GLENS FALLS — Ryan Flansburg’s first season of college baseball had just ended in disappointment when he got a call from Glens Falls Dragons assistant general manager Mike McFerran. The Queensbury native wasn’t done after all; the Glens Falls Dragons wanted him.
“Mike contacted me to play here and my coach wanted me to play here. So, I did,” Flansburg said. “It’s nice playing at home. I get to live at home and I’m only 15 minutes from practice every day.”
Flansburg, who was part of the Spartans’ State Baseball Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016, shook off Herkimer County Community College’s early exit from the playoffs a little easier when he had somewhere else to play. He got the call right after his last college game.
He started the deciding Game 3 of Herkimer’s series against Erie and only gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings, but the relievers gave up eight runs and the Generals lost. Flansburg was second on the team with a 2.06 ERA in 35 innings pitched.
“He has good stuff,” Dragons coach Cameron Curler said. “He was highly recommended by his coach over at Herkimer.”
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So far, Flansburg has pitched in relief for the Dragons, including a scoreless inning and a third in their 8-3 loss to Oneonta on Wednesday. Curler thought Flansburg struggled a bit in his first outing but settled in nicely in his second 3 1/3-inning, one-run appeareance. Flansburg has an ERA of 4.05 ERA in 6 2/3 innings over four games.
“There are some really good kids in this league from some really good schools,” he said. “I just want to try to get better before school ball next year.”
Herkimer coach Jason Rathbun just told Flansburg to work on his timing but didn’t give too many instructions.
This summer season is the start of Flansburg’s effort to find his next team. Herkimer is a two-year school and he wants to play four years. He’s started reaching out to coaches but is really only at the beginning of the process. Many coaches are still in the postseason, so the recruiting hasn’t started in full.
Playing in the PGCBL gives Flansburg more exposure and experience against players at four-year programs. Then there’s also the network you build playing with players from schools across the country.
“You can draw some coaches to your games when you’re playing in a better league,” he said.
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