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ACBL Players Gather Patriot League Honors
May 20, 2017

OF Brett Smith (Bucknell, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was selected as Defensive Player of the Year and named to the First Team of the Patriot League All Conference Team.

1B Anthony Critelli (Holy Cross, Jersey Pilots, 2014), OF Jacen Nalesnik (Lehigh, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) and DH Connor Donovan (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) join Smith on the first team.

Donovan also landed a spot on the second team as a starting pitcher along with RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), 1B David Young (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots,2015; South Jersey Giants, 2016) and 2B Steven Cohen (Lafayette, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015).

ABCL players recognized on PSAC All-Conference teams
May 16, 2017

Catcher Steven Zimmerman (East Stroudsburg, Allentown Railers, 2017), 2B Tyler Benson (Bloomsburg, North Jersey Eagles, 2016), OF Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2016) and RHP Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg, Allentown Railers, 2016) were named to the PSAC East All-Conference First Team.

OF Drew Jarmuz (West Chester, South Jersey Giants, 2016) and 1B Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) were selected to the Second Team.

Former ACBL player and manager, Joe Spano (Metro NY Cadets) was named Coach of the Year in the PSAC West Conference for the fourth time. He has guided the Mercyhurst Lakers to the Number One ranking in the NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll.

ACBL Players Top NJAC Conference Selections
May 5, 2017

Senior outfielder Rob DeAngelis (Ramapo, Jersey Pilots 2015-16) and junior shortstop Zachary Shindler (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) were named New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Players of the Year.

RHP Joe Cirillo (TCNJ, North Jersey Eagles 2016-17) was named NJAC Pitcher of the Year while Matt Curry (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) tabbed the Fireman of the Year Award.

LHP Jerry D'Andrea (Ramapo, Staten Island Tide 2016-17) and 2B Bobby Shannon (Ramapo, North Jersey Eagles 2016-17) joined Cirillo, DeAngelis and Shindler on the first team.

RHP Andrew Cohen (Rowan, Trenton Generals 2014), Catcher Jon Theckston (Rutgers-Camden, South Jersey Giants 2014-15), 1B Matt Krupa (Kean, North Jersey Eagles 2015-17) and SS Austin Unglaub (Ramapo, Jersey Pilots 2015) were named to the second team.

RHP Ian Scheidermann (Rutgers-Camden, South Jersey Giants 2016) and RHP Brandon Zachary (TCNJ, Trenton Generals 2017) received Honorable Mention honors.

Rothmund and Beinlich among home run leaders
April 30, 2017

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield Athletics
Nick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield AthleticsNick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics Michael Rothmund (Illinois-Springfield, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) and Nick Beinlich (Belmont Abbey, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2014) have both hit 20 home runs and are tied for second in the NCAA Division II statistics.

Rothmund, a 6-6 junior first baseman, is also ranked second in slugging percentage with an .839 percentage. He is hitting .369 with 55 RBIs as the Prairie Stars top the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division and rank 10th in the Midwest Region.

Beinlich, a speedy RS-junior outfielder, leads off for Belmont Abbey and has a .387 average with 29 stolen bases. He is in the elite 20-20 club with 20 home runs and 29 stolen bases. The Easton Pa. native was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and his walk off 11th inning home run gave Belmont Abbey a win in the first round of conference playoffs. Beinlich went three-for-five on Saturday and the Crusaders advance to the Conference Championship game on Sunday.

Casey Lawrence makes MLB debut
April 9, 2017

Casey Lawrence Photo Courtesy of baseball-reference.comRHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies), Photo Courtesy of

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies) made his first major league appearance with the Toronto Blue Jays last night and took a loss in relief.

Lawrence was an ACBL All-Star in 2008 and 2009 and signed a free agent contract with the Blue Jays in 2010 after his senior year at Albright.

He played seven years in the minor leagues and posted an 8-12 record in 28 starts at AA New Hampshire and AAA Buffalo with 168 innings pitched in 2016.

Overall he has pitched 1073 innings in the past seven years in pro ball including three stints in the Venezuelan Winter League.

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