PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 13, 2013

The Albany Dutchmen welcome starting pitcher Andrew Bannon (Skidmore) back to the dugout during Wednesday nights' game vs. Amsterdam at Shuttleworth Park. Photo courtesy

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Last Night’s Scores
Cooperstown 6 Glens Falls 3
Albany 6 Amsterdam 5
Newark 2 Mohawk Valley 1
Elmira 7 Watertown 4
Adirondack 18 Utica 15

Tonight’s Games

Cooperstown at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Amsterdam at Elmira, 7:05 PM

Glens Falls at Albany, PPD RAIN
Utica at Mohawk Valley, PPD RAIN
Adirondack at Newark, PPD RAIN

*Both Albany and Cooperstown remained undefeated on Wednesday with wins over Amsterdam and Glens Falls respectively. The Dutchmen and Hawkeyes are each 3-0. Their first meeting, weather permitting, will be on June 19 in Cooperstown. A game between the two PGCBL clubs on June 11 was postponed because of rain. Interesting to note, after yesterday’s results, Albany and Cooperstown are tied for first in the East while Amsterdam and Glens Falls, last year’s top-two finishers in the league, occupy the bottom two slots in the division.

*The longest winning streak through the first week of the season remains three games. Of course Cooperstown and Albany are each 3-0 though Mohawk Valley had a chance for a fourth-straight win on Wednesday night. However, Newark had other ideas and escaped out of Vet’s Park with a thrilling 2-1 decision over the DiamondDawgs. Mohawk Valley holds the league record for the longest winning streak; last year’s Dawgs won 11 in a row at one point.

*Adirondack and Utica, 33 runs in one game and a team coming back from a 13-0 deficit, I’ll talk about this in a little bit, sufficed to say that Adirondack’s comeback is the largest in PGCBL history. Oh yeah, this was also the first PGCBL game between the league’s two newest teams.

*Talk about two extremes. Newark edged Mohawk Valley, 2-1, at Veterans Memorial Park in the lowest scoring PGCBL game this season. Forty-five miles away at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville, the Adirondack Trail Blazers beat the Utica Brewers, 18-15, in the highest scoring game in the PGCBL this season and in league history.

*Two of the front-runners for the very first PGCBL Pitcher of the Week honors were both on the mound yesterday. Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) impressed in a 10-strikeout performance against Glens Falls as the Hawkeyes doubled up the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Cox held the league’s offensive leaders to just one run through the game’s first six innings. He finished the morning tilt with seven strong innings pitched and two runs allowed on five hits. Cox fanned at least two batters in a frame three times. He also was the winning pitcher in Cooperstown’s season opener last Wednesday at home versus Utica. Meanwhile up the road in Little Falls, Newark’s Will Spitzfaden(SE Missouri State) earned a 2-1 win over Mohawk Valley. Spitzfaden held the DiamondDawgs to one run six hits over eight innings. He walked one, struck out three and faced four batters over the minimum. The rising junior has gone eight innings in each of his two Newark starts. He earned a no decision in his first start against Elmira; the game went 13 innings.

*Staying on the theme of pitchers, there were several pitchers that racked up impressive strikeout numbers on Wednesday night. Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) led all league hurlers with 10 strikeouts. Relievers Tyler Bray (ULM) of Mohawk Valley and Matt Hennie (St. John’s) of Watertown each recorded every out of their appearances via strikeout. Bray fanned five in 2.1 innings against Newark while Hennie struck out eight in 3.2 frames at Elmira. The best strikeout performance by a group of pitchers came from Mohawk Valley. Three DiamondDawgs – Michael DeCarlo (Herkimer County CC), Taylor Wright (Brown) and Tyler Bray (ULM) combined for 12 strikeouts. The trio did not allow an earned run in a hard-luck loss.

* Several highly-anticipated players made their league debuts last night. Albany’s Joe Purritano (Dartmouth), a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, smashed a pinch-hit single in his first PGCBL at-bat. John Nogowski (Florida State) started for the Amsterdam Mohawks at first base and went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He was also an unblemished 11-for-11 in defensive chances. Spencer Johnson (Missouri State), a starter for the Bears in the Missouri Valley Conference, made his debut for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and started at first base. Johnson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

*Every year, the names change but the teams for the most part remain the same. Though, in some cases the names remain the same. Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) and Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) both had older brothers that starred in the PGCBL – Will Remillard was a two-year starter and a PGCBL all-star with the Albany Dutchmen and Josh Nethaway was a two-year starter and PGCBL all-star with the Amsterdam Mohawks. Wednesday night, it was Remillard and Nethaway leading the Albany Dutchmen to a victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks. Each smashed a two-run double in a 6-5 victory; Nethaway’s was a two-out double in the fifth though Remillard’s two-bagger in the sixth plated the eventual winning run.

*In three wins, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes have scored at least five runs and held opponents to three runs or fewer. Following Wednesday night’s win, 16 of Cooperstown’s 20 runs have come in the fourth inning or later. The Hawkeyes used a decisive five-run fifth inning to best Glens Falls on Wednesday.

*Cooperstown played its Wednesday game with Glens Falls at 11:00 a.m. in front of local area school children. The final tally on attendance at Doubleday Field ended up being a franchise-record 2,057.

*So far this week, two teams have hosted “Kids Day” games that have been league games – Utica played Watertown on Monday and Cooperstown hosted Glens Falls on Wednesday. Total combined attendance – 3,873. Amsterdam played a “Kids Day” exhibition yesterday morning in front of a packed house at Shuttleworth Park and Watertown will hold a similar promotion on Friday for an annual Flag Day exhibition game. Mohawk Valley also has a “Kids Day” game scheduled for June 17 at Vet’s Park.

*Breaking down the Adirondack-Utica game, get out your calculators. The Brewers scored 13 runs in just the first two innings. It took Adirondack six overall at-bats (third inning through the eighth) to answer with 18 runs. Overall, the 3.5 hour epic included four home runs.

*Three Adirondack swingers hit home runs in the comeback – Riley Moonan (Farleigh Dickinson), Tom Bouck (NJIT), and Luke Emling (Villanova).

*Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) hit the first grand slam of the 2013 and the 10th in league history. Emling’s grand slam is the first in a PGCBL game since current Mohawk Valley DiamondDawg Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) connected for a grand slam in the opening round of the PGCBL playoffs last August for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles against the Newark Pilots. The grand slam by Emling is the earliest hit in the league schedule. Last season, the first grand slam wasn’t recorded until early July.

*Hidden in the box score – Watertown and Elmira combined for 11 stolen bases on Wednesday night at the Dunn. Watertown’s Bobby Indeglia (Holy Cross), Joe Moroney (Kansas) and Austin Lueck (South Florida) each swiped three bases for the Black and White. Meanwhile, Elmira’s Matthew Pelt (Wofford) tied a league single-game season high with three stolen bases; Frankie Navarrete (Samford) and Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) each had one theft.

*Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) became the third league player this season to bid for a potential cycle. Though, Kalousdian went about it a little differently than Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) and Albany’s Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) who singled, doubled and homered in cycle attempts. And of course he did it differently, his first name doesn’t begin with an “L.” Seriously though, Kalousdian doubled and tripled in Elmira’s win over Watertown. He’s the first league player this season with a double and a triple in the same game.

*Wednesday’s most exciting finishes came in Cooperstown and Little Falls. Trailing 6-3, Glens Falls loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against recently-signed Cooperstown closer Travis Tarleton (Point) on two walks and a base hit. The lone single of the rally came from Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico JC) with runners on first and second and one out. Forcier’s base hit packed the sacks however it did not allow the runner on second to score. With the potential go-ahead run at the plate, Cooperstown’s Tarleton dug deep and induced a game-ending double play. Mohawk Valley was down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning and put the potential tying run on base in the form of speed merchant Dalton Herrington (ULM). Newark closer Donald Frew (Young Harris) stranded Herrington on second however as he forced a game-ending fly out to secure Newark’s first win of 2013.

*With a 13-hit explosion on Wednesday, Cooperstown’s offense moved into first place in the league in team batting average. Dan Shwam’s Hawkeyes have 32 hits in 100 overall at-bats for a .320 batting average. Cooperstown is averaging over 10 hits per game and just under six runs. Cooperstown is one of two league teams with a batting average over .275, the other is Glens Falls (.287).

*Albany’s bullpen tandem of James Davitt (Bryant) and Ben Seabrook (North Alabama) has been directly responsible for two of the team’s three wins. Davitt and Seabrook seated nine men in a row over the week in the Dutchmen’s 3-2 win over Elmira at Dunn Field. On Wednesday night, the pair combined for five strikeouts in four scoreless innings. Davitt came on in the fourth inning as a middle reliever and blanked the Mohawks at hitter-friendly Shuttleworth Park for 2.2 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Seabrook came on from the bullpen in the eighth and carved up a four-out save. He inherited a runner on base in the eighth and ended the frame by stranding two. Seabrook sealed the save and the win in the ninth when he snared a line drive comebacker off the bat of Amsterdam’s Colin Gay (Maine).Combined, Seabrook and Davitt are 1-0 with two saves, nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in seven innings.

*As opposed to some folks, PGCBL teams are not currently digging the long ball. Heading into the second week of the season, just one league team has more than two home runs – Adirondack. The Trail Blazers tied a league record with four swats in Wednesday’s win over Utica. Watertown, Mohawk Valley and Albany all have hit two home runs. Glens Falls and Newark have yet to hit a home run.

*As is mentioned in today’s game notes, Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Brian Bashara (ODU) were responsible for six of the Pios seven runs in a win over Watertown. Bashara went 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored while Kalousdian was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Bashara drove in Kalousdian twice. Kalousdian, who missed most of the spring at Manhattan, had the biggest hit of the game for Elmira in the fifth inning. Watertown came back from a 4-0 deficit and tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth. The response from Kalousdian was immediate. He led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple to dead center field. He scored two batters later on a Bashara RBI single.

*One omission from Sunday’s notebook that I just noticed. In one blurb, I mentioned several players with connections to former Major Leaguers among other people. One player whom I failed to list was relief pitcher Riley Stephenson (UMBC) of the Glens Falls. His father, Garrett Stephenson, spent parts of seven seasons (1996-2003) in the Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Albany Dutchmen pitcher Kyle Pheland has nearly thrown two perfect games in two years at NCAA Division III Salve Regina University. Pheland, a rising junior, is a starting pitcher for the Sehawks and he was named first team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference this past season. As a freshman, Pheland carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against Wentworth. He lost the perfecto on a one-out single and had to settle for a seven-inning complete game shutout. This past spring, Kyle struck out 12 in a seven-inning complete game shutout against Principia (Mo.). He allowed just one single and faced one batter over the minimum.

Quick Hits on tonight’s action
*If the weather holds, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes will play their first road game under Dan Shawm against the Watertown Rams. All three of Cooperstown’s victories this season have come inside the friendly confines of Doubleday Field. Conversely, Watertown is playing just its second home game. The Rams won their home opener this past Sunday over Utica. Combined, Watertown and Cooperstown are 4-0 at home this season.

*Elmira continues a five-game home-stand against Amsterdam tonight. The Mohawks and Pioneers met in the championship round of the 2010 NYCBL playoffs. Amsterdam and Elmira are scheduled to meet four times this season. But did you know that Amsterdam and Elmira were the first two sites of the PGCBL All-Star Game? Elmira hosted the PGCBL’s first All-Star Game in 2011 and then Amsterdam was the site of the 2012 All-Star Game.

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