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PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 14, 2013

Albany's Dylan Collett (Keene State) pitched a three-hitter through eight innings againsnt Watertown on Saturday night. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Albany 3 Watertown 1
Mohawk Valley 6 Elmira 3
Adirondack 9 Newark 8 (10)
Amsterdam 13 Utica 7

Tonight’s Games
Albany at Mohawk Valley (DH), 5:05 PM
Adirondack at Newark (DH), 5:05 PM
Utica at Elmira, 5:05 PM
Cooperstown at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Watertown at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM

Notebook
*Not including today, there are 17 days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. The final day of the regular season is July 31 and the playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 2.

*A reminder on the new playoff procedure this season. The top three teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs. The second and third-place teams will meet in opening round of the playoffs. The two teams will square off in one game at the site of the second-place team to determine who will move on to the divisional finals to face the first-place team. The divisional finals will be a best-of-three series with a 1-1-1 format; the higher seed will host the first and third games. The winners of the divisional finals will then play in the PGCBL Championship Series.

*Add Adirondack’s Shane Allen (Northeastern) to the list of PGCBL players that have recorded a walk-off hit this season. Allen connected on an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday night to propel the Trail Blazers to a 9-8 victory over the Newark Pilots at the Smith Sports Complex. Fourteen games this season have now been decided on a walk-off.

*Twice in the span of six days, Adirondack used a walk-off hit to defeat Newark, 9-8, in extra innings. Last Sunday, Newark scored six runs in the eighth inning to force an 8-8 tie. Sam Wiggins (Houston Baptist) powered the Pilots in the outburst with a three-run home run. The game went into extra innings and Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) ended it with a walk-off home run. Saturday night, it was Newark that charged out to a 7-3 lead. Sam Wiggins hit a two-run home run for the Pilots to help offset a three-run Adirondack first. Adirondack’s Brandon Jossey (Seton Hill) clubbed a three-run home run and the Trail Blazers eventually tied the game in the eighth. Unlike the previous game, Newark took the lead in the top of the 10th on a Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) RBI single. Adirondack’s Alex Mata (Saint Leo) started the home 10th with a single and he moved to third on a Bobby Slagle (Villanova) double. A wild pitch scored Mata with the tying run and then Shane Allen drove in pinch runner Alex Simone (West Alabama) with the winning tally.

*Alex Simone (West Alabama) has been directly responsible for two-straight Adirondack wins. Simone’s three-run home run on Friday night proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam. Saturday, the Milwaukee Brewers draft pick pinch ran in the 10th inning and came home to score the game-winning run on Shane Allen’s (Northeastern) RBI single.

*The Trail Blazers surpassed the 30-home run plateau on Saturday night in Boonville. Three Blazers blasted belts to give the team 31 for the season. Luke Emling (Villanova) slugged his eighth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the first. Alex Mata (Saint Leo) immediately followed with a solo smack to give the Blazers back-to-back jacks. Adirondack became the third team this season to hit back-to-back home runs. Brandon Jossey (Seton Hill) hit a three-run clout later in the game. Adirondack is six home runs away from tying Amsterdam’s league record of 37 which was set in 2011.

*Adirondack’s bullpen proved to be a big factor in Saturday night’s win. Relievers Keith Ryan (Ave Maria), Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.) and Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) combined to pitch six scoreless innings. Spencer Bivens (Louisburg) conceded an unearned run in the ninth but struck out two and stranded two runners on base to set up Shane Allen’s game-winning hit.

*Another similar but different game took place at Donovan Stadium in Utica where the Mohawks mashed and fermented the Brewers, 13-7. In Amsterdam’s previous trip to the Renaissance City, Utica sprinted out to a 12-1 lead and held on for a 12-7 victory. Amsterdam scored six times in the final two innings in an unsuccessful comeback attempt. Saturday, the Mohawks erupted for eight runs in the second inning en route to a 12-1 advantage. Utica scored five times in the fourth but ultimately could not dig out of the hole and fell, 13-7.

*Amsterdam’s Kevin Guthrie (Brown) had his best offensive game of the season on Saturday night. Guthrie went 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored. He accounted for more than half of Amsterdam’s 13 runs. The Sarasota, Fla., native has primarily pitched out of the Amsterdam bullpen this season and has made several spot appearances behind the plate. Saturday night, Guthrie started and made the most of his opportunity. He sparked Amsterdam’s eight-run charge in the second with two-RBI double and then scored immediately on a two-RBI hit from Ed Charlton (NJIT). Guthrie returned to the plate with the fourth and collected his second two-RBI knock of the game with a base hit. He scored later in the inning on a John Nogowski (Florida State) fielders’ choice. The Amsterdam catcher capped off his five-RBI performance with a run-scoring single in the fifth. Both times Guthrie batted in the second and fourth, he came up with the bases loaded.

*Breaking down Amsterdam’s offensive outburst, the Mohawks scored 13 runs on 18 hits. All nine starters recorded at least one hit. Eight of the nine scored at least one run and seven of those eight had one RBI. Kevin Guthrie (Brown), Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and Shane Zimmer (Canisius) all had three hits and two runs scored for the Mohawks. Ed Charlton (NJIT) and Josh Gardiner (Radford) both had two hits and two RBI and Brian Ruby (Binghamton) scored a game high three runs.

*Utica center fielder Ryan Valdes (Florida State) has recorded four outfield assists this season for the Brewers. Valdes picked up his fourth assist on Saturday night when he threw out Josh Gardiner (Radford) at home plate in the sixth inning. Gardiner had been attempting to score from second on a base hit. Valdes showed off his arm even more later in the game. The rising sophomore from Florida State pitched the final two innings for the Brewers. He struck out two batters, induced one line-out double play and did not allow a hit.

*Utica’s K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) leads the league in runs scored and teammate Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) is among the league leaders in RBI. Saturday night, the two reversed their roles. Smith smacked a two-run double for the Brewers while Pierson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

*The lone pitchers’ duel of the night came at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field where Dylan Collett (Keene State) of the Dutchmen squared off with Joe Adel (South Florida) of the Rams. Collett allowed one run on three singles; he walked three and struck out six over eight innings. The lone tally allowed by Collett was on a ground out in the second. Watertown’s Joe Adel pitched into the eighth inning. He conceded three runs, two earned, on nine hits and struck out seven. Adel allowed two runs in the second and then not another Albany score until the eighth.

*Thomas Belcher (Indiana) has two saves over the last two nights for the streaking Dutchmen. Belcher induced a double-play groundout to record a one-batter save on Friday night in the opening game of Albany’s doubleheader with Glens Falls. In that game, Belcher entered with one out and the bases loaded in the final frame. Saturday night, Belcher spun a scoreless ninth in Albany’s 3-1 win over Watertown. He has two wins and three saves in 14 total appearances.

*Chris Bianchi (Trinity, Texas) and Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) were responsible for all three of Albany’s runs on Saturday night. Bianchi stroked a two-RBI single in the second inning that erased a 1-0 Watertown lead. One of the two men to score on the single was Remillard. When Albany added an insurance run in the eighth, it was Remillard who drove in pinch runner Tyler Orris (Millersville) with a sacrifice fly.

*The Dutchmen have limited opponents to three hits or fewer four times this season. Albany has not lost when giving up three or fewer hits. The Dutchmen held opponents to three or fewer hits twice in a season-opening six-game winning streak. The last two times Albany has allowed three or fewer hits has been in its current six game winning streak.

*Mohawk Valley is now 4-0 in its last four trips to Elmira’s Dunn Field. The DiamondDawgs have not lost in Elmira since July 28, 2011.

*The DiamondDawgs and Pioneers combined for 24 hits on Saturday night. Seventeen of the 18 starters in the game had at least one hit. Six players recorded multiple hit games led by Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) who went 3-for-5. Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Craig Lepre (Albany) both had two hits for the Dawgs; Lepre drove in two runs. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan), Parker Curry (Samford) and Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) each had two hits for the Pioneers. Twenty of the 24 hits in the game were singles.

*Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) of the DiamondDawgs cranked his 10th career PGCBL triple in his first at-bat on Saturday night. Rodrigue led the league with six triples last season. His lead-off triple in the second on Saturday put him at a total of 10 over two seasons. 

*Four league teams – Elmira, Amsterdam, Mohawk Valley and Newark have now surpassed 10,000 fans for the season. Glens Falls and Cooperstown are the next two closest to the 10,000-fan plateau.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*James Smith (Saint Peter’s) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles has thrown out 48 runners who have attempted to steal during the 2013 college baseball season. Smith, the starting catcher at Saint Peter’s College, cut down 33 runners attempting to steal during the collegiate season. He compiled a 40.2% success rate at throwing out would-be base stealers. This summer, the strong-armed receiver from Hatfield, Pa., has thrown out 15 runners attempting a stolen base. Smith has thrown out 41.7% of PGCBL opponents trying to steal.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*A wild home-and-home series between the Newark Pilots and the Adirondack Trail Blazers closes out tonight at Newark’s Colburn Park with a doubleheader. Adirondack leads the season series, 2-1, with both wins coming on walk-off plays in the last week. Last Sunday, Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) ended an 11-inning marathon with a walk-off home run in a 9-8 Adirondack win. Last night, the Trail Blazers won by the exact same score in 10 innings on a walk-off single from Shane Allen (Northeastern). Three games between the two teams in Boonville resulted in 61 total runs – 38 for the Pilots and 25 for the Trail Blazers. Newark won the first-ever game between the two teams, 22-7, on June 26. The Blazers are 7-2 in their last nine though just two games in that stretch were on the road. Despite a 1-1 record in its last two games, Newark has pumped out 24 runs on 26 hits.

*Tonight’s other doubleheader will be at Vet’s Park in Little Falls where the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs host the Albany Dutchmen for the first time this season. A previous trip for Albany to the ballpark at the corner of Burwell and Ray Streets in Little Falls was postponed due to rain. The red-hot Dutchmen have won six full games in a row and that matches their longest winning streak of the season. Three of the six wins were on the road and three at home. Albany has not lost a single, stand-alone game, since dropping a 6-4 decision at home against Adirondack on July 6. Mohawk Valley is currently tied for third place with rival Amsterdam and the Dawgs trail first-place Albany by three games in the PGCBL East. The Dawgs have won four of their last five games at home after starting 2-7 at the Vet. This will be the just the second meeting of the season between the two teams; Albany edged Mohawk Valley, 4-3, at “The Bob” on June 26. The Dutch have won three straight in the all-time series though the last time the two teams played a doubleheader, July 11, 2012, Mohawk Valley swept and Jesse Buratt (SE Louisiana) threw the first no-hitter in PGCBL history.

*The Watertown Rams conclude their week-long “Fair Trip” tonight against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at East Field in a battle of two top of the table teams. The Rams are 4-2 on their current trip but have dropped their last two games to Utica and Albany. Watertown still has a two-game lead in the PGCBL West on second-place Elmira. Glens Falls and Albany are tied for first in the PGCBL East though Albany leads Glens Falls by percentage points. Both teams enter into the game coming off losses to Albany The Eagles were postponed on Saturday in Cooperstown after dropping both ends of a twin bill to Albany on Friday night. Watertown was tripped up, 3-1, in the Capital District on Saturday. The Rams won the only other meeting between the two teams this season, 6-5, at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

*Fresh off a 13-run explosion on Saturday night, the defending league champion Mohawks return home tonight to entertain the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Amsterdam’s 13 runs on Saturday night marked its second-highest total of the season; the Tribe blitzed both Adirondack (June 18) and Watertown (June 25) for 17 runs earlier this summer. Since a six-game winning streak put the Mohawks at 11-9, the team has won or lost no more than two games in a row. At home, Amsterdam is 7-3 in its last 10 games but 3-3 in the last six in the Rug City. Eight different Mohawks have driven in at least 10 runs this summer and Josh Gardiner (Radford) leads all Amsterdam swingers with 20 RBI. Amsterdam leads the season series with Cooperstown, 3-1. The Mohawks have won their last three games over the Hawkeyes; two of the three wins came in low-scoring affairs at Shuttleworth Park (4-1, 4-2). Cooperstown buses up to Amsterdam having lost eight games in a row. The Hawkeyes have scored more than three runs just once in their last eight games and allowed at least four runs in seven of those eight.

*Utica and Elmira wrap up the Sunday schedule with an early evening game at Dunn Field. Despite a Saturday night loss to Mohawk Valley, Elmira remained within striking distance of first-place Watertown in the PGCBL West. More important, the Pioneers still have a 1.5-game lead on the third-place squad, Adirondack, and three games at hand. Eight of Elmira’s victories this season have come at the friendly confines of Dunn Field. Utica makes the long bus ride to the Southern Tier on the heels of a Saturday night defeat at home to Amsterdam. The Sons of Saranac pushed seven runs across the plate but could not climb out of an early 12-1 hole. Utica is averaging nearly over nine runs per game in its last three contests. The Brewers scored 10 and 11 respectively in back-to-back games against Adirondack and Watertown and tallied seven times on Saturday. Utica leads the season series, 1-0, on the strength of a 6-4 victory on June 26. Jordan Brooks (Georgia College) spun four scoreless frames and the Sons of Saranac scored four times in the sixth in a comeback victory.



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