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ACBL to open 54th season
June 1, 2021

After the COVID induced cancellation of the 2020 season, ACBL fans eagerly anticipate the opening of the 2021 season on June 7 when the Ocean Ospreys travel to Staten Island to play the New York Phenoms in a doubleheader.

Some of the players on current ACBL rosters who have achieved league honors this spring include RHP John Modugno (Indiana, North Jersey Eagles) who received Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors after posting a 3-1 record with a 2.09 ERA in 38.2 innings which included 40 strikeouts and a .208 opposing team average. Catcher Brian Skettini (Rider, North Jersey Eagles) was selected to the MAAC Baseball All-Rookie Team and infielder Joe Gorla (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers) was named to the Patriot League second Team after hitting .322 with 34 RBI.

RHP Christian Aich (Pace, New York Phenoms) was a first team Northeast-10 Conference selection in addition to being named Southeast Division Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Aich posted a 5-0 record with a 2.28 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 47 innings with 48 strikeouts for the Pacesetters.

C/OF Sam Barletta (Chesnut Hill, Quakertown Blazers) was selected to the first team of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. He topped the CACC with 18 stolen bases and hit .387 with a .613 slugging average. DH Gregory DiGiaro (STAC, New York Phenoms) was named to the East Coast Conference Second Team.

Catcher Tim Haverstick (East Stroudsburg, Trenton Generals) and shortstop Gavin Troutman (Lock Haven, Trenton Capitals) were placed on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Second Team.

LHP Eli Atiya (Rowan, Trenton Generals) was named to the first team of the New Jersey Athletic Conference after posting a 1.73 ERA over 62 innings with 66 strikeouts. RHP Darmany Rivas (Wm. Paterson, North Jersey Eagles) and catcher Phil Marcantonio (Kean, New Brunswick Matrix) were selected to the NJAC conference second team.

P.J. Higgins makes MLB debut with Cubs
May 20, 2021

P.J. Higgins (ODU, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013) was called up from Iowa on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 in his debut as the Chicago Cubs lost to Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 4-3. Higgins played catcher and 1B/3B in the Cubs system for six years after being drafted in the 12th round in 2015. He was hitting .333 (13-39) with one home run and six RBI for the Cubs’ AAA affiliate. He becomes the 118th former ACBL player to play in Major League Baseball.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown Rockies, 2008-09) from the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League and assigned him to their AAA affiliate, Buffalo. Lawrence pitched in 38 MLB games for the Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners in 2017 and 2018.

Two other former ACBL and MLB pitchers have joined teams in the Atlantic League with hopes of returning to MLB. LHP Chris Reed (Stanford, Torrington, 2010) and RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer CC, Trenton Generals,2013) have signed with contracts with the Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers respectively. Reed was a first round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Fall and Roche continue mound success
May 9, 2021
Justin Fall pitching well at ASU
Justin Fall (Brookdale CC, Arizona State, Ocean Gulls, 2018) improved his record to 6-1 as he tossed the first complete game for the Sun Devils in over two years. The 6-6, LHP allowed two earned runs with seven hits and five strikeouts as he finished strong.

Fall, a redshirt junior and ACBL Top Prospect in 2018, allowed all seven hits in the first four innings as he retired the final 14 batters in the ASU win over California 6-3 on Saturday.

Kyle Roche (F&M, Ocean Gulls, 2019) was named the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week on May 4. On Saturday the 6-8 junior RHP scattered three hits over seven innings as the Diplomats defeated Dickinson 2-1.

Roche finished the season with a 7-0 record that included a 1.00 ERA in 45 innings and 54 strikeouts with only seven walks.

ACBL players earn Weekly Awards
April 27, 2021

Sam Barletta (Chesnut Hill, Quakertown Blazers, 2021) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on April 26 after going 10-for-11 (.909) at the plate. The junior catcher/outfielder scored seven runs, posted seven RBI and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases with a 1.273 slugging average. Barletta is currently hitting .417 with 20 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Mitch Balint (Delaware, Quakertown Blazers,2021) was selected Colonial Athletic Conference Player of the Week for March 9 after batting .750 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI as Delaware swept LaSalle in a doubleheader. The freshman catcher/DH is currently hitting .288 with four home runs and nine RBI for the Blue Hens.

Matt Stamford (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots, 2019,2021) was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on March 16 after posting a perfect 5.2 innings of relief in a Lehigh victory over Bucknell. The junior LHP has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings.

Bryant Skurbe (Merrimack, Ocean Gulls, 2021) was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on March 16 after hitting .286 with two home runs and seven RBI. Two weeks later he was again named Rookie of the Week after hitting .556 with a .889 slugging average including 10 hits and seven RBI. The freshman outfielder/DH is currently hitting .273 with four home runs and 24 RBI.

Freshman catcher Billy Minett (St. Thomas Aquinas, Ocean Ospreys, 2021) was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on April 12 after posting a .571 batting average (4 for 7) with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored in two wins over the College of Staten Island.

Trivino and Mayza build on spring training success
April 14, 2021

Trivino,Mayza and Palacios post outstanding peformances

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RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakerown Blazers, 2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) have continued their spring training dominance of hitters as both closed out wins on Tuesday.

Trivino tossed a 12 pitch scoreless ninth inning to get the save as the Oakland A’s defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. In seven games over 8.2 innings Trivino has posted a 1.04 ERA and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 0.69 and opponents are hitting .074.

Mayza tossed an eleven pitch scoreless ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 7-3. In five games over 3.1 innings Mayza has a 0.00 ERA with no walks and five strikeouts. Outfielder Josh Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) put the Blue Jays on the board with a two run single in the second inning and is currently hitting .385.




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Scores from Yesterday

    
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2021 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

 WLTPCT
Jersey6300.667
Trenton Capitals6400.600
Trenton Generals6400.600
Quakertown3400.429

Kaiser Division

 WLTPCT
North Jersey6400.600
Ocean Ospreys5500.500
New Brunswick4700.364
New York4900.308

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