PGCBL Week 1 Dugout Chatter

Shuttleworth Park on June 14 (Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks)
This can also be found in the June 21, 2011 PGCBL game notes.
Compiled from games played June 9 - June 19.

Albany Dutchmen
Overall: 3-5 (.375), Fourth PGCBL East…Week 1: 3-5 (.375)
The first “week” of PGCBL play ended on a high note for the Dutchmen with a 13-run outburst against the league-leading Golden Eagles. One night after being on a losing end of an 8-6 slugfest with Mohawk Valley, the Dutch plated 13 runs on 15 hits. Albany’s victory ended a six-game win streak for Glens Falls and the 13 scores signified the most the Golden Eagles have given up this year…Steve Anderson (Georgetown) finished the week with a flurry. Over the weekend, the Albany, N.Y., native batted .667 (6-for-9) with a home run, six RBI and five runs scored. Anderson is batting .444, slugging .722 and he has a .542 on-base percentage…The Dutchmen lead the league overall with a 3.24 team earned run average and 41 overall walks…Albany pitchers have yielded 26 earned runs in eight games while Dutch batters have drawn more bases-on-balls than any other club; the next closest team is 11 walks behind…On Fri., June 17, Albany played Glens Falls in the first extra-inning game in league history; Glens Falls won it in the 10th…Cameron Brewer’s (NCTC) 13 strikeouts are among the most in the league…Six times in eight games the Dutch have scored at least three runs…Albany batteries have combined to yield only eight stolen bases; six runners have been thrown out – the most in the league…Relievers Austin Chase (Albany), Matt Novak (Northeastern), Tanner Barron (Trinity, Texas) and Preston Hill (Chandler-Gilbert) each have three appearances and an ERA under 2.00.

Amsterdam Mohawks
Overall: 4-3 (.571), Tied for second PGCBL East…Week 1: 4-3 (.571)
Public enemy number one in Amsterdam this season has been the weather. The Mohawks have played just two games at Shuttleworth Park this year. Two other games, one Friday and one Saturday night contest, have been postponed because of rain. The Carpet City squad is averaging 1,466 fans per game through two home dates…Despite a 4-3 record, Amsterdam has been one of the hottest teams in the PGCBL East – the Mohawks have won four of their last five with the lone loss coming to division-leading Glens Falls…The biggest victory may have been on June 14 when Amsterdam rallied from down 3-0 and 4-1 to defeat Cooperstown at home. The Mohawks took a 5-4 lead in the seventh only to watch the visitors draw even in the next half inning. Amsterdam responded to the tie game with four runs in the eighth to pull away…In three of the Tribe’s four wins, Amsterdam pitchers have held the opposition to three or fewer runs…The team is second in the league in ERA (3.25) and has allowed the fewest overall runs (25)…In two starts by Nick Polsinelli, the Mohawks are 2-0 and have allowed a grand total of one run. The rising redshirt senior from Saint Rose is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA…Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) after setting a single-season school record for strikeouts this spring, has 13 total punch outs in just 8.2 innings…Reliever Abram Williams (Radford) has picked up where he left off last summer under the Amsterdam water tower. Williams has two saves and a 0.00 ERA in four outings. Through 22 total regular season appearances for the Tribe, Williams has given up one earned run and recorded 13 saves…Infielder Zach Shank (Marist) is errorless in 34 total chances…Caleb Bryson (Middle Ga.) bashed two home runs against Mohawk Valley on June 19; his two clouts are two of Amsterdam’s four belts – the Mohawks hit 29 last season.

Cooperstown Hawkeyes
Overall: 3-4 (.429), Tied for second PGCBL West…Week 1: 3-4 (.429)
The Hawkeyes have one of the most potent offenses in the league with a .270 team batting average and 42 overall runs scored. However, Cooperstown has allowed 46 runs…The Doubleday Field squad has reached double-digits in runs twice and had at least five tallies in five of seven games played…Seven Hawkeyes have a .300 or better batting average led by Danny Nelson (CSU Monterey Bay) who leads the league with a .440 clip…Nelson and Esteban Meletiche (Keystone) are each hitting above .400…Recent additions Tynan Pedretti (Merced) and Alex Meadow (Wesleyan) have combined for 10 hits and eight runs in three games…Ben Miller (Shippensburg), the lone holdover from last year, is batting .364 with two home runs and 10 RBI. The rising senior is tied for the league lead in runs batted in…The Hawkeyes top the PGCBL with 23 stolen bases – three players have at least four thefts – and the team ripped seven bags on Sunday at Newark; the team is second in doubles (16)…Four different hitters have at least one home run and Cooperstown has hit six overall – second to only Elmira’s seven…The Otsegans hold the league single-game high with 14 runs, scored Sunday at Newark…Ben Miller and Ben Manlove (Chico State) have accounted for 18 of the teams 37 RBI…Reliever Tyler Broome (USC Sumter) leads the pitching staff with 14.2 innings and a .192 OBA while Chris Chismar (New Paltz) has the most strikeouts (11)…Due to the weather and the recent festivities at Doubleday Field, Cooperstown has played only three home games though it’s 2-1 in those games. Over two seasons at Doubleday, the Hawkeyes are a combined 15-9…Last Thursday in exhibition action, Cooperstown whipped local rival Oneonta (NYCBL) 12-3 at Doubleday. The two teams, separated by about 20 minutes, will play again on June 23 in an exhibition tilt at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field.

Elmira Pioneers
Overall: 3-5 (.375), Fourth PGCBL West…Week 1: 3-5 (.375)
The 2010 New York Collegiate Baseball League Western Division champions have had an up-and-down start to the season, a 2-0 start followed by a slide that ended with an emphatic win over Watertown on Sunday…Despite a week-long struggle, the Pios are just a game behind first-place Newark and a half-game behind Coop. and Watertown…David Bishop (Miss. State) earned the first PGCBL Player of the Week award…Six of his overall nine hits have gone for extra bases and he leads the league with three home runs…The Southern Tier side has more runs (45) and home runs (seven) than any other PGCBL team…Elmira has scored at least three runs in seven of eight games and has potted double-digits twice…Logan Uxa (Arkansas State), David Bishop and Ty Yesensky (ODU) are all batting over .300 while Aaron Hopper (Marietta) and Justin Lacy (Longwood) are tied for the team lead with seven RBI apiece…Every Pio that has played in at least three games has scored one run…Dunn Field hosted the first PGCBL doubleheader on Saturday when Elmira tangled with Newark…Rob Curran (URI), who pitched for the Pios in 2010, started for Watertown on Sunday against his former team – he was opposed by former teammate Aaron Zaleznik (UMass)…Elmira’s pitching staff has spread the wealth so far with 14 arms getting at least one inning; starter Mike Mahaffey (Marietta) is the only pitcher that has pitched more than 10 frames…Six Pio relievers have not allowed an earned run, another bullpen hurler, Mike Kazley (Cornell), has a 1.08 ERA in three games…David Bishop and Aaron Hopper have teamed up to blast five of Elmira’s seven home runs…Five of Elmira’s first eight games have been at Dunn Field; the team is 2-3 at home…Returnees from last year’s NYCBL LCS team include Corey Keller (FAU), Justin Lamborn (West Chester) and Aaron Zaleznik.

Glens Falls Golden Eagles
Overall: 6-2 (.750), First PGCBL East…Week 1: 6-2 (.750)
Through the first 10 days of the season, the Golden Eagles have been the most consistent team in the PGCBL and have carved out a six-game winning streak in between losses on June 9 and June 19…Nick Gonzalez (South Florida) and Neil Fryer (Siena) shared the first PGCBL Pitcher of the Week prize; each has flirted with a no-hitter this season…Two important elements, offense and defense – Glens Falls is first in the league in team batting average (.273) and fielding percentage (.981). As a team, the Eagles have committed only six errors…Seven Glens Falls batsmen are batting .278 or above and four of the seven have averages of at least .300…Roger Bernal (UTPA) is first on the team in hits (10) though John Rooney (Siena) and Josh Anderson (Yavapai) are behind him with nine apiece…Glens Falls averages exactly nine hits per game (72/8gms)…Anderson is tied for the league lead with 10 RBI; he is on pace for over 40 RBI for the season…Utility player Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) has been one of the best two-way players in the league. He is 1-0 with two saves and 10 strikeouts in three pitching appearances while offensively he has five hits, two runs scored and three RBI…Relievers Kevin Cowan (Albany) and Pete Noordsy (Wofford) are tied for the league lead with four appearances each…Three starting pitchers have an ERA under 2.00…Despite leading the league in offense, the Green and Gold has hit just one home run and stolen one base…Five of the team’s first eight games have been at home; the Eagles are undefeated at East Field (5-0)and they’ve scored 23 runs at home…Glens Falls and Albany played the first extra-inning game in PGCBL history on Fri., June 17; Roger Bernal won the game with a walk-off single…Manager John Mayotte has won 189 regular season games with the Golden Eagles in now eight seasons with the team.

Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Overall: 4-3 (.571), Tied for second PGCBL West…Week 1: 4-3 (.571)
The Dawgs have gone round and around to start the season, opening with back-to-back wins, losing two in a row and then winning twice more before a loss on Sunday at home against rival Amsterdam…An early morning wake-up call is one thing, but two in a row? Mohawk Valley played an 11:00 am game at Watertown on Tues., June 14, in front of 2,673; and then returned home for a 10:30 am start the next day against Newark which was played in front of a jam-packed crowd of 2,396…Over 1,000 fans have been at Vet’s Park for each of the last two Dawgs home games…In all four victories, the Little Falls side has scored five runs or more (seven per win avg.) while in all three losses, the team has had no more than two tallies (a little over one per game)…The Dawgs are one of only two teams that have defeated first-place Glens Falls…Australian Nic Spence (Cincinnati) has a team-high .375 batting average and he’s tied with Tyler Townsend (Kentucky) for the lead in hits (nine)…Townsend, Dave Soltis (Bryant) and Cullen Wacker (Auburn) have each scored six runs…Lead-off hitter Mike Fasolo (MVCC) had a strong weekend at the plate, Fasolo slammed six hits in two games against Albany and Amsterdam; Fasolo went 4-for-6 at Albany…Dave Soltis has the team’s only home run and he is tied with D.J. Hoagboon (Albany) for the RBI lead with five each…Utility player Michael Gunn (Arkansas-2011) has made an impact. The Razorback signee is batting .313 as a designated hitter with five hits in four games. He struck out the side in order in his first pitching appearance on Sun., June 19 against Amsterdam. Gunn won a Tennessee state championship in the spring at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn…Selby Brummett (PVCC) tops the pitching staff with nine strikeouts and Frank Holbrook (Wheaton, Mass.) is unbeaten in two starts. Holbrook has given up five hits in eight innings pitched.

Newark Pilots
Overall: 4-4 (.500), First PGCBL West…Week 1: 4-4 (.500)
The first-year Pilots are flying high on top of the West Division though the flight to the top has been a little bumpy. Newark swept the first-ever PGCBL doubleheader at Elmira on Sat., June 18, though let an 8-1 lead slip away the following day to Cooperstown at home. The team has yet to win on back-to-back days this season…Colburn Park welcomed in 1,641 fans for the home opener on Fri., June 17 and then saw 1,041 pile in for Sunday’s contest. The re-furbished field features a brand-new scoreboard and signage…Newark has scored at least four runs in all four victories though does have two losses with four runs or more…The Pilots offense is cutting through the air averaging 5.3 runs per game and four hitters are batting over .300…Californians Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) .350, Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta) .320, Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) .320 and Chase Brown (UT Dallas) .308 are the top hitters…Brown, Michael Bolling (Lewis) and Ray Delvalle (Ky. Wesleyan) each have four stolen bases…Newark batters have been hit by a pitch 14 times; Attl and Vera each have been plunked thrice and seven Pilots overall have been hit…Randy Villa and Michael Bolling have started every game this summer…Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley St.) was masterful in Newark’s home opener. He threw a one-hit shutout over seven innings and struck out six against a Watertown team that had knocked him out in the third in the North Country on June 9…Relievers Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) and Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley St.) have combined to pitch 14 innings and have allowed one earned run between them…Closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) is among the league leaguers with two saves…Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) is the lone Pilot pitcher in double-digit innings; he has pitched 10.0 frames and struck out 11…Newark opened the season on the road with six away games (two rained out) and did not play at home until the second Friday of the season. The Pilots have totaled six road games and are 4-2 away from Colburn Park.

Watertown Wizards
Overall: 3-4 (.429), Tied for second PGCBL West…Week 1: 3-4 (.429)
The Purple and Gold opened the inaugural PGCBL campaign 0-2 though have righted the ship somewhat by going 3-2 in their last five games. A brief two-game win streak was snapped hard on Sun., June 19 by Elmira at the Duffy Fairgrounds…Watertown has played seven games overall and five have been at home while just two have been contested on the road. The Wiz Kids are 2-3 at the Duffy Dome…A season-high crowd of 2,673 area schoolchildren took in Watertown’s annual Flag Day game on Tues., June 14, against Mohawk Valley. The 11:00 am tilt saw the Wizards blast the Dawgs with season highs in runs (eight) and hits (13). Rob Curran (URI) also tossed the first complete game in PGCBL history…Offensively, the Wizards have accounted for 21 extra-base hits; 14 doubles, four triples and three home runs – only Elmira has more (24)…Angel Rosa (Alcorn State) leads the Purple and Gold with a .379 batting average (second in league) and 11 hits though Kody O’Connor (LeMoyne) has been the top run producer with two home runs, seven RBI and six extra-base hits. In two seasons in Watertown, Kody has four home runs and 19 RBI…Four Wizards have at least three stolen bases topped by four apiece from Angel Rosa and Erick Gaylord (Campbell)…Relivers Tim Sylvester (St. John Fisher) and Ricky Christopher (Niagara County CC) have not allowed an earned run in five combined appearances and nine innings; Christopher leads the PGCBL in ERA with a 0.00 mark (minimum 1.0 IP per team game)…The North Country Nine has cracked out 60 hits for an average of 8.6 per game and the team has had at least seven hits in all but one contest…Watertown’s victory over Cooperstown on Sat., June 18, was the franchise’s first-ever against the Hawkeyes. Last summer, the Wizards went 0-7 against the Otsegans.

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