PGCBL Daily Rundown - June 28, 2013

Josh Anderson (FIU) in action for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in 2011. He returned to the Green and Gold last night. Photos courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night’s Scores
Amsterdam 9 Elmira 6 (6)
Glens Falls 9 Utica 8
Adirondack 8 Albany 7 (10)
Watertown at Cooperstown – PPD Rain
Mohawk Valley at Newark – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games
Adirondack at Watertown, 5:00 PM
Cooperstown at Utica (DH), 6:00 PM
Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Albany at Newark, 7:15 PM
Elmira at Mohawk Valley – PPD Rain

*Not including today’s rain outs, 30 games have now been suspended or postponed due to the rain. Be sure to check our calendar and scoreboard pages for the announcement of make-up dates and times.

*Three games on Thursday night, 47 runs combined and three finishes that came down to the final out.

*Glens Falls beat Utica on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth by Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche), Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) rocked a game-tying home run in the eighth and then hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Trail Blazers over the Dutchmen at Bellizzi Field and Amsterdam scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning in a rain-shortened win over Elmira.

*Josh Anderson (Florida International), a 2011 first team All-PGCBL selection, has been re-signed by the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Anderson appeared in 37 games for Glens Falls in 2011 and batted .368 with nine home runs and 38 RBI. The San Diego, Calif., native finished second in the league in home runs and was among the league’s top 10 in batting average and RBI. Anderson recently played in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Harwich Mariners.

*And did Josh Anderson make a splash in his return or what? Anderson, a rising senior at Florida International University, went 5-for-5 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBI in a 9-8 victory over the Utica Brewers at East Field. Anderson scored the game-winning run on Raphael Gladu’s (College Lafleche) walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Anderson became the first PGCBL player to record five hits in a single game this season and he is one of five with four runs scored. He also fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Anderson’s home run was the 10th of his PGCBL career. He is one shy of Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT), the PGCBL’s all-time home run leader. Oh, by the way, Anderson made his return to the Golden Eagles on a "Throwback Thursday."

*Back-to-back, again. Amsterdam hit back-to-back home runs twice in an 11-3 win on Wednesday evening at Cooperstown. The Mohawks enjoyed doing it so much, they turned the trick again on Thursday night against the Elmira Pioneers and the Glens Falls Golden Eagles did the same against the Utica Brewers at East Field. In Amsterdam, Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and Josh Gardiner (Radford) hit back-to-back jacks to left field in the bottom of the second inning. In Glens Falls, Ramon Laureano (NEO A&M) and Josh Anderson (FIU) launched back-to-back home runs to left field in the bottom of the fifth.

*The heart of the Glens Falls line-up was nearly unstoppable on Thursday night against Utica. Hitters three through five – Ramon Laureano (NEO A&M), Josh Anderson (FIU) and Buddy Putnam (South Florida) combined to go 11-for-14 with three home runs, seven runs scored and five RBI. Laureano homered twice and went 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. He recorded the fourth multi-home run game in the league this season.

*Glens Falls joined Watertown, Amsterdam and Albany as walk-off winners this season. Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) came up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning against Utica with the bases loaded and two outs. Gladu smacked an 0-2 offering into right field that scored Josh Anderson (FIU) from third base with the game-winning win in a wild win over Utica. The 18-year-old bound for Galveston College in the fall is batting .295 for the Eagles with 11 RBI.

*Thursday night’s game between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and the Utica Brewers at East Field featured two ties and three lead changes. The visiting Brewers enjoyed leads of 2-1 and 7-5 while the Golden Eagles had leads of 1-0, 5-2 and 8-7. The game featured ties of 2-2 and 8-8. While just a nine-inning affair, the contest took three hours and 20 minutes to complete.

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Pierson’s RBI in the third inning on a bases-loaded walk pushed his league-leading total to 20. He is the first PGCBL player this summer to have at least 30 hits and 20 RBI. Teammate K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) is one run away from being the first PGCBL player to hit 20 runs scored for the summer. Smith has 19 runs scored through 16 games.

*Utica’s Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) played a key role in a three-run rally by the Sons of Saranac in the top of the seventh inning. Brewers manager Keith Strickland sent outfielder Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) up as a pinch hitter in the seventh with two outs and the Uticans trailing, 5-4. Just a moment earlier, Dylan Calhoun (UAPB) had been thrown out at home plate by Ramon Laureano (NEO A&M) attempting to score from second. Gonzalez came through for the Brewers with a two-RBI single that moved Utica into a 6-5 lead. The speedy Gonzalez then swiped and scored Utica’s seventh run on a Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern) RBI single.

*In a six-game winning streak, Amsterdam has scored 49 runs. The Mohawks have outscored opponents 49-16 during that time which comes out to about an 8-2 margin of victory. Amsterdam has also clocked 11 home runs in its last six games including five at Cooperstown on June 26. Four of the six wins have come at the friendly confines of Shutlteworth Park.

*Thursday’s Amsterdam-Elmira game could have ended up in a 4-3 Elmira win. Rain was falling as Elmira pulled ahead 6-3 in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of unearned runs. The showers continued in the bottom of the sixth inning as Amsterdam returned to the plate. The Mohawks reeled off six runs on five hits and one Elmira error to amass a 9-6 lead. John Sansone (Florida State) opened the inning with a base hit, scored on an error and capped off the rally with a two-RBI single. Moments after Sansone’s two-run hit, the rain picked up and the game was called after the third out of the inning.

*Amsterdam’s five-man wrecking crew of John Sansone (Florida State), John Nogowski (Florida State), Josh Gardiner (Radford), Dylan Smith (Auburn) and Jordan Ebert (Auburn) continued its hot streak Thursday against Elmira. Sansone topped the Mohawks with three hits; he drove in two runs and scored once. Josh Gardiner plated two runs and scored once while Jordan Ebert (Auburn) tallied twice, batted in one run and socked two hits. Dylan Smith dinged an RBI double in the decisive sixth and scored two runs. John Nogowski singled in the sixth and scored one run.

*The defending league champion Mohawks played their 20th game of the season on Wednesday night. Amsterdam leads the league in completed games. Weather permitting, Amsterdam will reach the midway point of its 48-game schedule on Monday against Mohawk Valley.

*Adirondack earned its first extra-inning victory of the season on Thursday night nationally-ranked Albany. Luke Emling (Villanova) powered the Trail Blazers to the win. Emling, listed as a pitcher on the Villanova roster, has been an outfielder for the Trail Blazers this summer. In the eighth inning, Emling clubbed a solo home run to force a 7-7 tie; the home run was his fourth of the season. The Nottingham, Pa., native returned to the plate in the 10th and served up a single down the left-field line that scored Mike Parsons (Rider) with the eventual game-winning run. Through 11 games played, Emling is batting .340 with four home runs and 11 RBI. He has a .732 slugging percentage.

*One night after falling to division rival Newark at home, Adirondack rallied back from deficits of 3-0, 5-1, 6-4 and 7-6. The Trail Blazers outscored the Dutchmen, 7-2, over the final seven innings.

*Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) picked up his first win for the Boonville side on Thursday night. Bartley took over for Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.) in the eighth inning with the game tied 7-7. The rising senior from Newark, Del., stranded the potential go-ahead run for Albany on base in the eighth. He struck out five over three innings of one-hit relief. For the summer, Bartley is 1-1 with three saves and a 1.23 earned run average over six appearances.

*Adirondack banged out 13 hits in Thursday’s 10-inning triumph at Albany. Eight of nine Trail Blazers had at least one hit and seven players scored at least one run. Brandon Jossey (Seton Hill), Luke Emling (Villanova), Bobby Slagle (Villanova), Alex Mata (Saint Leo) and Alex Simone (West Alabama) all had two hits. Jossey drove in two runs as did Luke Emling and Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois). Mike Parsons (Rider) scored twice.

*Adirondack is 2-0 in its last two road games. In both games, Brandon Jossey (Seton Hill) batted in the lead-off spot and combined to go 4-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored. 

*For the second consecutive game, Albany executed a successful double steal. The Dutchmen pulled off a double steal in Wednesday night’s game versus Mohawk Valley. Thursday, Bradley Noland (North Alabama) and Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-14)  engineered a double steal in the third inning.

*Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) scored three of Albany’s seven runs on Thursday. Batting 1-2 on Nick Davey’s line-up card, Remillard and Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) combined to belt out five hits, score five runs and steal three bases. Marks topped the Dutchmen with four hits.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Newark’s Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) is staying a little closer to home this summer. Fox, from New York City, attends Pitzer College on the opposite side of the country in Claremont, Calif., and plays baseball for the combined Pomona-Pitzer team in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Prior to attending Pitzer College, Fox played baseball at The Beacon School in New York City’s Public School Athletic League.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*Due to the continued rain showers throughout Upstate New York and the flooding that resulted in the Mohawk Valley region yesterday, tonight’s games in Little Falls and Utica have already been rained out. Our thoughts go out to those affected by the flooding.

 *At the end of the night, weather permitting, either the Amsterdam Mohawks or the Glens Falls Golden Eagles are going to lead the PGCBL in victories. The league’s leaders in wins (Amsterdam and Glens Falls) meet for the fourth time this season tonight at Shuttleworth Park. The red-hot Mohawks have won six in a row and have not lost since an 11-7 defeat at the hands of the Golden Eagles last Friday night. The Green and Gold have taken two out of three from the Tribe this season. Glens Falls is 3-3 in its last six games – Thursday night’s win over Utica snapped a three-game slide. The Golden Eagles are 7-3 on the road this season and the team exploded for 11 runs last Friday night at Amsterdam.

*The nationally-ranked Albany Dutchmen head to the western side of the state for a meeting with the Newark Pilots in a meeting of first-place teams in the PGCBL. Albany leads co-second-place squads Cooperstown and Glens Falls by one game in the standings while Newark’s advantage in the West is a half-game over second-place Adirondack. Albany shut down Newark, 6-3, on June 9 at Bob Bellizzi Field behind a strong pitching outing from Matt Gallup (HVCC) and Dylan Collett (Keene State). The Dutchmen are 4-5 in their last nine games and more recently 1-4 in their last five with a narrow win coming over Glens Falls in the night cap of a Sunday twin bill.  However, Albany is undefeated (2-0) on Friday night. Newark’s offense was slowed Thursday night by the rain however the Pilots hot bats accounted for 22 scores in a Wednesday whipping of Adirondack. Newark holds a 3-1 record in its last four home games.

*North Country rivals Watertown and Adirondack round out tonight’s schedule at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Jefferson County. This will be the fifth meeting already this season between the Rams and the Trail Blazers,  the season series is tied 2-2 Adirondack and Watertown split a doubleheader at the Smith Sports Complex on June 20 with the Trail Blazers taking the opener, 10-8, and then dropping an 8-4 decision in the night cap. Adirondack blasted a league record two grand slams in the first game of the June 20 doubleheader. The winning team in all four games of the series has scored at least eight runs and the lowest total of combined runs when the two teams have played has been 12. Both teams enter into Friday evening’s game coming off wins – Adirondack knocked off Albany, 8-7, in 10 innings on Thursday while Watertown edged out Glens Falls, 6-5, on Wednesday.

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