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Three former ACBL pitchers on Arizona Fall League rosters
September 22, 2016
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) will play for the Mesa Solar Sox this Fall
Three left-handed pitchers, Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011), Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals, 2012-13) and David Speer (Columbia, Southampton Breakers, 2011) are on the Opening Day, October 12, rosters for the Arizona Fall League.

This season Mayza pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays system at Dunedin (High A) and New Hampshire (AA). The 6-3, 220 lb lefty posted a 3-3 record with four saves and 2.25 ERA in 64 innings. He struck out 65 while allowing 30 base on balls. He will play for the Mesa Solar Sox along with Speer.

Speer made stops at Lynchburg (High A), Akron (AA) and Columbus (AAA) in the Cleveland Indians organization. Overall Speer had a 5-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 68 innings while striking out 67 with 15 walks.

Singer signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies last fall and advanced from short season Williamsport through Lakewood (Low A) to Clearwater (High A). In 40 innings his ERA was 1.79 with a 2-1 record. He held opponents to a .173 average while striking out 46 and walking twelve batters. He will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Patterson and McCarthy called up to Major Leagues
September 7, 2016

Jordan Patterson and Kevin McCarthy Photos Courtesy of MiLB.com

Jordan Patterson Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comKevin McCarthy Photo Courtesy of MiLB.com Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Westhampton Aviators) and Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor Whalers) were called up on Tuesday to the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals respectively. They will be the 100th and 101st former ACBL players to advance to the Major Leagues.

Patterson played outfield and first base at the Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he hit .293 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs.

RHP McCarthy notched five saves for the Omaha Storm Chasers while posting a 2.97 ERA in 33 innings.

Both players are 24 years old and were ACBL All-Stars in 2011. Baseball America listed McCarthy as the number three ACBL prospect and Patterson at number four in 2011. McCarthy was drafted in the 16th round by the Royals in the 2013 MLB draft while Patterson went to the Rockies in the fourth round.

ACBL announces league awards
August 15, 2016
Zach Leone Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna University Athletics
Zach Leone Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna University Athletics

Zach Leone (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide) was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season.

The catcher/first baseman topped the ACBL with 18 doubles and seven sacrifice flys while placing second in hits with 50 and RBIs with 30. He played in every game for the Kaiser Division champion Tide and hit .360.

In the spring he was named a Third Team All-American by D3baseball.com and made the All-Conference and All-Region teams with a .444 average and .702 slugging percentage.


Cory Heitler Photo Courtesy of Wagner College Athletics
Cory Heitler Photo Courtesy of Wagner College Athletics

Cory Heitler (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) won the Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

Heitler topped the ACBL with 60 strikeouts and was second in ERA at 1.78. He posted a 5-1 record with a 0.99 WHIP.




Michael Hunter Photo Courtesy of Marist College Athletics
Michael Hunter Photo Courtesy of Marist College Athletics

Michael Hunter (Marist, Quakertown Blazers) won the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.

The 6-4 Hunter posted eight saves with a 2.97 ERA in 36 innings over 20 appearances.




Shane Woelfel Photo Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Athletics
Shane Woelfel Photo Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Athletics

Shane Woelfel (Bloomsburg, North Jersey Eagles) earned the Hitting Award with a league best .405 average.

The speedy outfielder ranked number one with 53 hits and was third in stolen bases with 18.




Joe Zirolli Photo Courtesy of Cecil College Athletics
Joe Zirolli Photo Courtesy of Cecil College Athletics

Joe Zirolli (Cecil College, South Jersey Giants) won the Slugging Award with a .732 slugging percentage and posted a .393 batting average.

The 6-4, 225 pound outfielder hit a league leading eight home runs during the regular season plus two more in the playoffs.

At Cecil this spring he hit 17 home runs.

Allentown edges South Jersey in thriller
August 7, 2016

2016 ACBL Champions - Allentown Railers

The Allentown Railers won their second consecutive ACBL championship when Ed Posavec (Binghamton) hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Tommy DePaul (DeSales) and give the Railers a 2-1 win.

Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) and Ashton Raines (Bloomsburg) hooked up in a pitching duel for about eight innings and the score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. Mosser struck out 15 while Raines fanned ten. Joe Baran (Stony Brook) struck out one batter in the top of the ninth to get the win.

Posavec had three hits for the Railers while Jason McCormick (Immaculata) posted two hits. Kevin McGowan (LaSalle) collected two hits for the Giants.

Both teams complete successful seasons as the Railers end up with a 31-11 record and the Giants finish at 25 -19 overall.

Tonights Championship Game Has Been Postponed
August 6, 2016

ACBL Championship Game is postponed

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants ACBL Championship game at South Jersey tonight has been postponed due to the weather.

The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sunday August 7th beginning at 7pm. The game will be held at Lindenwold Park Baseball Complex in Lindenwold, NJ.




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2016 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

 WLTPCT
Allentown271000.730
South Jersey221600.579
Quakertown211900.525
Lehigh Valley112400.314

Kaiser Division

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Staten Island211900.525
North Jersey191910.500
Jersey172210.438
Trenton152400.385

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