PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 26, 2012

Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls on Field Trip Day, June 14. Photo courtesy MV DiamondDawgs

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Last Night's Games
Elmira 6 Cooperstown 0
Oneonta 5 Watertown 4
Amsterdam 12 Albany 6
Mohawk Valley 6 Glens Falls 5

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Glens Falls at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.
Nick Pivetta (New Mexico JC) 0-1, 8.64 ERA vs. Chris Haggerty (Villanova) 1-0, 4.15 ERA

Albany at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) 0-1, 1.00 ERA  vs. Sheldon Lee (San Francisco) 2-0, 1.59 ERA

Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Connor Kaden (Wake Forest) 0-1, 1.86 ERA vs. John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) 1-1, 1.02 ERA

Elmira at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Jusin Bhatti (Norfolk State) 1-1, 8.22 ERA vs. Phillip Flach (Samford) 1-2, 3.86 ERA

*Elmira's Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) pitched the first nine-inning complete game shutout of the season on Monday night against Cooperstown at Dunn Field in a 6-0 Pioneers victory. It was just the third nine-inning complete game shutout in PGCBL history. Elmira has contributed two - Jordan Carter (Saint Joseph's, Pa.), a 2011 PGCBL All-Star Game participant from the Pios, threw the first nine-inning complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on June 26 at Dunn Field. The only other nine-inning shutout recorded in the PGCBL was by Watertown's Scott Whitehead (Canisius) on July 28, 2011 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds against the Amsterdam Mohawks.

*There were several other complete game shutouts recorded last season however those came in seven-inning games or other contests shortened by inclement weather.

*If you notice the dates, Dylan Waugh's (Arizona Christian) nine-inning complete game shutout on June 25 came nearly one year to the day after Jordan Carter's complete game shutout on June 26. It's pure coincidence but both games also were played at Dunn Field and ended with a 6-0 score. *Cue eerie music.

*Some other notes on Waugh's complete game shutout. The Peoria, Ariz., native allowed just six hits and faced seven batters over the minimum. He induced 16 ground outs and five fly outs. Included in those ground outs, a game-ending twin killing.

*Not only did Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) baffle the Cooperstown batters for nine innings, he also kept Elmira third baseman Ty Yesensky (Old Dominion) and first baseman Tyler McIntyre (Central Conn. State) extremely busy. Yesensky had 15 total chances and racked up a league season high 11 assists at the hot corner. Across the diamond, McIntyre totaled 17 chances and was he was flawless in all 17 with 16 putouts and one assist.

*Fifty. That's the number of stolen bases the Oneonta Outlaws have recorded through 16 games. The Outlaws have truly lived up to their name as thieves with 16 stolen bases over their last two games against the Elmira Pioneers and Watertown Wizards. Oneonta set a league single-game record with 10 at home versus Elmira on Sunday and then swiped six more versus Watertown on Monday. Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) are now tied for the league lead with 13 apiece.

*Ed Charlton (NJIT) became the first PGCBL player this season to belt two home runs in a single game. Charlton cranked a solo shot in his first at-bat against the Albany Dutchmen on Monday night at Shuttleworth Park. He later dinged a two-run belt, his fourth of the season. The lead-off hitter for the Mohawks now stands first in the PGCBL with four home runs. Charlton is only the second Mohawk to homer at Shuttleworth Park this season, Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) is the other.

*There were two nail-biting finishes on Monday night in Watertown and Glens Falls; it could be a North Country thing though Glens Falls is more considered to be in the Adirondacks. Starting at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, Watertown entered the ninth trailing 5-2 to Oneonta. The Wizards scored twice on an A.J. Capone (Saint Rose) RBI single and back-to-back passed balls. The second passed ball put the potential tying run on third but Oneonta's Spencer Thomas (South Georgia) forced a fly out to end the game. Meanwhile in Glens Falls, the hometown Golden Eagles were down 6-4 at the start of the home half of the ninth. Ross Kivett (Kansas State), who was named one of the PGCBL Co-Players in the Week earlier in the day, ripped a two-out double and then scored on an error. The Mohawk Valley defensive miscue allowed the Eagles to put the potential tying run on base. But MV closer Sal Lisanti (Bryant), who at one point was a conference starter in school, ended the game with a strikeout.

*Both Oneonta and Watertown games at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds have come down to the final at-bat. The Wizards make their first trip of the season to the City of the Hills later this week.

*Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall), a utility infielder for the Mohawks, set a PGCBL single-game high for 2012 with five RBI in Monday's win over Albany. Papaccio doubled twice, drove in five runs and finished the night with three hits. Through 15 games played, the Nutley, N.J., native is batting .352 with 19 hits, 13 runs scored and 13 RBI. He is second among all Amsterdam hitters in RBI, one behind leader Nathan Gomez (Marshall). The Seton Hall product is first on the team in doubles (six) and walks (16). That said, how good is the Amsterdam offense? Papaccio's .352 batting average is fifth on the team.

*Another frenetic finish came in the Rug City at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park. Thirteen of the 18 runs recorded in the game between Amsterdam and Albany crossed the plate over the final three innings and 10 of those 13 came in the final at-bat for each team. The Mohawks led 7-1 heading into their final at-bat in eighth inning. The Amsterdam offense erupted for five runs on four hits with the biggest hit coming off the bat of Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall) who slugged a three-run double. So heading into the ninth, the score read Amsterdam 12 Albany 1. Well, as it turned out, Amsterdam needed all five runs or at least some of them. Albany put together a two-out rally and scored five times on four hits and one Amsterdam error.

* Ross Kivett (Kansas State), the Golden Eagles utility infielder, set a PGCBL single-game high for 2012 with four stolen bases against Mohawk Valley. Kivett now has 11 stolen bases on 14 attempts. The previous high for this season was three set by multiple players.

*There were several outstanding pitching performances to go alongside Dylan Waugh's complete game shutout. Amsterdam's Rocky McCord (Auburn) fired a two-hit shutout for six innings and struck out a season-high 10 against Albany at Shuttleworth Park. McCord improved to 2-0 and did not allow a run in a game which ended up with a 12-6 score. Oneonta's David Sosebee (Georgia) lulled Watertown to sleep for seven innings at the Duffy Fairgrounds. Sosebee fanned nine and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits in his second victory. Mohawk Valley's Evan Wolf (UC Davis) shut down the Glens Falls Golden Eagles for six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits. He walked two, struck out five and stranded six Eagles on the bases. Wolf was a mid-week starter for the Aggies this spring after not seeing game action in his first two college seasons.

*Maybe the hottest team in the PGCBL outside of the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks is the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Dawgs have won five of their last six games. In each win, Mohawk Valley has scored at least six runs and banged out eight or more hits. Included in that streak are four double-digit hit games with a season high of 12 in a win at home versus Watertown on Sunday. There hasn't been one player doing all of the damage for Mohawk Valley either, it has been a different hero every night. Currently, four Dawgs are batting at .300 or better, seven have at least 10 hits and three players have double-digit RBI totals.

*One of the keys to Mohawk Valley's win over Glens Falls on Monday was infielder Tyler Heck (Union, N.Y.). Heck recorded a 1.000 on-base percentage on Monday night in five at-bats. The 2012 All-Liberty League selection was an unblemished 5-for-5 at reaching base safely with three hits, one walk and one hit by pitch; he also drove in one run. Heck scored three times for the Dawgs including the eventual game-winning run in the ninth. He walked, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a Jack Morrow (Young Harris) RBI double. The Clinton, N.Y., native leads the Dawgs with 11 runs scored.

*It was unofficially Nuke LaLoosh Night in Watertown and Amsterdam as pitchers for the Oneonta Outlaws, Watertown Wizards, Amsterdam Mohawks and Albany Dutchmen racked up impressive strikeout numbers. Amsterdam and Albany pitchers combined for 22 strikeouts at Shuttleworth Park; the Mohawks struck out 15 Albany batters led by 10 from starter Rocky McCord (Auburn). Watertown and Oneonta racked up 20 strikeouts, each group of pitchers had 10. Oneonta starter David Sosebee (Georgia) fanned nine while Watertown starter Matt McClain (St. Mary's, Texas) had seven strikeouts in just four innings.

Looking Ahead
*The Perfect Game Summer Top 30 comes out tomorrow.

*The marquee match-up of the night will be in Little Falls where the Amsterdam Mohawks meet the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Mohawks have won 13 of their 16 games to start the season while Mohawk Valley has won five of its last six games. In two previous meetings, Amsterdam has gone 2-0 against Mohawk Valley with a pair of 8-4 victories. However, Mohawk Valley has not played Amsterdam since June 19 at Veterans Memorial Park. That was just prior to the Dawgs' current winning stretch. Overall, the Dawgs and Mohawks are scheduled to meet 12 times this season. The pitching match-up is a good one as Mohawk Valley ace John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) takes to the hill against Connor Kaden (Wake Forest). Means has yet to pitch against Amsterdam and he is second in the league with 27 strikeouts.

*For the second time in three days, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles make the trip down to Cooperstown's Doubleday Field to play the Hawkeyes. The Eagles used an all-around offensive assault on Sunday to beat the Hawkeyes 11-3. If that's not enough Golden Eagles-Hawkeyes action, the two teams will meet on Wednesday at East Field for a doubleheader, consisting of two seven-inning games, that begins at 5:00 p.m. The Hawkeyes are in the midst of a stretch of eight games in seven days while the Golden Eagles are playing 11 games in 10 days. The Green and Gold will not have a day off until July 2.

*The Albany Dutchmen and the Oneonta Outlaws both will have the same goal when they meet on Tuesday night at Damaschke Field, try to catch a team ahead of them in the standings. The second-place Outlaws trail the Amsterdam Mohawks by three games in the league standings while Albany, among three teams tied for fourth place, is just two back of Oneonta. The Outlaws ran off 10 runs at Bob Bellizzi Field on June 17 to best the Dutchmen by a 10-4 count. The Orange and Black are 7-3 over their last 10 and 4-2 at Damaschke Field. The Dutchmen have dropped two in a row overall but have still accounted for 11 runs over the last two games.

*Newark was the one PGCBL team with a day off on Monday. Because of an exhibition game on the Fourth of July, the Pilots won't have another day off until July 14. Newark currently sits in third place, just ahead of the pile-up for fourth place between Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley and Albany. And the Pilots are very much within striking distance of second-place Oneonta, just a game back of the Outlaws. The Pilots and Pioneers play one another for the first time since June 11. Newark is 2-0 against its former PGCBL West counterpart. The defending champs have scored 24 runs in two games versus Elmira. But, it has been two weeks since the last meeting. Since then, the Pioneers have won six times and pulled themselves out of the league cellar. 

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