History Repeats For Baseball Family

To The Reader’s Forum:

On Sunday, June 2, my wife and I attended a high school Section 6, Class C playoff game at Diethrick Park. The setting was beautiful, the weatherman finally cooperated and the game between two local schools, Frewsburg and Falconer, was well played.

Falconer won the game, 4-2. It was a good win for the Falconer High School and their program. The Falconer coach, Chris Schrader, decided to pitch his son, Ben, for this important game. Ben answered by pitching the first four innings, allowing no hits or runs. Ben was the game-winning pitcher.

Watching both Chris and Ben on the field I could see a strong resemblance to their father and grandfather, Lou Schrader. Lou was a good friend, classmate and teammate of mine. Unfortunately, Lou passed away several years ago and never got to see his grandson play baseball on the varsity level.

Sixty-three years ago, the 1956 Falconer High School baseball team won the Section 6 Class C championship. Lou Schrader was the star pitcher on that team. I guess you could say history does sometimes repeat itself.

Jon A. Saff



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