PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 23, 2012

Amsterdam Mohawks pitcher Taylor Martin (Kentucky) tags out Glens Falls’ Ross Kivett (Kansas State) during Friday’s game at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)

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Last Night's Games
Mohawk Valley 8 Oneonta 2
Albany 5 Newark 2
Glens Falls 8 Amsterdam 6
Watertown 7 Elmira 2

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Amsterdam at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.
Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) 2-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Cody Cooper (Northern Kentucky) 0-1, 3.27 ERA

Albany at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Austin Chase (UAlbany) 0-1, 2.45 ERA vs. Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) 1-1, 8.53 ERA

Oneonta at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
Donovan Gonzales (UC Riverside) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona) 0-2, 7.07 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Newark, 7:00 p.m.
Eddie Fitzpatrick (Brown) 0-1, 9.53 ERA vs. Derek Dallas (UT Dallas) 0-0, 3.48 ERA

*Amsterdam's 10-game winning streak came to an end on Friday night at Shuttleworth Park against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. It was also the first loss of the season for the Mohawks at home in seven games. Some food for thought, Amsterdam is 0-2 against Glens Falls and 11-1 against the rest of the league.

*Through the first two Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League seasons, no pitcher has thrown a no-hitter. Friday night at offense-friendly Shuttleworth Park, that streak continued though Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) of the Golden Eagles came somewhat close. Magallones no-hit the Amsterdam Mohawks for six innings and did not allow a run. He walked two, hit one and struck out six against 21 batters faced. The rising sophomore at Northwestern was pulled after six innings due to pitch count. Magallones was a conference starter in the spring at Northwestern.

*Another outstanding performance on the mound came in the Capital District. Albany's David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) struck out a season-high 11 through seven innings and allowed just two runs on six hits in a 5-2 Dutchmen victory over Newark. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native retired nine-straight hitters between the fourth and seventh innings; that was part of a stretch where he seated 11 of 12 Newark batters after yielding a run in the second. Stagg has won his last two decisions and insterestingly, he has figured in the decision in all three of his starts for Albany. Both wins have come at Bob Bellizzi Field.

*Not to be outdone, Mohawk Valley's Joe Michaud (Bryant) was tremendous in an 8-2 win over Oneonta at Damaschke Field. Michaud fired a five-hit shutout over six innings, walked two and struck out seven. He did not yield an extra-base hit and limited the Outlaws to five singles, four of which came in the first two frames. Three of his six strikeouts were in his final inning of work.

*While not as dominant but extremely effective, Watertown's Nick Bradley (Western Michigan) earned his second-straight victory on the road for the Wizards. Bradley, who won at Glens Falls last Saturday night, pitched seven strong innings in Watertown's win at Elmira. Bradley allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six. He shut out an Elmira team, that has been hitting the ball very well, for six of his seven frames. Both of Elmira's runs came in the fifth on a Stephen Clout (New Haven) two-RBI single.

*The latest team to string together a winning streak past two games is the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Dawgs have won three in a row heading into the weekend. As mentioned yesterday, Mohawk Valley has been doing it with offense. MV has scored at least eight runs in three-straight wins and has a combined 25 runs during the winning streak that has included triumphs over Watertown, Elmira and Oneonta. Not only are the Dawgs scoring runs, they are also hitting the ball. Mohawk Valley has reached the 10-hit plateau in back-to-back games.

*Chris Cruz (Cornell) has been tremendous for the Dawgs over their three-game winning streak. He currently leads the team with a .389 batting average and 14 hits. His 12 RBI rank second behind teammate Eric Helmrich (Marist). Through the last three games, Cruz has a .583 batting average (7-for-12), two home runs and eight RBI. Last night, the Bay Shore, N.Y., native went 3-for-4 with three RBI at Oneonta. He appears to be among the candidates for the PGCBL Player of the Week award.

*First baseman Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) became the first Amsterdam Mohawk to hit a home run at Shuttleworth Park this season. Nethaway cranked a solo blast over the "Chain Monster" in left field to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning against Glens Falls. Nethaway's clout, his second of the season and second against Glens Falls, was one of two home runs in the game. The other was hit in the first inning by Golden Eagle infielder Ross Kivett (Kansas State).

*While Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) was outstanding against Amsterdam, Ross Kivett (Kansas State) may have been the one to seal the win for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. With two outs in the eighth and Amsterdam in the midst of a two-run rally in an attempt to tie the game, Glens Falls reliever Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) got Amsterdam's D.J. Hoagboon (UAlbany) to hit a pop fly into no-man's land in right-center field. Had the ball dropped, it would have been a base hit for Hoagaboon and allowed Chase Green (SIU Edwardsville) to score from third. Instead, Kivett made a long run into right-center field and came up with a diving catch on the grass to end the inning and the Amsterdam rally.

*Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) also played a strong role for Glens Falls as he converted his fourth save of the season. Cheek made his seventh appearance of the season but it was his first since June 17 at Newark. The Golden Eagle closer pitched out of a jam in the eighth with some help from the aforementioned Ross Kivett (Kansas State) and then twirled a scoreless ninth, stranding a runner on the bases for Amsterdam at the end of the game. He struck out the side in the ninth and fanned four of the eight batters he faced. Cheek is 1-0 with a 0.79 earned run average. He has allowed one run on four hits in 11.1 innings and struck out 17.

*Albany manager Nick Davey likes his team to steal bases. The Dutchmen led the NYCBL in 2010 and the PGCBL in 2011 in stolen bases. Friday night against Newark, Albany swiped five bags in a 5-2 win. Infielder Adam Young (UC Davis), a recent addition to the team after arriving from school, stole two bases. Through 13 games, the Dutch have recorded 28 stolen bases for an average of about two per game. Jack Wietlispach (Parkland) leads Albany with five thefts. Eleven Albany players have at least one steal.

*It was a tough night to be a relief pitcher. Amsterdam's Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) took a line smash off the non-pitching shoulder from Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls in the eighth inning at Shuttleworth Park. Boehm shook it off and remained on the mound. Watertown's Anthony Magovney (Buffalo) and Drew Quinney (Savannah State) were each hit by batted balls at Elmira's Dunn Field. Magovey faced just two batters - he was struck by a ground ball hit by Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) in the eighth inning. Drew Quinney relieved Magovney and he was tagged by a batted ball in the ninth.

*Although Elmira lost at Dunn Field on Friday night, the Pioneers received a warm reception at home after a near week-long road trip. Playing at home for the first time since last Sunday, the Pios drew over 3,200 fans at the Dunn. Elmira's averaging over 2,600 per game at the newly-renovated park in the Twin Tiers. Amsterdam's Parkfest at Shuttleworth Park in addition to fireworks and a rivalry game between the Mohawks and the Golden Eagles drew over 3,000 fans as well in the Rug City. And in Oneonta, on a night where the New York State Class B  baseball champion Oneonta Yellow Jackets were honored prior to the game, a season-high crowd of over 1,300 showed up at Damaschke Field.

*Nineteen Oneonta players saw action in their game on Friday night with Mohawk Valley. That included five pinch hitters, a defensive replacement and four pitchers. Both of Oneonta's runs came in seventh inning, a frame in which three pinch hitters in a row took to the batters' box.

*Watertown resumed its' dominance on the road Friday night with another road win. The Purple and Gold have played just five road games but in those games, head coach Nathan Kafka's squad is 4-1. The lone road defeat came earlier this week at Albany.

Looking Ahead
*Amsterdam makes its final trip to Cooperstown this evening to play the Hawkeyes. The Mohawks have already been to Doubledeay Field twice this month. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to make three trips to Shuttleworth Park in July. The Mohawks are 1-1 against the Hawkeyes this season. It has been two weeks since the two teams last met and that came out to a 9-3 Amsterdam victory on June 10. Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky), who tossed a two-hit gem through eight against Albany earlier this week makes his third start of the summer.

*Albany and Glens Falls have seemingly been tied up in the standings over the course of the last week. The Dutchmen and Golden Eagles are currently tied for second along with the Oneonta Outlaws. All three teams have 7-6 records. Albany does hold a tiebreaker advantage over Glens Falls with a 1-0 record versus the Eagles. The Dutch defeated their nearest rivals, 7-5, on the fourth day of the season at Bob Bellizzi Field. Nick Davey's team heads up the North Way (I-87 North) for the first time this season. All told, Albany and Glens Falls are scheduled to play 10 times this summer.

*The streaking Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs bus west on the New York State Thruway to play at Newark for the second time in a week. Last Saturday, Newark scored 19 times to thump Mohawk Valley 19-6 at Colburn Park. Saturday's encounter will be the third this season for the Dawgs and Pilots. Newark won a much closer game, 3-2, in Little Falls on Monday night. Since that  lop-sided win against MV, the Pilots have been in a 2-5 tailspin that included a loss in Albany on Friday night.

*Old rivals Watertown and Oneonta meet for the first time this season at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The Wizards and Outlaws have been tangling since 2004 when the Outlaws played in Saratoga Springs and were known as the Saratoga Phillies. In a historical note, the Oneonta Outlaws played their first-ever game, as the Outlaws, against the Wizards at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on June 4, 2010. Watertown won the game, 3-0, on a combined four-hit shutout from Mike Cieszko and Brandon Bartlett. Oneonta has not been to Watertown since Flag Day 2010. Donovan Gonzales (UC Riverside) is scheduled to make his first start of the summer for Oneonta. He is the lone player returning from last year's NYCBL league championship team.

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