GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Dragons closed the book on their 2017 season on Monday, and while it was rough going on the field, owner Ben Bernard said the team itself is on solid ground.
The Dragons finished their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 12-5 loss to Amsterdam at East Field. The Dragons ended up 17-33, a record weighed down by their 1-24 performance on the road. They were 16-9 at home.
Bernard said he will talk to head coach Cameron Curler about returning next summer.
“I’m certainly interested in having him back,” Bernard said. “He’s right over there at the College of St. Joe’s in Rutland. If he was having problems with the players, the players were walking away or something ... that hasn’t happened. The guys like him, he treats the guys good, and that’s half the battle for me.”
One area the team will have to look at is improving the team’s pitching. The Dragons had a team ERA of 5.55 this season. Bernard said the situation was made worse because one recruited pitcher couldn’t play because of an injury and another chose not to come.
Bernard said he expected the team to at least break even financially. He said he saw improvement on the business end and was able to attract some big crowds on certain key nights, including Monday’s crowd of 2,341.
He’s hoping to talk to the city about some renovations to the field in the coming years. He also suggested working with the Coalition that’s running the Civic Center.
“With the Civic Center, the Coalition has done a great job over there,” Bernard said. “There’s no reason down the road ... I’m open to getting those guys involved over here — dual promotion — and make the two venues really positive in Glens Falls.”
Fort Ann’s Tyler Mattison started Monday’s game and took the loss, giving up eight hits and eight runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Still, he was a bright spot on the team this season, going 3-2 despite being a recent high school graduate.
Brian Uliana went 2 for 4 for the Dragons and finished the season with a .335 batting average. Owen Wosleger also went 2 for 4.