PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 30, 2013

Watertowns' J.J. Wagner (Pacific, left) and Joe Moroney (Kansas, right) combined to score four of five runs in Watertown's Saturday sweep of Newark. Photo courtesy Warren Shelmdine/Watertown Rams

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Last Night’s Scores
Watertown 2 Newark 1 (Game 1)
Watertown 3 Newark 1 (Game 2)
Mohawk Valley 10 Adirondack 4
Elmira 15 Cooperstown 7
Utica 12 Amsterdam 7
Glens Falls 4 Albany 3 (16)

Tonight’s Games
Watertown at Elmira (DH), 2:00 PM/5:05 PM
Albany at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 5:05 PM
Adirondack at Utica, 7:00 PM
Newark at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM

*The midway point of the PGCBL season in terms of the calendar is now upon us. The stretch run to the final day of the regular season, July 31, begins tomorrow. What’s your favorite PGCBL moment so far this summer? Tweet us - @pgcblbaseball

*Glens Falls and Albany set a new league record on Saturday night for the longest game in PGCBL history. It took 16 innings and four hours and 28 minutes for the Dutchmen and the Golden Eagles to decide a winner. The game ended around 11:30 p.m. at a soggy East Field in Glens Falls. The previous record for longest game was set last season when Amsterdam and Oneonta played 15 innings at Damaschke Field on June 13. That game took a mere four hours and 10 minutes to finish. It should be noted that both teams also set franchise records for longest game played.

*Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) recorded the second walk-off hit of the season for the Golden Eagles when he drove in Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) with the winning run in the bottom of the 16th. Gladu, who had the first walk-off hit of the season for Glens Falls, singled with one out in the 16th inning and advanced to third on a James Smith (Saint Peter’s) double. Albany elected to intentionally walk Garrett Degallier (Tacoma C.C.) to load the bases. Dutchmen manager Nick Davey brought an extra defender into the infield as Ramirez stepped up to the plate. Ramirez blooped a single over the infield into right-center field to plate Gladu with the winning tally.

*All five games this season between Albany and Glens Falls have been decided by one run; two of the five have ended with a walk-off hit.

*The game nearly ended in the 13th as both teams had a chance to win. With a runner on third and two outs in the top of the 13th, Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) hit a ground ball to the right side towards third baseman Josh Anderson (FIU) of the Golden Eagles. Anderson fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to first pulled first baseman Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) off the base and allowed Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) to score the go-ahead run for Albany. Glens Falls battled back in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out and put the potential winning run on second. Albany reliever Andrew Bannon (Skidmore) recorded the second out with a strikeout but Buddy Putnam (South Florida) was hit by a two-out pitch to force home the tying run. Bannon induced an inning-ending ground out to send the game to the 14th.

*The Glens Falls-Albany game nearly ended in regulation. Albany carried a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ramon Laureano (NEO A&M) reached first on an infield single with one out and then moved to second on a passed ball. Laureano dashed to third  on a dropped to third stirke to Josh Anderson (FIU) and then scored the game-tying run on a two-out wild pitch.

*Lost in the extra-inning craziness of Saturday night at East Field was a terrific pitchers’ duel between Albany’s James Davitt (Bryant) and Riley Stephenson (UMBC) of Glens Falls. Davitt twirled a two-hitter for seven innings and allowed one run. He walked one, struck out two and faced three men over the minimum. Stephenson held Albany to two runs, one earned, on six hits over seven innings. Stephenson walked none and struck out four in his first start of the summer.

*Saturday night’s Glens Falls-Albany game included 35 players, 11 of which were pitchers. Albany used six pitchers with no reliever going more than two innings. Glens Falls used five pitchers - reliever Kevin Cowan (William Paterson) pitched four scoreless innings and three other relievers worked no more than two frames. Both bullpens totaled nine innings – the Glens Falls bullpen conceded just one earned run. Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.

*Albany manager Nick Davey had to be creative in extra innings with his batting line-up. Davey lifted Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) for pinch runner Danny Crowe (Elon) in the 11th inning. Purritano had started the inning with a lead-off single. Crowe was cut down later in the frame on a fielders’ choice at third and did not return to the game in the bottom of the inning. Because Albany had already substituted out Purritano and Matt Dacey, both first basemen, designated hitter Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) moved to first base and relief pitcher Chad Moss (Davidson) had to be placed into the batting order. Several pitchers had to be pinch hit for during the final few innings.

*Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) played the entire game for the Golden Eagles at first base. Martinez totaled 21 defensive chances during the 16-inning marathon. He recorded 20 putouts and had one assist.

*What you didn’t see in the box score from the Glens Falls-Albany game? The skies opened up with heavy rain in the bottom of the ninth inning in the midst of a Glens Falls rally. The rain continued into extra innings.

*Watertown moved into first place in the PGCBL West with a doubleheader sweep of Newark at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The Rams earned their first two home wins ever over the Pilots and swept a PGCBL doubleheader for the first time since June 29, 2011.

*The Rams swept away the Pilots with early scoring and solid starting pitching. Watertown scored twice in the first inning in both the opening game and the night cap. Lead-off hitter Joe Moroney (Kansas) recorded two of the four runs. He tripled in the opener and dashed home on a Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) sacrifice fly to give Watertown a 1-0 lead in the first game. Moroney singled to start the home first in the night cap and he came around to score on a Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert C.C.) two-run double. Watertown West Coast starters Jake Jenkins (Pacific) and Kevin Klaess (Cypress) each logged five innings. Jenkins spun a five-hitter for five shutout frames in the opener and Klaess struck out five over five innings and allowed one run on four hits.

*J.J. Wagner (Pacific) and Joe Moroney (Kansas) scored four of Watertown’s five runs on Saturday. Moroney also kept Newark from scoring in the fifth inning of the opening game. Newark's Steve Laurino (Marist) singled to center field and Coleman Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) attempted to score from second. Moroney's throw from center field cut down Lukas at the plate to end the inning.

*Newark nearly forced extra innings in the opener. A sacrifice fly in the seventh inning by Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) of the Pilots plated pinch runner Lance Hamilton (Rochester) and allowed Coleman Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) to move from second to third. With two outs, Watertown closer Cody Culp (Bellevue, Wash.) dialed up a strikeout to strand Lukas on third to end the game.

*Watertown is 6-0 this season when holding opponents to three runs or less.

*Rain has plagued the PGCBL throughout the first month of the season. Saturday night, Utica and Amsterdam were pushed back to an 8:00 p.m. start due to early evening rain showers at Utica’s Donovan Stadium. The Brewers players removed the tarp and then proceeded to warm up the field with their hot bats scoring 12 runs over the first five innings against Amsterdam.

*Michael Pierson (Appalchian State) singled home Chase Livingston (Rhode Island) in the fifth inning to increase his hitting streak to 16 games. Pierson had two RBI in the game and he is now tied for the league lead with Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan); both have 22 RBI.

*The Brewers bunched together two separate bundles of runs in the first five innings against the Mohawks. Utica scored five times in the first two innings – three in the first and two in the second – and then added seven runs in the fourth and fifth frames – three in the fourth and four in the fifth. Amsterdam then bunched together six scores in the final two innings – the Mohawks plated two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth.

*Lead-off batter K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) continues to be a catalyst for the Utica offense. Smith went 3-for-5 and scored three times for the Sons of Saranc. He dinged a lead-off double in the first and scored on a passed ball and then singled and scored on a Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) RBI base hit in the second. The Deland, Fla., native recorded his third hit in the fourth and again scored on an RBI knock from fellow Floridian Gonzalez. Smith leads the PGCBL with 22 runs scored.

*While K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) scored three times for the Brewers, it was a combined team effort offensively – five different Uticans drove in two runs each – Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Jay Gonzalez (Auburn), Joe Gallub (Concordia, N.Y.), Chase Livingston (Rhode Island) and Ryan Valdes (Florida State) each had two RBI. Livingston belted a two-run double for the Brew Crew and scored two runs.

*Saturday night’s Amsterdam-Utica game marked the first full meeting of the Seminoles. Florida State’s John Sansone and John Nogowski both play for the Amsterdam Mohawks while Ryan Valdes is an outfielder for the Utica Brewers. The last time the two teams played, Florida State was competing in the Super Regionals in Tallahassee. Saturday, Nogowski walked three times and finished 1-for-1 with one run scored, Valdes was 1-for-3 with two RBI and one scored and Sansone walked once and went 0-for-2 in three plate appearances.

*Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn) continued his hot hitting on Saturday night. The Amsterdam designated hitter went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Three of his four runs batted in came during the final two innings as the Mohawks mounted a comeback. Smith has a .471 (8-for-17) batting average and seven RBI over his last four games. The Auburn University product is on a four-game hitting streak and he has driven in at least one run in all four games. Dylan leads the Mohawks overall with a .444 batting average.

*Mohawk Valley’s Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.) has 19 strikeouts in his last two starts and has conceded only two runs. Long, one of two reigning PGCBL co-Pitchers of the Week, made his first start on Saturday night since striking out nine in a one-hit shutout at home against Utica on June 20. The Edon, Ohio, native pitched against Adirondack on Saturday night at the Smith Sports Complex and struck out 10 over six innings in a 10-4 Mohawk Valley win. Long conceded two runs on six hits and walked none over six innings. Long faced six men over the minimum though never opposed more than five batters in a single frame. This summer, Long is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He is currently ranked among the top five in the league in strikeouts.

*Around rain outs and flooding, Mohawk Valley has won three games in a row. The current winning streak for the Dawgs matches their longest winning streak of the season. Mohawk Valley has scored 26 runs on 33 hits in its last three games and has twice reached double digits. More impressive – all three games were on the road and Roberto Vaz’s charges are now 8-2 away from Vet’s Park this season.

*Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) and Riley Moonan (Fairleigh Dickinson) each homered for the Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Emling’s two-run slam in the eighth was his league-leading fifth of the summer. Moonan also launched a two-run home run.

*Brendan Butler (Fairleigh Dickinson) had a hot start to Saturday night’s game for the Trail Blazers. The Adirondack starter struck out the side in order in the first inning on 12 pitches and he recorded his first five outs of the game via strikeout.

*Mohawk Valley’s 10 runs on Saturday night came without the benefit of a home run. The DiamondDawgs did not record an extra-base hit in the game until the ninth. The DiamondDawgs hit 10 total singles and one double. Mohawk Valley recorded six-straight singles in a six-run third inning and the Dawgs had seven total hits in the frame.

*In three games this season, Elmira and Cooperstown have combined to score 55 runs. Mind you, the two teams will play a doubleheader on Monday at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. Cooperstown has wins of 7-6 and 14-6 over Elmira; the Pioneers turned the tables on the Hawkeyes with a 15-7 decision on Saturday night.

*Elmira scored runs in bunches on Saturday night at the Dunn – not like Utica at Donovan Stadium but close. The Pioneers posted a trifecta of big innings – a five-run third, a four-run sixth and a four-run eighth. Elmira closed the game on a 13-3 run.

*Four Pioneers combined to drive in 11 runs – Chris Kalousidan (Manhattan) went 4-for-6 with a season high four RBI to pace the Pios, Andrew Nist (Temple) went 3-for-3 with three RBI while Ryan Plantier (Cornell) and Matthew Pelt (Wofford) drove in two runs apiece. Plantier also scored two runs as did Spencer Henderson (UC Davis), Dave Hoffman (Siena) and Colby Gee (Ithaca). All 11 offensive players in the game for Elmira scored one run – that includes reserves Frankie Navarrete (Samford) and Matthew Pelt.

*What’s unique about Chris Kalousdian’s (Manhattan) four-RBI game against Cooperstown? Kalousdian was Elmira’s lead-off hitter. He broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a two-out, bases-loaded double. The Elmira left fielder added an RBI double in the eighth.

*Ten of Elmira’s 15 runs on Saturday night were scored with two outs.

*Catcher Nolan Ray (Kentucky Wesleyan) scored three of the Hawkeyes’ seven runs on Saturday night. Ray doubled twice, drove in one run and finished 3-for-4 to pace Coopesrtown’s offense. Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) dinged a two-run double in the third for the Hawkeyes and totaled three RBI for the game.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova), the league leader with five home runs, is listed on Villanova University’s 2013 spring roster as a pitcher. However, Emling spent the spring as a reserve designated hitter with the Wildcats and batted .313 in 36 plate appearances. The Nottingham, Pa., native hit a walk-off single against Marist in his first collegiate start on March 17 and finished 3-for-5. As a high school senior at Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pa., Luke compiled a .574 batting average and slugged four home runs. He bashed three of his four senior belts in a single game against Manheim.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*First place in the PGCBL West is on the line today when Watertown travels to Elmira’s Dunn Field for an early afternoon-evening doubleheader. The doubleheader is the result of several rain outs earlier this season at Watertown’s Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Paul Altieri’s Rams will be playing their second doubleheader in as many days though a twin bill sweep of division rival Newark propelled the Silver and Black into first place on Saturday. The only previous meeting between Watertown and Elmira this season came at Dunn Field on June 12 – Elmira prevailed 7-4. Last season, the Rams (then known as the Wizards) went 4-0 at Elmira. Since a Tuesday night defeat at Amsterdam, Watertown has won four games in a row. Elmira’s 15 scores on Saturday night marked a season high. The Pios also cranked out 17 hits in eight overall team at-bats. Matt Burch’s Pioneers have not won back-to-back games however since June 12-13. While Watertown will be playing its second doubleheader in as many days, Elmira begins a stretch of two doubleheaders in two days on Sunday.

*Saturday night, Albany played a four-hour marathon against Glens Falls at East Field, about 45 minutes north of the state capital. The Dutchmen did not complete Saturday’s game until well about 11:30 p.m. Sunday brings no such relief in terms of travel with an early evening game against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field. Albany dropped its fourth one-run game of the season on Saturday night; the Dutchmen are 5-4 in one-run games this summer. Albany lead the season series with Cooperstown, 1-0, on the strength of a 10-0 shutout win on June 19. The Dutchmen are 1-1 in a current three-game road trip. Cooperstown holds a 6-2 record at the Doubleday diamond. The Hawkeyes returned to the field on Saturday night following a two-day layoff and dropped a 15-7 decision at Elmira. Cooperstown has allowed 26 runs in its last two games. The streaky Hawkeyes have a trio of three-game winning streaks this season and two two-game losing streaks and one three-game losing streak.

*The other early game takes place in Little Falls where weather permitting, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will play their first home game at Vet’s Park in over a week against the Amsterdam Mohawks. Mohawk Valley had a home game rained out on Tuesday and then heavy rain showers in the Herkimer and Montgomery County areas caused flooding in Little Falls on Friday which washed away a Friday night home date with the Elmira Pioneers. The good news for Mohawk Valley is that the DiamondDawgs are on a three-game win streak with road triumphs over Watertown, Albany and Adirondack over the course of the last week. The Dawgs haven’t lost since a 3-2 defeat to Amsterdam in 11 innings on June 22. Amsterdam has followed up a sizzling hot six-game win streak with back-to-back losses to Glens Falls on Utica in which the Tribe has allowed 18 runs while scoring just 10. The Mohawks are 4-6 away from home however Amsterdam is undefeated at Mohawk Valley’s Vet’s Park in the PGCBL era.

*There are two 7:00 PM Sunday night games one of which is in Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles return to East Field after more than likely a well-deserved night of rest to host the Newark Pilots. The Green and Gold did not close out Saturday night’s 16-inning victory until almost 11:30 PM. Luckily for Glens Falls, the team plays a Sunday night game against a Newark side that played two games on Saturday in Watertown. The Pilots won the only previous meeting between the two teams this season, 5-3, on June 19 in Glens Falls. A scheduled game in Newark was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader during the final week of the regular season. The Golden Eagles have won three in a row since back-to-back losses to start the week. Saturday night’s win evened Glens Fals’ home record at 5-5. Heading into Sunday night’s game, the Golden Eagle offense is two hits away from 200 for the season. Newark’s offensive struggles continued on Saturday; the Pilots were held to two runs or less for the fifth time in their last six games – the one exception being a 22-7 shootout at Adirondack. Overall, the Pilots are averaging less than five runs per game.

*The Sunday night schedule concludes at Donovan Stadum in Utica where Route 12 rivals Utica and Adirondack will tangle for the fourth time this season. Adirondack leads the season series, 2-1, though the home team has won all three games. Most recently, the Trail Blazers handed the Brewers an 8-3 setback on June 22 in Boonville. Utica hasn’t played back-to-back home games on consecutive days since June 18 and 19 because of the weather. The Sons of Saranac have five games with at least 10 hits in their last seven contests overall; the Brewers have amassed nine games this season with 10 hits or more. Adirondack’s last Sunday drive to Utica saw the Brew Crew earn a 6-0 shutout behind a 12-strikeout performance from Hunter McIntosh (Alabama State). The Trail Blazers are in the midst of a 1-3 week with a lone win coming in 10 innings at Albany on Thursday night. Luke Emling (Villanova) has been a bright spot with a league-high five home runs and the Blazers have belted 19 home runs as a team in 18 games – still an average of one per contest.

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