PGCBL Week 2 Dugout Chatter

Photo courtesy Albany Dutchmen/dbphoto
This can also be found in the June 27, 2011 edition of the PGCBL Game Notes. Compiled from games played June 20 - June 26. [Photo, left: Albany's Steve Anderson (Georgetown) is greeted by his teammates after hitting the first grand slam in PGCBL history on June 21 against Newark.]

Albany Dutchmen
Overall: 4-6 (.400), Fourth PGCBL East…Week 2: 1-1 (.500)
Albany was one of the teams most impacted by the weather this past week. The Dutchmen played only two games and after defeating Newark on June 21, Albany did not take the field again until Sunday at home against Amsterdam. Road contests at Newark and Mohawk Valley (a doubleheader) as well as a home date with Glens Falls were rained out. Beginning with today’s games, Albany does not have another scheduled off-day until the Fourth of July…Steve Anderson (Georgetown) clubbed the first grand slam in PGCBL history against Newark on June 21. The red-hot Anderson is riding a five-game hit streak that includes eight hits and 10 RBI…Brandon Trinkwon (UCSB) also holds a hitting streak of five games. The rising sophomore has been on base at least once in six of his seven games played…The Albany offense accounted for 13 runs in back-to-back games against Glens Falls (June 19) and Newark (June 21)…Seven of Albany’s 10 contests have been played at Bob Bellizzi Field inside the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex. The Dutch are 2-5 at home…Offensively, the Capital District club is second in the league in on-base percentage (.367)…Albany received back-to-back quality starts in each of its games last week. Second-year Albany player Mike Hughes (HVCC) tossed six strong innings and gave up just two runs to Newark on June 21. Sunday, Chase Tokunaga (Feather River) struck out five in five frames and yielded only two scores to Amsterdam…Albany’s pitching staff is second in the PGCBL with a 3.29 team ERA.

Amsterdam Mohawks
Overall: 5-7 (.417), Third PGCBL East…Week 2: 1-4 (.200)
A rocky week ended on a high note for the Mohawks with a Sunday night win over division-foe Albany. The Tribe dropped both games of a two-game road trip in Elmira and then was swept at home by Glens Falls on a Fireworks Night Friday. Amsterdam was only slightly deterred by the weather, a Saturday night game at Mohawk Valley was washed away…Closer Abram Williams (Radford) has not allowed a run in six appearances and has a league-high three saves…Amsterdam is undefeated (2-0) against Albany this season and the Mohawks are 4-1 when scoring five runs or more…In all five games last week, the Carpet City squad allowed at least four runs…Through 12 games, just three Mohawks have a multi-RBI game and none of the three have more than one…Outside of Abram Williams, Derrick Brewer (Radford) has been the Tribe’s most-effective reliever. Brewer is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in five appearances…Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) leads the Mohawks with 20 strikeouts however Nick Polsinelli (Saint Rose) has been the top starter (1-0, 1.38 ERA, 19 K)…Manager Keith Griffin has used 14 pitchers through 12 games, all but one have pitched at least twice…Unofficially, the Mohawks are in a stretch of 25 games in 23 days and will not have another scheduled off-day until July 17 – the day before the PGCBL All-Star Game…The team leads the PGCBL in attendance with 1,359 fans per game and that includes just one weekend date.

Cooperstown Hawkeyes
Overall: 5-5 (.500), Second PGCBL West…Week 2: 2-1 (.667)
The Otsegans played in four games but just completed three because of the weather. Cooperstown was officially rained out once though Friday’s game at home against Newark was halted because of inclement weather in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Pilots were winning 1-0 at the time of the stoppage. The week concluded for the Hawkeyes with back-to-back victories over Newark in 13 innings and Elmira at home. The extra-inning marathon at Newark on Saturday was the third-longest game in franchise history; Cooperstown played games of 16 and 15 innings last season. Tynan Pedretti (Merced) slammed a solo home run in the 10th though it was Brandon Palmer (King) with an RBI single in the 13th that proved to be the game-winner. Sunday’s home tilt with division-leading Elmira was the exact opposite. Pedretti was the hero with a seventh-inning RBI single though the regulation game lasted just two hours and eight minutes…Elmira defeated Cooperstown, 10-1, on June 9 however the Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings between the two teams…Danny Nelson (CSU Monterey Bay) leads the league with a .400 batting average. He is the only hitter with 3.0 at-bats per team game that has an average over .360; Nelson is also tied for the league lead in walks (nine)…Coleman Barron (Davidson) is first in the league in stolen bases. He hasn’t been thrown out in eight attempts…Bryan Aanderud (Cypress) joined the team last week. Aanderud recently completed his JUCO career at Cypress College and he will attend Liberty University in the fall. Aanderud’s head coach at Cypress, Scott Pickler, is the head coach of the Cape Cod League’s Yartmouth-Dennis Red Sox…Chris Chismar (New Paltz), the 2011 SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year as a starter, has two relief appearances and he earned his first save on Sunday against Elmira…Parker Ray (Texarkana) struck out five of the 10 men he faced Saturday night at Newark…The Otsegans are undefeated (2-0) in one-run games.

Elmira Pioneers
Overall: 7-6 (.538), First PGCBL West…Week 2: 4-1 (.800)
From the cellar to the penthouse in the span of just one week. That’s the story for the team out of the Twin Tiers. The Pioneers won four out of five last week to vault into first place in the PGCBL West. Elmira swept a two-game home series with Amsterdam and then did the same to division-foe Watertown. A four-game win streak ended Sunday at Cooperstown…In four wins last week, the Pios outscored their foes 37-16. And since ending a five-game losing streak, Elmira has plated 53 runs…Speaking of offense, Elmira scored a PGCBL season-high 21 against Watertown on June 24 at Dunn Field. Watertown actually led 4-2 – the Dunn Field side ended the game on a 19-3 run and 12 of the 19 runs were scored between the seventh and eighth…The Pioneers have dominated the PGCBL Player of the Week award. David Bishop (Miss. State) won it in Week 1 while Justin Lacy (Longwood) and Aaron Hopper (Marietta) split the prize for Week 2…Elmira’s 85 total runs lead the league and that’s 25 more than the nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles have scored…Pios lead the league in most major offensive categories including hits (Aaron Hopper, 16), runs scored (David Bishop, 13), runs batted in (Aaron Hopper/Justin Lacy, 14), home runs (David Bishop, 4) and total bases (David Bishop, 28). Hopper, Lacy and Ryan Normoyle (Wash, Md.) are all in the top 10 in batting average…The team from the Twin Tiers has belted out 37 extra-base hits – that includes 26 doubles…Elmira leads the league in team ERA as well with a 3.19 mark…Jordan Carter (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) tossed seven shutout innings on June 22 against Amsterdam…Matt Niedzwiecki (Manchester CC) allowed one unearned run on five hits over eight innings versus Watertown on Saturday night…Also on Saturday night, the Pios set a PGCBL record with 4,437 fans in attendance at Dunn Field…Wes McBride (UNC Greensboro) stranded the potential tying run on base to seal a victory over Amsterdam on June 22 and John Koch (Arkansas State) held the potential tying run on base to end Saturday’s win…As the week concluded, the Pioneers added local stars Brad Bellinger (St. John’s-2011) and Zac Bellinger (VCU-2011). The cousins graduated from Elmira Southside and Thomas A. Edison (Elmira Heights) over the weekend.

Glens Falls Golden Eagles
Overall: 10-2 (.818), First PGCBL East…Week 2: 4-0 (1.000)
The beat goes on for the nationally-ranked Golden Eagles who went undefeated last week and have not lost since June 19 at Albany…The team debuted at 16th in the PG Crosschecker Summer Top 25. The Green and Gold has been nationally ranked at least once in each of the last three seasons…Derek Mazzio (Saint Louis) kept alive the Golden Eagle stranglehold on the Pitcher of the Week prize; Nick Gonzalez (South Florida) and Neil Fryer (Siena) split the award in Week 1…Josh Anderson (Yavapai) is first in the league in doubles (five) and is tied for first in runs batted in (14). Anderson also has five multi-RBI games…It was a Southern Maine affair on Sunday at East Field. Golden Eagles reliever Brennan Perry (So. Maine) pitched one scoreless inning to earn the win and Anthony Pisani (So. Maine) ripped a walk-off single in the 10th off of Mohawk Valley’s Dustin Stanton (So. Maine)…The team is unbeaten (7-0) at home…The Green and Gold have two walk-off wins this season, both wins have come in extra-inning games against divisional opponents…Glens Falls pitchers lead the PGCBL with 118 strikeouts; three pitchers have 18 or more punch outs on the season…Reliever Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) is averaging two strikeouts per frame (18K, 9.0 IP)…Overall, Glens Falls leads the PGCBL in batting average (.272) and fielding percentage (.984)…Against PGCBL West opponents, Glens Falls is 3-0…PGCBL Co-Pitchers of the Week Nick Gonzalez and Neil Fryer teamed up to help the Eagles sweep a twin bill at longtime rival Amsterdam on June 24. Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits through five innings and struck out six. Fryer gave up a run on four hits in five and one-third innings and fanned seven. Both Fryer and Gonzalez have two starts apiece against Amsterdam. Gonzalez has fanned 17 Mohawks in two games…Outfielder Mike Kindel (Kansas State) joined the team over the weekend. He is a rising junior from Springboro, Ohio. He arrives at East Field to join collegiate teammate Dan Klein (Kansas State)…Kevin Cowan (Albany) leads the league in appearances (seven) and Kyle Ruchim is second (six)…The Eagles have just two stolen bases.

Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Overall: 5-4 (.556), Second PGCBL West…Week 2: 1-1 (.571)
Like PGCBL East opponent Albany, Mohawk Valley was heavily affected by the stormy weather that rolled through upstate New York this past week. The DiamondDawgs played just two games and they were rained out on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Dawgs opened the week with a walk-off win over Watertown on June 21 and then fell to Glens Falls via a walk-off hit on June 26…Cullen Wacker (Auburn) provided the game-winning heroics on Tuesday to cap off a two-score bottom of the ninth as Mohawk Valley rallied from down 3-2 in the final frame. Mike Fasolo (MVCC) smoked a triple that scored D.J. Hoagboon (Albany) from first and then Fasolo came in on Wacker’s single…The Little Falls side forced extras on Sunday on a two out, two-run single by Jake Saylor (Cincinnati) but could not stop the Golden Eagles…The Dawgs have been rained out five times this season and have played the fewest games (nine) of any PGCBL team…Michael Gunn (Arkansas-2011) slugged his first home run of the summer on Sunday at spacious East Field. The SEC-bound designated hitter is batting .364 through six games played…Manager Troy Gerlach has used just 10 position players and six have played and started all nine tilts…Selby Brummett (PVCC) leads the team in innings pitched (14.0) and strikeouts (14). He has started in three of MV’s nine games…The Dawgs are 3-1 at Vet’s Park…Tyler Townsend (Kentucky) leads the PGCBL with a nine-game hitting streak. He has had at least one hit in each game that Mohawk Valley has played. Zach Ciccotti (MVCC) boasts a six-game hit streak…The Dawgs are outscoring opponents, 11-1, in the third inning.

Newark Pilots
Overall: 5-6 (.455), Third PGCBL West…Week 2: 1-2 (.333)
Last week was a wild flight for the Pilots that included 26 total innings over the weekend and a walk-off winner. The Pilots played four total games but completed just three because of a halted game in Cooperstown. A home-and-home with Albany was partially completed with a rain out on June 22 washing away a home game for the Pilots at Colburn Park. Friday’s game at Cooperstown was halted in the bottom of the sixth due to inclement weather. Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) slammed a solo home run in the top half of the frame to give Newark a 1-0 lead while Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State) was masterful through five and one-third shutout innings. The wild weekend began Saturday at home versus Cooperstown. The Hawkeyes forced a 3-3 tie in the seventh and then went ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th. With the Pilots down to their final out, Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) belted a two-out solo home run to tie the game. Cooperstown however would go on to win. The Pilots weren’t denied on Sunday against division-foe Watertown. Michael Bolling (Lewis) slammed a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Wizards at 4-4. After Watertown plated three runs in the 13th, the Pilots answered with four in the home half of the frame. Randy Villa capped off the win with a two-run single…Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) struck out a team season-high 10 on Sunday in eight and one-third innings…Randy Villa batted .429 (6-for-14)  in three completed games and drove in three runs. Kyle Attl and Michael Bolling each registered four hits including a home run…Bolling leads the team with five multi-hit games while Villa and Attl each have four; Villa has a team-high three multi-hit games…Only four of Newark’s 11 games have been at Colburn Park; the team is 1-3 at home…Randy Villa is second in the league in batting average (.359) and Michael Bolling is second in stolen bases (seven).

Watertown Wizards
Overall: 3-8 (.273), Tied for second PGCBL West…Week 2: 0-4 (.000)
The second week of the 2011 PGCBL season was not a good one for the Purple and Gold. The Wizards scored 21 runs and plated at least three runs in all four games however allowed 38 scores in four defeats…Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) and Erick Gaylord (Campbell) each turned in outstanding weeks at the plate. Cipolla batted .538 (7-for-13) with three RBI and three extra-base hits (two triples, one double). Gaylord drove in five runs, batted .375 (6-for-16) and stole three bases…Reliever Adam Krebs (Keystone) did not allow a run in four and two-thirds innings and he struck out six…Rob Rogers (Keystone) posted the best start of the week for the North Country side. He allowed one run on five hits in eight innings and struck out six on Sunday at Newark…Starting pitcher Aaron Page (DCTC) joined the team last week. Page, a recent graduate from Dakota County Technical College, will attend Minnesota State in the fall…Watertown led in three of its’ four games last week…The Wizards totaled nine runs between the ninth inning and any extra frames…The Purple and Gold’s six ninth-inning tallies came over the weekend, three at Elmira on Saturday night and three at Newark on Sunday…All four of Watertown’s games last week were away from home – one at Mohawk Valley, two at Elmira and one at Newark…The Wizards do not have another scheduled off-day until the Fourth of July…Assistant coach Joshua Leo, a recent graduate of Northwood (Fla.) has left the team to pursue a career in professional baseball…General manager Todd Kirkey, the all-time winningest manager in franchise history, traveled with the team over the weekend as an assistant coach to skipper Jason Shone.

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