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Ferrante involved in Little League World Series
August 18, 2018

Anthony Ferrante managed the Staten Island Tide last summer and this summer he is a coach with the Mid-Island Little League team which has advanced to the World Series in Williamsport.

On Sunday Mid-Island plays the Texas team from the Houston area at 11am on ESPN and the winner advances to Wednesday’s winner bracket final.

ACBL Announces Season Awards
August 15, 2018

Shayne Fontana (Lynn, Allentown Railers) was selected for the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award in a poll of the field managers.

Fontana topped the ACBL in runs (31), RBIs (26), and tied for first with five triples and seventeen stolen bases. He was second in hits (42) and tied for third with six home runs and a .632 slugging average. His batting average of .359 was fourth in the league.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers) and Nick Snyder (West Virginia, Trenton Generals) were co-winners of the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

Kingsbury posted a league leading six wins and a 2.73 ERA which was fifth best in the ACBL. Snyder tossed a seven inning no-hitter against North Jersey and struck out all four batters he faced in the NYCBL-ACBL All-Star game. He topped the ACBL in strikeouts with 47 and posted a 3.18 ERA in 28 innings.

Charles Barebo (DeSales, Allentown Railers) won the Hitting Award with a .391 batting average which included a league leading eleven doubles, four triples and two home runs.

Bret Williams (PSU-Harrisburg, Allentown Railers) was awarded the Slugging Award with a .688 slugging average. Williams tied for the league home run title with seven home runs and added five doubles while hitting .351.

Tyler Guidos (Mansfield, Allentown Railers) earned the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award with six saves. Guidos made 13 appearances with a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings. He struck out 34 while walking eight batters.

Fillmyer picks up first Major League win
August 9, 2018

RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County College, Trenton Generals) pitched seven shutout innings against the National League's best offense, the Chicago Cubs, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Cubs on Wednesday night.

Fillmyer, a 5th round pick of the Oakland A's in the 2014 MLB draft, allowed only three hits with two walks and three strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to 3.13.

Blazers win ACBL championship
August 6, 2018

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship

The #4 seed Quakertown Blazers swept back-to-back road doubleheaders in the past two days to claim the 2018 ACBL championship.

On Monday the Blazers defeated the Jersey Pilots by the scores of 7-2 and 6-2 to win their first championship since 2005.

C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) allowed only two runs over seven innings to gain the win in the opener.

Nathan Sides (Alvernia) and Justin Horn (West Chester) each posted three hits. Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s), Matt Hand (Lehigh) and Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) had two RBIs apiece. Hand and Cossetti had two hits with Cossetti hitting a solo home run.

Jack Peterson (Rider) hit a two run home run for the Pilots.

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) tossed six shutout innings for the win in the second game.

Josh Kim (Villanova) and Sides each had two hits and Colin Hartey (Lafayette) chipped in with a two run single.

Sides was outstanding in the playoffs. He went 8 for 17 for a .471 average with three doubles and a triple plus played outstanding defense.

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship

2011: Lightning Struck Twice for the Quakertown Blazers
August 6, 2018

By Don Leypoldt | Printed in the August 9th Bucks County Herald

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization
Lou Trivino Photo Courtesy of Oakland Athletics Organization

All roads to the Major Leagues are arduous. Tim Mayza's and Lou Trivino's roads are no different.

But the strikingly similar roads of the local Big Leaguers frequently intersected. Trivino's Pennridge team beat Mayza's Perkiomen post to win the 2010 Bux-Mont Legion title, en route to Post 255's advancement to Nationals.

"Obviously Lou had a special arm that has continued to progress," Mayza noted. "It seems like his velocity has taken off since college. What stuck out was the power stuff. He always had a hard breaking ball and a hard fastball. You could see that he had the stuff to do it, and he definitely had the work ethic as well."

Three years later, Mayza's shutout enabled Millersville to top Slippery Rock in Trivino's final collegiate start.

"Tim Mayza works as hard as anyone," Trivino stated. "He and I have a very similar story. We got drafted, we were struggling early on in our careers and then at almost the exact time, figured it out. I keep up with him and I wish him all of the best. He is a great guy."

Tim Mayza, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Toronto Blue Jays systemIn 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays called Mayza's number just 14 players after the Oakland Athletics conscripted Upper Bucks Christian's Trivino. This April 18th, both players pitched in the Majors.

Their careers never intersected more than as teammates for the 2011 Quakertown Blazers. Trivino won Quakertown's pitching triple crown; Upper Perkiomen's Mayza fanned 22 in 24 innings.

"I remember the group of guys who were there," Mayza recollected. "I remember creating a tight knit team and any time you stick a group of guys together for months at a time, you create some sort of friendship with them."

"My game is movement and 2011 was the year I figured out how to throw a two seam fastball," Trivino added. "It was great being able to play in front of my hometown. When I was a kid, I went to a few Blazers games. You look up to those guys and think hopefully I'll be there one day. My grandfather was able to see me play a lot."

"It's a pleasure to see Lou and Tim progress to the major leagues. Only 1 out of 20 who sign pro contracts make it to the Major League level," said ACBL president and Quakertown's Tom Bonekemper. "We, the ACBL, are certainly proud of Lou and Tim. It's an unbelievably long road from the Rookie leagues to the Major Leagues with low pay, poor living conditions and a lot of travel along the way."

Lefty Mayza credits "trust and confidence" in explaining his huge leap forward during his junior year at Millersville. "I hit some bumps in the road going up to Cape Cod and pitching against some of the premier college talent in the nation," Mayza feels. "Being able to learn, and the amount of confidence that I was able to come back with, contributed to the amount of success that I had that year.

"I had a lot more trust in my pitches: my fastball, change-up and breaking ball, and it took off," Mayza added. "I started trusting the things I was doing, the work I was putting in and not putting so much pressure on myself. I let my preparation take over."

After two subpar professional seasons, Mayza broke out in 2015 at Class A Lansing, and followed it up with a 2.25 ERA in 42 games across High-A and Double-A.

"Once I started having some success," Mayza remembered, "it snowballed and I was able to gain some traction. I saw a little bump in velocity but really what changed in those two years was my breaking ball: being able to develop a good put away pitch is something that had to be done for me to have success at the next level."

Mayza debuted on August 15, 2017, throwing a shutout inning in Toronto against Tampa Bay in front of parents, coaches and his fiancée.

Toronto recalled Mayza six different times this season; he has a 4.67 ERA in 16 Big League games. Mayza currently pitches at Triple-A Buffalo but a promotion could literally happen tomorrow.

"Once you make it, you want to stay," Mayza pointed out. "I think everybody's goal once they make it is to establish themselves and be that every day Big League player."

Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics systemAfter debuting this April 17th, Trivino is an integral part of arguably baseball's best bullpen. The Oakland A's were 34-36 on June 15th. Through Tuesday, they were 67-46, and held the wild card lead.

Oakland has the fourth best ERA in baseball after six innings. Trivino owns a sparking 8-1 record with a 1.16 ERA.

"It all starts in the clubhouse. There is not one guy who is selfish here," Trivino noted. "We're all playing for each other. We all enjoy being around each other as well. That helps, because you want to see everyone succeed and we are succeeding.

"I'm thankful I'm having a good year but if my defense doesn't make certain plays, my ERA is through the roof," Trivino candidly admitted. "Early in my career, I did struggle. Hearing other stories from people coming from different organizations, the A's very easily could have given up on me. I'm thankful to be here and they were able to stick with me."

In just his 11th game, Trivino threw two shutout innings at Fenway Park to help beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3. The game marked the return of teammate Stephen Piscotty, who homered in his first at-bat after burying his mother, a victim of ALS.

"I couldn't imagine what it would be like," Trivino said. "It's just a tough situation and not only is he a great teammate, but he is a great, great guy. He handled it as best as anyone could. To get called upon and be able to come through in that situation, I was really very blessed."

Trivino threw 1.2 beautiful, shutout innings on July 21st, an extra inning A's win in front of the largest crowd in Oakland Coliseum history.

"You talk about playoff atmosphere?" Trivino asked. "The electricity was in the air. A bolt of adrenaline goes through you as you're pitching. It was a really awesome experience and hopefully an experience that we can have if we, Lord willing, keep winning games and make a playoff push."

Trivino still gets together with his Legion coach, Rocky Wright, each offseason. If Oakland continues to thrive, Wright and a number of area A's fans will gladly lose sleep to watch West Coast playoff games.

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