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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 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.

Allentown and South Jersey head to championship game
August 5, 2016

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants split a doubleheader at ECTB Stadium on Friday night and now head to the championship game at South Jersey at 7pm on Saturday night.

The Railers put on an offensive display to win the opener 12-6 as Jason McCormick (Immaculata) went five-for-five with four RBIs. Sam Flamini (Xavier) and Tommy DePaul (DeSales) each added three hits while Dalton Ruch (Hartford) added two hits and three RBIs. Mike Gulino (Pace) chipped in with a three run home run.

The Giants won the nightcap 6-5 as A.J. Wright (UMBC), Joe Zirolli (Cecil), Adam Rapp (Delaware) and Drew Jarmuz (West Chester) each collected two hits. Drew Tumbelty (Rider) posted the save with four strikeouts over the last two innings.

Lehigh Valley SportsNet to Broadcast ACBL Championship Series
August 4, 2016

Lehigh Valley SportsNet is pleased to announce their upcoming broadcasts of this weekend's Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series that concludes the circuit's successful 50th Anniversary Celebration season.

The defending champion Allentown Railers (29-10) will tangle with the South Jersey Giants (24-17) in the Best of Three series this Friday and Saturday.

The Championship Series begins Friday evening at 5:00 from ECTB Stadium in Allentown with a doubleheader of nine-inning contests for Games 1 and 2. If a deciding Game 3 is necessary then the series will head to the home ballpark of the South Jersey Giants in Lindenwold, New Jersey for a Saturday evening clash at 7:00.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Rotruck will again provide the play-by-play on Lehigh Valley SportsNet. Friday's broadcast coverage will begin at 4:45.

All games can be heard live on and on the TuneIn app under "Lehigh Valley Sports." Replays of the games will air immediately following the live broadcasts and throughout the day.

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"I once again enjoyed my experience with the ACBL in my second season broadcasting their games," Rotruck said. "The response from the listeners has been great which is especially exciting for me."

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants finished the regular season with the two best records in the ACBL. Allentown has won the regular-season crown for four consecutive seasons. South Jersey has made the postseason in all three years of their existence and have now advanced to the Championship Series for the first time.

It is the second straight season for the Railers and Giants to meet in the postseason. Last year, Allentown swept an opening round series over South Jersey 4-0 and 4-2 at ECTB Stadium before knocking off Staten Island for their first-ever title.

Allentown opened the 2016 postseason with a sweep of the Quakertown Blazers in a marathon doubleheader on Tuesday that ended at 12:01 a.m. Mike Gulino (Pace University) delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the 12th for a 6-5 triumph in a back-and-forth Game 1 and then the Railers punched their ticket to the Finals with a 14-5 win in the nightcap.

South Jersey split a pair of shutouts at the Staten Island Tide on Tuesday and then the Giants won the decisive Game 3 on Wednesday 5-2 back in Lindenwold.

Rotruck is a veteran broadcaster of over 2,000 live games who also serves as the Voice of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team in the American Hockey League where the club operates as the top affiliate of the NHL's Philadelpia Flyers. He has previously broadcast minor-league baseball for the St. Lucie Mets and Vero Beach Dodgers of the advanced-A Florida State League among other teams.

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