PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 9, 2012

Mohawk Valley's Joe Michaud (Bryant) is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his last two starts. He is second in the league with a 0.90 ERA overall. Photo courtesy LF Times/Jon Rathburn

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Last Night's Scores
Albany 4 Glens Falls 1
Mohawk Valley 15 Watertown 1
Newark 12 Elmira 2
Amsterdam 16 Coooperstown 8

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Oneonta at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.
David Sosebee (Georgia) 3-0, 1.73 ERA vs. Andrew Grann (New Paltz) 1-2, 3.60 ERA

Albany at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.

Austin Chase (UAlbany) 1-2, 3.46 ERA vs. TBD

Watertown at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Matt McClain (St. Mary's, Texas) 2-2, 5.73 ERA vs. Phillip Flach (Samford) 2-2, 2.89 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Eddie Fitzpatrick (Brown) 0-3, 9.00 ERA vs. Carson Bryant (Chattanooga State) 0-2, 5.02 ERA

*Congratulations to this week's PGCBL Co-Players and Pitchers of the Week. Some very hard decisions this week with more than a few tremendous individual efforts. Amsterdam's Zak Colby (Faulkner) and Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) are the PGCBL Co-Players of the Week and Albany's David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) and Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) of Glens Falls shared the Co-Pitcher of the Week prize.

*There were really good pitching performances across the board. Mohawk Valley's Joe Michaud (Bryant) tossed a two-hit shutout over seven innings on Sunday evening in a win at Watertown. He walked none and struck out eight in his fourth win. In his last two starts, Michaud is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 23 strikeouts. Amsterdam's Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) turned in an impressive strikeout performance in Elmira with 10 K in six innings as part of a four-hit shutout.. The nationally-ranked Mohawks won the game and ended Elmira's five-game winning streak. Leiter's teammate, Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) lowered his ERA to 0.26 with no earned runs in seven innings in a win over Glens Falls at Shuttleworth Park on Friday night. Newark's Derek Dallas (UT Dallas) was impressive in a two-hitter over seven innings on Sunday against Elmira. Albany's Andrew Furber (Gloucester County) also added seven strong innings in a home victory against Cooperstown.

*Mohawk Valley's John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) and Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.) were also solid in starts. Means tossed a two-hitter over seven innings and struck out eight at home versus Cooperstown. Buratt quieted Amsterdam in the Rug City with 7.1 quality innings that included eight strikeouts and one earned run on six hits. Elmira's John Melville (New Haven) also fired a four-hitter for eight innings in a home win over Newark while Oneonta's David Sosebee (Georgia) allowed just one earned run over seven innings and struck out three in a win at Newark.

*In terms of offensive players, both Oneonta's Orlando Rivera (State College of Florida) and Newark's Brent Langston (Delta State) were among the finalists for the Player of the Week award. Rivera batted .435 with 10 hits, nine runs scored and three RBI. He had a 4-for-6, four-run game against Newark at Colburn Park and scored the winning run in a walk-off win over Newark on Saturday night. Langston smashed nine hits, scored seven runs, clubbed four extra-base hits including one home run and batted .429. Langston drove in three runs in Sunday night's win over Elmira with a three-run double in the second inning.

*Other outstanding individual performances came from Oneonta's Shane Crain (Louisville) who had one of the highest batting averages for the week at ,455 with 10 overall hits and five RBI. He was also unblemished in 16 defensive chances. Amsterdam's Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) and Brian Ruby (Binghamton) each hit over .400; Ruby drove in five rusn while Boehm cranked out 11 hits, scored nine runs and mashed five doubles. Elmira's Zac Bellinger (VCU) was second among PGCBL swingers with a .500 batting average. Three Mohawk Valley batsmen: Jack Morrow (Young Harris), Eric Helmrich (Marist) and Tyler Heck (Union, N.Y.) hit over .400; Heck was most impressive with nine hits, nine runs scored and five stolen bases. Mark Stuckey (Marist), also for the Dawgs, slugged four doubles and drove in six runs. Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross) of Watertown led the league with nine RBI, he also smashed two home runs. Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls hit .450 and served up nine hits over five games for the Eagles.

*Records for the week...Mohawk Valley 3-1, Amsterdam 4-2, Elmira 4-2, Albany 3-2, Watertown 3-3, Glens Falls 2-3, Oneonta 2-3, Newark 2-4 and Cooperstown 1-4.

*There were some pretty darned good offensive performances on Sunday night. We'll start with the record breakers in Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls and Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) of Watertown. Kivett stole two bases on Sunday evening at Albany to record his 22nd and 23rd steals of the season which sets a new league record. The previous mark was 22 held by Newark's Michael Bolling. Both of Kivett's steals came in the same inning. Donald Walter was plunked in yesterday's game between Watertown and Mohawk Valley. It was the 12th time that Walter has been hit by a pitch this season, breaking the league record. The previous record for HBP in a season was 11 set last year by Elmira's David Bishop and Corey Keller. Kivett was the PGCBL Co-Player of the Week in Week 2 and Donald Walter is a current PGCBL Co-Player of the Week award recipient.

*Amsterdam's Zak Colby (Faulkner), the PGCBL Co-Player of the Week, and Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) accomplished something very few have done in the PGCBL over the last two years. Both Colby and Boehm each cranked out five hits in Amsterdam's 16-8 win over Cooperstown. Colby and Boehm became the fifth and sixth players in league history to record a five-hit game. More impressive, they're just the second set of teammates to accomplish the feat on the same night. Watertown's Erick Gaylord and Larry Balkwill each had five hits in a win over Glens Falls on June 30, 2011 at East Field. In that game, Balkwill hit for the cycle and Gaylord mashed a grand slam. Sunday night, Colby hit a two-run home run, drove in three and scored three times while Boehm doubled thrice, scored three runs and plated two.

*The 23 total hits recorded by Amsterdam fell one shy of the league single-game record. In the aforementioned dual five-hit game for Watertown's Erick Gaylord and Larry Balkwill, the Wizards banged out 24 hits. Amsterdam had just 23 in last night's win over Cooperstown. That said, the 23 hits by Amsterdam are the most from a PGCBL team this season.

*While PGCBL pitchers have yet to record a no-hitter, Sunday night's games featured a pair of two-hit bids from starting pitchers. Mohawk Valley's Joe Michaud did not allow a run and yielded just two singles in a win at Watertown. He nearly let in a run in the first however Mark Stuckey (Marist) threw out Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) attempting to score from second on a base hit. After that, Watertown never really threatened the Dawgs' starter. He received some pretty good run support as well to the tune of 15 runs on 15 hits. Newark's Derek Dallas (UT Dallas) also received strong run support in a 12-2 win over Elmira. Dallas did give up one run but held Elmira to just two singles. He walked one, struck out two and forced 13 fly outs.

*The combined 47 runs by winning teams on Sunday tied marked the highest total for four winning teams on a single day this season. Breaking down the 47 scores, Amsterdam plated 16 runs, Mohawk Valley 15, Newark 12 and Albany 4. However, that record will fall on July 15 when the game between the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs is completed. Mohawk Valley currently holds an 18-9 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning. On July 2, Watertown scored 20 runs in a win over Oneonta. Combined with Mohawk Valley's 18, Elmira's 11 and Amsterdam's seven, that accounts for 56 runs - nearly 10 more than were recorded by winning teams on Sunday.

*Dating back to July 5, home teams have accrued an 11-5 record. Friday night, all four home teams (Elmira, Newark, Albany and Amsterdam) were victorious. That marked the first time this entire season that home teams have gone undefeated on a single night.

*There are several signings over the past few days to report. Glens Falls has re-signed 2011 PGCBL all-star Anthony Pisani (Southern Maine). Pisani played in just eight games for the Huskies this spring due to injury. The USM senior has received clearance from the NCAA to compete next season as a redshirt senior thus giving him eligibility to play this summer in Glens Falls. Cooperstown inked infielder Colton Beatty (Cal State Stanislaus) yesterday afternoon. Beatty was in the line-up last night at Amsterdam and socked two hits including a two-run double for the Hawkeyes. Beatty is a former all-conference selection for the Warriors. Just today, Newark grabbed 2012 all-state selection Derick Fera from Lyons (N.Y.) High School. Fera, who will be heading to Finger Lakes Comm. College in the fall, was tapped second team all-state earlier this month. At Lyons, Fera was an all-state selection in both basketball and baseball.

*For all of the latest transactions, go to our transactions page, here.

*The 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game will take place two weeks from tomorrow at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, N.Y. on July 24. Rosters for the game will be announced next week.

*Jared Cheek, the top PGCBL closer in terms of saves (six), has seen more action as of late behind the plate for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Cheek backstopped the Golden Eagles on Sunday and caught pitchers Neil Fryer (Siena) and Jordan Keysor (Skidmore). He has now started three of the last four games behind the plate. The rising sophomore from Ga. Southern has not recorded a save in July and his last converted save was on June 30 in a victory over Mohawk Valley.

*I'll round out today's notebook with Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs offense has been nothing short of prolific over the past week. Monday in a suspended game, Mohawk Valley scored 18 runs in just seven innings against Cooperstown at Doubleday Field. The DiamondDawgs pounded 16 hits and seven of the 18 runs were reeled off in the first inning. Tuesday, the Dawgs had 13 hits and scored eight times in a loss to Albany at home. Thursday, MV banged out 16 hits and scored 11 times in a shootout win over Amsterdam at Shuttleworth Park. Roberto Vaz's offense remained hot on Saturday night with 11 runs on 14 hits in a home win versus Cooperstown and then the Little Falls side closed out the week with 15 runs on 15 hits in a methodical destruction of Watertown on Sunday.

Looking Ahead
*A home-and-home series between rivals Albany and Glens Falls ends tonight at East Field in "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan's hometown. The Golden Eagles had their 2x4's out in a 9-2 squash of Albany this past Thursday. Last night, Albany turned the tables on Glens Falls with a 4-1 victory at "The Bob." Interestingly enough, both winning pitchers in those games, Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) of Glens Falls and David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) of Albany were the co-winners of the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week award. With a win on Sunday, Albany has retaken the lead in the season series, 3-2, and given how close the league standings are, a head-to-head tiebreaker could prove key come playoff time. Nick Davey's Dutch has won two in a row and the key has been solid pitching behind back-to-back quality starts from JUCO arms David Stagg and Andrew Furber (Gloucester County). In two-straight wins, Albany has given up just one run in each game. A 6-1 win over Cooperstown on Friday night marked the first time the Dutch has held an opponent to a single run since Opening Night against Elmira. Albany's overall road record is under .500 however the team has won three of its last four road games and claimed wins at Newark, Mohawk Valley and Cooperstown. Glens Falls is one the best home teams in the league with a 9-6 mark. The Eagles are 5-2 in their last seven at East Field. While quiet on Sunday, the Golden Eagle offense has still recorded at least 10 hits in four of six games since the calendar turned to the month of July. Just one game stands between second-place Glens Falls and fourth-place Albany in the league standings.

*The Mayor's Cup series between the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and the Oneonta Outlaws resumes this evening at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. Oneonta leads the series three games to one however the last meeting turned into a laugher as Cooperstown thumped Oneonta 11-1 on the former grounds of Elihu Phinney's cow pasture. A rested Oneonta team finds itself in a tie for fourth place with a resurgent Albany club. The Outlaws were 11-6 at one point but since then have gone a mere 2-7 with the two victories both coming over the Newark Pilots. The good news for Oneonta? The last time Oneonta won a game on a walk-off, it spurred the team on to a 7-3 stretch that included two four-game win streaks. For head coach Greg Zackrison and company, it's a fairly simple plan. When the Orange and Black limit the opposition to three runs or less, the team is 8-0. The Outlaws are 1-1 against the Hawkeyes in Cooperstown this season. The Hawkeyes put eight runs on the scoreboard on Sunday night in Amsterdam but still suffered a loss by a score of 16-8. In two trips to the Rug City, Cooperstown has scored 17 runs but given up 24. The Hawkeyes are mired in a four-game slide and have won just once since pounding Oneonta last Monday. Pitching has been the issue with Cooperstown allowing 49 runs on 73 hits over its last five completed games. Since a combined five-hitter against Amsterdam on June 23, Hawkeye hurlers have allowed no fewer than eight hits per game. Overall, Cooperstown's offense has been best at home with at least five scores in four-straight games and that includes a four-homer game against Glens Falls on June 26. The same two teams will play on Wednesday night in Oneonta.

*Outside of Amsterdam, the hottest team in the PGCBL now resides in Little Falls. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs have won three games in a row with a simply over-powering offense that has scored 37 runs on 45 hits in wins over Amsterdam, Cooperstown and Watertown. Following a 12-4 defeat to Amsterdam at home on July 1, the DiamondDawgs have scored 18 (unofficially), eight, 11, 11 and 15 runs in five games. The 18 runs come from an 18-9 lead in a suspended game over Cooperstown which will not be finished until July 15. The stats will not be counted until then. Mohawk Valley has bolstered its' team batting average to .260 and 10 players are hitting at least .250 or better. Even more impressive is that three of the Dawgs biggest offensive explosions have come on the road at three different parks. Though, quality starts of seven innings or more from John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) and Joe Michaud (Bryant) in Mohawk Valley's last two games have been every bit as important as the offense. The Mohawk Valley traveling offensive circus heads to the Twin Tiers tonight for what is sure to be an offensive showcase with Elmira. The two teams combined for 14 runs in an 8-6 MV victory on June 21. Elmira's offense has been quieted the last two nights by Amsterdam and Newark however the Pios scored 38 runs in a five-game winning streak between June 30 and July 6. After going winless in a four straight at home to start the season, Elmira is 5-5 in its last 10 at Dunn Field where they've hosted over 40,000 guests already this season. After tonight, Elmira and Mohawk Valley will play just one more time on July 30 at the Dunn.

*Watertown and Newark will see a lot of one another over the course of the next 22 days. The Wizards and Pilots played twice last week with the most recent meeting being on Friday night in Newark which was an 8-5 Pilots' win. Newark and Watertown meet again tonight at Colburn Park and then will play a double dip of seven-inning games on July 13. The Wizards and Pilots will play two final times during the last full week of the regular season. Newark holds a 4-1 lead in the season series. This will be just the second game in six between the two clubs in Wayne County. Due to rain, the first three games of the season series took place in the North Country. Newark has put together 20 runs on 23 hits in back-to-back home wins and the Pilots have 13 home games remaining over the final 22 days of the season. Newark's 11 home games played are the fewest in the league while the team has posted 17 road games. The Wiz Kids are 5-2 in their last seven road games and will play six in a row on the road between now and July 15 because of the Jefferson County Fair. Overall, Watertown boasts a 9-4 road record. The Wizards shortest trips are just over two hours to both Mohawk Valley and Newark with the average trip being around three hours from the North Country down Route 12 or Route 81 to the rest of the league.

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