BOONVILLE, N.Y. — The Adirondack Trail Blazers finished 2019 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season much better than they started it and Mickey Fauvelle’s role in the team’s improvement was recognized Tuesday when he was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

The second-year Trail Blazers coach took the team from its 1-9 start to the franchise’s first PGCBL playoff appearance and a trip to the championship series where the West Division champions were beaten 2-0 by five-time champion Amsterdam from the East.

Fauvelle has a face and name familiar to area baseball fans, having played at Adirondack High School and Herkimer County Community College, and coached high school ball at his alma mater where he now teaches, as well as American Legion Baseball at Love Post No. 406.

The 2018 Trail Blazers went 19-26 in Fauvelle’s first season and posted their best record since moving from the New York Collegiate Baseball League to the PGCBL in 2013. They matched that record this summer and wound up the No. 4 seed in the West for their first PGCBL postseason appearance. They upset division-winner Utica — the team that made the NYCBL-to-PGCBL move with them six years ago — in the first round then swept the best-of-three West Division championship series against the Geneva Red Wings, all with 15 players in uniform.

The 2019 Trail Blazers ended their early slump with a 2-1 victory at Watertown and followed that with wins in four of their next five games. They climbed to third place in their six-team division before two losses at the end of the regular season dropped them back to fourth.

Fauvelle stepped away from high school coaching this spring after guiding Adirondack’s Wildcats to a 20-2 record and Section III’s Class B title in 2018.