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Today in the PGCBL , Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Watertown's Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) dives safely back into first base while Albany's Sam Few (Samford) receives a throw. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times/Justin Sorensen

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Last Night's Scores

Cooperstown at Glens Falls, PPD Rain
Oneonta at Amsterdam, PPD Rain
Mohawk Valley at Albany, PPD Rain
Watertown at Newark, PPD Rain

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Newark at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
Phillip Flach (Samford) 1-0, 0.00 ERA  vs. Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Amsterdam at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Rocky McCord (Auburn) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Nathaniel Abel (Virginia) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Tony Urban (Louisburg) 0-0, 2.25 ERA vs. John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) 0-0, 2.25 ERA

Albany at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Cody Tollison (MTSU) 0-0, 2.25 ERA vs. Dylan Waugh (Ariz. Christian) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Tuesday Night Notebook
*Not much to write about here since all four games were washed away by rain showers that passed through the state. The good news is that the forecast for the rest of the week looks clear. Here are the make-up dates for the games that were rained out; they will be played as part of a doubleheader with each game consisting of seven innings.

Cooperstown at Glens Falls, June 27
Mohawk Valley at Albany, July 11
Oneonta at Amsterdam, June 21
Watertown at Newark, July 6

*Tuesday marked just the second time in PGCBL history that an entire day of games during the regular season was lost due to the rain. Coincidentally enough, the only time this happened prior was nearly one year ago to the day on June 11, 2011.

Looking Ahead
*Thursday will be a league-wide day off for seven of the nine PGCBL teams. The only two teams in action on Flag Day will be playing in exhibition games against non-league opponents in front of local school children. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs host the independent New Rochelle Athletics at 10:30 a.m. and a half-hour later, the Watertown Wizards entertain the Syracuse Salt Catz of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

*Speaking of exhibitions, there are other two exhibition games to note on the schedule coming up later in the week. The defending league champion Newark Pilots travel to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia to play an exhibition game against the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs on Friday evening. The Muckdogs are the short-season NY-Penn League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. And then on Saturday, the Amsterdam Mohawks will host the U.S. Military All-Stars traveling team for the second year in a row. The Military All-Stars played exhibition games against the Mohawks and the Newark Pilots in 2011.

*On the docket today, the back-end of what were originally scheduled as home-and-home series will take place when Amsterdam travels to Oneonta's Damaschke Field to face off with the Outlaws and the Newark Pilots bus up to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown for the third time in one week to meet the Wizards. The last time Watertown's Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) faced the Pilots, he struck out 11 over seven innings in a no decision. Newark rides into Watertown with the hottest offense in the PGCBL having scored 36 runs in its last three games.

*In Oneonta, the first "Battle of the Bluegrass State" PGCBL-style takes place between Amsterdam and Oneonta. The Amsterdam Mohawks have a long-running relationship with the University of Kentucky that has led to many talented Wildcats to play in the Rug City. There are four Wildcats currently on the Amsterdam roster. Meanwhile, the Oneonta Outlaws have a relationship with the other large program in the state at the University of Louisville. The Mohawks have four Wildcats and the Outlaws have four Cardinals. Louisville swept Kentucky in two regular-season meetings and now their rivalry spills into Upstate New York.

*Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley meet for the first time since the first day of the season. The DiamondDawgs trimmed the Golden Eagles, 4-2, on Opening Night at East Field. The Golden Eagles now get their first whack against the DiamondDawgs at spacious Vet's Park. The field at the corner of Burwell and Ray Streets in Little Falls holds special significance to the Golden Eagles; it was the site of the first playoff victory in the history of the Glens Falls franchise in 2007. Mohawk Valley's Eric Helmrich (Marist) is tied for the league lead with two home runs.

*And in the Southern Tier, the Elmira Pioneers host their first mid-week game at newly-renovated Dunn Field. Last weekend, the Pioneers averaged over 2,600 fans per night in a three-game homestand. Albany edged Elmira on the first night of the 2012 season with a 2-1 victory at Bob Bellizzi Field on a walk-off walk to Ryan Gasporra (Centenary). After Wednesday, the two teams won't have to wait long to see one another again, the Pios bus out to the Capital District on Saturday for another date with the Dutchmen. 



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