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PGCBL Dugout Chatter, Week 6

Photo courtesy Elmira Pioneers
Photo, left: Elmira's Ryan Normoyle (Washington, Md.) batting against the Watertown Wizards on Fri., July 22 at Dunn Field. Normoyle leads the PGCBL with 51 total hits.

Albany Dutchmen
Overall: 16-21 (.432), Third PGCBL East…Week 6: 2-4 (.333)
The Dutchmen need one more victory to set a franchise single-season mark for wins. The team tied the record with a twin bill split against nationally-ranked Glens Falls on Saturday…One other franchise mark is set to fall, stolen bases. The “Flying” Dutchmen have thieved 82 bases through 37 games and lead the PGCBL in that category. Nick Davey’s Albany side ripped 94 bags last season. Albany is the only team in the league with over 100 stolen base attempts…Will Remillard (Temple), the PGCBL Player of the Week, appeared at catcher, third base and designated hitter for the Dutch last week. He is Albany’s second weekly award winner. Steven Poche (SE Louisiana) was the Co-Pitcher of the Week in Week 4 after throwing a shutout at Elmira…The Capital District club’s offense accounted for 34 runs last week and the Dutch scored at least three runs in all six of their games; though Albany went 2-2 when scoring six runs or more…Four of six games last week were played against Elmira (home-and-home) and Glens Falls (doubleheader)…Pitcher Casey Wilson (Faulkner) joined the team. He pitched two and one-third innings in his debut at Elmira on July 21. He wears #22…Brandon Trinkwon (UCSB) and Will Remillard are tied for the team lead with nine multi-hit games…The fourth inning of Albany games has been the most explosive. Through 37 contests, Albany and its’ opponents have combined for 80 runs in the fourth (40-40 split)…Steve Anderson (Georgetown) clubbed home runs in back-to-back games to close the week. The Albany, N.Y., slugger has five home runs on the season; he leads the team in long balls and RBI (22)…Every Dutch batter has stolen at least one base…Reliever Tim Haley (John Wood CC) has been the most-used out of the bullpen, he leads the side with 12 appearances.

Amsterdam Mohawks
Overall: 24-14 (.632), First PGCBL East…Week 6: 3-1 (.750)
Amsterdam has a one-game lead over Glens Falls for first place in the PGCBL East heading into the home stretch…The Mohawks played just four league games last week between Tuesday and Friday; the Tribe also defeated the U.S. Military All-Stars, 2-0, in an exhibition game on Sunday at Shuttleworth Park…Despite a 5-1 mark in the week leading up to the All-Star break, the Mohawks dropped out of the Summer Top 25 and fell to the “Also receiving consideration” category…The Tribe continues to lead the league in batting average (.282) and team earned run average (3.37)…Since July 12, Amsterdam has belted 15 home runs and the Mohawks are now tied with Watertown for the league lead in long balls; the Tribe hit six home runs in four games last week including three against Elmira…The lone Amsterdam loss came as part of a two-game set at Newark; the Pilots scored twice in the ninth inning to win. The Mohawks won the afternoon game the following day to earn a split…The Carpet City club is 17-5 in July…Collegiate teammates Derrick Brewer (Radford) and Abram Williams (Radford) are tied for the team and league lead in appearances (17)…Eight Mohawks have a batting average of .280 or higher and eight pitchers have an ERA under 3.00…Keith Griffin’s team is 7-6 in one-run games and 8-4 in tilts decided by five runs or more…At the gate, Amsterdam leads the eight-team loop with 1,347 fans per game…Abram Williams needs one save to tie his franchise record of 11 set last year; he has 21 total saves in two years…Josh Nethaway (Albany) leads the Mohawks with 24 RBI though Luke Maile (Kentucky) has hit six home runs and driven in 19 scores in only 18 games…Amsterdam is one victory away from clinching a winning season which would be its’ fourth in a row. The Tribe hasn’t had a sub-.500 regular season since 2007.

Cooperstown Hawkeyes
Overall: 22-14 (.611), First PGCBL West…Week 6: 5-1 (.833)
The red-hot Hawkeyes have won seven of their last eight games including six in a row between July 16 and July 21. A twin bill split at Newark on Friday, with a loss in the opener, ended a six-game win streak…Four of the six games played in last week by the Otsegans were part of a doubleheader. Cooperstown swept Mohawk Valley in a home doubleheader on Tuesday and then went to Newark on Friday…The Hawkeyes played four-straight road games to end the week due to the preparations in Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony…With six home games left, the Otsegans have the best home record (14-4) of all PGCBL teams…Chris Kono (Holy Cross) is the first Cooperstown player to win a weekly award from the PGCBL. His eight strong innings were part of several quality starts from Hawkeye pitchers that included a two-hit shutout over six innings from Collin Blankenship (So. Alabama) against Mohawk Valley on July 19, a no-hitter through five and two-thirds by Conor Kerins (West Chester) at Glens Falls on July 21 and four and one-third frames from Jimmy Hill (Wesleyan) at Newark on Friday in a seven-inning game…Cooperstown pitchers carved out a 1.34 ERA for the week…Reliever Terrence Moore struck out seven batters in six and two-thirds innings over three appearances and did not allow an earned run. He leads the team with a 1.83 ERA…Reliever Joe Nestor (LaSalle) and infielder Alan Pastyrnak Jr. (Northeastern) joined the team last week…Bryan Aanderud (Cypress) heads into the end of the month as the PGCBL leader in batting average (.380). The Liberty University-bound infielder moved to the top of the league in hitting thanks to a 13-game hit streak. He has only struck out six times in 100 at-bats…The Otsegans continue to produce in the clutch, Cooperstown is 12-2 in one-run games and 3-1 in extra-inning contests. Cooperstown clipped Mohawk Valley, 2-1, in 11 innings last week thanks to an 11th-inning RBI ground out from Bryan Aanderud.

Elmira Pioneers
Overall: 17-21 (.447), Third PGCBL West…Week 6: 2-4 (.333)
The Southern Tier squad continues to have one of the most prolific offenses in the PGCBL. After being held to one run by Amsterdam on July 19, the Pios struck for 43 scores over their next five games, that included a pair of slugfest wins over Albany in a home-and-home series…Elmira has reached double digits in runs nine times this season…Through 38 games, Elmira is averaging 6.44 runs per game. If the Pioneers can keep up their average over the final portion of the season, the team will reach the 300-run plateau. The Pios plated just 212 runs one year ago…Dunn Field entertained a season-high crowd of 4,468 on Friday night when Elmira tangled with division-rival Watertown. Twice, Elmira has had crowds of over 4,000 at Dunn Field…Relievers Jimmy Reed (Skagit Valley) and John Koch (Arkansas State) are tied for the team lead with 16 appearances, that ranks second in the PGCBL…Reed has walked just three batters in 22.2 innings and struck out 24…Infielder Ryan Normoyle (Wash, Md.) sits first in the PGCBL with 51 hits and his .357 batting average is third among all PGCBL swingers…Justin Lacy (Longwood), who was the first PGCBL hitter to reach 30 RBI, is second in the circuit with 35 RBI; he is just three behind league-leader Erick Gaylord (Campbell) of Watertown…As a team, Elmira has smashed 105 extra-base hits – 74 doubles, six triples and 25 home runs…Eleven different Pioneers have hit at least one home run and 14 batters have recorded at least one extra-base hit…Catcher Patrick Hyde (NKU) has thrown out 12 runners attempting to steal, that is tops among all PGCBL backstops…The Pioneers have scored at least 21 runs in every inning but the ninth; Elmira’s most scores have come in the fourth (40)…In games decided by two runs or less, the Pios are 6-12. However, they are 8-4 in contests decided by five or more runs…Corey Hamula (Sullivan County CC) and Travis Rosewinkel (Corning CC) joined the Pioneers last week. They have yet to see game action…Manager Dan Swham rejoined the team after about a two-week absence. He went home to Utah to tend to his wife while she went through successful open-heart surgery. 

Glens Falls Golden Eagles
Overall: 23-15 (.605), Second PGCBL East…Week 6: 4-4 (.500)
The Golden Eagles played more games last week than any other team in the PGCBL; Glens Falls took part in eight games including two doubleheaders – one at Watertown and another at home against division-foe Albany…Glens Falls was ranked at number 18 in the latest Summer Top 25, the poll was released on July 20; that night, the Eagles extended their season-high winning streak to seven games…The Green and Gold split a Friday twi-night twin bill with Albany and then ended the week on a down note with back-to-back losses to Newark and Mohawk Valley…Eighteen pitchers have thrown at least one inning this season for Glens Falls; Peter Noordsy (Wofford) and Chris Myers (Ga. Southern) have 14 appearances each…Twenty of 38 regular season games have been decided by two runs or less, the Eagles are 13-7 in those games; 9-5 in one-run games…Glens Falls grabbed yet another walk-off win with a 4-3 victory at home against Albany on Fri., July 22, in the first game of a doubleheader. Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) cracked an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. The Golden Eagles have four walk-off wins at East Field this season…In four wins last week, Glens Falls scored at least four runs; the team did not record more than three runs in four defeats…Defensively, the East Field side is first in the league in fielding percentage (.965) and fewest errors…Kyle Ruchim leads the PGCBL in doubles (15) and is third in total bases (74). The two-way threat also has seven saves…The Eagles have only recorded 34 stolen base attempts, 17 have been successful – that is the fewest in the league on both accounts…Derek Mazzio (Saint Louis) has the second-lowest ERA among all PGCBL starters at 2.20…Three Golden Eagles have reached double figures for multi-hit games, Kyle Ruchim has 16, Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas, Fla.)13 and David Olson (Tacoma CC) 10.

Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Overall: 12-26 (.316), Fourth PGCBL East…Week 6: 2-5 (.286)
Selby Brummett (Paradise Valley CC) is the first Mohawk Valley player to earn a league weekly accolade. His two-hitter over eight innings was one of the best performances by a starting pitcher in the PGCBL this season…The Dawgs ended the week with back-to-back wins for the first time since June 18, the wins came over Elmira and Glens Falls…Nic Spence (Cincinnati) slugged his first three home runs of the summer last week. He dinged two at home against Watertown on July 21 and then led off the top of the 11th with a solo blast at Elmira two days later…Since being released by Amsterdam and signed by Mohawk Valley, Bryan Bleakley (NJIT) has batted .325 with a team-high five home runs and 20 RBI, his batting average ranks third on the team…Pressed into the batting line-up, pitcher Logan Carman (So. Maine) went 1-for-2 with a double at Amsterdam on July 22. He also had a sacrifice bunt…Reliever Tyler Kane (Washington) also took several turns as the Mohawk Valley designated hitter; he rapped an RBI single in the Dawgs’ win at Elmira. On the mound, Kane has struck out 22 batters in three starts…Despite scoring the fewest runs per game, Mohawk Valley is third in the league with a .273 batting average over 38 contests. The Dawgs average a league-low 4.3 scores per night…Over 1,000 fans witnessed Mohawk Valley’s Sunday night win over Glens Falls…Cullen Wacker (Auburn) has still not missed a game for the Little Falls side. He has started all 38 games – plus the All-Star Game…Reliever Alex Lester (Kentucky) has quietly put together a strong campaign for Mohawk Valley. Through 15 outings, Lester is 1-1with one save and a 2.01 ERA. He has 24 strikeouts in 22.1 innings…Mohawk Valley played in two 11-inning games last week, a loss at home to Cooperstown and a win on the road in Elmira…Six of Mohawk Valley’s final 10 games will be on the road. The Dawgs have already played 20 times at Vet’s Park this season.

Newark Pilots
Overall: 22-17 (.564), Second PGCBL West…Week 6: 4-3 (.571)
The Pilots continue to motor along around the top of the PGCBL West, now just one and a half games behind division-leading Cooperstown. Newark has played three more games than the division leaders and has just nine games left…It was a week of splits for Newark with a split in a two-game home set with Amsterdam and then a doubleheader split on Friday against Cooperstown; all four games being played at Colburn Park…Just two of Newark’s seven games last week were on the road…The Pilots were joined last week by Matt Mika (St. John Fisher) and Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher). Osterman hit .313 in six games, drove in three runs and scored two more…Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) and Ray Delvalle (Ky. Wesleyan) are jockeying for the team lead in batting average, Villa has a .002 lead on Delvalle with nine games left. Villa also tops the Pilots in hits (49) and RBI (30)…Pitcher Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) continued his mound dominance of the PGCBL with a complete game four-hitter in a home win over Cooperstown on Fri., July 22. He is 5-0 through seven starts with a 1.55 ERA and two complete games. Ruscitti is first in the PGCBL in ERA for a starting pitcher and he is tied for the league lead in victories…Seven Pilots are batting .300 or better…Newark is 7-7 in one-run games, 4-2 in two-run games and 5-5 in tilts decided by five runs or more…Five Pilots have reached double figures in multi-hit games: Ray Delvalle 15, Luke Swenson (UCSB) 14, Randy Villa 13, Michael Bolling (Lewis) 13 and Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) 12…Kyle Attl picked up another game-winning hit for the Pilots with a walk-off single against league-leading Amsterdam on July 20…Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State), the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week in Week 5, had a rough time this past week. Beauchaine took a hard-luck loss at home to Cooperstown on Fri., July 22 as part of a doubleheader. During the game, he was hit in the face by a ball thrown back to the mound from his catcher. He was patched up and then continued to pitch…It was a whopping 100 degrees during Newark’s July 21 game versus Amsterdam. The contest was started at 11:00 AM to avoid the record heat. Temperatures during the afternoon affair soared as high as 103.

Watertown Wizards
Overall: 15-23 (.395), Fourth, PGCBL West…Week 6: 3-3 (.500)
The Wizards finished the second-to-last full week on July on a high note with three-straight victories over Mohawk Valley, Elmira and Albany. The streak is Watertown’s first three-game win streak dating back to late June when the Purple and Gold plowed together four in a row…Erick Gaylord (Campbell) is on a possible path to the PGCBL Triple Crown. Prior to Saturday’s games, Gaylord led the league in all three Triple Crown categories – batting average, home runs and RBI. With 10 games to go, Gaylord sits second in batting average (.372) but still leads the other two categories with 10 home runs and 38 RBI…Zach Weaver (St. John Fisher) and Will VanHouten (Jefferson CC) joined the team last week. Weaver allowed one earned run over six innings in a victory at Albany on Saturday night. VanHouten has yet to pitch…In three-straight wins, all on the road for that matter due to a Reba McIntyre concert, Watertown scored a combined 32 runs; 16 at Mohawk Valley, seven at Elmira and nine at Albany…The Wizards have more wins on the road (eight) than they do at home (seven)…The Purple and Gold continue to lead the league in total extra-base hits with 111 total – 69 doubles, 16 triples and 26 home runs….Watertown is tied for the PGCBL lead in home runs. Nineteen of the clouts have been belted by the trio of Erick Gaylord (Campbell), Chris Gruarin (Canisius) and Larry Balkwill (Siena). Gruarin’s five home runs are the third-most in franchise single-season history while Balkwill has bashed seven over his two years in the North Country…Gruarin turned in a strong week at the plate last week, he batting .417 with two home runs and six RBI. Gruarin notched 10 hits, nine runs and three walks. He leads the team and the league now with 10 multi-RBI efforts…Alex Maldonado (Holy Cross) is first in the PGCBL with 17 multi-hit games, Erick Gaylord has 15 and Chris Gruarin 12…The Wizards have scored an astounding 51 runs in the fourth inning this season…The team is 2-9 in one-run games though 9-5 in games decided by five runs or more.



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