PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 19, 2012

Cooperstown catcher Kyle Liner (Binghamton) awaits a throw as Newark's Chris Doyle (UC Davis) slides into home. Photo courtesy Steve Plopper

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Last Night's Scores
Oneonta 3 Elmira 1
Albany 9 Mohawk Valley 1
Glens Falls 14 Watertown 4
Cooperstown 10 Newark 8

Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Albany at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Cody Tollison (Middle Tenn. State) 0-2, 4.37 ERA vs. Cory Folk (Buffalo) 2-0, 4.60 ERA

Cooperstown at Oneonta, 7:00 p.m.
James Norwood (Saint Louis) 2-5, 4.14 ERA vs. Brett Lisle (Virginia) 2-3, 4.01 ERA

Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) 5-0, 1.35 ERA vs. Evan Davis (Marist) 0-1, 6.33 ERA

Newark at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.

Ethan Humbert (R.I.T.) 0-0, 1.00 ERA vs. Miles Canady (Loras) 1-2, 7.62 ERA

*Best wishes go out to Mohawk Valley catcher Luke Nethaway (Herkimer County C.C.) in hopes of a speedy recovery. Nethaway needed to be stretchered off of the field during last night's game against the Albany Dutchmen at Bob Bellizzi Field following a collision at home plate.

*There are 1.5 games separating third-place Newark from sixth-place Albany. The Dutchmen have three games at hand on the Pilots heading into the 3/4-mile turn in the horse race that is the PGCBL season. Fourth-place Glens Falls and fifth-place Oneonta also have a game at hand on the defending league champions.

*Albany faced Mohawk Valley last night at "The Bob" for the first time since a twin bill last week in which Mohawk Valley's Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.) threw the first no-hitter in PGCBL history. Albany made sure there would be no repeat as lead-off batter Nolan Gaige (UAlbany) started off the bottom of the first with a base hit up the middle. Gaige would eventually come around to score on a Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012) single to give the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead.

*Last night's Albany-Mohawk Valley game could have been even more interesting as Albany's Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) nearly responded to Jesse Buratt's (Baton Rouge C.C.) no-hitter with one of his own. Snyder silenced the Mohawk Valley offense as he pitched into the eighth inning and gave up only one hit, an RBI single to Mohawk Valley's Tyler Heck (Union, N.Y.) in the third. Snyder allowed one run, walked five and struck out five in his second win of the summer. He stranded four Mohawk Valley runners on base. After allowing a run in the third, Snyder did not allow more than five MV batters to the plate in his final four full innings.

*Matt Snyder (Va. Tech), a PGBCL All-Star Game selection, is 2-0 in his last two starts with wins over the top two teams in the league - Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley. In his last two starts, Snyder has a 2-0 record and a 1.26 earned run average in 14.1 innings pitched. He has struck out nine, walked six and allowed just two earned runs. The Colonie, N.Y., native overall is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA in seven appearances.

*Albany's combined one-hitter between Matt Snyder (Va. Tech) and Grant DeWitt (Eureka) marked the fewest number of hits allowed by Albany pitchers in a single game in the four-year history of the franchise.

*The Dutchmen earned their first-ever win over the DiamondDawgs at Bob Bellizzi Field last night. Mohawk Valley had been 6-0 at the fairly new facility.

*While two Albany hurlers were combined on a one-hitter, Oneonta's Nate Abel (Virginia) and Clay Bates (Clemson) combined on a five-hitter to win a pitchers' duel against the Elmira Pioneers at Damaschke Field. Abel twirled a four-hitter through seven innings and allowed a single run on a fielders' choice in the third inning. He walked two, struck out five and induced nine ground outs. Bates yielded a lead-off single in the eighth and that was all in two scoreless frames. Elmira's Brad Bellinger (St. John's) gave up three runs in six innings.

*The Outlaws are off and running again. After a long spell of one or fewer stolen bases over the last three weeks, the Outlaws have increased their team swipe total to 75. Oneonta stole six bases in Wednesday night's win with six different players each recording one theft. Team co-leaders Omar Garcia (State College of Florida) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) each had one to give them both 17 steals for the season. It's only appropriate Oneonta was off and running as prior the game, a 5K road race was held in and around Neahwa Park and Damaschke Field.

*Oneonta has had home run power in its last two games. Zach Lucas (Louisville) blasted a grand slam on Monday night against the Albany Dutchmen in a 12-3 win. Wednesday, it was another Zak Attack as Zac Johnson (Illinois State) swatted a solo home run in the third to give Oneonta a 3-1 cushion. The Outlaws have just eight home runs as a team this season - Zach Lucas has three.

*There was quite a comeback by Cooperstown last night in Newark in a wild game between the Pilots and Hawkeyes. The fireworks began however in the seventh when Newark and Cooperstown combined for seven runs. Cooperstown tied the game on a three-double by Chris Blanton (CSU Monterey Bay) only to watch Newark re-take the lead at 8-4 with four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Things came undone for Newark in the ninth with all-star closer Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) on the mound. Three Newark errors combined with three timely Cooperstown hits led to six runs. Jacob Hubert (Laredo C.C.) tied the game with one of the three hits, an RBI double and then Newark's third error of the inning on a ball hit by Bradley Vandglas (NKU) forced home the eventual winning run. In the frame, Cooperstown had 12 batters - three had one hit, three walked (one intentionally), three reached on an error and three were retired. Kyle Liner (Binghamton) had two plate appearances in the inning and walked both times.

*Cooperstown is undefeated (2-0) at Newark's Colburn Park in 2012. The Hawkeyes have not lost in Newark since dropping Game 2 of a last year's divisional playoff series.

*Newark's side-arming starter, Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) earned a hard-luck no decision. Tidwell, who has a 4-1 record, did not allow an earned run in five innings. He yielded one unearned score on five hits, walked none and struck out three.

*While the game on a field for Newark was a loss, the Pilots had their second-largest crowd of the season at 1,975 for State Senator Michael Nozzolio Night. In one interesting stat, Newark, at home, is 0-3 with crowds that exceed 1,800 this season.

*Glens Falls picked up its first win over Watertown with a 14-4 destruction of the Wizards last night at the Duffy Fairgrounds. The Golden Eagles set a season high for hits in a single game with 16 and tied a season high with 14 runs. The two touchdowns and two extra points are the most scores by Glens Falls on the road. All nine Glens Falls starters scored one run, eight of nine had at least one hit, seven of nine drove in at least one run and six of nine had multi-hit games. Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) and Anthony Pisani (So. Maine) each had a team-high three hits and then Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice), Ross Kivett (Kansas State), Alberto Morales (Clarendon) and Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) each had two hits.

*The Golden Eagles took control of their game against Watertown with a seven-run surge in the fourth inning. All seven runs were unearned and scored on six hits and one error. The Wizards were hurt by a one-out error sandwiched around a fielders' choice and another ground out which would have ended the inning. Instead, the Green and Gold sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs. Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) and Mike Vigliarolo (Saint Louis) each had a two-run single during the inning. Anthony Pisani (Southern Maine) had two of his three hits in the frame while Casey Rodrigue had a fielders' choice and a base hit.

*Finally, Mohawk Valley has played 36 total games this season. Relief pitcher Taylor Wright (Brown), a rising sophomore from the Ivy League, has pitched in half of those games. Wright leads the league with 18 appearances. He has pitched out of the bullpen on 17 occasions and has made one start. The Bruno hurler is one of three Mohawk Valley pitchers with at least 14 outings this season.

Looking Ahead
*While the game in Little Falls pits the two top teams in the league against one another, the tilt with the most intrigue will be at East Field in Glens Falls where the Golden Eagles host the Albany Dutchmen. The Eagles have won two in a row to pull themselves into fourth place, just a half-game behind third-place Newark but only a game ahead of Albany and Oneonta. The Dutchmen drilled the DiamondDawgs on Wednesday night to keep place with both the Outlaws and Golden Eagles who were also victorious. Overall this will be the eighth meeting between the Dutchmen and Golden Eagles this season. Albany holds a 4-3 edge based on a 6-5 win at Bob Bellizzi Field on July 14. Five of the seven games have been decided by three runs or less. After tonight, Glens Falls and Albany will play twice more, once at East Field (July 22) and once at Bellizzi Field (July 29). In back-to-back wins, the Golden Eagle offense has simply out-slugged the opposition by a count of 21-10. As a team the Green and Gold boasts a .285 batting average, one of the best in the league. Defensively, the Eagles have also been stout with just three errors total in their last four games. Despite a loss to Oneonta, Albany has won three of its last four games. In those wins, the Dutch have plated at least six runs and twice have scored nine. Their biggest boost in victories has come from lead-off man Nolan Gaige (UAlbany) who through 10 games has a .421 batting average, 16 hits and 12 runs. Gaige, despite playing fewer than half of Albany's overall games was chosen to play in the PGCBL All-Star Game.

*For the second time in three days, the first and second place teams in the PGCBL will go head to head. Nationally ranked and league-leading Amsterdam defeated Mohawk Valley, 4-3, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park. Overall, Amsterdam has had the better of its' rivals from down the Mohawk River to the tune of a 6-1 lead in the season series. Mohawk Valley's only win over Amsterdam came in early July, 11-7, at Shuttleworth Park and that was the start of the an 11-game winning streak. Now, the Dawgs have dropped two in a row and its their first losing streak since the end of June into early July. Since a loss to Mohawk Valley on July 5, Amsterdam is 7-3 and two of those three defeats have been to Glens Falls. Mohawk Valley has not defeated Amsterdam at Vet's Park this year, the last meeting came on July 1 when Amsterdam used a late rally to subdue Mohawk Valley 12-4. On the road, Keith Griffin's Mohawks are 14-3 though the team saw a recent 14-game winning streak away from home end in Glens Falls. Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) makes his first start tonight since a rocky outing last week versus Watertown when he allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. This will be his first appearance against Mohawk Valley. The offensive-minded Dawgs, who ran off over 100 runs in their 11-game win streak, have plated just four combined in their last two games. MV's Evan Davis (Marist) limited Amsterdam to two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings in his last start against the Mohawks on June 28.

*The Mayor's Cup series between Cooperstown and Oneonta shifts tonight to Damaschke Field. Just several days ago, the Hawkeyes blitzed the Outlaws with a six-run first inning and Oneonta was never able to recover in a 10-5 defeat. However, the Outlaws have been able to keep pace in the PGCBL playoff chase with both Glens Falls and Albany. Meanwhile, Cooperstown has put together back-to-back victories in which the offense has accounted for 20 runs, 10 in each game. This is the eighth game in the Mayor's Cup series when Oneonta leads 5-2. Both Cooperstown victories have been at Doubleday Field by wide margins while Oneonta has gone undefeated at Dasmachke. An Outlaw win tonight or in any of the last three games of the season series will give Oneonta the Mayor's Cup. At home, the Orange and Black is 5-1 in its last six with the only loss coming this past weekend to Amsterdam. The Outlaw offense has under gone a power surge at home with dingers in back-to-back games by Zach Lucas (Louisville) and Zac Johnson (Illinois State). Oneonta is also back to its thieving roots from earlier this season as the team has increased its stolen base count to 75. Three players have 12 or more stolen bases. Oneonta pitching at home has also been strong in wins, have allowed more than three runs once in five recent victories. Meanwhile, Cooperstown's 20 runs in back-to-back games the most by the time since the start of the month in games against Oneonta and Mohawk Valley in which the Hawkeyes went 1-1 but scored 24 times.

*Former division rivals Newark and Elmira round out tonight's schedule of action with a game at Dunn Field. Third-place Newark has seen its advantage over fourth-place Glens Falls shrink to just a half-game with under two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Pilots, who have walked a tight rope at times over the last few weeks in terms of games coming down to the wire, fell off that tight rope in front of the largest crowd of the season (1,975) on Wednesday night at home in a shocking 10-8 loss to Cooperstown. Meanwhile, Elmira limited Oneonta to three runs at Damaschke Field but could only manage one against in a low-scoring loss in the City of the Hills. This will be the ninth meeting of the season between the Pilots and Pioneers and the second in the last four days. Newark leads the series 6-2 and edged Elmira, 4-3, at Colburn Park on Monday night with a late rally that consisted of four two-out runs between the seventh and eighth innings. Newark's back on the road and the Pilots have split their wins at 10 apiece between home and road games though it should be noted Chris Ebright's squad is 8-6 following a loss. Newark could find itself in a different spot in the standings tomorrow morning depending on tonight's result and if the team gets helped or hurt by the other results. Elmira has just four home dates left after tonight. The team has hosted over 55,000 fans at Dunn Field this summer for an average of almost 3,000 per game. 

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