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Owner, Director of MAD Baseball Player Development

Head Baseball & Softball Instructor

Melvin A. Dorta was signed as a free agent in 1999, by the Boston Red Sox, at the age of 16 out of Venezuela. In 2001 he led the Gulf Coast League with a .408 batting average before being promoted to the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets.  Dorta was an Eastern League All-Star in 2005 and 2006 for the AA Harrisburg Senators. He was then promoted from the Senators to the Washington Nationals MLB in 2006.  At the time of his promotion, he was batting .277 with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 24 RBI in 85 games.  He left Harrisburg ranking fourth in the league with an organization-best and a career-high of 36 stolen bases. 

In 2007 Dorta played for AAA Columbus Clippers, the AA Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008, and the   AA-AAA Baltimore Orioles in 2009.  In 2010 Dorta finished his career playing for AA-AAA Philadelphia Phillies.   

Following his playing career, Dorta moved into coaching and coached with the Harrisburg Senators from 2013-2014 (AA of the Washington Nationals).

Dorta later started MAD Baseball and Softball Academy out of Pennsylvania in 2015, where he continues to run several travel teams and offer private instruction.  

Dorta specializes in hitting and infield defense instruction but has a well-rounded background instructing all areas of the game.

Dorta now brings his passion for the game to CNY where he will continue to offer professional-level baseball training to the younger generation.

Private Lesson Rates

1/2hr Session: $55
1Hr Session: $100

Small Group Rates

1hr Session: $145 (2 players)
1Hr Session: $200 (3 players)

Package Rates

5 x 1/2hr Session: $260
5 x 1hr Session: $480

Rapscore Evaluation

30 Min Evaluation: $100

Lindsey Richards

Softball Pitching Instructor


Lindsey Richards is a Division 3 softball alumni of The University of SUNY Cortland. She is a left-handed pitcher. During her time at Cortland, she pitched 37 games with an ERA of 3.1 and a K/7 of 7.4. She also made the 2021-22 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

Lindsey is also an alumnus of Cicero North Syracuse High school, Class of 2018. During her time at CNS, she pitched in for her varsity team during the 2017 & 2018 seasons, winning back-to-back Sectional championships, and earning first team all honors.

Lindsey is excited to inspire young girls to work on their passion for pitching. She believes a major component of instructing beginners is teaching proper form and muscle memory. With more established pitchers, working on pitch diversity and movement is key.

More career statistics:

With 95 career strikeouts, Lindsey made 19 relief appearances in her final senior season. She earned SUNYAC Pitcher of the week this season after pitching a 1 hitter against MCLA (10-0) in Florida. Lindsey fanned 9 strikeouts in career-high 9.1 innings versus SUNY Geneseo in the SUNYAC finals (2021). Then, Lindsey also matched that career-high of 9 strikeouts in 5 innings against SUNY Plattsburgh this season.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $30
1Hr Session: $55

Small Group Lesson Rates (2 Players)

1Hr Session: $80

Bobby Renaud

Pitching Instructor


Bobby is an alumnus of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, class of 2010. During his time at CNS, he was an honorable mention for All League, earned a Sectional Title in 2009, and was a John Illaqua Scholarship recipient.

Bobby went on to play at Onondaga Community College, as a starter, from 2010-2012. Bobby earned a record of 4-1 his freshman year and 6-2 his sophomore year. He was named First Team All-Conference and All-Decade Team.

Bobby finished up his college career at LeMoyne College as a starter/reliever from 2013-2015. In 2014 he threw 26 innings, had an ERA of 2.77, 14 strikeouts, and 2 SV.

After his college career, Bobby tried out for multiple MLB teams, including throwing a bullpen for the Blue Jays.

Bobby’s passion is to develop young athletes while focusing on strength and proper arm care.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $75

Alyssa Dybacz

Softball Catching & Hitting Instructor


Alyssa Dybacz is a D-2 softball player transitioning into a D-1 softball player at LeMoyne College. In her first year at Le Moyne, operating as a designated player and a catcher in 118 at-bats, she put together a .373 batting average with 23 RBIs, a .405 on-base percentage, and a .525 slugging percentage, and launched three home runs.
She was named to the North-East-10 All-Rookie and All-conference second team after her freshman season. In her Sophomore season, she put together a .370 average in 146 at-bats with 34 RBIs, a .429 on-base percentage, a .658 slugging percentage, and 7 home runs. Following her Sophomore season she was named to the North-East-10 all-conference first team.

Alyssa graduated from C.W. Baker High School in 2021, during her high school career she was named to First Team All-League in 2019 and 2021, Defensive Player of the Year in 2021, 7th Team All-State, and 1st Team All CNY.

Alyssa is excited to start sharing her knowledge of catching and hitting with young
athletes. Alyssa believes in working hard and refining skills, so athletes can grow and be
competitive as a player.

Private Lesson Rates

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $70

Derrick Miller

Baseball Instructor


Derrick Miller is a baseball alumni of LeMoyne College, Miller excelled in his three-year playing career with the Dolphins where he started all three years. Prior to Le Moyne, Miller attended and played at Hudson Valley Community College for two years.

As a Dolphin in 2021, Miller hit .284 with three home runs and slugged .506. In 2022, Miller batted .272 with 24 RBI. Miller was also a defensive mainstay at third base, only committing 10 errors in three years, totaling a .950 fielding percentage. Miller was named Le Moyne Athlete of the Week in the final week of the 2022 season, where he went 8-for-12 with a home run in the Dolphins regional run.

In two years at Hudson Valley, Miller hit .346 with five home runs and 45 RBI.

Miller graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. After his playing career, he pursued the career path of coaching as he accepted the position of Graduate Assistant Coach at LeMoyne College in 2022-2023. Derrick finished his Master’s in the spring of 2023 with a degree in Business of Leadership and Administration.

Miller specializes in hitting and fielding instruction but brings a variety of knowledge to all areas of the game. He brings his passion to the game and enjoys helping young athletes reach their potential and achieve their goals of playing at the next level.

Private Lesson Rates

1/2hr Session: $70
1Hr Session: $100

2 Players – 1hr : $110

Philip Deaugustine

Softball Hitting Instructor

Philip is entering his 31st season of coaching High School Softball.  He has coached both JV and Varsity softball at Jamesville Dewitt for 22 years, six years with Cicero North Syracuse, as the JV coach, and is now entering his third year as Varsity coach for Liverpool High School.  Philip also has nine years of travel coaching experience at the 16U, 18U, and 23U level.


Throughout his experience as a varsity coach, his teams have compiled a record of 357 – 129.  Included in these victories are 13 League Championships, 12 Section III Finals, 9 Section III Championships, 4 Regional Championships, and 3 State Finalists.


Phil is focused on softball hitting instruction and strategy and is now accepting new clients.

Private Lesson Rates (1 on 1 Session)

1/2hr Session: $40
1Hr Session: $70