Newark's Josh Perez (Miss. College) in action against the Elmira Pioneers on Monday night at Colburn Park. Also pictured is Elmira catcher Stephen Sunday (Sullivan County CC). Photo courtesy Newark Pilots/Steve Plopper
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Last Night's Scores
Glens Falls 4 Oneonta 2
Albany 9 Watertown 6
Cooperstown 5 Mohawk Valley 4
Newark 15 Elmira 5
Today's Games and Pitching Proabables
Cooperstown at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Cody Cooper (NKU) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Tony Urban (Louisburg) 0-0, 2.25 ERA
Mohawk Valley at Albany, 7:05 p.m.
John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) 0-0, 2.25 ERA vs. Cody Tollison (MTSU) 0-0, 2.25 ERA
Oneonta at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Nathaniel Abel (Virginia) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Rocky McCord (Auburn) 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Watertown at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Phillip Flach (Samford) 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Monday Night Notebook
*We're just about one week into the 2012 PGCBL regular season and the defending champion Newark Pilots have flown up into first place. The Pilots split their first two games and since have won three in a row to climb to the top of the table. Newark finished second in the PGCBL West last season behind Cooperstown.
*Newark's offense has erupted in record-setting fashion. In three-straight victories, the Pilots have totaled 36 runs for an average of 12 scores per contest. Sunday evening, Newark set a new franchise record with 20 hits in a 12-6 win at Watertown. Back at home on Monday night against Elmira, the Pilots set a franchise record with 15 runs in a 15-5 pounding of the Pioneers. The previous single-game record was 14 set against the Pioneers last year in Elmira on July 10.
*Just a quick glace at the Newark-Elmira box score from Monday night shows that three Newark hitters scored three runs - Josh Perez (Miss. College), Josh Crowdus (Delta State) and Joe Landi (URI). Perez also drove in three runs. Perez and Crowdus were JUCO teammates at Baton Rouge (La.) Community College. Brent Langston, a collegiate teammate of Crowdus at Delta State, drove in three runs for Newark and led all batsmen with four hits. Both Crowdus and Langston are just over a week removed from making a run to the NCAA Division II national championship game with Delta State.
*Newark's Joe Landi (URI) has scored 11 runs in five games. He is averaging over two runs scored per game.
*The final unbeaten team has fall. Oneonta picked up its first loss of the season on Monday night to Glens Falls. The Outlaws featured a revamped line-up that included several newly-arrived players including Louisville's Zach Lucas and Shane Crain. Lucas was the starting shortstop for the nationally-ranked Cardinals while Crain split time behind the plate for the BIG EAST side.
*Glens Falls Monday starting pitcher Jake Doller (Kansas State) was a late addition to the line-up card. A relief pitcher in Manhattan, Doller gave the Golden Eagles four solid frames on short notice. He allowed one unearned run on two hits, walked none and struck out three.
*Oneonta speed merchant and lead-off hitter Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) added two more stolen bases to his team and league best total of seven. The rising sophomore has not been thrown out in seven stolen base attempts. Garcia is nearly one-third of the way to the league record of 22 stolen bases which was set by Newark's Michael Bolling (Lewis) last year. As a team, the Outlaws have swiped 14 bases in four games for an average of over three thefts per night.
*Monday night's game between Glens Falls and Oneonta marked the first meeting between the two teams since the 2010 summer baseball playoffs.
*The rally tables were turned around in Little Falls on Monday night. Last Friday night, the DiamondDawgs fought back from a 7-1 deficit against Watertown to score five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The rally fell just short as Watertown held on to a 7-6 victory. Monday, the 'Dawgs watched the visiting Cooperstown Hawkeyes make a rally of their own with three scores in the top of the ninth to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory.
*Albany's Trevor Lacosse (Bryant) and Ricky Schafer (Cypress) have been tremendous from the Dutchmen bullpen. Lacosse struck out the side in order against Watertown last night. He is 1-0 with one save and a 0.00 earned run average in two appearances. He has seven strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Schafer did not allow a Watertown hit in two frames last night before giving way to Lacosse in the ninth. Schafer, who went 4.2 scoreless at home versus Glens Falls on Saturday, has a 0.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in 6.2 total innings pitched.
*The Cooperstown Hawkeyes are in the midst of a long road trip due to the upcoming Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown which takes place this coming weekend. The team played at home on Sunday and split a doubleheader with Amsterdam. The Hawkeyes do not return to Doubleday Field for an actual game until next Monday, June 18, when they host the Elmira Pioneers.
*Five was the lucky number in the North Country on Monday night. Watertown scored five runs in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie with Albany. The visitors from the Capital District responded with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. All told, between the back-to-back half innings, the Wizards and Dutchmen accounted for 10 runs on six hits.
*Albany's Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) is one of two players from the Class of 2016 playing in the PGCBL this summer. J.P. Rousseau (Western Nevada-2012-13) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles is the other. The younger of the two Remillard brothers was unstoppable on Monday night as he went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored at Watertown. Zach singled and scored as part of Albany's five-run fifth and then he put the Dutchmen ahead for good with a two-run double in the sixth. Through five games, the Houston Astros 38th-round draft pick is batting .412 with seven hits, seven runs scored and six RBI.
*Watertown leads the PGCBL with six games played overall. Four of the six games for the Purple and Gold have come inside the friendly confines of the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.
*Watertown and Newark meet for the third time in the first week of the season tonight at Colburn Park. The Pilots are 2-0 against the Wizards with both wins coming at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. Most recently the defending champs doubled up the Wizards 12-6 on Sunday night. Last year in their second meeting at Colburn Park, the Pilots outlasted the Wizards, 8-7, in 13 innings.
*Longtime rivals Oneonta and Amsterdam meet in the PGCBL for the first time tonight. The two teams have not played one another since 2010. The Outlaws and the Mohawks have been two of the most successful franchises, along with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, in sending players on to professional baseball. For example, of the six players from PGCBL teams playing currently at the Triple-A level, three are from the Oneonta Outlaws and three are from the Amsterdam Mohawks. Both teams had five former players taken in the 2012 MLB draft.
*Cooperstown's road trip continues at Glens Falls against the Golden Eagles. The Green and Gold will be attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. A victory for Glens Falls would push the team to a .500 record overall while Cooperstown is trying to get over .500.
*For the second time in three days, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the Albany Dutchmen will square off. Mohawk Valley nipped Albany, 3-2, on Sunday evening at Vet's Park. The two teams finished tied for third in the PGCBL East in 2011. Last year saw several wild back-and-forth games between the two teams. The wackiest was an 11-10 Mohawk Valley victory in the opening game of a doubleheader on July 9. The Dawgs sprinted out to a 6-0 lead and had a 10-4 advantage going into the seventh and final inning. Albany scored six times in the top of the seventh to draw even at 10. Mohawk Valley loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the frame and won on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch.