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Mayza promoted to Toronto Blue Jays
August 14, 2017

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) will be the sixth former ACBL player to make a MLB debut this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays purchased his contract from their triple AAA Buffalo Bisons franchise on Monday.

The 6-3, 220 lb. LHP was a 13th round selection of the Blue Jays in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Mayza posted a 0.93 ERA over 11 relief appearances and 19.1 innings at Buffalo.

He started this season with the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats where he posted four saves and three holds in 33 innings.

ACBL announces 2017 season awards
August 12, 2017

ACBL announces 2017 season awards

Dom D'Alessandro (George Washington, South Jersey Giants) was the big award winner as he was selected Most Valuable Player and also won the Slugging Award with a .772 slugging percentage. D'Alessandro topped the ACBL in home runs (15) and RBIs (49) and was second in hitting with a .382 average. He played first base and was a designated hitter with the Giants and will be a rising junior at George Washington after playing this spring at Rowan-Gloucester.

Rhett Jacoby (Moravian, Allentown Railers) won the Most Valuable Pitcher Award. The 6'5" RHP posted a 5-1 record with 52 strikeouts and only two base-on-balls in 42 innings. The rising junior at Moravian also posted a 2.14 ERA.

Jared Melone (West Chester, Allentown Railers) earned the Hitting Award with a .450 batting average. The versatile Melone played first base, third base and in the outfield for the Railers. He topped the ACBL in doubles (14) and had a league second best slugging percentage at .725. Melone will be a junior at West Chester and was instrumental in West Chester winning the D-2 World Series.

Corey Sawyer (Seton Hall, North Jersey Eagles) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves for the Eagles. The rising sophomore LHP at Seton Hall struck out 34 in 26.2 innings while making 12 appearances and posting a 4.06 ERA.

Rhett Jacoby Photo Courtesy of Moravian College
Jared Melone Photo Courtesy of West Chester University (Pa.)

Railers win third title in a row
August 6, 2017

Allentown Railers win 3rd straight championship

The Allentown Railers took both ends of a doubleheader with the Quakertown Blazers on Sunday to claim their third consecutive ACBL championship.

The Railers featured outstanding pitching in both games. In the opener Rhett Jacoby (Moravian) only allowed two runs over nine innings as the Railers won 6-2. Jacoby walked one while striking out nine.

Jared Melone (West Chester), Chris Panzarella (Keystone) and Brady Mengel (Mansfield) each added two hits.

John Yocum (Rider) only allowed one hit, a single by Nate Sides (Alvernia), in the second game while striking out eight with one walk.

Jared Melone posted two RBIs and two hits including a double to lead the Railers' offense as the Railers won the second game 4-0.

The Railers join the Allentown Wings (1978-1980) and the Kutztown Rockies (2006-2008) as the only ACBL teams to win three consecutive championships.

ACBL Championship series starts on Sunday at Quakertown
August 5, 2017

The Allentown Railers and Quakertown Blazers will play a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Sunday in Quakertown at 1pm as part of the final best-of-three series.

Allentown advanced to the finals by sweeping the North Jersey Eagles on Friday evening by the scores of 4-1 and 7-4.

Quakertown swept the South Jersey Giants on Thursday with a 10-9 win in the opener and a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

Game 3, if necessary, will be played on Monday August 7th at Allentown.

Luis Amaro, Top Offensive Player in North Jersey Eagles History
July 29, 2017

Luis Amaro, Top Offensive Player in North Jersey Eagles History

By Thomas Terzulli | North Jersey Eagles

The Eagles all-time greatest hitter has added another notch to his already spectacular resume. First baseman Luis Amaro launched his eighth home run of the season on July 22nd against the Pilots, smashing the Eagle single season record.

The power lefty from West Texas A&M propelled himself past Stanley Paul, an infielder from UConn who went deep seven times in 2012.

This is Amaro’s staggering seventh franchise record in Eagle pinstripes. He set a season mark for runs batted in last summer when he knocked in 28 and tops the career charts in 5 categories. No Eagle has more career doubles (24), RBI’s (73), walks (59) hit by pitches (13) or home runs (17). The home run total is 4th highest in the 51-year history of the American Collegiate Baseball League. His .611 career slugging percentage ranks in the same spot.

The season the 5-11, 210-pounder has had in 2017 is a big reason why the Eagles are a playoff team for the first time since 2013. He is among the ACBL leaders in a plethora of offensive categories. The numbers read third best in batting average (388), second in homers (8), fourth in runs batted in (27) and tied for first in runs scored (25).

By the end of this year’s campaign, he could be on the cusp of history once again. He is second in another four areas in Eagle history. The Roselle Park, New Jersey native has played in 95 games and came to bat 280 times, smacking 94 hits and coming around to score 59 runs. His three-year teammate Shane Woelfel is the leader in the last two categories with 96 hits, crossing home plate 61 times.

Amaro has six regular season games left in 2017 to build on what has already been an astounding, record-breaking career.

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