PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 9, 2013

Opening night at Shuttleworth Park. Pictured is Amsterdam's Kyle Barrett (Kentucky)

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Last Night’s Scores
Glens Falls 11 Utica 5
Amsterdam 7 Adirondack 2
Albany 3 Elmira 2
Mohawk Valley 4 Watertown 0
Cooperstown at Newark – PPD, wet grounds

Tonight’s Games and Pitching Probables

Mohawk Valley at Adirondack, 3:00 PM
Logan Carmen (Southern Maine) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. TBA

Amsterdam at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Matt Ternowchek (Notre Dame) 0-0, 0.00 vs. Jack Stover (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Newark at Albany, 5:05 PM
James Mills (Young Harris) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley CC) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Utica at Watertown, 6:00 PM
TBA vs. Kevin Klaess (Cypress) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Elmira at Glens Falls, 7:00 PM
TBA vs. Andy Cheray (Missouri State) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

*It was a hectic Saturday to say the least with four league games, the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and the NCAA Division I Super Regionals all going on at the same time. A quick congratulations is due to Kansas State for its 6-2 win in 10 innings at third-seeded Oregon State in the opening game of the Corvallis, Ore., Super Regional. The Wildcats feature several former and future Glens Falls Golden Eagles in Ross Kivett (2012), Jake Doller (2012), Austin Fisher (2013), Jake Matthys (2013) and Jared Moore (2013).

*The numbers are still unofficial right now, but it appears that the PGCBL set a new draft record this year. Last June, 30 players affiliated with PGCBL teams were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. This year, 31 players with ties to Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League players were taken. The draft itself needs to be gone through one more time but a new record has indeed been set.

*Speaking of the draft, several players currently listed on PGCBL rosters were selected. Horseheads High School senior Dylan Manwaring, slated to play for the Elmira Pioneers this summer, was taken in the ninth round (283rd overall) by the Atlanta Braves. Ithaca College junior Tim Locastro, a Newark Pilots signee, was chosen in the 13th round (385th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays. We wish both players the best of luck with whatever they decide.

*With yesterday’s postponement in Newark, we’re up to 12 games now that have been suspended or outright postponed. That’s 12 games in just four days of the regular season. The weather in Upstate New York held steady for the most part yesterday but because of the rain that fell on Thursday and Friday in Newark, the field was simply waterlogged. Former division rivals and 2011 playoff opponents Newark and Cooperstown will make up the game as part of a double dip on June 20.

*4,026. That’s the number of fans that turned out to Elmira’s Dunn Field last night to watch a terrific game between the Albany Dutchmen and the Elmira Pioneers. It was the largest crowd for a home opener in the summer collegiate era of the Pioneers. Overall, the crowd ranks among the 10th best in PGCBL history. The league record for attendance is 4,827. That was set in the season finale last year at Dunn Field when Elmira hosted Mohawk Valley. In total, the last two regular season games at the Dunn have amassed a combined crowd of 8,853. Elmira finished in the top five nationally in attendance last summer against other summer collegiate leagues.

*the first shutout in the PGCBl this season was recorded on Saturday night by Mohawk Valley. Three DiamondDawgs pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win against Watertown. The last league shutout came on July 30 last season when Amsterdam trimmed Albany, 1-0, at Shuttleworth Park on July 30. The game marked Mohawk Valley’s first shutout victory since Jesse Buratt (SE Louisiana) pitched a seven-inning no-hit shutout at Albany on July 11, 2012. Going further, it was also MV’s first shutout victory at home in the PGCBL era.

*So, who had the better overall pitching performance, Albany against Elmira or Mohawk Valley against Watertown? Albany’s Bryan Carr (Saint Rose), James Davitt (Bryant) and Ben Seabrook (North Alabama) combined on a two-hitter in a 3-2 triumph at Elmira. The trio combined to retire 25 men in a row. Carr seated 16 straight between the first and sixth innings, Davitt tossed two perfect relief frames and Seabrook worked a 1-2-3 ninth. Mohawk Valley’s Jared Dye (ULM), Tyler Bray (ULM) and Patrick Michon (Texas A&M) teamed up in a two-hitter against Watertown. Dye one-hit the Rams through six innings, Bray gave up one hit in two relief frames and Michon tossed a scoreless ninth.

*One quick note on Mohawk Valley’s Tyler Bray (ULM). His brother, Colin, was selected in the sixth round (180th overall) of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

*Both Albany-Elmira and Watertown-Mohawk Valley games also featured tremendous pitchers duels. Beginning at Dunn Field, Elmira’s Dan Black (VCU), who has drawn comparisons to former Major Leaguer Cody Eppley (Elmira 2006), spun a two-hit shutout over six innings and struck out five. He left with a 2-0 lead. Albany’s Bryan Carr (Saint Rose) allowed two first-inning runs but after the second run he seated the next 16 Elmira batters in a row. Carr ended the night allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits. He walked one and struck out four.

*The better pitchers’ duel may have come in Little Falls where Mohawk Valley’s Jared Dye (ULM) went toe-to-toe with Watertown’s Tanner Rahauser (Millersville). Each starter carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Mohawk Valley took advantage of a two-out error in the fifth by Watertown to put just its second runner aboard. With a man on first, Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) smashed a two-run home run to end the no-hitter and break a 0-0 tie. In the bottom half of the inning, Watertown’s J.J. Wagner (Pacific) belted a one-out single to break up Dye’s no-hit bid. Dye gave up just one hit in six overall innings, walked three and struck out seven. Rahauser nearly went the distance for the Rams. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out four.

*Watertown nearly brought through against Mohawk Valley’s stout pitching in both the sixth and seventh innings. The Rams loaded the bases in the sixth on a pair of walks and a Mohawk Valley error. In his final inning of work, Jared Dye (ULM) came through against the middle of the Watertown line-up and dialed up a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the inning. The Rams then packed the sacks again in the seventh,  this time with two outs, against reliever Tyler Bray (ULM) on a pair of hit batters and a walk. Bray induced an inning-ended groundout to get out of the jam.

*Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) hit the first home run of the summer for the DiamondDawgs at spacious Vet’s Park. What’s notable is that he’s the first league player to hit a home run since the Watertown Rams and Adirondack Trail Blazers combined for three belts on June 5 at the Robert S. Smith Sports Complex.

*The bottom of manager Nick Davey’s Albany Dutchmen line-up proved to be key in a comeback win over Elmira on Saturday night. The heroes for the Dutch were the eighth and ninth-place hitters Danny Crowe (Elon) and Tyler Orris (Millersville). Fifth and sixth-place swingers Jack Wietlispach (Parkland) and Nate Rupiper (Memphis) began the seventh-inning rally with back-to-back walks. A sacrifice bunt from Connor White (Monmouth) then set the table for Crowe and Orris. Crowe plated Wietlispach and Rupiper with a two-RBI single and then he scored on a double by Orris to give Albany a 3-2 edge. Orris and Crowe combined for four of Albany’s five overall hits in the game. Just one other Albany player recorded a hit.

*How about the Glens Falls offense? In two games against Mohawk Valley and Utica, the Golden Eagles have scored a combined 28 runs on 29 hits. Glens Falls pounded out 16 hits and totaled 17 runs in their season opener against Mohawk Valley. Saturday night at Donovan Stadium in Utica, the Green and Gold  plated 11 more runs on 13 hits in an 11-5 win over the Utica Brewers. As a team, the Golden Eagles are batting a red-hot .354 (29-for-82). Twenty-four of the 28 runs scored have been driven in. Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche), a 17-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, Que., leads the PGCBL with five RBI and five runs scored. He has six hits in his first 10 at-bats (.600). As a team, the Golden Eagles also hold a .455 on-base percentage.

*You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The Glens Falls Golden Eagles might quite a good impression on Saturday night in Utica. The Green and Gold struck for five runs in the first inning on six hits to race out to a commanding 5-0 lead. Three of the six hits were doubles; Glens Falls hammered out five doubles in nine overall at-bats. Also included in the first inning last night was a successful double steal by Garrett Degallier (Tacoma C.C.) and Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) which accounted for the first run of the night.

*Through two games, Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) of Glens Falls and Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) are two of the top hitters in the PGCBL. Each swinger has totaled six hits in 10 at-bats for a .600 batting average. The two are tied for the league lead in hits. Pierson is tied for the league lead in doubles (two) and total bases (eight) while Gladu is first among PGCBL swingers in RBI and runs scored. Saturday night, Pierson went 2-for-4 with three RBI; Gladu was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.

*After two suspended games and a rain out, the defending league champion Amsterdam Mohawks finally opened their season last night at home against Adirondack. The name of the game for the Tribe was two-out offense. Keith Griffin’s charges managed to score five of their seven runs with two outs.

*Ed Charlton (NJIT) was a first team All-PGCBL selection last summer with Amsterdam and a PGCBL all-star. He made his first official start of 2013 last night in center field for the Mohawks. The Rug City center field made an impact for the Tribe both at the plate and in the field. Offensively, Charlton went 1-for-3 and recorded two RBI. Defensively, he made possibly the biggest play of the night. Adirondack loaded the bases in the third and brought home one run to cut an early Amsterdam lead to 2-1. With the bases still loaded, Charlton caught a fly ball off the bat of Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) for the first out. On the play, Shane Allen (Northeastern) attempted to score from third but he was cut down at the plate by Charlton from center field. While the play at the plate did not end the inning, it thwarted Adirondack’s rally and the next batter grounded out to end the inning. Amsterdam went on to score the next five runs.

*One player whose line is pretty much fit for the Daily Rundown is Shane Zimmer (Canisius). The Canadian outfielder from St. Albert, Alberta, recorded a 1.000 on-base percentage against Adirondack. He made three plate appearances against Adirondack on Saturday night and drew three walks. Zimmer also scored one of Amsterdam’s seven runs.

*In its win over Adirondack, Amsterdam totaled seven hits and took advantage of a tough pitching night for the Trail Blazers. The Mohawks drew eight total walks (three to Shane Zimmer) and had four hit batters. That led to eight extra base runners which the Mohawks were able to take advantage of.

*On a night when Albany pitching led directly to a victory, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (FMCC) had a good evening. Snyder pitched for the Albany Dutchmen last summer after his freshman season at Virginia Tech. Saturday night, Snyder twirled four innings for the Tribe and allowed one run on one hit. He walked two and struck out five in a no decision. Some of Snyder’s best pitching performances last summer came against the nationally-ranked Mohawks.

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