PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 2, 2013

Cooperstown Hawkeyes players recently helped the local Cooperstown library prepare for its annual book sale. Photo courtesy Cooperstown Hawkeyes

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Last Night’s Scores
Amsterdam 4 Mohawk Valley 3
Watertown 5 Newark 4
Elmira at Cooperstown (DH) – PPD Rain
Glens Falls at Albany – PPD Rain
Utica at Adirondack – PPD Rain

Tonight’s Games
Cooperstown at Albany (DH), 5:05 PM
Adirondack at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Newark at Elmira, 7:05 PM
Utica at Mohawk Valley, PPD FIELD CONDITIONS
Amsterdam at Glens Falls, PPD RAIN


*The number of rain outs and second-half doubleheaders continues to rise. Including today’s two rain outs, over 40 games have been postponed, suspended and/or cancelled because of the rain. Please continue to check the scoreboard and calendar pages for the latest schedule updates and follow us on Twitter @PGCBLBaseball.

*Remember, prior to this season, rain had affected no more than 16 games during both the 2011 and 2012 PGCBL campaigns.

*Defending league champion Amsterdam has been one of the most fortunate when it comes to the rain. The Mohawks played their 24th game of the season on Monday night and thus reached the midway point of their 2013 schedule. Thirteen of Amsterdam’s 24 games have been played home.

*Both Monday games were decided by a single run. It marked the second time this season that every completed game on a given day was decided by one run. However, in both cases, just two games were played because of the weather. A six-game day on June 15 produced six games decided by two runs or less.

*Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) turned in one of the most dominant long relief appearances of the season on Monday night at Shutlteworth Park. Urbanski entered for the Mohawks in the top of the sixth inning moments after Mohawk Valley had taken a 3-2 lead on a Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) two-run single. Thibodeaux stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error but he would move no farther. Urbanski struck out Trey Hunt III (Point Loma Nazarene) looking to end the inning. Urbanski, from nearby Schenectady, retired 10 Mohawk Valley batters in a row and struck out seven of them. Just one DiamondDawg, against Urbanski, put the ball in play into the outfield and two others were retired on ground outs.

*Watertown’s current six-game winning streak is the longest for the franchise in the PGCBL era. However, the Rams still have a ways to go to break the franchise record. In 2003 under current head coach Paul Alteri, Watertown, then playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, won nine games in a row between July 11 and July 19. Most impressively, six of the nine wins came on the road in the midst of a week-long road trip due to the Jefferson County Fair. Watertown finished the 2003 regular season with a 26-16.

*Back-and-forth contests are mostly associated with higher-scoring games that last over three hours. Monday’s Amsterdam-Mohawk Valley game featured several twists and turns which included three lead changes and a late-game comeback for the home team. All total, the game lasted just two hours and 34 minutes. Amsterdam erased a 1-0 Mohawk Valley lead in the fourth behind a two-run home run from Keith Skinner (Fairfield). The DiamondDawgs took the lead back in the sixth inning when Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) struck a two-out, two-RBI single. Amsterdam had one more lead change in mind and that came in the seventh when the Mohawks scored twice on a bases-loaded hit batsmen and a wild pitch to go ahead, 4-3.

*Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) recorded his 24th stolen base on Monday night. He is just 13 stolen bases behind league single-season leader Ross Kivett (Glens Falls 2012). Kivett swiped 37 bases in 40 games last summer for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

*Amsterdam pitchers Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) and Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) combined for 12 strikeouts on Monday night. Urbanski struck out seven of 10 batters he faced in relief and Snyder struck out five in 5.2 innings.

*Mohawk Valley’s Gavin Culpepper (Southeastern Louisiana) and Zach Williams (UC Davis) combined to hold Amsterdam’s “Big Five” to just three hits on Monday night. Last week, the quintet of Dylan Smith (Auburn), Jordan Ebert (Auburn), John Nogowski (Florida State), John Sansone (Florida State) and Josh Gardiner (Radford) hit over .440 as a unit and drove in more than 40 runs. Monday, Gardiner, Smith and Nogowski had one hit apiece.

*Watertown’s Collin Theroux (Nevada) powered the Rams to their sixth-straight win on Monday night. Theroux accounted for four of Watertown’s five runs in a 5-4 win at Newark. Theroux launched a three-run home run in his first at-bat to give the Rams a 3-1 lead. Watertown led, 4-3, in the seventh inning. Theroux wired a one-out single, moved to second on an Austin Lueck (South Florida) base hit and then went to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Theroux dashed home to score the eventual winning run in a 5-4 triumph. The Watertown backstop also threw out a Newark runner attempting to steal with two outs in the bottom of the sixth – this was Newark’s lone stolen-base attempt.

*Starting pitcher Joe Adel (South Florida) leads the Watertown Rams with three victories. Adel has won his last three starts in a row after a rocky debut outing on June 12 at Elmira in which he lasted just 1.2 innings. Since then, Adel has copped wins over Adirondack, Glens Falls and Newark. He pitched a three-hitter over four innings and struck out three to shut down Adirondack on June 20 – this came in the second game of a doubleheader after the Trail Blazers had scored 10 runs in the opener. Last Tuesday, Adel lasted six frames , yielded three earned runs and left with a 6-4 lead. Monday, the six-foot-seven starter pitched into the eighth inning for his third win.

*Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) has now reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 18 of 19 games played.

*Kudos to all four teams on Monday night for waiting out the rain. Newark and Watertown were delayed by about 40 minutes because of the rain but eventually started and completed a game in slightly cool weather. Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley played in a light rain from the sixth inning forward. The game was never delayed.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…

*At six feet and nine inches, Mohawk Valley’s Zach Williams (UC Davis) is the tallest player in the PGCBL this season.

Quick hits on tonight’s games...
*Our thoughts go out to everyone in the Mohawk Valley region affected by the flooding. There are still flash flood watches and overall flood warnings in many parts of the state.

*Albany and Cooperstown have been two of the teams most affected by the rain this summer. The Dutchmen have had nine games either postponed or suspended due to rain while the Hawkeyes have lost 10 dates to the rain. Cooperstown has completed just one game since last Thursday – a 15-7 loss at Elmira on Saturday night. The Hawkeyes began a Sunday game with Albany only to have rain halt the proceedings in the middle of the fourth inning; at the time, the Hawkeyes had a 3-1 lead. Cooperstown opens up a stretch of four games in four days tonight at Albany with a twin bill. The Dutchmen are 2-5 in their last seven games.

*The red-hot Watertown Rams return home to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds tonight to host North Country rival Adirondack. This will be the sixth meeting of the summer between the Rams and the Trail Blazers. Watertown leads the series, 3-2, and has outscored Adirondack, 33-10, in two games at the Duffy Fairgrounds. Overall, the Rams are outscoring opponents, 40-15, in their six-game winning streak. Watertown is 7-2 at home and has won four in a row at home since a 10-5 defeat to Mohawk Valley on June 23. Adirondack’s offense has been slowed in its last three games – accounting for just nine runs. Overall though, the Blazers still average just about six runs per game. In two wins over Watertown, Adirondack has scored nine and 10 runs respectively and hit three home runs.

*Western rivals Newark and Elmira round out the non-rained out portion of the schedule tonight at the Dunn. Elmira sits in third place in the PGCBL West and currently holds the third and final playoff spot in the division. Newark trails Elmira by 1.5 in the standings. This will be the fifth game of the season between the Pilots and the Pioneers – Elmira leads the series, 3-1. Elmira earned a 10-1 victory over Newark last Tuesday night at Colburn Park behind a four-hitter from Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion). Since that win however, Elmira has allowed at least six runs in four-straight games. The Pios have held opponents to three runs or less on five occasions – when that happens, Elmira is 3-2. Tonight marks Newark’s 14th road game of the season, conversely, the Pilots have played only nine games at Colburn Park. The Pilots played four road tilts last week After tonight, Newark will have played nine road games in its last 13 total contests. Newark has yet to play back-to-back games at home this season; games that were not part of a doubleheader. Overall, the Pilots have dropped five in a row since winning, 22-7, at Adirondack last Wednesday.

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