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PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 8, 2013

Albany's Bob Bellizzi Field in the midst of inclement weather. Photo courtesy Albany Dutchmen

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Last Night’s Scores
Watertown at Adirondack, PPD Rain - June 20 DH
Mohawk Valley at Cooperstown, PPD Rain, tent. July 17 DH
Glens Falls at Amsterdam, PPD Rain – June 16
Utica at Albany, PPD Rain – July 25 DH
Newark at Elmira, PPD Rain – June 21 DH

Tonight’s Games
Glens Falls at Utica, 7:00 PM
Adirondack at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Albany at Elmira, 7:05 PM
Watertown at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Cooperstown at Newark - PPD Wet Grounds

Notebook
*Yesterday became the second day in a row where an entire schedule was lost to the rain. No games were started and all five will be made up as doubleheaders later in the season. Overall, 11 games have been impacted by postponements or suspensions through the first three days of the season. We’re looking at several doubleheaders for just about every team right now.

*We’re three days into the season and neither Amsterdam nor Albany has played an official completed league game. The Mohawks and Dutchmen were suspended on Wednesday night in the bottom of the eighth inning due to a localized power outage in downtown Albany. That game will be finished in a few weeks on June 20 as part of a non-traditional doubleheader. Albany was then rained out on Thursday and Friday nights. Amsterdam took part in another suspended game on Thursday night at home against Utica. The rains washed away a game between Amsterdam and Utica that was in the top of the second inning with Utica leading by a score of 2-0. The game will not be completed until the end of July, Utica’s next scheduled road trip to Amsterdam. The Mohawks were then rained out last night on the road. That’s two suspended games in three days for the defending champions.

*Also one quick note, congratulations to four PGCBL players on being named to the NJCAA Division I and II All-America teams earlier this week. Wabash Valley’s Cole Gleason (Watertown 2012) and Miami-Dade’s Omar Garcia (Oneonta 2012) were both second team NJCAA Division I All-Americans. LSU Eunice’s Casey Rodrigue (Glens Falls 2012) and Black Hawk’s Cody Smith (Cooperstown 2013) were both named second team NJCAA Division II All-Americans. A full list of All-Americans from this season can be found in today’s game notes.

*With not much else to discuss from on-field action, let’s look at geography.

*Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League rosters are composed of players from 38 different states and three Canadian provinces. Twenty-eight states and two Canadian provinces are represented by more than one player. The highest concentration of PGCBL players comes from New York (65) and then the second-highest total goes to Florida (28); Pennsylvania (24), California (23) and New Jersey (15) round out the top five.

Here's the complete list - by state...

New York - 65
Florida - 28
Pennsylvania - 24
California - 23
New Jersey - 15
Illinois - 11
Alabama - 10
Texas - 9
Georgia - 9
Tennessee - 8
Missouri - 8
Virginia - 6
Louisiana - 6
Connecticut - 6
Colorado - 5
Ohio - 5
Massachusetts - 4
Indiana - 4
Quebec (Canada) - 3
Arizona - 3
Michigan - 3
Washington - 3
North Carolina - 3
Ontario (Canada) - 2
Rhode Island - 2
Mississippi - 2
Maryland - 2
Kentucky - 2
Kansas - 2
Iowa - 2
Vermont - 1
Delaware - 1
Alberta (Canada) - 1
Arkansas - 1
South Carolina - 1
Minnesota - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Maine - 1
New Hampshire - 1
Hawaii - 1
Utah - 1

*Players solely representing their state or province include..
Alberta (Canada) – Shane Zimmer (Canisius), Amsterdam
Arkansas – Colton Kibler (Garden City C.C.), Cooperstown
Delaware – Austin Bartley (Shippensburg), Adirondack
Hawaii – Justin Protacio (Kansas), Watertown
Maine – Sam Dexter (Southern Maine), Mohawk Valley
Minnesota – Jake Matthys (Kansas State), Glens Falls
New Hampshire – Logan Carmen (Southern Maine), Mohawk Valley
Oklahoma – Zach Merciez (Missouri State), Glens Falls
South Carolina – Tanner Hawley (Wofford), Elmira
Utah – Thomas Casey (TAMUCC), Watertown
Vermont – Ed Lewicki (Siena), Albany

*I’ve mentioned Canadian provinces. PGCBL teams have seven total Canadians on roster. Here is a list of PGCBL players from North of the border.

Alberta – Shane Zimmer (Canisius), Glens Falls
Ontario – Alex Gagne (Maine), Amsterdam
Ontario – Logan Grant (Creighton), Watertown
Quebec – Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico JC), Glens Falls
Quebec – J.P. Rousseau (Vanier), Glens Falls
Quebec – Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Vanier), Glens Falls
Quebec – Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche), Glens Falls

*The most geographically spread out team comes at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Dan Shwam’s Hawkeyes represent 17 different states with no more than four players from any individual state. Here is the breakdown of teams and how many states (and provinces they represent

Cooperstown – 17
Newark – 16
Amsterdam – 15
Glens Falls – 15
Utica - 15
Elmira – 14
Mohawk Valley - 14
Watertown - 14
Albany – 13
Adirondack – 11

*Over the last three years, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League has had at least one player from nearly all 50 states. If you’re wondering about Alaska, yeah, that was covered. Former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year Dylan Baker pitched for Glens Falls in 2011.

*Some other roster superlatives. Mohawk Valley’s Zach Williams (UC Davis) is the tallest player currently in the PGCBL. He is listed at six feet, nine inches. Tallest players by team..

Albany – Chad Moss (Davidson) 6’6”
Adirondack – Matt Holling (Cortland State) 6’4”; Chris Divarco (NIU) 6’4”
Cooperstown – Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) 6’5”
Elmira – Danny Britt (Trinity Christian) 6’5”
Glens Falls – Spencer Johnson (Missouri State) 6’4”, Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) 6’4”
Mohawk Valley – Zach Williams (UC Davis) 6’9” (Hon. Mention – Gavin Culpepper (SE Louisiana) 6’8”)
Newark – Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) 6’6”
Utica – Cody Miller (UT Martin) 6’6”
Watertown – Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) 6’8”, Chase Heslep (Lower Columbia) 6’8”

*Current drafted players on PGCBL rosters…
Adirondack – Alex Simone (UWA) – Rd. 49 (1479), Milwaukee 2010
Albany – Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) – Rd. 38 (1149), Houston, 2012
Amsterdam – Trey Wingenter (Auburn) - Rd. 36 (1091), Seattle 2012
Amsterdam – John Sansone (Florida State) - Rd. 39 (1204), Detroit 2012
Elmira – Dylan Manwaring (Horseheads H.S.) - Rd. 9 (283), Atlanta 2013
Glens Falls – Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Vanier) - Rd. 27 (848), Philadelphia 2012
Newark - Tim Locastro (Ithaca) - Rd. 13 (385), Chicago 2013
Utica – K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) – Rd. 23 (709), Toronto 2011
Utica – Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) – Rd. 27 (833), Boston 2010
Utica – Jarrett Brown (Georgia) – Rd. 23 (712), Boston 2011
Watertown – Bryce Greager (CGCC) – Rd. 37 (1134), Texas 2011
Watertown – Spencer Haynes (UCF) – Rd. 43 (1259), Oakland 2010
Watertown – Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) – Rd. 36 (1092), Baltimore 2012

*And last but not least, some of the players in the PGCBL this year have fairly good bloodlines and family connections. Here’s the list.

Adirondack – Anthony Beasley (Louisburg) – Son of Tony Beasley, manager, AAA Syracuse Chiefs
Amsterdam – Kevin Guthrie (Brown) – Son of Mark Guthrie, a 15-year MLB veteran
Amsterdam – Dylan Smith (Auburn) – Grandson of Zeke Smith, former Outland Trophy winner, NFL veteran
Elmira – Dylan Manwaring (Horseheads H.S.) – Son of Kirt Manwaring, a 13-year MLB veteran
Elmira – Ryan Plantier (Cornell) – Son of Phil Plantier, a 10-year MLB veteran
Mohawk Valley – Taylor Wright (Brown) – Son of Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright
Newark – Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) – Son of Curt Hasler, minor league pitching coordinator, Chicago (AL)
Utica – J.C. Pena (Westhill H.S.) – Grandson of Geronimo Pena, a seven-year MLB veteran



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