Today in the PGCBL, Saturday, June 16, 2012

A view from the press box of the record 3,000-plus fans at East Field on Friday night. Photo courtesy Glens Falls Golden Eagles

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Last Night's Scores
Mohawk Valley 7 Albany 1
Amsterdam 7 Elmira 1
Cooperstown 9 Watertown 3
Glens Falls 10 Oneonta 6

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Watertown at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Nick Bradley (W. Michigan) 0-0, 7.71 ERA vs. Mike Clarkson (South Florida) 0-1, 15.43 ERA

Cooperstown at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Raleigh Rushing (Cypress) 1-0, 2.45 ERA vs. Nathaniel Abel (Virginia) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Newark, 7:05 p.m.

Eddie Fitzpatrick (Brown) 0-0, 2.25 ERA vs. Jon Christiensen (Okla. Baptist) 0-1, 0.00 ERA

Elmira at Albany, 7:05 p.m.

Carson Bryant (Chattanooga State) 0-0, 2.57 ERA  vs. David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) 0-1, 5.40 ERA

U.S. Military All-Stars at Amsterdam (Ex.), 7:05 p.m.

*The Glens Falls Golden Eagles have been around since 2004. The 2012 summer season marks the ninth for the team. Friday night, the Golden Eagles set a single game franchise record with 3,051 fans at East Field. According to the Glens Falls Post-Star, the concession stand ran out of everything. The largest throng in Golden Eagle history witnessed a wild game as Glens Falls roared back from a 5-0 deficit to win 10-6 over Oneonta. The crowd of 3,051 is the third-largest in the PGCBL this season behind season highs from league attendance leaders Elmira and Amsterdam.

*The night began with a three-way tie for first place and come midnight, there was only one. (Cue Queen's "Princes of the Universe"). Amsterdam took over sole possession of first place by virtue of a 7-1 win over Elmira pared with a 7-1 Albany loss at Mohawk Valley. Newark, who was also part of the three-way tie for first, was idle in league play. It's hard to believe the four-time summer baseball champion Mohawks began the season 1-2. The Tribe has won four in a row to surge alone into first place for the first time this season.

*It wasn't a bad night to be a newcomer. Cooperstown signed Jacob Hubert (Laredo C.C.) yesterday morning. Hubert is headed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the fall. In his Hawkeye debut, the Texan went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases in a 9-3 romp over the Watertown Wizards at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Power hitter Nathan Gomez (Marshall) played a pivotal role in a 7-1 win for the Amsterdam Mohawks. Gomez, playing in his first game in the Rug City, keyed a five-run fifth inning with a three-run double. Teammate Jeff Boehm (Kentucky), another debuting Mohawk, kept the rally going with another RBI double to plate Gomez.

*Cooperstown goes from one of its longest bus trips to one of its shortest in the span of two days. The Hawkeyes bused up to Watertown's Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds last night, a trip that lasts around three hours one way. Saturday, the Cooperstown club will need to travel just 30 minutes to reach Oneonta's Damaschke Field for a Saturday night showdown with the Outlaws.

*Staying with the Hawkeyes, the Otsegans stole a team season high seven bases against Watertown on Friday night. Cooperstown came into the game with just four thefts in four contests. Ty Morris (CSU Monterey Bay) led the rip parade with three steals, Jacob Hubert (Laredo C.C.) had two while Matt Carr (New Paltz) and Quinn Pippin (Tulane) had one each.

*Mohawk Valley's Eric Helmrich (Marist) slammed his league leading third home of the season on Friday night at Vet's Park in a 7-1 win versus Albany. Interestingly, all three of Helmrich's belts have been at home in spacious Vet's Park.

*Regarding home runs, the Amsterdam Mohawks are usually one of the homer-happiest teams in the league. The 2011 PGCBL runners-up smashed 37 home runs in 47 regular season games last summer. Sixteen of those clouts were compiled by All-PGCBL first team selections Luke Maile (Kentucky) and Jude Vidirine (Lamar). Over the course of their first seven PGCBL games in 2012, the Mohawks have hit only three home runs and none of the three have been at Shuttleworth Park.

*Some interesting numbers to look at for a few teams. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are undefeated (3-0) when holding opponents to two runs or less. When the opposition scores three or more times, the Dawgs are winless (0-4). The same can be said for Cooperstown though the key number for the Hawkeyes is three; unbeaten (3-0) when holding opponents to three runs or less and without a win (0-3) when opponents plate four or more runs.

*Getting back to the wild game between Glens Falls and Oneonta. Over the last nine years, these two teams have played through a few rollercoaster rides. In Friday's game, there were 16 runs scored on 17 hits. Overall, 13 players in the game had at least one hit. Oneonta's Zach Lucas (Louisville) slammed a two-run clout over the left-center field fence in the first and the Outlaws ran off three more runs in the third to go ahead 5-0. From that point on, Glens Falls outscored Oneonta 10-1 with the big inning coming in the sixth to the tune of a five-strike frame.

*Friday marked the first time this season that all three Johnson's played for Oneonta - Forrest Johnson (Notre Dame), Zac Johnson (Illinois State) and Sam Johnson (Galveston). The three are not related.

*The Glens Falls offense has reached double figures twice this season, once last night and once against Amsterdam in an 11-8 triumph. Both games took place at East Field. In a three-game winning streak, the Green and Gold has scored 17 runs while allowing eight.

*Oneonta's Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) may be the best base-stealing combination in the PGCBL. The two have combined for 15 of Oneonta's 18 stolen bases. Garcia, who was thrown out for the first time on Friday night by Glens Falls catcher Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) has eight thefts on nine attempts. Holcomb is an unblemished seven swipes in seven attempts. The two are 1-2 in the league in stolen bases.

*Glens Falls closer Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) has been a workhorse from the Golden Eagle bullpen. Glens Falls has played seven games overall and Cheek has pitched in five of them. The rising sophomore is 1-0 with two saves and a 1.08 earned run average. He has 11 srikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched. Opponents against Cheek are batting .111. Just one run has scored against Cheek on three hits. He leads the league in appearances and is tied for first in saves.

*Amsterdam's Chase Green (SIU Edwardsville) has had quite the start to the season. Through seven games, Green is batting .364 with 12 hits, 11 runs, one home run and four RBI. He leads the Mohawks in hits and doubles. The Amsterdam shortstop has three doubles, one triple and a .606 slugging percentage. In the field, the Effingham, Illl., native has not made an error in 33 chances with eight putouts and 25 assists

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