08/04/2014 7:28 PM
Mike Armstrong of the Newark Pilots has been named to 2014 PGCBL Coach of the Year. Photo Courtesy of Steve Plopper.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce that Mike Armstrong of the Newark Pilots has been selected as the 2014 PGCBL Coach of the Year.
Armstrong guided the Pilots to a franchise PGCBL record 27 wins. Newark had previously won 26 games in both 2012 and 2011, respectively. Newark won the West Division with a 27-19 record, a game and a half better than the Elmira Pioneers. The 27-19 mark was the second best in the PGCBL, trailing only the Amsterdam Mohawks.
Newark played in nine one-run games, going 6-3 in those games. When the Pilots scored in the first inning, they went 12-4. The Armstrong-led squad was particularly tough at home, going 16-9 at Colburn Park.
In 46 games, Newark hit .271 as a team, the third highest batting average in the PGCBL. On the mound, the Pilots had the third lowest ERA in the league at 3.93. On defense, Newark had a .964 fielding percentage, the second highest in the league.
Newark starter Jayson Yano, who was named the 2014 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year, led the PGCBL with six wins and posted the second lowest ERA at 1.35. Pilot shortstop Tanner Giesel led the PGCBL with 35 RBIs and finished tied for second with 78 total bases.
Both Yano and Giesel were named to the first team All-PGCBL on Monday. Fellow Pilots Samm Wiggins, Jack Gerstenmaier, Tommy Wagner and Travis Laitar were named to the second team All-PGCBL.
2014 was Armstrong’s second season guiding the Newark Pilots. In 2013, he led Newark to a 22-25 record, good for second place in the West Division. Armstrong joined the Pilots as an assistant coach in 2012. He worked under head coach Chris Ebright who had guided the Pilots to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship in 2011. Armstrong is an assistant baseball coach at Amherst (Mass.) College.
Coach of the Year Winners
2011 – Eric Coleman, Cooperstown
2012 – Keith Griffin, Amsterdam
2013 – Nick Davey, Albany
2014 – Mike Armstrong, Newark
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