PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 18, 2013

A view from the home plate bleachers during Sunday night's game between Utica and Adirondack at Utica's Donovan Stadium. Photo courtesy Utica Brewers

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Last Night’s Scores

Elmira at Watertown (DH) – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games and Pitching Probables

Glens Falls at Utica, 7:00 PM
Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) 1-1, 4.50 ERA vs. Sam Norman (Creighton) 1-0, 0.00 ERA

Amsterdam at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Trey Wingenter (Auburn) 0-1, 1.80 ERA vs. Joe Borelli (Fairleigh Dickinson) 0-0, 54.00 ERA

Elmira at Albany, 7:05 PM
TBA vs. Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley CC) 1-0, 3.38 ERA

Cooperstown at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Eann Cox (Black Hawk) 2-0, 2.25 ERA vs. TBA

Watertown at Newark, 7:00 PM
Kevin Klaess (Cypress) 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Will Spitzfaden (SE Missouri State) 1-0, 1.12 ERA

*Twenty-five PGCBL games have now been postponed or suspended due to rain through the first two weeks of the season. Watertown has hurt by the latest postponements as the Rams were rained out at home on both Sunday and Monday. The Monday games were part of a doubleheader with Elmira to make up for a prior rain out; that means that the Pioneers and Rams will now play two doubleheaders in the North Country.

*League-leading and undefeated Albany has been impacted the most by the rain. The Dutchmen have had six games postponed already this season and that includes three home games and three road games. A seventh game on Opening Night was postponed due to a power outage in downtown Albany. That game will be completed weather permitting on Thursday.

*Between now and next Monday, seven doubleheaders are scheduled. All doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games unless the first contest is the completion of a suspended game. In that case, the suspended game would be completed and be followed by a regular nine-inning game.

*Heading into tonight’s action, over 40,000 fans have gone through the turnstiles at PGCBL games this season. Last year’s attendance champion Elmira leads the league with an average of 2,753 fans per game.

*Monday night, Demarcus Henderson (Amsterdam 2011-2012) turned in another solid performance for the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the College World Series. Henderson went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. His RBI single in the eighth inning sparked a decisive three-run rally in a 5-4 victory over Indiana. Mississippi State is now 2-0 at the World Series. Derrick Armstrong (Albany 2013) also played in the game for the Bulldogs; he was the starting designated hitter.

*Be sure to check out our alumni section as drafted and non-drafted players sign contacts and begin their professional careers. The short-season A New York-Penn League and Northwest League have both kicked off their regular season schedules. The short-season Rookie level Appalachian League and Pioneer League are slated to start later this month as will the Gulf Coast League and Arizona League.

*The first non-drafted free agent signing I've heard about of is Kyle Attl (Newark 2011) signing with the Washington Nationals. Newark fans may have a chance to see Kyle play right away. Washington’s short-season A affiliate is located in nearby Auburn.

*Another Newark alumni note to pass along…former manager Chris Ebright is off to a great start in the independent Pecos League. Ebright skippered the Pilots to the 2011 PGCBL championship and twice led the team to the league playoffs. Currently, Ebright is the head coach of the Pecos League’s Roswell (N.M.) Invaders. Roswell holds the best record (28-6) in the Pecos League and the Invaders have a nine-game lead in their division.  

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles pitched three no-hitters in a row as a senior at Upper Room Christian School in Dix Hills. In one of the three no-hitters, he also clubbed a grand slam. The rising sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M was a National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) All-American in 2012. During his varsity career he was also ranked among the Top 100 players on Long Island by MSG Varsity.

Quick Hits for tonight’s action…
*PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Will Spitzfaden (Southeast Missouri State) of the Newark Pilots makes his third start of the summer tonight at home against Watertown. Spitzfaden earned a no decision in Newark’s home opener against Elmira, a 13-inning loss, and then garnered a win against Mohawk Valley on the road. Watertown is in search of its first road win of the season while Newark plays just its third home game. The Rams have not taken the field since a Saturday night loss at Albany. Newark went 8-2 versus Watertown last season. While Will Spitzfaden holds just a 1.12 ERA for Newark, Watertown starter Kevin Klaess (Cypress) did not give up a run over five innings against Utica in his lone start, a 6-1 win at home.

*Another terrific pitching match-up should take place in the Renaissance City where Utica hosts Glens Falls. Utica’s Sam Norman (Creighton) was nearly perfect against Watertown on June 10. He tossed a two-hit shutout through six and faced two batters over the minimum. While Davis struggled slightly in his last start, he fanned 11 in a season-opening win over Mohawk Valley. Utica will be a tough test for Davis as the Brew Crew features reigning PGCBL Player of the Week Michael Pierson (App. State) and the best hitting offense in the league (.291). The Brewers are also 3-2 in their last five games and have gone 3-1 at Donovan Stadium. Glens Falls reeled off 11 runs back on June 8 to win 11-5 at Utica, tonight marks the second meeting of the season between the two teams.

*Amsterdam and Adirondack have split a pair of games so far this season, both played at Shuttleworth Park. The Mohawks played one of their better games of the season and pulled out a 7-2 victory over the Trail Blazers. This past weekend, Adirondack earned revenge with a thrilling 7-6 victory. Adirondack’s Kevin Sweeney (NIU) forced Amsterdam to leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. So, first one to seven wins?

*There’s a key early-season showdown in the PGCBL East tonight between second-place Cooperstown and co-third place Mohawk Valley. The Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises of the early season and first-year coach Dan Shwam has the team out to its best start in the PGCBL era. Cooperstown’s best success though has come at Doubleday Field. Tonight, the Hawkeyes head out on the road to Vet’s Park in Little Falls. Both teams can mash it as Mohawk Valley scored seven in a win over Elmira on Sunday night and the team has put up at least four runs in seven of nine games. Cooperstown rang up a season high 10 runs against Newark in a Sunday slugfest and the Hawkeyes scored 17 runs in two games against Elmira and Newark after being held to one run in a loss at Amsterdam.

*Rounding out the schedule, Albany looks to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten tonight as it hosts Elmira. Tonight’s game marks one of the longest drives of the season for the Pios; it’s only surpassed by a trip to Glens Falls which Elmira has already made once this year. On one hand, Albany’s been red-hot and has found ways to win games without scoring a massive amount of runs. The Dutchmen also lead the league in pitching and defense. Meanwhile, Elmira comes in on the heels of heartbreak with back-to-back 7-6 home losses in which the road side came back in the late innings. Elmira’s road game tonight is its third of the season. The Pios are 2-0 in road games and Matt Burch has won his last two trips to the Capital District. Prior to this year’s win at Glens Falls, Burch last guided the Pios into East Field back in 2007 where his Elmira side dispatched of the Golden Eagles, 14-4, to sweep the Green and Gold in the 2007 NYCBL Championship Series.

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