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PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 27, 2013

Newark's Colburn Park. Photo courtesy Newark Pilots

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Last Night’s Scores

Amsterdam 11 Cooperstown 3
Utica 6 Elmira 4
Watertown 6 Glens Falls 5
Mohawk Valley 6 Albany 4
Newark 22 Adirondack 7

Tonight’s Games
Watertown at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Utica at Glens Falls, 7:00 PM
Elmira at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Adirondack at Albany, 7:05 PM
Mohawk Valley at Newark, 7:15 – (Edit: PPD RAIN)

Notebook
*Before getting to the notes from last night’s games, congratulations to the following players that signed with Major League teams as non-drafted free agents – Justin Van Grouw (Amsterdam 2010) – Arizona, Kyle Hunter (Amsterdam 2010) – Los Angeles (AL), Alex Maldonado (Watertown 2011) – Toronto and Kyle Attl (Newark 2011) – Washington. In addition, congratulations to Chris Edmondson (Watertown 2007) on having his contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves. Edmondson had been playing in the independent Can-Am League for the Rockland Boulders.

*One other alumni note, Dylan Baker (Glens Falls 2011) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Tuesday evening for the Midwest League’s Lake County Captains. Baker, a fifth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft is in his first full season of professional baseball. The former PGCBL pitcher did not allow a hit in the first five innings of Tuesday’s game against Bowling Green. He conceded a two-out single in the sixth. Through 13 starts for Lake County this season, Baker is 4-5 with a 4.01 earned run average and 58 strikeouts in 76.1 innings.

*Wednesday was certainly one for the record books in the PGCBL. Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) hit his 11th career PGCBL home run to move into first place on the league’s all-time home run list. The previous record was 10 which was set during the 2011 season by PGCBL Player of the Year Erick Gaylord of Watertown. Charlton slugged seven home runs last year for the Mohawks and his two-run belt on Wednesday was his fourth of 2013. He is currently tied for the league lead in home runs with Jacob Russell (Kentucky).

*Newark set a new PGCBL record with 22 runs in a 22-7 win over Adirondack at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. Twenty of the 22 runs were pushed across in the first four innings. The previous league single-game record for runs scored by a single team was 21. Elmira defeated Watertown, 21-7, on June 24, 2011 at Dunn Field.

*SEC players dig the long ball. Southeastern Conference swingers Dylan Smith (Auburn) of Amsterdam and Jacob Russell (Kentucky) of Newark each blasted two home runs on Wednesday. Smith hit a solo home run and later added a three-run belt at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field in an 11-3 Amsterdam win. Russell clouted a two-run home run in the second inning and then added a three-run home run in the fourth. Both have SEC gridiron connections as well – Smith is the grandson of former Auburn offensive lineman and Outland Trophy winner Deke Smith while Russell was part of the UK football program and played in Kentucky’s 2012 spring game.

*Back-to-back, again? For the first time in league history, one team, Amsterdam, hit back-to-back home runs twice in a single game. John Sansone (Florida State) and Dylan Smith (Auburn) smashed back-to-back jacks in the fourth and then in the next inning, Ed Charlton (NJIT) and John Nogowski (Florida State) slammed back-to-back home runs. Overall, Amsterdam smashed a league season high five home runs in its win against Cooperstown.

*Amsterdam’s offense garnered the headlines on Wednesday though the Mohawks were also able to continue their shutout streak of innings to an impressive number. Amsterdam starter Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) tossed five scoreless frames and did not allow a Cooperstown run until the sixth inning. The Mohawks scoreless inning streak ended at 22.0 innings and encompassed four different games.

*Newark’s league record 22 runs came on 18 hits. The Pilots put together one of the biggest innings of the season by a PGCBL team in the top of the first with eight runs. Newark added three in the second, five in the third, four in the fourth and then two in the eighth. Nine Newark players scored at least one run and 10 players recorded at least one hit. David Vandercook (Columbia) paced the Pilots with four runs scored while Scott Matthews (Washington, Md.), Matt McKinnon (Penn), Steve Laurino (Marist) and Coleman Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) all scored three runs each. Scott Matthews and Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) both had three RBI while Jacob Russell (Kentucky) drove in a team high five runs.

*Max Rosing (Cortland State) of the Newark Pilots had two plate appearances in the eight-run first inning on Wednesday night however he did not record an official at-bat. Rosing was plunked twice during the frame. He scored one run in the inning.

*Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) wore out the base paths at Bob Bellizzi Field. Each had three stolen bases in Mohawk Valley’s 6-4 win over Albany. Herrington leads the league with 20 thefts on 23 attempts.

*The Dawgs and the Dutchmen also combined for two successful double steals. Albany’s Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) and Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) worked a double steal to cap off a three-run sixth for the Dutchmen. Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Trey Hunt III (Point Loma Nazarene) turned a double steal into a run in the ninth inning.

*Talk about walking into a sticky situation. Mohawk Valley reliever Tyler Bray (ULM) was called out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night by manager Roberto Vaz. Bray walked into a bases-loaded situation to face Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) with two outs and the potential game-winning run on first. Bray came through for the Dawgs as he struck out Remillard to end the game.

*Another note for the record books – Watertown hit two RBI triples in the same inning on Wednesday night at home against Glens Falls. Both Trevor Marino (VCU) and Joe Moroney (Kansas) smashed run-scoring triples as part of a three-run Watertown third.

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (App. State) went 1-for-5 on Wednesday night to extend his league-leading hitting streak to 14 games. Pierson’s lone hit did not come until his final at-bat of the evening. Pierson cued a two-out infield single to the left side. Pierson leads the league with 31 hits.

*K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) is more known for scoring runs than for driving them in. Wednesday night in Elmira, Smith drove in a pair of scores to help the Brewers down the Pioneers. Smith connected on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to start a Utica comeback rally and then he capped off a four-run surge in the sixth with an RBI single. Smith also scored one run to move his league high total to 17.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Watertown’s Justin Protacio (Kansas) is the only current Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League player from the state of Hawaii. Protacio, a rising junior from the University of Kansas, is from Pearl City, Hawaii. Pearl City is located on the island of O’ahu just north of Honolulu. Protacio is the third native Hawaiian to play in the PGCBL. Chase Tokunaga (Maryland) of Wailuku, Hawaii, pitched for the Albany Dutchmen while enrolled at Feather River (Calif.) in 2011. Last summer, Sheldon Lee (San Franicsco) of Honolulu, Hawaii, pitched for the Oneonta Outlaws.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*The early game sees Watertown bus down I-81 and head towards Otsego County for its second game of the season with the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Two weeks ago on a rainy Thursday night in Watertown, the Rams edged the Hawkeyes, 4-3, in 10 innings on a walk-off fielders’ choice from Collin Theroux (Nevada). The Rams made his two trips to the “Birthplace of Baseball” last season and won both. In fact, Watertown hasn’t lost in Otsego County since 2011 – the Rams went 4-0 last year with a pair of road wins at Cooperstown and Oneonta. This season, five of Watertown’s six wins have come when the Rams have pushed across five runs or more. Watertown is also 6-1 when holding an opponent to four runs or fewer. Despite yesterday’s loss to Amsterdam, Cooperstown’s 6-2 home record is one of the best in the league. Yesterday’s Cooperstown loss ended the team’s third three-game winning streak of the year. Each winning streak has been followed by a drought of two defeats or more in a row.

*The busing Brewers continue their rain-induced road swing tonight in Glens Falls. Due to rainouts and scheduling, this will be Utica’s sixth-straight road game and 10th overall. Tonight’s game will be the first between the Golden Eagles and the Brewers at East Field in Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles have played the Brewers twice this season – both games were at Donovan Stadium in Utica and the Green and Gold triumphed both times. One week ago, Utica took part in a wild doubleheader at Mohawk Valley in which Eric Brothers (Sioux Falls) threw the second no-hitter in PGCBL history. Utica’s offense with a .287 batting average remains among the tops in the league. Glens Falls is in the midst of a three-game slide which matches its longest losing streak of the season; the last streak was followed by a three-game winning binge. The Eagles took part in a pair of 2-1 games recently against Albany though in their last two overall, the Green and Gold has allowed 11 runs.

*Another inter-divisional match-up has Adirondack heading to “The Bob” in Albany for a first-ever match-up with the nationally-ranked Albany Dutchmen. Albany was supposed to travel to Adirondack on June 10 but the game was rained out and will be made up later this season. The Dutchmen have stumbled to a 4-4 record in their last eight games and are 1-3 since starting the season with a 9-1 mark. In three recent losses, Albany has allowed 15 runs and scored just seven. The Dutchmen allowed more than four runs just once in their first 11 games; since then, opponents have posted scores of seven and six in wins. The good news for Albany, the Dutchmen have several games at hand on most of their division rivals. Adirondack’s explosive offense has accounted for 25 runs in its last three games – eight against Utica on Saturday night, 10 on Sunday at Elmira and then seven on Wednesday night versus Newark. The Trail Blazers will be making their first trip to the Capital District; a game at Glens Falls earlier this year was rained out. Adirondack’s last trip east resulted in a 7-6 victory at Amsterdam on June 15.

*Mohawk Valley and Newark both finished the 2012 PGCBL regular season in a mad dash to make the league playoffs. Both the DiamondDawgs and Pilots qualified for the PGCBL postseason as Newark finished third in the league while Mohawk Valley grabbed fourth place. The two 2012 playoff participants will square off tonight for the first time in 2013. Roberto Vaz’s DiamondDawgs edged out Albany on Wednesday to improve to 7-2 away from home. However, the squad from Little Falls is just 2-6 at Vet’s Park. Eleven of Mohawk Valley’s 17 games this season have been decided by two runs or less – The Dawgs are 6-5 in those games. One of the reasons the Dawgs were strong in 2012 was offense – Mohawk Valley reeled off a season high 10 runs on Sunday at Watertown and then added six more on Wednesday night. The Dawgs have scored 16 runs on 22 hits in their last two games. MV led the league with 31 homers a year ago; this season, the Dawgs have hit eight in 17 games. Speaking of offense, Newark set a league record with 22 runs scored in Wednesday night’s win at Adirondack. The 22-run outburst followed a two-game stretch in which the Wayne County side scored just one run. Newark went 4-1 against Mohawk Valley last season and the Dawgs have not won at Colburn Park since 2011.

*Scorching-hot Amsterdam rounds out the Thursday night with a date against Elmira. The season series between the Mohawks and Pioneers is tied at one win apiece. Each team has a win over the other at their home grounds. Elmira outlasted Amsterdam, 7-6, at soggy Dunn Field on June 13 and then Amsterdam held off a late charge from Elmira and downed the Pioneers, 9-7, on June 19 in the Rug City. The Mohawks and Pioneers will play just once more after tonight, July 25 in Elmira. The Tribe is 8-2 in its last 10 games and is now tied for the league lead in wins with Glens Falls and Albany. This week, Amsterdam has racked up 28 runs on 36 hits in wins over Watertown and Cooperstown. Conversely, the Tribe has conceded three runs on 16 hits. Amsterdam has hit nine home runs in its last four games and the Mohawks now lead the league with 18 belts from 10 different players. Elmira’s best baseball has been played outside of the Southern Tier; Matt Burch’s Pios are 4-2 on the road which includes wins at Albany and Glens Falls.



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