PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 12, 2013

Utica's Michael Pierson (App. State) leads the league with a .429 batting average. Photo courtesy Dan Hickling/Flickr

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Last Night’s Scores
Watertown 8 Cooperstown 5 (Game 1)
Watertown 8 Cooperstown 0 (Game 2)
Adirondack 12 Utica 2 (Game 1)
Utica 10 Adirondack 4 (Game 2)
Amsterdam 5 Albany 4 (Resumed from 7/5)
Albany 4 Amsterdam 3
Glens Falls 5 Mohawk Valley 1
Elmira 4 Newark 0

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

*One night, eight games. That was the second-highest total of games on a single night this season. The league season high this year for most games on a single night is nine. PGCBL teams combined to play nine games on Thursday, June 20. Pure coincidence…both nights were Thursdays and both featured a non-traditional doubleheader between the Albany Dutchmen and Amsterdam Mohawks. There was also at least one walk-off win on each night.

*With last night’s fully completed schedule, all 10 PGCBL teams have completed at least half of their 2013 regular season schedules. Watertown leads the league with 31 completed games. No league team has finished fewer than 25 games.

*Not including today, there are 19 days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season.

*Thursday night, Josh Anderson (Florida International) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles became the PGCBL’s all-time home run leader. Anderson smashed a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. It was Anderson’s 12th career PGCBL home run. The San Diego, Calif., native hit nine home runs in 2011 for the Golden Eagles and now has three this season. Anderson had been tied for the all-time lead with Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT).

*Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) set what is believed to be a PGCBL relief record on Thursday night; a possible record that may not be broken anytime soon. Urbanski retired 27 batters in a row over five appearances between June 28 and July 11. He struck out 17 of the 27. The Schenectady, N.Y., native began the streak on June 28 against Glens Falls. He allowed a one-out single and then retired the next two batters he faced. Three days later, Urbanski set down 10 men in a row, seven via strikeout, in a home win over Mohawk Valley. He retired the side in order and struck out two in one inning against Glens Falls on July 3. This past Tuesday, the Tribe reliever struck out four of the five men he faced in a save versus Cooperstown. Last night, Urbanski seated six-straight hitters in a win over Albany in a resumed game. The streak came to an end in the regularly-scheduled game between Amsterdam and Albany. Urbanski inherited a bases-loaded situation with one out. He forced the first batter to fly out for his 27th-straight out. However, the next Albany swinger, Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) cranked a two-out, two-RBI single. Urbanski has not been charged with a run, earned or unearned, since June 23.

*Adirondack scored 10 times in the fifth inning in yesterday’s 12-2 win over Utica. The 10 fifth-frame runs are the most by any team in a single inning this season. Exactly one year ago to the day, Amsterdam set the PGCBL record for most runs in an inning with 13 in a 16-12 triumph over the Newark Pilots at Colburn Park.

*Breaking down Adirondack’s 10-run outburst, the Trail Blazers marched 15 batters up to the plate. Adirondack’s 10 runs scored on eight hits, two walks and two hit batters. Of the eight hits, six were singles and two were doubles. No home runs were hit during the offensive blitzkrieg. Riley Moonan (Fairleigh Dickinson) and Brandon Jossey (Seton Hill) had the Adirondack doubles; Jossey’s double was a three-run rocket that cleared the bases and capped off the 10-run rally. At one point, Adirondack had three-straight RBI singles with the bases loaded from Alex Mata (Saint Leo), Connor Garelick (Pepperdine) and Dominic Fazio (High Point).

*Adirondack used a total team effort in the opening game of yesterday’s doubleheader with Utica. All nine starters recorded at least one RBI and one run. Three players had multiple hits, two of those three scored multiple runs and two drove in two runs. Dominic Fazio (High Point) was the only Trail Blazer to total two hits, two RBI and two runs.

*Luke Emling (Villanova) of the Trail Blazers clouted his seventh home run on Thursday afternoon. Emling’s seven belts lead the PGCBL. He is three home runs away from tying the single-season record which was set by Watertown’s Erick Gaylord in 2011. Emling leads the rest of the league by at least three home runs. He was featured earlier today here by Perfect Game’s Hudson Belinsky.

*Watertown swept a Thursday doubleheader from Cooperstown to guarantee an over .500 record on its week-long “Fair Trip.” The Rams have games remaining at Utica, Albany and Glens Falls. Current manager Paul Altieri was the Watertown Wizards skipper from 2001 through 2003. He guided the Wizards to a 7-1 mark on their “Fair Trip” in 2003. That Watertown team finished 26-16 and qualified for the divisional playoffs.

*The Rams are now 6-2 in doubleheader games this year. Watertown has swept both Newark, at home, and Cooperstown, on the road. Watertown’s doubleheader sweep on the road yesterday was its first in the PGCBL era. The franchise had not swept a road twin bill since defeating Glens Falls 6-4 and 2-0 on June 26, 2010 at East Field.

*Watertown’s Henry McAree (Shoreline C.C.) and Daniel Reitzler (San Diego) combined on a three-hit shutout for the Rams in the night cap of Thursday’s doubleheader. McAree struck out seven and spun a two-hitter over five scoreless frames. Reitzler preserved the shutout with two strong innings from the bullpen. The shutout victory was Watertown’s first since June 28, 2011, when the Watertown Wizards blanked the Amsterdam Mohawks, 2-0, at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Watertown’s last road shutout on June 26, 2011, was also part of its last road doubleheader sweep in Glens Falls.

*The Rams need just one more win to set a franchise record high in the PGCBL. Watertown won 18 games each in 2011 and 2012. One more victory would also give the franchise its most wins since a 25-victory campaign in 2006. The franchise record for victories in a single season is 28 and that was set in 2005 with current general manager Todd Kirkey was the head coach.

*Dale Irving (Central Florida) of the Rams became the latest PGCBL player to hit two home runs in a single game. Five PGCBL swingers have belted two blasts in a league game this season. Irving is the first Watertown batsmen to hit two home runs in a game since Erick Gaylord turned the trick twice in 2011. This year’s list of multi-home run games includes Irving, Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn), Cooperstown’s Ben Hall (Central Alabama), Newark’s Jacob Russell (Kentucky) and Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) hit two home runs in a game against Cooperstown on July 3 however statistics from the game will not be counted until the game is finished.

*Another list that increased on Thursday night was the walk-off list. Amsterdam garnered its second walk-off win of the season in a resumed game with Albany. Dylan Smith smashed a walk-off single off of the Chain Monster in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mohawks a 5-4 victory. The Amsterdam-Albany game was the 12th league game this season to end on a walk-off.

*The season series between Amsterdam and Albany has been decided entirely by one-run games. All five contests have been decided by one run. Albany is 4-1 in the season series. Interestingly, the teams have played two non-traditional doubleheaders. In each twin bill, the home team won the opening game on a walk-off hit – Albany’s Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn) being the late-game heroes. Also in each twin bill, one game took 11 innings to decide and that game ended on a walk-off in favor of the home team.

*Amsterdam starter Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) got the short end of the stick on Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park. Dwyer started for the Tribe and tossed five strong innings. He struck out six and conceded one run on two hits. Dwyer left with a 3-1 lead and finished the night with a no decision.

*Albany’s Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-2014) has made a habit this season of coming up big in late-game situations. Earlier this season, Dacey hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning that propelled Albany to a 4-3 comeback win over Mohawk Valley at Bob Bellizzi Field. Thursday, Dacey ended Mike Urbanski’s impressive shutdown streak of 27-straight retired with a two-out, two-run single that lifted the Dutchmen into a 4-3 lead. The former Don Bosco Prep star has appeared in all 25 games for Albany and he leads the team with 13 RBI.

*The Albany bullpen provided the Dutchmen with a big boost on Thursday night. Relievers Chad Moss (Davidson), Andrew Bannon (Skidmore) and Dylan Collett (Keene State) combined to pitch 6.2 innings. The trio allowed one run on five hits and struck out five. Moss forced the Mohawks to leave the sacks packed in the third inning. He logged 3.1 relief frames and pitched into the sixth. Bannon sat down seven of the nine men he faced and struck out three. Collett gave up a two-out double to John Nogowski (Florida State) in the ninth but stranded him on second to end the game.

*While Watertown pocketed a shutout in a seven-inning affair at Cooperstown, Elmira earned a shutout of its own at home versus divisional rival Newark. Spencer Henderson (UC Davis), Jim Tunison (Misericordia), Clark Pence (Morehead State) and Brandon Diorio (Ithaca) grounded the Pilots with a three-hit shutout. The game marked Elmira’s second shutout of the season; both have been 4-0 wins at home against Newark. Brandon Diorio and Clark Pence pitched in both games. Thursday, Spencer Henderson twirled a two-hitter through five to lead the Elmira charge.

*Thursday marked the first time this season that two teams have won via shutout on the same night.

*Elmira’s Thursday night crowd of 3,338 pushed the Pioneers to 48,278 fans for the season. Through 17 completed home games, the Pioneers are averaging 2,839 fans per night. Elmira finished among the top five nationally last summer in attendance. Elmira will be the first PGCBL team to reach the 50,000-fan mark this season.

*Glens Falls is now 5-0 this season against division rival Mohawk Valley.

*The middle of the Glens Falls line-up produced all five Golden Eagle runs on Thursday night. Josh Anderson (Florida International) smacked a two-run home run and finished with three RBI. Clean-up batter Buddy Putnam (South Florida) doubled twice and finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and five-hitter Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) drove in one run.

*Buddy Putnam (South Florida) of the Golden Eagles and Dalton Herrington (ULM) of the DiamondDawgs combined to hit four doubles on Thursday night at East Field. Each doubled twice for their respective teams. Putnam leads the Green and Gold with 10 doubles while Herrington has nine for the Dawgs.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Amsterdam’s Jordan Ebert (Auburn) made it to the championship of the International High School Home Run Derby at the Sixth Annual Power Showcase in 2011. The Power Showcase was held at Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona DiamondBacks. Ebert, representing Alabama, bashed seven home runs in the preliminary round with the longest being 447 feet. Jordan advanced to the championship round and finished the derby with eight home runs. 

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*The top two teams in the PGCBL East meet for a doubleheader tonight in the Capital District as the Glens Falls Golden Eagles travel south down I-87 to take on the Albany Dutchmen. The two teams haven’t finished a game since a 16-inning thriller on June 29 that favored the Golden Eagles, 4-3. Rain has put a damper on the last two Albany-Glens Falls games; the Dutchmen and Eagles were rained out on July 1 and then rain suspended a July 7 game between the two teams after four innings with Glens Falls leading, 4-0. The last three completed games between the two teams have been decided by one run. The season series is tied at two wins apiece; both teams have won at home and on the road. Also, each team has a walk-off victory against the other. Glens Falls has won nine of its last 10 games while Albany has three wins in its last four games. The Eagles and the Dutchmen are the only two PGCBL teams that have been nationally ranked this season.

*The red-hot Watertown Rams roll down Route 12 for a Friday night rumble with the Utica Brewers at Donovan Stadium. Watertown has won four-straight games and so far is undefeated (4-0) on this week’s “Fair Trip” which includes seven games away from home in seven days. The last time the Rams traveled to Donovan Stadium, the Brewers pulled off a 4-3 victory to end Watertown’s seven-game winning streak. Utica is 2-0 against Watertown at the Donovan Stadium diamond this season. The Watertown franchise has not won a game in the City of Utica since 2004. The Silver and Black have scored 32 runs this week and blew away Cooperstown with a 16-5 aggregate on Thursday. Utica ended a five-game skid with a doubleheader split on Thursday in Boonville. Utica’s 14 hits in yesterday’s night cap were the most for the team since totaling 16 in a 12-8 win at Watertown on June 21. The Brewers lead the season series with the Rams, 3-1.

*Another hot PGCBL side is Elmira. Matt Burch’s Pioneers have won five of their last six with a lone blemish to division-leading Watertown. The Pioneers take their act on the road tonight to face off Newark for the third time this week. The Pioneers eeked out a 3-2 win over the Pilots at Colburn Park on Tuesday and then four different Elmira pitchers combined to spin a shutout in a 4-0 triumph against the Pilots last night in the first game of a home-and-series. Elmira’s current 5-1 stretch has it over .500 for the first time since June 19. Pio pitchers have conceded 14 runs in the last six games while during that same time, the offense has scored over five runs per contest. Elmira leads the season series, 6-1. Newark has lost its last four games. The Pilots recorded just three hits on Thursday night; it was their second-lowest total of the season. Newark pitchers have compiled a respectable 4.03 team earned run average but the offense has scored 120 runs in 30 games for an average of four runs per game – the lowest total in the league.

*The rain and the sogginess in the Mohawk Valley have subsided and finally the region is drying out. That’s good news for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs who return home to Vet’s Park tonight to entertain the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. This will be just the second meeting of the season between the two sides; the Hawkeyes traveled to Little Falls on June 18 and came away with a 10-3 victory. Next week, Mohawk Valley travels to Cooperstown for a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader. The Dawgs have dropped two in a row though both defeats were at the hands of the nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Mohawk Valley is 5-8 at home this season; last years’ playoff team went 11-11 in Little Falls. Dalton Herrington (ULM), Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) and Willie Shaw (W&M) are all batting above .300 for the Dawgs though no other regular swinger is hitting .270 or higher. The Hawkeyes roll into Little Falls on a seven-game losing streak. Cooperstown is 2-8 in its last 10 completed games and has not won since a July 3 shutout victory at home versus Elmira. Hawkeye pitchers have conceded at least four runs in six of their last seven games. The Otsegans have won their last two games against the DiamondDawgs dating back to last year.

*A crossover game between Amsterdam and Adirondack at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville completes a look at tonight’s schedule. Expect the big boppers to be out – Amsterdam and Adirondack are the top two teams in the league in long balls. Adirondack has 27 home runs in 30 games while Amsterdam has launched 25 belts in 30 games. The Mohawks also lead the league in batting average (.285) and are second in runs scored (175). Adirondack has scored 115 runs in 16 home games – an average of over seven runs per game. Amsterdam leads the season series, 2-1. The Mohawks won the last game between the two teams, 17-7, on June 18 in Boonville. The road team has won two of three games in the season series. Overall, Adirondack is 7-9 at home while Amsterdam is 6-7 on the road.

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