Former players in charge of Sherrill Silversmiths

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SHERRILL — Two former players for the Sherrill Silversmiths are the new co-owners of the New York Collegiate Baseball League team.

Former players Dennis Duffy and Mike Sherlock took ownership of the team at the end of the 2105 season, the league announced on Thursday.

Both served as assistants with the team in 2012, with Duffy taking the manager role in 2013.

The new owners have named Jim Hegmann the manager of the team. Hegmann played at SUNY Oneonta, where Duffy and Sherlock have coached.

Matt Rafte was the previous owner of the Silversmiths.

Sherlock’s father, Mark, played with the Syracuse Junior Chiefs during the league’s first season in 1978 when the NYCBL was known as the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League.

The NYCBL is part of the 11-league National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB). The alliance partners with Major League Baseball to provide a platform for amateurs to compete.

Eight other organizations along with Sherrill currently comprise the NYCBL: The Cortland Crush, the Genesee Rapids, the Hornell Dodgers, the Olean Oilers, the Rochester Ridgemen, the Syracuse Junior Chiefs, the Syracuse Salt Cats and the Wellsville Nitros.

The 2016 season schedule has not yet been announced.

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