Diorio hits second cycle in PGCBL history

Matt Diorio, batting here against Glens Falls on 6/19, hit for the cycle on Sunday night against Newark. (Photo Courtesy/Warren Shelmidine)

Matt Diorio said he wasn’t trying to do anything special, just trying to get on base for the guys behind him. What “wasn’t trying to do anything special” turned into the second cycle in PGCBL history.

It started with a two-run home run in the first inning. Check off the home run. It continued with arguably the most difficult piece, a triple in the third, a ball that nearly went over the Colburn Park center field fence. Check off the triple. The fifth inning provided the “easy one.” Check off the single.

Diorio would have four innings to get the sacred double and be enshrined in PGCBL history forever. His next at-bat came in the sixth. With two away and Robbie Alessandrine at second and Santino Alteri at first, Diorio hit a double to right field, driving in Alessandrine and Alteri and finishing off the cycle. Checklist complete.

Diorio advanced to third following a Joe Ogren single and was met by Watertown coach Paul Alteri, who was there to congratulate the Staten Island native.

“I knew I was a double short and after I got the hit it didn't register right away until I got to third when coach shook my hand and said congratulations, then it hit me and it felt real good,” Diorio said.

Diorio’s cycle is the second in PGCBL history, the other coming from Larry Balkwill, a Watertown catcher during the 2011 season. Balkwill achieved the feat on June 30, 2011 against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The similarities between Balkwill’s cycle and Diorio’s are quite remarkable.

Balkwill homered in his first at-bat. Diorio did the same. The next step for Balkwill  was the triple. Diorio’s second piece was a three-bagger. The Siena product singled to be a double away. The Central Florida product singled to complete the third step of the feat. To complete the cycle, Balkwill drove an RBI double to right field. Diorio did the same. Same order, same result.

While it may have been the second cycle in PGCBL history, it was the first of Diorio’s baseball career and one that he said he will remember forever.

“It's an incredible honor to be a part of history and it's something that as a kid I would always dream about and it will be something that I will remember forever,” Diorio said. 

With more than a month left in the season, the catcher said he will not settle for just one achievement, but work hard to accumulate more.

Said Diorio: “This game makes me want to work harder and to continue to get better as a player moving forward through the rest of the season with the Rams and into next season at UCF.”


Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

January 2022
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
January 2020
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
January 2019
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
November 2010