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The Glens Falls Golden Eagles of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League are ranked 22nd nationally in the latest edition of Perfect Game USA’s “Summer Top 30” poll. The Golden Eagles were listed in the “also receiving consideration” category in the first two polls of 2013. Glens Falls used a four-game winning streak to move into first place in the PGCBL East and into the Top 30. The Albany Dutchmen are listed among the teams also receiving consideration for this week's rankings. The poll, released on July 1, was compiled by Perfect Game’s Allan Simpson.
According to the Perfect Game press release, teams are ranked on the following criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league. All teams under consideration also must have a .500 record.
To see the press release and the current rankings, click here.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles, under the guidance of 10th-year head coach John Mayotte, lead the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with a 15-8 (.652) record. The nationally-ranked Golden Eagles have won five games in a row and nine of their last 12 overall. Last week, Glens Falls compiled a 4-1 record and ended the week with four-straight victories in games which were all decided by three runs or less. Heading into league action on July 5, 2013, the Golden Eagles lead the PGCBL East by 1.5 games over second-place Albany.
Under head coach John Mayotte, the Golden Eagles have been ranked in Perfect Game’s Summer Top 30 poll in each of the last four seasons. Coach Mayotte has led the Green and Gold to 73 PGCBL regular season victories in three years. The Golden Eagles won the PGCBL East in 2011 and finished second in a one nine-team division in 2012. Over the last 10 years, Mayotte has guided the Golden Eagles to 256 victories. The franchise won its 250th game on June 22 at home against the Albany Dutchmen.
The Golden Eagles have been boosted by the recent return of 2011 first team All-PGCBL selection Josh Anderson (Florida International). Glens Falls is undefeated (5-0) since Anderson’s return to the team on June 27. Through five games, Anderson is batting .478 with two home runs and six RBI. One of two PGCBL co-Players of the Week for games played last week, Anderson went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI in his first game back with the Golden Eagles. He singled thrice, doubled and homered in a 9-8 victory over Utica. The San Diego, Calif., native became the first PGCBL player this season to record five hits in a single game. He also scored the game-winning run on a walk-off single by Raphael Gladu (College Laflche) in the bottom of the ninth.
Overall, the Glens Falls offense has accounted for 128 runs in 23 games for an average of 5.57 runs per game. Josh Anderson, J.Q. Folena (Cabrillo, .357), Buddy Putnam (South Florida, .326) and Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C., .304) are all currently batting above .300. Putnam, a second-year Golden Eagle, stands second in the league with eight doubles and he leads the Golden Eagles with 31 hits and 18 RBI. Putnam has played and started all 23 Golden Eagle games this summer. Slugger Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) has belted four home runs this season; two came in the same game on June 27 against Utica. Laureano, a rising sophomore, is batting .299 with four home runs, 17 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Laureano, who has not missed a game this summer, is averaging nearly one run per game with 21 runs scored in 23 total contests. Raphael Gladu, an 18-year-old from Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) each have a walk-off single for the Golden Eagles and the pair has combined to drive in 26 runs. Six different Golden Eagles have at least 10 RBI and six different players have hit home runs. Defensively, catcher James Smith (Saint Peter’s) has thrown out 10 runners attempting to steal.
Queensbury, N.Y., native Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) leads the Golden Eagles and the league with 29 strikeouts. Davis struck out a season-high 11 on Opening Night against Mohawk Valley. The LeMoyne College ace has struck out 29 batters in 25.0 innings. Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) is tied for the league lead in victories. Hopf is undefeated (4-0) in four starts and he has compiled a 2.67 earned run average. The rising senior from Saint Peter’s College has two wins over the defending league champion Amsterdam Mohawks and three of his four wins have come on the road. In his first start of the season, Hopf pitched a seven-inning complete game in a 9-2 win over Amsterdam.
The Golden Eagle pitching staff is second in the league with a 3.16 earned run average. Relievers Kevin Cowan (William Paterson, 0.92), Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis, 0.96) and Armand Rugel (Stonehill, 1.74) all have earned run averages under 2.00. Rugel leads the bullpen in saves (two) and strikeouts (19) while Cowan, a second-year Golden Eagle, has gone 2-0 with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 19.2 innings. Big XII Newcomer of the Year Jake Matthys (Kansas State) leads the staff with a 0.00 ERA. He struck out seven and conceded one unearned run on one hit over five innings against Albany on June 23.
The Albany Dutchmen, who opened the season 9-1, currently sit in second place in the PGCBL East with a 12-8 record. The Dutchmen are led by fourth-year head coach Nick Davey. Albany has a half-game lead over third-place Cooperstown. Ivy League Rookie of the Year Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) paces the Dutchmen with a .400 batting average and a .519 on-base percentage. Purritano’s former Don Bosco Prep teammate, Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) is first among all Albany swingers with 11 RBI. Coastal Carolina’s Anthony Marks and Zach Remillard each have totaled 21 hits, 15 runs and eight stolen bases. Closer Ben Seabrook (North Alabama) is second in the league with four saves. Starting pitcher James Davitt (Bryant) won the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week award for his performance last week against Glens Falls. He tossed a two-hitter over seven innings and conceded just one run in a no decision. Albany’s 3.11 team earned run average is the lowest in the league.
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