East Rallies to Win Inaugural PGCBL All-Star Game

Photo courtesy Elmira Star-Gazette/JEFF RICHARDS
Photo, left: Mohawk Valley's Cullen Wacker is greeted by Amsterdam head coach Keith Griffin during the introduction of the starting line-ups for the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. Also pictured from left to right are Amsterdam assistant coach Juan Carlos Calderon, Glens Falls' head coach John Mayotte, Mohawk Valley head coach Troy Gerlach, Albany head coach Nick Davey, Glens Falls' catcher Daniel Klein (Kansas State), Glens Falls' infielder Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) and Glens Falls' pitcher Nick Gonzalez (South Florida).

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ELMIRA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley’s Cullen Wacker (Auburn) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored as the East rallied to defeat the West, 7-4, in the inaugural Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on Monday night at Dunn Field.

The comeback for the PGCBL East began in the top of the sixth inning with the West leading 4-1. Cullen Wacker smacked a lead-off single and then advanced to third on a double by Glens Falls’ Josh Anderson (Yavapai). Glens Falls’ David Olson (Tacoma C.C.) plated Wacker with a ground out to the left side and Daniel Klein (Kansas State) of Glens Falls followed with a triple into deep center field that scored Golden Eagles’ teammate Josh Anderson. The East pulled even at four in the eighth inning again with the help of Wacker.

The Mohawk Valley all-star doubled to begin the eighth and advanced to third on a Josh Anderson base hit. Two batters later, Daniel Klein singled through the left side to bring home Wacker with the game-tying run.

The contest remained tied at four into the top of the ninth inning. Albany’s Anthony Turgeon (Central Conn. State) drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Dutchmen teammate Brandon Trinkwon (UC Santa Barbara). Wacker, who won the Home Run Derby earlier in the evening, followed with a high-arcing blast over the right-field fence to give the East a 7-4 advantage.

Amsterdam’s Abram Williams (Radford) retired all three men he faced in the bottom of the ninth to seal the victory for the East.

The PGCBL East totaled seven runs on 12 hits. Glens Falls’ Daniel Klein, who entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Josh Anderson recorded two hits and scored one run and David Olson (Tacoma C.C.) collected two RBI. Olson earned the mound victory for the East. He pitched a scoreless eighth and squashed a West threat with an inning-ending double play.

Mohawk Valley’s Tyler Kane (Washington), Amsterdam’s Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT), Mohawk Valley’s Selby Brummett (Paradise Valley CC), Amsterdam Derrick Brewer (Radford), Mohawk Valley’s Willie Gabay (Herkimer County C.C.) and Abram Williams all pitched one scoreless inning for the East.

The PGCBL West scored four runs, all in the first three innings, on seven hits. PGCBL Player of the Week Erick Gaylord (Campbell) of Watertown crushed a two-run home run and scored twice, Elmira’s Justin Lamborn (West Chester) went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored and Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) was 1-for-2 with one run scored.

Watertown’s Rob Curran (Rhode Island) pitched two scoreless innings for the West. Newark’s Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown), Watertown’s Adam Krebs (Keystone) and Newark’s Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) each pitched one scoreless frame.

Amsterdam’s Nick Polsinelli (Saint Rose) and Newark’s Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown) were the starting pitchers in the inaugural PGCBL All-Star Game. Former New York Yankee Tommy John threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first inning for the West. Erick Gaylord drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Justin Lamborn, playing in front of the home fans, lashed an RBI double into the right-field corner to plate Gaylord with the first run in PGCBL All-Star history. Lamborn moved to third on a ground out and then came sprinting home on a wild pitch to give the West a 2-0 lead.

Glens Falls’ David Olson swatted a solo home run off of the light tower in left field to put the East on the scoreboard. However, the West responded with a home run of its’ own. Kyle Attl singled to start the bottom of the third. The next batter, Erick Gaylord, clubbed a two-run belt over the left-center field fence. The home run for Gaylord was his seventh over the last three days. Gaylord swatted six home runs between Saturday and Sunday in PGCBL regular season play.

The second half of the PGCBL season begins on Tues., July 19.

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