PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 26, 2013

Amsterdam's Jordan Ebert had six RBI against Watertown on Tuesday. Ebert in action against Albany on June 20 at Bellizzi Field. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Cooperstown 5 Glens Falls 3
Elmira 10 Newark 1
Amsterdam 17 Watertown 0
Albany at Utica – PPD Rain
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games

Amsterdam at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Glens Falls at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Newark at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Utica at Elmira, 7:05 PM
Mohawk Valley at Albany, 7:05 PM

*Rain continues to plague the 2013 season. Twenty-eight games have been suspended or postponed because of rain or unplayable field conditions caused by heavy rains.

*Nationally-ranked Albany has had seven games postponed due to rain. The Dutchmen have completed just 13 games over the first three weeks of the regular season. Two of the seven rain outs have come against Utica.

*On the opposite end of the spectrum, Amsterdam is six games away from reaching the halfway point of its 2013 schedule. The Mohawks have completed 18 games. The defending league champions have had good luck with the weather and have been rained out just three times – two of those games have already been made up as part of doubleheaders.

*Congratulations to former Amsterdam Mohawks pitcher Logan Darnell (Amsterdam 2008). Darnell was named the Double-AA Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday following a dominant performance in a complete game shutout last Thursday against the Erie Seawolves. Darnell struck out a season-high nine and needed just 99 pitches to dispatch of the Seawolves. Logan was recently promoted to Triple-A Rochester and made his first start on Tuesday night at Indianapolis.

*Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) earned his fourth victory in four starts on Tuesday night in Glens Falls. Cox held the Glens Falls Golden Eagles to one run through the first six innings and left the game with a 5-1 lead in the seventh. He walked one, struck out four and was charged with three earned runs in a 5-3 Cooperstown triumph. With more than a month left in the regular season, Cox is three wins shy of tying the PGCBL record for wins in a single season. The record is currently held by 2012 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky). Shepherd won seven games last summer and went 7-0 in eight total regular season starts.

*The Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 this season over the Golden Eagles. In both wins, the Hawkeyes have held the Eagles to just three runs while scoring six and five respectively. Also in both games, Cooperstown took the lead with a decisive five-run outburst. The Otsegans scored five times in the fifth inning of a game at home with Cooperstown on June 12th and pulled off the same feat of a five-run frame in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game. The coincidences don’t end there – the hero with the big two-RBI hit in each inning, Cooperstown catcher Nolan Ray (Kentucky Wesleyan) and in each game, the starting pitchers were Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) for Glens Falls and Eann Cox (Black Hawk) for Cooperstown.

*Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles now leads the PGCBL in strikeouts. Davis has struck out 27 batters in 20.0 innings over four starts. The Queensbury, N.Y., native fanned 11 on Opening Night against Mohawk Valley in a 17-6 win. Following just a three-strikeout performance at Cooperstown on June 12, Davis fanned six over 4.2 innings at Utica on June 18. Tuesday night, the LeMoyne ace struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

*The Hawkeyes are 3-0 since being swept by the Newark Pilots in a doubleheader on Thursday, June 20. Overall this season, Cooperstown is 8-1 when scoring at least four runs in a single game. The Hawkeyes have reeled off 19 runs in their last two games and 21 scores overall in the three games since the Newark sweep.

*Cooperstown’s Nate Lotze (Kenyon) has been a hitting machine for the Hawkeyes this summer. Lotze has mashed out 22 hits in 14 starts for an average of 1.5 hits per game. Lotze’s 22 total hits and .423 batting average are second in the league behind Utica’s Michael Pierson (App. State).

*Glens Falls had a golden opportunity early in Tuesday’s game to get to Cooperstown starter Eann Cox (Black Hawk) however the Golden Eagles were just able to manage one run. The Green and Gold’s Buddy Putnam (South Florida) and Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) singled in back-to-back at-bats with one out in a scoreless second. Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) connected on a three-straight hit for Glens Falls and that scored Buddy Putnam to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. A two-out walk to Garrett Degallier (Tacoma C.C.) loaded the bases but Eann Cox forced a pop out to end the inning and limit the damage to one run.

*Elmira and Amsterdam combined for 27 runs in wins over Newark and Watertown respectively. Both teams set season highs for offense – Amsterdam with 17 runs on 20 hits and Elmira with 10 runs on 19 hits. Amsterdam also set a new franchise record in the PGCBL era for runs scored. The overall franchise record of 20 runs in a single game was set in 2010.

*Elmira’s offense came fast and furious against Newark in the top of the first inning at Colburn Park. The Pioneers quickly plated five runs on seven-straight hits to begin the game. Six of the seven hits were singles; Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) with a two-run double was the only Pioneer to notch an extra-base hit the first inning offensive eruption.

*Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) of the Pioneers created five of Elmira’s 10 runs as a lead-off hitter. Kalousdian began the 19-hit explosion by Elmira in the top of the first with a lead-off single. Three batters later, he was forced home on a bases-loaded single from Ryan Plantier (Cornell). Kalousdian led off the top of the second with a double. He was bunted to third and then dashed home on a Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) sacrifice fly. Kalousdian recorded his only RBI in the fourth inning with a double that plated Matthew Pelt (Wofford). The Elmira left fielder scored his third run of the night on a double-play ground out later in the inning. Following a ground out in the sixth, Kalousdian drew a walk in his final at-bat in the eighth. Three batters later, Ryan Plantier drove in Kalousdian for the second time in eight innings. The rising senior at Manhattan finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored and one run batted in.

*Elmira’s Ryan Plantier (Cornell) drove in three runs and Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) scored four in a win over Newark on Tuesday. However, it was a complete team effort for the Pioneers in their 19-hit explosion. All nine Elmira starters had at least one hit and six of those nine scored at least one run. Six players recorded at least two hits  - two of those six (Plantier, Kalousdian) had multiple hits and scored multiple runs. Plantier paced the Pioneers with a 4-for-4 performance while Kalousdian and Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) smacked out three hits apiece. Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) totaled a team high three RBI while Dave Hoffman (Siena) and Parker Curry (Samford) had two hits each.

*Lost in Elmira’s offensive fireworks? A quality start from Elmira’s Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion). Alexander held the Pilots to four hits over seven innings, walked three and struck out three for his first win of the summer. The Forty Fort, Pa., native conceded a single in the first, second and fourth innings and then did not yield another hit until a one-out double in the seventh.

 *Amsterdam’s Jordan Ebert (Auburn) tied a PGCBL 2013 single-game high with six RBI in the Tuesday night’s Amsterdam victory over Watertown. Ebert connected on an RBI single in the first and then a two-run single in the second. He recorded his fourth, fifth and sixth RBI in the fourth inning with a three-run home run to left field. Ebert is just the second PGCBL player this season to have six RBI in a game. Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) tallied six RBI in a win at Watertown on Sunday.

*Four Amsterdam players combined to drive in 16 of the Mohawks’ 17 runs on Tuesday night. Jordan Ebert (Auburn) topped the Tribe with six RBI. Reigning PGCBL Player of the Week John Nogowski (Florida State) had four RBI while John Sansone (Florida State) and Josh Gardiner (Radford) batted in three runs each. The quartet also combined to put up 13 of Amsterdam’s 20 hits in the game. Gardner, Sansone and Nogowski all belted out three hits and Ebert registered a game-high four.

*Six Mohawks scored multiple runs on Tuesday night. John Sansone (Florida State) scored four times for the Mohawks while Shane Zimmer (Canisius) and Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) tallied three runs apiece. John Nogowski (Florida State), Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and Mark Brennan (Marist) all scored twice.

*All of Amsterdam’s 17 runs and 20 hits came in the first six innings Tuesday night versus Watertown. The Mohawks scored three runs on three hits in the first, three runs on four hits in the second, four runs on five hits in the third, five runs on four hits in the fourth, one run on two hits in the fifth and one run on two hits in the sixth.

*Amsterdam starter Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) combined with four relievers to help the Tribe pick up their second-straight shutout victory. Amsterdam pitchers have not allowed a run since the first game of a Sunday doubleheader between Newark and Amsterdam. That’s a streak of 17.0 innings. Amsterdam won five games via shutout in 2012. The last time the Mohawks recorded back-to-back shutouts was June 17 and June 18 of 2012. Amsterdam blanked Watertown, 7-0, in Watertown and then put together a 2-0 home shutout win over Albany the next night.

*Amsterdam’s Kevin Guthrie (Brown) turned in the most impressive pitching performance of Tuesday night for the Mohawks. Guthrie was Amsterdam’s second reliever. He pitched in the seventh inning and struck out the side in order.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Mohawk Valley’s Willie Shaw (William & Mary) probably doesn’t mind a day off here and there. Shaw, a rising senior infielder, played and started all 63 regular season and postseason games for the College of William & Mary Tribe this spring. Shaw was one of four W&M players to start every game. He helped the Tribe to the championship game of the Raleigh, N.C., regional. This summer, Shaw has made 15 total appearances for the DiamondDawgs and 14 starts.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*The early game sees the Amsterdam Mohawks travel south to Doubleday Field in Cooperstown for a date with the Hawkeyes. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Amsterdam and Cooperstown split their first two games with each side winning at home – Cooperstown 9-3 at Doubleday Field on June 9 and Amsterdam 4-1 at Shutlteworth Park on June 14. The Mohawks have not allowed a run in 17-straight innings while Cooperstown has scored 21 runs in its last three games. While the Hawkeyes currently sit in second place in the PGCBL East, a 7-2 run by the Tribe has them just two games back of Cooperstown.

*The longest bus ride of the night goes to Glens Falls. John Mayotte’s Golden Eagles will make a four-hour hour trek from East Field in Glens Falls to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. Tonight will be the first game of the season between the Rams and the Golden Eagles. The two teams played ‘Home Run Derby’ in their first meeting of 2012 when they combined for seven home runs in an 8-7 Watertown win at the Duffy Dome. The Golden Eagles are tied for the league lead in wins but have dropped their last two games in a row. The current two-game skid is the first for Glens Falls in two weeks. Though, the Eagles are the best road team in the PGCBL with a 7-2 record away from home. Watertown meanwhile looks to break a four-game losing streak overall against their fellow North Country mates.

*Nationally-ranked Albany returns to the field for the first time since Sunday with a home date against Mohawk Valley. The Dutchmen rallied for a 4-3 win over the DiamondDawgs last week on the strength of a three-run eighth inning. Neither team played on Monday because of a scheduled off day and then both were rained out on Tuesday. The Dutchmen went 4-3 last week though two of their three defeats came at the hands of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Albany’s 2-1 home win on Sunday night against Glens Falls was its lowest-scoring win of the season. Mohawk Valley owns a .500 record but slipped below red-hot Amsterdam in the league standings after the Mohawks’ win on Tuesday night. The Dawgs scored a season-high 10 runs in their last game against Watertown and have been an excellent 6-2 away from Vet’s Park.

*The Newark Pilots and Adirondack Trail Blazers meet for the first-time ever tonight at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. Second place in the PGCBL West is up for grabs; despite having different records, the two teams are each one-half game behind first-place Elmira. Adirondack has been off since a 10-run explosion in Elmira on Sunday evening. Adirondack turned in a 1-5 stretch between June 16 and June 21 but rebounded this past weekend with back-to-back weekend wins over Utica and Elmira. Adirondack’s offense averages over six runs per game overall but at the Smith Sports Complex, the Boonville Blazers are scoring nearly eight runs per game. Newark opened the new week with a Tuesday night loss at home versus Elmira and the Pilots have lost three straight. Because of an exhibition on Monday, the Pilots have not had a day off since June 17.

*Another first-time meeting takes place in Elmira when the Elmira Pioneers host the Utica Brewers. Because of rain outs and the Monday off day, Utica has not played a game since Saturday, June 22. The Brewers haven’t had a home game in a week; June 19 was the last time the Brew Crew played at Donovan Stadium. Utica’s game this evening will be its fifth-straight road contest though two road games were played on one night in a doubleheader at Mohawk Valley. Utica closed out last week with a 2-2 mark in its last four games. Elmira’s coming off its best offensive output of the season, 10 runs on 19 hits at Newark. The Pioneers have struggled at home to a 3-6 record though Elmira does hold a recent Dunn Field victory over Newark.

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