PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 20, 2013

East Field in Glens Falls for the annual Price Chopper Reading Game. A crowd of over 2,600 watched Glens Falls host Albany on June 14. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night’s Scores
Albany 10 Cooperstown 0
Newark 5 Glens Falls 3
Amsterdam 9 Elmira 7
Watertown 16 Adirondack 7
Mohawk Valley 7 Utica 5 (10)

Tonight’s Games
Watertown at Adirondack (DH), 4:30 PM
Cooperstown at Newark (DH), 5:05 PM
Utica at Mohawk Valley (DH), 5:05 PM
Amsterdam at Albany*, 6:00 PM
Glens Falls at Elmira, 7:05 PM
*Regularly-scheduled game played after suspended game from 6/5 is completed

*The 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game is now just under five weeks away. The All-Star Game will be played on July 24 at Newark’s Colburn Park. It will pit the all-stars of the PGCBL West against the all-stars of the PGCBL East.

*Mississippi State’s next game in the College World Series will be on Friday against Oregon State at 2:00 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN. The Bulldogs and Beavers will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Miss. State line-up includes Demarcus Henderson (Amsterdam 2011-2012) and Derrick Armstrong (Albany 2013).

*Albany earned its’ fourth shutout win in the PGCBL era and first of the 2013 season yesterday in Cooperstown. Kyle Pheland (Salve Regina), Raleigh Rushing (Cypress) and Dylan Collett (Keene State) combined on the shutout effort with Pheland twirling a three-hitter over seven innings. Albany’s last shutout win came at Watertown on July 21, 2012. Three of Albany’s four PGCBL shutout victories have been outside of the Capital District.

*Utica (x2), Mohawk Valley and Albany all have earned shutout wins this season.

*Kyle Pheland (Salve Regina) is an unblemished 2-for-2 in winning decisions this season for Albany. Pheland pitched in relief against Watertown last Saturday night and did not allow a run in 1.1 innings. Pheland stranded a potential go-ahead run for Watertown on the bases in the top of the seventh and Albany broke a 3-3 tie after the stretch with a pair of runs. Pheland earned the winning decision. In his second appearance on Wednesday, the Seahawk from Salve Regina garnered his second win with seven shutout innings against second-place Cooperstown. He has yet to allow an earned run as well.

*Seven Albany pitchers have an ERA of 0.00 through the first seven completed games of the season. Six of the seven have made multiple appearances and five are Albany relievers. While Cooperstown was on the short end of the stick on Wednesday, it should be noted that the Hawkeyes have five relievers with multiple appearances and a 0.00 ERA.

*Cooperstown’s last three games have all involved the number 10. Dan Shawm’s Hawkeyes scored 10 runs each in victories over Newark (June 16) and Mohawk Valley (June 18). Wednesday, Cooperstown conceded 10 runs in a loss to Albany. The Hawkeyes four recorded hits in the game were also the fewest the team has had in a single contest this season.

*Albany used two big innings to haunt the Hawkeyes on Wednesday afternoon at Doubleday Field. The Dutchmen broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning and then scored five times in the fourth inning. Those two bursts accounted for nine of Albany’s 10 runs. More impressive, the Dutchmen scored 10 runs with the benefit of just two extra base hits – Matt Dacey hit a three-run home run and doubled.

*The Route 5 rivalry game between Mohawk Valley and Utica was a showcase for catchers, specifically Mohawk Valley’s Mike Fischer (Columbia) and Utica’s Nathan Mann (Brown). Fischer threw out three runners attempting to steal; he caught Utica’s Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) twice. Nathan Mann threw out two runners attempting to steal including Mike Fischer. The two catchers combined to throw out five runners trying to steal.

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (App. State) extended his league best hitting streak to 10 games with a 3-for-5 performance. Pierson clubbed a two-run home run, plated three runs altogether and scored twice. One of the three runners in knocked in was teammate K’Shawn Smith (Stetson). Smith recorded at least one run in a game for the ninth time this season.

*While the DiamondDawgs and Brewers combined for 12 runs, two pitching performances from the game jump off the stat sheet. First, three Mohawk Valley pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, two of the three pitchers fanned six batters each. Individually, MV’s Tyler Bray (ULM) struck out six over 3.2 innings and conceded one unearned run on two hits. The recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the game with the potential tying run at the plate. Utica’s Jordan Brooks (Georgia College) was tremendous in long relief. He tossed four scoreless innings of no-hit relief, walked none and struck out three. Brooks seated 11 of the 14 batters he faced.

*Mohawk Valley 10th-inning hero Craig Lepre (Albany) did not start the game. Lepre pinch hit for Garrett Pierce (CSU Bakersfield) in the top of the ninth inning and then came on to catch in the bottom half of the inning. Mohawk Valley’s rally in the 10th allowed Lepre to get a second at-bat and with one out and the bases loaded, he came through.

*Three games on Wednesday night provided Maloox-inducing finishes. The potential tying run either came to the plate or was on base at the end of games in Amsterdam, Utica and Glens Falls. Relievers Chris Kalica (Schenectady County) of Amsterdam, Tyler Bray (ULM) of Mohawk Valley and Austin Barnes (Hartford) and Donald Frew (Young Harris) of Newark were all able to extinguish the flames of a late rally.

*The last time Newark traveled to Glens Falls, the Pilots and Golden Eagles were playing in the opening round of the 2012 PGCBL playoffs. Glens Falls won the opening game and swept the series from Chris Ebright’s Pilots. Mike Armstrong guided the Pilots back to Newark on Wednesday night and the Wayne County visitors got out of East Field with a 5-3 win. The victory was Newark’s first at East Field since July 23, 2011.

*Two pitchers from Ithaca College’s 2013 NCAA Division III World Series team started on the mound on Wednesday night. Andrew Sanders started for Newark in Glens Falls while not too far away Jasper Adams earned the starting nod for the Elmira Pioneers in their game in Amsterdam. Another Ithaca hurler, Jimmy Wagner, worked in relief for the Pilots against Glens Falls.

*Both Glens Falls and Newark had solid pitching from the start on Wednesday. Newark’s Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) and Rick Morales (Siena) of Glens Falls engaged in a scoreless duel through the first four innings and it was a 1-0 game through five. Sanders slung six shutout frame s, scattered seven hits and struck out five. Morales yielded just four hits but allowed four runs in 5.2 innings.

*The biggest out for Newark may have been recorded by Austin Barnes (Hartford) in spot relief. Mike Armstrong called upon Barnes with two outs in the eighth and a runner on first. At the time, Glens Falls had scored two runs in the inning and trailed 5-3. Barnes walked the first batter he faced to put the potential tying run on first. With two outs and the top of the Glens Falls’ line-up at the plate, Barnes got out of the inning with a ground out to end the threat. Though, all that the box score will show is that Barnes pitched one-third of an inning and walked one.

*Much like the rest of the league, Amsterdam had Monday off. Tuesday, the Mohawks smashed out 17 runs in a win at Adirondack. Wednesday, the Tribe pushed across nine more runs in a 9-7 win versus Elmira. That’s 26 combined runs for the Mohawks in their last two games. It took Amsterdam six completed games at the start of the season to score that many runs.

*Amsterdam’s offensive attack was buoyed on Wednesday by the PGCBL debuts of John Sansone (Florida State) and Jordan Ebert (Auburn). Sansone was an everyday starter for the Seminoles in the spring. The highly-regarded infielder was a 39th round draft choice out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in 2012.  Ebert was an everyday starter for Auburn as a true freshman in the Southeastern Conference. He finished the season as Auburn’s third-leading hitter with a .303 average. Wednesday, Sansone went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. He singled home an Amsterdam run in his first at-bat. Ebert had one hit and scored one run.

*Brian Ruby (Binghamton) is one of two veterans on the Amsterdam Mohawks. Ruby was a member of Amsterdam’s league championship team last season. He hit .273 last summer for the Mohawks but did not belt a home run. That trend continued into this season until last night. With Amsterdam ahead, 5-2, in the fifth, Ruby smashed a two-run home run to give the Mohawks a five-run lead.

*Three total home runs were smacked in the Amsterdam-Elmira game; home run hitters included Amsterdam’s Brian Ruby (Binghamton) and Elmira’s Ryan Plantier (Cornell) and Parker Curry (Samford).

*Eight of nine Amsterdam starters scored a run on Wednesday night. The first seven batters on the line-up card of manager Keith Griffin combined to tally seven of the Tribe’s nine runs. John Nogowski (Florida State) paced the Mohawks with two scores and seven other players each crossed the plate once.

*The bottom of the first inning for Amsterdam turned out to be one of the key points of the game as Amsterdam sprinted out to a 4-0 lead on three hits and three Elmira errors. During the inning, Amsterdam recorded three-straight singles and then three Elmira errors in a row allowed three runs to score with no one moving up more than one base at a time. John Sansone (Florida State) had the lone RBI single of the frame.

*While Amsterdam’s Chris Kalica (Schenectady County C.C.) put out the Elmira fire at the end of the game, reliever Kevin Guthrie (Brown) was electric out of the bullpen. Gutrhie came out of the Amsterdam bullpen during the fourth inning with the Mohawks on top, 4-2. He stranded two inherited runners on base and seated 10 of the 12 men he faced. Guthrie did not give up a hit; he walked two and induced one double-play ground out. The son of former Major Leaguer Mark Guthrie is 1-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances for the Tribe. He has let up just hit in 8.2 innings and has struck out eight.

*Elmira hit its first two home runs of the season on Wednesday night. Ryan Plantier (Cornell) and Parker Curry (Samford) each homered for the Pios. Elmira was the last team in the league without a home run. Plantier clubbed three during the spring to lead Ivy League Cornell in clouts.

*For the second week in a row, Elmira nearly pulled off a high-scoring win over Amsterdam. Last Thursday, the Pioneers outlasted the Mohawks, 7-6, at soggy Dunn Field. Elmira surged ahead early last week though it was a late rally by the Southern Tier side this time that put the pressure on Amsterdam. The Pios struck for five consecutive runs in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Plantier (Cornell) hit a towering home run over the Chain Monster in left field to start the rally. Elmira scored four runs in the ninth on three hits. Frankie Navarrete (Samford) had a two-RBI single. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) had one RBI apiece.

*The wildest game on Wednesday came in the North Country where Watertown and Adirondack combined for 23 runs on 30 hits. Watertown won the shootout 16-7 with an 8-0 in the third and fourth innings.  In the game, 16 players had at least one hit, 11 recorded multiple hits and two had three-hit performances. Fourteen players scored at least one run and eight of the 14 scored two runs or more. Watertown’s Connor Perry (Holy Cross) and Tyler Fullerton (Mississippi State) each had three hits, Fullerton also had three RBI. Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) drove in four runs and scored a game-high three runs.

*Watertown’s 16 runs scored marked a season high for the team. It was the most runs scored by the team since an 18-1 thumping of Cooperstown on July 16, 2012. Watertown’s PGCBL-era record for runs scored in a game is 20 and that was on July 2 in a 20-6 rout of Oneonta.

*Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) is on a tear for Watertown. In back-to-back wins for the Silver and Black, Lopez is batting .400 (4-for-10) with seven RBI and four runs scored. He smacked a three-run double in the 10th inning on Tuesday night in Newark to help provide for a 7-3 victory. In his third plate appearance and second at-bat of Wednesday’s game, Lopez clubbed his second three-run double in as many days. Both doubles put the Rams ahead for good. The Texan leads the Rams with nine RBI.

*All of the sudden, the Rams are on a two-game win streak and have taken three out of their last four with the only loss coming to nationally-ranked Albany on the road last Saturday night. Just like that, Watertown has climbed to within one game of first-place Elmira.  The Rams and Pioneers have been rained out twice at the Duffy Dome and Elmira holds a lone victory in the season series that came on June 12 at the Dunn.

*Adirondack is tied with Glens Falls for the league lead in runs scored per game. Ryne Foster’s Trail Blazers average 6.2 scores per game. Only Glens Falls averages more than six runs a contest. Adirondack has scored at least five runs in six of its nine games and reached seven scores for the on Wednesday night for the third time in the last four games.

*Second-year Trail Blazer Alex Simone (West Alabama) and Alex Mata (Saint Leo) each hit home runs on Wednesday night for Adirondack. With those two belts, the Blazers became the first team in the league to move into double digits in home runs hit with 10. Eight different players have slugged home runs for Adirondack. The Trail Blazers have bashed at least one home run in six of eight games played.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Adirondack relief pitcher Brandon Mumaw (Saint Leo) was a three-time all-conference selection in boys’ golf at Wesley Chapel High School in Wesley Chapel, Fla. He was the number two golfer in Wesley Chapel’s line-up. During Mumaw’s senior season, the Wildcats won their very first regional championship and qualified for the state tournament. Boys’ golf is playing during the fall at Florida high schools. 

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*Great googily moogily. Tonight, there are nine games on the schedule between three regular seven-inning doubleheaders, one non-traditional doubleheader and a single, stand-alone game in Elmira. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s sure to be a wild night.

*The Route 5 rivalry between Mohawk Valley and Utica opened with a bang last night as the teams went into extra innings to decide a victory. The DiamondDawgs scored three times in the 10th inning to pull out a wild 7-5 victory. Now, the scene shifts to the east and Little Falls where the teams will play in a doubleheader today at Vet’s Park beginning at 5:00 p.m. Interestingly, Roberto Vaz’s DiamondDawgs have been terrific on the road (5-1) and poor at home (1-4). Meanwhile, Utica has been solid at home (3-3) and has struggled on the road (1-4). Something will have to give this evening. This game also pits two of the top offensive performers in the league against one another in Utica’s Michael Pierson (App. State) (.479, 23 H, 17 RBI, 9 R) against Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM (.361, 13 H, 13 SB, 10 R, 8 RBI).

*There’s a Route 5 Rivalry in Little Falls and about 45 minutes away, North Country rivals Adirondack and Watertown wrap up a home-and-home series at the Robert S. Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. The Rams won a 16-7 shootout over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at the “Duffy Dome.” The two teams have combined for 40 runs in two games against one another this year. Adirondack took the season opener, 9-8, in Boonville on June 5. Adirondack played its’ first PGCBL game against Watertown and now it will play its first league doubleheader against the same side.

*Nationally-ranked Albany and Amsterdam meet in the lone “non-traditional” doubleheader of the day. Back on June 5, a game between the Dutchmen and Mohawks was stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning because of a power outage – i.e. the lights went out because of a localized outage in downtown Albany. The game was suspended in the last of the eighth with Amsterdam and Albany tied 5-5. That game will be completed starting at 6:00 p.m. and then the regularly-scheduled game will be played afterwards. One of Albany’s Achilles’ heels last year as Amsterdam; so far in 2013, the Dutchmen are 1-0 against the Tribe with a win last week at Shuttleworth Park. Since a day off on Monday, Amsterdam has scored 26 runs but allowed 14.

*The fourth and final twin bill will be at Newark’s Colburn Park where the Pilots have dried out after dealing with rain showers throughout the first few weeks of the season. Mike Armstrong’s Newark side welcomes in Dan Shwam’s Cooperstown Hawkeyes for a double dip at 5:05 p.m. Cooperstown won a 10-7 slugfest against Newark on Sunday afternoon at hitter-friendly Doubleday Field. Colburn Park is more of a pitchers’ paradise and that will be the site of today’s action. Cooperstown’s 6-3 record is the second-best in the league. The Hawkeyes are unbeaten in their last two road games with wins at Elmira in 10 innings and Mohawk Valley. Newark is at home tonight for the fourth time this season; two of the three previous home games have gone into extra time.

*The single nine-inning affair tonight pits the Golden Eagles of Glens Falls against the Elmira Pioneers. Matt Burch’s Pios escaped Glens Falls with a one-run victory on June 9. This is the second of three games between the Pioneers and the Golden Eagles. They will not play again until July 19 in Glens Falls. The 7:00 p.m start will benefit both teams as Elmira played last night in Amsterdam while Glens Falls was at home to Newark; each game was a 7:00 p.m. start. The Eagles are 4-1 on the road this year with a single away defeat to Cooperstown and wins over Utica (x2) and Mohawk Valley (x2). Unofficially, this is a four-hour trip for the Golden Eagles from Hometown U.S.A. to the Southern Tier. 

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