Nelcicio York


St. Maarten's Nelcicio York heads off to spring training and college.


Philips burg -- Amateur baseball player Nelcicio York is scheduled to leave for spring training today. York received a fukk scholarship for the Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa.
He will take up his position as shortstop, despite cold weather which is expected tp drop into the low 20's Fahrenheit Wednesday.<>br>
I have packed some sweat pants and sweat shirts and a jacket," York said. Yet, the teenager will spend most of hos training indoors as the school has an indoor training area complete with four batting cages and pitching machines, plus two outdoor lighted ball fields.

York can play any position, but specializes as a shortstop.He was awarded a ful scholarship with the help of baseball agent Reggie Plaisir of Skillz Baseball Academy of St. Maarten.
Sunterra Resorts helped cover the cost of airfare. York played with Cal & Sons Volvic Water Stars, which won the St. Maarten Double A Baseball Championship.

In 79 appearances in 17 games, York scored 16 runs and 15 hits, which included three doubles and two triples. He drew 15 walks and struck out 18 times. He was hit by pitches twice and collected eight stolen bases. He batted .242 .

Indian Hills, while a community college, has a good reputation as a baseball training cen. The school features two teams which are comprised of 60 athletes. Every year, approximately five players get signed to pro contactsand 10 move on to play college ball at bigger schools. Last year, the team had a winning record of 48-13.
The team's first game is scheduled for February1. This year the team will play an 80-gamespring schedule and 20 games in the fall. The team works out three to five hours a day.
"This is a great opportunity for me,"York said. He plans to study business communications. The regular season ends in May. However, York does not expect to return to the Friendly Island until June as the Falconds, the school team name, normally advances to post season play.
Taken from The Daily Herald, Jan 9th 2007

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Nelcicio York receives baseball scholarship
PHILIPSBURG-- Nelcicio York will be headed to Iowa to play ball and attend college in January.

York, who can play any position but specializes as a short stop, has received a baseball scholarship to Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa.

Nelcicio has a scholarship at Indian Hills which will include tuition, books, fees, room and board for the entire term,” wrote Cam Walker the head coach at the college in the acceptance letter.

“The coach knew about Nelcicio for about a year,” said baseball agent Reggie Plaisir of Skillz Baseball Academy of St. Maarten. Plaisir explained the coach has never seen York play. The coach offered the scholarship to York based solely on past recommendation Plaisir has made to the school. “The coach needed a short stop,” said Plaisir. The current short stop signed with the Chicago Cubs.

Indian Hills, while only a community college, has a good reputation as a baseball training center. The school features two teams for a total of 60 athletes. Approximately five get signed to pro contacts a year and 10 move on to play college ball at bigger schools. Last year the team had a winning record of 48-13. The school features two outdoor lighted ball fields, plus complete indoor training area completed with four batting cages and pitching machines.

Spring training begins January 10. The first game is scheduled for February 1. This year the team will play an 80 game spring schedule and 20 games in the fall. The team works out three to five hours a day.

“I’d like to play for the Yankee, some day,” said York. For now York will be a Falcon. He plans to study business communications.

“This is just the start on St. Maarten,” said Plaisir. “We have placed prospects at this school in the past. The key is grades.” Plaisir has been a baseball agent both on Curacao and in the United States.

Taken from http://www.sxmbaseball.com/ Jan 5th 2007