PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 11, 2012

Albany's Adam Young (UC Davis) applies the tag to Amsterdam's Brian Ruby (Binghamton) on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park. Photo courtesy The-Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo

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Last Night's Scores
Watertown 5 Cooperstown 1
Oneonta 8 Elmira 5
Albany 6 Amsterdam 2
Mohawk Valley 4 Newark 3

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Mohawk Valley at Albany (DH), 5:05 p.m.
Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.) 1-0, 4.35 ERA vs. Cody Tollison (Middle Tenn. State) 0-1, 4.34 ERA
TBD vs. Ricky Schafer (Cypress) 2-1, 2.75 ERA

Cooperstown at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
Cody Cooper (N. Kentucky) 1-4, 5.61 ERA vs. Taylor Hicks (Georgia) 0-2, 5.38 ERA

Glens Falls at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.

Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) 3-0, 1.33 ERA vs. Matt Holling (Hofstra) 0-1, 5.09 ERA

Amsterdam at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Rocky McCord (Auburn) 3-0, 1.27 ERA  vs. Austin McAuliffe (NJIT) 1-1, 4.50 ERA

*Missed talking about this more yesterday and there will be a release up on the web site today. The Amsterdam Mohawks have moved up to number four in the Perfect Game Summer Top 30 poll which is compiled by Allan Simpson. There are just three teams ahead of Amsterdam and those include the Cape Cod Baseball League's Harwich Mariners, Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Keene Swamp Bats. Amsterdam was sixth last week and 11th two weeks ago.

*The fifth walk-off win of the season was recorded last night by Mohawk Valley in a 4-3 victory over Newark at Veterans Memorial Park. Eric Helmrich (Marist) singled home David Del Grande (Sacramento State) with the winning run. Del Grande essentially set the table for the game-winning knock by Helmrich when he tripled to start the bottom of the ninth. Talk about heart-breaking for Newark; two of the five walk-off wins in the PGCBL this season have been recorded against the Pilots. The full list of walk-off wins can be found in our daily game notes here.

*The hottest team in the league right now is the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Dawgs under head coach Roberto Vaz have won five games in a row to improve to 14-13 and move into fouth-place in the league table, just a half-game behind third-place Oneonta. No other team has a current winning streak that is longer. Since starting 3-7, the DiamondDawgs are 11-6 in their last 17 games. Last season, the Dawgs went 18-29 and tied for third in the PGCBL East with the Albany Dutchmen. The franchise record for victories is 24, set in 2006, when the team was known as the Little Falls Diamond Miners and went 24-17 in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

*Not only did Mohawk Valley win on Tuesday night, the Dawgs did it without reaching into double digits in runs and hits. Mohawk Valley recorded just four runs on eight hits and two of those hits came in the bottom of the ninth inning from David Del Grande (Sacramento State) and Eric Helmrich (Marist). Mohawk Valley's four runs were its fewest since a 12-4 loss to Amsterdam on July 1 and its eight hits were the least recorded by the team dating back to June 28, a 2-1 loss to Amsterdam at Shuttleworth Park.

*Thanks to Jon Rathburn, the sports editor of the Little Falls Times for this note. Mohawk Valley's Tyler Heck (Union, N.Y.) is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak. Heck is batting .422 (19-for-45) during the streak and has 16 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. The DiamondDawgs are 6-3 during Heck's nine-game hitting streak. He has also moved into the lead-off slot on Roberto Vaz's line-up card.

*Watertown continues to win on the road. The Wizards picked up their second win in as many trips to Cooperstown yesterday with a 5-1 defeat of the Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field. Watertown now has 11 victories on the road and 13 wins overall. The Wizards are 11-4 away from the home and in two games at Cooperstown have scored 14 runs. Watertown has won at six of eight league opponents - only Albany and Amsterdam have not lost to the Wizards at home however Watertown has been to each field just once. Overall, the Purple and Gold has won five out of its last eight overall with each win being on the road. Watertown hasn't won a home game dating back to June 13. The Wizards are currently on a day off from a week-long road trip that will not see them play in Watertown again until July 16.

*Interesting broadcaster problem last night in Amsterdam. Amsterdam's Taylor Martin (Kentucky), a pitcher, faced off against Albany's Jared Martin (Cumberlands), a hitter. There's no relation between the two to my knowledge however both attend schools in the state of Kentucky and are from Kentucky. Plus, you also had the Remillard brothers, Will (Coastal Carolina) and Zach (Coastal Carolina-2012-13), in the starting line-up for the Dutchmen. Monday night in Newark, Watertown's Jonathan Perez (St. Mary's, Texas) opposed Newark's Josh Perez (Miss. College).

*Talk about coming up big with two outs. All six of Albany's six runs on Tuesday night in Amsterdam came with two outs. With the bases loaded, two outs in the fourth and Albany behind to Amsterdam, 1-0, Nick Chapman (UNC Greensboro) punched a single into center field that brought in two runs to give Albany a 2-1 advantage. The Dutch loaded the bases again in the fifth with two outs and a bases-loaded walk issued by Amsterdam's Taylor Martin (Kentucky) to Albany's Jared Martin (Cumberlands) forced in a run. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012) cracked a two-out RBI single in the sixth and then hammered a two-run double with two outs in the eighth. Amsterdam meanwhile struggled with one-out hitting against Albany's Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) who induced three double-play ground outs.

*Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) of the Albany Dutchmen is from Colonie, N.Y., which is just outside Albany and give or take about 40 minutes from Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park. Judging by the numbers, Snyder feels at home in the Rug City where he has pitched extremely well in two starts at the former Mohawk Mills Park. Matt's first appearance this season at Shuttleworth came on June 18 against the Mohawks. He and Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) engaged in a pitchers' duel that ended up in a 2-0 Amsterdam win. Snyder scattered nine hits over six innings and allowed just one run to the Mohawks. He walked none and struck out three. Last night, Snyder lasted seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked one and struck out four. This time, he was able to outlast Shepherd's collegiate teammate, Taylor Martin, in a 6-2 Albany win.

*Deja vu perhaps? With one out in the second inning of last night's Albany-Amsterdam game, Morgan Phillips (Charleston) came up with one out and Mike Jurgella (Saint Cloud State) on first base following a single. Phillips smashed a double to left field that moved Jurgella from corner to corner. In the fourth, Phillips came up against with Jurgella on first base. However this time, Jurgella had drawn a one-out walk. Phillips simply repeated his previous at-bat and drilled a double into left field moving Jurgella from first to third. Both would eventually score on Nick Chapman's (UNC Greensboro) two-RBI single.

*One of the reasons for Albany's win on Tuesday night was solid plate patience and an ability to foul off pitches. The Dutchmen scored just three runs through the first five innings but forced Amsterdam's Taylor Martin to throw over 100 pitches in that time. Martin came out of the game after the fifth. To Martin's credit, he did force Albany to leave eight men on base.

*The Outlaws returned to their stealing and thieving ways on Tuesday night in Oneonta. Alright, enough with the puns. Anyways, Oneonta, the team atop the league in stolen bases, swiped four bags in a win over Elmira. Lead-off man Logan Brown (Baylor) stole two bases, Clay Holcomb (Troy) had one and Cory Hunt (Utah) had one. The Outlaws now have 60 stolen bases this season and three players have recorded at least 10.

*With three weeks left on the schedule, 1.5 games stands between second-place Glens Falls and sixth-place Albany.

*The nationally-ranked Mohawks had two players return to the line-up on Tuesday night. Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall) returned to start at second base after missing several weeks due to injury. Week 3 PGCBL Co-Player of the Week Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) missed most of last week however was back in the Amsterdam batting order and recorded two hits to increase his league-leading batting average to .459. The Mohawks also welcomed in a new starting first baseman, Jeff Limbaugh (Parkland). Limbaugh will be attending Wright State in the fall.

*And finally, Mohawk Valley's offense has been overwhelming to say the least over the last week. However, an lesser talked about aspect has been a help as well and that's starting pitching. John Means (Fort Scott C.C.), Joe Michaud (Bryant) and Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) are all among the top five pitchers in the league in opponents' batting average. Michaud (0.90, 46) and Means (1.24, 42) are both among the league's top three in earned run average and strikeouts.

Looking Ahead
*Three weeks from now will be the final day of the 2012 regular season on Aug. 1. The league playoffs begin three weeks from Friday with the top four teams from the league standings.

*The Albany Dutchmen and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will play just the fourth traditional doubleheader of the league schedule this evening at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany. The first of two seven inning games begins around 5:00 p.m. A league twin bill has not been played since June 27 in Glens Falls when the Golden Eagles hosted the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The doubleheader is to make up for a rain out that occured on June 12, nearly one month ago. This will be Mohawk Valley's first trip to "The Bob" of the season though the Dawgs lead the series two wins to one. All three previous meetings came at Vet's Park with the most recent being a 10-8 Albany win in 10 innings on July 3. Albany's Morgan Phillips (Charleston) broke an 8-8 tie in the 10th with an RBI double. After today, Albany and MV will play just two more times, once in Little Falls and once in Albany. Mohawk Valley's offense cooled off on Tuesday night however the Dawgs have still won five in a row which is the longest winning streak for the franchise in the PGCBL and in the last three years. The Little Falls side hasn't loss since the aforementioned defeat to Albany just over a week ago. Mohawk Valley has also won three in a row on the road. A healthy Albany club has triumphed six times in its last 10 games and more recently has four wins in its last six. Nick Davey's team has won two straight in the Capital District. Interestingly, Mohawk Valley is undefeated (4-0) all-time at Bellizzi Field. The twin bill could sway the standings in a big way as both teams jockey for possible playoff positioning. The Dawgs lead the Dutch by one game but Albany has a game at hand.

*For the first time since the 2011 PGCBL Championship Series, the Amsterdam Mohawks meet the Newark Pilots at Colburn Park. Amsterdam and Newark are scheduled to play just twice this season, once tonight in Newark and then on July 20 at Shuttleworth Park. Newark defeated Amsterdam, two games to one, to win the league title last year and earned both wins on the same night in a marathon doubleheader sweep of the Mohawks in the Rug City to shock the Shuttleworth faithful. Presently, Amsterdam's in the PGCBL catbirds' seat as Red Barber would say with a number-four national ranking and a 23-6 record which is seven games better than second-place Glens Falls. The Mohawks, who started the season 20-3, have slowed their charge a little and are 3-3 in their last six games. In losses, pitching has been a problem as the Tribe has allowed at least six runs and 10 hits in those three recent setbacks. In wins, opponents have scored two runs twice and Cooperstown had eight on Sunday night in a 16-8 loss. Amsterdam's offense managed only two runs on Tuesday night, just the third time this season that has happened. Each of the previous two times have resulted in at least eight scores the next night. Newark's recent stumbles have seen the Pilots drop into a fifth-place tie with Albany and they are now on the outside looking in at fourth-place Mohawk Valley. Since June 27 with an 11-7 record, the Pilots have gone 4-8. Three recent losses have all been by two runs or less and the all three defeats have been decided in the final inning. While the Pilots have an even overall record of 15-15, they are also 6-6 at home and 9-9 on the road with 18 games left. Amsterdam went 3-1 in four trips to Colburn Park last season including a Game 1 win in the PGCBLCS.

*The Mayor's Cup Series between Cooperstown and Oneonta resumes tonight at Damaschke Field in the City of the Hills. The Outlaws lead the series with their Otsego County rivals, four games to one. Including tonight, there are five games remaining between the two teams. Oneonta can just about clinch the series outright tonight with a victory. The Orange and Black have been riding high since a walk-off win over Newark several nights ago and have all the sudden won three in a row to take hold sole possession of third place, just a half-game behind second-place Glens Falls. Oneonta has a game at hand on Glens Falls as well. In a three-game win streak, the Outlaws have outscored foes 19-14 though all three wins have been by three runs or less. Oneonta's eight runs on 12 hits Tuesday night marked the highest output for the team since a 10-1 beatdown of Newark on July 3. Three of the five games in the Cooperstown-Oneonta series have been decided by two runs or less and that includes Monday's thrilling 7-6 win for Oneonta that was not decided until the final out was recorded at Doubleday Field. Both games between Oneonta and Cooperstown at Damaschke Field early last month were decided by two or fewer runs. The Hawkeyes haven't been to Oneonta since June 16, a 4-3 Oneonta win in 10 innings which ended with a Lucas Leifield (Grand Canyon) walk-off single. Cooperstown pitchers put together their best effort of the season on Tuesday in a loss to Watertown. The Hawkeyes tied their season-low allowed as Watertown managed just four hits in a game that was a 5-1 Watertown win. Cooperstown, one of the best home teams in the league last year with a 14-7 Doubleday mark, is 4-11 at home this season and 5-9 on the road.

*One of the longest road trips in the PGCBL takes place when the Elmira Pioneers meet the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Tonight, it's the Golden Eagles making the four-hour bus ride from Glens Falls to the Twin Tiers for a date with the Pioneers. Elmira will look to build upon its single-season league attendance record. Heading into tonight's game, Elmira has already hosted 43,734 guests at Dunn Field. Including tonight, the Pios have just nine home games remaining. The rested Golden Eagles, currently in second place, stand above the messy fray in the middle of the pack in the PGCBL and lead third-place Oneonta by a half-game. Glens Falls outlasted Albany, 11-8, on Monday at East Field to end a three-game losing streak. The Eagles and Pios are scheduled to play just twice this year and Elmira leads the season series, 1-0, based on a 12-9 victory in Glens Falls on June 20. The Eagles need to score just seven more runs to reach 200 for the season; through 29 games, Glens Falls has plated 193 tallies for an average of 6.7 per game. The offense needs to be stout for the Green and Gold because GF pitchers have allowed four runs or more in 23 games and that includes 13 times in the last 14 games. Since a come-from-behind win over Oneonta on July 6, the Pios have lost four a in a row. The offense has managed 13 scores however Pios pitchers and fielders have let in 42 scores including eight to Oneonta on Tuesday night. Glens Falls was 2-1 in three trips to the Twin Tiers last season. 

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