PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 9, 2013

Watetown's J.J. Wagner (Pacific) attempts to slide around Adirondack catcher Dominic Fazio (High Point) in a game earlier this year in Watertown. Photo courtesy Warren Shelmdine/Watertown Rams

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Sunday’s Scores

Adirondack 9 Newark 8 (11)
Amsterdam 9 Watertown 4
Elmira 9 Cooperstown 3 (Game 1)
Elmira at Cooperstown (Game 2) – Rained Out
Mohawk Valley 3 Utica 0 (3) – Suspended, Rain
Glens Falls 4 Albany 0 (5) – Suspended, Rain

Last Night’s Scores
No games scheduled

Tonight’s Games
Albany at Utica (DH), 6:05 PM
Watertown at Adirondack, 7:00 PM
Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Cooperstown at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Elmira at Newark, 7:15 PM

*Congratulations to this week’s PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week award winners. Adirondack’s Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus) was named the PGCBL Player of the Week while Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace) was tapped as the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week.

*The Glens Falls Golden Eagles (17-9) have moved up four spots to number 18 in the latest Summer Top 30 poll compiled by Perfect Game USA. The Golden Eagles were ranked 22nd last week. John Mayotte’s Golden Eagles went 3-1 in completed games last week and earned two of their three wins via shutout.

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

*Jonathan Chudy’s near-perfect performance last week against Elmira edged out several strong starts and numbers from other PGCBL pitchers. Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) of Glens Falls threw a five-hit shutout and struck out eight in a seven-inning complete game. Chudy’s Cooperstown teammate, Eann Cox, struck out 12 and allowed one unearned run on four hits in nine innings against Newark. Watertown’s Joe Adel (South Florida) went 2-0 with a 2.08 earned run average over two starts. Matt Portland (Northwestern) of Glens Falls twirled a three-hit shutout for six innings in an eventual 4-0 shutout win over Utica.

*Buddy Putnam (South Florida) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles led all PGCBL hitters last week with eight RBI. Putnam played in just four games. He batted .500 (7-for-14) with two home runs and eight RBI. He slugged two home runs in a Friday doubleheader at Adirondack, one in each game. Elmira closer Parker Curry (Samford), who doubles as an infielder, finished second with seven RBI.

*Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Frankie Navarrete (Samford) book-ended the Elmira batting order last week. Kalousdian is Elmira’s lead-off hitter and Navarrete hit out of the ninth spot. The two combined to 13 runs in six games. Navarrete scored seven times and batted .474 (9-for-19) with five stolen bases. Kalousdian recorded six runs and batted .455 (10-for-22) with four doubles, four RBI and five stolen bases.

*Other strong weeks were recorded by Watertown’s Collin Theroux (Nevada), Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) of Glens Falls, Amsterdam’s John Sansone (Florida State), Albany’s Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) and Adirondack’s Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois). Theroux belted two home runs, slugged .927, totaled six RBI and batted .417 in four games for the Rams. DeGallier scored six runs in four games for the nationally-ranked Golden Eagles, batted .357 and hit a game-opening home run at Adirondack. Sansone posted a .455 batting average and a .600 on-base percentage in four games. Purritano had just eight at-bats for the Dutchmen but he recorded five hits for a .625 batting average. He doubled twice and walked three times to amass an .875 slugging percentage and a .727 on-base percentage. Divarco drilled five doubles for the Trail Blazers, scored four runs, batted .409 and hit a walk-off home run.

*Newark’s Donald Frew (Young Harris) and Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) were the top relievers. Frew made four appearances for the Pilots. He converted three saves and logged a 0.00 earned run average in four innings. Frew struck out six, walked one and conceded three hits. Urbanski was unhittable in two appearances for the defending league champion Mohawks. Urbanski retired all 13 batters he faced, nine via strikeout.

*The Utica Brewers completed just three games last week due to the weather. The strong point in all three games was the bullpen. The Brewer relief corps compiled a 0.00 earned run average over 9.1 innings.

*Rain continues to pour across Upstate New York. Heavy rains around the Utica and Little Falls area caused Flash Flood warnings on Sunday night in Oneida and Herkimer counties. Our thoughts as a whole go out to everyone affected by the flooding.

*Heading into tonight’s action, 44 games have been suspended, postponed or cancelled because of the weather. That’s more than the first two years of the league combined.

*Thursday (July 4) and Saturday (July 6) mark the only two days this month where the entire schedule for the day has been completed without a postponement or suspension. There was only one game though on the Fourth of July.

*Last week ended with at least one extra-inning game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday night, Amsterdam and Albany played to a 4-4 stalemate through nine innings. Prior to the first pitch of the 10th inning, the skies opened up with heavy rain which forced a suspension. Saturday’s first game between Newark and Cooperstown took 11 innings to decide at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. Not too long after that, Elmira and Watertown played into extra innings in the opening game of their doubleheader at Dunn Field. Elmira won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Sunday, Newark played its second extra-inning game in a row with an 11-inning thriller at Adirondack that ended on a walk-off home run. Also of note, three-straight games between Friday night and early Saturday evening took extra innings to decide.

*Adirondack’s Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) hit the first walk-off home run of the season in the PGCBL on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Sports Complex against Newark. Divarco slammed a two-out pitch over the fence in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Adirondack a 9-8 victory. The last player to hit a walk-off home run in a PGCBL game was Cooperstown’s Coleman Barron against Amsterdam on June 10, 2012. Barron ended a 14-inning marathon that took two days to complete with a game-winning two-run home run.

*Eleven PGCBL games this season have ended in a walk-off situation after Chris Divarco’s (NIU) game-winning belt in the 11th for Adirondack. Eight of 10 league teams have captured walk-off victories – Adirondack, Albany, Amsterdam, Cooperstown, Elmira, Glens Falls, Utica and Watertown. Eleven different players have contributed 11 different walk-off wins. Last season, league teams combined for 14 walk-off victories. With 11 walk-off games already and a good amount of games remaining, the league record may be broken.

*The full list of walk-off wins can be found in today’s game notes. Interestingly, the last two walk-off hits have come on the last two days of league action. Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) beat Watertown with a walk-off double on Saturday night and then Adirondack’s Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) hit a walk-off home run on Sunday.   Walk-off wins on back-to-back days have also occurred on June 20-21 and June 29-30.

*Seven games have been decided by walk-off singles, two by double, one by fielders’ choice and one by a walk-off home run. Amsterdam’s Brian Ruby (Binghamton) is the only player to end a PGCBL game this season with a two-RBI single. Watertown’s Collin Theroux (Nevada) is the only player to win a game for his team without recording a hit. Five extra-inning games have ended on a walk-off play.

*Sunday’s games were sponsored by the number nine. All three winning teams (in completed games) scored nine runs. Adirondack bested Newark, 9-8, Elmira defeated Cooperstown, 9-3 and Amsterdam beat Watertown, 9-4.

*The Newark Pilots were off on Friday following a Fourth of July game at home versus Utica. Saturday and Sunday, the Pilots played 22 innings in a two-road game trip at Cooperstown and Adirondack. The Pilots beat the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 2-1, in 11 innings on Saturday evening and then dropped a 9-8 decision to the Adirondack Trail Blazers in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon. The franchise record for most innings played on back-to-back days is 26. The 2011 Pilots played 13 innings on back-to-back days at Colburn Park.

*The longest current winning streak in the league belongs to the Adirondack Trail Blazers. The Blazers from Boonville are simply out-hitting and out-scoring opponents. In its last three games, Adirondack has scored 27 runs on 37 hits. The Trail Blazers have totaled at least six runs and 10 hits in three-straight games. Adirondack recorded at least 10 hits in four-straight games between June 22 and June 27 and went 3-1 in that span. Adirondack’s current win streak is its’ longest of the season.

*Heading into today’s games, Adirondack leads the league with 24 home runs. The Blazers have a slim one home run edge over second-place Amsterdam (23). Eleven different Trail Blazers have hit at least one home run. Luke Emling (Villanova) leads the league with six belts.

*Newark nearly pulled off come-from-behind wins in back-to-back games. Saturday at Cooperstown, the Pilots scored a game-tying run in the ninth and then went ahead in the 11th in a 2-1 win. Newark played most of the game with a 1-0 deficit. Sunday, the Pilots were down, 8-2, through five innings. Newark scored six times in the eighth inning to tie the game – Sam Wiggins (Houston Baptist) clobbered a three-run home run and Jacob Russell (Kentucky) leveled the score at 8-8 with a two-RBI single. The Pilots however were unable to push across the go-ahead run in the eighth against Adirondack closer Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) or in the 11th against Matt Engler (Mohawk Valley C.C.), each time, Newark left two runners on base.

*Seven Trail Blazers were mostly responsible for Adirondack’s 16-hit barrage against Newark pitching. Game-winning hero Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Riley Moonan (Fairleigh Dickinson), Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus), Dominic Fazio (High Point), Connor Garelick (Pepperdine), Shane Allen (Northeastern) and Mike Parsons (Rider) all had two hits. Twelve of the 16 hits were singles, one was a double and three were home runs.

*Amsterdam pitchers showed symmetry in a win at Watertown on Sunday evening. Starter Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) pitched four innings and struck out three. Middle reliever Christian Bartholomew (Wake Forest) tossed three scoreless innings and struck out three and Chris Kalica (Schenectady County C.C.) struck out three in two shutout stanzas.

*Keith Griffin, the head coach of the Amsterdam Mohawks and 2012 PGCBL Coach of the Year, made a key adjustment for the Mohawks on Sunday night in the North Country. With Watertown and Amsterdam tied, 4-4, through six innings, Griffin inserted John Nogowski (Florida State) as a defensive replacement at first base in the bottom of the sixth Offensively, he came up to the plate in the midst of an Amsterdam four-run rally in the seventh. Nogowski kept the rally alive with a two-out RBI double. He scored the fourth and final run of the outburst moments later on a Brian Ruby (Binghamton) RBI single. Nogowski finished 2-for-2 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored.

*The PGCBL West-leading Watertown Rams will find out a lot about themselves this week. Tonight, the team embarks on a week-long road schedule due to the annual Jefferson County Fair. Watertown will play seven road games in seven days and that includes a doubleheader at Cooperstown on Thursday. Paul Altieri’s Rams are 9-3 at home this season but just 5-10 on the road. Watertown will not play another home game until July 16 against Adirondack.

*The last time Paul Alteri managed the Watertown franchise in 2003, the team won six games during the “Fair Trip” as part of an overall nine-game winning streak; a franchise record which still stands.

*Elmira pulled to within one game of first-place Watertown on Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 win at Cooperstown. The Pioneers are 4-2 in July and 5-3 in their last eight games.

*Elmira’s Parker Curry (Samford) finished the weekend on a strong note. The two-way standout for the Pioneers drove in two runs on Friday night in a 9-1 win over Cooperstown. Saturday, Curry hit a game-tying two-run single against Watertown. He also pitched three scoreless innings for the Pios in a 5-4 victory. Sunday, Curry added two more RBI at Cooperstown.

*Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) has surged to the top of the league in doubles. Kalousdian doubled three times in Elmira’s doubleheader with Watertown on Saturday night and then added his league-leading 14th double on Sunday at Cooperstown.

*First basemen named Ryan had a pretty good day on Sunday in Cooperstown. Ryan Plantier (Cornell) started at first base for the Elmira Pioneers while Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) manned first base for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Ryan Donovan brought home the first run for the Hawkeyes in the second inning with a sacrifice fly. He added a solo home run in the fifth and finished the game with two RBI. Ryan Plantier singled and scored for the Pioneers in a four-run third inning and then hit a solo home run in the fourth. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Defensively, the two combined for 17 putouts and one assist in 18 chances.

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*Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) was an NJCAA Division II All-American in 2012 at Louisiana State University Eunice. Herrington was the starting center fielder for the national champion Bengals. The Homer, La., native finished among the nation’s top 20 in hits (77), runs scored (65) and runs batted in (64). He led the NJCAA Division II national champs in 11 different offensive categories. In six games at the Division II World Series, Herrington scored seven runs and drove in eight. The current DiamondDawg transferred to the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dalton was the starting center fielder for the War Hawks this past spring.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*The night begins with a double dip at Utica’s Donovan Stadium where the Brewers host the Albany Dutchmen starting at 6:05 p.m. Because of the rain, both teams have completed just 21 games. Coincidentally, the Dutchmen and Brewers have yet to play because of two rain outs. They’ll meet again in a doubleheader at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field on July 25. Albany’s lead over the rest of the field in the PGCBL East has dwindled and the second-place Dutchmen enter the night just a half-game ahead of third-place Mohawk Valley. Albany is 2-6 in its last eight games; in seven of those games, the Dutchmen have allowed four runs or more. Albany’s offense should be buoyed by the arrival of Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State), a latecomer due to Mississippi State’s run to the national championship game. Utica is 6-3 at home and the Sons of Saranac have won three-straight at the Donovan diamond.

*North Country rivals Watertown and Adirondack square off at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. The Rams open up their week-long road swing with their shortest trip down Route 12. The Trail Blazers have won three in a row while Watertown overall has triumphed nine times in its last 12 games. Watertown leads the season series, 4-2, though both of Adirondack’s wins have come at home in high-scoring affairs (9-8, 10-8). Most recently, the Rams edged the Blazers, 3-2, at the Duffy Dome on July 2. Adirondack’s high-powered offense has combined to record just 10 hits in its last two games with Watertown. The Blazers head into tonight’s game on an offensive roll with 37 hits combined in their last three games. Watertown is 5-10 on the road while Adirondack has garnered six of its 10 wins at home.

*Another key division game takes place in Little Falls where the Glens Falls Golden Eagles travel to play the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The first place and nationally-ranked Golden Eagles lead the DiamondDawgs by three games in the division standings. More important for Mohawk Valley is the half-game difference with second-place Albany and fourth-place Amsterdam. The Dawgs are unbeaten in their last three at Vet’s Park with wins over Adirondack (x2) and Amsterdam. However, Mohawk Valley has struggled at home with a 5-7 overall record in Little Falls. Two of those losses came to Glens Falls in a doubleheader on June 15 and that was the last time the two teams played. Mohawk Valley comes into tonight’s game on an offensive hot streak with at least seven runs scored in three-straight games. Glens Falls leads the season series, 3-0. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 in their last eight games and the team has not lost back-to-back games since June 25-26 and that was in the midst of a three-game slide. Glens Falls is one of the best road teams in the league with a 10-4 away mark.

*One half-game separates fourth-place Amsterdam and fifth-place Cooperstown. The Mohawks and Hawkeyes play tonight at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park. Amsterdam leads the season series, 2-1, by virtue of back-to-back victories of 4-1 (June 14) and 11-3 (June 26). The last time the two teams played, the Mohawks bashed five home runs at Doubleday Field to earn an 11-3 win. Dylan Smith (Auburn) hit two home runs in the game. The Mohawks are 9-4 since a 5-10 start but more recently have gone just 3-4 with no more than two wins in a row. Amsterdam is 3-0 in its last five games when holding opponents to three runs or less and 9-1 overall when that happens this season.  Cooperstown has lost three in a row though the Hawkeyes have played four of their last seven games against the Elmira Pioneers. In fact, Cooperstown’s last seven games have featured only three opponents – Elmira, Albany and Newark. The Hawkeyes are 4-7 outside of Otsego County though the record does include a recent victory at Albany as part of a doubleheader. Cooperstown has not won at Amsterdam since July 3, 2012 – a 9-8 triumph in 10 innings.

*PGCBL West foes Newark and Elmira close out tonight’s schedule at Colburn Park. Two games separate the second-place Pioneers and fourth-place Pilots. Newark saw a three-game winning streak come to an end on Sunday with a 9-8 loss in 11 innings at Adirondack. The Pilots then played and won an exhibition game on Monday night over the Syracuse Salt Cats. Elmira is 4-2 in its last six games and 5-3 in its last eight. The Pioneers have used that run to pull within one game of first-place Watertown. This will be the sixth meeting of the season between Newark and Elmira; the Pioneers hold a 4-1 lead in the season series. The two teams last played on July 2 and combined for 23 hits though it was Elmira that came away a 7-2 victor. In four wins against Newark, Elmira has scored 27 runs. The Pioneers pushed across just one run in a 2-1 loss to the Pilots on June 21. Newark did have an overall winning streak end on Sunday but the Pilots still hold a two-game winning streak at home.

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