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2016 All-Star Game TONIGHT in Albany

The All-Star Game is tonight in Albany!

The 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game will take place tonight at Bob Bellizzi Field at the Christian Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany. The game will feature all-stars from the PGCBL East taking on the all-stars of the PGCBL West and is sponsored by CSEA.

First pitch of the All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Blake Nation, who led the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to the 2015 PGCBL Championship, will lead the PGCBL East All-Stars. Matt Burch, the head coach of the Elmira Pioneers, will guide the PGCBL West All-Stars.

"The PGCBL All Star Game has been a extraordinary showcase for the great young talent in our league. More than 75% of the players who participate in the game eventually sign professional contracts," said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. "The Albany Dutchmen have planned a great day for the fans. It is going to be a fun-filled event."

The Home Run Derby will take place prior the the start of the game. One contestant from each of the PGCBL teams has been selected by their organization to compete in the 2016 PGCBL Home Run Derby. All competitors will use aluminum bats provided by the Albany Dutchmen. Players will compete in timed rounds to see how many home runs they can hit in 2:30. Each home run hit during the first 2:00 of the round will count as one (1) point. Each home run hit during the final :30 of the round will count as two (2) points. Any batted ball prior to time expiring will count towards point total. The top three (3) point scorers in Round 1 will advance to the Finals. Round 1 tiebreaker: Most overall total home runs hit during entire 2:30 round. Second tie breaker: fastest time recorded to hit first home run during the round.

The Home Run Derby is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. 

There will be Scout Day activities that will give the All-Stars a chance to show off their skills in front of major league scouts.

There will be live stats and a video broadcast available. Simply go to the league's Scoreboard page, here, to follow the game.

Game Rosters

East Division


Griffin Roberts (Wake Forest) – Amsterdam Mohawks

Antonio Baglivo (Alvernia) – Oneonta Outlaws

David Palmer (New Haven) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

Evan Giles (Indiana State) – Albany Dutchmen

Andrew Kneussle (Canisius) – Glens Falls Dragons

Jeff Rivera (University of the Cumberlands) – Albany Dutchmen

Chase Haney (Florida State) – Amsterdam Mohawks

Austin Keen (Kentucky) – Amsterdam Mohawks

Nick Burns (Johns Hopkins) – Saugerties Stallions

Troy Montemayor (Baylor) – Albany Dutchmen 


C: Joe Genord (South Florida) – Amsterdam Mohawks

1B: Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) – Glens Falls Dragons

2B: Chris Givin (Xavier) – Amsterdam Mohawks

SS: Alex Malsch (Wofford) – Oneonta Outlaws

3B: Robbie Knightes (St. John’s) – Glens Falls Dragons

OF: Ryan Hooper (UC Davis) – Glens Falls Dragons

OF: Alex Thrower (Buffalo) – Saugerties Stallions

OF: JJ Shimko (USC Upstate) – Albany Dutchmen


C: Tanner Leenknecht (Treasure Valley CC) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

C: Kevin Radziewicz (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

1B: Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

3B: Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

IF: Sean Mazzio (Wagner) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

IF: Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) – Amsterdam Mohawks

OF: Quin Cotton (Grand Canyon) – Oneonta Outlaws*

OF: Kyle Ruedisili (Washington and Lee) – Oneonta Outlaws

OF: Chris LaVorgna (Franklin Pierce) – Amsterdam Mohawks*

OF: Mac Crispino (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

OF: Drew Arciuolo (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs

UTL: Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) – Albany Dutchmen

*will not play 

West Division


Taylor Ahearn (Cal State San Marcos) – Elmira Pioneers

Connor Donahue (UMass) – Adirondack Trail Blazers

Dalton Reed (West Chester) – Geneva Red Wings

Brennen Smith (Canisius) – Victor RailRiders

Austin Hansen (Seattle) – Elmira Pioneers

Parker Caracci (Ole Miss) – Elmira Pioneers

Steve Arntsen (Manhattan) – Elmira Pioneers

Cory Blessing (Ohio) – Jamestown Jammers

Ryan Green (Niagara CC) – Utica Blue Sox

Mike Hope (Shippensburg) – Utica Blue Sox


C: Christ Conley (Canisius) – Jamestown Jammers

1B: Ben Brookover (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers

2B: Nick Russo (New Haven) – Victor RailRiders

SS: Joe Spitaleri (LIU Post) – Utica Blue Sox

3B: Troy Dixon (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers

OF: Franklin Jennings (Central Connecticut State) – Utica Blue Sox

OF: Dale Wickham (Cornell) – Victor RailRiders*

OF: Skyler Valentine (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers


C: Mitchell Calandra (Eckerd) – Utica Blue Sox

1B: Tyler Plantier (UC San Diego) – Elmira Pioneers

3B: Sam Fragale (Virginia Tech) – Newark Pilots

IF: Greg Cullen (Niagara) – Newark Pilots*

IF: Chris Whelan (Parkland) – Newark Pilots

OF: Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) – Utica Blue Sox

OF: Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville) – Victor RailRiders

OF: Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) – Geneva Red Wings

OF: Rob Perteet (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers

OF: Chris Sharpe (UMass Lowell) – Newark Pilots

OF: Kenny Collins (Hamilton) – Adirondack Trail Blazers

UTL: Kyle Cunningham (St. John’s) – Adirondack Trail Blazers

*will not play

 Home Run Derby Participants

Adirondack: Mark Venice, St. John’s

Albany: Malcolm Nachmanoff, Stony Brook

Amsterdam: Tristen Carranza, New Mexico State

Elmira: Lucas Denney, Seattle

Geneva: Mike Korchak, Bucknell

Glens Falls: Chris Kwitzer, Buffalo

Jamestown: Ben Brookover, University of Texas at San Antonio

Mohawk Valley: Michael Ketchmark, Dartmouth

Newark: Darian Herricane, Binghamton

Saugerties: Vince Lakes, Franklin Pierce

Utica: Mason Fessler, Willamette

Victor: Nathan Koslowski, Jacksonville

Weather Forecast

Wednesday is forecasted to have a high of 83 degrees with sunny skies. There’s a 0 percent chance for rain, according to The Weather Channel. A perfect day for baseball!

The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country.  This year, more than than 1,250 professional players have either worn the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game USA event.


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