PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 17, 2012

PGCBL stolen base leader Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls during last night's game vs. Amsterdam. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles.

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Last Night's Scores
Newark 4 Elmira 3
Oneonta 12 Albany 3
Glens Falls 7 Amsterdam 6
Watertown 18 Cooperstown 1

Today's Games and Pitching Probables

Oneonta at Cooperstown, 5:00 p.m.
Taylor Hicks (Georgia) 1-3, 4.42 ERA vs. Cody Cooper (Northern Kentucky) 1-5, 6.98 ERA

Elmira at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.

Matt Holling (Hofstra) 1-1, 3.65 ERA vs. Rene Solis (St. Mary's, Texas) 3-1, 1.32 ERA

Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m.

Cameron Sorgie (UAlbany) 1-1, 4.18 ERA vs. Rocky McCord (Auburn) 4-0, 1.31 ERA

*For those that live in Upstate New York and the Northeast, hopefully wherever you are reading this, you have air conditioning. Temperatures are forecast today to be in the mid-to-upper 90s. The weather forecast does call for relief ahead and temperatures should dip back into the mid-80s beginning on Wednesday. From the extended forecast files, The Weather Channel is currently calling for mid-to-upper 80s in Amsterdam on July 24 and overcast skies for the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game. We'll check on the forecast more as the game draws closer.

*Congratulations to the Amsterdam Mohawks and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Mohawks have moved up to number three in the latest edition of Perfect Game's Summer Top 30 rankings. Amsterdam only trails the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Newport Gulls (#1) and Keene Swamp Bats (#2) in the poll. Mohawk Valley has also debuted in the "Other teams receiving consideration" category. The full listing can be found on Perfect Game's web site here.

*Congratulations also goes out to all of the players that were named to 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game rosters today. If you haven't yet seen the rosters, click here.

*It is hot, that is all.

*Two days in a row, two grand slams. Sure, technically not really but in the last two days, there have been two grand slams hit. Cooperstown's Quinn Pippin (Tulane) belted a grand slam on Sunday evening against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at Vet's Park. Though, if you want to be technical about it, all of the statistics for that particular game revert back to July 2 - the day the game was started. Last night, Zach Lucas (Louisville) of the Oneonta Outlaws hit a grand slam against the Albany Dutchmen at Damaschke Field. And if you were wondering, you are correct - both grand slams were hit by Otsego County teams in Otsego County.

*Last night's grand slam by Zach Lucas (Louisville) just happened to be the first home run hit by an Outlaw this season at Damaschke Field. As the team, the Outlaws have smashed just seven belts this entire season. That is the second fewest in the entire league.

*Another streak came to an end on Monday night as the Watertown Wizards picked up their first home win since June 13 with an 18-1 triumph over Cooperstown. That ended a streak of 10-straight losses at the "Duffy Dome" for the Purple and Gold. The Wizards are back home tonight and once more as well this week.

*Blame it on the rain in Watertown. Well, not really but why not employ a Milli Vanilli song in this note. Watertown and Cooperstown were delayed 35 minutes by rain last night in the middle of the second inning. Before the stoppage, Cooperstown grabbed a 1-0 lead on a ground-rule double from Kyle Liner (Binghamton). The score at the end of the top of the second was 1-0 Cooperstown. After the rain, Watertown scored four times in the bottom of the second and went on to record 14 runs in the next five innings.

*The list of walk-offs has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the last week. While Newark had a large hand in that, it was Glens Falls on Monday night pulling off the latest walk-off win. The Eagles scored twice with two outs to steal a win from Amsterdam at East Field. Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) ended the game with a walk-off double into the left-field corner that scored Alberto Morales (Clarendon) all the way from first. The win is the first walk-off victory for Glens Falls this season.

*The Golden Eagles are now 4-1 against the Mohawks in five games. Glens Falls and Amsterdam are scheduled to play three more times in the regular season. Also, if the current standings hold, Amsterdam and Glens Falls would meet in the first round of the playoffs.

*Amsterdam's game with Glens Falls on Monday night featured ties of 2-2, 3-3 and 5-5 through the first seven innings. There was a brief 6-6 tie in the bottom of the ninth after Alberto Morales (Clarendon) pulled Glens Falls even with a two-out RBI single. He then broke the tie when he scored on a Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) extra-base hit into the left-field corner.

*There was some talk the other day about two-out runs. Well, Newark took the lesson to heart and scored four two-out runs on Monday night in Elmira. The Pilots scored twice with two outs in the seventh on an Elmira error combined with a Ben Bostick (St. John Fisher) RBI single. And then in the eighth inning, second-year Pilot Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) smashed a two-run single with two outs. Osterman's hit brought home what turned out to be the eventual game-winning run.

*There were some strong seven-inning starts from three pitchers last night. Newark's Phillip Flach (Samford) gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out five in a win over the Elmira Pioneers. Watertown's Matt McClain (St. Mary's, Texas) fired a four-hitter, walked three and struck out seven to defeat Cooperstown. Oneonta's Sheldon Lee (U. San Francisco) moved into a tie atop the league leaderboad with his fifth win. In seven innings versus Albany, Lee gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five. He also retired the side in order four times.

*Watertown set a season high last night, in hits but not runs. The Wiz Kids smacked out 20 hits against Cooperstown at the "Duffy Dome" which is a new season high, surpassing the previous record of 19 set one week ago at Newark in a 15-13 win. However, Watertown's season high for runs came against Oneonta on July 2 in a 20-6 triumph. It should be noted that the Wizards are 3-0 in their last three Monday games and have scored a combined total of 53 runs in those wins (Oneonta, Newark, Cooperstown).

*On the other side of the coin, the third-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks have not had great success after news of the PG Summer Top 30 has been released in each of the last three weeks.The Mohawks are 0-3 in the last three weeks after the national rankings came out. Amsterdam fell in a 9-8 thriller to Cooperstown on July 3 after moving up to sixth in the rankings. Last week, the Mohawks climbined up to fourth on Monday and then were held to just two runs in a 6-2 loss to Albany on Tuesday. And last night, just hours after the team was ranked third in the country, Glens Falls earned a walk-off victory at Amsterdam.

*Amsterdam's Zak Colby (Faulkner) is the new league leader in batting average after last night's games. Colby has a .404 batting average through 32 games played. The previous leader in batting average, Evan Stephens (Wake Forest), has fallen out of contention for the batting title at least for the moment. Stephens did not play last night and he is now one plate appearance shy of qualifying for the league leaderboard in batting average. Stephens has 98 plate appearances the cut-off on the batting average leaderboard is 99.

*With three runs scored last night, Watertown's Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) has moved into a tie for the league lead in runs scored with Mohawk Valley's Tyler Heck (Union, N.Y.). Each player has scored 38 times. That is tied with last season's overall high for runs that were recorded by Amsterdam's Zach Shank (Marist).

*Breaking down Watertown's offensive outburst last night against Cooperstown. All nine starters had at least one hit and eight of nine starters scored at least one run though nine Wizards overall scored at least once. Seven Wizards also drove in one run each. Watertown batted seven times as a team between the second and eighth innings and plated 18 runs on 19 hits in those frames. The Wizards scored at least once in six of the seven team at-bats and rattled off four runs in an inning three times. Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) led the team in hits (four) and RBI (five) and A.J. Capone (Saint Rose) scored a game-high four runs.

*The trio of Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt), Zach Lucas (Louisville) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) led the Oneonta Outlaws on Tuesday night. The six through eight batters on manager Greg Zackrison's line-up card combined to produce five hits and nine RBI. Lucas hit a grand slam, Wiel connected on two run-scoring singles to finish with three RBI and Holcomb served up a pair of RBI singles.

Looking Ahead
*Just three games are scheduled on the docket today. After this evening, every day until the end of the regular season, minus July 24 (All-Star Game) will feature four league contests.

*The most interesting game of the day will happen in the Rug City where the third-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at Shuttleworth Park. It is a battle of the best team in the league overall against the hottest team in the league. Roberto Vaz's DiamondDawgs have won a league-record 11 games in a row; the Mohawks set the previous mark earlier this season with a 10-game winning streak. Mohawk Valley's winning streak started at Shuttleworth Park on July 5 with an 11-7 victory over the Mohawks. In July, Mohawk Valley is 12-2 and has outscored opponents 139-70. However, during its current winning streak, MV has held opponents to just 35 runs. Amsterdam however has held the upper hand in the season series with a 5-1 record against Mohawk Valley. Injuries among other things have caught up with the Mohawks and in the month of July, the Tribe is just 8-5 after compiling a white-hot start of 20-3 in June. Both teams hit over .330 last week and for the season each team has a batting average of at least .280. The Mohawks and Dawgs are also 1-2 in the league in home runs, Mohawk Valley has mashed 24 and Amsterdam is tied for second with Glens Falls at 18.

*The Mayor's Cup series between the Oneonta Outlaws and Cooperstown Hawkeyes resumes this evening at Doubleday Field. Oneonta leads the series 5-1 with four games left and can clinch the outright crown tonight with a win in Cooperstown. More importantly for the Outlaws is a chance to gain ground on idle Glens Falls. Oneonta enters today a half-game back of Glens Falls with a game at  hand; consider today's tilt the aforementioned game at hand as after today, the Eagles and Outlaws will have each played 35 games and have 13 left. The Orange and Black is in a current stretch of 15 games in 15 days leading up to the All-Star Game. After the one-day break for some, the Outlaws will not have another day off for the rest of the regular season. Currently, Oneonta is 4-4 since its last day off on July 8. Cooperstown has the chance to play the role of spoiler to Oneonta's playoff chances. The Hawkeyes routed the Outlaws, 11-1, at Doubleday Field on July 1 and then nearly rallied for a come-from-behind win on July 9 at home but fell just short. The Outlaws have won the last two in the series that continues on Thursday in the City of the Hills. Oneonta has reached double digits in runs six times and has won each of those games. The last two wins for the Outlaws have come by a combined total of 25-4. Cooperstown has played tough at Doubleday Field this year and all four of their double-digit performances (three currently official) have been at home.

*Concluding the Tuesday menu, a steel cage match in the North Country for playoff positioning takes place between the Elmira Pioneers and Watertown Wizards. The Wiz Kids and Pios are tied for seventh place currently with identical 14-21 records. Watertown holds a brief edge based on a head-to-head tiebreaker; the Wizards are 3-2 against the Pioneers in five previous games. After tonight, the two teams will play just twice more in a home-and-home series next week. Elmira's forward momentum of three wins in four games was halted on Monday night in a tight loss to the Newark Pilots at Dunn Field. It was Elmira's 10th loss in a game decided by two runs or less. The good news for the Twin Tiers team is that it is 2-0 in two games at Watertown's Duffy Fairgrounds this season. Two long bus rides have resulted in wins of 12-9 and 6-4 in the North Country. Elmira will also have to hope that Watertown punched itself out with 18 runs on 20 hits in a Monday night massacre of Cooperstown. In general, the Wizards have played poorly at home but Monday could be a springboard for the team into home games against Elmira and Glens Falls before an off-day on Tuesday. Watertown hasn't beaten Elmira at home since July 31, 2011, when Tim Sylvester struck out 12 in a complete game victory. The winner of the game will find itself just one victory behind idle Albany.

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