PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 25, 2013

2013 PGCBL All-Star Game MVP Mike Fischer (Columbia) of Mohawk Valley. Photo courtesy Dan Hickling/Flickr

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Tuesday Night’s Scores
Elmira 4 Watertown 2 (Game 1)
Watertown 7 Elmira 3 (Game 2)
Utica 9 Adirondack 5

Last Night’s Scores
East 7 West 3 (PGCBL All-Star Game, Newark, N.Y.)

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

*Including today, there are seven days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. The final day of the regular season is Wednesday, July 31. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 2.

*Games played-games remaining…Adirondack (41-7), Albany (39-9), Amsterdam (40-8), Cooperstown (37-7), Elmira (39-8), Glens Falls (39-9), Mohawk Valley (37-8), Newark (40-8), Utica (35-9), Watertown (41-7).

*Due to the rain in the early portion of the schedule, there are 11 doubleheaders scheduled during the final week of the regular season. Glens Falls will play in four of those doubleheaders.

*If the playoffs started today…East – 1) Amsterdam, bye, 3) Glens Falls at 2) Mohawk Valley…West 1) Watertown, bye, 3) Newark at 2) Elmira. The top three teams in each division make the playoffs.

*All-time PGCBL All-Star Game MVPs – 2011 – Cullen Wacker (Auburn), Mohawk Valley, 2012 – Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall), Amsterdam, 2013 – Mike Fischer (Columbia), Mohawk Valley

*All-time PGCBL Home Run Derby winners – 2011 – Cullen Wacker (Auburn), Mohawk Valley, 2012 – Tyler Mautner (Buffalo), Cooperstown, 2013 – Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14), Albany

*All-time PGCBL All-Star Game starting pitchers – 2011 Nick Poslinelli (Saint Rose), Amsterdam/East vs. Dominick Ruscitti (Kutztown), Newark/West; 2012 Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky), Amsterdam/Team Griffin vs. David Sosebee (Georgia), Oneonta/Team Ebright; 2013 Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.), Amsterdam/East vs. Andrew Sanders (Ithaca) Newark/West

*All-time PGCBL All-Star Game Home Runs – 2011 – Cullen Wacker (Auburn), Mohawk Valley; David Olson (Tacoma C.C.), Glens Falls; Erick Gaylord (Campbell), Watertown…2012 – Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross), Watertown; Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall), Amsterdam…2013 – Mike Fischer (Columbia), Mohawk Valley; Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Utica.

*The last two PGCBL All-Star Games have been played on July 24. The three games have been played on three different days of the week. 2011 – Monday, 2012 – Tuesday, 2013 – Wednesday.

*In three years of the PGCBL All-Star Game, just two players have pitched and hit. In 2011, David Olson (Tacoma C.C.) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles was the starting designated hitter for the East. He went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Olson pitched the bottom of the eighth inning and held the West scoreless; he was the winning pitcher for the East. Wednesday night, Elmira’s Parker Curry (Samford) pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the West. He re-entered the game in the seventh at shortstop and played the final three innings.

*Seven sets of collegiate teammates played in the PGCBL All-Star Game – South Florida’s Buddy Putnam (Glens Falls) and Joe Adel (Watertown), Zach Hopf (Glens Falls) and James Smith (Glens Falls) of Saint Peter’s, Auburn’s Dylan Smith (Amsterdam) and Jay Gonzalez (Utica), Columbia's Mike Fischer (Mohawk Valley) and David Vandercook (Newark), Florida State’s John Sansone (Amsterdam) and John Nogowski (Amsterdam), ULM’s Tyler Bray (Mohawk Valley) and Dalton Herington (Mohawk Valley) and Villanova’s Bobby Slagle (Adirondack) and Luke Emling (Adirondack). Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) each played in the game for the East, the two were teammates in 2012 at LSU Eunice. South Florida’s Austin Lueck (Watertown) was selected due to the All-Star Game but did not play due to injury. Joe Moroney (Watertown) and Justin Protacio (Watertown) of Kansas were each selected to play in the game; Protacio was replaced however by Watertown's Collin Theroux (Nevada).

*In each of the last two years, the winning team in the PGCBL All-Star Game has held the losing team to just three hits. In 2012, nine pitchers for Team Griffin combined to toss a three-hit shutout. Wednesday, nine pitchers for the PGCBL East pitched a combined three-hitter.

*Amsterdam head coach Keith Griffin improved to 3-0 all-time in the PGCBL All-Star Game. Coach Griffin led the East to victories of 7-4 in 2011 and 7-3 in 2013. Team Griffin (named after Keith Griffin) won the All-Star Game in 2012 over Team Ebright.

*Several players in this year’s All-Star Game returned for their second All-Star appearance – Josh Anderson (Florida International) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles was an all-star in 2011. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) of the Albany Dutchmen and Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) were all-stars in 2012. Snyder was named to the All-Star Game in 2012 but did not pitch. He was the starting pitcher for the East on Wednesday night.

*Some quick hits from Tuesday’s games – Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a win over Adirondack. Pierson increased his batting average to .414. Pierson, who hit a home run in the All-Star Game, leads the league in batting average. Mohawk Valley’s Dalton Herrington (ULM) is in second place, .023 behind Pierson and Elmira’s Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) is in third, .004 back of Herrington.

*Adirondack’s Dominic Fazio (High Point) crushed the 33rd home run of the season for the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at Utica’s Donovan Stadium. Fazio’s three-run blast in the eighth inning was his fifth belt of the summer. Adirondack’s 33 home runs are four shy of Amsterdam’s league record 37 in 2011. The 33 home runs are the second-most by a PGCBL team over the last three years.

*Five players combined to drive in 12 of the 14 runs scored in Tuesday night’s game between Utica and Adirondack. Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State), Chase Livingston (Rhode Island) and Joe Gallub (Concordia, N.Y.) totaled seven RBI and plated seven of Utica’s nine runs. Livingston topped the Sons of Saranac with three RBI. Adirondack’s Bobby Slagle (Villanova) smashed a two-run double and Dominic Fazio (High Point) hammered a three-run home run to account for all five Trail Blazer tallies.

*The home team has won six of the seven games played in the season series between Utica and Adirondack. Each team has three victories at home, Utica holds the only win in the season series on the road – the win was part of a doubleheader split at the Smith Sports Complex on July 11.

*Watertown and Elmira have completed two doubleheaders this season and split both. Each time, the Pioneers won the opening game and then the Rams came back to triumph in the night cap.

*The first game of the Elmira-Watertown doubleheader on Tuesday featured an All-Big West pitching match-up as Elmira’s Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) opposed Watertown’s Jake Jenkins (Pacific). Jenkins picked up his first collegiate win against Henderson’s Aggies as part of a three-game conference series in mid-May. Tuesday night, it was Henderson’s Pioneers on the prevailing end of a 4-2 score. Other Big West players in the game included Elmira’s Ti DeMeo (UC Davis) and Watertown’s J.J. Wagner (Pacific).

*The Pioneers were powered by home runs on Tuesday night in Watertown. Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) clubbed a two-run clout in the sixth inning of the opening game. Ryan Plantier (Cornell) slugged a three-run swat in the first inning of the night cap.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Over two seasons at Rider University, Adirondack’s Mike Parsons has started 113 games. The Liverpool, N.Y., played in all 56 of Rider’s games as a true freshman in 2012. This past spring, Mike was the starting shortstop for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champion Broncs. He started 57 regular season and playoff games. Mike topped the Lawrenceville, N.J., school in walks (32), hit-by-pitch (15) and on-base percentage (.417). This summer, the product of the Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs program has started 31 games for the Trail Blazers.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*Starting off a look at tonight’s schedule, the Albany Dutchmen and the Utica Brewers are both currently on the outside of the playoff picture. The Dutchmen and Brewers meet for a doubleheader tonight at “The Bob” to try and improve their playoff prospects. Albany sits a game out of third place in the PGCBL East. The Dutchmen, just one win away from a franchise single-season record, have gone just 1-3 in their last four games with a single win over Glens Falls. Following Tuesday night’s win versus Adirondack, Utica is just one game back of third-place Newark in the PGBCL West. The Brewers entered the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak with triumphs over local rivals Mohawk Valley and Adirondack. This will be the first trip of the season to “The Bob” for the Sons of Saranac. The Dutchmen swept the Brewers in a doubleheader on July 9 at Donovan Stadium.

*Another doubleheader takes place at Colburn Park in Newark where the 2011 league champion Newark Pilots host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Both teams are presently in playoff position. Mohawk Valley is tied for second in the PGCBL East with Glens Falls; though the Dawgs do have the higher playoff seed at the moment due to a .005 difference in winning percentage. Newark stands in third place in the PGCBL West, a half-game ahead of fourth-place Adirondack and one full game up on fifth-place Utica. Both teams were off on Tuesday though all of the Pilots had a day at home on Wednesday while several DiamondDawgs traveled to Newark and back for the All-Star Game. The Pilots entered the All-Star break winners of two-straight with triumphs at Watertown and Cooperstown. The DiamondDawgs are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Roberto Vaz’s team pulled out a low-scoring 3-1 win at Glens Falls on Monday night. The season series is tied at one win apiece with each side winning a one-run game at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. The two teams will meet again on the final day of the regular season.

*The third and final doubleheader of the evening will be in “Hometown U.S.A.” where the Glens Falls Golden Eagles entertain the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The nationally-ranked Golden Eagles open the final week of the regular season in a tie for second place with the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Glens Falls will play seven of its final nine games at the friendly confines of East Field – John Mayotte’s Eagles are 10-7 at home this summer. However, Glens Falls will play eight of its final nine games as part of doubleheaders; that includes two twin bills in the final three days of the regular season. Glens Falls entered the All-Star break on a two-game skid with a pair of close losses to Albany and Mohawk Valley. Cooperstown can play the role of spoiler.  Dan Shwam’s Cooperstown club holds a 2-1 record against Glens Falls and the Hawkeyes have a win this summer at East Field.

*The marquee match-up of the night will be at Elmira’s Dunn Field where the Amsterdam, the first-place team in the PGCBL East, meets up with Elmira, the second-place team in the PGCBL West. The red-hot Mohawks surged into first place in the PGCBL East on Monday night with a come-from-behind win over Albany. Amsterdam leads second-place Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls by a half-game. The Mohawks have gone 19-7 since opening the season with a 5-9 record. More recently, Keith Griffin’s team is 8-1 in its last nine games with the only loss coming in a rain-shortened home affair to Watertown. Elmira has a solid lock on second place in the PGCBL West. The Pioneers lead third-place Newark by four games with a week to go in the regular season. Matt Burch’s Pioneers split a double dip on Tuesday night at Watertown. Over the last week, it has been feast or famine for Elmira – when Pio pitchers hold opponents to three or fewer runs the team has gone 3-0, however when allowing four or more runs, Elmira has gone 0-3. Amsterdam holds a 2-1 advantage in the season series. The Pioneers outlasted the Mohawks, 7-6, at Dunn Field in a soggy showdown on June 13. Both of Amsterdam’s win in the season series came in the Rug City; the Tribe scored nine runs in each win.

*Closing out a look at tonight’s schedule, North Country rivals Watertown and Adirondack collide at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The Rams lead the PGCBL West by three games over the Elmira Pioneers. The Trail Blazers are in a fight for the third and final playoff spot in the division. The Blazers are a half-game behind third-place Newark with one week remaining. With a win tonight, Watertown would become the first team to clinch a playoff spot; the Rams would also secure an over .500 winning percentage for the regular season. Paul Altieri’s Rams are 2-2 in their current home stand with a doubleheader split against Elmira, a win over Cooperstown and a loss to Newark. Overall, Watertown’s 13-5 home record is still the best in the PGCBL. The Blazers entered the All-Star break on a two-game skid with losses to Amsterdam and Utica. Adirondack does have recent one-run triumphs over Albany and Elmira. The Rams have a 6-2 lead in the season series. Watertown has won the last five games in the series however the Silver and Black needed 14 innings at the Duffy Dome on July 16 to pull out a 4-3 win.

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