PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 1, 2012

Albany's Andrew Furber (Gloucester County) pitching against the Newark Pilots on Saturday night at Colburn Park. Photo courtesy Steve Plopper

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Last Night's Scores
Elmira 6 Oneonta 4
Amsterdam 6 Watertown 3
Glens Falls 7 Mohawk Valley 5
Albany 12 Newark 9

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Newark at Watertown, 5:00 p.m.
Daniel Thorpe (Saint Joseph's, Pa.) 3-0, 1.80 ERA vs. Mike Peters (Alcorn State) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Oneonta at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.

Brett Lisle (Virginia) 2-1, 2.75 ERA vs. James Norwood (Saint Louis) 1-3, 3.13 ERA

Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 5:05 p.m.
Rocky McCord (Auburn) 2-0, 1.80 ERA vs. Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) 1-1, 3.78 ERA

Glens Falls at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Neil Fryer (Siena) 0-0, 3.57 ERA vs. Kasceim Graham (UAlbany) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

*For our fans, parents and readers in Canada, we'd like to wish you a Happy Canada Day! There are several Canadian-born players on PGCBL rosters including Albany's Ben Douglas (Moose Jaw, Sask.), Cooperstown's Steven Kandborg (Port Moody, B.C.) and J.P. Rousseau (Saint-Eustache, Que.), Emmanuel Forcier (Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.) and Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Another Canadian resides in PGCBL dugouts and that is Oneonta assistant coach Lou Proietti (Burlington, Ont.). That is four Canadian provinces represented this season. Honorable mention goes to Newark's Adam Grace who is from Niagara Falls, N.Y. which is on the U.S.-Canada border in the western portion of the Empire State. And for those of you not from New York, Watertown is just 30 minutes from the U.S.-Canada border crossing in the Thousand Islands.

*Well, Saturday night was a night for slugfests across the league as seven of eight teams in action scored at least four runs. All four victorious teams had at least six. And then there was Albany who reached double-digits for the second-straight night on a two-game road trip.

*Last night's eighth inning at Colburn Park might have been the most offensive (in terms of runs scored) inning of the season so far. Albany and Newark combined for 11 runs in the frame. The Dutchmen entered the eighth with a 6-3 lead and then returned to the field ahead 11-3. Newark's response with six runs and a game that was 6-3 with two innings to play turned into an 11-9 game going into the ninth. We do not have a time length on the inning though it included 11 runs on six hits. Both teams could have score more runs as a combined five men were left on base. Fourteen of the 21 overall tallies in the tilt came over the final three innings. Twenty-one runs scored on 24 hits. The game took 3.5 hours.

*What has gotten into the Albany Dutchmen? Well, two-straight wins for one. Since an off-day on Thursday, the Dutchmen have rung up 23 runs on 24 hits. Albany set then season highs on Friday evening at Doubleday Field for runs (11) and hits (15). In that game, the Capital District nine ran off 11-unanswered runs to hammer the Hawkeyes 11-6. Just over 24 hours later, Albany broke its run-scoring record with 12 at Newark on nine hits. Much like on Friday, the early to middle portion of head coach Nick Davey's line-up came through on Saturday night. Parkland's Jack Wietlispach (pronounced vitt-uhl-spach), Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012-13), Morgan Phillips (Charleston), Sam Few (Samford) and Ryan Gapsorra (Centenary) combined for eight hits, eight RBI and eight runs scored. Few has five RBI in his last two games, Phillips has been solid as a clean-up hitter and Ryan Gasporra hit his first home run of the season on Saturday night.

*Lost in Saturday's splurge of runs at Colburn Park was a very good pitchers' duel between Newark's Derek Dallas (UT Dallas) and Albany's Andrew Furber (Gloucester County). Dallas mowed through the Dutchmen for five scoreless innings and yielded only two hits. Of Albany's rally in the sixth, all five runs were earned due to Newark defensive miscues. Albany starter Andrew Furber just about matched Dallas through the first five. He gave up just two scores on five hits. Furber and Dallas both left in the sixth inning having allowed just two earned runs between them.

*So which return to the PGCBL diamond went better on Saturday night? Amsterdam's Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) pitched a five-hitter over six innings, struck out six and allowed just two runs in a 6-3 victory over Watertown. Leiter led the PGCBL in strikeouts last year with 74 and was All-PGCBL first team. Oneonta's Andrew Green (ETSU), a member of the Mohawks in 2011, went 4-for-5 against Elmira and drove in one run. Green was All-PGCBL second team in 2011. In case you're wondering, Green and the Outlaws do not play at Shuttleworth Park again this season and the lone meeting left between the two teams will be on July 14 in Oneonta.

*Elmira's Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) is a slump buster. Waugh tossed a complete game six-hit shutout on Monday night in a 6-0 Elmira victory over Cooperstown at Dunn Field. The win ended a three-game slide for the Pios. Saturday night, Waugh ended a four-game drought for the Pioneers as he scattered 10 hits through seven innings and yielded just four runs in a 6-4 victory at Oneonta. Over his last two starts, Waugh is 2-0 with a 1.69 earned run average. In those two wins, he induced 23 ground outs.

*While Dylan Waugh emerged with his second win of the week, Spencer Brann (UC Davis) of the Pios may have had the best all-around night in the league. Brann went 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Defensively, he gunned down two Outlaw stolen-base attempts. Brann's RBI single in the first inning pushed Elmira into the lead to stay. He swatted an RBI triple and scored in a three-run fourth and then added another run-scoring single in the fifth. Brann, who leads the league with 12 runners thrown out, cut down Oneonta's Andrew Green (ETSU) twice while Green was attempting to steal second base and move into scoring position.

*The largest crowd of the season descended on Damaschke Field on Saturday night. The Outlaws and the Pioneers (who are used to playing in front of a big house) dueled in front of 1,875 fans in the City of the Hills. The Outlaws are averaging over 1,000 fans per night and may have their largest gate of the season on the Fourth of July for a showdown with Glens Falls.

*Four teams have surpassed the 10,000-fan mark for the season - Elmira, Amsterdam, Glens Falls and Oneonta. Both the Golden Eagles and Outlaws moved into five digits on Saturday night with 1,000-plus crowds for games against the DiamondDawgs and Pioneers respectively. Elmira leads the league with over 29,000 guests this season at Dunn Field. The next closest to 10,000 are the Newark Pilots and the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

*A lead-off hitter leading the league in home runs? You betcha and no it's not Willie Mays Hayes from Major League II. Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (NJIT) has hit six home runs this season to lead all PGCBL swingers. He clubbed his league-leading sixth belt on Saturday night over the "Chain Monster" at Shuttleworth Park. Charlton did so as the first batter in the bottom of the first inning. It was the third time this season that Charlton has opened a frame with a belt. He is four clouts away from tying last year's home run mark of 10 set by Watertowns' Erick Gaylord.

*Regarding records, Ross Kivett (Kansas State) is on pace to smash the PGCBL stolen-base mark. Kivett recorded two more stolen bases on Saturday night to increased his league-best count to 19. Kivett has swiped 19 bases on 23 attempts. Last year's leader was Michael Bolling of Newark who stole 22 bases on 23 attempts in 45 games.

Looking Ahead
*It's a Sunday in the PGCBL and tonight that means early-evening baseball. All four PGCBL games this evening are slated to begin around 5:00 p.m.

*Glens Falls and Albany are separated by about 40 minutes on Interstate-87. That difference is much smaller in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League standings. Heading into the month of July, the Golden Eagles have a one-game lead over the Dutchmen for fourth place in the league table. Given that just four teams will advance to the PGCBL playoffs, fourth place will be the fourth and final slot for the league postseason. Albany does have two games at hand on Glens Falls as the Golden Eagles have played 22 games to 20 for the Dutchmen. The Capital District nine also has an advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker with a 2-0 season series record against the Green and Gold. Given how close the two teams have been in the standings, this could prove to be pivotal; just earlier this week, the Dutch and Eagles were involved in a three-way tie for fourth place. Both squads have been playing well as of late with Glens Falls winning three of its last four and Albany winning two in a row. Against everyone but Amsterdam, the Dutchmen are 10-5 overall and 5-2 at Bob Bellizzi Field. The pitching match-up features two pitchers that reside in New York and play at Capital District colleges.

*The rivalry between Cooperstown and Oneonta is the closest in the PGCBL. About 20 miles stands between Cooperstown's Doubleday Field and Oneonta's Damaschke Field. On the field however, the rivalry has belonged to the Outlaws this season who have won all three games between the two squads. The two teams from Otsego County have not played since June 19, an evening in which Oneonta won for the first-time ever at Cooperstown with a 6-2 victory. The Outlaws and Hawkeyes have accounted for five extra-inning games this season; two each against other opponents and one against each other. Both teams are in need of a victory here as Oneonta has dropped three in a row to fall into a near tie with Glens Falls for fourth place. Cooperstown has won just twice in its last nine outings. However, while Oneonta has lost three in a row, the Outlaws have been good on the road (6-4) and are 4-2 in their last six away games with the two losses coming in a doubleheader against Amsterdam.

*The Mohawk River Rivalry heats up on Sunday evening in Little Falls when the Amsterdam Mohawks make the short jaunt over to Vet's Park to face the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. What's left to be said about the 11th-ranked Mohawks that hasn't already been said? Amsterdam has won six in a row and now 16 of its last 17 games. The Tribe hasn't lost since June 22 and since then has outscored opponents 51-19. In that stretch, Amsterdam has twice defeated Mohawk Valley. The last Mohawks-Dawgs game though was a nailbiter as Amsterdam earned a 2-1 win. Taylor Martin (Kentucky) and Chase Williamson (Auburn) out-dueled Mohawk Valley's Evan Davis (Marist) and Aaron Casper (Canisius). The Mohawks are 8-2 overall on the road with defeats at Cooperstown and Glens Falls. In two previous trips to Exit 29A on the New York State Thruway, Amsterdam has scored 17 times. At Vet's Park, Mohawk Valley is 3-1 through its last four home games and 5-6 overall. Mohawk Valley starter Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) struck out a season-high 10 in his last start at home versus Watertown.

*While Newark and Watertown isn't quite a georgraphic rivalry, the Pilots and Wizards have shared some history over the last two seasons in the PGCBL. Newark played its first-ever game at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. On that same night, the Pilots earned the first victory in franchise history. Watertown and Newark tied a Colburn Park record last season with the longest game played at the field; a 13-inning marathon on June 26 that Newark won by a score of 8-7. Earlier this season, the Pilots and Wizards met on Opening Night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The Pilots are making their fourth trip this season to the Duffy Fairgrounds while the Wiz Kids have ventured just once to Colburn Park. The two teams will not meet at Colburn until July 6 which is scheduled as a doubleheader because of a rain out on June 12. The Pilots are 2-1 versus the Wizards though it has been three weeks since Watertown dispatched of Newark 9-1 behind a stong outing from Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas). Solis was the starting pitcher for the Purple and Gold in two of the first three Watertown-Newark games this season.

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