Hello sports fans and Red Wings faithful! Welcome to another edition of Charlie’s Corner. At the time of this writing (6/14), the Wings have a record of 2-3. Their success can be attributed to the stellar pitching of Kolby Mordecki who pitched them to their first win of the season, a 10-3 victory over the Newark Pilots on June 4th.
Kolby, a right-handed pitcher, comes to Geneva from Poughkeepsie, NY. For those readers who are unfamiliar with Poughkeepsie, it is situated in Dutchess County and the midway point between metropolitan New York City and the state capital of Albany. It was in this area of the world where Kolby was born to be a baseball player. He had no shortage of influence as his father, Tony, and his brother Bryce also shared their love of the sport. Tony, played Division II ball while attending the University of California At Pennsylvania, and Bryce finished up playing at Siena just recently.
Kolby says that he likes that baseball gives him the chance of a slower pace that other sports don’t give him. As a pitcher, a slower pace allows him to adjust to changes out in the field while also not allowing him to think too hard and get into his head. Major league pitchers such as Marcus Strowman of the Chicago Cubs, and Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers both serve as models for the type of pitcher that Kolby attempts to be.
Prior to coming to the small community of Geneva, Kolby attended Roy C. Ketcham High School. He helped his team win two league championships and as a senior, posted a stellar 0.68 ERA. Kolby now goes to Plattsburgh State University. As a freshman and as a sophomore pitcher, Kolby pitched in two games that gave him career highlights. As a freshman, Kolby pitched 5 scoreless innings in an 18-3 victory over SUNY Poly. He enjoyed another career game as a sophomore when he struck out a career-high 11 batters and pitched 7 strong innings against the Oswego Lakers.
When he’s not on the baseball Diamond or in the weight room, you can find Kolby down by the lake as fishing is one of his favorite hobbies. In a couple of tries at our Seneca Lake, Kolby has been unsuccessful at catching anything, but he says he’s got all the patience in the world. Although claiming not to be a movie guy, Kolby enjoys watching whatever he can find on Netflix. It’s the outdoors that really serves as his passion, and as an ecology major, he would like to someday become a forest ranger. That is if a baseball career doesn’t work out. We wish Mr. Mordecki much success this season and beyond in whatever he chooses to do.
That does it for the first edition of Charlie’s Corner for the 2023 season. Stay tuned for much more!