PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 6, 2013

Albany's Brad Noland (North Alabama, pictured) hit a two-run home run at Amsterdam on Friday night. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Glens Falls 6 Adirondack 0 (Game 1)
Adirondack 12 Glens Falls 6 (Game 2)
Elmira 9 Cooperstown 1
Watertown 12 Mohawk Valley 7
Amsterdam 4 Albany 4 (10) - Suspended

Tonight’s Games
Newark at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM
Watertown at Elmira (DH), 6:05 PM
Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Utica at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM
Adirondack at Albany, 7:05 PM

*Amsterdam and Albany like to play close games. All three complete games between the two teams this year have been decided by one run. Two of the three games were won on a walk-off hit by Albany’s Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and Nate Rupiper (Memphis). The Dutchmen and Mohawks have played to a pair of “ties” and two games have gone into extra innings. On Opening Night, Amsterdam and Albany were suspended in the bottom of the eighth due to a localized power outage with the game all square at 5-5. Friday night, the Mohawks and Dutchmen went into the 10th inning deadlocked, 4-4, when the skies opened up and rain halted stopped the game before Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) could face the first batter of the inning.

*Friday night’s Amsterdam-Albany game did not start until 8:14 p.m. due to a heaving passing shower in the early evening. The tilt took until almost midnight to "complete;" the game was suspended prior to the start of the 10th inning at 11:42 p.m. It will be picked up on July 11 prior to a regularly-scheduled game between the Mohawks and Dutchmen at Shutlteworth Park. Amsterdam and Albany last played a non-traditional doubleheader on June 20 at “The Bob” in Albany.

*Through the first month of the season, no player hit a home run to start a game. Friday, that nearly happened, twice. Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles belted a lead-off home run on Friday afternoon against the Adirondack Trail Blazers in the first game of a doubleheader at the Smith Sports Complex. Nearly four hours later, Bradley Noland (North Alabama), Albany’s second batter in the top of the first at Amsterdam, hit a two-run home run to right field. 

*Offensive leaders from the suspended game between Amsterdam and Albany. For Albany, Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Tyler Orris (Millersville) each had three hits and scored one run. Bradley Noland (North Alabama) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Albany pitcher Joseph Portukalian (Rhode Island) pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Brian Ruby (Binghamton) scored three of Amsterdam’s four runs and went 2-for-3. Kyle Barrett (Kentucky), John Sansone (Florida State) and John Nogowski (Florida State) each had two hits; Sansone clubbed a two-run double in the sixth that forced the unbreakable 4-4 tie. Amsterdam used six pitchers in the 3.5 hours of game play and had a seventh, Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) warmed up for the top of the 10th.

*Despite rain and a soggy Shuttleworth Park, the Mohawks drew a season-high crowd of 2,142 to their cozy confines in the Rug City for a Fireworks Night. Fireworks lit up the night sky in Watertown as well in front of a season-high crowd of 1,478. Elmira’s Dunn Field drew 4,100-plus for fireworks in the Southern Tier.

*Both Amsterdam and Glens Falls have hit back-to-back home runs this season; in Amsterdam’s case, the Mohawks have done it multiple times. Watertown’s Collin Theroux (Nevada) and Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) almost pulled off the same feat on Friday night. Theroux blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning for the Rams to erase a 3-2 Mohawk Valley lead. The next batter, Dale Irving (Central Florida), singled and Cameron Allen followed with a two-run launch.

*Watertown’s offense was powered by the big inning on Friday night. Eleven of the 12 Watertown runs were pushed across in one of two innings. The Rams used home runs from Collin Theroux (Nevada) and Cam Allen (St. John Fisher) to reel off six runs in the fifth inning. Watertown broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a five-run explosion. Watertown’s lone single tally came in the eighth.

*The bottom of Paul Altieri’s Watertown line-up card came through on Friday night against Mohawk Valley. Batters six through nine – Brad Rush (St. John Fisher), Collin Theroux (Nevada), Dale Irving (Central Florida) and Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) – combined to go 11-for-19 with eight runs scored and six RBI. All four men scored twice while both Theroux and Allen had three RBI. Dale Irving paced the Rams with four hits while Allen and Rush had three apiece. Cameron Allen, from nearby Sackets Harbor, had a breakout game for the Rams. He went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Allen’s RBI single in the seventh gave Watertown the lead for good.

*Watertown’s win over Mohawk Valley on Friday night snapped a seven-game losing streak against the DiamondDawgs. Prior to last night, Watertown had not beaten Mohawk Valley since June 8, 2012. The Rams win was also their first at home over the Dawgs in nearly two years. Watertown’s last Duffy Dome triumph over Mohawk Valley came on July 8, 2011. Watertown homered twice in that game as well.

*The PGCBL West-leading Rams reached double digits in hits for the eighth time this season last night. However, the Rams allowed at least 10 hits for the first time since their current 8-1 stretch began after a 17-0 loss to Amsterdam.

*Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) is one of the frontrunners for the 2013 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year award. Hopf won his fifth-straight start on Friday afternoon as Glens Falls shut out Adirondack, 6-0, in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Smith Sports Complex. Hopf twirled a complete game five-hit shutout and struck out eight at the hitter-friendly park in Boonville. He walked none and limited Adirondack to five singles in the seven-inning game. After allowing back-to-back singles to open the fourth, Hopf set down the next 12 Adirondack batters. Only two of the 12 hit the ball out of the infield. The Saint Peter’s College product ended the game by striking out the side in order in the bottom of the seventh. Through five starts, Hopf is 5-0 with a 2.12 earned run average. Three of his five wins have come on the road.

*Buddy Putnam (South Florida) of the Golden Eagles batted .571 (4-for-7) with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored in Friday’s doubleheader at Adirondack. Putnam homered and plated two runs in each game for the Green and Gold. The second-year Golden Eagle has played and started all 25 games this summer for Glens Falls. He is batting .343 with three home runs and 24 RBI. Putnam has taken over as the league leader in RBI.

*Two streaks came to an end in the second game of the Adirondack-Glens Falls doubleheader in Boonville. Glens Falls had a six-game winning streak snapped while Adirondack ended a seven-game losing streak.

*Glens Falls has played four doubleheaders this season; the Golden Eagles are 5-3 in those games. John Mayotte’s squad has done no worse than a split in all four twin bills.

*Adirondack’s offense erupted in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader for 12 runs on 10 hits. The Trail Blazers reached double digits in runs scored for the first time since a 10-5 victory at Elmira’s Dunn Field on June 23. The 12 runs scored were the second-most by the Blazers this season; the team high remains 18 from an 18-15 shootout win over Utica on June 12.

*The Trail Blazers recorded 12 runs with the benefit of just one home run, a two-run belt by Riley Moonan (FDU) in the fourth inning. Adirondack cranked out 10 total hits. The Trail Blazers are 6-3 this season when recording at least 10 hits and 7-3 with nine hits or more.

*Relief pitcher Anthony Beasley (Louisburg) provided one of the biggest boosts of the night cap to Adirondack. Beasley replaced Brandon Mumaw (Saint Leo) in the sixth inning with Adirondack leading 8-6. Beasley, a curveball specialist, came on to face the 2-3-4 batters in the Glens Falls line –up – Bryan Ramirez (UTPA), Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) and Josh Anderson (Florida International). Beasley struck out the first two swinging and then forced Anderson to ground out to the left side for a 1-2-3 inning. In the home half of the frame, Adirondack pulled away with five runs.

*Overall in the Glens Falls-Adirondack night cap, nine players had multi-hit games. Spencer Johnson (Missouri State) of the Golden Eagles led all swingers with a 3-for-4 performance. Josh Anderson (FIU), Buddy Putnam (South Florida) and Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) each had two hits for the Green and Gold. Riley Moonan (FDU), Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus), Dominic Fazio (High Point) and Mike Parsons (Rider) all had two hits for the Trail Blazers.

*The doubleheader between Adirondack and Glens Falls marked the first time the two teams have ever met. Back when the Golden Eagles franchise was created in 2003, it was originally known as the Adirondack Golden Eagles. The name was eventually changed to Glens Falls Golden Eagles prior to the team’s first season in 2004.

*Elmira ran away with a Friday night win over Cooperstown, almost literally. The Pioneers stole seven bases in 9-1 triumph. Elmira runners attempted eight steals and successfully managed seven. Frankie Navarrete (Samford) swiped three bases to lead the charge. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) had two stolen bases while Dave Hoffman (Siena) and Matthew Pelt (Wofford) recorded one steal apiece. The Pios and Hawkeyes combined for eight stolen bases on 10 attempts.

*The top and bottom of Matt Burch’s Elmira line-up card provided a boost for the Pioneers on Friday. Batters eight through two – Matthew Pelt (Wofford), Frankie Navarrete (Samford), Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Parker Curry (Samford) – combined to go 11-for-16 with six runs scored and six RBI. Navarrete went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases and three runs scored.  Pelt and Kalousdian also had three hits apiece. Curry had a pair of RBI singles and Pelt cranked a two-run single in the seventh.

*Friday night’s game between Elmira and Cooperstown continued the high-scoring trend of the season series. The winning team in each game has scored at least six runs. The Pioneers and Hawkeyes are scheduled to meet again on Sunday for a doubleheader at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Cooperstown’s Cameron Day is an Electronics Engineering major at Norfolk State University.

Quick hits on tonight’s games
*The earliest game of the night takes place at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown where the buzzing Pilots go head-to-head with former division rival Cooperstown in a rematch of the 2011 PGCBL West divisional playoffs. The Pilots have won two in a row and roll into Cooperstown following an off day on Friday. Newark leads the season series, 2-1, by virtue of a doubleheader sweep at Colburn Park on June 20. Cooperstown’s lone victory came in slugfest fashion, 10-7, on June 16. Cooperstown can score runs in bunches at home; the Hawkeyes are averaging over six runs per contest at the Doubleday diamond; that doesn’t include two suspended games in which Cooperstown has nine total runs that are still not yet official. Dan Shwam’s team tallied 12 times in a recent home doubleheader with Elmira. Overall, Cooperstown is 7-2 at home this season. The Hawkeyes could be on pace to compile their best home record in franchise history; the 2011 playoff team went 14-7 in Otsego County.

*The battle for first place in the PGCBL West takes place tonight at Elmira’s Dunn Field in a doubleheader between the first-place Watertown Rams and the second-place Elmira Pioneers. Watertown has a two-game lead over Elmira heading into tonight’s twin bill. The same two teams attempted to play two on Sunday in Elmira however rain washed away the night cap after Watertown triumphed, 9-1, in a soggy opener that lasted four hours due to rain delays. The Rams and Pioneers are 1-1 against one another this season. After today, they will meet just once more on July 23 in Watertown as part of a doubleheader. Since beginning the season 5-10, Watertown has won eight of its last nine games. Two wins in Watertown’s recent seven-game win streak were on the road in Elmira and Newark though the Silver and Black is 4-9 away from the Duffy Dome this summer. Elmira held Cooperstown to just one run on Friday night; it marked the fewest runs given up by the Pios since a 10-1 win at Newark on June 25. Elmira is 5-1 when allowing three runs or less.

*Mohawk River rivals Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley get together for a Saturday night swing at Mohawk Valley’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Mohawks played to a rain-soaked suspension on Friday night through 10 innings while the DiamondDawgs were swept away by the Watertown Rams, 12-7, in the North Country. Heading into Saturday night’s game, the Mohawks and DiamondDawgs are tied for fourth place in the PGCBL East, just a half-game out of third place and the final divisional playoff spot. Keith Griffin’s Mohawks swept a recent home-and-home from Roberto Vaz’s Dawgs and Amsterdam is 3-1 overall against Mohawk Valley this season. The defending league champions are unbeaten in the PGCBL era at Vet's Park. Three of the four games in the season series have been decided by two runs or less. The Mohawks have stumbled slightly since the end of a six-game winning streak; Amsterdam is 2-3 in its last five complete games. Mohawk Valley has won five out of its last eight overall. The Dawgs are 4-7 at home but swept a doubleheader from Adirondack on Wednesday night.

*Nationally-ranked Glens Falls returns to the friendly confines of East Field for a Saturday night home game with Utica. The Golden Eagles had a seven-game winning streak snapped on Friday night in a 12-6 defeat to the Adirondack Trail Blazers at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. Glens Falls still has one winning streak intact, a three-game winning streak at home. The Eagles have won their last three games in Hometown U.S.A. and four out of their last five. Utica’s last trip to East Field resulted in a 9-8 thriller that favored the home side. Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) decided the contest in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single that scored Josh Anderson (Yavapai). Glens Falls is 3-0 against Utica this season. The Brewers were off on Friday after a 5-3 defeat at Newark on the Fourth of July. The loss in Newark ended a three-game winning streak for Utica that began with a 12-7 home stomping of Amsterdam. Due to the weather and scheduling, this will be just the third game of the week for the Sons of Saranac.

*Albany and Adirondack complete the Saturday slate at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field in the Capital District. The Dutchmen will be holding their third annual “PINK Game” in which the team wears pink jerseys and then auctions them off with proceeds going to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Greater Capital Region (American Cancer Society) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Albany’s Friday night game at Amsterdam was suspended in the 10th inning due to rain while Adirondack split a doubleheader with nationally-ranked Glens Falls. The Dutchmen have compiled seven wins at home this season but dropped an 8-7 decision to Adirondack in 10 innings on June 27. On that night, Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) hit a game-tying home run in the eighth and then socked an RBI single in his next at-bat to drive in the game-winning run. Adirondack ended a seven-game skid with a win in Friday’s night cap at home against Glens Falls. Adirondack’s 12 runs in the night cap were the second-most it has scored this season. Adirondack holds road wins over Albany, Amsterdam and Elmira.  

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