PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 28, 2012

Watertown's Donald Walter (CPP) trots around the bases after hitting a home run at home on Saturday night. Walter hit two on Wednesday at Elmira. Photo from Watertown Daily Times/Justin Sorensen

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Last Night's Games

Glens Falls 14 Cooperstown 4 (Game 1)
Glens Falls 13 Cooperstown 4 (Game 2)
Amsterdam 9 Albany 3
Watertown 12 Elmira 2
Newark 4 Oneonta 3

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Newark at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Cullen Babin (Delta State) 0-0, 33.75 ERA vs. Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) 1-2, 5.11 ERA

Watertown at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Bryan Chudy (Clarkson) 1-1, 3.79 ERA  vs. Nathaniel Abel (Virginia) 0-1, 2.03 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Evan Davis (Marist) 0-0, 5.87 ERA vs. Taylor Martin (Kentucky) 1-1, 3.86 ERA

Cooperstown at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Raleigh Rushing (Cypress) 1-0, 2.31 ERA vs. John Melville (New Haven) 0-2, 5.74 ERA

*Three nights, three different players with multiple home run games. Monday night, it was Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (NJIT) with two belts at home against Albany. On Tuesday, Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) hit two home runs at Newark's Colburn Park against the Pilots. And on Wednesday night, Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) went deep in each of his first two at-bats against Elmira at Dunn Field. This couldn't possibly happen four nights in a row, could it? Walter, Charlton and Patterson are all tied for the league lead in home runs with four apiece. Watertown's Erick Gaylord led the league last year with 10.

*Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) is on a tear as all four of his home runs have been hit in his last three games. Walter launched his first home run of the season on Saturday night at home versus Oneonta. He swatted his second of the season the following day at Mohawk Valley. And on Wednesday night in Elmira, Walter went back-to-back in his first two at-bats. Through 15 games, the Lafayette, Calif., native is batting .371 with 19 hits and eight RBI.

*Glens Falls scored 27 runs on 20 hits in its doubleheader sweep of Cooperstown at East Field. The Eagles got off to strong starts in both games. In the opener, the Green and Gold scored eight times in the first three innings to amass an 8-1 lead. The night cap saw head coach John Mayotte's team best those eight runs with 12 in the opening three frames in a 13-run explosion. For all the offense from the Golden Eagles, keep in mind that they had just six at-bats to accrue 27 runs due to the seven-inning format in each game of a doubleheader.

*Cooperstown had a unique stat in the night cap of the Glens Falls doubleheader. The Hawkeyes scored three of their four runs on sacrifice flies. Center fielder Matt Carr (New Paltz) brought home two runs via sac fly to tie a league season high and Ty Morris (CSU Monterey Bay) added a third sacrifice fly. Carr and Morris also drove in all four Cooperstown runs in the game.

*Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) of the Golden Eagles now leads the league with 21 RBI. One-third of those RBI have come over the last three days. The slugger from Smithtown, N.Y., drove in five runs in yesterday's doubleheader with Cooperstown and he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI at Cooperstown on Tuesday.

*PGCBL Co-Pitcher of the Week for Week 2 Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) and PGCBL Pitcher of the Week for Week 1 Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) were both on the hill last night for Glens Falls and Watertown respectively. Magallones went six and allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in a 14-4 win over Cooperstown. Solis countered with six strong innings at Elmira. He yieded one run on a solo home run, scattered eight hits and struck out six in a 12-2 win.

*While Solis and Magallones were impressive, the best start of the night may be been from Albany's Cody Tollison (Middle Tenn. State). Tollison essentially shut down the Amsterdam offense for 6.1 innings in a no decision. He limited the nationally-ranked Mohawks to two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out a season-high 10. After giving up an RBI triple in the third, Tollison seated the next 10 Amsterdam batters.

*We're not even into the month of July yet and Amsterdam relief pitcher Matt Gage (Siena) has already amassed four victories. Gage, who has made one spot start, leads the league in win and stands second in the PGCBL in innings pitched (25.0) and strikeouts (32). The tall southpaw spun four shutout innings at Albany on Wednesday night and struck out seven in a win over the Dutchmen. Through six appearances, Gage has a 1.80 earned run average and has allowed five earned runs on 18 hits. He has walked just three.

*It was a windy night on Wednesday night in Albany to say the least. Gusting winds through Bob Bellizzi Field made just about every pop up and fly ball into the outfield an adventure. Both Mohawks and Dutchmen were befuddled by the wind on several occasions that resulted in outfielders not being able to make routine catches. The wind played a big factor in the game as well with two dropped fly balls were instrumental in a five-run Amsterdam eighth inning that turned the tables from Albany leading 3-2 to Amsterdam being on top 7-3.

*The big inning always seems to be one of the keys in winning a game. In the case of all four victorious teams on Wednesday night, they had at least one big inning. Glens Falls had frames of six and five runs in the opener of its doubleheader with Cooperstown and then put together three big innings in a row at the start of the night cap. Watertown led Elmira 12-0 through 3.5 frames though it was a seven-run third that broke the game wide open. Amsterdam pulled ahead of Albany with a five-run eighth inning and Newark used a three-run fourth inning to edge Oneonta at Damascke Field.

*Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) became the third PGCBL player this season to start a game with a home run in the top of the first inning. Ed Charlton (NJIT) of Amsterdam and Danny Brennan (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls are the other two players with lead-off home runs. More interesting about Walter's two belts, both were hit at the start of an inning - the first and third.

*Heading into Thursday's games, Amsterdam now has six players with at least 10 RBI. Nathan Gomez (Marshall) leads the Mohawks with 14 and Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall) is one off the pace with 13. Eight Mohawks have reached double digits in hits with three above 20. Five have scored at least 10 runs.

*The two teams that played for the PGCBL championship last season, Newark and Amsterdam, are the two teams currently riding four-game winning streaks. Newark had been getting it done with offense though last night the Pilots pulled out one of their lowest-scoring wins with a 4-3 decision over Oneonta at Damaschke Field. The lowest-scoring wins for the Pilots have been 3-2 at Mohawk Valley and 4-1 at Watertown. All three low-scoring games have come on the road.

*One year ago today, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles led the entire PGCBL with an 11-3 record. The Golden Eagles were ranked 12th in the PG Crosschecker Summer Top 30 and led second-place Mohawk Valley by four games in the league standings. Amsterdam was 6-8 and stood in third place in the PGCBL East behind both Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley. Also, eventual All-PGCBL pitcher Derek Mazzio (Saint Louis) led the league with 26 strikeouts.

*The league lead in stolen bases now belongs to Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls. Oneonta has had a stranglehold on the top of the stolen base charts for most of the season. Kivett, who set a league season high earlier in this week with four swipes in a game, now stands first in the loop with 14 stolen bases. He leads Oneonta's Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) who have 13 steals each.

*Newark pitchers had quite the night on Wednesday against the Oneonta running game. The Outlaws, league leaders with 50 stolen bases, did not have a single swipe at Damaschke Field. Two Oneonta runners were picked off of first base - one of the two pick-off plays ended the game. Another two runners were thrown out stealing as they took off from first instead of trying to return to first base on a pick-off attempt.

*In case you're wondering if terms of actual pick-off leaders - Albany's Blake Smith (Morehead State) and Oneonta's Sheldon Lee (San Francisco) are tied for the league lead with three each.

*From the catching end of a stolen-base attempt, Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) of Glens Falls and Elmira's Spencer Brann (UC Davis) lead the league in runners caught stealing. Each has thrown out eight runners this season. Mohawk Valley's Jonathan Scott (Bryant) is third with six.

*Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) leads the league in total bases (46), plate appearances (91) and defensive assists (57).

*Finally, the Elmira Pioneers became the first team in 2012 to surpass the 20,000-fan mark. The Pioneers welcomed in over 3,800 for last night's game against the Watertown Wizards. Overall, Elmira has drawn 22,307 fans over eight home games for an average of 2,788 per night.

Looking Ahead
*The third of four meetings this season between the Glens Falls Golen Eagles and Newark Pilots goes down tonight at East Field. The Eagles are undefeated against the Pilots this year with a come-from-behind win at Colburn Park and then a blowout win at home, 12-2, just over one week ago. After tonight, Glens Falls and Newark will play just once more and that will be in July at Colburn Park. The Pilots are the hottest that they've been all season with a four-game winning streak. The defending champs have used the winning stretch to move into a second-place tie with Oneonta. Both teams have been swinging the ball well; Newark has scored at least four runs in its last four games and Glens Falls just scored 35 runs in a three-game series with Cooperstown. Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) has had one of the hot hands for the Golden Eagles - he leads the league with 21 RBI and eight doubles. Seven of Newark's 11 wins have been on the road.

*The roller-coaster ride that has been the Watertown-Oneonta series moves to Oneonta's Damaschke Field. The Outlaws are 2-0 against the Wizards with a pair of nail-biting wins in the North County with the most-recent being a 5-4 triumph at Sunday night at the Duffy Fairgrounds. Oneonta is coming off of a 4-3 loss at the hands of Newark and the Outlaws, who have 50 stolen bases on the season, have not recorded a steal in two-straight games. The Outlaws are 2-4 after a loss this season and winning streaks of three and four games have been followed by similar losing streaks. Oneonta will attempt to break that vicious cycle tonight. The Wizards have been very good on the road though three of their five road wins have been at Elmira. Watertown has not traveled to the City of the Hills since 2010. Given the way the last two games have ended, expect another exciting contest between the Wizards and Outlaws.

*Nationally-ranked Amsterdam simply continues to roll. The Mohawks have won 15 of their 18 games overall, 14 of their last 15 and now four in a row. The league-leading Mohawks return home to Shuttleworth Park tonight for a date with their rivals from Little Falls. Of course lest we not forget the dueling Nethaway brothers, Josh (UAlbany) of Amsterdam and Luke (Herkimer County CC) of Mohawk Valley. Josh's Mohawks are 3-0 against younger-brother Luke's DiamondDawgs on the season. Amsterdam has been splendid in the Rug City this season with a 7-1 home record; the lone loss to Glens Falls. Mohawk Valley has played Amsterdam tough in three previous games and while the Mohawks are among the league leaders in earned run average, the Dawgs have scored 12 runs on the Mohawks.

*Four days ago, Elmira's Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Pioneers to a 6-0 victory over the Hawkeyes at Dunn Field. The Hawkeyes return to the Twin Tiers tonight for a Thursday night showdown. Elmira has done well against Cooperstown this season with a 4-0 overall record; two wins at home and two wins at Doubleday. However, three of the four games have been decided by two runs or less with the game this past Monday being the exception. The Pioneers are in the midst of a three-game homestand that includes another home tilt tomorrow night with the Newark Pilots while Cooperstown is closing out a rough travel period. The Hawkeyes played a doubleheader at Glens Falls last night that consisted on 14 innings and now are busing to Elmira for one of their longest trips of the season. 

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