PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 18, 2013

Albany's Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) drove in five runs yesterday against the Adirondack Trail Blazers.Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

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Last Night’s Scores
Albany 19 Adirondack 1 (Game 1)
Adirondack 5 Albany 4 (Game 2)
Mohawk Valley 8 Cooperstown 4 (Game 1)
Cooperstown 4 Mohawk Valley 2 (4) (Game 2, Suspended)
Watertown 5 Utica 2
Elmira 8 Newark 2
Amsterdam 7 Glens Falls 6

Tonight’s Games
Glens Falls at Cooperstown, 5:00 PM

*Heading into today’s action, the Watertown Rams lead the league with 21 wins. Watertown is having its best season since 2006 when the team finished 25-17 overall as a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The franchise record for single-season victories is 28 which was set in 2005. That year, Watertown advanced to the NYCBL Championship Series.

*Another day, another walk-off win in the PGCBL. Amsterdam picked up its third walk-off win of the season on Wednesday night at home against rival Glens Falls. Dylan Smith (Auburn) scored the winning run for the Tribe on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. Smith has been involved in two of Amsterdam’s three walk-off wins this season. Last week, he smashed a walk-off single off the Chain Monster in left field to give the Mohawks a victory over the Albany Dutchmen in a resumed game. The defending league champions are second in the PGCBL this season with three walk-off victories.

*Albany became the third PGCBL team this summer to score 10 runs in a single inning; Newark and Adirondack are the other two. The Dutchmen marched off 10 runs on six hits and one error in the fourth inning of yesterday’s first game at Adirondack. Albany nearly batted around twice as the Dutchmen sent 14 batters up to the plate. Tyler Orris (Millersville) drove in three runs during the inning; he capped off the frame with a two-RBI single. Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) had the big belt of the rally with a three-run home run. Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) also drove in one run apiece during the inning. Brian Ruhm (UC Davis), Chris Bianchi (Trinity, Texas) and Joe Purritano all scored two runs each.

*The Dutchmen set a franchise single-game record for runs scored with 19 in Tuesday’s opener. The previous mark was 15 which was set last year in a 17-15 loss to the Cooperstown Hawkeye. Albany scored 19 runs on 16 hits. Twelve different players batted for Albany in the game and 11 had at least one hit. Ten players scored at least one run and seven had at least one RBI. Albany took advantage of 16 total hits and nine walks issued by Adirondack pitchers. Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) had a game high three hits and five RBI; he finished 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. Teddy Cillis (UNC Wilmington 2013-14) entered as a reserve and went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and two runs scored. Bradley Noland (North Alabama) scored three runs to lead eight players with multi-run games. Tyler Orris (Millersville) drove in three runs and scored twice.

*Joe Purritano (Dartmouth), Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State) and Teddy Cillis (UNC Wilmington 2013-14) all mashed home runs for Albany in the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Adirondack. The Dutchmen nearly doubled their home run output for the season. Albany entered the Wednesday matinee with five home runs which was tied for fewest in the league with Utica.

*Bryan Carr (Saint Rose) of the Dutchmen quietly turned in a stellar start for the Dutchmen in their win at Adirondack on Wednesday. Carr slung a four-hit shutout over five innings, walked one and struck out two.

*Adirondack’s Chris Rheaume (Ave Maria) powered the Trail Blazers to a victory over the Dutchmen in the night cap of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Rheaume provided a rare two-way threat for the Blazers at the plate and on the mound. Rheaume started at designated hitter in the game. He gave the home side a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The 6-foot-3 southpaw moved to the mound in the sixth inning. He conceded back-to-back singles which allowed Albany to amass a 4-2 lead however he stranded two runners on base to end the inning. Rheaume got both runs back for the Boonville Blazers in the home half of the sixth when he ripped a two-run double into right field. The next batter, Alex Simone (West Alabama) gave the Trail Blazers a 5-4 lead. Rheaume stranded two more Albany runners on base to end the game.

*Over the course of the last week, Alex Simone (West Alabama) has been directly involved in three Adirondack victories. Last Friday night, Simone swatted a three-run home run in a 3-2 triumph over Amsterdam at the Smith Sports Complex. The next day, Simone raced home on a Shane Allen (Northeastern) base hit to score the winning run in a walk-off victory over Newark. Wednesday night, it was Simone’s RBI single in the sixth inning that lifted the Blazers to a 5-4 victory.

*Adirondack won three of four games in the regular season series with Albany. All three of Adirondack’s wins came in games decided by two runs or less. The Blazers beat the Dutchmen, 8-7, in 10 innings on June 27. A little less than two weeks later, Adirondack came away with a 6-4 win over the Dutchmen to spoil Albany’s “Pink Game.” Wednesday, the Trail Blazers bounced back from an a defeat in the opening game of a doubleheader with Albany to post another one-run run.

*Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) made his first start of the summer for Adirondack in the night cap of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Bartley, the closer for the Blazers, turned in a strong performance over 5.2 innings. The rising senior from Shipp slowed the Albany bats through the first five innings as he yielded just one run on five hits and struck out four. He was charged with three unearned runs in the third though a one-out error doomed the Blazers in the inning. For the summer, Bartley is 1-1 with four saves and a 1.50 earned run average. He has 21 strikeouts in 18.0 innings and a .216 opponents’ batting average.

*The Trail Blazers are 12-5 this season when posting at least 10 hits.

*Both Watertown’s Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) and Newark’s Josh Ludwig (Rochester) registered two hits on Wednesday night – a double and a triple.

*Newark’s Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) and Elmira’s Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) dueled on the Dunn Field mound for six innings on Wednesday. Sanders, who is among the league’s leaders in earned run average, pitched six innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. He walked none and struck out three. Sanders conceded two runs in the first inning and then he blanked the Pioneers for the next five frames. Henderson allowed single scores in the first and second innings. He yielded two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two. Henderson retired the final seven men he faced between the fourth and sixth innings.

*Dave Hoffmann (Siena), Colby Gee (Ithaca) and Frankie Navarrete (Samford) combined to drive in seven of Elmira’s eight runs on Wednesday. Hoffmann, the fifth batter for the Pioneers, and Gee, the sixth, connected on back-to-back RBI singles in the first to spot the home side a 2-0 lead. In a six-run seventh, Hoffman broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI fielders’ choice and then Gee immediately followed with a single that plated Elmira’s fourth score. Later in the inning, Frankie Navarrete launched a three-run triple into center field.

*Mohawk Valley stole five bases on Wednesday afternoon at Cooperstown. The DiamondDawgs lead the league with 88 stolen bases on 113 attempts. Last season, Mohawk Valley stole 103 bases in 46 games. The next closest team to Mohawk Valley in the stolen base category is Albany with 69 steals. Interestingly, Mohawk Valley has also allowed the fewest steals – 37 – of any league team.

*Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) doubled his pleasure in a Wednesday win at Cooperstown. Thibodeaux doubled three times in four at-bats.  Thibodeaux dinged a two-run double as part of a three-run first. He returned to the plate in the third and smacked a one-out double. Thibodeaux made it 3-for-3 in terms of doubles in the fifth when he roped a lead-off double. He was finally retired on a fly out to center field in the seventh. The Delta State-bound infielder/outfielder leads the DiamondDawgs with 11 doubles.

*Trey Hunt III (Point Loma Nazarene) and Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) formed a reliable two-man team on Wednesday afternoon for Mohawk Valley. Hunt drove in Rodrigue three times in an 8-4 victory.   Hunt plated Rodrigue with an RBI single in the third and then again in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. The pair hooked up one more time in the seventh inning when Rodrigue dashed home on a two-out Hunt double.

*Wednesday night’s game in Watertown could have read – Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) 3, Utica Brewers 2. Watertown rode a three-run double by Lopez in the fourth inning to a 5-2 win. The Rams led the Brewers, 1-0, through three innings. The home side loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. Lopez, Watertown’s RBI leader, cleared the bases with a three-run double to give Watertown a 4-0 lead. Lopez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. He is first on the Rams with 24 RBI.

*Watertown improved to 11-3 overall at home with Wednesday night’s win over Utica. Watertown has the best home record in the PGCBL.

*Amsterdam’s Rich Vrana (Marist) moved into a tie for second place in the league with his fourth victory on Wednesday night. Vrana chucked a scoreless ninth against Glens Falls and earned the winning decision when Amsterdam walked off with a victory in the home half of the frame. Vrana, a lefty reliever for the Tribe, has three wins over the last 10 days. He went nearly a month between his first and second wins.

*The UK tandem of Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) and Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) shined in Wednesday night’s Amsterdam win over Glens Falls. Barrett started in center field for the Tribe. He went 4-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and three stolen bases. Barrett was UK’s leading hitter in the spring as a true freshman. Dwyer was the starting hilltopper for the Mohawks. He struck out seven over 4.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits. Dwyer was saddled with a no-decision,  he left with a 4-2 lead.

*For the week, Amsterdam’s John Nogowski (Florida State) is batting .444 (4-for-9) with three RBI. Nogowski served up an RBI single in the 10th inning of Amsterdam’s 2-1 Tuesday night win over Mohawk Valley. He finished the game 2-for-4. Wednesday, Nogowski smashed a two-run double in the fifth inning to give the Mohawks a 6-2 lead. The Tallahassee, Fla., native, a former PGCBL Player of the Week, leads the Mohawks with a .385 batting average which is the second-highest among qualifying hitters in the league.

*Glens Falls rallied from a 6-2 deficit to a force a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning. The Golden Eagles trailed, 6-2, through six innings at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park. The Eagles rose from the ashes in the seventh inning and loaded the bases to start the frame with three-straight hits, the third of which was a bunt single by Justin McAllister (Yavapai). The next batter, Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) ripped a double down the left-field line that scored two runs. The ball bounced out of play which halted McAllister at third and Gladu at second. Later in the inning with one out, Buddy Putnam (South Florida) roped a double into left-center field that scored both Gladu and McAllister to tie the game. The Eagles finished the inning with four runs on five hits.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…

*Watertown corner infielder Tyler Decker (Jefferson C.C.) finished the spring ranked fourth among all NJCAA Division III hitters with 60 RBI. The sophomore from Adams, N.Y. was among the top 10 nationally in RBI, triples (six), slugging percentage (.678) and total bases (99). Decker finished his JCC career with 107 hits, 102 RBI and a .368 batting average. This past spring, Decker hit for the cycle in a game against NCJAA Division II powerhouse Monroe Comm. College on the same day that former Watertown outfielder Patrick Puentes (Holy Cross) also hit for a cycle.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*The only scheduled game of the night sees the nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles traveling to the “Birthplace of Baseball” to take on the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The Golden Eagles, in the midst of a 1-4 slide, find themselves now tied for first place in the PGCBL East with the Albany Dutchmen. The last five games for the Green and Gold have all been decided by two runs or less – all four losses were by one run while the win was by two runs at Utica on Tuesday night. Despite a recent losing skid, the Eagles are 12-7 on the road overall. Cooperstown has gone undefeated (2-0) against Glens Falls this season. The Hawkeyes doubled up the Eagles, 6-3, on June 12 at Doubleday Field and then put together a 5-3 win at East Field about two weeks later. Cooperstown pitchers have yielded at least seven runs in seven-straight games. However, the Hawkeye offense has pushed across 21 runs in two games this week. 

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