PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 5, 2013

A packed house turned out for a clash between the Amsterdam Mohawks and Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Fireworks Night on Wednesday at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks

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Last Night’s Scores
Newark 5 Utica 3

Tonight’s Games
Glens Falls at Adirondack (DH), 4:30 PM
Mohawk Valley at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Albany at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Cooperstown at Elmira, 7:05 PM

*Hopefully everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing Fourth of July. Seven of the league’s 10 teams had yesterday off. A league-wide off day is scheduled for this coming Monday.

*As of today, there are 27 days left in the 2013 PGCBL regular season.

*One scheduling note to pass along. The suspended second game of Cooperstown’s Wednesday doubleheader with Elmira will be completed on July 21 at Elmira’s Dunn Field. The game was suspended after eight innings at Doubleday Field due to darkness. Play will be resumed in the top of the ninth with Cooperstown as the home team. The resumed game will begin at 5:00 p.m.

*There was just one league game last night which saw Newark edge out Utica for its second-straight win. Newark’s 10 overall victories are second in the PGCBL West behind division-leading Watertown. Newark has completed 25 games this season and is now tied with Amsterdam for the most games finished in the league.

*Newark’s Jacob Russell (Kentucky) and David Vandercook (Columbia) tripled their pleasure on Thursday night. Both Russell and Vandercook smacked two-run triples to power the Pilots’ offense. Vandercook drilled a two-run triple to right field in the third and then Russell hit a two-out, two-run triple to center field in the fourth. Russell and Vandercook are now tied for the league lead in triples with three apiece. As a team, Newark has compiled six triples this season and that is tied for first in the PGCBL with Mohawk Valley.

*Your current PGCBL saves leader is Newark closer Donald Frew (Young Harris). Frew, making his 11th appearance on Thursday, pitched a scoreless ninth to close out Newark’s 5-3 victory over Utica. The Newark closer has topped off each of the Pilots’ last two wins with saves. Wednesday night, the 6-foot-5 reliever struck out the side in order to preserve a 4-2 win over Albany. Frew has a 0.71 earned run average, five saves and 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings pitched.

*Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) saw his 17-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday night against the Watertown Rams. Pierson started what may be a new streak on Thursday at Colburn Park. He slugged a home run, his second of the season, at the hitter-friendly diamond in Newark. Pierson leads the league in batting average (.439), slugging percentage (.573), hits (36) and runs batted in (23). He has recorded at least one hit in 18 of 19 games played.

*Wednesday night, Utica halted Watertown’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-3 triumph at Donovan Stadium. The Brewers played one of their best games defensively of the season and committed just one error. Utica pitchers recorded 14 outs on the ground. One of the beneficiaries was shortstop K’Shawn Smith (Stetson). Smith compiled two putouts and 10 assists in 12 total chances. Second baseman Eric Garza (TCU) had four putouts and three assists while first baseman Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern) was unblemished in 10 defensive chances. Center fielder Ryan Valdes (Florida State) snuffed out Watertown’s comeback hopes in the ninth inning. Tyler Fullerton (Miss. State) singled into center field and attempted to reach second base. Valdes cut down Fullerton at second to quash any Watertown momentum.

*While Utica’s K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) and Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) have garnered headlines as the league’s leaders in runs scored and batting average respectively, third-place hitter Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) has quietly had a tremendous summer. The SEC outfielder went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored on Wednesday night. He swatted a one-out single in the first and then hustled to third on a Watertown error. Ganzalez scored Utica’s first run of the game on a balk. The Auburn product put Utica ahead to stay in the third with an RBI single. For the season, the two-time MLB draft selection is batting .403 with 27 hits, 16 runs scored, 14 RBI, 12 walks and 11 stolen bases.

*Watertown’s Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert C.C.) has driven in eight runs over his last nine games. Greager is second among all Watertown batters with 13 RBI.

*Wednesday night’s game between Newark and Albany nearly turned into a contest pitting Albany’s Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) against Newark’s Max Rosing (Cortland State). Purritano clubbed a two-run double for the Dutchmen in the third inning and finished 2-for-2 with two walks. Rosing brought home Newark’s first run in the bottom half of the inning with a fielders’ choice and then broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run single. Rosing and Purritano combined to drive in five of the six runs in the game.

*The Newark-Albany game also featured a solid pitchers’ duel between Newark starter Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) and Albany’s Sean Spicer (Baylor). Spicer struck out seven over six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Spicer seated the first six men and faced and later six of the final seven Newark batters he opposed. Newark scored twice in the third though the Baylor product was able to force the Pilots to leave the bases loaded in a 2-2 game. Andrew Sanders pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. Sanders kept Albany scoreless in six of his seven frames and forced the Dutchmen to line into two double plays.

*Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace) turned in one of the best pitching performances in the PGCBL this season on Wednesday evening at home against Elmira. Chudy, in his third start of the summer, pitched a complete game two-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory. Chudy scattered two singles, walked none and struck out six in the seven-inning game. In a nearly perfect performance, he faced just three batters over the minimum – two Pioneers reached on a hit and another on an error. Chudy sat down the last 14 Elmira batters in a row. The rising junior became the first PGCBL pitcher this season to throw a complete game shutout in a seven or nine-inning game. He was the first pitcher in the league to throw a complete game shutout since Mohawk Valley’s Jesse Burratt (SE Louisiana) pitched a complete game no-hit shutout at Albany on July 11, 2012.

*Dan Shwam knows a little something about complete game shutouts. In each of his three seasons as a PGCBL skipper with both Cooperstown and Elmira, Shwam has had one pitcher throw a complete game shutout. In 2011, Elmira’s Jordan Carter (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) tossed the first complete game shutout in PGCBL history against Cooperstown on June 27. Last summer, Elmira’s Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) spun a complete game shutout against Cooperstown on June 25. Both games consisted of nine innings and both were played at Dunn Field. Jonathan Chudy’s shutout on Wednesday came against Elmira at Cooperstown’s home grounds.

*While Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy may have ruled the doubleheader opener, Elmira’s Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) put his stamp on the uncompleted night cap. Knott drove in five of Elmira’s six runs through the first eight innings. He knocked a two-run double in his first at-bat and then launched a solo home run in the fifth. With Cooperstown leading, 6-4, in the seventh, Knott equalized for the Pioneers with a two-run home run, his second belt of the game.

*Mohawk Valley played its third doubleheader of the season on Wednesday and swept Adirondack in front of over 1,700 fans at Veterans Memorial Park. Mohawk Valley pitchers were one of the biggest stories. Five DiamondDawg hurlers combined to hold Adirondack to eight hits in 14 innings. In the opener, starter Michael DeCarlo (Herkimer County C.C.) twirled a four-hitter over 5.1 innings and conceded two runs. Reliever Patrick Michon (Texas A&M) allowed one hit in 1.2 innings. In the night cap, starter Stephen Carey (Albany) struck out seven over five innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits. Troy Applin (Norfolk State) worked a perfect sixth and Tyler Bray (ULM) was charged with one hit in the seventh.

*The Adirondack-Mohawk Valley opener was marked by excellent late-game hitting from both teams. A pitchers’ duel between local standouts Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.) of Adirondack and MV's Michael DeCarlo (Herkimer County C.C.) went into the sixth inning as a 1-0 game in favor of the Dawgs. In the sixth, Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) bopped a one-out RBI double to tie the game and then he scored the go-ahead run for the Blazers on an Alex Mata (Saint Leo) RBI single. Mohawk Valley had a two-out answer in the home half of the sixth. Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) singled to start the inning and then stole second with two outs. Rodrigue, in scoring position, was able to dash home from second on a Willie Shaw (W&M) two-out RBI double. The next batter, Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) plated Shaw with the eventual game-winning run.

*In the night cap of its last two doubleheaders, Mohawk Valley has allowed just one run on four hits. The Dawgs shut out the Utica Brewers, 2-0, on June 20 behind a one-hitter from Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.) and Tyler Bray (ULM). Wednesday, three DiamondDawg hurlers combined on a three-hitter in an 8-1 victory.

*Mohawk Valley has played three doubleheaders this season; all three have been at Vet’s Park.

*The wildest Wednesday game was at Shuttleworth Park where old rivals Glens Falls and Amsterdam battled to a one-run decision. Glens Falls improved to 3-1 this season against Amsterdam with all three wins coming in the Rug City. In each of the Golden Eagles last two wins at Shuttleworth, the Green and Gold have struck early and never trailed. Josh Anderson (Florida International) belted a three-run home run in the first inning on June 28 and the Eagles scored four times in the first in a 6-3 triumph. Wednesday, Buddy Putnam (South Florida) drove in two tallies for the Golden Eagles in the first inning on Wednesday night with a two-out, two-run single.

*Glens Falls has led at the end of the last 22 innings played at Shuttleworth Park. The Golden Eagles have not trailed the Mohawks in Amsterdam since the end of the fifth on June 21.

*Amsterdam nearly pulled off an eighth-inning comeback on Wednesday night. The Mohawks loaded the bases in the eighth with three-straight singles to start the inning; Glens Falls had a 4-2 lead. Cory Folk (Buffalo) relieved Kevin Cowan (William Paterson) with the bases loaded and no outs. Folk induced a pop out to the shortstop for the first out though he walked Brian Ruby (Binghamton) to force home one run and advanced the potential go-ahead run into scoring position. Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) replaced Folk and induced an infield groundball that turned into a force at home and then ended the threat with a fly out. The rising sophomore from the Atlantic-10 reocrded a five-out save to give the Golden Eagles a victory.

*Glens Falls and Amsterdam combined to use 33 players on Wednesday night. Ten pitchers were used in the game and just one, Glens Falls starter Ryan Davis (LeMoyne), hurled more than three innings.

*Four Glens Falls pitchers – Ryan Davis (LeMoyne), Kevin Cowan (William Paterson), Cory Folk (Buffalo) and Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) forced Amsterdam to strand 10 runners on base.

*The Amsterdam Wrecking Crew of Josh Gardiner (Radford), Jordan Ebert (Auburn), Dylan Smith (Auburn), John Nogowski (Florida State) and John Sansone (Florida State) combined to record eight of nine Tribe hits on Wednesday night. All five men had at least one hit and John Sansone finished 3-for-4. Both Smith and Ebert scored one run apiece.

*Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) of the Golden Eagles provided a key spark as the lead-off batter. DeGallier, the first batter of the game, was plunked to start the top of the first. He stole second and then scored from second on a two-out, two-run single by Buddy Putnam (South Florida). The Gonzaga University transfer doubled to open the third; he eventually scored the third Golden Eagle tally later in the frame when Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

*Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) has nine strikeouts in his last 4.1 innings. Urbanski struck out seven of the 10 men he faced in a 4-3 victory over Mohawk Valley on Monday night. Wednesday, the Amsterdam reliever struck out two of the three men he faced in a perfect ninth. Urbanski has retired 13 batters in a row in his last two appearances versus Amsterdam rivals Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls.

*Following the Fourth of July, PGCBL teams are hitting for an average of .265 through 110 games. Amsterdam leads the league with a .291 team batting average. Utica (.280), Cooperstown (.269), Glens Falls (.266) and Elmira (.266) are all hitting above the league average. PGCBL teams have compiled 1900 hits in 110 games. Amsterdam leads the loop with 236 hits though the Mohawks have played 25 games. Glens Falls has 209 hits in 23 games and Newark has cracked 206 hits in 25 contests.

*Three teams have surpassed the double-digit plateau in home runs and two of the three have already hit 20. Amsterdam sits in first place in the PGCBL with 22 home runs while Adirondack has clubbed 20 in three fewer games. Glens Falls is third in the league with 11 clouts.

*One of the big reasons why Watertown leads the PGCBL West is its ability to get on base and score runs. The Rams are first in the league in total walks (110) and have the fewest amount of strikeouts (122).

*Run average per game – total runs/average…Amsterdam (151/6.04)…Utica (117/5.85)…Cooperstown (106/5.58)…Glens Falls (128/5.57)…Watertown (127/5.52)…Adirondack (118/5.36)…Elmira (111/5.29)…Mohawk Valley (111/5.05)…Albany (92/4.60)…Newark (105/4.20).

*Heading into tonight’s games, league teams have accrued a 4.25 earned run average in 110 games. Albany continues to lead the league in ERA now with a 3.11 mark through 20 games. Glens Falls (3.16), Mohawk Valley (3.60), Amsterdam (3.99) and Newark (4.18) are all below the league average.

*Albany pitchers have issued just 60 walks in 20 games. That’s an average of three walks given out per game by the Dutchmen.

*Amsterdam pitchers lead the league with 195 strikeouts. All told, PGCBL pitchers have totaled 1,462 strikeouts this season. Mohawk Valley is the next closest to Amsterdam with 167 strikeouts.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
Last month, Newark outfielder Joey Simmons (Finger Lakes C.C.) was named the National Defensive Player of the Year in NJCAA Division III. Simmons, an NJCAA All-Region III first team selection, was also tapped for the NJCAA Division III Gold Glove Team. The Victor, N.Y., native was the starting center fielder for the Lakers of Finger Lakes Comm. College. He recorded 98 putouts and four assists in 103 total chances.

Quick hits on tonight’s games
*North Country foes Glens Falls and Adirondack will meet for the first time this season and the first-time ever today in a doubleheader at the Robert S. Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. The Golden Eagles and the Trail Blazers were rained out earlier this season at East Field in Glens Falls. The nationally-ranked Golden Eagles lead the league with 15 wins and top the PGCBL East by 1.5 games over second-place Albany. The Green and Gold has won five in a row however has played just one game since the start of the month due to inclement weather. Glens Falls is unbeaten since the return of 2011 first team All-PGCBL selection Josh Anderson (FIU). The Golden Eagles are one of the best road teams in the league with a 9-3 away mark. Adirondack averages 7.3 runs per game at home. In a recent road stint, the Blazers were limited to just seven runs in four games.

*Another crossover game between PGCBL East and West takes place tonight in the northern portion of the North Country with the Watertown Rams hosting the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Since the Dawgs last played the Rams on June 23, Watertown has gone 7-2 and has moved up to first place in the PGCBL West. Watertown’s 8-2 home record is among the best in the league and the Rams have not lost at home since a 10-5 setback to Mohawk Valley on June 23. Watertown was off on Thursday after having a seven-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night in Utica. Due to the weather, Mohawk Valley has played just six games since its win in Watertown nearly two weeks ago. The Dawgs swept a Wednesday doubleheader at home from the Adirondack Trail Blazers to improve to 5-2 in their last seven games. While Watertown has been terrific at home, Mohawk Valley has been solid on the road. Roberto Vaz’s team boasts an 8-3 road record. The Dawgs are 2-0 against the Rams this season and have outscored them 14-5.

*The Albany Dutchmen are undefeated against the Amsterdam Mohawks this season. Amsterdam had Albany’s number last year en route to the league championship. The tables have turned on the Tribe this year and Nick Davey’s Dutchmen have recorded a trio of one-run wins over the Mohawks including two via walk-off hits. Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and Nate Rupiper (Memphis) finished off both ends of a non-traditional doubleheader with walk-off hits on June 20, the last time the two teams met. Since then, the Dutchmen have gone 4-7 while the Mohawks have put together an 8-4 record. Albany has a win in its lone visit to the Rug City this season with a 6-5 triumph on June 12. Amsterdam enters into Friday night’s game off of a loss though the Mohawks are 12-8 against teams other than Glens Falls.  Albany split a home doubleheader on Tuesday night with Cooperstown and then was doubled up by Newark at Colburn Park on Wednesday.

*The rivalry between the Elmira Pioneers and Cooperstown Hawkeyes continues tonight at Dunn Field in Elmira with a single game. Cooperstown leads the season series, 3-1, after Wednesday’s doubleheader at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The winning team in all four games has scored at least six runs. Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace) turned in the best pitching performance of the season series to date on Wednesday with a complete game two-hit shutout in a seven-inning contest. Dan Shwam’s Hawkeyes are 1-1 in Elmira this season with a 7-6 victory and a 15-7 defeat. The Hawkeyes are 5-3 in their last eight completed games. Cooperstown currently has two suspended games awaiting completion – one with Elmira and one with Albany; both will be finished last this month. The Pioneers continue to bounce back and forth between wins and losses. Matt Burch’s club is 2-2 in its last four games and 4-6 in its last 10. Elmira is 5-8 at home and the Pioneers enter into tonight’s game coming off an exhibition win over the Syracuse Salt Cats of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

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