PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 7, 2013

Photos from Albany's third annual "Pink Game" courtesy of Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Newark 2 Cooperstown 1 (11)
Elmira 5 Watertown 4 (9) (Game 1)
Watertown 4 Elmira 2 (Game 2)
Glens Falls 4 Utica 0
Mohawk Valley 9 Amsterdam 3
Adirondack 6 Albany 4

Tonight’s Games

Newark at Adirondack, 3:00 PM
Elmira at Cooperstown (DH), 4:00 PM
Amsterdam at Watertown, 5:00 PM
Mohawk Valley at Utica, 7:00 PM
Albany at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM

*Nationally-ranked Glens Falls has won two of its last three games via shutout. The Golden Eagles shut out the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 6-0, in the opening game of a Friday doubleheader and then blanked the Utica Brewers, 4-0, on Saturday night at East Field. Friday’s shutout win for Glens Falls was its first since a 3-0 win at Mohawk Valley on June 13, 2012. Saturday night’s home shutout victory was the first for the Eagles since a 7-0 blanking of the Albany Dutchmen on August 3, 2011. The Eagles have recorded five shutout wins over the last three years; one more would give the Green and Gold a franchise record in the PGCBL era.

*Who had the better night on Saturday? Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) went 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored in a 9-3 win over Amsterdam. Herrington hit a two-run single in the third and later capped off a five-run seventh inning with a three-run blast. The Mohawk Valley center fielder also made a diving catch in center field to rob an Amsterdam player of a base hit and then doubled off a runner at second in an inning-ending double play. Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) accounted for four of five runs in a 5-4 win over Watertown. Kalousdian went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Kalousidan sparked a game-tying Elmira rally in the fifth inning; he slammed an RBI double and later scored the tying tally on a Parker Curry (Samford) base hit. Kalousdian ended the game in the ninth with a walk-off double. The Manhattan College product finished the doubleheader with three doubles; he now leads the league with 12.

*The best pitching match-up on Saturday took place at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field, a park known more of being hitter as opposed to pitcher friendly. Newark and Cooperstown dueled into extra innings in a game that the Pilots eventually won, 2-1. Cooperstown starter Eann Cox (Black Hawk) struck out a season-high 12 over nine innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. Cox compiled 11 of his 12 strikeouts through the first eight frames and carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth. The Lewis University-bound hurler faced the minimum number of batters through five innings and opposed 22 batters in the first seven frames. He allowed just two base runners in the first seven frames. Newark’s Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher), a 2011 second team All-PGCBL selection, spun a five-hitter over seven innings, allowed one run and struck out five.

*Newark lead-off hitter Scott Matthews (Washington, Md.) provided just the spark the Pilots needed in the late innings in a 2-1 win at Cooperstown. Matthews scored both of Newark’s runs. He reached on a one-out error in the ninth. He advanced to second on a Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) base hit and scored the game-tying run from second on a Max Rosing (Cortland State) RBI single. Matthews returned to the plate in the 11th against Cooperstown closer Travis Tarleton (Point). He clubbed a one-out double into right field. Sam Fox again advanced Matthews one base, this time on a ground out to the right side. Cooperstown elected to intentionally walk two batters to load the bases with two outs however a free pass issued to pinch hitter Marshall Harden (Penn) scored Scott Matthews with the eventual game-winning run.

*Starting pitchers were the story on Saturday in Cooperstown but a strong effort from the Newark bullpen helped preserve a close game late. Joe Pokrentowski (Siena), Jimmy Wagner (Ithaca) and Donald Frew (Young Harris) combined to pitch four scoreless innings. The trio held Cooperstown to two hits. Wagner worked two frames to earn his first victory. Frew retired the side in order in the home 11th to pocket his sixth save.

*Glens Falls reliever Armand Rugel (Stonehill) earned his third nine-out save of the season on Saturday night. Rugel was nearly perfect as he sat down nine of 10 men faced between the seventh and ninth innings. The Middletown, R.I., native has three nine-out saves and 10 strikeouts in his last three appearances. Rugel has retired 27 of the last 28 men he has faced; the lone player to reach base was on a two-out walk in the eighth last night. Rugel has not allowed a hit since June 26.

*Matt Portland (Northwestern) pitched the first part of the Glens Falls shutout on Saturday night. Portland scattered three hits, walked three and struck out five over six scoreless innings. Portland did not allow a hit into the outfield until the sixth inning when Spencer Mumford (South Florida State) singled into left. The first two hits conceded by Portland were infield singles, one was a bunt. In each of the last two Golden Eagle shutout victories, the start has gone at least six innings.

*Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) has been an offensive catalyst for the Golden Eagles in each of their last three wins. Saturday night, DeGallier singled to start the home first. He stole second and scored the eventual game-winning run on a Utica error. He added an insurance run for the Eagles in the fifth. DeGallier worked a one-out walk, stole second and scored on a Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) RBI single. DeGallier scored twice in Friday’s win at Adirondack and twice in a 4-3 win at Amsterdam on July 3.

*Utica’s mound trio on Saturday night of Hunter McIntosh (Alabama State), Nathan Hunt (Wagner) and Nick Schavone (UNC Asheville) combined on a five-hitter. No Golden Eagle recorded more than one hit and Glens Falls was limited to five singles, no extra-base hits.

*Adirondack earned its second-straight win at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field on Saturday night. The Trail Blazers defeated the Dutchmen, 8-7, on June 27 in 10 innings and then pulled off a 6-4 win on Saturday. Combined in both games, Adirondack has scored 14 runs on 24 hits. The Blazers have posted double-digit hits in each game and are now 7-4 when pounding out at least 10 hits and 8-4 with nine hits or more.

*Adirondack pitchers held Albany hitters scoreless in eight of nine innings on Saturday night. All four of Albany’s runs came in the seventh inning on four hits and one error. Blazer starter Brendan Butler (Fairleigh Dickinson) struck out seven over 6.2 innings and was charged with four runs, three earned, on eight hits. Butler spun a four-hit shutout and logged seven strikeouts through the first six innings. Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.) forced Albany to leave the potential tying run on base to end the seventh. Parsons and Chris Rheaume (Ave Maria) combined to pitch 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

*The Blazers from Boonville have scored at least six runs in all four of their road wins. In eight of nine road losses, Adirondack has scored three runs or less.

*Watertown and Elmira, the top two teams in the PGCBL West, traded figurative punches in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the first and Elmira counter-punched with a single run in the bottom half of the inning. Watertown jumped out to a 4-1 lead with a three-run fourth inning and Elmira again punched back with a three-run fifth. Elmira scored the knockout blow in the ninth with Chris Kalousdian’s (Manhattan) walk-off double.

*Add Elmira to the list of teams that have won on walk-offs this season. Albany still leads the league with three walk-off wins. Other walk-off winning teams include Amsterdam, Watertown, Glens Falls, Utica and Cooperstown.

*Parker Curry (Samford) proved to be a dual threat for the Pioneers in Saturday’s twin bill opening win. Curry swatted a two-run single for the Pioneers in the fifth inning as part of a game-tying rally. Curry moved from shortstop to the pitchers’ mound in the seventh. He slung three scoreless innings, allowed two hits and forced Watertown to leave the potential go-ahead run on base three times.

*Watertown leads the league in overall walks. The Rams managed just four hits in the night cap of Saturday’s doubleheader at Elmira but walked seven times in a 4-2 win. Watertown hitters have now walked 127 times in 26 games – an average of nearly five walks per contest.

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*Amsterdam’s John Nogowski (Florida State) was a High School All-American at North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Fla. Nogowski, a two-time Florida 2A Player of the Year, was tapped for the MaxPreps High School All-America second team in 2011. He was twice named to the MaxPreps Small School All-America first team (2009, 2011). The two-time Big Bend Region Player of the Year was also named a Sophomore All-American in 2009 and a Freshman All-American in 2008.

Quick hits on tonight’s games
 *The longest current winning streak in the PGCBL belongs to the 2011 league champion Newark Pilots. Mike Armstrong’s Pilots ended a six-game losing streak on July 3 against Albany with a 4-2 victory and have now won three games in a row. All three wins have been decided by two runs or less. The second-longest winning streak belongs to the Adirondack Trail Blazers. Ryne Foster’s Boonville-based squad has compiled back-to-back wins over PGCBL East-leading Glens Falls and second-place Albany. One streak will come to an end this afternoon at the Smith Sports Complex. Newark scored a league and franchise record 22 runs in its last trip to Boonville. The Pilots, based on a 22-7 win over Adirondack on June 26, lead the season series, 1-0. The two teams will play three times in a home-and-home series next weekend and then once more in Newark on July 19.

*The last time the Albany Dutchmen and Glens Falls Golden Eagles met at East Field, it took 16 innings to decide a winner. Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) ended the longest game in PGCBL history with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th. The last four games between the Golden Eagles and the Dutchmen have been decided by one run and each of the last two games has ended on a walk-off hit; Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) was the hero in a 2-1 triumph on June 23 at “The Bob.”  The Green and Gold are 2-1 at home against the Dutchmen this season with a pair of one-run decisions; Albany earned its lone win in Hometown U.S.A. on June 14. Overall, the Eagles lead the season series, 3-2. Glens Falls is 7-1 in its last eight games and the Eagles have posted shutouts in each of their last two wins over Adirondack and Utica. The Golden Eagles (3.05) and the Dutchmen (3.11) are 1-2 in the league in earned run average and 1-2 in the PGCBL East.

*Rivals Cooperstown and Elmira are scheduled to meet this afternoon in a doubleheader at Doubleday Field. The last scheduled twin bill between the two teams on Wednesday, July 3, ended in darkness. Cooperstown’s Jon Chudy (Pace) paced the Hawkeyes to a 6-0 win in the opener with a two-hit shutout however the night cap went into extra innings tied, 6-6, and a winner could not be determined. The game was suspended due to darkness after eight and it will be resumed in three weeks when Cooperstown travels to Elmira on July 21. Of complete games in the series, Cooperstown holds a 3-2 edge. The winning team in all five games has scored at least six runs – in each of the last two complete games, the winning side has held its opponent to one run or less.  Elmira will be playing its second doubleheader in as many days and third in five days. The Pios split with Watertown at home on Saturday night. Cooperstown will be playing its third doubleheader in the last six days. The Hawkeyes began the week with a doubleheader split at Albany on Tuesday, July 2.

*Old rivals Amsterdam and Watertown meet this evening in the North Country. This will be just the second meeting of the season between the Mohawks and Rams. Watertown has ripped off a 9-2 record since a 17-0 pounding from Amsterdam on June 25 at Shuttleworth Park. The Rams used a seven-game winning streak to move over .500 and into first place in the PGCBL West. The Mohawks are 2-4 in their last six games and 4-4 since their win over Watertown. Amsterdam’s 13 wins are tied for the third-most in the league behind Glens Falls (17) and Watertown (14) however the Mohawks sit in fifth place in the PGCBL East with a .500 record and 13 losses. Amsterdam is unbeaten (2-0) in its last two trips to the North Country. The Rams haven’t beaten the Tribe at the Duffy Dome since a 2-0 victory on July 28, 2011 – Watertown’s Scott Whitehead pitched a complete four-game hit shutout. Sunday night’s game marks the final home game at the Duffy Dome for the Rams until July 16. The Jefferson County Fair will take over the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Monday, sending Watertown out on the road for the rest of the week for a six-game road trip.

*The Route 5 South rivalry between the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and Utica Brewers resumes tonight at Donovan Stadium in Utica. Due to rain and flooding in the Mohawk Valley region, the teams have not played since splitting a wild doubleheader on June 20 at Vet’s Park. That night, Utica rallied to score seven runs in the seventh inning to pull off a 15-9 comeback win in the opener. Utica’s Eric Brothers (Sioux Falls) threw a no-hitter in the night cap and lost, 2-0, as he was out-dueled by a Mohawk Valley’s Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.) and Tyler Bray (ULM) who combined on a one-hit shutout. Two of the three games in the series have been decided by two runs or less and all three games were not decided until the final out. The Dawgs are 3-1 so far this week with wins over Adirondack (x2) and Amsterdam while the Brewers are 1-2 in three games. Utica began the week with a 4-3 win over Watertown which ended the Rams’ seven-game winning streak however the Brewers are winless in their last two. Six of Utica’s nine wins have been at home.  

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