PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 26, 2013

Cooperstown's Ben Hall (Central Alabama) awaits for a throw as Utica's K'Shawn Smith (Stetson) attempts to steal second base in the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game. Photo courtesy Dan Hickling/Flickr

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

Tonight’s Games

Utica at Amsterdam, 4:00 PM (Resumed from June 6, Top 2)
Newark at Watertown, 7:00 PM
Utica at Amsterdam, 7:05 PM
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley, 7:05 PM
Albany at Elmira, 7:05 PM

*Correction – The 2013 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs will begin on August 1 and not on August 2 as previously reported. We apologize for the confusion. The second and third-place teams will meet in the opening round on August 1. The winner of those games will advance to the division finals which are scheduled to begin on August 2 at the site of the higher seed. The division finals are scheduled to run from August 2 through August 4, weather permitting. The 2013 PGCBL Championship Series will be held from August 6 through August 8. There will be one day off between the division finals and the Championship Series.

*Including today, there are six days remaining in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. The final day of the regular season is July 31.

*If the playoffs started today…East 1) Amsterdam, 3) Albany at 2) Mohawk Valley…West 1) Watertown, 3) Newark vs. 2) Elmira. The 2013 PGCBL playoffs begin on August 1.

*Games played – games remaining…Adirondack (42-6), Albany (41-7), Amsterdam (41-7), Cooperstown (39-5), Elmira (40-7), Glens Falls (41-7), Mohawk Valley (39-6), Newark (42-6), Utica (37-7), Watertown (42-6).

*Watertown became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a win over Adirondack last night. The Rams will be making their first PGCBL playoff appearance. It will be the first postseason appearance for the franchise since 2008 when the team, known as the Watertown Wizards, qualified for the New York Collegiate Baseball League playoffs. As of now, the Rams are at least guaranteed one home playoff home game. Watertown can finish no lower than second.

*Amsterdam, Watertown and Mohawk Valley have all clinched winning seasons. All three teams will finish above .500 in the PGCBL this season regardless of their results over the course of the final week. While Mohawk Valley has just 23 wins, the DiamondDawgs can finish no worse than 23-22 because of three cancelled games due to the weather.

*Cooperstown certainly played the role of spoiler on Thursday night at East Field in Glens Falls. The Hawkeyes swept a doubleheader from the Golden Eagles which dropped Glens Falls into a third-place tie with Albany. The twin bill sweep for the Hawkeyes was their first since taking both ends of a doubleheader from Mohawk Valley on July 19, 2011 at Doubleday Field. It was Cooperstown’s first road doubleheader sweep in the PGCBL era and second in franchise history. The Hawkeyes swept a twin bill at Amsterdam in 2010.

*More remarkable about Cooperstown’s doubleheader sweep on Thursday – the Hawkeyes used just two pitchers – Cody Smith (Black Hawk) and Jack Stover (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.). The duo limited the Golden Eagles to three runs on 11 hits over 14 innings. Each pitched a seven-inning complete game. In the opener, Smith conceded two runs in the first inning and then ran off six scoreless frames. In the night cap, Stover blanked the Eagles for the first six innings and then allowed one run in the seventh. Smith and Stover combined to toss 12-straight scoreless innings in the double dip.

*All three runs in the 2-1 night cap win for Cooperstown over Glens Falls crossed the plate in the seventh inning. Two errors in the top of the seventh set up a two-RBI double by Bryce Anglin (Wofford) that gave the Otsegans a 2-0 lead. Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) of the Eagles answered with an RBI single in the home half of the seventh but Cooperstown’s Jack Stover (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) forced the Eagles to strand the potential tying and winning runs on base.

*Talking about complete game performances, two more came in Albany’s doubleheader with Utica at “The Bob” as the Brewers and Dutchmen traded wins. Utica’s Josh Smetana (West Virginia Tech) went the distance in the opener. He slowed Albany’s offense and allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits, walked three and struck out two. Smetana forced Albany to strand seven men on base in Utica’s second seven-inning complete game of the summer. In the night cap, Albany’s Dylan Collett (Keene State), who had pitched the night before in the All-Star Game, tossed a complete game five-hit shutout in a 4-0 win. Collett scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six to improve to 3-0. He retired 18 of Utica’s first 22 batters and faced six men over the minimum in the seven-inning game.

*With his complete game shutout in the second game of the Utica-Albany doubleheader, Dylan Collett moved into the league lead in earned run average. Collett’s 1.24 earned run average is the lowest among qualifying pitchers. He leads Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) by 0.06. Collett’s complete game shutout was also the first by an Albany pitcher since Mike Hughes (Albany 2010-2011) threw a rain-shortened shutout in a five-inning game versus Cooperstown on July 8, 2011.

*RBI came in twos in the Utica-Albany doubleheader. In the opening game, Utica was powered by a pair of two-RBI singles from Ryan Valdes (Florida State) and Jay Gonzalez (Auburn). In the night cap, Albany’s Brian Ruhm (UC Davis) broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with a two-run single.

*Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) tied a PGCBL single-game record with four stolen bases in the night cap of Thursday’s doubleheader with Utica. The last player to steal four bases in a PGCBL game was 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. He became just the third player in league history to swipe four bases in a single game.

*Utica stole six bases in the opening game of Thursday’s doubleheader with Albany; the Dutchmen responded with seven swipes in the night cap.

*Thursday night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, pitchers for the Rams and Trail Blazers combined for 18 strikeouts. Watertown starter Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) struck out eight batters over six innings. Relievers Josh Amann (Jefferson C.C.), Thomas Casey (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) and Daniel Reitzer (San Diego) combined for four more K’s in the last three frames. Adirondack starter Chris Rheaume (Ave Maria) struck out six batters over seven innings.

*Division leaders Watertown and Amsterdam each won on Thursday night behind combined three hits. In each game, each starter – Watertown’s Peter Irvin (Skagit Valley) and Amsterdam’s Trey Wingenter (Auburn) tossed a two-hitter over six innings; Irvin struck out eight while Wingenter struck out seven. Each bullpen did not allow a run over the final three innings and conceded just one hit.

*Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) was responsible for two of his teams three runs on Thursday night in a 3-1 victory over Adirondack. Moroney drew a lead-off walk in the first and stole second. He scored two batters later on a J.J. Wagner (Pacific) fielders’ choice. Moroney returned to the plate in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He grounded into a double play but the runner on third was able to score giving the Rams a 2-1 lead.

*Watertown and Adirondack combined for just eight hits in Thursday night’s game. All eight hits were singles.

*The Rams lead all PGCBL teams with 190 walks; Watertown has 20 more than second-place Amsterdam. Thursday, the Rams took advantage of eight walks. Earlier this season, the Silver and Black set a league season high with 11 walks in a single game.

*Over its last five games, Amsterdam has outscored opponents, 51-17. The Mohawks have reached double digits in hits and runs and three-straight games. Amsterdam has 37 runs in its last three games on 46 hits.

*Josh Gardiner (Radford) continued his white-hot tear on Thursday night. The Amsterdam second baseman went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI. He is now batting .778 (14-for-18) in his last five games. The RU product is tied for the league lead in RBI with Mohawk Valley’s Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice), each has 31.

*Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) clubbed his fifth home run of the summer on Thursday night. He pulled into a tie with Josh Anderson (Florida International) of Glens Falls for the PGCBL’s all-time lead in home runs. Both Charlton and Anderson have hit 12 home runs in nearly two full PGCBL seasons. Anderson clouted nine in 2011 and he has three this summer. Charlton belted seven one year ago and now has five in 2013. The two will go head-to-head on Saturday night when the Tribe travels to Glens Falls for a doubleheader.

*Mohawk Valley’s Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) posted his finest offensive performance of the summer on Thursday night. Rodrigue, in Mohawk Valley’s doubleheader opener against Newark, went 4-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and one RBI. Rodrigue’s triple was his fifth of the season and 11th in the last two years. Rodrigue could be on pace to lead in the league in triples two years in a row.

*MV’s Mike Fischer (Columbia), the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game MVP, continued his hot hitting at Newark’s Colburn Park on Thursday. In the All-Star Game on Wednesday night, Fischer went 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk. Thursday, he swatted his first career triple in his first at-bat. Fischer finished the game 1-for-2. He is unofficially 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run in his last two games in Newark.

*Both Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Serena (Columbia) and Dalton Herrington (ULM) stole two bases in the opening game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Newark. What’s interesting? Neither player recorded a hit. Overall, the Dawgs swiped six bases in the game.

*Ten of the 12 runs scored in the first game of the Mohawk Valley-Newark doubleheader crossed the plate in the first three innings. Mohawk Valley scored once in the first and second and three times in the third. Newark tallied three times in the first and twice in the second. When the dust settled, the game was tied, 5-5. Newark’s Steve Laurino (Marist) broke the tie in the fourth with a two-RBI single. Neither team scored again after that.

*The 2-through-5 batters on Newark’s line-up card in the opener against Mohawk Valley proved too much for the Dawgs to handle. Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer), Steve Laurino (Marist), Max Rosing (Cortland State) and Samm Wiggins (Houston Baptist) combined to go 11-for-16 with four runs scored and seven RBI. Fox, Laurino and Rosing each had three hits, Wiggins had three RBI. Fox finished the doubleheader with six hits and four RBI.

*All 10 Mohawk Valley runs in the night cap scored in two innings. The Dawgs plated five runs in the fifth to wash away a 3-0 Newark lead and then added five more in the sixth. Dalton Herrington (ULM) and Jordan Serena (Columbia) combined for five RBI. Mohawk Valley scored 10 runs on 10 hits. The Dawgs did not record a stolen base in the night cap.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Over three seasons at Columbia University, 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Mike Fischer of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs has thrown out 52 runners attempting to steal. Fischer has cut down more than 40-percent of opposing would-be base stealers for the Ancient Eight’s Lions. This past spring, the Scotia, N.Y., native threw out 20 runners attempting to steal on a Columbia squad that won the Ivy League championship. Fischer was tapped second team All-Ivy League. This summer, Mike has thrown out 12 of 27 runners attempting to steal.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…

*The red-hot Amsterdam Mohawks return home to the Rug City to host a non-traditional doubleheader with the Utica Brewers at Shuttleworth Park. The first game of the twin bill set for 4:00 p.m. will be the completion of a game suspended in the top of the second inning on June 6. At the time of the stoppage, Utica led, 2-0. The June 6 game will be completed and then the regularly-scheduled nine-inning game will follow. For the Tribe, it’s the first of back-to-back doubleheaders with Utica and Glens Falls; Amsterdam plays a double dip at East Field on Saturday evening. Assuming no game goes extra innings – that’s 31 innings for two days for Keith Griffin’s team. The Mohawks are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have opened up a one-game lead on second-place Mohawk Valley in the PGCBL East. The Brewers are 3-1 in their last four games; a three-game win streak ended in the night cap of a Thursday doubleheader at Albany. Utica trails third-place Newark by one game in the PGCBL West for the third and final playoff spot in the division. The season series between the Mohawks and Brewers is tied at one win apiece.

*The second hottest team in the PGCBL East is the second-best team in the division in Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs host the Adirondack TrailBlazers on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Park. Following Thursday’s split at Newark, the DiamondDawgs are 9-3 in their last 12 games. That run has propelled Mohawk Valley into second place, just one game back of first-place Amsterdam and one game ahead of co-third place Albany and Glens Falls. Mohawk Valley has not lost back-to-back games since early July and the Dawgs have lost no more than two in a row all summer. Mohawk Valley has played only one home game over the last nine days, a 4-3 win over Newark on July 20. Roberto Vaz’s Mohawk Valley squad is 7-2 in its last nine games at the Vet and that includes a doubleheader sweep of Adirondack on July 3. Adirondack’s loss at Watertown on Thursday night coupled with Newark’s split against Mohawk Valley dropped the Trail Blazers to one game back of the third-place Pilots. Adirondack concludes a three-game road trip tonight in Little Falls and returns home to Boonville on Saturday night against Cooperstown. Mohawk Valley is undefeated (5-0) against Adirondack this summer. The two teams last met on July 3 in a doubleheader.

*Two teams in the thick of the playoff race meet tonight for the second time in less than two weeks as Albany makes the long drive to the Southern Tier for a clash with Elmira on a Fireworks Night at Dunn Field. Ten days ago, the Dutchmen downed the Pioneers, 5-1, behind seven strong innings from starter Matt Gallup (Hudson Valley C.C.) and four combined RBI from Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Lukas Nethaway (Saint Rose). Both Elmira and Albany are currently in the playoffs now – Elmira as the second seed in the West and Albany as the third seed in the East; the Dutchmen have a head-to-head tiebreaker with co-third place side Glens Falls. Albany trails second-place Mohawk Valley by one game and first-place Amsterdam by two games. In the West, the Pioneers are a few wins away from becoming the second team in the division to clinch a playoff spot. Elmira has a 3.5-game cushion on third-place Newark with seven games left. The Pios snapped Albany’s season-opening win streak at Bob Bellizzi Field earlier this summer. Both teams are 2-2 in their last four games; 12 of Elmira’s 20 wins have been at the Dunn. Albany leads the season series, 2-1.

*The playoff-bound Watertown Rams are back at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds tonight against the 2011 league champion Newark Pilots. The Rams clinched a playoff spot on Thursday night with a win over Adirondack; Watertown’s win also increased third-place Newark’s edge over Adirondack to one full game in the division standings. The Pilots white-washed the Rams in their last trip to the Duffy Dome, 3-0, behind a complete game shutout from Dan Gautieri (Penn). The loss was Watertown’s fourth at home. Paul Alteri’s Rams have posted a 20-7 record since starting the season 5-10. The Pilots had a three-game winning streak snapped in the night cap of Thursday’s twin bill with Mohawk Valley. Newark has scored 21 runs and allowed 21 runs in its last four games. Mike Armstrong’s club is 7-15 away from home but the two-time playoff participants have won two in a row on the road at Cooperstown and Watertown. Watertown leads the season series, 5-2. Fourteen of Watertown’s 25 wins have been at the Duffy Dome this summer.

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