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PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 22, 2013

Sunday was also Muscular Dystrophy Association Night in Albany, benefitting 12-year-old Derek Murphy. The game’s events and fundraiser raised over $2,000 for MDA and Derek’s cause. Photo courtesy Albany Dutchmen.

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Last Night’s Scores
Amsterdam 14 Adirondack 3
Newark 3 Watertown 0
Albany 10 Glens Falls 9
Elmira 7 Cooperstown 6 (Resumed from July 3)
Elmira 8 Cooperstown 3
Mohawk Valley 9 Utica 6 (Resumed from July 7)
Utica 5 Mohawk Valley 4

Tonight’s Games
Newark at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls, 7:00 PM
Albany at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM

Notebook

*Congratulations to this week’s PGCBL Player of the Week Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) of the Albany Dutchmen and PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Dan Gautieri (Penn) of the Newark Pilots. It should be noted here that both players are from the northern portion of New Jersey - Dacey is from Wyckoff, N.J. while Gautieri is a native of Roseland, N.J. Last week, two Louisiana natives swept the PGCBL awards.

*Pitchers of the Newark Pilots have made a habit of winning PGCBL Pitcher of the Week awards. Gautieri is the fifth Newark hurler in three years to be named PGCBL Pitcher of the Week. Will Spitzfaden (Southeast Missouri State) won the first Pitcher of the Week award of the 2013 season. Past winners include Daniel Thorpe (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.), Carson Beauchaine and Dominick Ruscitti. All three winners in past years made the PGCBL All-League team at the conclusion of the season.

*Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) is the first Albany Dutchmen player to win the PGCBL’s Player of the Week award since Will Remillard (Albany 2011-2012) took the prize in Week 6 of the 2011 season. Overall, five Dutchmen have been honored in three years – three pitchers and two position players. Albany starter James Davitt (Bryant) earned the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week award earlier this season. Past honorees include David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) and Steven Poche (SE Louisiana).

*Last week’s records in regularly-scheduled games…Amsterdam (5-1), Watertown (4-1), Glens Falls (4-2), Mohawk Valley (3-2), Albany (4-3), Adirondack (2-3), Elmira (2-3), Newark (1-3), Utica (1-4), Cooperstown (1-5).

*Regular season games played-regular season games remaining…Adirondack (40-8), Albany (38-10), Amsterdam (39-9), Cooperstown (36-8), Elmira (37-10), Glens Falls (38-10), Mohawk Valley (36-9), Newark (39-9), Utica (34-10), Watertown (39-9).

*Including today, there are 10 days remaining in the regular season. The 2013 PGCBL regular season is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, July 31. The playoffs begin on Friday, August 2.

*If the playoffs started today…East – 1) Glens Falls, bye; 3) Mohawk Valley at 2) Amsterdam…West – 1) Watertown, bye; 3) Adirondack at 2) Elmira.

*PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Dan Gautieri (Penn) of the Newark Pilots tossed the first nine-inning complete game shutout of the season on Sunday in Watertown and the fourth in league history. The last nine-inning complete game shutout was compiled by Elmira’s Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) on June 25, 2012, against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Dunn Field. Two nine-inning complete game shutouts were thrown in 2011 – one by Elmira’s Jordan Carter (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) and another by Watertown’s Scott Whitehead (Canisius). It should be noted that Gautieri is the first pitcher in league history to throw a nine-inning complete game shutout on the road.

*Dan Gautieri’s (Penn) complete game shutout for Newark on Sunday in Watertown marked the second time in three years that the Pilots have blanked the Rams at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Newark’s Shayne Herold pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout and struck out nine in a 4-0 win over Watertown on July 9, 2011. The game was part of a doubleheader.

*Mohawk Valley’s Jared Dye (ULM) made a solid bid to become the first pitcher to win the PGCBL’s Pitcher of the Week award in back-to-back weeks. Dye was perfect against the Utica Brewers on Friday night for 4.1 innings in a complete game victory. He twirled a complete game three-hitter, walked two and struck out eight. Numerous other top pitching performances were recorded, see below.

*The complete game shutout by Newark’s Dan Gautieri (Penn) on Sunday night trumped several other strong pitching performances last week. Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) spun a three-hit shutout over six innings and struck out eight on Saturday night at Albany in a 7-0 win. Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) of Glens Falls struck out nine over seven innings and conceded two runs on five hits in his league-leading sixth win over Elmira. Newark’s Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) and Adirondack’s Alec Choleva (Utica) engaged in an eight-inning pitchers’ duel; Hasler allowed one run on two hits and struck out five while Choleva did not concede an earned run and struck out seven; neither received a decision. Amsterdam’s Rich Vrana (Marist) was the only league pitcher to record two wins. Adirondack’s Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.) and Albany’s Dylan Collett (Keene State) each racked up seven strong innings in wins. Parsons allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits, walked two and struck out three in a win over Elmira while Collett conceded one run on six hits and struck out four in a win at Cooperstown. Both Albany’s Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley C.C.) and Elmira’s Danny Britt (Trinity Christian) started two games last week.

*Top relief performances were compiled by Albany’s Thomas Belcher (Indiana), Mohawk Valley’s Tyler Bray (ULM, Utica’s Nick Schavone (UNC Asheville) and Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls. Belcher posted one win and one save in three appearances. He yielded one run on two hits and struck out three. Bray struck out eight batters in 6.1 innings and did not allow an earned run. Schavone went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three appearances. He logged 7.1 innings from the Utica bullpen and gave up just two hits. Eckelman converted two saves in four appearances and did not allow an earned run in 5.1 innings.

*Cooperstown’s Cameron Day (Norfolk State) recorded the highest batting average of any regular last week. Day batted .600 (12-for-20) in six Hawkeye games. He drove in seven runs, scored three times and doubled twice. Amsterdam’s Kyle Barrett (Kentucky, .529) and Josh Gardiner (Radford, .500) also batted above .500.

*Amsterdam’s Josh Gardiner (Radford) and James Smith (Saint Peter’s) of Glens Falls led all players with seven runs scored last week. Gardiner rapped out four extra-base hits over his final three games of the week and drove in six runs. Tyler Orris (Millersville) of the Albany Dutchmen and Dylan Smith (Auburn) of the Amsterdam Mohawks also drove in six runs apiece. Adirondack’s Riley Moonan (Fairleigh Dickinson) hit for a weekly cycle. The center fielder for the Trail Blazers batted .409 with five singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run.

*Cooperstown last week batted .315 as a team.

*Add another one-run game to the list for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and the Albany Dutchmen. The Eagles and Dutchmen played their seventh-straight one-run game on Sunday night at Bob Bellizzi Field. Seven of eight overall games this season between Albany and Glens Falls have been decided by one run.

*Sunday’s rollercoaster ride of a game between Albany and Glens Falls featured a seven-run third inning by the Eagles, nine unanswered runs from the Dutchmen, two ties in the final four innings and two home runs in the eighth. The two teams also combined for nine doubles. Glens Falls appeared to have taken control in the third inning with seven runs on five hits and one Albany error.  Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) highlighted the frame for the Eagles with a two-out, two-RBI double. Four of the seven runs were scored with two outs. Albany punched back in the fifth with five runs on five hits – the biggest being a two-out, two-run double by Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State). All five runs crossed the plate with two outs. Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) tied the game for Albany in the sixth with a two-run double and then the Dutchmen scratched across two runs in the seventh to go ahead, 9-7. Emmanuel Forcier walked to start the top of the eighth and James Smith (Saint Peter’s) immediately followed with a two-run clout to tie the game at 9-9. Dacey delivered again for the Dutchmen in the bottom of the eighth with a lead-off home run that proved to be the final tally of the game.

*In Sunday’s Albany-Glens Falls game, only one pitcher came away unscathed. Albany closer Thomas Belcher (Indiana) retired five of the six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his third victory. Belcher seated back-to-back Eagles in the eighth and then he worked around a one-out double in the ninth to seal the win.

*Eight players in the Albany-Glens Falls game recorded multi-hit performances. Overall, the two teams combined for 23 hits. Albany’s Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Bradley Noland (North Alabama) led all hitters with three hits apiece; Marks scored three runs as well.

*The bottom of the Glens Falls line-up on Sunday evening produced the biggest boost for the Green and Gold. Eighth-batter Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) and ninth-place hitter James Smith (Saint Peter’s) combined to go 4-for-7 with five RBI and four runs scored. Smith’s two-run home run in the eighth brought home Forcier and tied the game, 9-9.

*Newark’s Josh Ludwig (Rochester) has the longest active hitting streak in the PGCBL at 15 games. The longest hitting streak in the league this year has been 17 games – both Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) and Cooperstown’s Nate Lotze (Kenyon) had 17-game hit streaks.

*Steve Laurino (Marist) provided just about of the offense for the Newark Pilots on Sunday evening at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds against Watertown. Laurino slammed a two-out RBI double in the first inning and then clobbered a run-scoring single in the third inning. He drove in two of Newark’s three runs and finished the game with three hits.

*The Elmira Pioneers needed just one inning to earn one win on Sunday evening at Dunn Field. Elmira and Cooperstown picked up a game from July 3 in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied, 6-6. The game, part of a doubleheader, started in Cooperstown and was suspended due to darkness after eight innings. The first batter on Sunday, Chris Kalousdian (Manahttan) smashed a lead-off double. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Parker Curry (Samford), who had the ninth-inning sacrifice, retired the side in order in the ninth to give the Pioneers a quick victory.

*The regularly-scheduled game between Elmira and Cooperstown saw the two teams combine for 22 hits. Fifteen players had at least one hit in the game. Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Dave Hoffmann (Siena) each had three hits and combined to record half of Elmira’s 12 hits.

*Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) became the second player in the PGCBL this season to record five hits in a single game, sort of. Much like with Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) on Friday, Herrington compiled his five-hit effort on two different days in a suspended game against Utica. Herrington posted two hits in the first three innings against Utica on July 7, before the game was stopped because of rain. Sunday night, the former PGCBL Player of the Week bopped three more hits for the Dawgs. He finished the game 5-for-6.  Josh Anderson (FIU) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles is the only other PGCBL player this season to notch five hits in a single game.

*The resumed game between Route 5S rivals Mohawk Valley and Utica featured 30 combined hits. What’s interesting is that 24 of the 30 hits were put up on Sunday night in the resumed portion of the game. When play stopped on July 7, Mohawk Valley led, 3-0, with three runs on five hits. Utica had just one hit at the time. Overall, six players finished the game with at least three hits. Dalton Herrington logged a game-high five while Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) and Utica’s Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern) had four apiece.

*Sunday felt like a night with more than a few big two-out hits. Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) recorded a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning against Utica to push the DiamondDawgs ahead, 9-5. Mohawk Valley won the game, 9-6, though had entered the inning with a slim 6-5 lead.

*Matt Hendricks (Rollins) was the night-cap hero for the Brewers on Sunday against Mohawk Valley. Hendricks drove in two runs, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 triumph. Utica trailed, 3-0, through the first 3.5 innings. The Brewers reeled off four scores in the middle innings to amass a 4-3 lead. Hendricks drove in Utica’s second run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly. He batted in the eighth with one out and the scored tied, 4-4. Hendricks served up a single into left field that scored Joe Gallub (Concordia, N.Y.) with the decisive run for the Sons of Saranac.

*Eight Amsterdam batters logged multiple hits in Sunday’s win at Adirondack. All nine starters had at least one hit and eight of nine posted two hits or more. Josh Gardiner (Radford) led the Amsterdam charge with three hits, three runs scored and four RBI. Dylan Smith (Auburn) also scored three runs while Devin Wenzel (Cincinnati) drove in three runs; each belted a home run out of the Smith Sports Complex. Both Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and John Nogowski (Florida State) had two hits and scored two runs; Nogowski reached base safely four times on two hits and two walks.

*Eleven of Amsterdam’s 14 runs scored with two outs.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) played in two national championship games in two seasons at NJCAA Division II Louisiana State University Eunice. Thibodeaux and the Bengals won the national championship in 2012. He was an outfield starter for LSUE as a true freshman. This past spring, LSU Eunice returned to the NJCAA Division II World Series and advanced to the national championship game but ultimately fell to Murray State College. The Greenwell Springs, La., native will attend NCAA Division II Delta State in the fall.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*All three games tonight will have an impact on the PGCBL playoff chase. Four teams all within one game of each other square off tonight. The nationally ranked and first-place Glens Falls Golden Eagles host co-third place Mohawk Valley while second-place Amsterdam entertains co-third place Albany. One game in the standings separates first place from fourth place; one of the four teams will not advance to the PGCBL playoffs.

*The first-place Golden Eagles open up a week-long home stand tonight against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Glens Falls has home games scheduled for today, Thursday and Saturday with a pair of doubleheaders against Cooperstown and Amsterdam rounding out the week. The Eagles dropped a heartbreaker on Sunday night at Albany but have won two in a row at home. Glens Falls is undefeated (5-0) against Mohawk Valley this season. Most recently, the Eagles took both ends of a home-and-home from the Dawgs in early July. Despite a Sunday night “split” at Utica, Mohawk Valley is 7-2 in its last nine games. The Dawgs have been solid on the road with a 12-6 away mark; 12-4 against teams other than Glens Falls.

*Albany and Amsterdam collide at Shuttleworth Park tonight for the third time overall in the last three days. The Mohawks swept the Dutchmen in a doubleheader on Saturday night at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany. Amsterdam’s 7-4, 7-0, sweep ended a string of one-run games in the season series though Albany still has a 4-3 overall lead. Nick Davey’s Dutchmen have already recorded two one-run wins this season at Shuttleworth Park with the last coming on July 11 as part of a non-traditional doubleheader. The Mohawks have won seven of their last eight games and in those wins have scored at least seven runs six times. Amsterdam has outscored opponents 59-29 in its last eight games. Seven Amsterdam regulars enter into tonight’s game batting .285 or higher. Albany bounced back from Saturday’s sweep with a thrilling win at home over Glens Falls on Sunday night. The Dutchmen need just one more win to set a new franchise record for victories. An Albany win and an Amsterdam loss would vault the Dutchmen over the Mohawks in the standings.

*Newark’s fight for a playoff spot continues this evening on the road at Cooperstown. Newark trails Adirondack by a half-game in the PGCBL West standings for the third and final playoff spot in the division. The Pilots can make up ground in the standings on idle Adirondack with a win in the “Birthplace of Baseball.” Mike Armstrong’s Pilots have logged a significant amount of bus miles over the last three days – Newark played at Mohawk Valley in Little Falls on Saturday night and then traveled to Watertown for a 5:00 p.m. game on Sunday. The Pilots now follow up a trip to the northern-most team in the league with a trip into Otsego County to play Cooperstown. Newark is 1-1 on its current road swing and a win in Watertown on Sunday stopped a four-game winless streak. The last time Newark tangled with Cooperstown, the Hawkeyes tied a league season high with 20 hits and pushed across 17 runs in a 17-7 win at Colburn Park. The Pilots lead the season series, 3-2. Newark’s last trip to Cooperstown resulted in a 2-1 win in 11 innings; that was part of a stretch of 22 innings in two-straight days. Cooperstown has won eight times at home this season and the Hawkeyes are averaging over four runs per game at Doubleday Field.



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