PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 16, 2013

Newark's Chad Adams (Saint Rose) smacked a two-run single in the sixth inning on Sunday to help the Pilots edge the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 3-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. Photo courtesy Steve Plopper/Newark Pilots

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Sunday Night’s Scores
Newark 3 Adirondack 1 (Game 1)
Newark 7 Adirondack 0 (Game 2)
Mohawk Valley 3 Albany 2 (Game 1)
Mohawk Valley 4 Albany 0 (Game 2)
Elmira 3 Utica 2
Watertown 4 Glens Falls 3
Amsterdam 7 Cooperstown 2

Last Night’s Scores

No games scheduled

Tonight’s Games

Glens Falls at Utica, 7:00 PM
Adirondack at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Elmira at Albany, 7:05 PM
Cooperstown at Newark, 7:15 PM

*Congratulations to all of the players selected to compete in the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game. The All-Star Game is scheduled to be played one week from tomorrow at Newark’s Colburn Park. There will also be a Home Run Derby prior to the game. Participants for the Home Run Derby will be announced at a later date. Last year, Cooperstown’s Tyler Mautner (Buffalo) won the Home Run Derby. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American this spring.

*All-Star selections by team…Glens Falls – 7, Amsterdam – 7, Newark – 7, Mohawk Valley – 6, Adirondack – 6, Albany – 5, Elmira – 5, Utica – 4, Watertown – 4, Cooperstown - 3

*More congratulations go out to this week’s PGCBL Player of the Week Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Pitcher of the Week Jared Dye (ULM), both of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Mohawk Valley is the first team to sweep the weekly awards this season and the DiamondDawgs are the only team in the three-year history of the league to sweep the weekly awards. Last year’s “Week 5” award winners were also both from Mohawk Valley – Player of the Week Chris Cruz (Cornell) and Pitcher of the Week Jesse Buratt (SE Louisiana).

*Mohawk Valley’s Jared Dye (ULM) and Dalton Herrington (ULM) are the first collegiate teammates to sweep the PGCBL weekly awards.

*Perfect Game USA has released its latest Summer Top 30 national rankings. The Glens Falls Golden Eagles are nationally ranked for the third week in a row. The Golden Eagles are listed at number 26 in the newest Summer Top 30 which was released on Monday afternoon. The Albany Dutchmen were mentioned among the teams also receiving consideration.

*Records from last week…Albany (6-2), Watertown (5-2), Mohawk Valley (4-2), Amsterdam (3-2), Elmira (3-2), Adirondack (4-4), Newark (3-4), Glens Falls (2-3), Utica (2-6) and Cooperstown (0-6).

*Mohawk Valley’s Jared Dye (ULM) tied a PGCBL single-game season high with 13 strikeouts in Sunday’s win over Albany at Vet’s Park. Dye is one of two PGCBL pitchers to record 13 strikeouts this season. Watertown’s Brett Brown (Lamar) struck out 13 on Opening Night against Adirondack. Dye is one of five PGCBL pitchers to strike out at least 13 batters in a game in the league's three-year history. The league record for single-game strikeouts is 15 and that was set last summer by Mohawk Valley’s Joe Michaud.

*Jared Dye (ULM) outlasted a strong field of contenders to claim the Pitcher of the Week award. Mohawk Valley teammate Willie Shaw (W&M) threw a complete game four-hit shutout in the night cap of Sunday’s doubleheader sweep against Albany. Elmira starting pitcher Victor Diaz (Old Dominion) went 1-0 in two starts with a 0.82 earned run average. Diaz conceded four hits, struck out nine and compiled a .108 opponents’ batting average. Albany’s Sean Spicer (Baylor) cobbled together a 0.75 earned run average in two starts and struck out nine in 11.0 innings pitched. Newark’s Ryan Gray (Trinity, Texas) threw a complete game three-hit  shutout and struck out nine against Adirondack on Sunday night. Albany’s Dylan Collett (Keene State) threw a three-hitter over eight innings in a win against Watertown and he finished the week with a 1.00 ERA in two appearances with nine total frames tossed. 

*Among solid relief efforts from last week – Amsterdam’s Rich Vrana (Marist) went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 6.1 innings. Vrana struck out nine, walked none and yielded three hits. Teammate Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) conceded one hit in 3.1 innings and struck out five. Watertown’s Logan Grant (Creighton) racked up two wins and a 0.00 ERA in 4.2 innings. Tyler Bray (ULM) of Mohawk Valley struck out nine and converted one save in three appearances. Elmira’s Parker Curry (Samford) led all relievers with two saves.

*Player of the Week Dalton Herrington (ULM) of Mohawk Valley led all PGCBL swingers in batting average (.524) and overall hits (11). Utica’s Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern) drove in seven runs. Watertown’s Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) and Trevor Marino (VCU) as well as Adirondack’s Dominic Fazio (High Point) all had six RBI. Utica’s Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) scored eight runs. Adirondack’s Luke Emling (Villanova) and Dominic Fazio each hit two home runs as did Watertown’s Dale Irving (Central Florida).

*Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) had a strong all-around week in five games for the nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles. DeGallier batted .471 (8-for-17) with five runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, two triples and 14 total bases. He compiled an .824 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) also continued to swing a hot bat. The league’s leader in batting average recorded 10 hits in eight games for a .455 batting average.

*Other numbers from last week…Adirondack hit seven home runs and allowed just two…Elmira accrued a winning record (3-2) but scored just 14 runs in five games…Glens Falls compiled a 2.23 team earned run average. The Eagles allowed 13 runs and scored 18 but went 2-3.

*Breaking down Jared Dye’s (ULM) 13-strikeout game for Mohawk Valley. Dye struck out at least one batter in all seven innings and struck out multiple batters in an inning five times. Dye ended four different innings with a strikeout. The rising senior at ULM began the game with a strikeout and ended it with a strikeout. He recorded two of his 13 strikeouts in the seventh inning.

*Mohawk Valley’s Willie Shaw (W&M) did not pitch in the spring at William & Mary. Shaw was utilized as a corner infielder and appeared in 60+ games for a Tribe team that qualified for the NCAA tournament. Shaw did pitch briefly at Golden West College in California as a sophomore before transferring to W&M. He started two games at Golden West and lasted at least eight innings in each. Sunday, Shaw spun a complete game four-hit shutout against Albany. He conceded one double each in the first and second innings and then did not allow another hit until the fifth.

*While Mohawk Valley’s Willie Shaw (W&M) pitched a complete game four-hit shutout in a doubleheader night cap against Albany, Newark’s Ryan Gray (Trinity, Texas) spun a complete game shutout and struck out nine in a 7-0 win over Adirondack in the second game of a doubleheader. Gray allowed a lead-off single in the first and did not allow another hit until the fifth. He two-hit Adirondack through six innings. Gray struck out the side in the fourth and at one point had four strikeouts in a row and five in six batters faced during that stretch.

*Ryan Gray (Trinity, Texas) of Newark and Willie Shaw (W&M) of Mohawk Valley became the second and third pitchers in the PGCBL this summer to record a complete game shutout in a seven-inning affair. Cooperstown’s Jonathan Chudy (Pace) tossed a complete game shutout in a 6-0 win over Elmira earlier this season. Overall, 11 complete game shutouts have been thrown in league history.

*Sunday was just the second time this season that two teams have won via shutout on the same day. It happened twice last week. Thursday, Watertown and Elmira each won games posted shutout wins.

*If the playoffs started today, here is how it would look…East 1) Glens Falls bye, 2) Albany vs. 3) Mohawk Valley. Glens Falls would meet the winner of a one-game playoff between Albany and Mohawk Valley in the divisional finals. West 1) Watertown bye, 2) Elmira vs. 3) Newark. Watertown would meet the winner of a one-game playoff between Elmira and Newark in the divisional finals.

*The sixth inning was the deciding point in Sunday’s first game between Mohawk Valley and Albany. The Dutchmen nearly broke a 1-1 tie in the top half of the frame. With two outs, Albany’s Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) doubled Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) over the third. Remillard attempted to score on a wild pitch but was out at the plate on a throw from catcher Mike Fischer (Columbia) to pitcher Jared Dye (ULM). Mohawk Valley broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs which proved to be the difference. The eventual winning run scored when Trey Hunt III (Point Loma Nazarene) successfully scampered home from third on a wild pitch.

*With Albany’s loss in the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Mohawk Valley, no PGCBL team has won more than seven games in a row this season. Watertown ran off a seven-game win streak between June 26 and July 2. No other team has been able to surpass that. Albany has posted a pair of six game winning streaks. Both Amsterdam and Glens Falls have had a six-game winning streak this season as well.

*Recent acquisition Chad Adams (Saint Rose) was the hero for Newark in its opening game victory (3-1) over Adirondack on Sunday evening at Colburn Park. Adams was recently signed as a middle infielder to play both shortstop and second base. Sunday, Adams scored Newark’s first run on a Max Rosing (Cortland State) RBI single in the fourth. He had reached on a one-out error. Adams returned to the plate in the sixth inning with two runners in scoring position and the game tied, 1-1. Adams singled into center field allowing both Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) and Josh Ludwig (Rochester) to score.

*Newark’s Josh Ludwig (Rochester) holds the longest active hitting streak in the PGCBL. Ludwig has had at least one hit in 10-straight games.

*Watertown pitchers Logan Grant (Creighton) and Matt Hennie (St. John’s) helped the Watertown Rams wiggle out of several bases-loaded jams in Sunday night’s win over Glens Falls at East Field. Grant relieved starter Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) in the fifth inning with two runners in scoring position and one out in a 2-2 game. The Brockville, Ont., native induced a ground out that kept both runners at their respective bases for the second out however he plunked Buddy Putnam (South Florida) to load the bases. Grant righted the ship however and induced an inning-ending ground out. A pair of walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for the Eagles in the ninth against Hennie with Watertown ahead, 4-2. A two-out throwing error allowed one run to score and kept the bases loaded. Just like Grant, Hennie followed up by inducing an inning ending ground out. Irvin, Grant and Hennie forced Glens Falls to strand 11 men on base.

*Watertown finished off its annual “Fair Trip” with a 5-2 record. It’s the best mark on the “Fair Trip” for the team since it went 4-4 in 2005. On the trip, the Rams recorded wins over Adirondack, Newark, Cooperstown (x2) and Glens Falls. Ten of Watertown’s 19 wins have been on the road.

*While other teams used a complete game effort in victories, Amsterdam’s mound quartet of Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.), Christian Bartholomew (Wake Forest), Chris Kalica (Schenectady County C.C.) and Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) combined on a three-hitter in a win over Cooperstown. Snyder struck out seven and conceded three hits over six innings. Two of the three hits he allowed came in the second when Cooperstown pushed across two unearned runs. Relievers Bartholomew, Kalica and Urbanski faced just three men each in one scoreless inning of relief. Amsterdam pitchers combined to retire 20 of Cooperstown’s final 22 batters allowing just two base runners on an error and a single.

*All seven Amsterdam runs on Sunday night were scored with two outs.

*The tail end of Sunday’s game between Utica and Elmira was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Elmira’s Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) put the Pioneers ahead, 2-1, in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. Utica immediately drew back even into a tie in the road seventh when Matt Hendricks (Rollins) singled home Ryan Valdes (Florida State). Elmira quickly surged back into the lead just after the seventh-inning stretch. Taylor Hillson (Mansfield 2013-14) singled with one out and moved Ray Navarrete (Samford) to third. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) then gave Elmira the lead back with an RBI single that scored Navarrete.

*Sunday’s Elmira-Utica game featured a strong pitchers’ duel through six innings between starters Monte Reese (Georgia Gwinett) of Utica and Victor Diaz (Old Dominion). Neither figured in the decision. Reese allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five. Elmira’s Diaz spun a three-hitter and struck out six through six innings. Diaz allowed one run in the first on back-to-back hits by Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) and Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern). He then retired the next 15 Utica batters in a row. Utica’s K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) broke up the streak with a one-out single in the sixth.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles was a two-time winner of the Glens Falls Post-Star High School Baseball Player of the Year Award (2009, 2011). Davis, a product of Queensbury High School, is one of three players to win the award twice. During his senior season at Queensbury, Davis went 8-1 with a 1.57 earned run average and 82 strikeouts in 58.0 innings pitched. At the plate, he batted .420 with four home runs, 28 RBI and eight doubles.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*A pair of second-place squads square off tonight in the Capital District at Bob Bellizzi Field as the Albany Dutchmen host the Elmira Pioneers. Albany held first-place over nationally-ranked Glens Falls by percentage points on Saturday night but dropped down to second following a Sunday road sweep at the hands of Mohawk Valley. Albany trails Glens Falls by a half-game in the PGCBL East and leads third-place Mohawk Valley by one game. Elmira has a solid hold on second place in the PGCBL West. The Pioneers are two games back of division-leading Watertown however they have a three-game lead on a trio of teams tied for third – Newark, Adirondack and Utica. The season series between the two teams is tied at one win apiece. The last time Elmira and Albany played, Elmira came away with a 4-1 victory at “The Bob” to halt Albany’s season-opening winning streak. The road team has won each game in the season series.

*The Mohawk River rivalry between Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley has intensified over the last few weeks as the Mohawks and DiamondDawgs have jockeyed for positioning in the PGCBL East standings. Heading into tonight’s game between the two teams in Little Falls, Mohawk Valley has a half-game lead on Amsterdam and the DiamondDawgs have three games at hand. The streaking DiamondDawgs have won four in a row and most recently swept former division leader Albany in a Sunday doubleheader at the Vet. Roberto Vaz’s team is also 6-1 in its last seven games at home, that includes a 9-3 win over Amsterdam and a pair of doubleheader sweeps of Albany and Adirondack. Amsterdam has won its last two games though the Mohawks have not won more than two in a row since a six-game win streak between June 22 and June 27. Amsterdam leads the season series, 3-2. The Mohawks have won twice already this season in Little Falls.

*North Country rivals Watertown and Adirondack meet tonight at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. The Rams spent all of last week playing on the road due to the 2013 Jefferson County Fair. The Rams went 5-2 on their annual “Fair Trip” and maintained their hold on first place in the PGCBL West. The Silver and Black opened their week-long road trip with a 12-5 comeback victory at Adirondack one week ago. The Trail Blazers were not able to hang on to a 5-1 lead and Watertown ripped off 11 unanswered runs. Watertown leads the overall season series, 5-2. The Rams have won the last four in the series and are undefeated at home versus the Trail Blazers. The Rams boast one of the best home records in the league at 9-3. Adirondack had a 7-2 hot streak snuffed out on Sunday at Newark as the Blazers were swept in a doubleheader. That said; Adirondack has won seven-straight games when recording double-digit hits.

*For the third time this season, the nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles head to Utica’s Donovan Stadium for a match-up with the Utica Brewers. The Golden Eagles lead the PGCBL East by a half-game over second-place Albany while Utica is currently locked in a three-way tie for third place in the PGCBL West. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten (4-0) against the Brewers this season and most recently shut out the Sons of Saranac, 4-0, on July 6 at East Field. In that game, Matt Portland (Northwestern) and Armand Rugel (Stonehill) combined on a three-hitter. Both teams enter into tonight’s game coming off of losses – Glens Falls has dropped three-games with losses to Albany and Watertown while Utica has fallen in two-straight games to Amsterdam and Elmira. The Golden Eagles boast 11 wins in 15 games on the road while the Brewers have recorded seven of their 11 wins inside the friendly confines of Donovan Stadium.

*Former division rivals and 2011 PGCBL West playoff teams Newark and Cooperstown complete tonight’s schedule at Newark’s Colburn Park. The Pilots are flying high after a doubleheader sweep of Adirondack at home on Sunday. Newark used the sweep to pull into a three-way tie for third place in the PGCBL West along with Adirondack and Utica. Mike Armstrong’s squad is 3-1 in its last four games with a lone defeat to Adirondack in extra innings. Cooperstown is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak; the Hawkeyes have not won since a 6-0 shutout victory over Elmira on July 3. The last time Newark and Cooperstown met, it took 11 innings to decide a winner in a great pitchers’ duel between Eann Cox (Black Hawk) and Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher).Scott Matthews (Wash., Md.) scored twice in that game, a 2-1 Newark victory. The Pilots are unbeaten at home against the Hawkeyes this year; Cooperstown’s last trip to Wayne County was on June 20 for a doubleheader. Newark won both ends of the doubleheader, 5-1 and 8-4.

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