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2012 PGCBL Playoff Field Set

By: John McGraw
2011 PGCBL Champion Newark Pilots

Nine teams began the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season on June 6 in hopes of winning a summer baseball championship. Over 200 league games and nearly two months later, the field for the 2012 PGCBL playoffs is set. Four teams will begin postseason play on Friday, August 3.

The top four finishers in the league standings qualified for the playoffs and three of those four teams are making their second straight PGCBL playoff appearance.

The nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks clinched the PGCBL regular season championship with a record of 35-12. The Mohawks, who have been in the top 5 of Perfect Game’s Summer Top 30 poll for the last three weeks, set a league and franchise mark with 35 regular season victories. Amsterdam will be the number one seed in the playoffs. Head coach Keith Griffin has led the Mohawks to the playoffs in each of his four seasons at the helm. The Mohawks advanced to the PGCBL Championship Series in 2011 but fell one win shy of the league title.

With last night’s thrilling 8-5 victory over the Oneonta Outlaws, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles clinched second place in the league standings. Ninth-year head coach John Mayotte skippered his team to a 27-20 record. The Golden Eagles were the champions of the PGCBL East last season and were the top overall seed in the 2011 playoffs; Glens Falls was eliminated by Amsterdam in the divisional playoffs.

The 2011 PGCBL champion Newark Pilots will have a chance to defend their title in the postseason. Head coach Chris Ebright guided the Pilots to the league crown last summer in their first year of existence. The Pilots return to the postseason for the second year in a row. Newark finished the regular season 26-20 and set a franchise single-season record for winning percentage (.565) and tied a team record for regular season wins (26).  Last year, the Pilots came from down 1-0 in the divisional playoffs and the Championship Series to defeat the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and Amsterdam Mohawks en route to the league title.

The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs clinched the fourth and final playoff spot on the final day of the regular season. Mohawk Valley defeated Watertown 9-3 on Wednesday night and then moved into fourth place by virtue of Oneonta’s 8-5 loss to Glens Falls. The DiamondDawgs ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Mohawk Valley set a franchise record with 25 victories and head coach Roberto Vaz led the team to a 25-21 mark.

In the opening round of the 2012 PGCBL playoffs, top-seeded Amsterdam will meet fourth-seeded Mohawk Valley. The other opening round series will pit second-seeded Glens Falls against third-seeded Newark. The opening round will be contested in a best-of-three series format as will the championship round. The schedule for the opening round of the playoffs is as follows…

1. Amsterdam (35-12) vs. 4. Mohawk Valley (25-21)
Game 1: Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 7:05 p.m. (Aug. 3)
Game 2: Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 p.m. (Aug. 4)
Game 3: Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam (if nec.), 7:05 p.m. (Aug. 5)

2. Glens Falls (27-20) vs. 3. Newark (26-20)
Game 1: Newark at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m. (Aug. 3)
Game 2: Glens Falls at Newark, 7:00 p.m. (Aug. 4)
Game 3: Newark at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m. (if nec.) (Aug. 5)

The 2012 PGCBL Championship Series is scheduled to open on Tuesday, August 7. The first game of the series will be played at the site of the highest remaining seed.

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