PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 3, 2013

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

Tonight’s Games
Elmira at Cooperstown (DH), 4:00 PM
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley (DH), 5:05 PM
Watertown at Utica, 7:00 PM
Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Albany at Newark, 7:15 PM

*As of today, we are now three weeks away from the 2013 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. The game will be played on Wednesday, July 24, at Colburn Park in Newark. More information about the game as well as rosters will be released in the coming weeks.

*One year ago tonight, Amsterdam’s Chase Williamson (Auburn) hit a pinch-hit grand slam against Cooperstown in the bottom of the ninth inning at Shuttleworth Park to force an 8-8 tie. Amsterdam scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Cooperstown, who had scored seven runs in the seventh inning, pushed across one run in the 10th to earn a 9-8 victory.

*Over the next few days, many PGCBL teams will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and holiday weekend with fireworks. Both Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley have Fireworks Nights tonight at Shuttleworth Park and Veterans Memorial Park respectively.

*It wouldn’t be a run down without mentioning the rain. Because of the rain and flooding, the league has had just two days over the last two weeks where every scheduled game has been completed.

*Watertown continues to win; the Rams improved their winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night with a one-run decision over Adirondack. While Watertown has outscored opponents, 43-17, in its current streak; the Rams have won close games – four of their last seven victories have come in games decided by two runs or less. Three of those four games were one-run games including last night. Overall this season, Watertown is 5-1 in one-run games.

*Paul Alteri, head coach of the Watertown Rams, earned his 65th victory in the Watertown dugout on Tuesday night. Alteri guided the Watertown Wizards of the New York Collegiate Baseball League between 2001 and 2003. He is second on the franchise’s all-time wins list behind current general manager Todd Kirkey. Altieri guided the 2003 Watertown squad to 26 regular-season victories.

*Two Watertown pitchers from the Evergreen State did not want anyone blazing a trail through the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Tuesday night. Watertown starter Henry McAree (Shoreline C.C.) and reliever Cody Culp (Bellevue, Wash.) held Adirondack to two runs on seven hits in a 3-2 victory. McAree struck out six over six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Culp pitched three scoreless frames to close out the win for Watertown. The Rams feature four pitchers overall from Washington – McAree, Culp, Chase Heslep (Lower Columbia) and Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley).

*Talk about a hard-luck loss. Three Adirondack pitchers combined on a five-hitter on Tuesday night in Watertown. Starter Eli Anderson (Northern Illinois), on a limited pitch count, conceded one hit and one Watertown run in two innings. Joe Borelli (FDU) replaced Anderson in the third and tossed five frames of three-hit relief. Brandon Mumaw (Saint Leo) worked a scoreless eighth. Combined, the three Trail Blazer pitchers struck out six and held the Rams to three runs on four hits.

*Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) did not record a hit on Tuesday night however he did register a second-inning walk. The Watertown lead-off man has now reached base safely 19 times in 20 games played. Another streak was extended as well on Tuesday night at the Duffy Dome; Adirondack’s Alex Mata (Saint Leo) recorded a hit in his 11th-straight game. Mata’s 11-game hit streak is the third longest in the league this season.

*Elmira’s Dave Hoffman (Siena) celebrated his 19th birthday with a win over the Newark Pilots on Tuesday night at Dunn Field. Hoffman was one of the main reasons for the victory. The birthday boy went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. He drilled an RBI double in the fourth inning and scored later in the frame on a double steal. The next inning, Hoffman shot a two-run single into center field that gave the Pioneers a 6-0 lead.

*Five different Elmira players recorded a stolen base on Tuesday night. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan), Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg), Ryan Plantier (Cornell), Dave Hoffman (Siena) and Matthew Pelt (Wofford) each swiped a base for the Pios. Both Hoffman and Kalousdian stole home as part of delayed double steals in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.

*The middle portion of Matt Burch’s Elmira line-up on Tuesday did most of the offensive damage. Three-hitter Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) blasted a solo home run and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, clean-up batter Ryan Plantier (Cornell) had two hits and scored twice and fifth-batter Dave Hoffman (Siena) was 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored.

*Elmira pumped out 13 hits in Tuesday night’s win over Newark. The Pioneers have had at least 10 hits in each of their last three wins. On the flip side, Pio pitchers have given up 10 hits in three-straight games.

*Steve Laurino (Marist) was a bright spot for the Pilots on Tuesday night. Laurino reached base safely four times on three hits and one walk.

*The opening game of the Cooperstown-Albany doubleheader was sponsored by multiples of the number four; at least in the first six innings. The Hawkeyes scored eight of their nine runs with a pair of four-run outbursts in the first and fifth frames. Albany scored two runs each in the second, fourth and sixth. The lone single run of the game came in the top of the seventh inning.

*Cooperstown’s Nate Lotze (Kenyon) went 2-for-3 and scored two runs in the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Lotze is now tied with Utica’s Michael Pierson for the longest hitting streak in the league this season.

*Infielder Nick Morton (Trinity, Texas) had a breakout game for the Dutchmen in the twin bill opener against Cooperstown. Morton smashed RBI doubles in back-to-back at-bats in the fourth and sixth innings. Morton’s two-run double in the fourth tied the game at four. He added another RBI double in the sixth and scored on an Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) single to trim Cooperstown’s lead to 8-6.

*Albany already has three walk-off wins this season and has won a few other games with late rallies. Cooperstown closer Travis Tarleton (Point) made sure that did not happen on Tuesday evening. He entered in an 8-6 game with a runner on first and the potential tying run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Tarleton picked off the Albany runner at first base to end the inning and then threw a scoreless seventh to record his second save.

*In Tuesday’s doubleheader opener, the top six batters on the Cooperstown line-up card combined to score nine runs on seven hits. All six players had at least one hit and scored one run. Cameron Day (Norfolk State) drove in two runs while Ben Hall (Central Alabama), Austin March (UC Davis) and Nate Lotze (Kenyon) scored twice.

*Albany “ran” away with a win in the night cap against Cooperstown to earn a split. An aggressive base-running attack from manager Nick Davey led to six Albany runs in the second and third innings. A successful double steal to second and third by Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) and Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) set up Albany’s first run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. With Remillard on third and Dacey on first in the third, Dacey took off for second. An errant throw on the play allowed Remillard to dash home untouched. Later in the inning, Dacey took third unopposed and then scored on a delayed double steal with Chris Bianchi (Trinity, Texas) to give the Dutchmen a 6-1 lead.

*Albany pitchers Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley C.C.), Dylan Collett (Keene State), Ben Seabrook (North Alabama) and Thomas Belcher (Indiana) pitched a combined five hitter in Tuesday’s night cap. Gallup and Collett provided the Dutchmen with their biggest boost. Cooperstown cut Albany’s 6-1 lead down to two with a three-run fourth inning. The Hawkeyes had the bases loaded in the fourth with the potential go-ahead run on first but Gallup ended the threat with a strikeout. Gallup stranded another Cooperstown runner aboard in the fifth and then Collett retired back-to-back batters to end the sixth with two Hawkeye runners in scoring position.

*Cooperstown’s Cameron Day (Norfolk State) finished Tuesday’s doubleheader with four hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Day is the starting right fielder and clean-up batter for the Hawkeyes.

*Albany and Cooperstown have split their last two doubleheaders at Bob Bellizzi Field. The two teams played a non-traditional doubleheader at “The Bob” on July 31, 2012. Cooperstown won the completion of a suspended game, 17-15, and then Albany battled back to take the night cap, 8-2. The Dutchmen and Hawkeyes will play a non-traditional doubleheader at Cooperstown on July 19 to make up for a suspended game earlier this week.

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

Utica lead-off hitter and starting infielder K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) was a pitcher in high school. Smith attended Plant City High School in Florida where he pitched and played shortstop for the Raiders. He was an All-Hillsborough County selection as a senior. K’Shawn moved exclusively to shortstop when he began his collegiate career at Indian River State College in Florida.

Quick hits on tonight’s games
*PGCBL teams celebrate the day before the Fourth of July with seven games overall – two doubleheaders and three single contests. Seven of the 10 league teams will be off on the Fourth of July – the Utica Brewers and Newark Pilots will play the lone league game of the day on the Fourth of July at Colburn Park. Elmira has a home exhibition game versus the Niagara Power.

*Weather permitting, Wednesday’s first pitch will be thrown at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown where the Elmira Pioneers and Cooperstown Hawkeyes will tangle in a seven-inning doubleheader. The same two teams were rained out on Monday at the “Birthplace of Baseball.” Elmira and Cooperstown are scheduled to meet five times in the next five days – two doubleheaders in Cooperstown (July 3, July 7) and a single game in Elmira (July 5). The Pioneers and Hawkeyes have combined for 55 runs in three previous games and the winning team has scored at least seven all three times. Cooperstown split a twin bill in Albany on Tuesday night and will be playing its second doubleheader in as many days. Elmira beat Newark at home on Tuesday; the Pioneers have not played a road game because of the weather since last Thursday.

*The second doubleheader of the day takes place at Mohawk Valley’s Veterans Memorial Park where the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs host the Adirondack Trail Blazers on Fireworks Night. Because of the weather, the DiamondDawgs have played just one home game over the last 11 days – that was a 7-3 rain-shortened loss on Sunday to the Amsterdam Mohawks. Mohawk Valley has played nine home games but has had few home dates – six of the nine games have been part of doubleheaders. Today will mark Mohawk Valley’s fourth doubleheader of the season. The Dawgs are 3-0 against the Blazers with all three wins coming at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville.  This will be Adirondack’s first trip to Little Falls. At first glance, the Dawgs have lost two in a row though upon further inspection, Mohawk Valley has not lost since June 21 to a team other than Amsterdam. The Trail Blazers have played six of their last nine games on the road. Slugger Luke Emling (Villanova) is averaging over one run scored per game played and has an average of one RBI per game played.

*The white-hot Watertown Rams roll down Route 12 to Utica’s Donovan Stadium for a PGCBL West showdown with the Utica Brewers. Watertown has won seven games in a row though the Brewers have had the Rams number this season. Utica is 2-1 against Watertown with victories of 5-0 and 12-8. Watertown defeated Utica, 6-1, on June 9 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Watertown was shut out by Sam Norman (Creighton) in front of over 1,800 Utica-area schoolchildren on June 10 in its lone trip to Donovan Stadium this season. While Watertown has struggled on the road with a 4-8 away mark, the Rams have won their last two road games by outscoring opponents 14-5. Watertown’s winning streak started one week ago at home against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. If anything, Keith Strickland’s Brewers are well rested. Utica has played just four games over the last week. More importantly, the Brewers went 3-1 in those games with wins over Elmira, Amsterdam and Adirondack. Five of Utica’s eight wins have been on its home grounds.

*Amsterdam and Glens Falls close out what was supposed to be a home-and-home series tonight at Shuttleworth Park in the Rug City. Heading into today’s games, last year’s PGCBL Championship Series participants are 1-2 in the league in overall victories though fourth-place Amsterdam trails second-place Glens Falls by 1.5 games in the league standings. Amsterdam is fresh off a home-and-home sweep of Mohawk Valley and the Mohawks are 11-4 in their last 15 games since opening the season with a 2-7 record. Keith Griffin’s Amsterdam side has won eight games at home but has fallen twice at Shuttleworth Park to Glens Falls. In those two games, Glens Falls outscored Amsterdam by a combined count of 17-10. The Golden Eagles are 3-1 against the Mohawks this season with a recent 6-3 triumph in the Rug City last Friday night. The nationally-ranked Golden Eagles are undefeated in their last four and 8-3 in their last 11. Tonight’s Glens Falls-Amsterdam game will match up the two PGCBL co-Players of the Week – Dylan Smith (Auburn) of Amsterdam and Josh Anderson (Florida International) of Glens Falls.

*Albany and Newark complete the Wednesday night schedule with a date at Colburn Park. The Dutchmen split a Tuesday evening twin bill with Cooperstown, dropping the opener 9-6 but winning the night cap, 6-4. Albany’s prize for splitting a doubleheader, one of its longest bus rides of the year – a 3.5-hour jaunt down the New York State Thruway to Newark’s Colburn Park for the second time in six days. Albany is unbeaten against Newark this season; the Dutchmen grounded the Pilots, 6-3, on June 9 at Bob Bellizzi Field and then traveled to Colburn Park on Friday night and earned a 6-2 winning decision. The Dutchmen have not won back-to-back games since June 20-21 and are 3-6 in their last nine contests. Offensively though, Albany is producing, the Dutch have scored at least six runs in four of their last five games. The Dutchmen are 5-0 all-time at Colburn Park. Meanwhile, the Pilots are currently on a stretch of 21 games in 18 days with just one day off for a rain on June 27 at home versus Mohawk Valley. Due to league scheduling and several exhibition games, the Pilots do have not a scheduled off day until July 15. Newark’s current stretch also includes four doubleheaders. The Pilots have four wins at home and four on the road.

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