Today in the PGCBL, Father's Day 2012

Amsterdam's Chase Williamson (Auburn) slides into third base during Saturday night's exhibition game against the U.S. Military All-Stars. Photo courtesy Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo

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Last Night's Scores
Oneonta 4 Cooperstown 3 (10)
Albany 6 Elmira 5
Watertown 8 Glens Falls 3
Newark 19 Mohawk Valley 6

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Amsterdam at Watertown, 5:00 p.m.
Taylor Martin (Kentucky) 0-0, 1.80 ERA  vs. Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona) 0-1, 5.14 ERA

Cooperstown at Elmira, 5:05 p.m.
Cody Cooper (Northern Kentucky) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. John Melville (New Haven) 0-1, 6.75 ERA

Oneonta at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Brett Lisle (Virginia) 0-1, 1.50 ERA  vs. Austin Chase (UAlbany) 0-0, 1.50 ERA

Glens Falls at Newark, 7:05 p.m.

Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Derek Dallas (UT Dallas) 0-0, 8.31 ERA


*The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all of the father's out there.

*There must be something in the water in Otsego County, home to both the Oneonta Outlaws and Cooperstown Hawkeyes. A third PGCBL extra-inning game was played inside the county lines on Saturday night when Oneonta ousted Cooperstown, 4-3, in 10 innings at Damaschke Field. All three extra-frame games took place in the span of less than 10 days. Amsterdam and Cooperstown played a 14-inning resumed game at Doubleday Field last Sunday. On Wednesday night, Oneonta and Amsterdam had a 15-inning affair at Damaschke Field. For the PGCBL this season, there have been four extra-inning games and three have involved Cooperstown or Oneonta (all in Otsego County).

*Oneonta, Cooperstown and Amsterdam have each played two extra-inning games this season and all have come against one another. The only PGCBL extra-inning game that has not involved Oneonta, Cooperstown or Amsterdam came last Wednesday at Dunn Field in Elmira where Albany defeated Elmira, 11-5, in 12 innings.

*Lucas Leifield (Grand Canyon) ended Saturday night's game between Oneonta and Cooperstown with a walk-off single. He is the third PGCBL player this season to win a game in walk-off fasion. Albany's Ryan Gasporra (Centenary) worked a walk-off walk on Opening Night in a 2-1 victory over Elmira at Bob Bellizzi Field. In a game that started on the first day of the season but was not finished until June 10, Cooperstown's Coleman Barron (Davidson) smacked a two-run home run in the bottom fo the 14th to give the Hawkeyes a 4-3 victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks.

*Oneonta is 2-0 against Cooperstown this season; both games between the Mayor's Cup rivals have been contested at Damaschke Field. Oneonta is scheduled to make the short trip to Cooperstown's Doubleday Field this coming Tuesday.

*The last two PGCBL games played at Damaschke Field have accounted for nearly 25 innings of baseball, that's almost three full games. Talk about getting your money's worth.

*Oneonta's Logan Brown (Baylor) made his PGCBL debut on Saturday night at Damaschke Field. Brown, a late arrival due to Super Regionals last weekend, started in right field for the Orange and Black and batted second. The rising sophomore at Baylor did not disappoint. He smashed two singles, stole one base and was flawless in three outfield chances.

*Cooperstown's Jacob Hubert (Laredo CC) joined the Hawkeyes on Friday for a game at Watertown and helped the team to a 9-3 win. Hubert continued his torrid start on Saturday against Oneonta. He collected three hits, scored two of Cooperstown's three runs and swiped two bases. The TAMUCC commit is batting .556 through two games with five hits, five runs scored and four stolen bases.

*The big offensive numbers on Saturday came in Newark where the Pilots clobbered the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 19-6 at Colburn Park. Earlier this week, the Pilots had set a franchise record for runs in a game with 15 in a 15-5 whitewash of the Elmira Pioneers. Saturday night, the record was smashed. The Pilots cranked out 19 runs on 15 hits and 11 walks. Newark scored at least one run in six of eight overall at-bats. All nine Newark starters had at least one hit or scored one run, eight of nine recorded both one hit and one run and seven of nine scored multiple runs.

*The Newark-Mohawk Valley game featured 25 runs on 24 hits and took over three hours to complete. Thirty-four players appeared in the game.

*The top six batters in head coach Chris Ebright's line-up on Saturday night for Newark - Josh Crowdus (Delta State), Josh Perez (Miss. College), Joe Landi (URI), Brent Langston (Delta State), Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) and Cash Barker (TAMU Kingsville) - combined for 15 runs, 15 RBI and 11 hits. Crowdus scored four runs and Langston drove in four runs.

*One of the more intriguing numbers from Newark's performance - two. That's the number of extra-base hits Newark recorded in the game. Brent Langston (Delta State) doubled and Joe Landi (URI) tripled.

*Newark's Josh Crowdus (Delta State) and Joe Landi (URI) are both strong candidates for the first PGCBL Player of the Week award. Landi has not missed a game for the Pilots. He is batting .423 with 11 hits, 15 runs scored, seven RBI, seven walks and a .543 on-base percentage. His 15 runs and .543 OBP lead the PGCBL. Crowdus, the Newark lead-off man, has a .444 batting average, 12 hits and 11 runs scored. He also boasts a .516 on-base percentage. Crowdus leads the league in batting average.

*Elmira and Albany have met three times this season. Two games have been decided by one run and a third game went to extra-innings. Albany eeked past Elmira at home on Opening Night on a walk-off walk to Ryan Gasporra (Centenary). This past Wednesday, the two teams went 12 innings and the Dutchmen pulled away with six runs in the 12th to win 11-5. Last night, Elmira had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth but could not bring either man home in a 6-5 loss.

*Albany was buoyed by the return of the Remillard brothers, Will (Coastal Carolina) and Zach (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) hitting back-to-back in the line-up. Will was taken out of Friday night's Albany game at Mohawk Valley in the fourth inning. Zach Remillard was back in the Albany line-up for the first time since June 11 at Watertown. Will slugged a three-run home run in the first inning that scored Zach and the brothers combined for two hits and two runs.

*The Watertown Wizards continued to be road warriors on Saturday night and improved to 3-0 away from home with a win at Glens Falls. The Wizards have played nine games overall this season, six at home and three on the road. A seventh home tilt will be on Sunday evening. Watertown has pocketed away victories at Mohawk Valley, Elmira and Glens Falls. The Wizards have the roughest travel schedule in the league; the nearest trip for Watertown is about two hours to Mohawk Valley and the farthest is Glens Falls at almost four hours.

*Watertown, despite being in fifth place, is tied for the league lead in victories with Amsterdam and Elmira. In all five wins, the Purple and Gold has plated at least six runs.

*Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) cracked a three-run double for Watertown on Saturday night. The second-year Wizard leads the team with eight RBI in six games. He hit nearly .400 in limited action for the Purple and Gold last summer but missed most of the season due to injury.

*Glens Falls first baseman/designated hitter Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) leads the PGCBL with 11 RBI in eight games played.

*It has been a good start to the season for Glens Falls catcher/designated hitter Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern). The 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and Southern Conference Freshman of the Year is batting .400 with a co-league high 12 hits. He has hit one home run, driven in four and scored eight runs while amassing a .567 slugging percentage and a .514 on-base percentage. Behind the plate, Griffin leads all league backstops with five runners thrown out attempting to steal.

*Glens Falls catchers Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) and J.P. Rousseau (Western Nevada-2012-13) have combined to throw out nine runners already this season.

*On the schedule today, there are three 5:00 p.m. games and one under the lights in Newark. Starting with the late game, the defending league champion Pilots host the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at Colburn Park at 7:05 p.m. The Golden Eagles, winners of the PGCBL East in 2011, have a .500 record and four wins in their last six games. Newark's offense is white-hot, when not facing Watertown's Rene Solis (St. Mary's). The Pilots have posted 63 runs in seven games - an average of nine per night. Last season, the Eagles and Pilots played four one-run games.

*Old rivals Watertown and Amsterdam hook up in the North County. This is the longest rivalry in the PGCBL. While the league is in its second year, the Wizards and Mohawks have been playing one another since 2000 when both teams were members of the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League. This will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams.

*Two teams off to good starts, Oneonta and Albany, will get together at Bob Bellizzi Field in the Capital District this evening. Oneonta halted a three-game slide with a home win over Cooperstown on Saturday night. Just an hour or so away, the Dutchmen pocketed their fifth win of the season. Both teams won one-run games on Saturday. The two teams have not met since 2010 when both were members of another league.

*Former PGCBL West rivals Elmira and Cooperstown meet today for the first of three games against one another in two days. The two teams were halted because of rain at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field on June 7 with the score tied at one in the third inning. That game will be made up as part of a doubleadher at Doubleday tomorrow. 

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