In Adam’s Honor: Memorial baseball game – The Daily News Online
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WARSAW — Warsaw baseball coach Todd Traynor misses his buddy.
Adam Webster, a former Warsaw athletic standout and Brockport State football hero sadly passed away in 2015 of cancer. He left behind a wife and two beautiful girls.
So Friday afternoon, on the same Warsaw baseball field Traynor and Webster played ball on, the Tiger coach found his own way of keeping Adam’s memory alive as the Tigers took on Perry/Mt. Morris in a LCAA crossover battle.
“For me, Adam is always in my thoughts,” Traynor said. “Emotions will be at a high, and great memories will continue to replay in my heart. I miss my friend.”
Traynor is the head baseball coach at Warsaw and Friday was a way to celebrate a life remembered by many.
“Today’s game, for me, on a personal level, will be quite emotional,” Traynor said. “Growing up, Adam was one of my best friends as we played numerous sports together and even worked together every summer as grounds keepers for the Village Park. I remember during the summer times always hanging out together — either at his house or mine. The Webster’s were like my second family at times. Adam’s dad and my dad would coach our summer league baseball teams every year until we got to high school.”
On Friday, Adam’s parents — Gail and Walley — were on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“We, as a program, are so honored to have Mr. and Mrs. Webster at the game today,” Traynor added.
Coincidentally, Warsaw’s opponent Perry, is coached by another buddy of Adam’s in Yellowjacket skipper John Koronas.
Koronas was the assistant baseball coach at Warsaw back when Adam and Todd both played.
“(Koronas) coached our senior year and coached both Adam and myself so with him having ties to us, we both got together around February to see what we could do this upcoming season to honor Adam,” Traynor said.
This game will become an annual event says Traynor.
The winner of Friday’s game — which was Perry/Mt. Morris by a 4-3 score — received the Adam Webster Memorial Trophy and will take it with them back to their school’s trophy case for an entire year. The winner each year gets to keep the trophy.
“Throughout the week, I’ve spoken to my players about what type of athlete Adam was during his time at WCS but more importantly what type of individual he was,” Traynor said. “He was one of the best teammates I’ve ever had the privilege of playing with and his legacy will carry on at WCS for many years to come.”
Webster was a standout football player for Brockport State up until he graduated in 2002.
The talented power running back is still in the Brockport record books for his amazing 47 carries for 344 yards in the Golden Eagles’ NCAA game against Rowan back in 2002. That same season Adam rushed for over 100 yards seven different games which is another Brockport record and finished with 1,473 yards, No. 2 all-time.
Adam Webster Memorial Game
PERRY/MOUNT MORRIS 4, WARSAW 3
Jansel Martinez was 2-for-3 with a run scored and David Post added a pair of hits as the Blue Jackets edged the Tigers in the first Adam Webster Memorial Game Friday in Warsaw.
Once again, Brian Perez came through with a big pinch hit and run scored in the sixth inning, while Hector Pagan entered on the mound in the second inning and completed the game to get the win. Pagan struck out three batters.
Perez’s RBI single and run scored in the sixth gave Perry/MM the lead for good.
Mike James was 4-for-5 with a run scored and Ben MacConnell added two hits and two runs scored for Warsaw; Noah Royce was 2-for-4 in the losing effort. Janes took the loss on the bump going striking out five over five innings.
Perry/MM coach John Koronas, whose team pulled off a huge upset beating No. 11 state-ranked Geneseo 3-1 on Wednesday, was very appreciative to be part of the event Friday.
“The Geneseo victory meant a lot to our program but nothing like being apart of this game,” Koronas said. “I had tears before and tears after this game. It was very emotional to be a part of.”