PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 5, 2012

John Mayotte, head coach of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, earned his 1,300th victory as a head coach on Wednesday night in Oneonta. Photo from earlier this season at East Field. Courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night's Scores
Watertown 8 Cooperstown 5
Glens Falls 9 Oneonta 5

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Albany at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Cody Tollison (Middle Tenn. State) 0-0, 3.38 ERA vs. Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) 1-2, 5.71 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 7:00 p.m.
Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.) 0-0, 8.31 vs. Taylor Martin (Kentucky) 2-1, 3.09 ERA

Newark at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Jonathan Christiensen (Okla. Baptist) 0-2, 5.14 ERA vs. John Melville (New Haven) 0-3, 3.65 ERA


*Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July. Now that Independence Day has come and gone, we move into the second half of the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season. Seven of nine league teams have officially completed one half of their schedules. For those that do not know, each team is scheduled to play 48 league games, 24 at home and 24 on the road. The final day of the regular season is Aug. 1 and the playoffs, which will include the top four teams in the league standings, begin on Aug. 3. The 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game will also take place on July 24 at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park.

*Congratulations are due to John Mayotte, the head coach of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Last night in Oneonta in front of more than 4,400 folks, the Golden Eagles defeated the Oneonta Outlaws, 9-5, to give Coach Mayotte his 1,300th career victory. Mayotte, the only head coach in franchise history, has been with the Golden Eagles since 2004 and amassed over 200 victories with the team. At the collegiate level, he won over 800 games as the head coach at Eckerd (Fla.) College and Troy State (now Troy University). The Hudson Falls, N.Y., native was also a successful high school coach at Coxsackie-Athens (N.Y.) High School for 10 seasons accruing a 135-27 record and winning six consecutive Section II Class C championships between 1969 and 1974.

*4,412. That was the attendance on Wednesday night at Oneonta's Damaschke Field on a Fireworks Night in the CIty of the Hills. The crowd in Oneonta earned the distinction of being the largest crowd at the PGCBL league game this season. The previous high was 4,182 set by the Elmira Pioneers against the Newark Pilots on June 8 at Dunn Field. Of the 10 largest crowds in league history, nine have been at Dunn Field. The full list of 10 can be found in today's Game Notes here.

*The 2012 season is just half over and already one PGCBL individual season record has been broken. With 14 runners thrown out attempting to steal, Elmira's Spencer Brann (UC Davis) has set a new league record. The preview high was 13.

*For all of the latest roster changes, check out our Transactions page here. We'll have the most up-to-date rosters right here on the league web site and player transactions will be logged as they come in. Last year, the biggest mid-season transaction was Amsterdam re-signing catcher Luke Maile in early July. The masher from the University of Kentucky led the Mohawks to a 23-7 second half. He was named All-PGCBL first team.

*With last night's results, road teams have now won the last six PGCBL games. Since the start of the month, only two home teams have been victorious. Elmira defeated Newark, 11-7, on July 2 and Cooperstown drubbed Oneonta, 11-1, on July 1. Of the 13 completed games, road teams are 11-2 this month. The one game started and not completed, Mohawk Valley at Cooperstown from July 2; the DiamondDawgs led the game 18-9 at the time of the suspension due to darkness.

*One schedule note to pass along. The doubleheader originally scheduled on July 6 between Newark and Watertown at Newark's Colburn Park has been moved until July 13. The Wizards and Pilots will play a single game tomorrow night. The doubleheader on July 13 will consist of two seven inning games and the first game is a make-up of one that was rained out last month.

*The Watertown Wizards must like playing in Otsego County. While the Wizards are one of the best road teams in the league with an 8-3 record away from the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, the team has really enjoyed playing in Oneonta and Cooperstown. The Purple and Gold are a combined 3-0 against the Outlaws and Hawkeyes at Damaschke Field and Doubleday Field respectively. In those three gamess, Watertown has rung up 37 runs on 41 hits - that includes a franchise-record 20 in a 20-6 win over Oneonta on July 2. In general, the Wizards have outscored opponents 87-55 in road games.

*Congratulations to Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Griffin has been selected to Baseball America's Freshman All-America team. The GSU catcher was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and he was also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

*Starting pitcher Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) continues to shine for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The rising sophomore from the Big Ten earned his third victory of the summer last night with six strong innings at Oneonta. He yielded two earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Through five starts, Magallones is 3-0 with a 1.33 earned run average. He has 30 strikeouts in 27.0 innings and a .160 opponents' batting average. The Manhattan, Ill., native has won his last three starts. In those victories, the Golden Eagles have provided with great offensive support, outscoring opponents 31-15.

*One more Glens Falls note. Second baseman Ross Kivett (Kansas State) is on pace to potentially break at least two league records. Kivett, with 20 stolen bases, needs just two more swipes to tie last year's record of 22 set by Newark's Michael Bolling. He has also scored 25 runs in 24 games. Amsterdam's Zach Shank (Marist) topped the PGCBL last season with 38 runs scored. That means Kivett needs just 13 runs over the final 24 games of the regular season to tie the record. The K-State product may also have a shot at breaking last year's hit record of 67 which was set by Elmira's Ryan Normoyle, one of the PGCBL co-batting champions.

*Tuesday night, Amsterdam's Chase Williamson (Auburn) hit the first grand slam of the season with a game-tying blast in the bottom of the ninth at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park. Four total grand slams were hit last season by four different players in four different games. With the home run by Williamson, Amsterdam became the first PGCBL team with two players to hit a grand slam. Current Mohawk Josh Nethaway (UAlbany), in his second season with the team, hit a grand slam at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field last July in a 16-1 romp over the Hawkeyes.

*Double your pleasure, double your fun. Glens Falls and Oneonta did just that last night at Damaschke Field. The two teams combined to hit into five double plays. Oneonta starter Sheldon Lee (U. San Francisco) induced a pair of double-play ground outs and reliever Nick Cioffi (Towson) recorded one as well. Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) and Wes Judish (San Diego) of Glens Falls each forced Oneonta to ground into a double play.

*Throw out the phrase "low-scoring game" when the Golden Eagles and Outlaws get together. The last three games between pitting the Outlaws against the Eagles have featured a combined 42 runs. The lowest-scoring affair between the two was a 4-2 Glens Falls victory at East Field on June 11. Since then, the scores have read 10-6 Glens Falls, 8-4 Oneonta and 9-5 Glens Falls.

*What a difference a year makes. Last summer, Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) was limited to just nine games for the Watertown Wizards. He played well in limited action with a .355 batting average and seven RBI in nine games but an injury derailed his season. Cipolla was hit in the face by a thrown ball as he ran to first base. This year, Cipolla is healthy and contributing as part of a three-headed monster at the top of the Watertown line-up. The Holy Cross product is hitting .347 through 22 games and he leads the team with 24 walks and 21 RBI. Cipolla blasted a two-run home run on Wednesday at Cooperstown as part of a go-ahead rally in the eighth.

*The aforementioned fearsome threesome at the top of the Watertown line-up are Brandon Cipolla, Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) and Jordan Enos (Holy Cross). Walter is the lead-off batter while Cipolla hits third and Enos is the clean-up man. All three are the top three hitters for the Wizards. The masher, Enos, leads the club with a .415 batting average through 14 games. Nine of his 22 hits have gone for doubles and he is slugging .717. Lead-off man Walter has a .375 batting average, 30 hits, four home runs, 12 RBI and a .485 on-base percentage. He has reached base 18 times via walk or hit by pitch. In the 20-run explosion against Oneonta on July 2, Walter set a league single-game record with five runs scored. Brandon Cipolla's .519 on-base percentage leads not only the Wiz Kids but also the entire league.

*And wrapping up today's edition of the notebook. Amsterdam's 20 victories this year are the sixth-most in two seasons of PGCBL baseball. Keep in mind, the Mohawks still have 24 games remaining. Five of eight league teams won more games through the entire league schedule last year. Amsterdam can move into the top five with three more wins. The Mohawks finished last season 30-17; the league wins record is 31 which was set by 2011 PGCBL East champion Glens Falls.

Looking Ahead
*Just three games on the schedule today. We'll resume a full league schedule tomorrow and there will be at least four games per day the rest of the month with exceptions on July 17 (three games) and July 24 (PGCBL All-Star Game).

*The sixth-nationally ranked Amsterdam Mohawks open up their second half of the season at the cozy confines of Shuttleworth Park tonight against rival Mohawk Valley. The Mohawks nearly had a fairy-tale ending to the first half of the season with a ninth-inning comeback against Cooperstown that was highlighted by a game-tying grand slam from Chase Williamson (Auburn) but it was not meant to be in a 9-8 loss to the Hawkeyes in 10 frames. For those keeping track, Amsterdam is 3-0 after a loss this season. Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam last played after an Amsterdam loss on June 9 and the Mohawks doubled up the Dawgs for an 8-4 win. The Mohawks haven't dropped back-to-back games since Jul. 28 and 29 of last season. Amsterdam is 5-0 against Mohawk Valley this season though the Tribe had to fight for the last two victories; a 2-1 squeeker in the Rug City on June 28 and a 12-4 victory in Little Falls on July 1 in which Amsterdam scored nine times over the last two innings. Meanwhile, Mohawk Valley has completed 22 games, the fewest in the league though the Dawgs do have an 18-9 lead over Cooperstown in the hopper that could turn into a win on July 15. The Dawgs are a combined 9-8 against every team in the league excluding Amsterdam.

*Since a wild 10-8 loss to the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field on June 26, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles have won six of their last seven games to card a 14-10 record, the second-best in the league. In that stretch, Glens Falls has pocketed victories over five different teams including Albany just four days ago at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Golden Eagles have played their best at home and have eight of their 14 victories at East Field. The surging Eagles have also won four in a row at home. Over the current stretch for Glens Falls, the offense has produced at least five runs in all six victories and at least seven scores in five of those wins. However, John Mayotte's team is also allowing runs at a fairly good rate - opponents have plated at least four scores in seven-straight games. With a win tonight, the Albany Dutchmen can move into a tie for fourth place in the league with Oneonta though the Outlaws do currently control the tiebreaker. The Dutchmen are 2-1 this season against the Golden Eagles and won their last trip up north 3-2 behind eight strong innings from Austin Chase (UAlbany). Albany is 3-2 in its last five games and the Dutch plated at least 10 scores in all three wins. Cody Tollison (MTSU) starts tonight for Glens Falls. He stymied Amsterdam at Bob Bellizzi Field on June 27 and earned a hard-luck no decision. Tollison struck out 10 Tribe batters and allowed just two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings. He goes for his first decision in his six appearance of the summer tonight.

*Western rivals Elmira and Newark square off tonight in the Twin Tiers at Dunn Field. This will be the sixth meeting between the Pilots and Pioneers this season. It's also brought to you by the letter "P." All kidding aside, Newark's had Elmira's number this year and the Pilots are 4-1 against their former division rivals. However, Elmira used a six-run outburst in the sixth inning on July 2 to down Newark 11-7 at Dunn Field. The Pilots are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play 19 games in 18 days and due to a schedule change, that stretch will end with a home doubleheader against Watertown on July 13 at Colburn Park. The Pilots were off from league action yesterday but did play an exhibition game against the New York Colleigate Baseball League's Utica Brewers. Since beginning their continuous stretch, the Pilots are 4-4 however the team has dropped four of its last six contests. And it's the Elmira Pioneers that come into the game with a winning streak. The Pios have won three in a row with victories over Oneonta, Newark and Watertown - the Oneonta and Watertown wins came on the road. Elmira has scored 23 runs total over its last three games while opponents have managed 15. One interesting note for this game, Newark is 9-6 on the road and Elmira just 3-8 at home. 

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