Diamond Notes

Melfi and Driscoll dominate post season awards
August 20, 2019

David Melfi (Wagner, New York Phenoms) and Francis Driscoll (Colby, Allentown Railers) earned the bulk of the post season awards for their outstanding performances.

Melfi was selected for the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and also won the Hitting Award with a league leading .406 average and the Slugging Award with a league best .667 slugging percentage. Melfi will be a freshman at Wagner in the fall and he mostly caught for the Phenoms this summer, but did DH and play the outfield at times.

RHP Francis Driscoll (Colby, Allentown Railers) will receive the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award. He had the league’s lowest ERA at 1.20 in thirteen appearances over 30 innings during the regular season. He struck out 49 with only nine walks while posting five saves. He will share the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award with Michael DeLeon Torres (PSU-Harrisburg, Allentown Railers) who also posted five saves.

Allentown Railers win ACBL championship
August 6, 2019

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship

The Allentown Railers won their fourth ACBL title in the past five years as they defeated the North Jersey Eagles 9-3 on Tuesday evening at Overpeck Park.

A solo home run by John Mead (Franklin Pierce) gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Railers put together four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 edge which they added to through nine innings.

Eddie Olsen (Moravian) allowed one run over 4.1 innings and reliever Francis Driscoll (Colby) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings for the win.

Ian Csencsits (Moravian) added three hits for the Railers while Thylar Summarell (Stephen F. Austin) hit a long two run home run to deep right in the eighth inning to give the Railers runs number eight and nine.

Andy Axelson (Rutgers) had three hits for the Eagles.

2019 ACBL Champion to be Crowned Tuesday Night
August 5, 2019

The Allentown Railers and North Jersey Eagles split the opening round doubleheader at ECTB Stadium on Monday night. The championship game of the best-of-three series will be played at Overpeck Park on Tuesday night at 7pm. The Railers won the opener 14-4 and the Eagles bounced back for a 8-1 win in the nightcap.

Sebastian Williamson (Rider), Jake Shuster (Marywood) and Tommy Dunleavy (East Stroudsburg) each had three hits to pace the Railers’ 17 hit attack. Dunleavy posted five RBIs and Bret Williams (PSU-Harrisburg) added three RBIs.

Nicholas McAuliffe ( Kutztown) received the win after allowing three earned runs over 8.2 innings.

The Eagles dominated the second game behind the pitching of Parker Scott (Rutgers) who allowed only one run over seven innings, a solo home run by Thyler Summarell (Stephen F. Austin).

Luke McDonald (Tampa) and Andrew Axelson (Rutgers) topped the Eagles offense with each having three hits including a home run.

Allentown and North Jersey advance to champioship round
August 4, 2019

The Wolff Division winners, the Allentown Railers and the Kaiser Division winners, the North Jersey Eagles, both swept doubleheaders on Saturday to advance to the championship series.

Allentown used a 21 hit attack to defeat Trenton 14-6 in the first game. Dominic Coombe (St. John’s) allowed two earned runs over 6.2 innings for the win.

Waldy Arias (Campbell) and Ian Csencsits (Moravian) each had four hits for the Railers. Greg Gasparro (UNC Asheville) had three hits while Pete Vaccaro (Evansville) added three RBIs including a two run home run for the Generals.

The Railers won the second game 10-7 in eleven innings as Sebastian Williams (Rider) and Drew Hefner (University of Charleston) each posted two hits and three RBIs. Gasparro had two hits and two RBIs for the Generals.

The Eagles defeated the Ocean Ospreys 7-3 in the opener as Alex Mack (STAC) allowed only one earned run over six innings and Jack Brodsky (Emory) picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief.

North Jersey won the second game 4-1 as Tom Pinto (Sacred Heart) tossed eight innings of shutout baseball.

Luke McDonald (Tampa) topped the offense with four hits and two RBI.

Brian McKenna signs with Marlins
July 26, 2019

Brian McKenna (Post University, North Jersey Eagles, 2013-14) is a good example of someone persevering in Indy Ball to get a contract with a Major League team.

McKenna caught for the Eagles in 2013 and 2014 and signed to play Independent baseball after graduating from Post University in 2015. Over the next four years he transitioned from catcher to pitcher and put it all together for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League this year. In 22.1 innings of relief he struck out 34 with no walks and a 0.80 WHIP and 3.63 ERA. Reportedly he touched 99 MPH in the All Star game and was signed by the Miami Marlins on July 19 and will report to their Short Season A affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs.

In other news, second baseman Alec Craig (Chesnut Hill, South Jersey Giants) signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins and is playing in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

Chris Kachmar (Lipscomb, Quakertown Blazers, 2016-17), one of fifteen former ACBL players drafted in June, is off to a good start with the Eugene Emeralds, the Short Season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The 6-3 RHP has a 4-0 record with a 0.96 ERA.

Another draft pick, Shayne Fontana (Lynn, Allentown Railers, 2018, Jersey Pilots, 2017) was promoted to Aberdeen, Short Season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, after hitting .326 in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

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North Jersey211600.568
New York171400.548
Ocean Ospreys181700.514
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