Today in the PGCBL , Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Last Night's Scores
Glens Falls 3 Mohawk Valley 0
Watertown 9 Newark 1
Amsterdam 5 Oneonta 4 (15)
Albany 11 Elmira 5 (12)

Today's Games
New Rochelle Athletics at Mohawk Valley (Exhibition), 10:30 a.m.
Syracuse Salt Catz at Watertown (Exhibition), 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday Night Notebook

*We'd like to wish all of our readers, fans, players and parents a happy Flag Day. To learn more about Flag Day, click here and here.

*Also of note, today is one of just two league-wide off days during the entire 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League regular season. The next day off for all PGCBL clubs will be July 24, sort of. On that day, the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game will take place at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, N.Y.

*We are now officially one week into the 2012 PGCBL season and already we have a three-way tie for first place in the league between Amsterdam, Albany and defending league champion Newark. All three teams boast a 4-2 record. Amsterdam has not yet played Newark nor has Albany. The Mohawks do hold a 6-1 victory over Dutchmen on June 8 at Shuttleworth Park. Squads from the Rug City and the Capital District will meet next on June 18 in Amsterdam and then on June 20 in Albany for the first time this year at Bob Bellizzi Field.

*Wednesday was certainly a night of firsts around the league. Glens Falls pitchers Brandon Magallones (Northwestern), Tony Urban (Louisburg) Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) and Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) combined on the first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Mohawk Valley at spacious Vet's Park. Brandon Magallones, in his first start of the summer, pitched three scoreless innings and yielded just one hit. Tony Urban entered in the fourth and spun four scoreless frames with four strikeouts. Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) pitched out of a jam in the eighth and Cheek worked a scoreless ninth. Glens Falls had two shutout victories last season, both came at East Field.

*Earlier this week, Amsterdam and Cooperstown played, at the time, the longest game in league history with a 14-inning contest that Cooperstown won 4-3. That game was started on June 6 and was suspended after 11 innings because of darkness. It was completed on June 10. Wednesday night, Amsterdam bettered that record by one inning as the Mohawks and Outlaws played 15 frames in one sitting at Damaschke Field. Amsterdam eeked out a 5-4 victory. No, the game is not the longest in Amsterdam history; the longest game in recent memory for the Mohawks was a 19-inning affair against Little Falls (now Mohawk Valley) in 2007 that ended on a walk-off grand slam.

*Random note, Amsterdam has played two extra-inning games this year. Both have been on the road in Otsego County - one with Cooperstown and one with Oneonta.

*Strangely enough, Amsterdam and Oneonta's 15-inning tilt was not the longest game in duration on Wednesday night. Albany and Elmira played 12 innings in front of over 1,500 fans at Dunn Field and those 12 innings took four hours and 30 minutes; 20 minutes more than the length of the game between the Mohawks and the Outlaws. The Dutchmen and the Pioneers did a little more scoring and combined for 16 runs on 24 hits. Each team used five pitchers and only one of eight relievers went more than two innings - Albany's Trevor Lacosse (Bryant) worked three scoreless frames. Altogether, 33 players appeared in the game.

*Albany's six-spot in the top of the 12th in the Southern Tier, that's the most runs scored by any PGCBL team in one inning this season. The previous high in one inning for any team was five. Albany's six tallies came in on four hits. Sam Few (Samford) had the biggest at-bat of the inning as he pinch hit with the bases loaded and no outs. Few responded with a two-run single to break a 5-5 tie; an error on the play added a third Albany score.

*Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (NJIT) also engaged in clutch hitting on Wednesday night. Amsterdam trailed 4-2 in the ninth inning at Damaschke Field. Charlton, the center fielder for the Mohawks, came up to bat with runners on second and third and one out. Zak Colby (Faulkner) had started the inning with a double, pinch hitter D.J. Hoagboon (UAlbany) reached on an infield single and both runners were bunted over one base by Scott Heath (Maine). Charlton answered the bell in a big way as he blasted a high fly ball into deep center field that turned into a two-run triple to tie the game at four.

*One of several great pitching performances on Wednesday took place in the North Country. Watertown's Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) shut down the steaming-hot offense of the Newark Pilots which had produced 36 runs in three prior games. The Tino Martinez Award (NCAA D-II Player of the Year) finalist scattered five hits over eight innings, allowed one run and struck out four. In two games versus the Pilots, Solis is 1-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 0.60 earned run average. Both starts against Newark have come at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

*Of Watertown's league-leading seven games played, five have been at home and just two on the road. The Purple and Gold is 2-0 away from the Fairgrounds. Three of the five home games have been against Newark.

*Another strong pitching performance came from Amsterdam southpaw Matt Gage (Siena). The lefty from Gloversville, N.Y., entered in the bottom of the 10th inning with the Mohawks and Outlaws tied at four. He went on to seat 10-straight batters and 17 of the 18 overall that he faced. Gage briefly allowed one base runner as an Oneonta hitter attempted to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out. He struck out eight and walked none in a dominant outing. The former all-state pitcher has two of Amsterdam's four wins.

*Mohawk Valley's John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) strung together a tremendous performance in a hard-luck loss. Means threw a three-hitter over seven innings and struck out a season-high 10 versus Glens Falls. He yielded one first-inning run on back-to-back extra-base hits and yielded three hits and three walks overall. The Mohawk Valley starter, a 2011 Atlanta Braves draft pick, retired the final 11 men he faced between the fourth and seventh innings.

*J.P. Rousseau (Western Nevada-2012-13) had an impressive debut behind the plate for Glens Falls. The youngster from Quebec backstopped the Golden Eagles to a shutout victory over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. He called a five-hit shutout and threw out two runners attempting to steal in back-to-back innings. Rousseau was flawless in 12 defensive chances with eight putouts and four assists.

*Looking at defense, Amsterdam outfielders made several key defensive plays in their 15-inning marathon victory. Mohawk outfielders Ed Charlton (NJIT) and Scott Heath (Maine) were each credited with an assist. Charlton helped prevent a big inning in the sixth when he gunned down Oneonta's D.J. Luna (Vanderbilt) at second base. Luna had singled home Oneonta's fourth run overall and was attempting to head to second when Charlton threw him out. Scott Heath's outfield helper came in the last of the 13th when he threw out Oneonta's Shane Crain (Louisville) who was attempting to turn a single off of Matt Gage (Siena) into a double.

*Amsterdam catcher Zak Colby (Faulkner) set a league season high on Wednesday night with 17 putouts in 17 chances. Mohawks first baseman Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) had 15 putouts and one assist in 16 chances.

*Quietly Elmira's Zac Bellinger (VCU) is having a solid season at the bat. Bellinger, who played for the Pios last year as a 2011 high school graduate, leads the PGCBL with a .500 batting average, .700 slugging percentage, .643 on-base percentage and eight walks. Bellinger's 10 hits in 20 trips are tied for first in the loop with Newark's Josh Perez (Miss. College). Four of Bellinger's 10 hits have been doubles and he has 14 total bases.

*The Albany Dutchmen are off to their best start in franchise history. At 4-2 through six games, Albany is tied for first with perennial powerhouse Amsterdam and defending league champion Newark. Head coach Nick Davey's team has scored 20 runs combined in two-straight victories and the team has won three of its last four games. The biggest number that stands out for Albany is 40 - the number of walks Dutchmen hitters have taken in six games. That comes out to an average of nearly seven free passes per night. Backstop Ryan Gasporra (Centenary) leads the team with seven walks in 20 overall plate appearances. The Dutchmen travel to Little Falls on Friday night with a chance to take over sole possession of first place with a win over the DiamondDawgs.

*The most interesting play of the night possibly came from the Mohawk Valley-Glens Falls game. The Dawgs trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out and the potential tying run on third base in the form of Joe Carcone (Bryant). Glens Falls reliever Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) struck out Jonathan Scott (Bryant) though a ball in the dirt on the third strike required a throw to first to officially record the out. Catcher J.P. Rousseau (Western Nevada-2012=13) threw down to first for the out and Carcone attempted to score from third on the play. First baseman Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) took the throw and whipped the ball back to Rousseau to retire Carcone at the plate thus completing an inning-ending double play. The Golden Eagles went on to score twice in the ninth to pull away for a 3-0 win. 

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