PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 22, 2013

Cooperstown's Eann Cox (Black Hawk) pitches in the home opener for the Hawkeyes. Cox is tied for the league lead in wins. Photo courtesy Cooperstown Hawkeyes/Shirley Tyler

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Last Night’s Scores
Newark 2 Elmira 1 (Game 1)
Elmira 4 Newark 0 (Game 2)
Cooperstown 2 Adirondack 1 (12)
Albany 4 Mohawk Valley 3
Glens Falls 11 Amsterdam 7
Utica 12 Watertown 8

Tonight’s Games
Elmira at Cooperstown (DH), 4:00 PM
Utica at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:00 PM
Albany at Glens Falls, 7:00 PM
Watertown at Newark, 7:15 PM

*The cold, damp and rainy weather we had to start the season has been replaced by hot, sunny and muggy weather here in Upstate New York. Temperatures across the state this weekend are expected to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Because of the heat, there will also be scattered thunderstorms. A cool down isn’t expected until next weekend. Believe or not, next weekend is nearly the mid-way point of the season.

*We’re currently in a stretch of at least one doubleheader per day for four-straight days. After two double dips on Sunday, no more doubleheaders are scheduled until the end of the month. There are currently five doubleheaders scheduled for the final week of the regular season – one on each day between July 25 and July 29.

*While Friday night was no Thursday, there were still plenty of theatrics on display across the league. Newark and Elmira engaged in a low-scoring twin bill in front of 4,000-plus on a Fireworks Night at Dunn Field. Cooperstown and Adirondack played a one-run thriller that was decided in the bottom of the 12th inning on a suicide squeeze. Both Albany and Glens Falls rallied from deficits to pull out victories over Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam respectively and Utica bashed out a season high 16 hits in a score-fest with Watertown.

*The most exciting game of the day was at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown where the Trail Blazers and Hawkeyes went right down to the wire, literally. Despite starting several minutes early, daylight was fading in the bottom of the 12th inning when Cooperstown’s Ben Hall (Central Alabama) scored the game-winning run. Overall, the 12-inning thriller took three hours and eight minutes to complete.

*Ben Hall (Central Alabama) recorded the winning run for Cooperstown but he was able to cross the plate on a successful suicide squeeze play. Hall doubled to start the 12th and was bunted over to third. Following an intentional walk, Emilio Alonso (Black Hawk) pinch hit for catcher Stefan Jordan (NC A&T). With Adirondack closer Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) on the mound, Hall took off for home. Alonso laid down a bunt that eluded Bartley and allowed Hall to score.

*Cooperstown and Adirondack combined for nine sacrifice bunts in Friday’s game as both teams looked to manufacture runs. Five different Trail Blazers had one sacrifice apiece as did four Hawkeyes. Cooperstown’s Ryan Hanahan (Marietta) leads all PGCBL swingers with four sacrifices.

*The Hawkeyes and Trail Blazers combined to score just three runs in Friday’s game in Cooperstown. But, there could have been a lot more damage. Adirondack starter Brendan Butler (Fairleigh Dickinson) pitched out of two bases-loaded jams in the first and fourth innings to maintain a scoreless tie. Adirondack packed the sacks in the 10th and 12th innings but Cooperstown relievers Colton Kibler (Garden City C.C.) and Luke Mould (UAH) got out of each frame unscathed.

*Cooperstown’s Mike Jeffers (Kenyon) was terrific in his first start of the summer for the Hawkeyes. The southpaw carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and blanked the heavy-hitting visitors for the first seven innings. Jeffers lost the no-hit bid on an infield single by Adirondack’s Austin Hatfield (Memphis) at the start of the sixth.

*Did you know? Two of the three top home run hitters in the PGCBL are from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) and Adirondack’s Tom Bouck (NJIT) both play for Mike Cole’s Highlanders.

*Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) is one home run away from becoming the all-time home runs leader in the PGCBL. Charlton clubbed seven for the league champion Mohawks one season ago. Friday night, he went back-to-back with Jordan Ebert (Auburn) to record his 10th career PGCBL home run. Watertown’s Erick Gaylord, the 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year, blasted 10 home runs in 2011.

*Amsterdam and Glens Falls had an old-fashioned Shuttleworth Slugfest on Friday night. The two teams combined at the hitter-friendly park for five home runs and 18 total scores. Amsterdam’s Jordan Ebert (Auburn) hit a three-run home run in the first and Ed Charlton (NJIT) immediately followed with a solo blast. Glens Falls countered with a two-run clout from Buddy Putnam (South Florida), a three-run home run by Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) and a solo swat from Spencer Johnson (Missouri State).

*While the Glens Falls offense grabbed the headlines from Friday night’s win in the Rug City, reliever Armand Rugel (Stonehill) was certainly one of the heroes for the Green and Gold. Rugel came out of the bullpen cold in the fifth inning following a quick exit by reliever Riley Stephenson (UMBC) after plunking the first batter of the frame. At the time, Amsterdam held a 7-2 advantage. Rugel blanked the Mohawks for four innings and held the Amsterdam offensive attack to just two hits between the fifth and eighth innings. The Stonehill product ended his night by stranding two Amsterdam runners in scoring position to close out the eighth.

*Amsterdam’s Matt Ternowchek (Notre Dame) likely deserved a better fate on Friday night as he earned a no decision against Glens Falls. Ternowchek turned in his best start of the summer with seven strikeouts over five innings. He limited the potent Golden Eagles’ offense to two runs on five hits. He left the game with a 7-2 lead.

*The eight runs scored by Glens Falls in the sixth inning marked a season high for the Golden Eagles. The previous high was six in a 17-6 victory over Mohawk Valley. With the 11-run outburst, the Green and Gold has recorded at least 11 runs in a game three times this season. The last time Glens Falls struck for at least 11 runs was at Utica on June 8 in an 11-5 win.

*Newark and Elmira traded fantastic pitching performances in a doubleheader split at Dunn Field. The night cap saw a season-best crowd of 4,337 cram into the Dunn for a 4-0 Elmira victory. At the gate, the Pioneers surpassed the 20,000-fan mark for the season and now average over 3,000 fans per game. Elmira has drawn well over 2,000 fans in seven of eight home games.

*The “prodigal son” returned for the Newark Pilots in the opening game of Friday’s twin bill. Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) was a highly-lauded pitcher for the Pilots in 2011 as he helped the team to the league championship. D’Amato pitched for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League last summer. He made his first 2013 start with Newark on Friday and held Elmira to one run on two hits over five innings. The southpaw struck out four, walked one and faced five men over the minimum. D’Amato was a All-American in the spring at St. John Fisher College.

*Elmira’s Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion), a CAA All-Rookie Team selection in the spring, matched D’Amato punch-for-punch in the opener until the Pilots punched back with two runs in the fifth inning. Alexander shut out Newark in five of his six innings pitched and allowed two runs on seven hits in a hard-luck loss. The loss was Alexander’s first decision of the season. Through three starts, Alexander has a 2.00 ERA in 18.0 innings pitched.

*Summer baseball is often a time you see college teammates face off against one another. Normally, players from the same school tend to go to the same summer team. That’s not always the case though as Friday night, Newark’s Jimmy Wagner (Ithaca) faced off against collegiate teammate Colby Gee (Ithaca) of Elmira in the seventh inning of the opener. Gee singled off of his college mate but was stranded on second base to end the game. Wagner and Gee helped Ithaca reach the NCAA Division III World Series this spring for the first time since 1994.

*Elmira won the night cap of the twin bill with a successful pitcher-by-committee approach against Newark. Skipper Matt Burch pitched Brandon Diorio (Ithaca) for three innings at the start of the game, Clark Pence (Morehead State) followed with three near perfect frames and Parker Curry (Samford) worked a scoreless seventh. The trio combined on a two-hit shutout in the win. Elmira’s shutout victory was its first since Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) fired a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory over Cooperstown on June 25, 2012.

*Newark’s Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) has three RBI singles in his last four games for the Pilots. Fox, who lives in New York City but attends school in Southern California, has taken over as Newark’s starting shortstop. Tim Locastro, projected to be Newark’s starting shortstop before the season, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month and signed a contract. Thursday, Fox singled home Newark’s first two runs in an opening game victory over Cooperstown. Friday, Fox drove in the eventual game-winning score for Newark in a 2-1 opening game victory.

*What’s interesting about Utica’s season-high 16 hits? The Brewers did it without league-leading hitter Michael Pierson (App. State) in the line-up and without a run scored by K’Shawn Smith (Stetson). Pierson rested on Friday night as the Sons of Saranac pounded out 18 hits in a 12-8 win over Watertown. Ryan Valdes (Florida State) and Spencer Mumford (South Florida State) each mashed out three hits; Valdes scored three times and had two RBI while Mumford drove in three runs and scored twice. Nathan Mann (Brown) topped the Brew Crew with four RBI and Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern) tallied three scores. All told, 10 Utica players socked out at least one hit.

*In its’ last two wins, Utica has totaled 31 hits – 15 on Thursday at Mohawk Valley and 16 on Friday night against Watertown.

*Bobby Indeglia (Holy Cross) was a highlight for Watertown on Friday night. The left fielder reached base five times in five total plate appearances. He went 3-for-3 with two walks and scored two runs. Indeglia, Watertown’s ninth-place hitter, and Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert), the eighth-place hitter on Paul Altieri’s line-up card, combined to score four of Watertown’s eight runs.

*While Utica and Watertown combined to score 20 runs on 24 hits, the two teams also combined for seven hit batsmen.

*The Rams suffered a tough break on Friday night. Scheduled starter Tanner Rahauser (Millersville) was warming up in the bullpen when he suffered a shoulder injury. Unfortunately, he is expected to miss the rest of the season. Watertown has also lost starter Brett Brown (Lamar) for the season with an elbow injury. Brown fanned 13 over six innings in Watertown’s season opener at Adirondack.

*Ninth nationally-ranked Albany continues to find ways to win. Friday, the Dutchmen scored three times in the eighth inning to pull out a 4-3 comeback victory over Mohawk Valley. In four recent victories, Albany has taken advantage of late scores to win. The Dutchmen plated two eighth-inning runs in a 5-3 win last weekend over Watertown. Thursday, Albany recorded a pair of walk-off wins over Amsterdam. And then last night, the Dutchmen rallied for three runs late to down Mohawk Valley.

*While Albany’s offense gets the headlines, the bullpen provided the Dutchmen a big boost. Mohawk Valley ran off three runs over the first three innings but did not score after that. Andrew Bannon (Skdimore) reliever starter Sean Spicer (Baylor) in the fifth and retired all six men he faced. Jose Hernandez (Dean) followed with two scoreless frames and Ben Seabrook (North Alabama) worked a perfect ninth to record his league-leading fourth save.

*Last weekend, it was pinch hitter Jack Wietlispach (Parkland) that came up with a key hit late for the Dutchmen in a win over Watertown at Bob Bellizzi Field. Friday, Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) played the role of pinch-hit hero in the eighth inning. Dacey came on to pinch hit in the eighth with runners on second and third and two outs. Dacey served up a smash into right-center field that scored both runs and propelled Albany into a 4-3 lead.

*The top of the manager Nick Davey’s line-up card for Albany played a big role in Friday’s win. Lead-off hitter Bradley Noland (North Alabama) went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Number-two swinger Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) scored once and smacked out two hits. Combined, the pair accounted for three of Albany’s four runs.

*In defeat, Mohawk Valley tore up the base paths at “The Bob.” Roberto Vaz’s DiamondDawgs stole five bases during the game. Dalton Herrington (ULM), the league’s stolen base leader, ripped off three bases on four attempts while Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) and Willie Shaw (W&M) each had one steal. Conversely, catcher Mike Fischer (Columbia) slowed the Albany running game. Fischer, one of the top defensive catchers in the league, threw out three Albany runners attempting to steal; he did not allow a stolen base.

*Total of the season, Mohawk Valley catcher Mike Fischer (Columbia) has thrown out eight runners attempting to steal on 13 attempts.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Watertown’s Thomas Casey (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) is only current Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League player from the state of Utah. In fact, over the 14-year history of the Watertown franchise, Casey is just the second Utah native to play for the Rams (previously known as the Wizards from 2000 through 2012). The rising redshirt junior from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi is from Holladay, Utah, which is located southeast of Salt Lake City. It is considered part of the Greater Salt Lake City, Utah Metro area.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*Due to the rain, Glens Falls and Newark have already played back-to-back doubleheaders. And now, it’s Elmira’s turn to play four games in two days. The Pios split a home doubleheader last night against Newark and today, they’re on the road against Cooperstown for a twin bill at Doubleday Field beginning at 4:00 p.m. Cooperstown pulled out an improbable7-6  victory at Elmira one week ago in extra innings; all seven of the Hawkeyes’ runs scored in the final four overall innings.  Both teams enter into today’s games coming off of victories. This is Elmira’s first trip to Cooperstown this season; the Pios blasted the Hawkeyes, 12-2, in their last voyage to the “Birthplace of Baseball” on July 27, 2011. Cooperstown hasn’t beaten Elmira at home since July 9, 2011. The Pioneers were 4-0 in Cooperstown last year.

*What’s next for rivals Utica and Adirondack? The pair slugged it out several weeks ago in Boonville with an 18-15 shootout that favored the Trail Blazers. In the second game of the season series, Utica’s Hunter McIntosh (Alabama State) struck out a team season-high12 in a 6-0 victory. The third chapter of the PGCBL rivalry between Adirondack and Utica will be tonight in Boonville. The Blazers have scored at least four runs in six of their seven home games and put up 14 total in a doubleheader split with Watertown on Thursday. In those six games, Adirondack has pounded out at least eight hits. The Brewers offense, despite being one-hit in the night cap of a Thursday twin bill at Mohawk Valley, has amassed 32 hits in its last three games. Utica has recorded a double-digit number of hits five times this season.

*Capital District rivals Glens Falls and Albany open up a home-and-home series which will encompass three games over the next two days. Glens Falls hosts Albany tonight at East Field in Glens Falls and then the scene will shift on Sunday evening at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany for a doubleheader beginning at 5:05p.m. Albany won the only previous meeting between the two teams, 5-2, on June 14 in Glens Falls. Albany’s 9-1 (.900) overall record is one of the best in the league and in the nation. The Dutchmen have won three in a row (four if you include the suspended game) since suffering their only loss to Elmira. Nick Davey’s Dutchmen averaged six runs per game in away contests and put up a season best 10 runs in a rout of Cooperstown on June 19. The Golden Eagles are now 6-2 in their last eight games and enter into Saturday’s game coming off an impressive comeback win over Amsterdam. But, the Green and Gold has uncharacteristically struggled at home with a 2-5 mark at East Field. The Golden Eagles lone win in a single, stand-alone game at home came on Opening Night against Mohawk Valley.

*Mohawk River rivals Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley renew their rivalry tonight at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. The last time Amsterdam trekked to Exit 29A on the New York State Thruway, the Mohawks shut out the DiamondDawgs, 8-0, in the opening round of the 2012 PGCBL playoffs. Both Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley let leads slip away on Friday night; Amsterdam had leads of 6-0 and 7-2 against Glens Falls that did not stand up while Mohawk Valley let a 3-1 lead slip away in the eighth inning at Albany. The Dawgs are 7-7 overall and 3-3 in their last six games. The team has played its best away from home with a 5-2 record on the road; at the Vet, Mohawk Valley is 2-5. Amsterdam has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning streak. One interesting note, Amsterdam has not lost a game at Mohawk Valley in the PGCBL era; over the last three years, the Mohawks are 9-0 at the Vet including a 6-0 mark last season.

*Newark and Watertown round out the league schedule tonight at Colburn Park. Despite a doubleheader split yesterday in Elmira, the Pilots have flown to the top of the table in the PGCBL West with a 4-1 record in their last five games. Newark opens the day tied with Elmira for first place in the division. In Newark’s four wins, the team outscored opponents 20-9. Justin D’Amato’s (St. John Fisher) shutdown performance against Elmira yesterday marked the second time this season that Newark held an opponent to one run or less. Watertown outlasted Newark, 7-3, in 10 innings on Tuesday night. The Rams scored four times in the 10th inning. The Silver and Black is one game back of Newark in the PGCBL West. Watertown hasn’t been as hot as Newark but the Rams are 4-3 in their last seven games. The Rams are also 2-1 in their last three road games after beginning the season with an 0-5 away mark.

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