PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 13, 2012

Watertown's Jordan Enos (Holy Cross) at bat earlier this week against the Newark Pilots. Photo courtesy John Burns/Watertown Wizards Facebook

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Last Night's Scores
Newark 4 Oneonta 3
Amsterdam 8 Watertown 5
Mohawk Valley 5 Glens Falls 4
Cooperstown 15 Albany 11 (7) - Suspended, Darkness

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Watertown at Newark (DH), 5:00 p.m.
Nick Bradley (W. Michigan) 2-2, 3.82 ERA vs. Daniel Thorpe (Saint Joseph's) 4-0, 3.24 ERA
Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona) 1-3, 5.67 ERA vs. Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) 4-1, 5.49 ERA

Albany at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Kasceim Graham (UAlbany) 0-1, 13.50 ERA vs. Dylan Waugh (Ariz. Christian) 3-1, 3.97 ERA

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.
Cory Folk (Buffalo) 2-0, 5.33 ERA vs. Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) 2-0, 1.50 ERA

Oneonta at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Brett Lisle (Virginia) 2-2, 3.58 ERA vs. John Means (Fort Scott C.C.) 2-2 ,1.20 ERA

*A slightly belated and smaller edition of the notebook today as a longer version decided not to save on the back end of the web site thus negating about 30 minutes worth of notes.

*It's a Friday night in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and one of the final Friday's of the season. Three weeks from now, Friday, Aug. 3, will be the first night of the 2012 PGCBL playoffs. There are just two Friday nights remaining in the regular season.

*The game between Cooperstown and Albany that was suspended due to darkness on Thursday evening will be completed on July 31 at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany. The suspended game will be resumed in the top of the eighth inning with Cooperstown ahead 15-11. Cooperstown will be the home team for the final two innings. The regularly-scheduled game between Cooperstown and Albany, which will consist of nine innings, will be played after the conclusion of the suspended game. Albany does not have another trip to Cooperstown scheduled which is why the Thursday's game will be finished in Albany.

*This Sunday, Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley will complete their suspended game from July 2. The game will be resumed in the top of the eighth inning with Mohawk Valley leading Cooperstown 18-9. The suspended game will be re-started at 4:15 p.m. The regularly-scheduled game will follow.

*Add another name to the list of walk-off winners this summer in the PGCBL. Newark's Adam Grace (Erie C.C.) clocked an RBI single into right field last night to score Chris Doyle (UC Davis) with the winning run as the Pilots edged the Oneonta Outlaws at Colburn Park. It was essentially revenge for the Pilots who lost late last week to Oneonta in a similiar walk-off fashion at Damaschke Field. Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) connected on a sacrifice fly to plate Orlando Rivera (State College of Florida) with the winning score in a 4-3 win over the Pilots on July 7.

*The walk-off victory for Newark continues a stretch for the Pilots of five of their last six games being decided in the final innings. Newark lost at Oneonta on a walk-off sacrifice fly on July 7 which was followed by the lone non-nailbiter of the last week, a12-2 thumping of Elmira at home. The Pilots then dropped a 15-13 heartbreaker at home in 10 innings to the Watertown Wizards. Newark allowed Watertown to score three runs in the top of the ninth inning and then needed to tally once in the home half of the frame to force the extra session which was won by the visitors. Newark still had a chance to win the game as the Pilots loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th with the potential tying and winning runs aboard. The Pilots lost a second walk-off decision at Mohawk Valley on July 10. Wednesday night, Newark could not quite complete a comeback in a 16-12 loss to Amsterdam. Newark however did have the sacks packed in the final frame with the potential tying run at the plate. And then last night, Newark finally picked up a walk-off win of its' own on Adam Grace's ninth-inning RBI single. However to get into that situation, the defending league champs did allow three runs in the top of the ninth.

*Newark and Oneonta have played five times this season and four of those games have been decided by a score of 4-3. Each team has two wins over the other by virtue of a 4-3 count. The lone game not decided by a 4-3 score came on July 3 when Oneonta man-handled Newark 10-1 at Colburn Park.

*Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls continues to be a base-stealing machine for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Kivett swiped four bags on Thursday night against Mohawk Valley. For the season, Kivett has a league leading 29 thefts. He has eight stolen bases more than Newark's Joe Landi (Rhode Island) who is in second place.

*There's a reason the Amsterdam Mohawks are ranked nationally. The Mohawks currently have two of the top three hitters for average in the league. Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) leads the loop with a .446 batting average. Zak Colby (Faulkner) isn't far behind Stephens with a .394 mark. Colby has boosted has average over the past five days with a pair of five-hit games in Amsterdam victories.

*Newark's Josh Crowdus (Delta State) set a league single-game record on Thursday night. Crowdus recorded three sacrifice hits against the Oneonta Outlaws. Officially, Crowdus went 0-for-1. However in three of his four plate appearances, he sacrificed over runners. He leads the Pilots this season with eight sacrifices.

*Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) saw his winning streak come to an end on Thursday night. Shepherd went 5-0 in his first five starts and posted a 0.26 earned run average. Thursday night, Shepherd made his second appearance against the Watertown Wizards and first at home. Shepherd was roughed up for five runs on eight hits over six innings though he was mainly done in by one bad inning. The Wiz Kids scored single runs in the first and sixth though the big inning was the second with three scores that were largely set up by three-straight doubles from Watertown hitters. Amsterdam was able to come back however and win the game 8-5. For the season, Shepherd still leads the league with five wins and his 1.35 earned run average is among the top five.

*When Albany and Cooperstown get together at Doubleday Field, they like to score runs in bunches. In Albany's first trip to Doubleday Field, Cooperstown scored six times in the third inning to grab a 6-0 lead. Albany responded with 11-unanswered runs in an 11-6 victory. Thursday, the Hawkeyes again were the early aggressors and forged out to a 15-4 lead. The Dutchmen reeled off seven-unanswered runs though their rally was cut short by darkness. The Dutchmen will have to wait two weeks to try and continue their comeback rally.

*There was a lot of stealing going on on Thursday night at Vet's Park in Little Falls. I already mentioned Ross Kivett (Kansas State), the league's stolen base leader, snatching four bases. Overall, the Golden Eagles and the DiamondDawgs accounted for 11 stolen bases. Glens Falls swiped five bags and two players had at least one steal while Mohawk Valley stole six bases and two Dawgs had at least two steals.

*Go-ahead home runs were the name of the game on the Mohawk River on Thursday night as both the Amsterdam Mohawks and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs used late-inning blasts to win their games. Beginning in Little Falls, Eric Helmrich (Marist) socked a two-run home run in the seventh inning to turn a 4-3 Glens Falls lead into a 5-4 Mohawk Valley advantage. That score would hold up for the DiamondDawgs. Meanwhile, down the river in Amsterdam, Jeff Limbaugh (Parkland) clubbed a three-run home run in the eighth that led Amsterdam to an 8-5 win over Watertown.

*Mohawk Valley's eight-game winning streak is the third longest in PGCBL history. The two streaks longer both have been recorded this year by the Amsterdam Mohawks. Amsterdam has had 2012 winning streaks of 10 and nine games. No winning streak in 2011 by any league team surpassed seven games. The full list can be found in today's game notes.

Looking Ahead
*If the league playoffs started today, you would essentially have two playoff games tonight - Glens Falls at Amsterdam as the 1 versus 4 match-up and then Oneonta at Mohawk Valley as the 2-versus-3.

*It doesn't get much bigger than a doubleheader in the final three weeks of the regular season between two teams fighting for one of the final playoff spots. The Newark Pilots and the Watertown Wizards will play a key twin bill this evening at Newark's Colburn Park. A twin bill wasn't initially scheduled for tonight however one is scheduled to take place tonight due to a rain out on June 12 when neither the Pilots nor the Wizards had even any thoughts about a playoff chase. Watertown is in the midst of a week-long road trip due to the Jefferson County Fair and the Wizards already have a win in their back pockets over the Pilots at Colburn Park this week. Watertown won a thrilling 15-13 decision in 10 innings on Monday night in Newark which saw the Wiz Kids hex Newark for six runs combined in the ninth and 10th frames. Tonight's doubleheader will feature the seventh and eighth games between Watertown and Newark this season. Newark leads the series 4-2. Watertown dropped a heartbreaker to Amsterdam on Thursday night in the Rug City; an even tougher loss considering the Wizards scored five times on Amsterdam ace Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky). Newark ended a three-game losing streak last night at home against Oneonta though the Pilots nearly gave the game away and had to win it in the bottom of the ninth. Newark's 32 games played are the most for any league team. And with 14 left after tonight, the Pilots will need at least one win. The teams played one doubleheader last year at Watertown's Duffy Fairgrounds; Newark swept the twin bill and pitcher Shayne Herold tossed a complete game four-hit shutout in one of the two tilts.

*The rivalry between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Amsterdam Mohawks continues tonight at Shuttleworth Park in a battle of two of the top four teams in the league. Quietly as it seems, the nationally-ranked Mohawks have triumphed in five of their last six games with a lone loss at home to the Albany Dutchmen. Amsterdam's winning percentage has risen back over the .800 mark the Mohawks clinched at least a .500 record for the season with last night's comeback win over Watertown. The Mohawks found a way to win on Thursday night after getting behind to a pesky Watertown side 4-0 and 5-3. Jeff Limbaugh (Parkland) became the eighth Mohawk this year to homer when he slugged a three-run clout over the Chain Monster. This is the fourth game between Amsterdam and Glens Falls this season. The Eagles lead the series 2-1 though Amsterdam stomped Glens Falls 12-2 in their last contest on July 6, one week ago. Back-to-back losses have put the Green and Gold on the playoff precipice, just a half-game ahead of fourth-place Newark and 1.5 games clear of local rival Albany. The Golden Eagles current slide started with their loss to Amsterdam last Friday and the only win accrued by the team since then was an 11-8 win over Albany at home on Monday. Over the last week, the Eagles have scored more than four runs on just occasions while giving up at least four runs in all six games. League stolen base leader Ross Kivett (Kansas State) and first baseman/designated hitter Mike Vigilarolo (Saint Louis) have not missed a game for the Green and Gold this season.

*The winning streak and momentum for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs continues to grow. The Dawgs have won eight games in a row and their winning streak is the third longest in league history. Tonight, the DiamondDawgs have just their second meeting with the Oneonta Outlaws. The Outlaws have not yet been to Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls this season. Mohawk Valley won the only prior game between the two by a score of 8-2 on June 22 at Damaschke Field. After tonight, the teams will play again next Friday in Little Falls and that will be the end of the season series. For two teams separated by just one game in the standings, the head-to-head tiebreaker could be very important. A win by MV tonight would clinch the season series while an Oneonta road win would make next Friday's affair into a near playoff game. The Dawgs offense continues to bark out runs and timely hitting over the last few games has replaced bopping out big numbers. Three of MV's last four wins have come in a single-digit games where the team has scored four, five and four runs. Pitching has also been good, allowing just seven runs combined in those three wins, one of which was a shutout. Oneonta may have punched itself out on Wednesday night at home against Cooperstown by scoring 13 runs. The Outlaws were blanked over the first eight innings of their game in Newark on Thursday night before taking advantage of two Newark errors that jump-started a three-run top of the ninth. While Oneonta did lose the game, the Outlaws have still won five of their last eight. Since a 7-6 loss to Elmira last weekend, Oneonta hurlers have yielded no more than six runs in a game and opponents have averaged a little under four scores per contest in five games. Meanwihle the Outlaws have scored seven runs a night though that number is helped out by a 13-spot on Cooperstown. The Outlaws are 4-4 in their last eight road games.

*The Albany Dutchmen continue a brief road trip on Friday night with a bus ride out to the Twin Tiers to face the Elmira Pioneers. It has been an up-and-down week for the Dutchmen who opened with a high of beating nationally-ranked Amsterdam at Shuttleworth Park and then fell to Mohawk Valley in both ends of a doubleheader the next day. In one of the two MV losses, Albany was no-hit by Mohawk Valley's Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.). The Dutchmen struggled on Thursday in Cooperstown and got behind 15-4 before rallying for seven unanswered runs. However, Doubleday Field and the sun were able to slow down the Albany charge as the contest was suspended because of darkness after seven innings. Can Albany pull the momentum over to tonight's game in Elmira? The Dutchmen are just 1.5 games behind fourth-place Glens Falls and can make up ground with a win on Friday combined with losses from Newark and/or Glens Falls, two teams ahead of them in the standings. Albany's 11 unofficial runs on Thursday marked the highest total for the team this month and they are the most since erupting for 12 in a win over Newark on June 30. Elmira used a great pitching performance from Matt Holling (Hofstra) on Wednesday night to defeat Glens Falls at Dunn Field. The Pios are home for three of their next four where they will likely surpass the 50,000-mark at the gate. If the Pioneers want to make a charge on the playoff picture, they'll need to win at home where they've gone just 6-10 overall. Though, Elmira has been better at home recently with a 5-5 record. Overall, Albany leads the season series 3-0 but the teams have not competed against one another since a 6-5 Albany win on June 16 at Bob Bellizzi Field.

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