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Five named to Perfect Game All-American teams

Photo Courtesy of Corey Mansfield
Five players from the 2014 PGCBL season have been named to the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American teams.
First Team
Josh Gardiner, Amsterdam Mohawks
Josh Gardiner has been named to the first team after being named the 2014 PGCBL Player of the Year. Gardiner, a rising senior at Radford, led the PGCBL with a .543 on-base percentage and finished second in the league with a .415 batting average. Gardiner’s .543 on-base percentage set a new league record, topping the .497 marks of 2013 PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski and the 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Ross Kivett. A full recap on Gardiner’s season can be found here.
Second Team
John Razzino, Amsterdam Mohawks
John Razzino has been named to the second team after hitting .370 for the record breaking Amsterdam Mohawks. The .370 batting average was the third highest in the PCGBL and Razzino’s five home runs was tied for the second most in the league. An overall OPS of .960 was the second highest on the 36-11 Amsterdam team. The Franklin Pierce product drove in 34 runs, second most in the league and led the league with 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts. During scout day activities at the 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game, Razzino ran the fastest 60-Yard dash time (6.4 seconds).
Jon Escobar, Watertown Rams
Jon Escobar has been named to the second team after leading the PGCBL with nine saves. Escobar appeared in 19 games for coach Paul Alteri and went 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in those 19 appearances. He struck out 39 batters in 20.1 innings pitcher, good for 17.26 strikeouts per nine innings ratio. Opponents hit .118 off Escobar and right-handed batters went just 4-for-45 (.089) off him. Escobar’s WHIP was 0.85, lowest on the Watertown Rams.
Third Team
Matt Diorio, Watertown Rams
Matt Diorio has been named to the third team after hitting .352 in 28 games for the Watertown Rams. Diorio led the club with 24 RBIs and clubbed three home runs. His 1.005 OPS was the highest on a Rams team that went 24-21 and advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season. On June 22, the Staten Island became just the second player in PGCBL history to hit for the cycle. A full story on his cycle can be found here.
Jayson Yano, Newark Pilots
Jayson Yano has been named to the third team after being named the 2014 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year.Yano, a rising junior at Stevens, led the league with six wins while posting an ERA of 1.35, which was second best among qualified pitchers. Opponents hit just .221 off the right-hander, tied for third best in the league. He led the league with five complete games. Yano struck out 41 batters in 53.1 innings, good for fifth (tied) and third best in the league. A full recap of Yano’s season can be found here.
The full teams can be found here.
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