PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 30, 2012

Newark's Cash Barker (TAMUK) walked four times at Elmira on Friday night. Here he is in action against Mohawk Valley. Photo courtesy Steve Plopper

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Last Night's Scores
Albany 11 Cooperstown 6
Mohawk Valley 7 Glens Falls 1
Amsterdam 10 Watertown 4
Newark 6 Elmira 5

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Eddie Fitzpatrick (Brown) 0-2, 11.70 ERA vs. Cory Folk (Buffalo) 1-0, 4.91 ERA

Elmira at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) 2-0, 3.57 ERA vs. Donovan Gonzales (UC Riverside) 0-0, 6.23 ERA

Albany at Newark, 7:00 p.m.
Andrew Furber (Gloucester County College) 0-1, 6.23 ERA vs. Derek Dallas (UT Dallas)  1-0, 2.35 ERA

Watertown at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona) 0-2, 6.30 ERA vs. Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

*Friday night was certainly a night of great individual performances across the league. Mohawk Valley's Joe Michaud (Bryant) set a league record with 15 strikeouts in a win over Glens Falls. Fellow DiamondDawg Jack Morrow (Young Harris) belted two home runs in the same game. Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) tossed a three-hit shutout at Watertown for seven innings and struck out seven. Amsterdam outfielder Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) scored three times and belted a key three-run double in a 10-4 Amsterdam victory. Newark's Josh Crowdus (Delta State) accounted for five of the six runs the Pilots scored in a win at Elmira. Crowdus drove in four runs and scored another. So, who had the best night?

*Joe Michaud (Bryant) struck out 15 batters in seven innings. He scattered five hits and walked none. Breaking down the numbers, Michaud recorded over two-thirds of the outs in his appearance via strikeout or 15 of 21. The other six outs were evenly distributed with three fly outs and three ground outs. Going further inside the numbers, Michaud opposed 29 batters. Twelve of 29 batters he faced put the ball in play - five reached safely on hits, six were retired and one reached base on an error. The MV starter struck out the side three times in seven innings and he had at least one strikeout in each inning pitched.

*The previous strikeout high this season was 11 set by multiple pitchers including Watertown's Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) and Mohawk Valley's John Means (Fort Scott CC).

*Earlier this week, three players racked up multiple home runs in three consecutive days. That streak ended on Thursday night when just one home run was hit in four league games. Friday night, Mohawk Valley's Jack Morrow became the fourth player this season to recorded a multi-homer game with two blasts at spacious Vet's Park in a 7-1 win over Glens Falls. Morrow is now tied for the league lead in home runs with Amsterdam's Ed Charlton. Charlton also has a multi-homer game this season as does Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) and Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona).

*Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) continued to mow down opposing PGCBL batters this season as he recorded his fourth win in as many starts on Frirday night at Watertown. Shepherd has pocketed wins over Cooperstown, Albany and Watertown this season. Both Cooperstown wins came inside the small dimensions of Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. Through four starts, Shepherd is 4-0 with a 0.33 earned run average. He has allowed just one run on 11 hits through 27.0 innings. The University of Kentucky rising sophomore has fanned 29 and walked just five. Shepherd was one of two players selected PGCBL Co-Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 18 through June 24.

*Newark's Josh Crowdus (Delta State) became the third player this season to record two sacrifice flies in a single game. Crowdus earned two of his four RBI against Elmira on Friday night with a pair of sac flies. Earlier this week, Cooperstown had three sacrifice flies in a game against Glens Falls - Matt Carr (New Paltz) had two of them. The only other player to registered multiple sac flies in a game was Newark's Kane Sweeney (Morehead State) on Opening Night at Watertown. Coincidentally, all three players have turned the trick on the road.

*Individual efforts are great, though Albany responded with a total team effort to overcome Cooperstown at Doubleday Field on Friday. The Dutchmen came back from a 6-0 deficit at the hands of Cooperstown to win 11-6 and end a four-game losing streak. The early-to-middle portion of head coach Nick Davey's batting order was tremendous from two-hitter Jack Wietlispach (Parkland) through sixth-spot man Sam Few (Samford). Wietlispach belted his second home run of the season, scored twice and had two hits. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13) launched a two-run home run and went 3-for-6 with three hits and three RBI. Clean-up hitter Morgan Phillips (Charleston) drilled a three-run double to put the Dutchmen ahead in the sixth and scored three runs. Ryan Gasporra (Centenary) went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored and Sam Few (Samford) had three hits and three RBI.

*Also credit Albany manager Nick Davey for sticking with starting pitcher David Stagg (Heartland CC) for 7.2 innings. Stagg bent but did not break as he snared his third win of the season. While Cooperstown scored six times in the third, the Albany starter shut out the Hawkeyes in every other inning he pitched. Outside of the third, Stagg tossed 6.2 frames, scattered four hits and did not allow a run. Of the six runs he was charged with, just two were earned.

*Amsterdam's Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) is the league's leading hitter, sort of. Currently, Stephens has the highest batting average of any PGCBL player with at .471. He has posted 24 hits in 51 at-bats and scored 18 runs. However, Stephens does not have enough at-bats to qualify for the league's overall lead. The Lexington, Ky., native is averging 1.6 hits per game.

*Some transaction news for you as we prepare to move into the month of July. There is no transaction deadline for the league meaning that teams can add/drop players well into the month of July. Oneonta made a most interesting signing yesterday as the Outlaws acquired 2011 All-PGCBL second team outfielder Andrew Green (East Tenn. State). Green played for the Amsterdam Mohawks last summer and appeared in 45 regular season games. Cooperstown also re-acquired pitcher Chris Chismar (New Paltz). Chismar pitched briefly for the Hawkeyes last season. He made six appearances and converted two saves.

*The nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks have now won six games in a row. Since starting the season 1-2, the Mohawks have won 16 of their last 17 games. In their current six-game winning streak, the Mohawks have outscored opponents 45-16. That's an average of 7.5 runs scored to 2.5 runs allowed. For the season, Amsterdam is scoring runs at a rate of just under seven per game (6.8) and allowing a little more than three per contest (3.3). In four of Amsterdam's last six wins, the Tribe has struck for at least nine runs. Friday night's 10-run explosion was the third-highest total for the Mohawks this season.

*On Monday, the Elmira Pioneers will surpass the 30,000-fan mark at the gate when they host the Newark Pilots at Dunn Field. Elmira closed out a three-game homestand last night with 2,814 in attendance. For the season, Dunn Field has entertained 29,075 fans. Through 10 home games, the Pios are averaging 2908 fans per game.

*Elmira's Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) cracked his league-leading fourth triple of the season on Friday night. Patterson has two more triples than his nearest competitor. He also leads the league with 52 total bases. Patterson is on pace to log more than 100 total bases this season.

*Steven Patterson (San Joaquin Delta) from Elmira and Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) and Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls are all tied for the league lead with 21 games played. Only Elmira and Glens Falls have both played 21 games. All four players have appeared in and started each game for their respective clubs.

*Friday evening's game between Albany and Cooperstown accounted for 17 total runs and 17 hits. In the contest, Albany set a season high for both runs (11) and hits (15). For all of the offense recorded, only five of 18 half-innings featured at least one run. There were no full innings when both teams scored a run. All six of Cooperstown's runs came in the third while Albany struck in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

*Newark and Elmira accounted for three ties and one lead change at Dunn Field. The Pilots and Pioneers, in their fourth game of the season, were tied at 1-1, 4-4 and 5-5. The lone lead change came in the middle innings with Elmira used a two-score frame to erase a 3-2 Newark edge. There was drama in the late innings as both the Pilots and Pioneers scored in the eighth; Newark to take the lead and then Elmira to tie. The Pilots won the game with a single run in the ninth and then closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) tossed a scoreless ninth.

Looking Ahead
*A home-and-home series between the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and Glens Falls Golden Eagles shifts to East Field in Glens Falls. The Dawgs snapped the three-game win streak of the Golden Eagles on Friday night at Vet's Park behind a tremendous performance from Joe Michaud (Bryant). As is the case with most teams, Glens Falls has played better at home with a 7-5 mark at East Field as opposed to a 4-5 record on the road. The Eagles have won three in a row in Hometown U.S.A. and scored 32 runs in those games against Cooperstown and Newark. The last team to defeat Glens Falls at East Field? Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs are 9-10 overall and are tied for fifth place with the Albany Dutchmen. Against every PGCBL team but Amsterdam, the DiamondDawgs are 9-5 and that includes three victories in four tries versus Glens Falls. First-year head coach Roberto Vaz also has his squad playing well as Mohawk Valley is 6-3 in its last nine games.

*Another home-and-home series moves from one field to another as Watertown and Amsterdam head to Shuttleworth Park on Saturday night. Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) led the PGCBL with 74 strikeouts in 2011. He makes his first start of the summer tonight for Amsterdam at home. Leiter won his last five starts last summer including one start in the PGCBL Championship Series at Newark. he struck out over 90 batters this spring at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. What's left to say about the Mohawks? Winners of 16 of their last 17 games and now six in a row. The Tribe is 2-0 against the Wiz Kids this season though both of those games were played at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Amsterdam has outscored Watertown 17-4 however Shuttleworth Park and its cozy dimensions have a way of turning low-scoring games into shootouts. During one Watertown trip to to the Rug City last year, 2011 PGCBL Player of the Year Erick Gaylord belted four home runs in a 9-7 Watertown vicotry.

*What a wild win it was for Albany on Friday evening at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field with 11-unanswered runs. And what is Albany greeted with after an 11-run, 15-hit explosion in Cooperstown? A 3.5-hour bus ride west to Newark's Colburn Park for a Saturday night showdown with the Newark Pilots. The two teams have split two prior meetings this season; both games were contested at "The Bob" in Albany. Most recently, Newark used a late-inning rally to come away with a 7-5 at Albany this past Sunday. This is the third meeitng between the two teams in the last eight days. Albany's win on Friday ended a four-game slide and it was the best offensive performance of the season for the Dutch. Newark escaped Elmira with a 6-5 triumph on Friday night. The Pilots have been flying high over the course of the last week with a 6-2 record; one of those losses did come at the hands of the Dutchmen.

*Last Sunday, the Oneonta Outlaws and Elmira Pioneers played for the first-time ever at Damaschke Field in Oneonta. The Pioneers return to the City of the Hills tonight for a second game with the Outlaws. Oneonta clipped Elmira, 5-3, on June 24. The two teams had not played since the Outlaws were known as the Saratoga Phillies and that was in 2006 when both teams were members of the NYCBL. Streaky Oneonta has dropped two in a row since an 11-3 victory over Albany on June 26. The Outlaws were off from league action on Friday but did play an exhibition game against the Albany Athletics of the Albany Twilight League. Currently, the Orange and Black is in a stretch of 15 games in 14 days; the Outlaws are not off until July 5. Elmira's Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) makes his second start of the week tonight in Oneonta. The last time out, Waugh tossed a six-hit complete game shutout in a home win versus Cooperstown. Elmira has earned four of its six victories this season away from home.

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