PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 14, 2013

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Note: Individual game box scores can be found linked on the scoreboard page which is part of the “Statistics” drop-down menu. The box scores are also linked on the statistics page for each team.

Last Night’s Scores
Elmira 7 Amsterdam 6
Watertown 4 Cooperstown 3 (10)
Glens Falls at Albany – PPD Rain
Utica at Mohawk Valley – PPD Rain
Adirondack at Newark – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games and Pitching Probables

Newark at Utica, 7:00 PM
Drew Hasler (Valparaiso) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. TBA

Mohawk Valley at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Stephen Carey (Albany) 0-1, 16.20 ERA vs. TBA

Cooperstown at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
TBA vs. Matt Snyder (FMCC) 0-0, 2.25 ERA

Albany at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM
Sean Spicer (Baylor) 0-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Rick Morales (Siena) 0-0, 0.00 ERA

 *Twenty-two. That’s now the number of games impacted by the weather so far this season. Rain washed away part of the schedule last night; three games were postponed while two were played. The make-up dates for the games that were rained out are posted on the “Scoreboard” page. Times on the league schedule will be updated once they are finalized.

*Mark the date down on your calendars, June 20. Next Thursday, there will be wall-to-wall baseball across the league from the afternoon hours and into the late evening. Because of all the inclement weather, nine PGCBL games will be contested as opposed to the usual five. The lone single nine-inning contest will be between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Elmira Pioneers at Dunn Field in Elmira. Traditional seven-inning doubleheaders will be played at Mohawk Valley (vs. Utica), Newark (vs. Cooperstown) and Adirondack (vs. Watertown). A non-traditional doubleheader will be played at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field. Albany and Amsterdam will conclude their suspended game from June 5 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and then the regular nine-inning game will follow.

*Today is Flag Day. If you're not sure what Flag Day is all about, go to the National Flag Day web site – http:/ and read up on the history.

*Tonight also marks the second Friday night of the PGCBL season. Where were we last Friday night? Staying out of the rain. All five league games were rained out last Friday night, as well as last Thursday for that matter.

*The first walk-off win of the 2013 season was recorded last night in Watertown. Collin Theroux (Nevada) was the hero for the Rams as he brought home Trevor Marino (VCU) in the 10th with a ground ball to the right side that turned into a fielders’ choice. Cooperstown’s Ben Hall (Central Alabama) fielded the ball struck by Theroux but Marino beat Hall’s throw to the plate to record the winning run.

*Last season, 14 PGCBL games were decided by a walk-off. Interestingly enough, Watertown was the final team last season to earn a walk-off victory. The Rams, then known as the Wizards, defeated Elmira, 6-5, in 10 innings on July 28 when Edgardo Salas (Alcorn State) scored on a walk-off wild pitch. All nine league teams had at least one walk-off victory last season. Seven of those games were decided in extra innings.

*Watertown is 2-0 in its last two extra-inning games which both have gone 10 innings. The Silver and Black also remained undefeated at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown while handing Cooperstown its first overall defeat in 2013. Over the last two years, Watertown is also 2-0 against Cooperstown in the North Country.

*Two junior college stars made their Cooperstown debuts for manager Dan Shwam on Wednesday night in Watertown. Ben Hall (Central Alabama) started at second base for the Hawkeyes while 6-foot-3 hurler Cody Smith (Black Hawk) was Cooperstown’s starting pitcher. The UAH-bound Hall went 2-for-3 and scored one run. He was flawless in the field with three putouts and six assists in nine chances. Cody Smith pitched five innings but did not figure in the decision. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out five. This spring, Ben Hall helped lead Central Alabama to an NJCAA Division I national championship while Smith was an NJCAA Division I third team All-American as a reliever.

*A new nickname for the Watertown side could be the “Runnin’ Rams.” For the second game in a row, Watertown tore up the base paths with three overall stolen bases on four attempts. Earlier this week, the Rams ripped off six bases versus Elmira. Joe Moroney (Kansas), Austin Lueck (South Florida) and J.J. Wagner (Pacific) each had a swipe for the Silver and Black. Lueck stands second in the PGCBL with five stolen bases.

*It still needs to be confirmed, but Watertown and Cooperstown may have set a new league record on Thursday night for the most combined sacrifice hits in a single game. Small ball was the theme on Thursday as the Rams and Hawkeyes combined for six sacrifice bunts. Cooperstown’s Ryan Hanahan (Marietta) recorded three of the six sacrifices and Hawkeye hitters total five sac hits.

*Two of Watertown’s unsung heroes on Thursday were relief pitches Joshua Amann (Jefferson C.C.) and Logan Grant (Creighton). Cooperstown entered the game as one of the top offenses in the PGCBL with a league-leading batting average over .300. The Hawkeyes scored twice in the first five innings but then were limited to just one run in the next five. Amann held Cooperstown to one hit and one unearned run in three innings of middle relief and then Logan Grant shut out the Hawkeyes in the ninth and 10th.

 *Matt Burch’s Elmira Pioneers have vaulted into the league lead in terms of overall wins. The Pioneers have played five games and won four of them. The Southern Tier squad currently holds a three-game winning streak  and has not been defeated in nearly a week. Elmira’s lone loss came on June 8 to the Albany Dutchmen. The Pios, who play an exhibition game at home tonight with the Geneva Red Wings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, will look to extend their PGCBL winning streak at home on Saturday.

*It’s not really a big surprise but Elmira is 4-0 when scoring three runs or more. Elmira plated just two runs in its loss to Albany. In victories, the Pios have put up six, five and seven (twice) runs respectively.

*Two of the hottest batters over the last several nights of league action have been Elmira’s Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) and Chris Kalousdian (Manahttan). The pair was directly responsible for Wednesday night’s win over Watertown as they scored or drove in six of Elmira’s seven runs. Thursday, Bashara went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Pioneers pushed out to a 6-1 lead on Amsterdam through six innings. Kalousdian recorded three hits, scored twice and drove in one run. Combined in Elmira’s last two games, the pair is batting .588 (10-for-17)  with eight RBI and five runs scored.

*Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT), a 2012 first team All-PGCBL outfielder, hit his first home run of the season last night in Elmira. Charlton belted seven home runs a year ago and finished among the top five in the league in long balls. The rising junior from NJIT needs two more home runs to tie the league’s career record (10) set in 2011 by Watertown’s Erick Gaylord.

*Lost in bevy of offense produced by both Elmira and Amsterdam on Thursday was a terrific start by Elmira’s Tanner Hawley (Wofford). The Pios starter two-hit the Mohawks through six innings, allowed one, walked two and struck out one. Hawley did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Most interestingly, the rising junior from Aiken, S.C., did not allow a hit to any Amsterdam starter. Both of Amsterdam’s hits against Hawkley came from Kevin Guthrie (Brown) who entered the game in the fourth inning as a replacement for Kyle Barrett (Kentucky).

*Last summer, Keith Griffin’s Amsterdam Mohawks did not record their fourth loss until July 3. Amsterdam has dropped four games in a row to fall to 1-4. The Tribe has not had a four-game losing streak since June 2011. The eventual PGCBL Championship Series runners-up lost four in a row between June 21 and 24. The four losses came against just two teams – Elmira (two games on back-to-back nights) and Glens Falls (June 24 doubleheader).

*Lastly, some more notes from that wild game on Wednesday night between the Adirondack Trail Blazers and the Utica Brewers. Officially, the contest took three hours and 45 minutes to complete. It featured 33 combined runs on 25 hits. At least one run was scored in seven of eight full innings (not counting the ninth). Utica scored nine runs in the first, three in the second and one in the sixth. Adirondack’s big inning was the sixth, the Trail Blazers pushed eight runs across the plate. The home side also scored three in the second, one in the third, two in the fifth and four in the seventh. Fifteen players between both teams had at least one hit and six logged multi-hit games.  The best overall performance came from Utica’s Michael Pierson (App. State). Pierson went 4-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.  In the top of the first inning alone, 13 batters marched up to the plate for Utica. Two of Michael Pierson’s four hits came during the frame and he scored two runs.

*Wednesday night was a tough night to be a pitcher in Boonville. However, Adirondack’s Keith Ryan (Ave Maria) may have been the best arm of the bunch. Ryan entered for Adirondack in the third with his team trailing 13-3. He pitched four innings of three-hit relief and yielded a single Utica score on a Ryan Valdes (Florida State) solo home run in the sixth. He seated 10 of the first 10 batters he faced though he did not figure in the decision. Trail Blazer relievers Anthony Beasley (Louisburg) and Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) pitched one scoreless inning of relief each; Beasley earned the win and Bartley recorded his second save.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Jake Matthys (Kansas State), the 2013 Big XII Newcomer of the Year and a pitcher for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, played high school hockey in Minnesota. Matthys was a high-scoring forward for the Spring Lake Park Cougars. He was a two-time selection to the All-North Suburban League team. Jake recorded 59 points during his senior season on 24 goals and 35 assists. He ranked among the top five goal scorers in his league. The rising sophomore from Kansas State is the only native Minnesotan on a PGCBL roster.
Quick Hits on tonight’s action
*Tonight marks the annual “Reading” game for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at East Field sponsored by Price Chopper. Last year, Glens Falls drew a franchise-record crowd of over 3,000 to watch the Golden Eagles tangle with the Oneonta Outlaws. The starting pitcher for Glens Falls in that game was 2013 Toronto Blue Jays fourth-round pick Nic Pivetta.

*Capital District rivals Albany and Glens Falls were rained out last night during the first leg of a home-and-home series. They’ll try again tonight in Glens Falls. Seven games last year between the Golden Eagles and Dutchmen were decided by three runs or less. The lowest combined score when the two teams met – 4-3.

*Newark makes its first-ever trip to Utica tonight to face off with the Brewers at Donovan Stadium. This will be the first PGCBL meeting between the two teams. But, it’s not the first game between the two overall. Newark defeated Utica in an exhibition game last season at Colburn Park on the Fourth of July.

*Cooperstown continues a three-game road trip tonight in the Rug City against Amsterdam. The Hawkeyes and Mohawks both played and lost on Thursday night. Cooperstown currently leads Amsterdam in the PGCBL East by two games. Last year, these two teams played perhaps one of the wildest games in the league last year on July 3. Cooperstown defeated Amsterdam, 9-8, in 10 innings. Amsterdam rallied back from a large deficit and tied the game on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning from pitcher/designated hitter Chase Williamson (Auburn). The Hawkeye victory ended an Amsterdam 10-game winning streak. The two teams also played a 14-inning marathon that spanned several days because of a suspension due to darkness. Cooperstown won that game as well on a walk-off home run from Coleman Barron.

*Mohawk Valley makes a return trip to Boonville tonight to take on the free-swinging Adirondack Trail Blazers. The Blazers have bombed five home runs already this year in three home games at the Smith Sports Complex. Adirondack has hit at least one home run in every home game – that includes a 6-1 loss this past Sunday to Mohawk Valley where the only offense produced was a solo home run in the ninth inning by Dominic Fazio (High Point).

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