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Vogelsong finishes season strong
October 2, 2015
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) allowed only one hit in four innings with no walks and six strikeouts in relief as the San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Although the Giants moved Vogey to the bullpen in early September he feels that he could still provide 30 or more starts for a major league team next year and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In 2015 he posted a 9-11 record in 22 starts and pitched 135 innings with an ERA of 4.67.

Oriente Named Field Manager of Blazers
September 19, 2015
Dewey Oriente, 2016 Field Manager
Dewey Oriente, a former ACBL All-Star and outstanding player at Saint Joseph's University, has been named field manager of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Dewey Oriente is in his first season at DeSales where he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will work with the Bulldogs' hitters and outfielders. Oriente comes to DeSales after serving as Widener University’s Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and JV Coach for the past four years. Widener enjoyed tremendous success while Oriente was on staff helping guide the Pride to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. Oriente played a role in helping the Pride capture the 2014 MAC Commonwealth Championship and 2015 ECAC Southeast Region Championship. During his work with the Pride’s hitters, he mentored eleven All-Commonwealth Conference and five All-Mid-Atlantic Region hitters. He also saw two of his hitters go on to win the Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 2014. Additionally, the Pride were statistically ranked among the top of the MAC Commonwealth in several key offensive statistics each season.

Oriente competed four years for Saint Joseph’s University from 2006-2010. In 2009, he was named ABCA All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference, Philadelphia Big Five Team and Philadelphia Big Five Academic Team. In his breakout season, Oriente finished the year hitting .403, which still stands as the last Hawk player to reach that plateau in program history. Following the 2009 season, Oriente was selected Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team All-Big Five. He completed his second season as an Assistant Coach with the South Jersey Giants in the ACBL where he guided them to back-to-back playoff berths.

Oriente graduated Saint Joseph’s in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science with a concentration in Sports Management at Wilmington University.

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.

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Wolff Division

South Jersey211900.525
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