Originally started in 1955 as a joint venture between St. Anthony's and St. Josephs churches, the primary function of the AnJo league has always been to provide and administer a quality baseball program to the children of all ages and abilities in Eastern Niagara County.
2015 AnJo Season has just finished
Brigham Concrete Blue Claws repeat as AnJo National Division Champs
After a very tight four innings whereby the Brigham Blue Claws were tied 2-2 with the Hillman Automotive Aqua Sox, the Blue Claws offense came to life with a six run fifth inning. The final score was 14-2. On the hill for the Blue Claws, Matt Gilbert tossed four innings and Gianna Fazzolari came in to close out the last three innings yielding no hits, one walk and hurling six Ks. For the Aqua Sox, Ben Shanley pitched four solid innings against a high powered offense yielding only two runs on six hits, one walk and four Ks. Shanley also helped his cause at the plate with a double, scoring once. Jonathan DeMartz also was strong at the plate with a hit and two walks. For the Brigham Blue Claws, the offense was spread out. Colin Fragale finished a very strong year going 3 for 4 with two RBIs, scoring three times. Matt Gilbert also was a force going 3 for 4 with an RBI and scoring once. Kiefer Bloom also had a great day catching and went 3 for 4 scoring twice with two RBIs. Javon Ruffin had two hits on the day. Gianna Fazzolari and Thomas Russo each had a hit and a walk scoring once each. Alex Conheady and Vinny Buscarino both had a hit and a walk. Conheady also scored twice. The Brigham Blue Claws finished second during the regular season to the talent heavy Basil Toyota Hammerheads that were coached by Kyle Hayes. The Blue Claws were coached by long-time coach and AnJo President Todd Fragale, Bombers coach Jake Baes, Oakfield-Alabama Varsity coach Dan Gilbert and Tom Russo. For the Blue Claws, Matt Gilbert received the AnJo Sportsmanship award and Javon Ruffin received the Most Improved award on the year. Gianna Fazzolari won the coveted MVP award for the league being chosen as the best player in the league. Gianna is the first ever female selected for the award edging out standouts Bryce Seddon and Jordan Sansone. The MVP is awarded by the League President to longtime AnJo players with superior baseball ability and that are good teammates and model sportsman. Gianna's parents are Tony and Wendy Fazzolari of Newfane. The decision was quite difficult, as all three of the players met all the criteria and were standout individuals. AnJo held its inaugural season in 1955 and the AnJo MVP that year was Jack DiMaggio.
For more information on AnJo or the AnJo Bombers organization and tryouts, go to www.anjobombers.org or anjobaseball.org . Also, don't forget to signup for the 2016 season before Halloween and save $10.
Pictured in the National Division Championship photo are first row: Thomas Russo, Alex Conheady, Vinny Buscarino, Tyler Baes. Second Row: Coach Tom Russo, Miguel Aybar, Coach Jake Baes, Kiefer Bloom, Javon Ruffin, Matt Gilbert, Coach Dan Gilbert, Colin Fragale, Gianna Fazzolari and Coach Todd Fragale
AnJo Bombers 13U tryouts set for 2016 season. Saturday 8/15/15 at Gasport Elementary (Royalton Hartland Varsity Field). 9am registration, 9:30 tryouts. Age must be 13 or less on 4/30/2016. Coach Todd Fragale has a couple open spots to fill and complete the team.
AnJo Summer Baseball is proud to have a partnership with Harley Field on Wisterman Road in Lockport. Mr. and Mrs. George Davis have generously donated their time, efforts and beautiful field for all the kids of AnJo to enjoy again this season. If you never have seen the best kept secret in Western New York....stop out to Harley Field and introduce yourself to George and see the amazing field the he has in his back yard.
The American League 2014 Champions are West-Herr Honda Tides. The National League 2014 Champions are Brigham Concrete Lumber Kings. The AnJo Summer Baseball season is over. Thanks everyone for a great year.