Today in the PGCBL, Monday, June 18, 2012

Oneonta's Heath Holder (Georgia) holds Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls on first base during Saturday night's game between the Outlaws and Golden Eagles at East Field. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night's Scores
Amsterdam 7 Watertown 0
Elmira 3 Cooperstown 2
Oneonta 10 Albany 4
Glens Falls 3 Newark 2

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Elmira at Cooperstown (Resumed Game) 2:00 p.m.
Elmira at Cooperstown (Regularly-scheduled game) 5:00 p.m.

Lee Gilliam (UNC Greensboro) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Denis Buckley (Charleston Southern) 0-0, 2.45 ERA

Glens Falls at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Tony Urban (Louisburg) 1-0, 1.12 ERA vs. David Sosebee (Georgia) 0-0, 1.80 ERA

Albany at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.

Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) 1-0, 0.00 ERA

Newark at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Daniel Thorpe (Saint Joseph's, Pa.) 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) 0-0, 3.60 ERA

*Congratuations to Newark's Joe Landi (Rhode Island) and Watertown's Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) on taking home the first Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for the 2012 season.

*The Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Newark Pilots have now met seven times over the last two years. Five of those seven games have been decided by one run. A solo home run by Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) in the top of the ninth inning last night proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Golden Eagles win. In a similar type situation last year on July 16, Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) and Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas, Fla.) hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth at Colburn Park to give Glens Falls an 11-9 lead over Newark. The Golden Eagles won the game 11-10.

*Another finish with late-inning drama came at Dunn Field in front of over 3,000 fans where Elmira eeked out a 3-2 victory over Cooperstown. The Hawkeyes forced a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Quinn Pippin (Tulane). The Pioneers reclaimed the lead in the next half inning on an Aaron Nardone (Delaware State) RBI double. Elmira hung on for its first win of the season.

*For the second time in five days, a PGCBL team recorded a shutout. Amsterdam's Taylor Martin (Kentucky) and Matt Gage (Siena) combined to pitch a three-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over the Watertown Wizards at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Martin allowed three singles, walked three and struck out three. Gage, who was nearly perfect through six innings of relief at Oneonta on Wednesday, seated all nine batters he faced to earn a three-inning save. Martin induced three double-play groundouts and pitched out of two bases-loaded situations; both times the Wizards had the sacks packed with no one out.

*Amsterdam won four games via shutout during the regular season in 2011.

*Matt Gage (Siena) of the Amsterdam Mohawks has retired 29 of the last 30 batters he has faced over his last three appearances. Overall, the tall lefty is 2-0 with one save and a  1.20 earned run average. Through four outings, Gage has struck out 20 and walked two in 15.0 innings. Opponents against Gage have a .137 batting average. He leads the league in strikeouts and is tied for first in innings pitched.

*Amsterdam pitchers have registered three saves this season. All three saves have been three or more innings. Kevin Archbold (UAlbany) has two saves in two appearances; each save consisted of four frames. Sunday, Matt Gage (Siena) was credited with a nine-out save in Watertown.

*Oneonta's offense broke out in a big way on Sunday evening with a season high 10 runs against Albany at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Outlaws entered the game with a .169 team batting average. All nine Oneonta starters had at least one hit and catcher Shane Crain (Louisville) belted the third home run for the season for the Orange and Black.

*The Outlaws, who have been solid on the mound with a 1.99 team earned run average, received a tremendous start from Brett Lisle (Virginia). Lisle did not pitch in the spring as a true freshman with the Cavaliers. He blanked the Dutchmen for seven-straight frames before tiring in the eighth. He finished the night with 7.2 innings pitched, three runs on six hits and four strikeouts.

*Mohawk Valley's Eric Helmrich (Marist) leads the league with three home runs and teammate David Del Grande (Sacramento State) is tops in the PGCBL with seven HBP. Del Grande is averaging nearly one HBP per game, he has played in eight.

*Emmanuel Forcier's (New Mexico J.C.) home run on Sunday night at Newark was the first home run by a Golden Eagle batsmen since the team erupted for three belts in an 8-7 loss at Watertown on June 7.

*Glens Falls closer Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) has been one of the top relievers in the PGCBL through the first 12 days of the season. Cheek is 1-0 with three saves and a 0.96 earned run average. He has struck out 13 batters in 9.1 innings and given up one run on three hits. The rising sophomore has not allowed a run, earned or unearned, in five-straight appearances spanning 7.1 frames. Cheeck has pitched in six of nine games that Glens Falls has played.

*Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (NJIT) became the second batter of the season in the PGCBL to lead off a game with a home run. Charlton, the lead-off hitter for the Mohawks, cranked a solo blast in the top of the first inning at Watertown on Sunday. Danny Brennan (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls is the only other batter to start a game with a clout. Brennan's belt also came against the Wizards at Duffy Fairgrounds on June 7.

*After posting video-game numbers on Saturday night in a 19-6 romp over Mohawk Valley, Newark's offense was held to just two runs on five hits by three Glens Falls hurlers - Brandon Magallones (Northwestern), Jordan Keysor (Skidmore) and Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern). None of the Pilots recorded a multi-hit or multi-run game. Cash Barker (TAMU Kingsville) and Joe Landi (URI) were the only Pilots to reach base multiple times via hit or walk.

*Outfielder Aaron Nardone (Delaware State) was the big hero for Elmira on Sunday. He tripled and then scored on a Spencer Brann (UC Davis) RBI double to start off a two-run fifth against Cooperstown. And in the decisive eighth inning, Nardone's two-out double with runners on the corners gave Elmira the lead for good.

*Following several failed attempts, Cooperstown's Cody Cooper (Northern Kentucky) finally recorded an official appearance on Sunday. Rain had scuttled two prior starts - one at home against Elmira that was suspended in the third inning and then another straight rain-out. Cooper went the distance at Elmira on Sunday to record the first complete game of the season in the PGCBL.

Looking Ahead
*Cooperstown and Elmira will play a doubleheader of sorts today at Doubleday Field. The first contest will start at 2:00 p.m. and it will be the resumption of a game that was suspended on June 7 in the third inning because of rain. That game will be finished and then the Pioneers and Hawkeyes will meet in the regularly-scheduled game which will be nine innings.

*Glens Falls and Oneonta combined for 16 runs and a wild ride in front of over 3,000 fans at East Field last week. The scene now shifts in the season series to Oneonta's Damaschke Field. Both teams have been hot as of late - Oneonta has won two in a row to boost its' record up to 5-3 for a share of second place in the standings. Glens Falls has triumphed five times in its last seven games after an 0-2 start. Given the starting pitcher match-up of Tony Urban (Louisburg) of Glens Falls against David Sosebee (Georgia) for Oneonta, each with ERA's under 2.00, it's possible we'll see a low-scoring affair in the CIty of the Hills.

*Amsterdam and Albany kick off a home-and-home series tonight that will have Albany at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park and then the Mohawks will make the short trip to Albany's Bob Bellizzi Field on Wednesday. The Mohawks are 1-0 against the Dutchmen this season with a 6-1 win at Shuttleworth on June 7. Tonight's game also features a good BCS pitching match-up between Kentucky's Chandler Shepherd of Amsterdam and Albany's Matt Snyder from Virginia Tech.

*Newark scored 19 runs against Mohawk Valley on Saturday night at Colburn Park in a 19-6 victory. The Pilots and the DiamondDawgs get together again tonight at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. Over the last two years, the teams have traded blow-out wins. Last year, Newark won at Vet's Park 11-2 on July 7. About three weeks later, Mohawk Valley returned the favor with a 15-2 romp over Newark at Colburn Park. 

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