PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 11, 2013

Watertown's Jake Jenkins (Pacific) picked up a complete game win for Watertown on Wednesday night. Jenkins in action against Newark on June 29 in Watertown. Photo courtesy Warren Shelmdine

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Last Night’s Scores
Adirondack 7 Cooperstown 1
Watertown 4 Newark 3
Glens Falls 0 Elmira 0 (Bottom 7) – Suspended
Amsterdam at Albany – PPD Rain, 7/20
Utica at Mohawk Valley – Cancelled, Rain

Tonight’s Games
Watertown at Cooperstown (DH), 3:00 PM
Utica at Adirondack (DH), 4:30 PM
Albany at Amsterdam*, 6:00 PM (Resumed game from 7/5 will be played first)
Newark at Elmira, 7:05 PM
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls, 7:05 PM

*Not including today, there are 20 days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. There is less than one month remaining in the overall season. Weather permitting, there should be a league champion crowned no later than August 10.

*Fourty-seven games have now been postponed, suspended or cancelled due to rain, flooding and unplayable field conditions. As a result, there are more than 20 doubleheaders (traditional and non-traditional) scheduled for the final three weeks of the regular season.

*There is good news. The weather forecast statewide shows very little chance of rain showers over the course of the next week. Slightly cooler temperatures – upper 70s – are in store for the next few days and then the heat is expected to return after the weekend. Temperatures for the first part of next week are anticipated to be in the upper 80s/low 90s.

*The lowest-scoring game in PGCBL history took place late last season when Amsterdam defeated Albany, 1-0, on July 30 at Shuttleworth Park. Glens Falls and Elmira were on pace to possibly tie that record on Wednesday. The Eagles and the Pioneers played to a scoreless stalemate just past the seventh-inning stretch. Elmira’s Danny Britt (Trinity Christian) and Cory Folk (Buffalo) of Glens Falls had their working shoes on; the first five innings of the game took a little over an hour to complete. Folk yielded two hits. Britt did not concede a hit until Josh Anderson’s (Florida International) double in the seventh.

*Elmira’s Danny Britt (Trinity Christian) almost had his bid for a no-hitter foiled by the weather on Wednesday night at Dunn Field. Britt, pitching against Glens Falls, threw a no-hit shutout for six innings. The 6-foot-5 hurler carried a no-hitter into the seventh however lost it on a double to Josh Anderson (Florida International). Not too long after, the game was halted a half-inning later by a lightning delay which turned into rain showers. Ultimately, the game was suspended with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

*Glens Falls almost came away with a weather-shortened victory at Elmira. The Golden Eagles had a good chance to score in the seventh inning. Josh Anderson (Florida International) broke up Danny Britt’s bid for a no-hitter with a double in the seventh. Representing the possible tiebreaking run, Anderson advanced to third on a passed ball. Britt worked his way out of the inning and kept the game scoreless. Had the Eagles scored and then retired Elmira in the home half of the inning, Glens Falls would have won.

*Watertown’s Jake Jenkins (Pacific) threw the first nine-inning complete game of the season on Wednesday night at Newark. Jenkins went the distance in a 4-3 victory. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out six. The last PGCBL pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game in the regular season was Newark’s Daniel Thorpe (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.). Thorpe pitched a complete game in a 6-1 win over the Elmira Pioneers at Colburn Park. The last nine-inning complete game by a Watertown pitcher was compiled on July 31, 2011, when Tim Sylvester went the distance in a win against Elmira.

*Newark starter Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) matched Watertown’s Jake Jenkins (Pacific) punch-for-punch in a long pitchers’ duel on Wednesday night. Sanders pitched into the eighth for the Pilots and did not allow an earned run. Sanders conceded two unearned scores on four hits. He walked three and struck out two in a no decision. The Newark hurler has lasted at least seven innings in his last two starts.

*Lightning struck in the ninth inning for PGCBL West-leading Watertown on Wednesday night. The Rams trailed the Pilots, 3-2, through eight frames. Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) hit a pinch-hit single with one out and then pinch runner J.J. Wagner (Pacific) aggressively advanced to third on a base hit by Trevor Marino (VCU). Nik Alfonso (South Florida) tied the game with a two-out single into right field. On the play, Trevor Marino motored over to third. Watertown scored the eventual winning run on a delayed double steal. Alfonso broke for second and drew a throw which caused Marino to sprint home from third.

*Trevor Marino (VCU) has been one of the bright spots during Watertown’s “Fair Trip” so far. Marino recorded a pair of RBI singles in a comeback win over Adirondack on Tuesday night. Wednesday, Marino singled as part of a ninth-inning rally and scored the winning run from third on a delayed double steal. Earlier this season, Marino recorded a game-winning tally at home against Cooperstown on a walk-off fielders’ choice from Collin Theroux (Nevada). On that play, Marino hustled home and beat out a throw to the plate by a Cooperstown infielder.

*Watertown singled its way to victory on Wednesday. The Rams compiled seven singles in the game and did not register an extra-base hit. The league leaders in walks also benefitted from just three free passes.

*In two trips to Cooperstown this season, Adirondack has allowed three runs. The Trail Blazers fell to the Hawkeyes, 2-1, in their first visit to Doubleday Field in June. Wednesday, three Blazer pitchers conceded just one run in a 7-1 victory. Combined between both games, Adirondack pitchers have thrown 18 scoreless innings (not in a row) this summer in Otsego County. Cooperstown’s lone tally on Wednesday did not come until the ninth.

*Adirondack is now 10-4 when recording at least 10 hits. The Trail Blazers have reached double digits in hits in half of their 28 games.

*Wednesday’s game between Adirondack and Cooperstown saw the reigning PGBCL Player of the Week Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus) of Adirondack match up against Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace), the reigning PGCBL Pitcher of the Week. The two were even in four head-to-head match-ups. Chudy recorded two outs and Chaidez had two walks.

*The first two-thirds of Wednesday’s game between Adirondack and Cooperstown featured a pitchers’ duel between Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace) and Adirondack’s Eli Anderson (NIU) and Brendan Butler (Fairleigh Dickinson). Through six innings, Chudy allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out nine. Adirondack’s Eli Anderson, on a limited pitch count, threw four scoreless innings and struck out three. Butler added three strikeouts and three scoreless innings. Adirondack pulled away in the seventh when Chudy tired and left with the bases loaded, one out and one run already home.

*Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) entered this summer as the PGCBL’s all-time leader in triples. Rodrigue tripled six times in 31 games for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in 2012. Rodrigue, currently playing for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, is tied for the league lead with three triples in 20 games played. Overall, the Indiana-bound infielder has nine career triples in PGCBL play.

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*Utica’s Sam Norman (Creighton) was an all-state selection at Iowa’s Roosevelt High School in both baseball and basketball. The 6-foot-5 southpaw was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 4A All-State second team in baseball in 2011. Norman earned all-state accolades in baseball as a position player; he did not pitch as a junior and batted .398 with 48 RBI and 43 runs scored. The following year, Norman was tapped to the INA’s Class 4A All-State third team on the basketball court.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*The “Fair Trip” continues this afternoon for the PGCBL-leading Watertown Rams. The Silver and Black travels to the “Birthplace of Baseball” for a doubleheader against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Watertown’s previous trip to Cooperstown on June 27 was rained out. The two teams haven’t played since a 4-3 Watertown win in 10 innings on June 13. Collin Theroux (Nevada) ended that game with a walk-off fielders’ choice. The Rams on their current road trip and have doubled up opponents by a 16-8 aggregate. Watertown went 4-0 in Otsego County last season with two wins apiece over Cooperstown and Oneonta; the Rams haven’t lost in Cooperstown since July 17, 2011. The Hawkeyes have dropped their last five games. In those five games, Cooperstown has totaled just eight runs.

*Another doubleheader takes place at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville where the Route 12 rivals Adirondack and Utica meet for the first time since the Brewers beat on the Blazers, 3-2, on June 30, with a walk-off single from Ryan Valdes (Florida State). The home team has won every game so far in the season series. Utica holds wins of 6-0 and 3-2 at Donovan Stadium while Adirondack has garnered home victories of 18-15 and 8-3. The Trail Blazers have swung their way to a 4-1 mark in their last five games; in all four wins, Adirondack has recorded at least 10 hits. In a loss to Watertown, the Blazers managed just five hits and allowed 12. Adirondack has split a pair of home doubleheaders this year with Watertown and Glens Falls. Utica has played just five games in July. The Brew Crew has lost four in a row, including two in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Albany on Tuesday night. The Sons of Saranac are 3-9 overall on the road. This will be Utica’s third doubleheader of the season; the Brewers are 1-3 in doubleheader games.

*For the second time this season, Albany and Amsterdam will play a non-traditional doubleheader. On June 20, Albany used a walk-off hit by Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) to best Amsterdam in a game resumed from June 5. In the regularly-scheduled contest between the two teams, Albany pulled out a 3-2 victory in 11 innings on a Nate Rupiper (Memphis) walk-off hit. Tonight’s resumed game, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will start in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied, 4-4. The Mohawks and Dutchmen will play a regular nine-inning game following the conclusion of the July 5 game. Albany is undefeated (3-0) against Amsterdam this season. The Dutchmen hold a win in their lone completed game at Shuttleworth Park, a 6-5 triumph on June 12. The same two teams were rained out last night at “The Bob.” Each team has won two games in a row heading into tonight’s non-traditional doubleheader.

*Nationally-ranked Glens Falls returns home to East Field tonight to welcome in Mohawk Valley. Neither team completed a game on Wednesday night. Glens Falls was suspended in the seventh at Elmira while heavy rains made Vet’s Park unplayable for Mohawk Valley’s scheduled home game with Utica. As of now, the Golden Eagles are 8-1 in their last nine games. The Green and Gold have won their last four games at home and have not dropped a home decision since a 5-3 loss to Cooperstown on June 25. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten (4-0) against the DiamondDawgs this season and have 28 scored runs in four games. Mohawk Valley will be making its first trip to East Field since June 5. The Dawgs have played just once in the last four days – a 6-2 loss to Glens Falls at home on July 9. Mohawk Valley trails rival Amsterdam by a half-game for the third and final playoff spot in the PGCBL East. The Dawgs are a strong 8-4 away from home this season.

*Division rivals Newark and Elmira complete tonight’s schedule at Elmira’s Dunn Field. The Pioneers edged out the Pilots, 3-2, on Tuesday night in Newark. Elmira leads the season series, 5-1, and the Pios have won four in a row over the Pilots. Newark fell to Elmira, 7-2, in its last visit to the Southern Tier. Newark’s lone win in the series came at Dunn Field on June 21 as part of a doubleheader. With a 5-2 mark in the month of July, Matt Burch’s Pioneers have opened a 2.5 game-lead over third-place Utica. Elmira trails first-place Watertown by 1.5 games heading into today’s action. The Pios are 3-1 in their last four completed home games. Newark has followed up a three-game winning streak with a three-game losing streak. The Pilots have scored 13 runs in their last three games but have allowed 16. All three losses have been in games decided by one run. Fifteen of Newark’s 29 games have been decided by two runs or less.   

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