Playoff Teams: The top four teams in each division will qualify for the postseason.
Format: The PGCBL postseason will feature four teams from each division. In the new playoff format, the No. 4 seed and the No. 1 seed will square off in a one-game playoff and will face off against the winner of the one-game playoff between the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds. The winner of each one-game playoff will proceed to the East Division Championship and West Division Championship Series, respectively.
The higher seed in each divisional championship round will host games one and three while the lower seed hosts game two. The winners of the best-of-three league championship series will meet in the PGCBL Championship Series.
In the PGCBL Championship Series, the lower seed—based on regular season record—will host game one, while the higher seed will host games two and three.
With a new playoff system, it was do-or-die for all eight playoff teams as the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds squared off in a one-game playoff for the first time in league history as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds also had one game determine their fate.
In the East, each one-game playoff was postponed due to rain but when the games were played, No. 1 Amsterdam dominated No. 4 Oneonta in an 8-1 game while No. 2 Albany walked off against No. 3 Mohawk Valley, eliminating the defending PGCBL champions. In the West, No. 2 Utica beat No. 3 Jamestown, 3-1, while No. 1 Elmira topped No. 4 Newark, 5-2, to advance to the West Division Championship Series.
Both division championship series featured the No. 1 seed against the No. 2 seed and eventually went to a decisive third game. In the Elmira-Utica series, the Pioneers were again upset in the West Division Championship Series, losing two games at home, including Game Three. Over in the East, Amsterdam won Game One, 8-4, but Albany answered the following night with a 4-3 walkoff win in Game Two. Amsterdam won the decisive third game, 4-1, to advance to the PGCBL Championship Series against the Blue Sox.
The Mohawks won Game One, 9-2, with a comeback that featured seven runs in the middle innings. A win away from their fourth league championship, the Mohawks didn’t disappoint in front of their home fans in Game Two. Amsterdam scored three runs in the third inning and didn’t look back to beat the Blue Sox, 13-2, to win the championship yet again.
After winning their first round matchups, the Victor RailRiders and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs both went into the West and East Division Championship Series, respectively, as underdogs.
The DiamondDawgs, pitted against the record-breaking Amsterdam Mohawks, lost Game One in Amsterdam, 15-4. Back at home in Little Falls, Mohawk Valley shut out the Mohawks to tie the series at a game apiece. In the decisive Game Three, the DiamondDawgs again relied on utility man Anthony Herrera en route to a 5-1 win and their first East Division Championship.
On the road at Historic Dunn Field, the Victor RailRiders topped the Elmira Pioneers, 6-1, in Game One of the West Division Championship Series. In Game Two, the RailRiders shut out the Pioneers, 4-0, to win the West Division Championship in the franchise’s first year of existence.
In Game One of the PGCBL Championship Series, Mohawk Valley scored five runs in the top of the third inning to lead the DiamondDawgs to an 8-5 win. In Game Two in Little Falls, the DiamondDawgs came back from a 4-1 deficit and got 2.1 scoreless innings of relief from Anthony Herrera to lead them to their first PGCBL Championship. In the postseason, Herrera tossed 10.2 innings total this postseason with a 0.84 ERA, a win and three saves.
Mohawk Valley defeated the Albany Dutchmen in the one-game playoff in the East while Elmira beat the Watertown Rams in Elmira in the West. In the East Division Championship Series, Amsterdam swept Mohawk Valley en route to a fourth consecutive PGCBL Championship Series appearance. In the West, Newark escaped against Elmira to set up a rematch of the 2011 Championship Series. Amsterdam came back from an early deficit to win Game One in Amsterdam and traveled to Newark the following night, where the Mohawks capped off a record-breaking season with the franchise’s third straight PGCBL championship.
The 2013 PGCBL Playoffs was filled with excitement. The postseason began with Albany defeating Mohawk Valley in 11 innings to advance to the East Division Championship Series, where they would face the Amsterdam Mohawks. The Elmira Pioneers beat the Newark Pilots 5Q0 behind 8 scoreless innings from Victor Diaz to advance to the West Division Championship Series. In the WDCS, Elmira won game one in Watertown in 14 innings and went on to sweep the Rams two game to none. Amsterdam won game one of the EDCS at home before losing game two on the road in 10 innings on an Anthony Marks walk-off single for Albany. Amsterdam won the deciding game three 9Q4 to advance to the PGCBL Championship. The Mohawks won game one over the Pioneers 6Q3 before losing game two in Elmira 9Q7. In the winner-take-all game three, Mohawks starter Matt Snyder fired 8.1 innings, only allowing one run to lead Amsterdam to its second consecutive PGCBL Championship.
In the first round of the 2012 PGCBL Playoffs, the number one seed Amsterdam Mohawks faced the number four seed Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, while the number two seed Glens Falls Golden Eagles clashed with the number three seed Newark Pilots. In game one of the Amsterdam-Mohawk Valley series, the DiamondDawgs won 5-3 in 11 innings on a David del Grande 2-RBI double. Amsterdam won game two handily, defeating Mohawk Valley 10-1. The pivotal third game was postponed due to rain before being played on August 6. Amsterdam starter Mark Leiter hurled a complete game without allowing an earned run as the Mohawks won 4-2. In the other series, Glens Falls won game one over Newark 6-5 with the help of 5 first inning runs. The Golden Eagles scored 2 runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Pilots and advance to the PGCBL Championship. Amsterdam won game one of the championship 7-1 and went on to sweep Glens Falls with Chandler Shepherd picking up the win in game two. It was Amsterdam’s first PGCBL Championship.
Amsterdam won game one of the EDCS at home before losing game two on the road in 10 innings on an Anthony Marks walk-off single for Albany. Amsterdam won the deciding game three 9Q4 to advance to the PGCBL Championship. The Mohawks won game one over the Pioneers 6Q3 before losing game two in Elmira 9Q7. In the winner-take-all game three, Mohawks starter Matt Snyder fired 8.1 innings, only allowing one run to lead Amsterdam to its second consecutive PGCBL Championship.
The first round of the 2011 PGCBL Playoffs matched the Cooperstown Hawkeyes with the Newark Pilots and the Amsterdam Mohawks against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. In game one between Cooperstown and Newark, the Hawkeyes used a seventh inning inside-the-park grand slam from Ben Miller to win 6-2. Newark held off a late rally by the Hawkeyes in game two, winning 3-2. In the winner-take-all game three, Newark scored four runs in the third and got 7.1 solid innings from starter Dominick Ruscitti to advance to the PGCBL Championship. In the East Division, Amsterdam scored runs in the eighth and ninth to come back and win 4-3. The Mohawks swept the series on a Matt Mack walk-off single to move on to face Newark in the PGCBL Championship. Amsterdam took game one of the series behind Josh Alexander’s 2 RBIs. In game one of a double-header held in Amsterdam, Newark scored in the top of the ninth to win 4-3. In the deciding third game, Newark pulled away late to win 7-4 and clinch the first PGCBL Championship.