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.
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
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
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.