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Penafeather rewarded with ‘Believe to Achieve’ honor

B'ville baseball coach led side to state Class AA semifinal

Baldwinsville varsity baseball Dave Penafeather speaks at the ‘Believe to Achieve’ awards event last Thursday at Alliance Bank Stadium. Penafeather was given the Coaches Award from the Syracuse Sports Corporation after leading the Bees to the state Class AA semifinals last June.

Baldwinsville varsity baseball Dave Penafeather speaks at the ‘Believe to Achieve’ awards event last Thursday at Alliance Bank Stadium. Penafeather was given the Coaches Award from the Syracuse Sports Corporation after leading the Bees to the state Class AA semifinals last June. Scott Schild

— In a year full of accomplishment, honors and accolades for Baldwinsville’s baseball program, head coach Dave Penafeather received another one this week.

As part of the spring ‘Believe to Achieve’ awards handed out by the Syracuse Sports Corporation, Penafeather was given the Coaches Award in a ceremony on Thursday at Alliance Bank Stadium.

That was only appropriate, given that Penafeather’s Bees earned its first Section III Class AA title since 2004 at Alliance Bank Stadium in late May, beating Fayetteville-Manlius 10-3.

B’ville went on to win the regional final against Columbia 6-1 off a brilliant pitching effort from left-hander Scott Orr, earning a berth in the state final four at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, where it lost a semifinal thriller to Victor 5-4 after erasing a three-run deficit in the seventh inning to tie it.

That only began a memorable summer for the B’ville baseball program.

Five stars from that team – Brett Charbonneau, Gabe Levanti, Scott Blewett, Pat Merryweather and Josh Savacool – would help the Onondaga team win the Babe Ruth World Series in Weimar, Texas, with Charbonneau the tournament MVP and Blewett the winning pitcher in the final, where he struck out 15.

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