Today in the PGCBL, Friday, June 15, 2012

The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in front of the dugout during Thursday's exhibition game against New Rochelle. Photo courtesy Travis Heiser/MV DiamondDawgs

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Last Night's Scores
No PGCBL games played

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Oneonta at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Taylor Hicks (Georgia) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Nick Pivetta (New Mexico J.C.) 0-0, 4.50 ERA

Cooperstown at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
James Norwood (Saint Louis) 0-1, 2.57 ERA vs. Bryan Chudy (Clarkson) 1-0, 1.29 ERA

Albany at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Andrew Furber (Gloucester County College) 0-0, 10.38 ERA vs. Joe Michaud (Bryant) 0-1, 5.40 ERA

Elmira at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Justin Bhatti (Norfolk State) 0-0, 8.44 ERA vs. Matt Pirro (Wake Forest) 1-0, 1.80 ERA

Newark at Batavia Muckdogs (Exhibition), 7:00 p.m.

*Both Watertown and Mohawk Valley played exhibition games yesterday against non-league opponents. Check out the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs page on Facebook to see pictures of a jam-packed crowd of local school children at Veterans Memorial Park. The picture above is one of our favorites that can be found on the 'Dawgs timeline. The pictures were also posted to their Twitter account @MVDiamondDawgs. The Watertown Wizards did the same and pictures from their exhibition game yesterday can be seen at @WtownWizards.

*Pictures of a different kind are on the Glens Falls Golden Eagles @gfgoldeneagles Twitter account. The team participated in a Nintendo Wii baseball tournament last night at a local restaurant. No word on the winner.

*There were no actual league games yeterday. As we mentioned in yesterday's Notebook, the league will not have another off day in terms of regular season games until the All-Star Game which is on July 24 at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park.

*The short-season season in affiliated minor league baseball begins next week. We'll have a full list in players participating in those leagues next week but the partial list can be found through

. We'll be updating the list throughout the weekend as players continue to be assigned to those teams. Most of the players taken in last week's Major League Baseball draft should be up on short-season rosters and most have already signed professional contracts.

*In non-drafted free agent news, former Saratoga Phillies (Oneonta) catcher Patrick Reardon (Saratoga 2009) has signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Reardon played for the Saratoga Phillies during their final season in the Spa City before the team moved to Oneonta and became known as the Oneonta Outlaws. The RPI graduate has been assigned to play for the New York-Penn League's Hudson Valley Renegades. Read more on the story in the Troy Record here.

*Three former Watertown Wizards have signed independent league contracts over the last three days. Ben Kincaid and Patrick Dockendorf, both Minnesota State University graduates, played for the Wizards in 2010. Kincaid, a candidate for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award, has been signed by the American Association's St. Paul Saints. Dockendorf has been picked up by the Frontier League's Normal Cornbelters. Former Wizards pitcher Justin Wiley (2007, 2010-2011) recently completed his collegiate career at Iona. He has moved on to the Can-Am League to pitch for the Quebec Capitales, a perennial league powerhouse.

*Other player news, the Newark Pilots have announced that All-PGCBL first team closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) will re-join the team this season. Scott, who led the PGCBL with 11 saves one summer ago, pitched as a starter in the spring at San Joaquin Delta College of the California Community College Athletic Association. He was named All-Big 8 Conference second team. According to the Perfect Game USA article on the Pilots (currently shown on the front page), Scott should step into the starting rotation when he arrives.

*The first PGCBL Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week awards will be announced on Monday .The awards will cover the period between June 6 and June 17.

Looking Ahead
*The league schedule resumes full steam tonight with four games plus one exhibition tilt as the Newark Pilots travel to play the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs.

*The Watertown Wizards and Cooperstown Hawkeyes meet for the first time tonight at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. The Wizards will be playing their sixth home game of the season while Cooperstown has completed four games total. In 2010, the Hawkeyes went unbeaten against the Wizards in eight regular season meetings. Last season, the two teams played only four times and each won twice. Due to weather and scheduled days off, Cooperstown has not played a game since Monday while Watertown has played three times this week - two league games and one exhibition. There is a great pitching match-up tonight between Cooperstown's James Norwood (Saint Louis) and Watertown's Bryan Chudy (Clarkson). Norwood carried a no-hitter into the sixth against Oneonta in his first start and yielded only two hits in seven innings. Chudy locked down Mohawk Valley for seven innings on the road and gave up one run on two hits.

*A re-match of the 2010 New York Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series will take place in the Rug City when Amsterdam and Elmira step onto the Shuttleworth Park diamond. Amsterdam swept the best-of-three title tilt from Elmira two games to none to claim a second-straight league championship. The Mohawks and Pioneers played six times last season with Amsterdam taking the series 4-2. Much like Cooperstown, Amsterdam has played just one league game this week, a 15-inning victory on Wednesday night at Oneonta. The Mohawks have an exhibition tomorrow and will finish the week on Sunday with just three league games played between June 11 and June 17. The Pioneers are still in search of their first victory though the offense has come to life with 10 runs combined in back-to-back games.

*Depending on how things go tonight, the Albany Dutchmen could find themselves in sole possession of first place in the league. The Dutchmen hit the road to Little Falls to play the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The same two teams were rained out in Albany earlier this week and that will be made up as part of a doubleheader at a later date. Nick Davey's Dutchmen will be playing their fifth road game of the sason. The Dutch have completed just two home games (2-0 record). Mohawk Valley slipped past Albany 3-2 on Sunday. Albany enters the game on a two-game winning streak while Mohawk Valley looks to break a two-game losing skid. After failing to hold a ninth-inning lead versus Cooperstown on Monday night, the Dawgs were blanked at home on Wednesday by a quartet of Glens Falls pitchers in a 3-0 loss.

*Oneonta and Glens Falls round out the league docket. The Golden Eagles have soared to three wins in their last four games to reach .500 with a 3-3 overall mark. One of those three wins was at home over Oneonta on Monday. The Outlaws make their second trip from I-88 to I-87 tonight. Glens Falls has won its last two games with great pitching. Opponents have scored only two runs on nine hits while the Golden Eagles have struck surgically for seven runs on nine hits. Oneonta started out the season with a 3-0 record but the Outlaws have lost two games in a row to Glens Falls and Amsterdam. Oneonta's team ERA (1.44) is the best in the PGCBL though its batting average (.144) is among the lowest. The Orange and Black have not played since falling in a 15-inning heartbreaker to Amsterdam on Wednesday.

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