06/11/2012 11:17 AM
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles dugout on opening night at East Field. Photo courtesy Sheri Williams/GF Golden Eagles
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Last Night's Scores
Cooperstown 4 Amsterdam 3 (14) - Resumed from June 6
Amsterdam 9 Cooperstown 3
Oneonta 5 Elmira 3
Newark 12 Watertown 6
Mohawk Valley 3 Albany 2
Oneonta at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Brett Lisle (Virginia) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Albany at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
Blake Smith (Morehead State) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Matt McClain (St. Mary's, Texas) 1-0, 9.00 ERA
Cooperstown at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Denis Buckley (Charleston Southern) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Joe Perrotta (Lynn) 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Elmira at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Brandon Allen (Wabash Valley) 0-0, 1.50 ERA vs. Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) 0-0, 0.00 ERA
News and Notes
*The 14-inning marathon between Cooperstown and Amsterdam that began on Wed., June 6 and ended on Sunday set a PGCBL record as the longest game in league history. The contest was suspended on Sunday due to darkness (There are no lights at Doubleday Field) prior to the start of the 12th inning. Play resumed on Sunday and three frames were completed. Amsterdam went ahead 3-2 on a Chase Green (SIUE) RBI single in the top of the 14th. Cooperstown's Josh Ingham (Central Conn. State) drew a one-out walk in the home half of the inning. With two outs, Coleman Barron (Davidson) hit a two-run home run to end the game with the Hawkeyes victorious 4-3.
*The recent renovations at Elmira's Dunn Field have been a rousing success. The Pioneers opened a renovated Dunn with a three-game homestand over the weekend against Newark, Watertown and Oneonta. Friday night's home opener drew an over-flowing crowd of 4,182; the largest gathering at any PGCBL park this year. Over 2,400 watched the Pioneers and the Wizards duel on Saturday night. Elmira finished off the weekend with just over 1,200 for a Sunday early evening game against Watertown. Dunn Field averaged over 2,600 for the three-game weekend.
*Amsterdam's Kevin Archbold (UAlbany) has converted two saves in two chances. What is interesting about that is that both saves have consisted of 12 outs over four innings. The 6-foot-6 southpaw threw four innings in a win over Albany on Thurs., June 7 and then finished off a 9-3 victory over Cooperstown on Sunday with four-straight frames.
*Newark set a franchise record with 20 hits in a 12-6 mashing of Watertown on Sunday evening. Two of Newark's three victories this season are against Watertown. The Pilots previous high for hits in a contest was 17 last year in a 14-8 win over the Elmira Pioneers at Dunn Field on July 10, 2011. The PGCBL record for hits a game is 24 and that was wet by Watertown against Glens Falls in a 17-6 drubbing at East Field on June 30, 2011.
*The first meeting of the Nethaway brothers took place on Saturday night at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. Older brother, Josh (UAlbany) and the Mohawks beat younger brother, Luke (Herkimer County CC) and the DiamondDawgs 8-4. Both brothers started in the game though neither was able to record a hit. Josh did have one RBI on a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
*Oneonta's Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) leads the league with five stolen bases. The Oneonta lead-off man swiped three bags in Sunday evening's victory over the Elmira Pioneers. Garcia led his collegiate squad this spring in thefts. Overall, the Outlaws were truly treacherous on the base paths at Dunn Field with six swipes in a 5-3 victory.
*Amsterdam's Kerry Doane (ETSU) pulled off a rare feat on Saturday night at Shuttlewoth Park. The Mohawks reliever struck out four batters in the ninth inning.
*There are currently two sets of the brothers in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. There are the aforementioned Nethaway brothers from Fonda, N.Y., Josh and Luke. Meanwhile, the Albany Dutchmen boast the Remillard brothers, Zach and Will, from Troy, N.Y. Will attends Coastal Carolina and Zach, a 38th-round pick of the Houston Astros in the MLB First-Year Player Draft last week, has committed to Coastal Carolina for the fall. The Remillards lead the Dutchmen in hitting and the brother act has combined for eight hits, six runs, four RBI, two doubles and one home run.
*Newark's Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) is picking up where he left off last summer in the PGCBL playoffs. The Newark outfielder clubbed the game-winning home run in Game 2 of the PGCBL Championship Series against the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park. Of course, Newark went on to capture the league crown. Through four games, Osterman is batting .467 with two home runs and eight RBI.
*Osterman's eight RBI is tied for the league lead with Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls. Vigliarolo has eight RBI on six hits and a .429 batting average. Four of his six hits have gone for doubles. Last year's league leader, Erick Gaylord (Campbell) of Watertown, finished the season with 42 RBI in 46 games played.
*The Watertown Wizards may need some Maalox up in the North Country this year. All three of Watertown's wins have been on the thrilling variety. The Wizards beat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 8-7, on Fri., June 8. A relay throw from the outfield that went from Devante Taylor (Alcorn State) to Chris Glynn (UW Parkside) to catcher Edgardo Salas (Alcorn State) erased the potential tying run at home plate to end the game. The following night in Little Falls, reliever Ryan Filipowicz (Holy Cross) halted a five-run rally by Mohawk Valley in the ninth when he induced a game-ending ground out as the Wizards edged the DiamondDawgs 7-6. Saturday evening, Watertown struck three times in the top of the ninth to edge Elmira, 6-4, at Dunn Field.
*Knock on wood. So far, through the first five days of the season, there has been just one rained out league game. That was on Saturday between Elmira and Cooperstown at Doubleday Field. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 21.
*There has been no drop-off at the plate for Glens Falls catcher Chase Griffin (Georgia Southern). Griffin, recently named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, led all NCAA Division I rookies for most of the season with 10 home runs. Griffin batted .320 in 55 games with 10 belts and 42 RBI. Through his first four PGCBL games, Griffin is batting .533 (8-for-15) with a home run, two RBI and six runs scored. Griffin clocked four hits at Albany on Saturday night.
*The schedule works in interesting ways. Amsterdam has already made two trips to Cooperstown and will make just one more to the "Birthplace of Baseball" in the month of June. Newark has already bused up to Watertown on two occassions and come up with two wins.
*Mohawk Valley reliever Aaron Casper (Canisius) has been quite busy through the first five days of the season. The Duanesburg, N.Y., native has appeared in three of MV's four games and has figured into the decision twice. Casper is 1-1 with a victory at Glens Falls and a loss to Amsterdam.
*This past Friday night marked the first meeting of local rivals Cooperstown and Oneonta at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. The two teams are involved in the "Mayor's Cup" series. The fans witnessed a tremendous pitchers' duel between Oneonta's Taylor Hicks (Georgia) and Cooperstown's James Norwood (Saint Louis). Hicks gave up just one hit in 5.1 innings while Norwood carried a no-hitter in the sixth. Norwood pitched seven strong innings and yielded only two hits in a hard-luck loss.
*Tonight marks the first meeting of the season between former Seward Cup rivals Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley. Several years ago (2010), the Hawkeyes, DiamondDawgs and Oneonta Outlaws competed for the Seward Cup, named after State Senator James Seward. All three teams reside in State Senator Seward's district.
*Speaking of rivals, former I-87 rivals Glens Falls and Oneonta collide tonight for the first time in two years. Between 2004 and 2009, the Golden Eagles and the Saratoga Phillies (now Oneonta Outlaws) waged a North Way rivalry. The rivalry continued when the Phillies became the Oneonta Outlaws in 2010. All-time, the two franchises have met in the playoffs on three occasions, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Both teams came into existence in the same year (2004).
*Also tonight, the Albany Dutchmen travel to Watertown's Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. The Dutchmen played their first-ever game against the Watertown Wizards at the Fairgrounds in 2009. The Wizards won the game 13-12.