superior Academic Achievement 2012-13 school year, announced by the NJCAA office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Brinker, from Stillwater, OK and Pilkerton, from San Diego, CA both received Superior Academic Awards for obtaining grade point averages above 3.85.

Over 1,600 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors, including 169 that earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA). Superior Academic Achievement (3.8+ GPA) honors went to 592 student-athletes and over 900 met the standard for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.6+ GPA).

Academic team accolades (3.0+ team GPA) were earned by over 500 programs with 24 winning the distinction as the Academic Teams of the Year.

This season, close to 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.

The 2012-2013 academic year marks the 30th consecutive season the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.


Rivera Receives Special Award:

Former PlayerFormer PlayerNJCAA & Rawlings Announce Gold Glove Teams

Hector Rivera from Northern Oklahoma College received the The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for the top Defensive Second Baseman in NJCAA Division II for the Nation. Rivera only made 4 errors the entire season with a Fielding Percentage of .978. Hector is a Sophomore from Puerto Rico and has yet to decide where he is going to play next year. He also was 21st in the nation in hitting with a .439 average for the year.

June 14, 2011 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® is the benchmark of excellence and performance on the diamond in Major League Baseball. However, in 2007 the award began to also symbolize the best of the best at the collegiate and high school levels.

For the fifth consecutive year, college and high school players flashing serious leather will be awarded Rawlings Gold Glove Awards as Rawlings celebrates its 54th year of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®.

In partnership with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Rawlings presented the first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in 2007 to players in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III; NAIA; NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III; and High School.


Rosario signs as Free Agent:

Former PlayerFormer Player

BARCELONETA, PUERTO RICO - 20 year old Martin Rosario Signed as a Free Agent with the Dodger Organization of Major League Baseball.  Rosario is an exceptional catcher with an above average arm.  Rosario was 2nd team All Region at Northern Oklahoma College his Sophomore year.   At one point in the season Martin threw out 21 of 26 players attemting to steal. 

In 2009 he was noted as a "Grand Prospect" for the MLB Draft in Puerto Rico. Former Player    

Congratulations to Martin Rosario 

The Mavericks are proud of you.    



Former Northern Oklahoma College Pitcher Wins Big:

Former PlayerCarolina - Virginia Collegiate League - Fuquay Varina Twins - 2012 League Champions - Mocksville, NC

Canyon Conley, far right,  Twins Championship Game game starter, limited the Bulldogs to four hits and pitched a complete game shut-out, striking out seven and walking none in the 5-0 Championship Game Victory.  He was awarded MVP of the Championship Game and was made a member of the All-Star Team.

Coach Bill Hauser of the Fuquay Varina Twins said last Thursday at the start of the 2012 CVCL League Championship Tournament, "All we want is to get to the championship game. If we do, I think we have a chance to win it." It sounded like lofty expectations but when his Twins routed the West Virginia Wild in the first game Sunday, the Fuquay Varina Twins had made it to the Championship round. Not only would they have to beat the number one seeded and four time defending champion Kernersville Bulldogs once in the championship round, they would have to beat them twice to claim the title. Doing so would require them to win three consecutive games on Sunday. A tall order? Maybe, but Hauser and his team were excited to take on the challenge.

It took the Twins only seven pitches in the first game against the Bulldogs to accomplish what no other team in the tournament had managed to do, score a run. Kernersville came into the contest having outscored their opponents 28-0 over the first three days. Following Tyson Simpson's bunt single in the top of the first inning, Matt Wade homered to give the Twins the early two-run lead. They would never look back in a 16-2 win over the defending champions.

Hauser and his team got what they wanted and today they sit atop the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League as the 2012 Champions.