PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 29, 2012

A wide shot of the grandstand at East Field in Glens Falls from June 15. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night's Scores
Amsterdam 2 Mohawk Valley 1
Glens Falls 5 Newark 4
Watertown 9 Oneonta 5
Cooperstown 8 Elmira 6

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Albany at Cooperstown 5:00 p.m.
David Stagg (Heartland CC) 2-1, 3.63 ERA vs. Cody Cooper (NKU) 0-2, 3.20 ERA

Amsterdam at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) 3-0, 0.45 ERA vs. Nick Bradley (W. Michigan) 2-0, 3.57 ERA

Newark at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Jonathan Christiensen (Okla. Baptist) 0-2, 5.40 ERA vs. Matt Holling (Hofstra) 0-1, 3.72 ERA

Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.

Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) 2-1, 4.32 ERA vs. Joe Michaud (Bryant) 2-1, 1.69 ERA

Albany Athletics at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m. Exhibition Game

*Heading into Thursday night, three different PGCBL players had hit two home runs on three consecutive nights. However, that streak ended on Thursday night as just one player hit one home run - Buddy Putnam (South Florida) of Glens Falls hit a solo home run against Newark at East Field.

*The lowest-scoring game in the PGCBL this season went down at Shuttleworth Park which is more known for offense than defensive struggles. Amsterdam's Taylor Martin (Kentucky) tossed a four-hitter over seven innings to outduel Mohawk Valley's Evan Davis (Marist). Martin yielded a single run on four hits, walked one and struck out nine. Davis held Amsterdam's high-octane offense in check as he allowed just two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings and struck out five. Mohawk Valley reliever Aaron Casper (Canisius) kept the Mohawks off the scoreboard for 2.1 frames. Amsterdam's only runs came in the first two innings while the Dawgs scored a single tally in the fifth. Amsterdam nearly had a third run but Mark Stuckey (Marist) threw out Ed Charlton (NJIT) at home plate as he was attempting to score on a fly out to center field.

*Thursday night did mark the first time ever that two brothers had RBI singles for opposing teams in a PGCBL game. Now, of course Albany's Remillard brothers, Will (Coastal Carolina) and Zach (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) of Cohoes, have had games where they've each driven in a run. However, they play for the same team. Thursday, Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) brought home Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) with an RBI ground out in the first inning. Younger brother Luke Nethaway (Herkimer County C.C.) ripped an RBI single for Mohawk Valley in the fifth inning.

*Amsterdam received strong pitching at both ends of a win over Mohawk Valley from the SEC. Kentucky's Taylor Martin of course started and fellow rising sophomore Chase Williamson from Auburn came on to convert a save opportunity in the eighth and ninth. Williamson recorded five-straight outs to earn his fifth save of the season. Williamson is tied for the league lead in saves with Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) of Glens Falls.

*For Cooperstown, offense equals victories. The Hawkeyes scored a season high 10 times on 14 hits in a win against Glens Falls on Tuesday. And last night, the Hawkeyes used an 11-hit barrage to score eight runs in a win over Elmira. Eight of nine Cooperstown starters either scored at least one run or drove in one run. Three Hawkeyes scored two runs and Tyler Mautner (Buffalo) knocked in three separate scores. Quinn Pippin (Tulane) turned in a solid night at the plate for the Otsegans as he reached base four times in five appearances. He smashed a single, scored twice and walked three times.

*Elmira catcher Spencer Brann (UC Davis) jumped to the top of the league leaderboard on Thursday night. Brann threw out two runners attempting to steal second. The Elmira backstop has appeared in just 13 games this season but he leads the league with 10 runners caught stealing. He leads the next closest catcher, Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) of Glens Falls by two.

*Cooperstown's Ty Morris (CSU Monterey Bay) is among the most successful base stealers in the PGCBL. Morris has not been thrown out in 10 stolen base attempts.

*East Field had a slightly Pacific Northwest flair on Thursday night. Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.), from Maple Valley, Wash., started for the Golden Eagles and tossed five frames. He was reliever by collegiate teammate Ryan Skoubo (Tacoma C.C.), from Bremerton, Wash., who was making his Glens Falls' debut. Skoubo blanked Newark for two frames before giving way to closer Jared Cheek in the eighth.

*Buddy Putnam (South Florida) hit a solo home run for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the fourth inning. He became the ninth different Golden Eagle to hit a home run this season. The Eagles have belted 12 home runs as a team. Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) and Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) are all tied for the team lead with two clouts apiece.

*Jared Cheek (Ga. Southern) likes pressure. Earlier this season, Glens Falls head coach John Mayotte told the Glens Falls Post-Star that Cheek liked having the ball in late-game situations. The closer from the Peach State entered against Newark in the eighth with no outs and runners on second and third. Following a Newark sacrifice to bunt both runners into scoring position, Cheek racked up back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. He fanned two of the three men he opposed in the ninth to earn the save. Cheek is tied for the league lead in saves with Amsterdam's Chase Williamson (Auburn), each has five. On the year, Cheek is 1-0 with a 0.60 earned run average over 10 games. He has struck out 22, walked four and allowed just one run on five hits in 15.0 innings.

*Watertown's Jordan Enos (Holy Cross) enjoyed his first trip to Oneonta's Damaschke Field. The corner infielder for the Wizards smashed two triples and drove in four runs in a 9-5 Watertown victory.

*While the Amsterdam Mohawks are ranked nationally and lead the league with a 16-3 record through 19 games, the team accomplished a first on Thursday night at home. The 2-1 win over Mohawk Valley was Amsterdam's first one-run win at home of the season. The Mohawks have played only three one-run games. One was a 4-3 loss to Cooperstown on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning at Doubleday Field. The other was a 15-inning victory over the Oneonta Outlaws at Damaschke Field on June 15. What's very interesting is that in both games that Amsterdam has been held to just two runs, the team is 2-0.

*The offense for the Watertown Wizards has certainly come alive over the last few days though the team has also received two quality starts in a row. Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) went six innings on Wednesday in Elmira and came away allowing only one run. Thursday night, Bryan Chudy (Clarkson) scattered five hits over seven frames and was charged with just one earned run in a win at Oneonta. The rising senior at Clarkson University sat down nine of the first 10 Oneonta batters he faced and later he retired nine in a row between the fourth and seventh innings.

*Watertown maintained the best road record in the league on Thursday night with yet another win away from home. No offense to the Wiz Kids, but normally the team has been strong in the North County and has struggled on the road. The Purple and Gold in eight road games has a record of 6-2. Watertown will be on the road a good deal in July. That includes a week-long road trip because of the annual Jefferson County Fair.

*Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls added two more stolen bases to his league leading total on Thursday night. Kivett's two swipes against Newark pushed his PGCBL-high total to 16. The K-State infielder is on pace to easily smash last season's league stolen base mark of 22. He is on pace for over 30 stolen bases. His 16 current swipes make up half of the Golden Eagles' total.

*The last two games for the Newark Pilots have all been about streaks. The Pilots ended the four-game winning streak of the Oneonta Outlaws on Wednesday night at Damaschke Field. With that win, Newark extended its' own winning streak to four games. However, Newark's streak came to a halt on Thursday with a loss at Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles with a victory over the Pilots, extended their winning streak to three.

*With the end of Newark's winning streak on Thursday, the only PGCBL team with a winning streak, active or unactive, of more than four games has been the Amsterdam Mohawks. The nationally-ranked side from the Rug City set a league season high with a 10-game win streak earlier this season. The Mohawks have currently won five in a row since a June 22 loss to Glens Falls. Elmira did have an unofficial five-game win streak though one of those five wins was in a resumed game which retroactively moved the win back to the first weekend of the season.

Looking Ahead
*The oldest rivalry between Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League teams resumes tonight in the North County as the Amsterdam Mohawks visit the Watertown Wizards. Watertown and Amsterdam have been playing one another in summer baseball leagues since 2000. This is the first of a home-and-home series between the two teams who met both in the 2003 and 2005 NYCBL divisional playoffs; each team won one series. Amsterdam's last trip to Watertown resulted in a 7-0 shutout victory as Taylor Martin (Kentucky) and Matt Gage (Siena) combined to shutter the Wizards offense for just three hits in the nine-inning contest. Amsterdam smacked out 13 hits and all nine Mohawk starters had at least one hit. Watertown's trip to the Rug City on Saturday night will be its first of the season. The Wizards come into the game with a two-game win streak in which they've scored 21 runs combined in victories at Elmira and Oneonta. However, the Purple and Gold is just 2-9 at the "Duffy Dome" this season.

*Another home-and-home series kicks off in Little Falls as the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs get together at Vet's Park. Mohawk Valley edged out Glens Falls, 6-5, on Monday night at East Field. Interestingly, in three previous games this season, the home team is 0-3. The Dawgs doubled up the Golden Eagles on the first night of the season and then the Green and Gold returned the favor at Vet's Park with a 3-0 shutout victory one week later. Manager John Mayotte's Golden Eagles are riding a three-game win streak and the team has scored at least five runs in six-straight games. In their last three wins, opponents have not scored more than four times. Mohawk Valley is 8-6 against PGCBL teams not named Amsterdam. Between these two teams, 16 players have hit at least one home run.

*A three-game homestand concludes tonight at Dunn Field when the Elmira Pioneers hook up with the Newark Pilots. While Elmira has been home since Wednesday night, the Pilots have been on the road that same amount of time. Newark played in Oneonta on Wednesday and Glens Falls on Thursday. Luckily for the defending league champions, it's just a short jaunt down to the Twin Tiers. While the Fly Boys did have four-game win streak snapped on Thursday, Newark has still triumphed in five of its last seven fixtures. Seven Pilots have scored at least 10 runs and Joe Landi (Rhode Island) is still averaging over a run per game with 23 scores in 18 games played. Newark is also 3-0 versus Elmira this season though the most recent rumble in Newark came down to a 5-3 decision in which Newark needed a four-run inning to survive a pair of dingers by Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta). While the Pios are in a slight tailspin, the offense is still hitting the ball. Elmira has reached 10 hits in back-to-back games and the team has accounted for at least six hits in 12-straight contests.

*The early game on Friday evening pits Cooperstown against Albany at Doubleday Field. This the first meeting of the season between the two teams who are only scheduled to play on four occasions - twice in Cooperstown and twice in Albany. Friday will also mark Cooperstown's final game of the month of June; the Hawkeyes have a scheduled off-day on Saturday. Four of the next five games for the Hawkeyes will be played at home including a Fourth of July tilt with the Watertown Wizards. Of seven wins for the Otsegans this season, six have come when the team scores at least four runs. Overall, the Hawkeyes are 6-3 when plating four or more tallies. Last season, Cooperstown was 4-1 against Albany. The well-rested Dutchmen had Thursday off and look to end a losing skid in the "Birthplace of Baseball." The Dutch will get even more rest next week with a pair of days off on the Fourth of July and July 7. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) has been Albany's most consistent offensive threat. The 2012 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy leads the Dutchmen in every major offensive category. 

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