PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 1, 2013

Andy Cheray (Missouri State) of Glens Falls pitched six strong innings on Sunday night against Newark. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles

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Last Night’s Scores
Utica 3 Adirondack 2
Glens Falls 3 Newark 1
Amsterdam 7 Mohawk Valley 3 (6)
Cooperstown 3 Albany 1 (4, Suspended, Rain) 7/19
Watertown 9 Elmira 1 (Game 1)
Watertown at Elmira (Game 2) – PPD Rain, 7/6

Tonight’s Games
Elmira at Cooperstown (DH) – PPD Wet Field Conditions, 7/3, 7/7
Utica at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Glens Falls at Albany, 7:05 PM – PPD Rain, Wet Field
Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Watertown at Newark, 7:15 PM

*Slightly abbreviated version today due to travel and the weather.

*Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian players, parents and fans. Current Canadians in the PGCBL include Amsterdam’s Alex Gage (Maine/Ottawa, Ont.), Watertown’s Logan Grant (Creighton/Brockville, Ont.) and J.P. Rousseau (Vanier/Blainville, Que.), Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche/Trois-Rivieres, Que.), Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico JC/Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.) and Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Vanier/Chateauguay, Que.) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

*Congratulations to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on moving up to number 22 in the latest installment of Perfect Game USA’s Summer Top 30 poll. The Golden Eagles are ranked nationally for the fourth time in the last four years. Glens Falls was listed in the “Also under consideration” category in each of the first two polls this summer.

*Also, congratulations are due for all three weekly PGCBL award winners. Amsterdam designated hitter Josh Anderson (Florida International) and utility player Josh Anderson (Florida International) of Glens Falls shared the PGCBL Player of the Week award. Albany starter James Davitt (Bryant) was tapped as the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week.

*Records for last week – Watertown (5-1)…Utica (3-1)…Mohawk Valley (2-1)…Amsterdam (4-2)…Glens Falls (4-2)…Elmira (2-3)…Cooperstown (1-2)…Albany (1-3)…Adirondack (1-4)…Newark (1-5)

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) leads the league with a 17-game hitting streak. But, the question is, who is second in the league among longest hitting streaks? The answer is Cooperstown’s Nate Lotze (Kenyon). Lotze currently holds a 16-game hitting streak. He has recorded at least one hit in all 16 of Cooperstown’s completed games this season. Just one other played has had a hitting streak reach double digits. Adirondack’s Alex Mata (Saint Leo) has a 10-game hitting streak. Mata, like Pierson and Lotze, has had at least one hit in every game that he has played in this summer.

*The primary objective of the lead-off hitter is to get on base. While Utica’s K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) leads the league with 24 runs scored, Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) and Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) have been two of the best in the league at getting on base. Moroney, a starting center fielder and right fielder for the PGCBL West-leading Rams, has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 17 of 18 games played. Moroney began the season with a 12-game on-base streak. He has drawn at least one walk in 13 games. The University of Kansas product is on a five-game hit streak which coincides with a five-game winning streak for Watertown. Kalousdian, the starting center fielder for the Pioneers, has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 17 of 19 games. He holds a current 11-game on-base streak and a seven-game hitting streak.

*Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) is four home runs away from tying the PGCBL’s single-season record for home runs. The record of 10 was set in 2011 by Watertown’s Erick Gaylord, the PGCBL Player of the Year. Emling bashed his third of the week and sixth overall on Sunday night at Utica to force a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. The Adirondack slugger hit two of his three belts last week on the road. The most interesting thing about Emling’s home runs this season; four of the six have been hit with two outs.

*Armand Rugel (Stonehill) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles was one of the top relievers in the league last week and probably one of the top pitchers. Rugel made three appearances for the Golden Eagles; he amassed two saves and a 1.08 earned run average in 8.1 innings. Rugel retired the final 18 batters he faced in back-to-back nine-out saves at Amsterdam (June 28) and at home versus Newark (June 30). The rising junior from Division-II Stonehill also tossed 2.1 frames at Watertown and conceded one run on two hits. For the week, he struck out 10, walked two and  held opponents to an .077 batting average.

*Last week, the Amsterdam Wrecking Crew of Dylan Smith (Auburn), John Nogowski (Florida State), John Sansone (Florida State), Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and Josh Gardiner (Radford) powered the Mohawks’ offense. All five combined to bat .442 (46-for-104) with 42 RBI, 34 runs scored and seven home runs. Each man batted at least .333 with one home run, six RBI and six runs scored. Smith topped the bunch in batting average and RBI while Sansone hit .500 and scored eight times.

*Other notes from last week’s round-up…Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) dinged five doubles, drove in six runs and scored seven in five games. Kalousidan hit .500 (11-for-22) for the Pios…Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) and Utica’s K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) each scored eight runs. Albany’s Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) smacked nine hits in just four games, scored five runs and batted .529 (9-for-17). Watertown’s Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert) drove in seven runs and three Watertown hitters batted over .500 with at least seven hits – Joe Moroney, Austin Lueck (South Florida) and Justin Protacio (Kansas).

*One note I missed yesterday – Glens Falls won back-to-back games at home on walk-off hits. The Golden Eagles edged Utica, 9-8, on Thursday night behind a walk-off single from Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche). Glens Falls returned home on Saturday night and bested Albany in 16 innings on a walk-off hit by Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) that scored Raphael Gladu with the game-winning run.

*Utica joined the list of walk-off winners on Sunday night; that list already included Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls and Watertown. Ryan Valdes (Florida State) wired a one-out single into center field that scored pinch runner Dylan Calhoun (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) with the game-winning run in a 3-2 walk-off win over Adirondack at Donovan Stadium. 

*While the walk-off single by Ryan Valdes (Florida State) won the game for Utica on Sunday night, lead-off man K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) provided the most-exciting play as he connected on an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Smith’s mad dash around the bases gave Utica a 2-1 lead just a half-inning after Adirondack had forced a 1-1 tie. Smith scored two of Utica’s three runs.

*The home team has won every game in the season series between Utica and Adirondack.

*The two hottest teams in the PGCBl are Glens Falls and Watertown. The Rams have surged into first place in the PGCBL West with a five-game winning streak that began with a 6-5 home decision over Glens Falls on Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles started their four-game winning streak the following night at home versus Utica with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth by Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche).

*The strike-first Watertown Rams were at it again on Sunday in the Southern Tier. Saturday, Watertown scored at least two runs in the first inning in each game of a doubleheader sweep at home against Newark. Sunday, Watertown lead-off man Joe Moroney (Kansas) was hit by a pitch to start Sunday’s game. He scored later in the inning on an attempted double steal. Watertown never trailed in a wire-to-wire win.

*Moroney was an on-base machine for the Rams on Sunday. He reached base safely five times and scored three runs. Moroney recorded two hits, was hit by a pitch twice and drew one walk. He has at least one hit in all five games of Watertown’s winning streak.

*One of the reasons for Watertown’s current winning streak is pitching. The Rams have received three-straight quality starts from Anthony Magovney (Buffalo), Kevin Klaess (Cypress) and Jake Jenkins (Pacific). All three pitched five strong innings in wins over Newark (x2) and Elmira. Jenkins and Magovney went five scoreless frames while Klaess conceded one run to Newark in Saturday’s night cap. Overall, the Rams have held opponents to one run in three-straight games.

*Watertown’s five-game winning streak is its’ longest in the PGCBL era.

*Kudos to the folks at Dunn Field as well as the Watertown Rams and the Elmira Pioneers for completing the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The seven-inning affair took four hours to complete and featured several rain delays where the field tarp was brought out and placed over the entire infield. The second game was rained out, it will be made up at a later date. The Rams and Pioneers have been rained out three times already this season.

*Dylan Smith (Auburn) and Shane Zimmer (Canisius) as well as Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) powered Amsterdam on Sunday against Mohawk Valley. Smith clocked a two-run single in the first to put Amsterdam ahead, 2-0, and then Zimmer bashed a three-run home run that capped off a five-run outburst in the third inning. Dwyer struck out six over five innings and held a hot Mohawk Valley offense to three runs on six hits. In three games’ prior, Mohawk Valley had scored 26 runs.

*Despite Sunday’s win, Amsterdam remained in fifth place in the PGCBL East. The Mohawks, who have completed 23 games overall, are 12-11. Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley are separated by percentage points for fourth place in the division. Interestingly, Amsterdam sits in fifth place however is second in the league in overall victories.

*Cooperstown’s Eann Cox (Black Hawk) struck out eight-straight Albany batters between the first and fourth innings on Sunday at Doubleday Field. Cox’s statistics however will not count until the game is completed, weather permitting, on July 19.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Elmira’s Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) played in the same high school league, the Cape Atlantic League at the same time as current Major Leaguer Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Chris was named the Press of Atlantic City’s Player of the Year in 2010, the same award won two years in a row by Millville’s Mike Trout. As a high school senior, the current East Stroudsburg All-American set school records at Egg Harbor Township for home runs (15) and runs batted in (56). Knott was named first team All-South Jersey and made the Newark Star-Ledger’s all-state third team.

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