PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 17, 2013

The Watertown Rams celebrating last night's walk-off win over Adirondack. Photo courtesy Warren Shelmdine

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Last Night’s Scores
Albany 5 Elmira 1
Amsterdam 2 Mohawk Valley 1 (10)
Cooperstown 17 Newark 7
Glens Falls 7 Utica 5
Watertown 4 Adirondack 3 (14)

Tonight’s Games
Mohawk Valley at Cooperstown (DH), 4:15 PM
Albany at Adirondack (DH), 4:30 PM
Utica at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Newark at Elmira, 7:05 PM
Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM

*We are officially one week away from the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game. The game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 24, at Colburn Park in Newark, N.Y. Last year’s All-Star Game was held at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park. Team Griffin defeated Team Ebright, 4-0.

*Not including today, there are 14 days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season.

*Two weeks from today, the 2013 PGCBL regular season will conclude. The final day of the regular season will include a non-traditional doubleheader between Glens Falls and Albany at East Field in Glens Falls as well as Amsterdam at Cooperstown, Utica at Watertown, Newark at Mohawk Valley and Adirondack at Elmira.

*Two of last night’s five games went into extra innings. It marked the second time this season that two games on the same day went into extra innings. The last time it happened was July 6. That day, Newark edged out Cooperstown, 2-1, in 11 innings and Elmira beat Watertown, 5-4, on a Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) walk-off hit in nine innings. However, last night did mark the first time this season that two nine-inning games went into extra innings.

*Watertown and Glens Falls both became the first two teams to reach 20 wins. Technically, Glens Falls recorded its 20th win first since Watertown was still playing at the time though at the end of the night, both teams had 20 victories. Last summer, Amsterdam notched win number 20 on July 2. The Mohawks were also the first team to 20 victories in 2011.

*Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) became the latest player to join this year’s PGCBL walk-off list. Allen’s RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning propelled Watertown to a 4-3 win over Adirondack. Watertown has two walk-off wins this season and last night’s victory was the 15th overall in the league this season. Both of Watertown’s walk-off wins have been in extra innings.

*The walk-off hit for Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) in the 14th inning of last night’s Adirondack-Watertown game came as redemption for the Sackets Harbor, N.Y., native. Allen batted in the 11th inning with two outs and runners on second and third. The rising sophomore from St. John Fisher College popped out to end the inning. His next at-bat came with runners on second and third and no outs in the 14th. Allen wasn’t even in Watertown’s starting line-up for the game. He entered as a pinch runner for Tyler Decker (Jefferson C.C.) in the eighth inning.

*The Watertown bullpen was tremendous in Tuesday’s win over Adirondack. Relievers Tanner Rahauser (Millersville), Jake Welch (Jefferson C.C.) and Daniel Reitzler (San Diego) combined to pitch six scoreless innings. The trio allowed just two hits and struck out six. Welch, a 6-foot-5 reliever, tossed four shutout frames and struck out five of the 13 batters he faced. Welch was matched by Adirondack’s Spencer Bivens (Louisburg), a 6-foot-4 hurler from State College, Pa. Bivens spun four scoreless stanzas for the Trail Blazers.

*Watertown’s Jake Jenkins (Pacific) has pitched a combined 17.0 innings in his last two starts. The rising sophomore from the University of the Pacific went the distance in a complete game win over Newark last week at Colburn Park. It was the first nine-inning complete game compiled by a PGCBL pitcher this season. Tuesday, Jenkins logged eight frames against Adirondack and conceded one earned run. Overall this summer, the conference starter from the Big West is 2-1 with a 3.51 earned run average in 41.0 innings pitched.

*Tanner Rahauser (Millersville) made his return to the mound last night for Watertown. Rahauser was released by the Rams in mid-June when an apparent shoulder injury suffered during a pre-game warm-up was thought to have ended his summer. Rahauser returned home however the injury was not as severe as originally thought and he was given a clean bill of health. The Enola, Pa., native re-signed with the Rams last week and made his first appearance back last night against Adirondack. He pitched a scoreless ninth.

*Just one player this summer, Josh Anderson (Florida International) of Glens Falls, has recorded five hits in a single game. Tuesday night, Watertown’s Trevor Marino (VCU) reached base five times in seven total plate appearances against Adirondack. Marino walked three times and singled twice.

*Adirondack had 13 hits on Tuesday night at Watertown however fell, 4-3, in extra innings. The loss was Adirondack’s first when recording double-digit hits since June 26. The loss ended a seven-game win streak when posting at least 10 hits.

*Watertown’s last two games have been decided by 4-3 scores. The Rams have given up exactly three runs in three-straight games.

*While Watertown’s bullpen was strong down the stretch against Adirondack, Amsterdam’s bullpen was just as good against Mohawk Valley on Tuesday night in Little Falls. Relievers Zach Quayle (Ave Maria), Logan Fullmer (Maine), Chris Kalica (Schenectady County C.C.) and Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) combined to pitch 7.1 scoreless innings. The foursome struck out seven, yielded three hits and faced just four men over the minimum.

*Amsterdam’s 2-1 win over Mohawk Valley could have turned out a little differently had either team been able to cash in on late changes. Amsterdam loaded the bases in the eighth with two outs but MV’s Tyler Bray (ULM) induced a ground ball that turned into an inning-ending fielders’ choice.  The DiamondDawgs stranded runners on first and second against Amsterdam’s Chris Kalica (Schenectady C.C.) in the ninth. Amsterdam broke through in the 10th on John Nogowski’s (Florida State) two-out RBI single but left two runners aboard. Mohawk Valley’s Matt Zanotta (Bryant) drilled a lead-off double in the bottom of the 10th but Amsterdam closer Mike Urbanski stranded Zanotta on third to end the game.

*Despite playing 10 innings, Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley combined for just nine hits. The Mohawks managed five while the DiamondDawgs connected on four. Amsterdam’s Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) and John Nogowski (Florida State) each had two hits.

*Amsterdam has two 10-inning wins over Mohawk Valley at Veterans Memorial Park this summer. In both games, John Nogowski (Florida State) broke an extra-inning tie with an RBI single. Nogowski’s eventual game-winning base hit last night came with two outs in the 10th. Over the last two years, Amsterdam has beaten Mohawk Valley three times in 10 innings at the Vet.

*The Mohawks are 12-2 when allowing three runs or less.

*Mohawk Valley’s Gavin Culpepper (Southeastern Louisiana) likely deserved a better fate on Tuesday night. The Dawgs starter allowed one run on three hits over 7.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Culpepper faced six men over the minimum. He left in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied, 1-1.

*Another strong starting pitching performance on Tuesday night was recorded by Albany’s Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley C.C.). Gallup pitched seven innings and limited Elmira to one run on eight hits in a 5-1 victory. Gallup walked two, struck out one and induced 14 ground-ball outs. Gallup scattered eight Elmira hits and forced the Pioneers to leave 10 men on base.

*Albany third baseman Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and first baseman Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) were very active on Tuesday night. Suseck totaled 12 defensive chances at third base for the Dutchmen. He recorded a league season high 11 assists and also had one error. Dacey was flawless in 14 total chances at first base.

*The bottom and the very top of Nick Davey’s Albany line-up card accounted for all of the damage in Albany’s 5-1 win over Elmira. Batters seven through nine – Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State), Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) and Tyler Orris (Millersville) as well as lead-off swinger Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) combined to go 9-for-14 with five RBI and three runs scored. Marks topped the group with three hits and two RBI. Nethaway also drove in two runs and Armstrong scored two runs.

*Cooperstown tied a franchise record in the PGCBL era and set a season high with 17 runs in Tuesday’s 17-7 win over Newark. The Hawkeyes scored 17 runs last season in a wild 17-15 win over Cooperstown that took two days to complete and spanned two different fields. The 17 total runs by the Hawkeyes are the most scored by the team on the road in the PGCBL era. The previous high was 14 at Newark in 2011.

*Cooperstown’s Cameron Day (Norfolk State) turned in the best performance by any league hitter on Tuesday. Day went 4-for-6 with six RBI and two runs scored. He became the third league player this season to compile six RBI in a single game (Jordan Ebert, Amsterdam/Landon Thibodeaux, Mohawk Valley). Day drove in Cooperstown’s first run on a fielders’ choice in the first and then he socked a two-run single to cap off a three-score second. Day posted back-to-back RBI singles in his next two at-bats and then drilled an RBI double down the left field line in the ninth.

*Breaking down Cooperstown’s offensive outburst, the Hawkeyes scored at least one run in six of nine overall at-bats. The Hawkeyes also tied a league single-game season high with 20 hits. Six Hawkeyes scored multiple runs and seven had multiple-hit games. Ben Hall (Central Alabama), Adam Mund (Albany) and Nate Lotze (Kenyon) each scored three times for Cooperstown. Cameron Day (Norfolk State) paced the Hawkeyes with four hits; Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) and Adam Mund had three hits each. All nine Hawkeyes had at least one hit, eight of nine scored at least one run and six of nine had one RBI.

*Newark’s Chad Adams (Saint Rose) continued his recent tear at home for the Pilots on Tuesday. Adams, who accounted for all three runs in a Sunday win over Adirondack, went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. He was one of two Pilots with multiple hits and he was one of two to score two runs.

*Cooperstown averaged more than six at-bats per inning on Tuesday at Newark. The Hawkeyes had 45 total at-bats and 53 plate appearances.

*Glens Falls lead-off batter Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) and number-two hitter Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) propelled the Golden Eagles to a Tuesday night win at Utica. Each had two hits and scored twice for the Green and Gold. With the game tied, 4-4, in the seventh, DeGallier led off with a single and he moved to third on a Ramirez double. A passed ball scored DeGallier with the go-ahead run for the Green and Gold and then Ramirez dashed home on a Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) ground out. DeGallier added an insurance run for the Eagles in the eighth when he beat out a potential double play to force home Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) on a fielders’ choice.

*The Brewers out-hit the Golden Eagles, 13-8, on Tuesday night. Five Utica players had multiple-hit games. K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) went 3-for-5 with one run scored. Michael McClellan (Ga. Southern), Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Ryan Valdes (Florida State) and Chase Livingston (Rhode Island) all had two hits.

*Glens Falls closer Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) finished out the Eagles’ 20th win with a six-out save, though the win was not without drama. Eckelman stranded a runner on base in the eighth and then yielded a one-out double to K’Shawn Smith (Stetson) in the ninth. Smith moved to third with one out on a single by Eric Garza (TCU 2013-14). Eckelman doused the flames of a rally immediately as he dialed up a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

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*Amsterdam’s Trey Wingenter (Auburn) spent the majority of his high school career as a catcher at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala. He was converted into a pitcher by the Atlanta Blue Jays during the summer prior to his senior season. Wingenter signed with Auburn University as a senior.  He compiled a tremendous senior season on the mound. The former catcher went 9-0 with a 0.47 earned run average and 114 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched. He was named the All-Area Pitcher of the Year by the Huntsville Times and was slotted to the Alabama 6A All-State first team.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
 *Wednesday’s wall-to-wall action begins in Cooperstown with a doubleheader at Doubleday Field where the Cooperstown Hawkeyes return home for the first time in nearly a week to host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Hawkeyes are flying high following a 17-run explosion at Newark on Tuesday night that helped end a nine-game losing streak. Cooperstown teams have traditionally played their best baseball at home; seven of Cooperstown’s 12 wins have come at the “Birthplace of Baseball.” Wednesday’s doubleheader is one of many the Hawkeyes have over the final two weeks of the regular season, Cooperstown will play a non-traditional twin bill on Friday with Albany and then the Hawkeyes have another doubleheader scheduled for Sunday at Elmira. Mohawk Valley’s loss last night to Amsterdam dropped the Dawgs into fourth place in the division, a half-game out of the final playoff spot. The season series between the two teams is tied, 1-1. Cooperstown pounded Mohawk Valley, 10-3, on June 18 and Mohawk Valley punched back with an 8-1 triumph last week. Mohawk Valley’s last two trips to Cooperstown have involved doubleheaders.

*Another twin bill takes place at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville where the Adirondack Trail Blazers host the Albany Dutchmen beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Dutchmen trail first-place Glens Falls in the PGCBL East by a half-game which Adirondack is involved in a three-way tie with Newark and Utica for the third and final playoff spot in the PGCBL West. This will be Albany’s first-ever trip to Boonville. An earlier visit this season was postponed due to rain. While Nick Davey’s Dutchmen have been one of the top teams in the league, Adirondack has been a thorn in Albany’s side. The Blazers beat the Dutchmen, 8-7, in 10 innings on June 27 and then returned to spoil Albany’s “Pink Game” with a 6-4 victory on July 6. Albany is 8-6 away from home this season; two of those wins came in a road doubleheader sweep at Utica last week. Nine of Adirondack’s 14 overall wins have come at home; the Blazers scored have scored at least four runs in six of their last seven home games.

*The Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Amsterdam Mohawks renew their near 10-year-long rivalry tonight at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park. Last year’s PGCBL Championship Series participants are first and second in the league in victories; third-place Amsterdam trails division-leading Glens Falls by two games. The Golden Eagles have two games at hand. Since last year’s playoffs, the Green and Gold has had the Tribe’s number. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 against the Mohawks this season. Starting pitcher Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) has recorded two of those four wins for Glens Falls. The Eagles have won three-straight in the season series and are undefeated in two previous trips to Shuttleworth Park. This will be the first game between the two teams since July 3, a 4-3 Glens Falls victory in the Rug City. The Mohawks are 3-1 in their last four home games.

*Another PGCBL rivalry resumes tonight at Dunn Field in Elmira when the Elmira Pioneers tangle with the Newark Pilots. Last week, the Pioneers and Pilots clashed three times in four days; Elmira took two of the three but Newark ended the week with a 16-1 pounding of Elmira at Colburn Park. Overall, the second-place Pios lead the season series, 6-2. Both teams have won on the road and at home in the season series – Newark bested Elmira, 2-1, in the first game of a Dunn doubleheader on June 21 and Elmira has won three times in Wayne County. Newark’s 16-1 victory on July 12 ended a five-game losing streak in the series. Both teams enter into tonight’s game coming off of losses; Newark fell at home to Cooperstown, 17-7, on Tuesday night while Elmira bused to Albany and came back with a 5-1 defeat. Mike Armstrong’s Pilots are 3-2 in their last five games while Matt Burch’s Pioneers are 1-3 in their last four games.

*PGCBL West foes Watertown and Utica close out the Wednesday night schedule in the North County at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Much like Adirondack to Albany, Utica has been a thorn in the side of the division-leading Rams. The Brewers are 4-1 against the Rams this season; all four wins have been in a row and Watertown has not beaten Utica since June 9. The Brewers belted the Rams, 11-4, in their last meeting on July 12 at Donovan Stadium. Watertown has gone winless in Utica while the Brewers triumphed, 12-8, in their last visit to the Duffy Dome. The streaking Rams are 15-5 since beginning the season 5-10. The Rams boast the league’s best record at home – 10-3. Meanwhile, the Sons of Saranac are 2-8 in their last 10 games with wins over division foes Watertown and Utica. The last two wins for the Uticans have come when the team has reached double digits in runs. Overall, the Brewers are 5-1 when scoring at least 10. The Beer Makers put 12 in their last visit to Watertown.

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