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2023 WNY Athletics “Colt 45” Baseball/Softball Day to raise funds for 12-year-old battli

Photo by Shawn Turri

12-year-old Colt Matz, son of Mike Matz (coach of Portville Baseball) and Christina Matz (teacher in Portville) has once again been diagnosed with Leukemia. This is the second time that Colt has received this diagnosis. Colt has already gone through a bone marrow transplant with his younger brother being the donor. Colt will now have to go through a second transplant. Colt loves being in the swimming pool and swimming the 50-yard Freestyle.

In order to help Colt and his family with medical and transportation costs, WNY Athletics is proud to announce that the proceeds of the WNY Athletics Baseball/Softball Day will go to him.

On Saturday, April 29th, 32 high school baseball and softball teams from Western New York will compete in 16 games at Niagara Falls High School at 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.

Schedule of Events:


10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

10:30 AM Niagara Falls vs. Sweet Home (Field #1)

St. Joe’s vs. Clarence (Field #2)

1:00 PM Williamsville North vs. Canisius (Field #1)

Southwestern vs. Maryvale (Field #2)

3:30 PM Orchard Park vs. St. Francis (Field #1)

West Seneca West vs. Dunkirk (Field #2)

6:00 PM Frontier vs. Williamsville East (Field #1)

Kenmore West vs. Medina (Field #2)


10:30 AM Niagara Falls vs. Mt. St. Mary’s (Field #1)

Grand Island vs. Williamsville North (Field #2)

12:30 PM Niagara Wheatfield vs Hamburg (Field #1)

Orchard Park vs St. Mary’s (Field #2)

2:30 PM Fredonia vs Williamsville East (Field #1)

Westfield vs Eden (Field #2)

4:30 PM Clarence vs Sacred Heart (Field #1)

Nardin vs Cheektowaga (Field #2)

There will be a $5 admission.

All proceeds from this event will go directly to Colt and his family.

We would like to invite friends, family and local companies to be a part of this incredible event. We will be selling basket raffle tickets throughout the day along with 50/50 drawings during each set of games.

There are several ways you can help:

  1. Donate to our basket raffle (items such as a themed basket or gift card)

  2. Make a monetary donation

  3. Become an event sponsor

If you would like to be a part of this great event, please contact Heidi Guenther at WNY Athletics or 716-343-5579.

Basket raffle items/donations can also be sent/dropped directly off at WNY Athletics’ office at 375 N. French Rd. Suite 100 Amherst, NY 14228.

Please make checks payable to 300 Level Media, LLC.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and for helping us honor Colt!

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