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Swarmer tops ACBL awards and named All-American
August 21, 2015
Matt SwarmerMatt Swarmer (Kutztown University, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was the unanimous selection for both the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

The 6-5 RHP went 8-0 in the regular season with a 0.55 ERA in nine starts. He put up an astonishing 89 strikeouts with only three walks in 65 innings in the regular season. The rising senior at Kutztown University then pitched the Allentown Railers to the 2015 ACBL Championship by going 2-0 in the playoffs with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 17.1 innings while allowing only one earned run.

Swarmer was also recognized nationally as he was named as a first team starter on the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team.

Justin Cassinelli (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide, 2015) won the ACBL Hitting and Slugging Award. The rising junior hit .386 with a .627 slugging average.

Kyle McKelvy (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves.

DiFazio having big year with St.Paul
August 15, 2015

St. Paul Saints catcher/first baseman Vinny DiFazio shares a laugh with team mates during batting practice before the Saints game against Lincoln Saltdogs on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers
Photo Courtesy of John Autey | Pioneer Press

Catcher Vin DiFazio (Alabama, Quakertown Blazers 2005, 2008) is putting up big numbers with the first place St. Paul Saints in the American Association.

The former ACBL top prospect and MVP in 2005 tops the league in average at .378 and RBIs with 73. He is second in home runs with 15 and has a good shot at the triple crown.

The Saints are out in front of the North Division with a 59-19 record and average over 8,000 fans per game.

In 2008 DiFazio returned to the Blazers after rehabilitating from a rare illness. The next spring he was the starting catcher for the University of Alabama and played four seasons in the Texas Rangers' system after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Rangers.

Allentown Captures 2015 ACBL Championship
August 8, 2015

2015 ACBL Champion Allentown Railers

By Matt Nelson

It’s been a season to remember for the Allentown Railers and it all came down to Game 3 in the championship series with the Staten Island Tide.

The Railers got out to a massive lead in the first four innings to claim an 11-1 win over the Tide and win their first ACBL Championship in team history at the College of Staten Island on Saturday afternoon.

The Railers finished the regular season with a 33-5 record, the best single-season record in the 49-year history of the ACBL.

Allentown scored five runs in the first, one more in the second and five more in the fourth to secure the win.

Drew Hercik went 2-4 with a triple, an RBI, three runs scored and a walk, Derian Sarlat went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored and Andrew Coffey went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Matt Swarmer picked up the win giving up just one run on five hits, a walk and 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. The Kutztown University product finished the regular season with an 8-0 record, a 0.55 ERA, three walks and 89 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched during the regular season.

For the Tide, they managed just five hits on the afternoon including an RBI single from Sean Mazzio. He went 1-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Catch the ACBL Championship Series Live This Weekend
August 6, 2015

2015 ACBL Championship Series feature the Allentown Railers and the Staten Island Tide.

By Bob Rotruck |

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce live radio broadcast coverage of the upcoming Championship Series between the Allentown Railers and Staten Island Tide. Two different broadcast locations will be featured for the weekend series that will determine the 2015 Champions.

The Best-of-Three series begins on Friday night at 5:00 with a doubleheader at ECTB Stadium in Allentown.

Bob Rotruck will provide the play-by-play for Games 1 and 2 on his website Click here to listen. The broadcast for Game 1 will be joined in progress with live coverage beginning at approximately 6:00 or 6:30.

Game 3 is scheduled to take place on Saturday at 1:00 at the College of Staten Island. Matt Nelson will provide the play-by-play beginning with pregame coverage at 12:45. Click here to listen.

The Wolff Division champion Allentown Railers finished the regular season at 33-5 for the best record in the 49-year history of the ACBL. They advanced to the Championship Series with a playoff doubleheader sweep of the South Jersey Giants on Tuesday by scores of 4-0 and 4-2.

The Staten Island Tide took the Kaiser Division crown with a 23-13-1 mark. They won a pair of dramatic comeback games in their Tuesday playoff sweep over the Quakertown Blazers by scores of 9-8 and 6-5.

Fans Can Listen to Live Broadcast of Allentown vs. South Jersey Playoff Series
August 4, 2015
The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce live radio broadcast coverage of the opening round playoff series between the Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants.

Bob Rotruck will provide the play-by-play on his website

Fans can also listen via the popular radio website and the TuneIn app by inputting "Lehigh Valley Sports" in the search bar.

Replays of the game broadcasts will also be available as well on the channel.

The Best-of-Three playoff series with Allentown and South Jersey will begin with a doubleheader Tuesday evening at 5:00 from ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park in Allentown. Both games will be scheduled for nine innings. The broadcast will begin at 4:45. Game 3 of the series would be Wednesday night at 7:30 in Lindenwold, NJ with broadcast coverage commencing at 7:15.

On Sunday night, the Railers won their last game of the regular season to finish with at 33-5 for the best regular-season in the 49-year history of the ACBL. The previous record had been set by the Kutztown Rockies in 2006 who boasted a 33-6 mark.

The winner of the Allentown vs. South Jersey playoff battle will advance to the Championship Series scheduled to begin on Friday to face either the Staten Island Tide or Quakertown Blazers.

Rotruck has broadcast several games of the Allentown Railers throughout their historic, record-breaking season and also serves as the play-by-play voice for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Click here to listen.

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2015 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

South Jersey211900.525
Lehigh Valley83200.200

Kaiser Division

Staten Island231310.635
North Jersey182200.450

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