ABOUT US

The Waterford Nationals are an elite summer baseball program that competes in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League and the Albany Twilight League. The Nationals were established in 1997 and have amassed over 18 state championships, 12 regional championships and 32 league championships.

The Nationals baseball organization was started by legendary coach Bill Kelts with one mission in mind- to teach kids the correct way to play the game while still having fun. In 1998 Waterford won their first league championship followed by their first state championship. That team would go on to play together for the next 15 years and total over 25 championships for the Waterford franchise. Coach Bill Kelts would later be named “Man of the Decade” by Eastern New York Travel Baseball for all of his contributions on and off of the field. Most recently Coach Kelts received the Presidents award for all of his contributions to the Albany Twilight League. 

The Nationals organization has grown from one team into a franchise of teams, fielding six teams a season. The Nationals continue to help players enhance their baseball skills while expanding their knowledge of the game. The program has helped players pursue their varying level of dreams such as playing varsity baseball or college baseball and even producing some players that have played professional baseball. Players are continually coming back to coach teams, run clinics and offer instruction. 

 

The Nationals play at Kelts Stadium on Middletown Road in Waterford. It is known as one of the best parks in the area for its “baseball” atmosphere and its beautifully groomed playing fields. The Friday night games under the lights are a staple for summer nights in Waterford, bringing the community together to support their Waterford Nationals Albany Twilight Team. The 2021 Nationals will field 5 teams including the Albany Twilight team, they will also have a 17u, 15u, 14u an 13u. The 15u team will be returning with high aspirations of winning at showcase tournaments around the Northeast. Waterford will welcome the 14u and our newest member the 13u team. Both of these teams will compete at a high level locally as well as regionally. All of our teams look to compete to win tournaments and keep the strong Nationals tradition of success going.  

COLLEGE AND PRO NATS

Below is a list of Nationals that are either currently playing college and professional baseball or have finished their playing careers. Almost all of our players come back and assist with coaching our current rosters.  

Bill Kelts

Scott Rader

Christian Bertrand

Matt Pierce

Jessie Curtain

Tim Merdick

Cody Sullivan

Anthony Eaton

Dan Bergami

Pat Reardon

Jake Willis

Kyle Sumple

Zach Goyer

Rob Cowin

Brad Pearson

Adam Lasek

Tyler Travis

Chris Carbone

Matt Snyder

Nick Schaub

Jake Luce

Ryan Cameron

Dan Walker

Paul Terry

Paul Izzo

Jermey Gulich

Zach Hartman

Max Perotta

Nolan Duda

Derek Becker

Nick Debrino

Ian Beaureguard

Brendan Kruzinski

Max Tessitore

Ryan Cummings

Suny New Paltz

Hofstra

HVCC

Siena

St. Rose

Franklin Pierce

Southern Vermont

Suny Brockport

San Diego State

RPI/Hudon Valley Renegades

Siena

Siena

Manhattan

Clarkson

Clarkson

RPI

Towson

Union

Kentucky/Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

St. Rose

HVCC

Umass/Reading (AA)

RPI

HVCC

Southern Connecticut

HVCC

Siena

ACC

Clarkson

Iona

Canisius

Herkimer

Herkimer

Lemoyne

St. Joseph (Vermont)

Joe Ihnotoyla

Charles Yarnold

Dennis Buckley

Dylan Pollack

Ryan Ruddy

Casey Chase

Brendan Haverty

Casey Job

Cory Moore

Mike Degregory

Jimmy Gaudet

Greg Ruddy

Ryan Ensel

Ivan Plata

Tom Carrigan

Aaron Tilley

Matt Dahlin

Max Keado

James Williamson

Pat Riley

Matt Bristow

Brandon Friss

Maike VanPattan

Casey Avery

Shaun Fisher

Dieudone Paul

TIm Cristman

Max Geauber

Luke Walter

Blake Wigert

Chewy Stubbelbine

Evan Bauer

Dylan Beaulac

Ben Reinisch

RPI

RPI

Siena

HVCC

ACC

ACC

HVCC

Suny Brockport

Fulton Montgomery

Suny Brockport

UAlbany

Suny Brockport

Suny Cortland

Suny Oneonta

Utica College

Suny Brockport

 

Suny Plattsburgh/Midwest Sliders

 

Suny Brockport

 

Suny Brockport

 

James Madison

 

James Madison

 

HVCC

 

Suny Oneonta

 

HVCC

 

Dowling

 

Houston Astros

 

Colorado Rockies

 

St. Rose

 

Manhattan

 

ACC

 

ACC

 

ACC

 

Keuka College

 

Trinity College