As reported by James Johnson in today’s, Section V baseball: Eight storylines for 2019 (D & C), this season the East High School baseball team aims for its 15th consecutive appearance in the RCAC conference tournament final, a run that included reaching the sectional finals in 2016.
This year’s squad is both talented and very young. At the same time, Coach Kyle Crandall says his teams youth is counterbalanced by their coachability and cohesiveness. Don’t ever count out the Eagles.
In fact, the Eagles — previously the Orientals — have been a baseball powerhouse for well over 100 years with the first games played in the early 1900s.
A non-comprehensive review of articles from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle shows that along with the current successful run, the other most storied decade was the 1950s.
The early years of the program were also ones of success. A 1910 article extolled the overall dominance of East athletics, including baseball.
In 1925 and 1926, the baseball squad won the Rochester and Vicinity baseball championship. The trophies are still displayed at the school. See Displaying East’s glorious past
In 1940, East defeated Jefferson for the Interscholastic League Crown. East would advance to play Lyons in the sections, coincidentally, the same team East played today in the East Tournament.
Beginning in 1949, East was on a hot streak, winning championships in ’49, ’50 ,’51 ’52 and ’59 and running off a 27 game winning streak that ended in June 1951.
In 1952, East was undefeated before falling to Corning in the sectionals on a no-hitter.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, East hosted its annual tournament with Greece Olympia, Waterloo and Lyons participating. The field looked great as was the baseball.
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