PGCBL Co-Player of the Week Logan Brown (Baylor) of Oneonta slides into second base on Saturday night against the Watertown Wizards as Devante' Taylor (Alcorn State) takes a throw. Photo courtesy Justin Sorenson/Watertown Daily Times
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Last Night's Games
Mohawk Valley 10 Watertown 2
Oneonta 5 Elmira 3
Newark 7 Albany 5
Glens Falls 11 Cooperstown 3
Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Evan Wolf (UC Davis) 0-1, 6.23 ERA vs. Tony Urban (Louisburg) 1-0, 1.69 ERA
Oneonta at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
David Sosebee (Georgia) 1-0, 2.25 ERA vs. Matt McClain (St. Mary's, Texas) 1-1, 8.25 ERA
Albany at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Steve Basile (Iona) 1-0, 3.38 ERA vs. Rocky McCord (Auburn) 1-0, 2.20 ERA
Cooperstown at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
James Norwood (Saint Louis) 1-2, 2.37 ERA vs. Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) 1-0, 5.93 ERA
*Congratulations to the four award winners this week in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) and Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) of Glens Falls shared the Pitcher of the Week award while Oneonta's Logan Brown (Baylor) and Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls are the Co-Players of the Week.
*Before getting into last night's games, some other noteworthy performances from this past week of players who were under consideration for Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.
*On the pitching side, both Albany's Austin Chase (UAlbany) and David Stagg (Heartland CC) recorded double-digit strikeout performances in a pair of wins. Chase whiffed 10 over eight innings and yielded two runs on six hits against Glens Falls at East Field. Stagg tied a league single-season high with 11 punchouts over seven innings and he also allowed two runs on six hits in a win versus Newark. Amsterdam closer Chase Williamson (Auburn) was one of the top relievers. Williamson earned four saves in five appearances and struck out nine batters in 6.1 innings. He allowed one run on two hits. Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) earned a pair of wins for Glens Falls against Newark and Cooperstown. He was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA and eight strikeouts in 12.1 innings.
*There were numerous standouts among position players. Amsterdam's Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) led all PGCBL regulars with a .500 batting average (9-for-18). He scored seven runs and had 13 total bases. Amsterdam's Nathan Gomez (Marshall) and Mohawk Valley's Chris Cruz (Cornell) each drove in 10 runs in six games. Gomez posted a .417 batting average and was a perfect 39-for-39 in the field while Cruz batted .400 and slugged .800. Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) topped all hitters with 19 total bases. Patterson hit .429, walked 10 times, scored nine runs, hit two home runs and plated six. Newark's Josh Crowdus (Delta State) boasted 11 hits and scored six runs with a .367 batting average while Watertown's Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) socked 10 hits, scored eight runs and drove in four.
*Weekly records by team last week....Amsterdam (6-1), Oneonta (4-3), Mohawk Valley (4-3), Newark (4-4), Elmira (3-3), Glens Falls (3-3), Albany (3-3), Cooperstown (2-5) and Watertown (1-5).
*Moving into the third full week of the season with the beginning of July one week away, we are officially one-third of the way through the 2012 PGCBL regular season. If the playoffs were to start today, Amsterdam, Oneonta, Newark and Albany would be the four qualifying teams. Albany holds the tiebreaker over Glens Falls based on a 2-0 head-to-head record. That said, there is still a lot of baseball left to be played and only 4.5 games separate second place from ninth place in the league standings.
*The 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game is one month away. The game will be played on July 24 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, N.Y.
*Also some big news in the Rug City for the nationally ranked and league-leading Amsterdam Mohawks. It has been announced that 2011 PGCBL strikeout leader Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) will return to the Mohawks this season. Leiter is expected to join the team early this week.
*Oneonta set a league record last night with 10 stolen bases in a win over Elmira. Six different players had one stolen base each though Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) combined for five of the 10. Garcia stole three bases in a single game for the second time this season. Altogether, the Outlaws have stolen 44 bases through 15 games. Three players - Garcia, Holcomb and Logan Brown (Baylor) have at least eight swipes apiece.
*A long road stretch for the Elmira Pioneers ended last night in Oneonta. The Pioneers, who have played seven of their last nine games on the road, will now play four of their next six games inside the friendly confines of Dunn Field in Elmira.
*Mohawk Valley has mashed 10 home runs on the season, the most of any PGCBL team. Sunday, the DiamondDawgs used the long ball to dropkick the Wizards at Vet's Park. Hassan Evans (Herkimer County CC), a 2012 Chicago Cubs draft pick, slammed a three-run home run in the second and Jack Morrow (Young Harris) clouted a solo belt several innings later. Six different DiamondDawgs have hit home runs this season led by Eric Helmrich (Marist) who is tied for the league lead with three.
*Talk about a balanced offensive attack. Glens Falls had just that in a win over Cooperstown on Sunday on Doubleday Field. The offensive prowess of the Golden Eagles almost led to a suspended game as the Eagles 11-run outburst took the contest in the waning moments of playable daylight at non-lighted Doubleday Field. Eight different Eagles had at least one hit and one RBI and eight different Eagles scored runs. Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico JC) scored three times, cracked two hits, drove in one and walked twice for a full day. Brandon Matthews (Yavapai), listed as a pitcher at the start fo the season, clubbed his first home run of the year and scored twice.
*PGCBL Co-Player of the Week Ross Kivett (Kansas State) did have to leave the game against Cooperstown in the late innings. He was struck by a hard hit and awkward-bouncing ground ball while playing second base. Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) replaced Kivett and played the rest of the game.
*It was a crazy game on Sunday evening at "The Bob" in Albany as Newark rallied to defeat Albany 7-5. All 12 runs were scored in the first or last three innings of the game. No one scored between the fourth and sixth. Albany tallied three times in the first three innings to go up 3-0; Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) hit a two-run double in the third. Newark beat down the Albany bullpen in the seventh for five runs aided by three hits, two walks and one error. The Pilots added two more in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Albany did rally but managed just two runs against the Newark bullpen in the eighth and ninth.
*Two recent roster additions for Cooperstown over the last few days have already made it into the Hawkeyes' starting line-up. Outfielder Adam Lavelle (Western Kentucky) was signed just prior to Saturday's game with Amsterdam. He went 1-for-3 with a single and started in left field. Lavelle had another hit on Sunday against Glens Falls. Outfielder Michael LaTempa (Cortland State) was added just hours before Sunday's game with Glens Falls. LaTempa, started, hit third and finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
*Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) has hit home runs in back-to-back games. Walter dinged his first of the season on Saturday night in an 11-inning game with Oneonta. Sunday, he slugged his second at spacious Vet's Park versus Mohawk Valley. Walter boasts a .356 batting average through 13 games with the Wiz Kids.
*Mohawk Valley's Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) and Albany's Andrew Furber (Gloucester County) had the most productive starts on Sunday. Sorgie struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings and pitched a four-hitter against Watertown at Veterans Memorial Park. The UAlbany rising sophomore earned his first win of the season. Andrew Furber earned a hard-luck no decision. Furber threw six shutout innings and yielded only four hits to Newark in what ended up as a 7-5 Newark victory. Honorable mention goes to Oneonta's Brett Lisle (Virginia) who blanked the Elmira Pioneers for six innings though the Pios got to the Wahoo frosh in the seventh to the tune of three runs.
*There was yet another situation on Sunday where a game came down to the final out. Elmira trailed Oneonta 5-3 in the ninth inning at Damaschke Field. A walk and a base hit to start the frame put the tying run on base for the Pios and the potential go-ahead run at the plate. Outlaws reliever Jeremy Rhoades (Illinois State) responded by striking out the next two batters and then he forced a ground out to end the game.
*Entering the second full week of the season, there are three pitchers with at least nine innings pitched that have not allowed an earned run - Mohawk Valley's Aaron Casper (Canisius), Elmira's Lee Gilliam (UNC Greensboro) and Albany's Trevor Lacosse (Bryant). Of the three, Lacosse is the lone closer though he is tied for the PGCBL lead with three victories. Lacosse is 3-0 with two saves in six appearances. He has 16 strikeouts over 19 innings. Gilliam has worked five appearances and 10.1 frames without allowing a run. He has eight strikeouts. Casper has pitched the most innings of the three (10.2). He has allowed one unearned run on five hits, walked six and struck out 14.
*This note is passed along by the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) is the only regular starting pitcher in the PGCBL to have not yet walked a batter. Peterson, who beat Cooperstown on Sunday, is 2-1 with a 4.32 earned run average through four appearances with three starts. Peterson has struck out 11 and walked none in 16.2 innings.
*A soggy day in Upstate New York is on tap though the majority of the rains will have moved on by the middle of the afternoon meaning all four scheduled games should be played tonight.
*Saturday night, Watertown and Oneonta played a four-hour marathon at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds that lasted 11 innings which the Outlaws won 10-8. The same two teams meet tonight in the same place, Watertown, for a re-match of Saturday's thriller. Several interesting things to note here. Watertown will be playing its 11th home game and 17th game overall for the season. That means, the Wizards will find themselves on the road more than naught in the second half of the season which could be a good thing - Watertown is 2-8 at home and 4-2 on the road. Meanwhile, tonight's tilt in Watertown will be Oneonta's 10th away from the City of the Hills in 2012. The Outlaws have been good at home (4-2) and solid on the road (5-4).
*Last Monday night, Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) threw a two-hit shutout over eight innings in a win at Shuttleworth Park against the Albany Dutchmen. Tonight, the Dutchmen return to Shuttleworth Park for another meeting with the Mohawks. Monday night's game will mark Albany's third trip from the Capital District to the Rug City. Overall this season, Amsterdam is 3-0 against Albany and the Mohawks have outscored the Dutchmen 19-1. Mohawks pitchers have shut out Albany batters over the last two meetings and Albany has not scored against Amsterdam in 26-straight innings. On the second day of the season, Albany took a 1-0 lead over Amsterdam in the top of the first at Shuttleworth Park on a Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) solo home run.
*The first of three games this week between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs takes place tonight at East Field. The Eagles and Dawgs will play again on Friday in Little Falls and then the scene shifts back to East Field on Saturday. Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley split their first two meetings of the year with each team winning on the road in low-scoring games. Yeah, about that low-scoring thing, the Golden Eagles and DiamondDawgs each reached double digits last night in wins over the Hawkeyes and Wizards respectively.
*Former PGCBL West rivals Elmira and Cooperstown played what amounted to a three-game set early last week between Elmira's Dunn Field and Cooprestown's Doubleday Field. The Pioneers swept that series with the Hawkeyes and wound up winning unofficially five games in a row. The Hawkeyes have not beaten the Pioneers since Aug. 3, 2011 - the final day of the 2011 PGCBL regular season. One team will be victorious tonight and look to start up a winning streak as both Elmira and Cooperstown enter tonight's tilt at the Dunn riding three-game skids.