December 12, 2007
Three 2007 freshmen All-American selections are among the four ACBL players recently named to the pre-season watch list for the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award. The Wallace Award is dedicated to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach, Brooks Wallace, who died of cancer at age 27.
Sophomore pitchers Ryan Buch (Blazers, Monmouth) and Todd Roth ( Catz, Penn) join sophomore outfielder Nick Santomauro (Pilots, Dartmouth) and senior outfielder Mike McKenna (Cadets, Florida Atlantic) on this prestigious list.
Come Fly With Us!
November 29, 2007
After 5 very successful seasons in Stamford, CT and Valhalla, NY, the Robins have made a new nest in Peekskill, NY. We are truly excited about the upcoming 2008 season and many seasons beyond. The reception and support from the City of Peekskill has been overwhelming. We look forward to this same support from the community as we push to promote the game of baseball at a highly competitive level. The Robins are considered to be an all-star college baseball team. We recruit our players from colleges around the nation and over the last four Major League Baseball drafts, we have had 33 players recruited and signed to play baseball professionally. Come see the future stars of Major League Baseball!
The Robins season starts June 2008, but please check our website often to catch up on the latest news, stories on our current and former players, promotions, and to get information on our baseball clinics and other community activities we will be hosting.
Our home games will be played at the beautiful and newly built Peekskill Stadium, located on the banks of the Hudson River, just off Rte 9 in Peekskill, NY. For our fans in the tri-state area this is a short 35 minute ride from Fairfield County and NYC. Click on the below links to find out more about Peekskill.
Remember, all Robins’ baseball games are Free Admission. We hope to see you all at the stadium!
p.s. – The Robins are now accepting Corporate and Private Sponsorships to help support us in our new home. If you or your corporation is interested in helping us promote college baseball through a Tax-Deductible donation, please contact Tim Kelly (TK@robinsbaseball.com)
November 19, 2007
The Robins Baseball Club announced today that they have signed Kyle Kane to a contract for the 2008 season. Kane from Boonsboro, Maryland will help the club not only as a catcher, but also as a corner infielder and outfielder. The incoming freshman is expected to be a regular this spring for the Mount and will provide a power bat for the Robins this upcoming summer.
November 14, 2007
The Robins announced this morning that they have signed 3 players from the C.W. Post Pioneers as both Pete and Bo Budkevics and Eric Stampfl have signed on for the 2008 Season.
The Robins have had success with players from this Long Island school as Michael Vicaro  and Joe Mare  were tremendous assets to the program.
Pete Budkevics is one of the mainstays of the Pioneer pitching staff and has played previously in the ACBL with the Metro Cadets. His younger brother Bo is not only an outstanding pitcher but can play both first base and the outfield. The Robins will make good use of his talent and versatility.
Stamphl out of Dix Hills N.Y., is another hard throwing right-hander who will see some quality innings.
The Robins were totally impressed by the athleticism of these players and expect them to be a major component of the 2008 squad.
A Father and Son’s Adventures Playing Minor League Baseball
November 7, 2007
“Drafted in the first round of the 1981 baseball draft, I might have had a head start on John Wolff, but I am now in awe of his perseverance and strength. His major league-sized heart, along with his relationship with his dad Rick, made me want to go home and ‘have a catch’ with my dad.”
—Ron Darling, All-Star and New York Mets broadcaster
“Harvard Boys brings back a lot of memories from my years playing in the bush leagues. I've enjoyed 38 years as a player and broadcaster in the majors, but my three years in the minors was well worth it.”
—Ken Singleton, 3-time All-Star and New York Yankees broadcaster
A Father and Son’s Adventures Playing Minor League Baseball
by John Wolff and Rick Wolff
The mythology of baseball features myriad of stories about fathers and sons, and about kids who try to make it to the big leagues against the odds. Harvard Boys combines both. It’s as surprising and touching as anything the Hollywood dream factory has conjured up—a little bit of Field of Dreams, a little bit of Bull Durham, and a surprising touch of Harvard Crimson.
Rick Wolff left Harvard in 1973 with the hope of making it in professional baseball. He played for the Tigers organization but never made it to the major leagues. His experiences in the minor leagues helped prepare him for life as a college baseball coach, a sports psychologist, a sportscaster, and a book editor.
In 2006, his son John had the same dream. After also playing for Harvard, he was drafted by the White Sox in the 47th round. Harvard Boys is his story, offered in diary form, with illuminating commentary from his father. The book is a fresh and fun first-hand look, from two generations of ballplayers, at life in the minor leagues. It takes readers to spring training, into dugouts and locker rooms, and onto minor league fields across the country. John and Rick entertain while they answer questions that many fans may have never thought to ask: What’s it really like to get your first hit as a pro? Is playing ball in Kalamazoo, Michigan, or Lynn, Massachusetts, really any fun? How much has baseball really changed in the last thirty years? Are “Baseball Annies” (the famous minor league groupies) just a myth? What is it like to step onto a spring training field with major leaguers for the first time?
“All around me are players I have read about for years, guys like Jim Thome, El Duque (Orlando Hernandez), Juan Uribe, Scott Podsednik, and on and on. All big leaguers up close and in person. They were all wearing crisp and clean Chicago White Sox uniforms, and I had to keep reminding myself I was now one of their colleagues.”
—John Wolff in Harvard Boys
Harvard Boys is great reading for any real baseball fan—a gift from father and son to all the fathers and sons (and mothers and daughters) who love the game.
JOHN WOLFF took a leave of absence from Harvard University to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball in 2006. A 47th round draft choice of the Chicago White Sox, Wolff’s adventures in the bush leagues form the core of this, his first book.
RICK WOLFF, John’s father, was himself drafted after his junior year at Harvard and played for two years in the Detroit Tigers minor league system. He was the head baseball coach at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) for eight years, and from 1990 to 1995 he worked as the roving sports psychology coach for the Cleveland Indians. The author or co-author of eighteen books, he now serves as a vice president and executive editor at Grand Central Publishing in New York.
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November 1, 2007
LHP Casey Lambert (Catz) was reported to have the Best Pro Debut for the Chicago Cubs in Baseball America's Draft Report Card for the Class of 2007. Lambert, a sixth round pick, struck out 47 in 41 innings and limited opponents to a .176 average while getting to low class A Peoria in his first year. Lambert's curveball was named Best Secondary Pitch and he was Closest to the Majors because he got the most out of his ability with good intelligence and instincts.
Zach Lutz (Rockies) was named Best Pure Hitter in the Mets draft based on above average bat speed and a swing he repeated easily in pre-draft workouts at Shea Stadium. Unfortunately the fifth round pick suffered a season ending ankle fracture in his pro debut.
OF Jimmy Principe (Catz) was one of the fastest runners in the Arizona Diamondbacks draft with 60-65 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Peter Gilardo (Cadets) was noted to have a plus-plus arm as one of the best defensive players in the Boston Red Sox draft.
October 27, 2007
The Washington Nationals recently named former Seton Hall and Jersey Pilot star Marteese Robinson as East Coast Crosschecker.
Robinson joins the Nationals after serving most recently as Director of Professional Scouting with the St. Louis Cardinals. The former first baseman will work with Dana Brown, another Seton Hall and Jersey Pilot product, who is Director of Scouting for the Nationals.
October 25, 2007
The ACBL has had many players drafted or signed as free agents over its storied history. The link below will give you the overview of the Class of 2007.
Click here to view the Class of 2007
October 17, 2007
While there have been well over 100 college baseball card sets issued, dating back to the late 1970s, there have been only a relative handful of summer collegiate baseball card sets produced. The oldest was the 1977 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, issued by TCMA (well known as a pioneer of minor league team sets).
Click here to view a sample card
October 16, 2007
Former ACBL outfielder Todd Martin
is playing winter ball in Hawaii with the West Oahu CaneFires
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October 15, 2007
ESPN.com news services
After a 20-year career in which he stayed with one franchise, played multiple positions at an All-Star level and joined the elite 3,000 hit club, the Houston Astros infielder said Tuesday he will retire at the end of this season.
"There are a lot of guys that have the game taken away from them by injury," he said. "For me to be able to walk away now, on top, on my own accord, I'm very happy with that. I'm in a good place. I think I've done everything that I was supposed to do on a baseball field. I have nothing to be disappointed about."
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Moyer Tops Bergmann in Battle of Former ACBL Stars
October 3, 2007
Two former ACBL pitchers paired up in a classic veteran versus rookie matchup on Sunday as the Phillies defeated the Nationals 6-1 to win the National League East title.
Forty-four year old Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) won his 230th career game and 14th for 2007 as he allowed only an unearned run in five and one-third innings.
Rookie Jason Bergmann (Jersey Pilots) was 4-0 with a 3.73 ERA in his last five starts prior to the season finale. Bergmann allowed three earned runs in three innings and finished with a 6-6 record.
September 25, 2007
By Aaron Fitt - Courtesy of Basball America
School, New coach (previous school/job), Former coach (reason for departure)
UC Irvine, Vacant, Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton head coach)
Cal State Fullerton, Dave Serrano (UC Irvine head coach), George Horton (Oregon head coach)
Campbell, Greg Goff (Montevallo, Ala., head coach), Chris Wiley (interim)
Dallas Baptist, Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist assistant), Eric Newman (Nebraska assistant)
Florida, Kevin O'Sullivan (Clemson assistant), Pat McMahon (fired)
Florida International, Turtle Thomas (Arizona State assistant), Danny Price (fired)
La Salle, Mike Lake (La Salle assistant), Lee Saverio (fired)
Liberty, Jim Toman (South Carolina assistant), Matt Royer (resigned)
McNeese State, Terry Burrows (St. Louis High, Lake Charles, La., head coach), Chris Fackler (interim)
Morehead State, Jay Sorg (Reds, Triple-A), John Jarnagin (fired)
New Mexico, Ray Birmingham (New Mexico JC head coach), Rich Alday (resigned)
North Dakota State, Tod Brown (Bowling Green State assistant), Mitch McLeod (resigned)
Northwestern State, J.P. Davis (Northwestern State assistant), Mitch Gaspard (Alabama assistant)
Oakland, John Musachio (Oakland assistant), Dylan Putnam (resigned)
Oregon, George Horton (Cal State Fullerton head coach), None
Radford, Joe Raccuia (Alabama assistant), Lew Kent (resigned)
Richmond, Mark McQueen (associate head coach), Ron Atkins (retired)
Saint Louis, Darin Hendrickson (Central Mo. State head coach), Bob Hughes (resigned)
Tennessee, Todd Raleigh (Western Carolina head coach), Rod Delmonico (fired)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Scott Malone (UNLV assistant coach), Hector Salinas (interim)
Western Carolina, Bobby Moranda (Georgia Tech assistant), Todd Raleigh (Tennessee head coach)
Wofford, Todd Interdonato (Wofford assistant), Steve Traylor (retired)
September 23, 2007
By Aaron Fitt, Courtesy of Baseball America
Big changes are certainly on the way for college baseball, but the alteration that has the potential to be the biggest of all might be delayed.
When the NCAA Division I board of directors met Aug. 9, the committee that has recommended sweeping academic reforms for baseball planned to suggest it wait a year to make changes in the allocation of scholarships.
At a meeting the previous week, the committee—formally known as the Division I Baseball Academic Enhancement Working Group—agreed that the other major reforms approved by the board in April should go into effect in August 2008 as planned: a 35-man roster cap, fall certification, and the elimination of the one-time transfer rule.
But the working group suggested further study and a one-year wait before the board imposes the most controversial piece of the legislation, which would require that all scholarship players receive at least a 33 percent aid package. At present coaches can give players much smaller fractions of scholarships, which allows them to spread their aid over many players.
The scholarship legislation spawned objections from 72 Division I presidents, so the committee reconsidered its position prior to the vote on the issue by the board of directors.
Just a handful of the objections came from teams in power conferences, and most came from Northern schools that allocate fewer than the maximum 11.7 scholarships at their disposal for baseball. Those schools would not be able to stretch their limited scholarship money nearly as far if they were prohibited from offering a package less than 33 percent.
"Everybody (on the working group) felt that if we could have a little time to study what would be the best and most popular way to handle the financial aid, that would be the best thing," said Louisiana State coach Paul Mainieri, a member of the working group. "Once you put something in, it's very difficult to get it changed."
The board still had the option to reject the working group's recommendation, and if it did the working group planned to push for a lower minimum scholarship: 25 percent, according to multiple sources.
Up In The Air
The uncertainty surrounding this issue has put many recruiting coordinators in a holding pattern, uncertain how they should start to fill out their rosters for upcoming seasons.
Planning ahead is imperative in the recruiting business, but it's difficult to do that knowing roster sizes must be trimmed and scholarship restrictions may or may not be on the way. As difficult as the scholarship changes could be for small, underfunded schools, major programs are facing their own challenges. For one thing, many are finding they're only comfortable signing top-tier players to whom they would feel comfortable giving large scholarships.
"What's happening is the guys who were getting that 5 to 10 to 25 percent offers in the past, these guys are completely getting passed by and unfortunately not getting any offers at all," Michigan assistant coach Bob Keller said. "Normally, if you saw that type of player, they would have a chance to receive that type of scholarship, but now we can't take that chance.
"If you look out on our field, there's guys up and down the lineup that were receiving that type of money—that 5, 10, 15 percent range—that were playing crucial roles in our team. Now that type of player is going to be far more likely to look for other offers from other programs. Whether or not there's going to be a serious cutback on how soon or how much money players are signing for, I think it might just be a little too early to tell across the board. But I definitely think it's forcing you to be a little more precise in your evaluation."
The potential rule changes are forcing coaches to work harder than ever. Recruiters are finding they're doing more digging on players' backgrounds and trying to investigate their financial situations more closely to best decide how much of a scholarship offer to make.
New Arizona State assistant coach Josh Holliday, who joined the Sun Devils from Georgia Tech, said it's also forcing coaches to look even harder to find diamonds in the rough—talented players who might be willing to walk on.
"You're having to go out and convince these kids that coming to your school for no money is better than going to a smaller school for 33 percent," Holliday said. "(With the smaller rosters and condensed schedule), your pitching staff has to be deeper and more usable than ever. So you're trying to go out and find guys who can fill two needs; the two-way player becomes more valuable than ever."
Lost In The Cracks
Whether the board decides to delay the 33 percent rule for a year, the rest of the legislation is almost certain to pass and take effect next August. Teams will be required to get down to 30 scholarship players for the 2008-09 season regardless of the minimum scholarship amount, and teams must be down to 27 scholarship players by 2009-10.
That is certain to create its own set of problems, as coaches try to fill needs and juggle scholarship money around among their existing players.
"The next few years will be difficult, because you have more than 27 players on scholarship, plus you have to recruit to fill some other needs," Mainieri said. "As we go through this phase where we have to mold our programs into the future model, some kids are going to get lost in the cracks. No coach wants to hurt a young man, but I'm afraid some kids are going to get hurt in the transformation phase.
"Eventually, if a kid gets hurt it's going to be the coach's fault, but right now it's not, and I think that's what coaches are having a hard time with. They're having to make some adjustments they really didn't want to make."
Contributing: Alan Matthews
September 22, 2007
Compiled by Aaron Fitt - Courtesy of Baseball America
Postseason recap: The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League championship game featured a familiar face as well as a fresh face. Defending ACBL champion Kutztown squared off against upstart Long Island, an expansion franchise that won the Kaiser Division in its inaugural season.
Long Island, run by former ACBL players Doug Manfredonia (manager) and Phillip Andiola (general manager), punched its ticket to the championship in dramatic fashion. The Mustangs were tied 3-3 with the Metro New York Cadets heading into the bottom of the ninth in the second game of the Kaiser Division championship, when P.J. Como (Fordham) led off with a single and stole second base. With one out, Bryan Burke (Keane, N.J.) delivered a line-drive into short left-field that scored Como with the winning run, setting off a celebration and sending Long Island to the finals. Kutztown's road was a little easier--the Rockies swept the Lehigh Valley Catz, winning both games by seven runs.
Kutztown captured its second straight league title with a 5-2 win in the championship game behind 5 1/3 strong innings by righthander Brad Unger (Harvard).
1. Ryan Buch, rhp, Quakertown (So., Monmouth)
Buch earned Northeast Conference rookie of the year honors after going 9-2, 2.44 as a freshman at Monmouth this spring, and he was even better in the ACBL this summer. After striking out 76 in 81 innings this spring, Buch whiffed 50 in 34 innings for Quakertown. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Buch has a good pro body to go along with a low-90s fastball and an outstanding, sharp curveball. He needs to improve his command, but his power stuff and good frame make for a nice package.
2. Ryan Page, lhp, Lehigh Valley (Sr., Liberty)
Page went 3-3, 4.57 in a relief role as a junior this spring and went undrafted in June, but he thrived as a starter in the ACBL, going 6-1, 0.92 with an eye-popping 61-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 49 innings. Page showed outstanding command of his repertoire, and he pitches off his high-80s fastball. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has a professional body.
3. Adam Matos, ss, Kutztown (Sr., West Georgia)
Matos had a pedestrian spring at West Georgia, batting just .273/.344/.435 in 161 at-bats, but he finished second in the ACBL in batting (.385), third in slugging (.471) and tied for first in stolen bases (16 in 19 attempts). The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Matos showed above-average speed (6.6-second 60-yard dash) and some defensive skills at shortstop.
4. Eric Johnson, rhp, Long Island (Jr., New York Tech)
Johnson battled atrocious command all spring for New York Tech, going 1-4, 11.57 with four strikeouts and 17 walks in 12 innings. He drew attention in the ACBL all-star game with a 92-94 mph fastball and a decent 72 mph curveball. Johnson's 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame is tantalizing, and he flashed his talent and his control issues this summer, going 0-1, 1.93 with 19 strikeouts and 13 walks in 14 innings.
5. Dan Gardo, lhp, Kutztown (RS-Fr., Pittsburgh)
After redshirting this spring, Gardo excelled in the ACBL, going 7-0, 2.04 with a 42-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 53 innings. He induced a league-high 70 groundball outs because he pitches from a good downward angle with a 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. Gardo works in the mid- to high-80s with his fastball and also has a decent curveball.
6. Zach Calhoon, rhp, Lehigh Valley (So., Texas-San Antonio)
As a freshman this spring, Calhoon played a crucial bullpen role for a UTSA team that went 24-6 in the Southland Conference, as he went 4-4, 3.03 with six saves and a 48-28 strikeout-walk ratio in 33 innings. He continued to demonstrate a closer's mentality this summer for Lehigh Valley, going 1-1, 1.56 with two saves and a 23-10 strikeout-walk ratio in 17 innings. Calhoon attacks hitters with an 88-90 mph fastball and an outstanding slider.
7. Eric Smith, rhp, Stamford (So., Rhode Island)
Smith posted an 8.53 ERA in 22 innings this spring, mostly in a relief role, but he was much better as a starter this summer, going 1-2, 3.26 with a 37-19 K-BB ratio in 39 innings. He has a projectable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, leading to optimism that he can add velocity to a fastball that already touches 90 mph. He also throws a promising tight-breaking slider.
8. Tim Schemel, ss, Quakertown (Sr., Keystone, Pa., College)
Schemel led Quakertown with a .318 average and six triples this summer, showing good gap power. He's an athletic shortstop with good range and speed (6.7-second 60-yard dash). He'll need to develop a more patient approach to succeed at the next level, as he drew just eight walks this summer while striking out 29 times.
9. Jeff Toth, ss, Jersey (Jr., College of New Jersey)
Like Schemel, Toth is a solid defensive shortstop with good athleticism, and he has even better speed (6.6-second 60-yard dash). A contact hitter despite his sturdy 6-foot-2, 210-pound build, Toth batted .298 with just six extra-base hits in 94 at-bats, but he showed good discipline at the plate, posting a 19-18 strikeout-walk ratio. He also displayed impressive baserunning instincts, stealing 11 bases in 11 attempts.
10. T.J. Greig, if/of, Long Island (So., Molloy, N.Y., College)
An outstanding contact hitter from the left side, Greig led the ACBL with a .403 batting average in 129 at-bats, though he had just five extra-base hits. He lacks strength at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, but his versatility is an asset, as he is an adequate defender all over the diamond. He has an average arm.
September 20, 2007
Former ACBL All-Star Carl Loadenthal (Blazers) will play for the Caracas Lions in the Venezuelan League. The season runs from October 11 until the end of December. The left-handed hitter batted .300 for the Mississippi Braves and was named to the Southern League All-Star team.
The speedy outfielder also stole 40 bases and was named best defensive outfielder and best base runner in the AA League by Baseball America. He has had five good seasons in the Braves' system and is now eligible for the Rule 5 draft if not added to the Braves 40-man roster.
September 6, 2007
The Robins and the entire ACBL, would like to salute Stamford Ct. Resident and former Mount Vernon General, Darryl Brinkley, who currently plays for the Calgary Cannons of the Northern League of Professional Baseball for hitting .400 for the season and winning the League Batting Title.
Brinkley who played College Baseball at Sacred Heart University had 180 hits in 375 at bats and hit 14 home runs while driving in 82 RBI's. He played two years in Stan Musial Baseball for then coach, Mike DeAngelo and was a member of the 1987 NABF North Atlantic Regional Champions.
In 1988 he entered the ACBL with the Generals and hit over .300 for the season. Brinkley becomes one of the very few players to ever hit .400 or better and is currently leading the Cannons in the 2007 League Playoffs.
September 4, 2007
Former ACBL All-Star Kyle Collina pitched five shutout innings as Lake County (Indians) cruised past Delmarva (Orioles) 7-0 on Sunday.
The 23 year-old right-hander allowed three hits and a walk while striking out eight to gain his first South Atlantic League win. Collina extended his scoreless streak to 11 2/3 innings since his promotion from Mahoning Valley earlier this month.
August 29, 2007
Steve MacFarland, Lamar University, Marlboro N.Y., who played for the 2004 Kaiser Division Playoff Champion Robins, was traded recently to the San Francisco Giants to complete an earlier deal which sent another ACBL Graduate, Matt Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31st for outfielder Rajah Davis and a player to be named later and MacFarland became the player named to complete the deal. The hard throwing righty played for the Hickory Crawdads this year and had a 3-2 record in 65.2 innings with 69 strikeouts and was one of the South Atlantic League's top relievers. He was assigned to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League who have already clinched first place with a 51-17 record and lead second place Vancouver by 16.5 games.
August 15, 2007
Kyle Collina (Blazers), ACBL Most Valuable Pitcher in 2005, was promoted to the Lake County Indians of the South Atlantic League and retired all twelve batters that he faced in his first start on Monday as the Captains defeated Asheville 10-4. Collina struck out five with no base on balls in four innings as he was on a 50 pitch count.
August 14, 2007
Michael Vicaro, a member of the 2005 Robins, currently playing with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can Am League had his contract sold to the Colorado Rockies organization.
The Randolph N.J. Native was the ace of the Jackals staff and accumulated an 8-5 record with a 3.55 era and was 5th in the league with 81 strikeouts over 13 starts.
For the Robins in 2005, Vicaro had a 3-3 record in 45 innings and was the team leader in strikeouts with 58. In 2006, he led Montclair State University in wins with 9 as the team earned a berth in the Division 111 World Series. Opposing teams were hitting a paltry .197 against Vicaro this season.
August 13, 2007
The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League concluded its 41st season on an up note as the Kutztown Rockies defeated the Long Island Mustangs 5-2 to win their second straight ACBL title. Kutztown manager Rich DeLucia, a former pitcher with ten years of Major League experience, noted that many of the players improved over the summer and the team finished strong by going 11-2 over the last three weeks to clinch the Wolff Division title and ACBL championship. The playoff slots were not finalized until the last day of the season as all eight teams completed the 40 game schedule.
Thirty former ACBL players were selected in the June Amateur Draft while an additional ten players signed free agent contracts with MLB affiliated teams. Another twenty-five players entered Independent Baseball for the first time.
The Wolff Division defeated the Kaiser Division 6-2 in the annual All-Star game at Lafayette College with twenty scouts in attendance. Another nine scouts were present at the Wolff Division Scouts Day at Northampton Community College on the Monday after the All-Star game. Austin Newell (Texas-Tyler) was named MVP of the All-Star game. The season award winners will be announced after the August 27, 2007 league meeting.
On the Major League level, former ACBL All-Stars, Craig Biggio and Jamie Moyer continued to excel as seasoned veterans. Biggio obtained his 3,000th hit while Moyer recorded strikeout number 2,000 and entered the list of the 15 top left-handed pitchers with 226 career wins. Another former ACBL All-Star, John Lannan is off to a good start with the Nationals after beginning the season in A ball.
Kutztown defeats Long Island for second crown in three years
August 9, 2007
By Bradley A. Huebner | Special to The Morning Call
When the Kutztown Rockies look back on their repeat championship of 2007, they will fondly recall the plays at home plate that pushed them through the playoffs unbeaten.
In the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League semifinal victory over Lehigh Valley, Kutztown nailed three base runners at the plate, two in one inning.
Kutztown (27-16) raced to a 5-2 victory over Long Island in the league championship at Timothy M. Breidesgam Field on Wednesday.
The Rockies got the better of two of the three plays at home for the title.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on a close play at the plate as Jeff Vincent scored on on Joe Blackburn's sacrifice fly to right field.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Kutztown right fielder Ben Wendle picked up a dropped, two-out popup in short center field and nailed Long Island's Phil Tantillo, who was trying to score the tying run.
''That's my third outfield assist during this season,'' said Wendle said. ''I had seven for St. Joe's in the spring.''
Catcher Joe Blackburn of Penn State and Wilson West Lawn applied two tags.
''There were a surprising number of plays at the plate all season,'' said the all-Big 10 catcher who played in an Arizona league last summer. ''I think it's the aggressiveness of the teams. Compared to school, I had like five-to-10 times more plays at the plate here in fewer games.''
In the bottom of the eighth, Matt Cotellese added insurance for the Rockies with a solo home run, his third of the season. And Aaron Phillips walked and then scored on a double by Kris Garcia (two RBI). Garcia, incidentally, singled in the fourth inning to start an 8-2 putout at home plate for Long Island.
''In my first at-bat, the count was 2-0 and I got a fastball in the middle of the plate and topped it to third,'' Cotellese said. ''Then I got another 2-0 fastball [in the eighth]. I said, ''I'm not going to be late again.'''
Instead, he lined the pitch over the fence in left-center field.
''You find that more in our league, a wooden bat league,'' manager Rich DeLucia. ''Teams are more aggressive and take more chances in a wooden bat league.''
Kutztown used four pitchers -- listed in descending heights of 6-8, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-1 -- to win its second title in just three years of existence. Starter Brad Unger improved to 4-2 with 51/3 innings of accurate fastballs. The Harvard basketball and baseball player from Boyertown allowed just two hits, one a solo home run to Chris Weidlein in the second inning.
''I was the starting pitcher on Sundays for Harvard, so I had a good year there,'' said the 6-8 right-hander. ''I also started at center for the basketball team the second half of the year after our 7-footer graduated then left the team.''
Few of the Rockies left the team after last summer's title. Six players returned. Unger, who played on the team two years ago, came back, too.
Leadoff batter Jeff Vincent led the offense with two hits, two stolen bases and two runs. Kutztown reached base in all but one inning. Every starter reached base as the hosts banged out eight hits, drew eight walks and took a pitch to the shoulder.
Long Island (24-20) lost to Kutztown for the fourth time in five meetings this season. Right-handed starter Ben Green dropped to 6-2 despite a respectable outing. He lasted 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight, walking four and allowing four runs.
Kutztown closed its season winning four straight. The Rockies had to beat Lehigh Valley in the final regular-season game to win the Wolff Division, then they swept the Catz in two playoff games to reach the final.
Long Island 010 001 000 -- 2 4 0
Kutztown 101 100 02x -- 5 8 2
Ben Green, Sandy Sussman (8) and Phil Pursino. Brad Unger, Seth Kaas (6), Phil Rummel (7), Will Romanowicz (9) and Joe Blackburn. W: Unger (4-2). L: Green (6-2).
Bradley A. Huebner is a freelance writer.
August 9, 2007
By: Jason Ogle
Coming off of a record-setting 2006 campaign, the Kutztown Rockies were going to have a hard time trying to make history repeat itself. But after going 13-14 in the first half of the season, the Rockies turned it around by going 11-2 the rest of the way to win the Wolff Division regular season title. Afterwards, the Rockies dispatched the Lehigh Valley Catz in their best of three playoff series by outscoring the Catz 18-4 in two games.
Then came last night, with the Rockies one step away from back-to-back crowns, and finally, after a lot of adversity and hard work the Rockies managed to make some history of their own. The Rockies became the first ACBL team to win back-to-back championships since the 2001 and 2002 New Jersey Colts, by defeating the Long Island Mustangs last night 5-2.
Rockies starter Brad Unger (Harvard) saved his best performance of the season for last as he went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out five. The Rockies who had swept the Mustangs by scores of 10-2 and 12-4 in their last meeting, wasted little time grabbing an early lead. Second baseman Jeff Vincent (FDU) singled down the third base line against Mustangs starter Ben Green. Ironically enough, Vincent and Green are also teammates at FDU. After a bunt single by designated hitter Abe Yeakel (Mansfield) put runners at second and first, Green got left fielder Kyle Klee (Binghamton) to pop up to the catcher. A double steal put runners at second and third and then catcher Joe Blackburn (Penn State) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to put the home team up 1-0.
If there was one mistake Unger made last night it came on the first batter of the top of the second inning, first baseman Chris Weidlein. Weidlein walloped an Unger fastball over the centerfield fence to tie the game at one. Unger did not allow another hit until the sixth inning.
The Rockies regained the lead on an RBI double by Klee, who was then thrown out at third for being greedy. First baseman Kris Garcia (Florida International) added an RBI bloop single to right to score Blackburn to make it 3-1. The Mustangs rode their way back in the sixth inning as Unger hit third baseman Effrey Valdez and allowed a sharp single to left fielder T.J. Greig. Reliever Seth Kaas was called upon and his first throw didn’t make it to home plate. Instead, his pickoff attempt went into centerfield and allowed Valdez and Greig to move up one base. After allowing a sacrifice fly to Weidlein, Kaas got designated hitter Matt Barnathan to fly out to right field to end the threat.
Just to make sure there was no comeback in the ninth inning, the Rockies added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Centerfielder Matt Cotellese, who is starting to look like Barry Bonds, launched a two-out solo homerun to left-center to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead. It was his fourth homerun of the season, and second of the playoffs. After shortstop Aaron Phillips (Liberty) walked, Garcia doubled to center to give the Rockies a 5-2 cushion.
After Unger left, starter Phil Rummel (Kutztown), who was a part of last year’s team, pitched two innings of scoreless relief. Then in the ninth Will Romanowicz (Elon) struck out right fielder Phillip Como to end the game and allow the Rockies to celebrate history once again.
Long Island at Kutztown for the 2007 Championship
August 7, 2007
The new kid on the block, the Long Island Mustangs will face off at Breidegam Field in Kutztown, PA on wednesday August 8 versus the defending champs, the Kutztown Rockies. Game time is 7pm.
The road to the 2007 ACBL Championship
In the Wolff Division playoffs, the Lehigh Valley Catz defeated the Jersey Pilots 5-2 to advance to the Wolff Division Championship versus the Kutztown Rockies.
The Rockies swept the best of 3 series by the scores of 8-1 and 10-3.
In the Kaiser Division playoffs, The Long Island Mustangs squeaked by the Stamford Robins 3-2 to advance to the Kaiser Division Championship against the division champion, Metro NY Cadets.
The Mustangs aslo swept the best of 3 series, taking game one 12-4 and and game two 4-3.
August 7, 2007
Former Long Island Collegian ace John Lannan was in the national spotlight last night as he prevented Barry Bonds from taking the all-time home run lead with 756 homers. Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk against the 22 year old rookie left-hander who was only making his third big-league start.
"Lannan went after him and made some good pitches", according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Lannan only allowed one run in seven innings while walking five and striking out two. The Nationals lost 3-2 in 11 innings.
August 6, 2007
BY: JASON OGLE
Centerfielder Matt Cotellese (West Chester) was a double shy of the cycle and starter Dan Gardo (Pitt) pitched six solid innings as the Kutztown Rockies defeated the Lehigh Valley Catz 10-3 yesterday to advance to the ACBL Championship game. The Rockies swept the best-of-three series from their division rival by virtue of yesterday’s win and an 8-1 win on Saturday. In both games, the Rockies got solid starting pitching and a plethora of hits from an offense that was absolutely abysmal in the first part of the season.
Things did not look good at the start for the home team yesterday as Gardo allowed the first four batters of the game to reach base, with three walks and a single by third baseman Matt Eiden. The Rockies dodged an early bullet when Eiden took off for second with centerfielder Michael Reed at third base. The throw to second was cut off by second baseman Jeff Vincent (FDU) who fired the ball back home to catcher Joe Blackburn (Penn St.) who applied the tag on Reed. The Catz would scratch a run across on an RBI groundout by catcher Nate Thompson.
The Rockies, who scored seven runs in the sixth inning of game one to break a 1-1 tie, scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning off Catz starter Hunter Johnson and reliever Ryan Proudfoot. Vincent and designated hitter Abe Yeakel (Mansfield) both walked to start the inning and then left fielder Kyle Klee (Binghmaton) dropped down a beautiful sac bunt. Johnson, a left hander, fielded the bunt on the third base side of the mound and then had to spin and throw to get the speedy Klee. Klee beat the throw, and Vincent and Klee scored when Johnson’s throw went into right field. Blackburn delivered his first of four singles on the afternoon to plate Klee, and then Cotellese ripped a two-run single past the glove of Proudfoot. The Rockies would add their sixth and final run of the inning on a RBI single by first baseman Kris Garcia (Florida International).
The Rockies added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Blackburn. Vincent scored from second on the play and Yeakel, who was on with his third single of the afternoon, scored all the way from first after Catz left fielder Steven Felix overran the baseball.
The Catz got a run back in the seventh on an RBI double by Drew Counselman. However, in the bottom of the frame it was that Cotellese guy again as he blasted the first pitch he saw from reliever Phil Gunther over the left-center fence for a solo homerun. The Catz answered with an RBI single by Felix in the eighth, but shortstop Aaron Phillips (Liberty) hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies their 10-3 cushion.
Cotellese finished the game 3-for-3 with a homerun, triple, and single, while Blackburn was 4-for-4 with four singles and three RBIs. Relievers Billy Alec (Lehigh), Brian Mostek (Lafayette), and Jared Lehman (Campbell) pitched the final 2.2 innings of the game.
The Rockies will now await the winner of the Kaiser Division playoff series between the Long Island Mustangs and the Metro NY Cadets. The championship game is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening in Kutztown. The Rockies will look to win back-to-back ACBL championships.
August 3, 2007
The Kutztown Rockies will face off vs. the Lehigh Valley Catz tomorrow at the home of the Philadelphia Philles AA affiliiate in Reading, PA.
Directions to FirstEnergy Stadium
From the EAST:
Via the Turnpike: Take the Turnpike West to the Morgantown Exit, to 176 North, to 422 West, to Route 12 East, to the Route 61 South Exit. The Stadium is one block on the Right.
VIA the Schuylkill Expressway: Take 76 West to King of Prussia, to 422 West toward Pottstown, to Route 12 East, to the Route 61 South Exit. The Stadium is one block on the Right.
From the WEST
Via Rt 422: Take 422 East to Route 222 North, to Route 12 East, to the Route 61 South Exit. The Stadium is one block on the right.
Via Rt. 78: Take 78 East to the Route 61 South Exit. The Stadium is on the North side of Reading on the right hand side.
From the NORTH
Route 222 South to Route 61 South exit. FirstEnergy Stadium is on Route 61 South approximately 4 miles down on the right hand side.
From the SOUTH
Route 222 North to Route 12 East to Route 61 South, FirstEnergy Stadium will be one block on the Right.
Game time is 11:00am
August 2, 2007
Former ACBL All-Star John Lannan bounced back from his shaky MLB debut and earned his first victory for the Nationals in a 7-4 win over the Reds. Lannan took a shutout into the sixth inning Wednesday night and eventually allowed two earned runs in five and two-thirds innings pitched.
He scattered five hits with two base on balls and one strike out while throwing 98 pitches.
July 31, 2007
With Jairo Mendez's win against Kutztown Rockies 5-4 last evening, it gives Jairo a career record in the ACBL of 12 wins and 1 loss.
July 31, 2007
Prior to the recent doubleheader with the Long Island Mustangs, a Kutztown Rockie player asked Rich DeLucia," Who was the best catcher that you pitched to in the Majors?" Rich replied, “That’s easy, Dave Valle was a great defensive catcher."
Between games Phil Pursino, Director of Baseball Operations for the Mustangs, met Rich DeLucia and they realized they had a common friend in Dave Valle. Valle was a second round pick of the Mariners in 1978 out of Holy Cross High School and played in the Major Leagues for 14 years.
Valle was with the Mariners from 1984 thru 1993 and caught DeLucia from 1990 to 1993 with Seattle. Rich said Valle was a big help when he broke in as a rookie and DeLucia won 12 games for the Mariners in 1991.
Valle's son, Philip, was the second baseman for the Mustangs in the doubleheader. The younger Valle was drafted by the Expos in 2004 and will be a senior at Westmont College (California) in the fall. Rich was pleased to be able to talk to Philip after the game.
This is certainly a small world baseball story that extended from coast to coast.
July 27, 2007
By Stephen Miller Of The Morning Call
PHILADELPHIA | - The losses came in rapid-fire succession, a 1-2 combination that turned a Thursday filled with promise into one of the darker days the Phillies have endured this season.
First came another bullpen blowup, with Washington earning a 7-6 comeback win at Citizens Bank Park on Jesus Flores' two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning off Mike Zagurski.
While losing the game hurt the Phillies -- it snapped their five-game winning streak and kept them from gaining ground on the National League East-leading Mets -- their other setback will have longer-lasting repercussions.
Phillies Notebook: Dream turns to nightmare
After the game, the Phillies learned that All-Star second baseman Chase Utley has a broken right hand. He will miss at least three weeks, more likely a month, and could be out even longer if he needs to have surgery.
Utley broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand when Washington pitcher John Lannan, who was making his major league debut, drilled him with an 0-2 fastball in the fifth inning. Utley stayed in the game and played all nine innings before having his hand X-rayed. He will see hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp this morning to determine whether he needs surgery.
While Utley is sure to miss significant time, he and the Phillies both expect him to return before the season ends.
''It bothered me as soon as I got hit, but I didn't think it was enough for me to come out of the game,'' Utley said, his right hand swollen. ''It was definitely sore. I guess that's what happens.
''It's definitely disappointing that I'm going to be out for a while,'' he added. ''But there's 25 guys on this roster. I expect everybody to continue to play hard. We've still got a lot of games to win.''
Winning without Utley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, will be a tough task. Abraham Nunez will take Utley's spot at second base, at least initially. The Phillies could look to make a trade for a second baseman, but they have no one in their farm system ready to play the position.
Whoever fills in for Utley won't be able to duplicate his offensive production. His name fills the NL leaderboards, where he ranks among the top five in batting average (.336), RBIs (82), runs scored (79), hits (134), total bases (232), doubles (41), and extra-base hits (61). He also leads the league in another category -- hit by pitch (17).
The last one hurt more than any other.
''He's one of the best players and one of the leaders on our club,'' assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ''He'll still be here in the clubhouse. He'll still be around, so I'm sure his presence in our clubhouse will not be lost. In the lineup it will be, but certainly not in the clubhouse.''
Added manager Charlie Manuel: ''Utley, he's huge. He's a big part of our offense. He's a big part of our defense. We're losing one of our best players.''
To their credit, the Phillies have survived all season while battling injuries to key players. Ryan Howard, the reigning NL MVP, missed two weeks with a quadriceps injury. Starting pitcher Jon Lieber is done for the season, and rotation mate Freddy Garcia could be, too. The Phillies have also had to work with a patchwork bullpen, with Tom Gordon and Brett Myers both missing over two months with shoulder injuries.
Whether they can survive the prolonged absence of Utley, their No. 3 and best overall hitter, remains to be seen. Opposing teams will now avoid Howard more than ever. Everyone else in the lineup will have to raise their level of play.
Utley expects nothing less.
''This team has a lot of character,'' Utley said. ''We're still right in the hunt.
''We've got two months to go, and I expect to still be in the hunt come October.''
Phillies third baseman Wes Helms' throwing error on Ryan Zimmerman's grounder to lead off the eighth paved the way for a three-run Washington rally.
Phillies open a 3-game series tonight against Pittsburgh, with LHP Jamie Moyer (8-8, 5.01 ERA) facing Pirates RHP John Van Benschoten (0-4, 8.17).
July 26, 2007
BY: JASON OGLE
Starter Dan Gardo and two relievers combined to allow one run last night as the Kutztown Rockies clinched an ACBL Playoff berth by defeating the Quakertown Blazers 6-1. Gardo, who just finished his freshman season at the University of Pittsburgh, improved to 7-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.65. His seven wins are the most by any pitcher in the league and his ERA ranks second in the league behind Lehigh Valley’s Ryan Page. Seven seemed to be the common theme for the evening as the southpaw went seven innings allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out seven.
The only trouble that Gardo ran into came in the second inning as third baseman Chad Lightcap (Kutztown) ripped a single into left which was followed by a single from right fielder Kevin Thompson (East Stroudsburg). However, Thompson got greedy and was thrown out at second by Gardo, who was backing up the throw to third in an attempt to nab Lightcap. Catcher Brian Trymbiski followed with an RBI single to center and designated hitter Mark Angelo (Bucknell) followed with a single of his own. However, second baseman Mike Kacelowicz (Kutztown) hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. Gardo did not allow another hit in his last five innings of work, and only allowed one base runner, a walk to Lightcap in the fourth.
The Rockies bats were being held in check by Blazers’ starter Nick Nigito (Keystone) who overcame some early wildness. However, the Rockies put up four runs in the fourth to give their starter a nice cushion to work with. Left fielder Kyle Klee (Binghamton) led off the inning by reaching on an error by Mike Kacelowicz. Catcher Joe Blackburn (Penn State) followed with a single through the right side to move Klee to second. With one out, centerfielder Matt Cotellese (West Chester) ripped a two-run double to left center to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. First baseman Kris Garcia (Florida International) followed with a single to center to plate Cotellese for a 3-1 advantage. Shortstop Aaron Phillips (Liberty) who has really picked his game up offensively in the past weeks ripped an RBI double to right center to plate Garcia and stake the home team to a 4-1 lead after four innings.
The Rockies added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a leadoff home run by third baseman Dave Giammaresi (Liberty), his first of the season. Garcia added an RBI double in the eighth inning to complete the scoring.
Relievers Seth Kaas (Mary Washington) and James Rundatz (West Chester) each pitched an inning in relief and did not allow a runner to get past first base. For Kaas, it was his league-tying 14th appearance on the season.
The Rockies are percentage points ahead of the Lehigh Valley Catz for first place in the Wolff Division with four games left in the regular season. The Catz have two games remaining including one tonight at Quakertown and one next Tuesday at home against the Rockies. The Rockies will complete their regular season home slate this Saturday with a doubleheader against the Long Island Mustangs. First pitch for game one is scheduled for noon at Kutztown University’s North Campus Field.
July 25, 2007
Karl Krailo, a standout on the 2006 Lehigh Valley Catz and Co-MVP of the ACBL last season, recenlty signed a professional baseball contract with the Tarrant County Blue Thunder of the Continental Baseball League. The CBL is a newly formed professional independent baseball league with headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
How’s this for a first week in professional baseball............Karl hit 4 home runs in just his first 5 games and is currently batting .471 with 14 RBI’s for the Blue Thunder and he was named CBL Player of the Week in his first week in the league. If that wasn’t enough, he was then invited to participate in the league’s first All-Star Game and HR Derby. He advanced to the finals of the HR Derby then really put on a show with three home runs in the All-Star Game as his North squad beat the South 7-2. Karl was named MVP of the game. Player of the Week, MVP of the All-Star Game and 7 home runs in one week...............way to go Karl!!!!!
Karl becomes the 35th former Lehigh Valley Catz player to go on to play professional baseball!
July 24, 2007
BY: JASON OGLE
Unlike last season when the Kutztown Rockies finished with an ACBL best-ever mark of 33-6, this years’ squad has hovered around .500 for most of the season. Last night, however, the Rockies defeated the Lehigh Valley Catz for the second time in five days and improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games. That streak has seen the Rockies go from two games under the break even mark to four games over, and has seen the team climb to within one game of first place with five games left in the regular season.
Last night, the Rockies got a stellar pitching performance from Phil Rummel (Kutztown) and timely hitting from its offense to defeat the Catz 5-2. Rummel lowered his ERA to 0.83 after pitching six shutout innings, allowing five hits, while striking out nine. He got around a leadoff single to Michael Reed (Grayson County College) by striking out the side. In the fourth inning, the Catz loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of two singles and an error. However, Rummel buckled down and got a pop out, strikeout, and groundout to end the threat.
The Rockies got on the board in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a very odd play. Designated hitter Abe Yeakel (Liberty) walked to start the inning and then stole second. Then with one out, second baseman Jeff Vincent (Farleigh Dickinson) struck out swinging, but the ball got past catcher Scooter Hendrickson (Southern Arkansas). As Hendrickson went to throw to first, he slipped and fell, allowing Vincent to reach safely and Yeakel to advance to third. After Vincent stole second, shortstop Adam Matos (West Georgia State) hit a screaming one hopper to third base. Catz’ third baseman Brett Henry (Troy University) lunged to his right to make a backhanded stab and then threw to second to retire Vincent who was hung up between second and third. Yeakel scored on the play to put the Rockies up 1-0.
The Rockies added two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Matos and a sacrifice fly by left fielder Matt Cotellese (West Chester). Then in the seventh, the Rockies staged a two-out rally after catcher Joe Blackburn (Penn State) doubled to left center and right fielder Ben Wendle (St. Joseph’s) smacked a first-pitch fastball over the right field fence for a two-run homer. Wendle’s shot put the Rockies up 5-0.
Seth Kaas (Mary Washington) came on in relief of Rummel and his only blemish was allowing a solo homerun to left fielder Steven Felix (Troy University). James Rundatz (West Chester) picked up the save in the ninth, but not before giving the Rockies’ faithful a scare. After a leadoff single by Henry, Rundatz got right fielder Drew Counselman (Mt. St. Mary’s) to fly to right for out number one. Rundatz then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases for designated hitter Josh Vittek (Mt. St. Mary’s). Vittek hit a sac fly to left to cut the score to 5-2 and brought Felix back to the plate with a chance to tie the game with one swing of the bat. Rundatz, however, had other ideas. He battled back in the count after being down 3-1 and got Felix to swing at what looked like ball four to allow the Rockies to escape with a much needed win.
The Rockies now sit at 19-15 in the Wolff Division and alone in second place. They’re a half game ahead of the Jersey Pilots who they will host tonight at Breidegam Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
July 19, 2007
Former Long Island Collegian pitcher John Lannan is on the move in the Washington Nationals system. The 6' 5" LHP started the seaon at Potomac (High A) and on Sunday he allowed only one run in six innings as Columbus (AAA) defeated Richmond 6-1.
Lannan was an ACBL All-Star in 2003 after going 6-2 in 47 innings for the Collegians. In 2005 he was drafted out of Siena by the Nationals in the 11th round. At Vermont he ended up with a 3-5 record in 11 starts and ERA of 5.26. The following year Lannan pitched 138 innings at Savannah and recorded a 6-8 log with a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts.
This spring his 6-0 record with 2.13 ERA at Potomac (High A) provided a jump start for his career. Harrisburg (AA) was the next stop and he went 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA. At Columbus his ERA is 1.55 in 29 innings with a 2-1 record. Next move may be the Major Leagues.
July 18, 2007
ACBL Free Agents
Joe Augustine, Pilots – Royals, Burlington Royals
Sam DeLuca, Generals - Mets
Dennis Donovan, Robins – Royals, AZL Royals
John Fitzpatrick, Generals – Pirates, GCL Pirates
Ted Gjeldum, Catz – Royals, Burlington Royals
Brendan Monaghan, Robins – Orioles, Bluefield Orioles
Christopher Perez, Collegians - Padres, Eugene Emeralds
Anthony Seratelli, Colts – Royals, Idaho Falls Chukars
Ralph Tropiano, Cadets – Orioles, GCL Orioles
Dan Zeffiro, Pilots – Reds, Billings Mustangs
2007 MLB Draft of ACBL Players
Round 05 - Zach Lutz, Rockies – Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones
Round 06 - Casey Lambert, Catz – Cubs, Peoria Chiefs
Round 13 - Steven Shepard, Robins – Nationals, GCL Nationals
Round 13 - Robert Blevins, Generals – Dodgers, Ogden Raptors
Round 14 - Craig Clark, Blazers – Giants, Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes
Round 15 - Nathan Jennings, Blazers – Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
Round 15 - David Williams, Pilots – Yankees, Staten Island Yankees
Round 17 - Ivor Hodgson, Catz – Royals, AZL Royals
Round 19 - Robert Spain, Catz – Pirates, State College Spikes
Round 21 - Matt Cavagnaro, Cadets – Pirates, State College Spikes
Round 22 - Craig Muschko, Blazers – Cubs, AZL Cubs
Round 23 - Frank Gailey, Blazers – Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
Round 24 - Scott Meyer, Robins – Cubs, AZL Cubs
Round 24 - John White, Catz – Brewers, AZL Giants
Round 25 - Jason Monti, Cadets – Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
Round 26 - Sal Iacono, Cadets – Astros, Tri-City Valley Cats
Round 27 - John Mollicone, Collegians – Devil Rays, Princeton Devil Rays
Round 29 - Javier Martinez, Generals – Giants, AZL Mariners
Round 30 - Andrew Battisto, Blazers – Marlins, Jamestown Jammers
Round 32 - Peter Andrelczyk, Blazers – Orioles
Round 32 - Bryan Collins, Catz – A’s, Vancouver Canadians
Round 33 - Rich Prall, Blazers – Phillies, Williamsport Crosscutters
Round 36 - William Mottram, Generals – Cubs, Boise Hawks
Round 37 - Jimmy Principe, Catz – Diamondbacks, Missoula Osprey
Round 39 - Christopher Vasami, Collegians – Rockies, Casper Rockies
Round 41 - Kevin Hickey, Cadets/Generals – Reds
Round 41 - Tom Edwards, Pilots – Rangers
Round 42 - Christopher Raber, Blazers – Yankees, Staten Island Yankees
Round 45 - Peter Gilardo, Cadets – Red Sox, GCL Red Sox
Round 49 - Matt Willard, Catz – Indians
Former Players Monaghan and Augustine Shine
July 17, 2007
The past two days have been excellent for the ACBL free agent signees in the Appalachian League.
On Sunday Brendan Monaghan (Pilots/Robins) went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs in an 8-3 win over Kingsport. The next day his first pro home run was a grand slam as the Bluefield Orioles defeated Kingsport 7-1.
Joe Augustine (Pilots) gained his second win for the Burlington Royals as he allowed two runs in five innings. Augustine has a 0.83 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched. Ted Gjeldum (Catz) improved his record to 3-0 with two scoreless innings of relief work as the Royals won again on Monday.
July 17, 2007
July 16, 2007
The Robins split a doubleheader with Quakertown on Sunday and continue to remain in competition for the league title with 13 games remaining.
In the 5-2 opening game loss, a 4 run 5th inning by the Blazers, sealed the win. Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the 7th, the Robins managed 2 runs on RBI singles by Blake Cover and Joe Mare but could not advance any further. Matison Smith took the loss despite giving up only 1 earned run and 5 hits while going the distance.
In the nightcap, an RBI double by Jak Kidd gave the Robins a 1-0 lead but the Blazers tied the game in the bottom of the 4th. The game went into extra innings and in the top of the 10th, Trey Howell's 2 out double scored Cover all the way from 1st base which proved to be the winning run. The Robins got stellar pitching performances from Kyle Maynor, who went the first 5.1 innings, Rick Muir who went 3.2 scoreless innings and was credited win the win and Jeff Foster who pitched the final inning to pick up his 3rd save of the season.
The Robins will resume action on Wednesday for a 5pm game at Westchester Community College.
July 13, 2007
Utilizing a 16 hit attack the Robins won their 4th straight game defeating the Long Island Mustangs 16-1. Chris Dunkin with 3 doubles, 4 rbi's, Trey Howell with 3 hits including a 2 run homer, Cody Morrison with 2 hits including a 3 run homer and 4 rbi's David Wendt with 2 hits and 2 rbi's, Joe Mare with 2 hits and Jack Kidd with a 2 run double, paced the offense.
Eric Smith threw 7 innings striking out 7 to get the win while Eric Williams and Jeff Foster both threw scoreless innings to finish the game.
The Robins now 10-13 will be in action next on Saturday with a 1pm double header vs the Metro Cadets at St. John's University
July 10, 2007
The Robins won their 3rd game in a row on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over the N.Y. Generals at Westchester Community College.
Jak Kidd who is currently leading the ACBL in hitting, continued his torrid pace by blasting 2 triples while Joe Mare, with 2 singles and 3 rbi's and David Wendt, with 2 hits including a double, pacing the offense.
Taylor McInnis was the winning pitcher going 6 strong innings giving up 2 hits and striking out 6 with Rick Muir getting the save going the final 3, only letting up 1 hit.
The Robins will be in action again tommorow at 7 vs the Generals away and then return back to WCC to play the Long Island Mustangs on Thursday.
July 9, 2007
BY: JASON OGLE
Centerfielder Brian Ernst has been a catalyst at the top of lineup in the past few weeks for the Kutztown Rockies. After missing the first 15 games of the season with a thumb injury, Ernst’s return has added pop and speed to an improving Rockies’ lineup. The Penn State product is hitting .405 in 13 games with five RBIs and two stolen bases, and was unstoppable yesterday as he helped propel the Rockies over .500 for the first time since June 12, with a sweep of the Jersey Pilots.
In game one, Ernst took the first pitch he saw from Pilots’ starter Eric Valdez (Clarendon) and rocketed a one-hopper to the fence for a leadoff double. However, he would advance no further as the Rockies trailed 1-0 after one. The Pilots led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Rockies’ shortstop Adam Matos (West Georgia State) made a quick trip around the bases thanks to two Pilots errors. Matos singled, stole second, and then advanced to third when catcher Chris Chiarappa (Caldwell) threw the ball into centerfield. Matos made it home easily when centerfielder Dan Shapiro (Brown) threw the ball into the Rockies dugout. Now trailing 2-1, the Rockies only had three outs left heading into the bottom of the seventh. Valdez, who had given up a run, on five hits, was lifted for right hander Drew Campbell (Salisbury). Campbell started off the inning by hitting Rockies first baseman Kris Garcia (Florida International), who was replaced by pinch runner Justin Garcia (Orange County Community College). Designated hitter Kyle Klee (Binghamton) singled to center to put runners on first and second with no outs. The next batter, third baseman David Giammaresi (Liberty) took the first pitch, however Garcia was halfway between second and third base. Chiarappa threw to second but the ball short-hopped shortstop Jeff Toth and Garcia made it to third safely. Giammaresi then brought him home with a sac fly to tie the game at two. After second baseman Aaron Phillips (Liberty) sacrificed Klee to second, the stage was set for Ernst. Ernst got a hold of one and sent it to straightaway center and had Shapiro twisting and turning in the outfield. The ball eventually found its way over the head of Shapiro and Klee made his way to the plate to give the Rockies the come-from-behind win.
Jared Lehman (Campbell) pitched four innings, giving up two unearned runs on one hit. James Rundatz (West Chester) relieved Lehman and pitched two scoreless innings. Billy Alec (Lehigh) was the beneficiary of the comeback as he picked up the win in only one inning of work. Campbell was saddled with the loss.
In game two, Ernst wasted no time in testing the Pilots’ defense, which had committed three errors in game one. Ernst hit a slow chopper to second that he beat out, and then moved to second when Pilots’ second baseman Paddy Matera (Brookdale) threw the ball out of play. Unlike game one, the Rockies made sure that Ernst would not be stranded at second. The next batter was Matos who was hit so hard by a Joe Bartlinski (Kean) pitch that the ball ricocheted off of him and went up and over the backstop. Matos finished the inning, but was then replaced. With runners at first and second, right fielder Ben Wendle (St. Joseph’s) hit an RBI single to right to put the Rockies on the board. First baseman Joe Blackburn (Penn State) followed with a single of his own to plate Matos and stake the Rockies to a 2-0 lead after one.
The Rockies continued to tee off on Bartlinski in the second inning. Klee started off the inning with a single and then stole second. After a strikeout, left fielder Matt Cotellese (West Chester) singled to right field to put runners at the corners. Ernst came up and hit a single to right to plate Klee and move Cotellese to third. Cotellese scored on a sacrifice fly by Abe Yeakel (Liberty) to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead after two.
The Pilots had plenty of chances throughout the game against Rockies’ starter Brad Unger (Harvard). In the first, Shapiro walked and then moved to third on a single by short stop Kevin Cuozzi (Montclair State). However, Unger caught Cuozzi napping and picked him off of first, leaving Shapiro at third with only one out. Unger then got Matera to strike out swinging and Toth to ground to first. In the second inning, right fielder Nicholas Santomauro (Dartmouth) singled, stole second, and moved to third on a groundout by first baseman Andrew Cook (Radford). Unger battled back and struck out catcher Chris Kievit (Long Island) and got left fielder Ken Gregory (St. Petersburg JC) to ground to first.
The Rockies added single runs in the third and fifth innings on RBI singles by Klee. Unger pitched five innings, giving up no runs on five hits, while striking out five. Seth Kaas (Mary Washington) pitched a scoreless sixth, and Alec ended the game by striking out the side in the seventh.
Ernst finished the day going 6-for-8 with four singles, two doubles, one run, and two RBIs. Klee was 3-for-5 with three singles, one run, and two RBIs. Blackburn had three singles and two runs scored.
The Rockies, who have now played a total of 29 games, the most of any team in the ACBL, will finish with seven of their last 11 games at home. The Rockies trail the Catz by 2.5 games, and lead the Blazers by a half game in the Wolff Division.
The team returns to action tomorrow night as they travel to take on the Quakertown Blazers. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Rockies will return home on Monday, July 16, when they take on Quakertown at 5 p.m. at Kutztown University’s North Campus Field.
July 8, 2007
The Robins swept a twinbill this afternoon from the Quakertown Blazers by the scores of 2-1 and 7-3 today at Yale University.
In the opening contest Matison Smith went the distance scattering 3 hits while striking out 6 while Chris Dunkin and newly signed Joe Mare drove in the runs with rbi singles. Cody Morrison and Steven Vitale chipped in for 2 hits each and scored runs.
In the nitecap, the Robins trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning but came up with 6 runs to put the game away. Another new signee Alex Sanchez, started the rally as 12 men came to bat in the inning. Dunkin and Jak Kidd has 2 rbi singles and Trey Howell and Mare had 2 hits apiece. Kyle Maynor threw 5 innings to win his 2nd game of the year and Jeff Foster threw the final 2 innings to record the save.
The Robins will be in action next on Tuesday at 5pm at Westchester Community College vs the New York Generals.
Blazers shine for scouts at ACBL All-Star Game
July 7, 2007
By Keith Groller Of The Morning Call
Denny Robison has been managing the Quakertown Blazers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for 24 years and understands as well as anyone that the league is more about developing players than winning titles.
That's why Robison beamed Saturday afternoon at Lafayette's Hilton Rahn Stadium when several of his Blazers stood out in the ACBL's 41st annual All-Star Game.
Quakertown's Austin Newell had a pair of doubles and scored twice to earn MVP honors in the Wolff Division's 6-2 win over the Kaiser.
''Austin comes and plays hard every day, and that's what you like about any player,'' Robison said. ''You can't always have a good day, like he had today, but you can always hustle, and Austin does that.''
But Newell wasn't the only Blazer to shine in the game watched closely by more than 20 major league scouts. Chad Lightcap, a Kutztown University product, tripled and scored, and Quakertown righthander Dennis Burge struck out all three batters he faced in the fourth inning.
''You're coming out here kind of nervous because it's the all-star game and you want to show you belong,'' said Burge, a Doylestown native and La Salle University product. ''I was fortunate to have good stuff here today.''
Burge got Ryan Gaffney, D.J. Como and Trey Howell -- the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Kaiser lineup -- swinging.
''You can't ignore the scouts' radar guns because you see them up in the stands,'' Burge said. ''But you can't focus on them either. If you try to just throw as hard as you can, that's when you really can get hit around.''
But the pitchers bettered the hitters for the most part, and Burge and eight other pitchers combined on a six-hitter for the winning Wolff Division. Ryan Page of the host Lehigh Valley Catz was one of the pitchers who dominated. He had one strikeout in a 1-2-3 third.
''Sure, you want to showcase your talent, get your name out there and hopefully, get your foot in the door,'' Page, a righthander from Liberty University and western Pennsylvania said. ''But when you're out there playing, you worry more about the game than who's watching.''
Scouts had to notice how Newell won a lefty-versus-lefty battle in the third inning and hit a double to deep right. That led to the game's first run.
''I saw the ball well and I went after it,'' said Newell,who is coming off his freshman year at Division III Texas-Tyler. ''I'm learning a lot from facing the quality competition in this league.''
Newell also learned how to deal with adversity. He recently returned home to Texas due to a bout with tonsillitis.
''I wasn't sure Austin was going to be here because he went back to Texas last week and missed several games,'' Robison said. ''I'm glad he made it to this game. He's a real good hitter.''
Newell's second double, Lightcap's triple and a two-run single by Jeff Toth of the New Jersey Pilots highlighted the five-run fourth inning for the Wolff Division.
The rest of the game was about pitching and defense. The teams combined for six double plays, four by the Wolff Division.
It was a fast-moving, crisply played contest that showcased the talent in the ACBL, which had 30 players selected in the recent MLB amateur player draft and another 10 sign free-agent contracts.
The Lehigh Valley Catz, who currently have the ACBL's best record at 14-8, hosted the game for the second straight year.
''It's an honor to be out here with these guys,'' said Catz manager Adrian Yaguez, who was in charge of the winning Wolff Division side. ''You had a lot of future professional ballplayers on this field today and it's a privilege to host them here thanks to the cooperation we receive from Lafayette College.''
Current big-leaguers Craig Biggio, Jamie Moyer and Matt Morris are all past ACBL all-star participants.
''All of these guys have ability, but a scout only needs to see one bad thing to turn him off,'' Yaguez said. ''So body language is important, and these guys really had to be on their toes today.''
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Wolff Division001500000 -- 690
Barry, Green (2), Barone (3), Adams (4), Costigan (5), Smith (6), Sussman (7), Johnson (8), O'Grady (9) and Esposito, Pursino (6). Gardo, Mendez (2), Page (3), Burge (4), roller (5), Gorski (6), Owens (7), Buch (8), Smith (9) and Thompson, Chiarappa (5). W: Page. L.Barone.
July 6, 2007
Ryan McArdle of Jacksonville University and Nick Vardero of Southern Maine, became the latest duo of former Robins to sign Pro Contracts when they recently became members of the fledgling New York State League of Professional Baseball.
McArdle, who batted .324 this past spring joins another former Robin, Eddie Martinez of Stamford on the Utica Brew Masters while Vardero who hit .308 for Southern Maine, became a member of the Herkimer Trailbusters.
The total number of players signed to Pro Contracts from the Robin Organization is now 33 in their four years of existance in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
ACBL All-Star Game slated for Saturday at Lafayette College
July 5, 2007
The ACBL All Star rosters have been released abd can be viewed by clicking here
41st ANNUAL ACBL ALL-STAR GAME
July 7, 2007 at Lafayette College
Wolff Division batting practice 2:00 to 2:30pm
Kaiser Division batting practice 2:30 to 3:00pm
Wolff Division INF/OF 3:00 to 3:10pm
Kaiser Division INF/OF 3:10 to 3:20pm
Pregame ceremonies 3:20 to 3:30pm
All-Star Game 3:30pm
July 5, 2007
Catz vs Blazers @ Hackett's Park has been
postponed due to field conditions.
No make-up date has been set.
July 3, 2007
In addition to the thirty players selected in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, ten others have signed free agent contracts with MLB affiliated teams.
Joe Augustine, P (Kean, Jersey Pilots) - Kansas City Royals
Sam DeLuca, INF (St. John's, NY Generals) - New York Mets
Dennis Donovan, INF (UConn, Stamford Robins) - Kansas City Royals
John Fitzpatrick, 1B (Manhattan, NY Generals) - Pittsburgh Pirates
Ted Gjeldum, P (Lafayette, LV Catz) - Kansas City Royals
Brendan Monaghan, C (St. John's, Stamford Robins) - Baltimore Orioles
Chris Perez, P (NYIT, Long Island Collegians) - San Diego Padres
Anthony Seratelli, INF (Seton Hall, NJ Colts) - Kansas City Royals
Ralph Tropiano, INF (Adelphi, Metro NY Cadets) - Baltimore Orioles
Dan Zeffiro, P (Kean, Jersey Pilots) - Cincinnati Reds
June 27, 2007
The game had a total of 31 runs and 39 hits but the Robins prevailed over the Generals by a 19-12 score on Tuesday at Westchester Community College. Providing the offense for the Robins was Jose Morillo with 4 hits including a home run, Jak Kidd, 4 hits, Trey Howell, 4 hits, Jeff Coyle, 3 hits David Wendt, 3 hits and Chris Dunkin and Allie Abbatiello, 2 hits apiece. Jim Palmer was the winning pitcher in relief
First Stop for Bausher will be Witchita
June 26, 2007
Former Quakertown Blazer Tim Bausher has had his Nashua Pride contract purchased by the Kansas City Royals. Bausher will be sent to Kansas City's Double A affiliate, Wichita. In six starts the big righthander was 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA and opponents batted .234 against him.
June 25, 2007
The Cadets defeated the Catz a double header today in two well played games at St. John's University.
In game one the Cadets won 3-1 with John Kahn and Tom Marino leading the offense, both had two hits and accounted for all 3 runs scored. Leading hitter for the Catz was Scooter Hendrickson going 2-3 with the lone RBI. AJ Pirozzi (Cadets) threw six innings giving up but one run and five hits.
In game two the Cadets won 4-1. John Kahn again led the way going 1-1 with 2 walks and scoring three runs and stealing three bases. Josh Vittek (Catz) was 2-4. Rich Barry, Darren Jenkins and Tom Murphy combined to hold the Catz to one run.
June 24, 2007
The Robins split a doubleheader with the Lehigh Valley Catz on Saturday in Easton, PA. winning the opening contest 3-0 and then losing the nitecap by a 10-4 score.
Michael Adams was the winning pitcher in the first game bringing his overall record to 3-0 on the season and Eric Smith pitched the final inning to earn the save and the big hit of the game was a triple by Jak Kidd, who scored on a sacrafice fly by David Wendt. Stephen Vitale continued his hot streak with 2 hits on the day.
In the second contest, the Robins fell behind early and played catch up throughout the contest. Cody Morrison led the offense with 2 hits and Eric Williams pitched well for the locals in relief.
The Robins will resume action at Westchester Community College on Tuesday and Wenseday with 5pm games vs the New York Generals and the Metro Cadets.
June 21, 2007
The Robins lost two division games on Tuesday and Wensesday, dropping an 8-7 decision to the Metro Cadets and then losing a 7-4 game in extra innings to the Long Island Mustangs.
In the first contest despite banging out 17 hits and leading 7-6 going into the 9th inning, the Cadets scored 2 runs with 2 outs to put away the contest. The Robins were lead on the offense by Jak Kidd, Chris Dunkin, Trey Howell, Cody Morrison, Steve Vitale, and David Wendt who all had 2 hits apiece. In addition to the 17 hits, the Robins also had at least 10 hard outs but committed 4 errors.
In the Wenesday Game, Vitale led off with a 425 foot home run and Jose Torres and Allie Abbatiello had 1 rbi each. The Robins used 6 pitchers in the game and Liam Ohlamn was charged with the loss.
The team will resume action on Saturday with a twinbill vs Lehigh Valley at Lafayette College.
June 20, 2007
The Metro NY Cadets came from behind on Tuesday night to defeat the Stamford Robins 8-7, at St. John’s University. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, Mike Testani and Joe Romano did what they have done all year and that is lead their team.
Combined they were 7-10 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’S, with 2 of the hits, 1 run and 1 RBI coming in the come from behind ninth. Andrew Guarassi came in to pitch the seventh with a man on third, and retired three straight batters, stranding the all important run on third. Tom Murphy gave up only one run in the eighth and ninth to take the win.
June 20, 2007
Jack Kaiser has been an important part of the St. John’s baseball program for more than 50 years, beginning with a 22-year coaching career from 1952 to 1973. Kaiser went on to become the Director of Athletics from 1973-95 and has been a major supporter of St. John’s baseball every step of the way.
Kaiser arrived on the St. John’s campus as a student-athlete in the fall of 1944. After two years of military service in 1945 and 1946, he returned to Queens and went on to earn varsity letters in baseball, basketball and soccer. He was a captain of the school’s first ever College World Series team in 1949 and was honored by Varsity Magazine as the publication’s College Player of the Year.
Upon graduation in 1949, Kaiser simultaneously began careers as a basketball coach at Brooklyn Prepatory School and as a professional baseball player in the Boston Red Sox organization. A leg injury ended his playing career prematurely, but Kaiser remained in the Red Sox organization for two seasons as a manager.
Kaiser returned to St. John’s as an assistant coach for the baseball and basketball teams in 1952. He was an assistant coach in the baseball program and coached St. John’s freshman and junior varsity basketball teams to a winning percentage over .800.
Four years later, he began an 18-year Hall of Fame coaching career, leading the St. John’s baseball program from 1956-73. He had a remarkable 366-115 career coaching record and led the program to 11 postseason appearances and three College World Series. Joe Russo eventually succeeded Kaiser as head coach at St. John’s in 1974 after playing under his direction in the mid-1960’s.
Towards the end of his coaching career, Kaiser became more and more involved in baseball, both in the Northeast Region and nationally. In 1967, he was a co-founder of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL), a league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball. Two years later, he became the President of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Board of Directors.
A member of the ABCA and ACBL Halls of Fame, Kaiser also served as president of what was then called the Association of American College Baseball Coaches from 1969-70. The organization was later renamed the ABCA when membership was no longer exclusive to collegiate coaches.
In the early 1970’s, Kaiser became Athletic Director at St. John’s, a position he held from 1973-95. In his first year in the position, Kaiser became President of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) Committee in basketball and held that position until 1988. He was still a member through 1995, and has since worked as a consultant for the preseason and postseason events.
Six years into his tenure as Athletic Director at St. John’s, Kaiser was a major influence in the formation of the BIG EAST Conference, a league that has been among the nation’s best for more than 25 years. Years later, he was instrumental in the formation of the BIG EAST Baseball Conference. For his work, Kaiser has been honored by the BIG EAST at every conference baseball championship since 1985, with the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player receiving the Jack Kaiser Award.
Kaiser is currently part of the ABCA’s Veteran Hall of Fame Committee, which is responsible for nominating past players and coaches for Hall of Fame voting. He is also Chairman of the ACBL’s Advisory Board, providing guidance for league administration.
Kaiser also currently serves as a consultant for the BIG EAST Coaches Committee and assists prospective St. John’s students with internship and career opportunities.
Texan limits Kutztown to 5 hits in 6 innings in 4-1 Lehigh Valley win
June 20, 2007
By Keith Groller Of The Morning Call
Tuesday's humid, muggy weather may have bothered some people, but not Ryan Proudfoot.
Proudfoot grew up in Lindall, Texas, about 80 miles east of Dallas, where 90-degree days in the summer can feel like cold fronts.
So, the right-handed pitcher for the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League was not bothered by the heat and turned in six strong innings in a 4-1 victory over the Kutztown Rockies at Kutztown University.
The game was slated for nine innings, but was called in the top of the eighth with an approaching thunderstorm causing premature darkness.
The 6-3, 190-pound Proudfoot scattered five hits, walked two and fanned four in earning his first Catz win.
''This was cooler than it usually is at this time of year in Texas,'' said Proudfoot, who recently completed a solid freshman season at the University of Texas-San Antonio. ''Being here in the Philadelphia area for a few weeks, I have gotten away from Texas weather, so it was a little uncomfortable, but not bad.''
Lindall, Texas, is also the hometown of rising country music star Miranda Lambert, but Proudfoot is out to make a name for himself and on Tuesday night he had the Rockies singing the blues with an effective mix of pitches.
''The key for me is to locate my fastball, usually on the outside part of the plate, and then throw my change-up to keep them off balance,'' Proudfoot said. ''Then I'll throw a curveball and slider, but my change-up is my best pitch.''
Kutztown got to Proudfoot for a run in the first on a triple by Adam Matos and a sacrifice fly by Ben Wendle.
But Proudfoot shut down the Rockies over the next five innings, stranding six runners, before turning it over to Penn product Todd Roth for a 1-2-3 seventh.
''This is pretty good competition and I'm here to work on some things and help our team win,'' Proudfoot said. ''If you don't want to win, I don't know why you're playing.''
Adrian Yaguez, the Catz's manager, agreed that while player development is the top priority, winning makes the summer more enjoyable.
''We put a team together to win,'' he said. ''You've got to be competitive. If you want to learn how to play at the next level, you've got to learn how to compete. These guys have to have that inside of them.''
In 2006, Kutztown set the ACBL record with a 33-6 regular season mark and went 35-6 overall in winning the title.
This year's Catz look a lot like last year's Rockies with a 9-3 start, including a 3-1 mark against the defending champs.
''It's always a challenge bringing in new guys and getting everyone to jell, but you look in that dugout at how these guys get along and it's like they have been together for five years,'' Yaguez said. ''That's always a key, keeping everybody happy and positive. Right now, we're getting good pitching and everybody's contributing.''
Three different Catz knocked in runs. Cleanup man Nate Thompson, a catcher from Liberty University, had two hits, scored two runs and drove in one.
Only one of the four Lehigh Valley runs were earned, however, as Kutztown (7-9) made two costly errors.
''We haven't put a full game together yet,'' said Rockies skipper Rich DeLucia, a former big league pitcher. ''We gave up a lot of runs tonight. Sometimes we get good pitching and no hitting. Sometimes, it's the other way around. It's a whole different team from what we had last year. But they still have a common goal of getting to a higher level. To do that, they need to learn to pull together.''
Lehigh Valley Catz201 001 0 -- 4 8 0
Kutztown Rockies100 000 0 -- 1 5 2
Proudfoot, Roth (7) and Thompson; Mostek, Reis (6), Lehman (7) and Blackburn. W: Proudfoot L: Mostek.
June 18, 2007
The Robins played 2 doubleheaders over the weekend at historic Yale University and split with both Defending Champion, Kutztown, wiining the opener 1-0 and then losing the nitecap 4-3. On Sunday they split with First Place, Lehigh Valley, losing the opener 9-5 and then coming back in the 2nd game to win 4-3. Michael Adams [Franklin Pierce] was the winner in 1st game with tremendous relief help from Matison Smith [Lamar] and Jeff Foster [Nebraska-Kearney] who picked up his 2nd save of the season. In the 2nd game, Steven Vitale [Nassau] and Kyle Bombace [New Haven] led the Robins Offense. Rick Muir [St.John River] threw well in relief but suffered the loss.
In Sunday's 1st game the Robins had to play catch up from the start. Vitale, Trey Howell [Nebraska-Kearney] and David Wendt [Dowling] were the offensive leaders. Kyle Maynor [Midland] was the losing pitcher and Liam Ohlman [Manchester] turned in 3 innings of outstanding relief. In the 2nd game, the hitting star for the Robins was Jak Kidd [Central Ct.] who had a 2 run double and the key hit of the contest which was a one out triple in the bottom of the 7th which proved to be the winning run. Allie Abbatiello [Iona] Chris Dunkin [Alvin] and Jeff Coyle [Suffolk] also had fine offensive games. Foster pitched 3 innings in relief of starter Eric Williams [UConn-Avery Point] and earned his 1st win of the year.
The Robins will return to action on Tuesday vs the Metro Cadets at St. Johns University.
June 15, 2007
The Metro NY Cadets announce the signing of Greg DelGeorge
infielder from Louisville. Louisville is currently in Omaha, Nebraska for the school’s first ever appearance in the College World Series.
Click here to view the story
June 14, 2007
Three pitchers, Ryan Buch (Monmouth/Blazers), Brian Pendergraft (Manhattan/Generals) and Todd Roth (Penn/Catz) were named to the second team. Matt Zielinski (Richmond/Blazers) was named to the third team.
Centerfielder John Malloy (LaSalle/Blazers) was named to the third team while outfielder Nick Santomauro (Dartmouth/Pilots) received honorable mention.
June 14, 2007
The Robins lost their 2nd game in a row dropping a 7-4 decision to the Metro Cadets on Wenesday. Leading 2-1 going into the top of the 8th inning the Cadets scored 6 with the big hit being a bases loaded triple by Rob Iacono sandwiched around a couple of bad hop base hits. For the Robins, Eric Smith turned in another fine performance on the mound going 5 innings scattering 4 hits and 1 unearned run. Rick Muir and Nick Mangini were outstanding in relief while Jim Palmer was the hard luck loser. Jak Kidd led the offense with 2 hits, Jose Torres had an rbi single, and Steven Vitale had a single, 3 stolen bases and scored a run.
The Robins will next be in action this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders at Yale University vs Kutztown [12pm] and Lehigh Valley [1pm]. These contests are co-sponsored by the New Haven County Cross Cutters of the Can-Am Professional League and the Robins would like to thank, Managing Partner, Rick Handleman and Cutters G.M. Marie Webb for their cooperation in this endeavor.
June 13, 2007
The Robins fell to 2-3 on the season with a 5-2 loss to the N.Y. Generals on Tuesday. The Robins trailed 3-0 going into the 8th inning and scored 2 runs as a result of an rbi single by Trey Howell [Nebraska-Kearney] and a 2 out double by Allie Abbatiello [Iona]. The Generals 3 runs were scored as a result of a bad hop single, an infield hit,and a 2 base throwing error. Eric Williams [UConn-Avery Point] took the loss going 5 innings, giving up only 3 hits while striking out 4. Frank Corolla [Angelina College] was dynamic in relief striking out 5 in 3 innings.
The Robins are in action tonight at 5pm at W.C.C. vs the Metro Cadets.
30 former ACBL Players Were Selected
June 13, 2007
Thirty former ACBL players were selected in the 2007 Major League Amateur Baseball League Draft. Zach Lutz of the Kutztown Rockies was the top pick as a fifth rounder for the New York Mets. The junior third baseman hit .467 for Alvernia with an .833 slugging percentage and was named Division III National Position Player of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association . Casey Lambert of the Lehigh Valley Catz was selected in the sixth round by the Cubs and posted eleven saves for Virgina this spring.
Following is the 2007 Draft List of ACBL Players :
Rd Player, ACBL Team - MLB Team
05 Zach Lutz, Rockies - Mets
06 Casey Lambert, Catz - Cubs
13 Steve Shepard, Robins - Nationals
13 Robert Blevins, Generals - Dodgers
14 Craig Clark, Blazers - Giants
15 Nathan Jennings, Blazers - Blue Jays
15 David Williams, Pilots - Yankees
17 Ivor Hodgson, Catz - Royals
19 Robert Spain, Catz - Pirates
21 Matt Cavagnaro, Cadets - Pirates
22 Craig Muschko, Blazers - Cubs
23 Frank Gailley, Blazers - Blue Jays
24 Scott Meyer, RobinsvCubs
24 Jonathan White, Catz - Brewers
25 Jay Monti, Cadets - Blue Jays
26 Sal Iacono, Cadets - Astros
27 John Mollicone, Collegians - Devil Rays
29 Javier Martinez, Generals - Giants
30 Andrew Battisto, Blazers - Marlins
32 Peter Andrelczyk, Blazers - Orioles
32 Bryan Collins, Catz - A’s
33 Richard Prall, Blazers - Phillies
36 Billy Mottran, Generals - Cubs
37 Jimmy Principe, Catz - Diamondbacks
39 Chris Vasami, Collegians - Rockies
41 Kevin Hickey, Cadets/Generals - Reds
41 Tom Edwards, Pilots - Rangers
42 Chris Raber, BlazersvYankees
45 Peter Gilardo, Cadets - Red Sox
49 Matt Willard, Catz - Indians
June 12, 2007
By John Manuel
Eight teams with the same dream, back home in Omaha . . . heading into college baseball's pinnacle, here's a quick look at the stories that define the sport's 2007 College World Series field.
The Sun Devils make their third trip under coach Pat Murphy. The Sun Devils ranked 20th in the preseason but were a different team this spring--literally--thanks to several impact semester transfers. The most important was freshman closer Jason Jarvis, who saved 11 games--a league high nine in Pacific-10 Conference play--and gave the team a premium power arm. He became eligible in March and changed the complexion of the Sun Devils' pitching staff. But the other key semester transfer was sophomore catcher Kiel Roling, who spent the fall at Central Arizona JC and arrived in Tempe in January. A starter from Day One, Roling ranked second on the team in homers (15) and RBIs (63) heading into Omaha.
The Anteaters are one of the event's Cinderellas, since this is just their sixth season since re-starting their program at the Division I level. However, the program has tradition--former UCLA coach Gary Adams led Irvine to back-to-back Division II titles in 1973-74. Picked third in the preseason in the Big West, UC Irvine made a name early this season with a series sweep at Houston, then won six of seven Big West series, losing only to Cal Poly. The Anteaters did it with aggressiveness and supreme execution, offensively and defensively, a testament to coach Dave Serrano. BA's 2004 Assistant Coach of the Year, Serrano has taken what he learned at Cal State Fullerton under George Horton and applied it to his new school. Now pupil and master, as it were, will be on the same side of the bracket in Omaha.
Cal State Fullerton
Of course, the fact Horton got these Titans to Omaha is cause enough to celebrate his career. This is how you replace a legend like Augie Garrido--by building your own legend. The Titans make their sixth trip to the CWS in the 64-team era, more than any other school. Let that sink in--not only is Fullerton not in a Bowl Championship Series league, it doesn't even have football. The Titans had an up-and-down season, with valleys such as a three-game sweep at East Carolina and four straight series losses to end Big West play, and peaks like series victories against Rice and Wichita State. Now another peak--a perfect 5-0 run through regionals and super-regionals. With the money on the table, never doubt the Titans.
The Big East gets its first team to Omaha since 2002 (Notre Dame) as the Cardinals get all the way to the College World Series in just their second-ever regional appearance. Think athletic director Tom Jurich is happy about his choice of Dan McDonnell to lead the program now? McDonnell becomes the first rookie coach since Florida State's Mike Martin in 1980 to take his team to the CWS, breaking through on his own after helping lead Mississippi to back-to-back super-regional trips in his last two seasons there as an assistant. He joins North Carolina's Mike Fox as a coach who also played in the CWS, as McDonnell was a member of The Citadel's famed 1990 team.
The Bulldogs finished fifth in the Southeastern Conference in the regular season, yet they are the only Southeastern Conference team standing come Omaha. Ron Polk's eighth trip to the CWS in his fourth decade may be his most surprising yet. His team's identity revolves around offense (fourth in the SEC in scoring), even though it has hit just 49 home runs in 58 games, and its 4.76 team ERA ranked ninth in the SEC. The real story of the Bulldogs was their fans. Big attendance and money figures helped them play host to Clemson in the super-regional in the first place, and about 26,000 fans showed up for the two games in Starkville, willing the team to victories.
The Tar Heels earned a repeat trip to Omaha and sent out Boshamer Stadium in style; their old ballpark will be bulldozed after the super-regional to make way for a new $17 million one on the same spot. North Carolina also exorcised some old demons by beating South Carolina, a program that had eliminated it in the postseason three years in a row from 2002-2004. The difference is, those teams didn't have Chad Flack or Josh Horton. The two juniors have emerged as money players the last two seasons, the Tar Heels' best hitters since Brian Roberts was there in the late 1990s.
The defending national champions nearly missed the postseason but snuck in despite a 10-14 Pac-10 mark. Once in, they wouldn't leave, winning a regional at Virginia, then winning a super-regional even when being no-hit into the ninth inning of Game One. Oregon State's resilience can't be quantified, and coach Pat Casey knows how to coax heroic performances out of his pitchers. In 2006, it was Jonah Nickerson with three starts in eight days, and in 2007, lefty Joe Paterson pitched 12 innings in three regional outings to pull the Beavers through.
Wayne Graham takes his Owls to Omaha as the favorite for the second straight season. It's in many ways the same Rice crew that got here last year, a team that won its first two games before being stifled by Oregon State's pitching. The Owls are a year older and wiser in 2007 and more complete, but their offense still lags behind the pitching. Two health issues on the pitching staff cloud the Owls' chances--can closer Cole St.Clair dominate coming back from shoulder woes? And will versatile righthander Ryne Tacker be able to pitch after a bout of biceps tendinitis?
June 11, 2007
The Robins split a doubleheader with the New Jersey Pilots on Sunday, losing the opening contest by a 4-2 score and then coming back to win the nightcap by a 3-2 count. The losing pitcher is the first game was Taylor McInnis who received the loss despite turning in a fine performance going 5 innings while giving up 3 runs on only 3 hits. In the 2nd game Kyle Maynor was the winning pitcher as he scattered only 4 hits and Matison Smith picked up the save. The hitting stars of this contest were Chris Dunkin who had 2 hits and 1 rbi, Allie Abbatiello, who socked a triple, Trey Howell with 2 hits, Joe Lorenzo with a sac fly and Jose Morillo with an rbi single.
The Robins next contest will be on Tuesday at 5PM vs the New York Generals at Westchester Community College.
In other news, Dennis Donovan of UConn, who was an all Big East All Star and a member of the 2004 Robins, became the 30th player in the team's history to sign a Pro Contract as he was recently inked by the Kansas City Royals.
June 9, 2007
Alvernia third baseman Zach Lutz was selected in the fifth round by the New York Mets, 183rd overall, just before the end of the first day of the draft. Lutz, the D3baseball.com Player of the Year, hit .467 with 17 homers.
In the recent Major League Free Agent Player Draft which was held on June 7,8, the Robins had 2 players selected bring their overall total to 29 going on to Professional Baseball. Steve Shepard of Franklin Pierce College, was chosen in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals and Scott Meyer of Lamar University, was chosen in the 25th round by the Chicago Cubs. Stewart played for the 2006 Robins while Meyer was a member of the 2005 squad.
June 9, 2007
KUTZTOWN- Brian Mostek (Lafayette College) and three relievers allowed just three hits as the Kutztown Rockies defeated the Quakertown Blazers 4-1 last night. Mostek, making his first start of the season, ran into some early trouble as he walked three batters in the first inning, but got Jeremy Harding (Cedar Valley) to line out to first to end the threat. Mostek pitched five innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.
The Rockies (2-2) got things started in the second inning off of Blazers’ lefty Darin Gorski (Kutztown), who was pitching on his home mound. Third baseman Dave Giammaresi (Liberty) hit a one-out opposite-field double down the right field line. He was brought home by shortstop Dan Hayduk (Burlington CCC) who hit a triple to left center. Hayduk scored later in the inning on an error by the first baseman. The Rockies added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, first baseman Aaron Phillips (Liberty) reached on a fielder’s choice with one out. Second baseman Jeff Vincent (Farleigh Dickinson) singled to right to move Phillips to third. The next batter, centerfielder Kyle Klee (Binghamton) singled to center to plate Phillips and extend the Rockies lead to 3-0. In the sixth, designated hitter Matt Cotellese (West Chester) reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Hayduk single to right field.
After Mostek left the game, reliever Seth Kaas (Mary Washington) came in and pitched 2.2 innings allowing a run on a hit, while striking out three. James Rundatz (West Chester) relieved Kaas in the eighth, with two outs and a runner at first base. The first batter Rundatz’s faced, shortstop Tim Schemel (Keystone) who hit a double past a diving Ben Wendle (St. Joseph’s) in right, to score right fielder Austin Newell (Texas-Tyler). Rundatz quickly retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning, before walking the eight and nine hitters. Rockies manager Rich DeLucia then called upon lefty Garrison Rausch (Kutztown) who struck out John Malloy (LaSalle) to end the game and record the save.
Mostek picked up the win, his first of the season. Gorski (1-1) was saddled with the loss pitching six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. The Blazers fell to 3-3 with the loss.
The Rockies now embark on a six-game road trip against Wolff Division opponents. The trip begins today with a doubleheader against the Jersey Pilots, first pitch for game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Rockies return home this Thursday, June 14, as they take on the Lehigh Valley Catz at Kutztown University’s North Campus Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
BY: JASON OGLE
June 8, 2007
Ryan Buch (Monmouth), Tom Costigan (Manhattan), Brian Pendergast (Manhattan), Todd Roth (Penn) and Matt Zielinski (Richmond) were selected as starting pitchers. John Malloy (LaSalle) was selected as an outfielder.
Buch (Blazers) was Rookie of the Year in the Northeast Conference and posted an 8-2 record with a 2.23 ERA. Costigan (Generals) and Pendergast (Generals) combined for a 12-1 record for Manhattan. Roth (Catz) was Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League with a 6-2 record and 1.98 ERA.
Zielinski (Blazers)was chosen A-10 Rookie of the Year with six wins and a 3.47 ERA. Malloy (Blazers) was an All Freshmen A-10 selection and hit .339 with 16 doubles.
June 8, 2007
KUTZTOWN- Pitcher Jairo Mendez pitched 7.2 innings of one-run baseball and his teammates put together some timely hits behind him as the Jersey Pilots (2-4) defeated the Kutztown Rockies 6-2 last night. Mendez allowed just three hits and struck out seven and kept the Rockies off balance all evening long with his lively fastball and swooping curveball. In case you’re wondering, he does not throw a “jairo” ball, which is a pitch that has been speculated to be thrown by Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The Rockies (1-2), who batted a league-best .314 last season, had trouble putting anything together last night as four of their six hits came with two outs. Shortstop Adam Matos (West Georgia) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Designated Ben Wendle (St. Joseph’s) knocked home Matos with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to put the Rockies on the board. Wendle scored the Rockies’ final run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by third baseman Aaron Phillips (Liberty). The four through nine hitters for the Rockies went a combined to go 2-for-20 with seven strikeouts.
Brad Unger (Harvard/Boyertown) started for the Rockies and went five innings giving up four runs, three earned on five hits. He struck out one and walked none. He cruised through the first before getting roughed up in the second. Pilots’ third baseman Chris Chiarappa singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. He would move to third three batters later as center fielder Brett Garlick singled. This put runners at the corners with one out and then left fielder Dan Shapiro hit a slow roller towards the hole between short and third. Matos made a backhanded stop and threw to second baseman Jeff Vincent (Farleigh Dickinson) who then tried to turn two, but his throw sailed over the visiting dugout and out of play to plate Chiarappa and catcher Chris Kievit, who had reached via a hit-by-pitch. Garlick delivered again in the fourth inning as he hit a ground ball that snuck past the Rockies’ drawn-in infield and into right field for a two-run single. The Pilots added two more runs in the ninth on a two-run home run by designated hitter Andrew Cook.
Things got interesting in the middle of the ninth inning as Rockies’ manager Rich Delucia was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Catcher Joe Blackburn (Penn State/Wilson) was then ejected during his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth for the same reason.
The Rockies are in action again tonight as they host the Quakertown Blazers at Kutztown University’s North Campus Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
BY: JASON OGLE
June 8, 2007
Adrian Yaguez, now in his 5th season as head coach of the Lehigh Valley Catz, notched career win number 100 last night as skipper of the Catz, in a 3-1 win over the Quakertown Blazers in ACBL play. Yaguez’s overall record now stands at 100-68-1 with an ACBL Championship in 2003 on his resume.
Last night, Murray Watts (Arkansas) delivered the big blow with his 2-run triple in the 4th scoring Ivor Hodgson (Mount St. Mary’s) and Josh Vittek (Mount St. Mary’s) who both singled earlier in the inning.
The Catz tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Nate Thompson (Liberty) doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a Matt Eiden (Mount St. Mary’s) RBI single.
The LV pitching staff was impressive again as 5 different pitchers combined to not allow any earned runs, struck out 9, walked just 3 and gave up only 5 hits in nine innings of work. Clay Glover (SE Oklahoma) got the start and was followed by Hunter Thompson (Tulane) who was the winning pitcher of record, then Todd Roth (Penn) Chris Morrison (Moravian) and Zach Calhoun (UTSA) finished the night with 6 combined shut-out innings. Calhoun earned his first save with 2 perfect innings to finish the game.
For the season, the Catz pitchers are now 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 23 K’s in 18 innings of work. Opponents are batting just .185 thus far on the young season.
Catz have jumped out to a 2-0 start and visit the New York Generals on Saturday before the home opener on Sunday at Lafayette College vs. the Kutztown Rockies.
For more info on the Catz, visit www.lvcatz.com
June 8, 2007
The Robins are 1-1 on the season after losing their opener to the N.Y. Generals on Wenesday by a 9-6 score and coming back last night to defeat the Metro Cadets 11-6. In the opener,the Robins lead by a 3-2 score going into the 6th inning but poor defensive play later in the game caused their downfall. Eric Smith [ University of Rhode Island] was out standing in his debut and clutch hitting by Jak Kidd[Central Ct.] Chris Dunkin [Alvin C.C.] and David Wendt[Dowling] accounted for the offense.
In Thursday's Home Opener, the Robins took the lead in the 1st inning as a result of a towering home run by Jak Kidd and a rbi double by Dunkin. Allie Abbatiello [Iona College] got his 2nd hit of the game in the 6th inning by homering to right field and his Iona Teammate, Joe Lorenzo, hit a 2 run double in the 7th for his 2nd hit of the game. Jose Morillo [Mc Comb] Jeff Coyle [Suffolk] and Wendt, also aide the offense. Michael Adams [Franklin Pierce] was the winning pitcher going 5.2 innings and Nick Mangini [Post University] Jim Palmer [Franklin Pierce] and Jeff Foster [Nebraska-Kearney] all looked good in their debuts. The Robins will be in action next on Sunday for a 2pm doubleheader vs the New Jersey Pilots at Westchester Community College. In the first two games of the season Jak Kidd has hit 3 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run.
Catz Standout Closer Breaks 17 Year Old ACBL Record
June 7, 2007
Congratulations to Chuck Roller (Clarion) on his record setting achievement last night. Roller earned his first save of the season in the Catz 4-1 win over the Jersey Pilots in action last evening. It was also Chuck’s 13th career save in the ACBL, breaking the old mark of 12 saves that he had previously shared with Jim Kohl of the 1989-1990 Jersey Pilots. Roller now sits alone atop both the ACBL single season record for saves (12) and the all-time record (13).
June 7, 2007
The Big Shuffle
Vanderbilt's long stay at No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 ended with their surprising elmination on Monday, which opened the spot for the preseason No. 1 Rice to jump back into the top spot.
Only three of the eight national seeds survived
No. 3 seed North Carolina survived a scare in its regional
Louisville is among the Cinderella teams who advanced
June 6, 2007
Brian “Scooter” Hendrickson, a 5-10, 185-pound junior catcher from Blue Springs, Mo., is the final addition to the Lehigh Valley Catz 2007 opening day roster.
Scooter, who was also with the Catz back in the summer of 2005, has had stellar career at Southern Arkansas. He was named second team all Gulf South League Conference in 2006 after batting .329, with 33 RBI’s and team-leading .534 on-base percentage. He hit .349 in 2005 as a freshman and .333 in limited action this spring.
Between his stints with the Catz, Scooter spent last summer in the Alaskan Baseball League, leading the Athletes in Action team with a .333 batting average prior to a season ending injury.
Back healthy, Scooter looks to add a potent bat and plenty of summer collegiate baseball experience to a deep Catz team.
June 5, 2007
Tonight's double header pitting Long Island vs. NY Generals @ Newburgh has been postponed. No reschedule date has been announced.
June 5, 2007
Matt Eiden, an infielder from Mount St. Mary’s, is the latest addition to the Lehigh Valley Catz summer collegiate baseball team. Eiden was recently named 2nd Team All-Northeast Conference after posting an outstanding junior campaign which saw him bat .338 in 51 starts for The Mount. Matt had 7 doubles, 22 RBI and 28 runs scored this season. He finished 12th in the conference in batting average and ninth in on-base percentage at .425. Matt hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and joins fellow Mount St. Mary’s teammates Drew Counselman, Ivor Hodgson and Josh Vittek on the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz.
June 3, 2007
Jason Bonder, a left-handed pitcher, played four years of college baseball at Muhlenberg College…in 2006, was a recipient of the Muhlenberg College Male Athlete of the Year Award…in 2005, struck out 14 batters in 7 innings, leading the Muhlenberg Mules to a victory over Lake Erie College...this was the most strikeouts by a Muhlenberg Pitcher in a single game in 14 years…hopes to one day become a University Professor of Jewish Studies.
June 1, 2007
St. John's will be opening play the the Division 1 Baseball Regional Championship this afternoon vs Clemson University. Representing the Robins will be Senior Catcher, Brendan Monaghan who was a First Team All Big East All Star.
Jacksonville University will also open play today vs Western Carolina and will be lead by Senior, Ryan McArdle who batted .332 on the year with 75 hits and 6 home runs.
Franklin Pierce College finished 4th in the Division 2 World Series in Mobile Alabama and 2007 Robin, Michael Adams pitched the opening game vs Angelo State and had a no hitter thru 7 innings and left after 8 innings giving up only 1 run and 3 hits. He was not involved in the decision as Angelo State won the game in extra innings.
Kean University of New Jersey won their 1st ever Division 3 National Baseball Championship with a 5-4 victory over Emery. Former Robins, Derek Gianakis, Aaron Richard, and Perry Schatzow, represented Kean with Schatzow being named a First Team Tournament All Star.
June 1, 2007
Three former Blazers are doing well at the higher levels of affiliated pro ball. Buddy Hernandez has posted a 5-1 record with two saves and a 1.19 ERA for the Richmond Braves (AAA). Carl Loadenthal is hitting .309 for the Mississippi Braves (AA) and tops the team with 18 stolen bases. Matt Righter was promoted to the Erie SeaWolves, AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. In four appearances the 6'5" RHP is 1-1 with an 0.93 ERA.
June 1, 2007
Penn freshman Todd Roth, a member of the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz, was recently named Big 5 Co-Pitcher of the Year. Roth has collected quite a few post-season awards this season including Ivy League Rookie of the Year and 1st Team All Ivy-League. In addition Todd has been named one of 3 finalists for the Northeast Area Pitcher of the Year by www.Insidepitching.com
Roth’s super season saw him go 6-2 with a 1.98 ERA placing him 18th overall in the nation. Roth had 7 complete games during his last seven starts to finish the season.
May 31, 2007
Here’s a list of former and incoming Catz players chasing College Baseball’s ultimate prize, a Division One Championship. Regional actions starts this weekend.
Vanderbilt (ranked #1 in the country and top seed for the tournament) features former Catz players Brad French (Catz 2005) and Jonathan White (2005).
Arkansas (seeded 7th overall) features Matt Willard (2005), Brad Secrist (2006) and Murray Watts (2007).
Texas A&M has former Catz Kiel Renfro (2005) and Joey Register (2005).
Virginia’s standout closer is Casey Lambert (Catz 2005). Facing off against the Cavaliers in round one is Lafayette, with former Catz Brian Cope (2004 & 2005), Kevin Reese (2006), Ted Gjeldum (2005) and Ian McKutcheon (2006) on their roster as well as Catz Head Coach and Lafayette
Assistant Adrian Yaguez.
Karl Krailo (2006), Heath Pugh (2006) and incoming Catz player Nick Zaleski (2007) lead the Sam Houston St. offense.
Troy University features Brett Henry (2007) and Steven Felix (2007).
May 30, 2007
Joe Augustine (2005-06 Jersey Pilot) was selected Division 3 Mid-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year.
Kean University won the first three games in the Division 3 World Series. All three games were won by three former Pilots pitchers Dan Zefirro, Joe Augustine and Colin Feneis.
May 30, 2007
Congratulations to Casey Rowlett (Catz 2002) who was promoted on Saturday to the Springfield Cardinals, AA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Casey was a 32nd round pick in the 2005 MLB draft by the Redbirds out of the University of Arkansas.
Rowlett becomes the second Catz player to reach AA ball, following 2002 Catz teammate Drew Sutton, who is with the Corpus Christi Hooks, AA team for the Astros. Sutton was named TEX Player of the Week for the Hooks earlier this year.
Other former Catz players in professional baseball:
In 9 appearances, 2 starts, David Welch (Catz 2004) is 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA. He’s struck out 21 and walked only 2 for the Brevard County Manatees.
Batters are hitting just .172 of Donnie Smith (Catz 2003) who currently has a 3.31 ERA for the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Chris Turner is with the Lancaster Jethawks, Ross Boudreaux is with the Burlington Bees and Tag Horner is with the Frederick Keys.
In independent pro ball:
Denver Kitch and Ryan Walker are with the Atlantic City Surf. Evan Neiser is with the El Paso Diablos.
May 30, 2007
Clay Glover is a 6’ 2” junior from Monroe, Oklahoma. This season he’s tied for the SE Oklahoma state team lead with 7 wins, has a 3.77 ERA and fanned a Lone Star Conference best 110 batters this season. Opponents are batting just .210 off him.
Chris Morrison is a 6’ 1” freshman RHP from Middlesex, NJ. This season under Hounds Head Coach Paul Engelhardt, Morrison led the team in games started with 8, wins with 3, had an impressive 3.68 ERA with 3 complete games and struck out 34 while walking just 13. Chris is a teammate of fellow Catz outfielder Josh Baltz.
Catz head Coach on the additions of Christopher Morrison and Clay Glover: "Clay and Chris really help solidify our pitching plans," explained Yaguez. "We had some guys go down to injuries - so, we were very fortunate that both of these young men were still available - and, are pleased to welcome them aboard. Clay will be a key arm in the front of our rotation - he has a hard fastball - and comes at you - a real bulldog. And, Chris did a great job this past year for Coach Engelhardt at Moravian - and, has a bright future ahead - he can locate - pounds the zone - and - we expect him to be real strong for us as well."
May 24, 2007
Liberty Univ. third baseman David Giammaresi (2007 Rockie), relief pitcher Tim John (2006 Rockie)received second-team honors for the BIG SOUTH, the league announced this evening before Game 2 of the 2007 Big South Championship. Giammaresi also was selected to the conference's all-academic team.
Philip Rummel limits West Chester to a run as Kutztown clinches the NCAA Division II North Atlantic Region Tournament title and a berth in the Division II World Series.
May 24, 2007
Dennis Donovan of UConn hit a 2 run homer leading his Huskies to a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh in a losers bracket game in Big East Championship Baseball at Keyspan Park. The Husky's now 27-27 on the season will face St. John's, who was defeated by South Florida 2-0 in an earlier game. For the Red Storm, Brendan Monaghan had 2 hits including a double.
In other news, former Robin Jose Fulgencio of New Jersey City University, was named an NCAA Division 3 Mid Atlantic All Star. The Bronx N.Y. Native hit .418 on the season with 44 rbi's and had a 27 game consectutive game hitting streak and led the New Jersey Team in all offensive and defensive catagories.
May 24, 2007
John Mazzello, the junior second baseman continued racking up the post-season accolades by being named the Northeast Region's top second baseman on the 2007 Daktronics All-Region Team. The Hyde Park, NY native was selected to the All-East Coast Conference Team as well.
Mazzello, hitting lead-off for the Spartans, put together some impressive numbers. He achieved national rankings in several offensive categories:
Batting Average: .409 (7th-region) (67th-nation)
Triples: 5 (1st-region ) (29th-nation)
Stolen Bases: 26 (1st-region ) (19th-nation)
Runs Scored: 47 (7th-region) (64th-nation)
He also hit safely in 26 straight games, the longest hitting streak in Spartan Baseball history.
May 23, 2007
The Division 3 Baseball World Series will be held this coming week in Grand Chute Wisconsin. In one of the opening contests, Kean University with former Robins, Derek Gianakis, Aaron Richard, and Perry Schatzow will be facing Courtland State with Jon Rockfeld 
Lamar University and Stephen F.Austin will be competing in the Southland Conference Championship with Lamar being represented by Cody Morrison, Matison Smith, Scott Meyer and Matt Gore while the Lumberjacks will be represented by Kevin Thomas
The Oklahoma Sooners will be competing in the Big 12 Tournament against Missouri and will be represented by former Robin, Mike Gosse.
Tulane University will make it's 10th consecutive tournament appearance in the Conference USA Championship and will be represented by Jonny Weiss.
Jacksonville University will be competing in the Atlantic Sun Championship and will be led by Ryan McArdle 
On Tuesday in Big East Tournament Competition, St. John's with Brendan Monaghan, defeated UConn with Dennis Donovan and Dave Erickson, by a 2-1 score.
May 21, 2007
Manny Paula of Western Oklahoma University and the 2004 Robins, became the 27th player from the organization to sign a pro contract when he was recently added to the roster of the Gateway Grizzles of the Frontier Professional Baseball League. Paula who played for the 2004 Robins, became the 12th player off the Kaiser Division Champions to go to Professional Baseball joining Matt Hackney, Steve Puhl, Will Henderson, John Wolff, Adrian Cantu, Luke Barganier, Drew Bigda,Victor Liriano, Mick Lefort, Steve MacFarland and Dave Qualben.
In other news Franklin Pierce College, ranked 11th in Division 2 Baseball, defeated Bryant 5-2 on Sunday to win the Northeast Regional Championship and they will be making their 3rd World Series Appearance in 5 years starting on Saturday in Mobile Alabama. Michael Adams, who won the opening game of the Regionals, is expected to pitch the opener.
The Big East Baseball Tournament will begin on Tuesday at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn N.Y. St. John's University is the first seed and will match up against UConn. The Red Storm will be represented by Brendan Monaghan while the Husky's will be represented by Dennis Donovan and Dave Erickson.
The Northeast Conference Championship will be held at Beehive Field in New Britain Ct. Central Ct. State University will be the 4th seed in this competition and will be represented by Jakk Kidd and former Robins, Matt Gianini, Matt Memoli, and Scott Salvatore.
May 16, 2007
Michael Adams of Franklin Pierce, Michael Moras of the University of New Haven and Chris Caputo of Dowling College, were names to the Daktronics All Northeast Region All Star Team. Adams finished the regular season with a 6-0 record in 62 innings with a 1.89 era, 15 walks and 54 strikouts. Caputo hit .374 for the Golden Lions with 20 doubles, 6 home runs,63 rbi's , and a .595 slugging percentage. Moras hit .375 for the Chargers with 58 hits, 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 70 rbi's, and a .551 slugging percentage.
Matt Gianini of Central Ct. State University was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Pitcher of the Week by throwing 2 consecutive shutouts. This award places him on the Watch List for the Roger Clemens Pitcher of the Year Award.
May 15, 2007
The Long Island Mustangs are proud to welcome the arrival of two new players to the team. Erik Goustad and Philip Valle, both of Westmont College, will be members of the Mustangs this summer.
Goustad, a pitcher and infielder from California, is in his junior year. He's batting .313 this season with two homers and 16 RBI.
Valle, also a junior and an infielder, has been putting up great numbers this year, hitting .364 with two homers and 18 RBI.
Update on Mustangs Players
TJ Greig, Molloy College - Greig may be a freshman, but he's hitting like a seasoned vet so far this season. Greig is in the top three on the team in batting average, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, and hits. He's also batting .387 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Weidlein, Adelphi University - Chris has not only been oustanding at the plate this season, but ever since they've put him on the mound, he's been lights out. The .309 batter has also not given up an earned run in 10 appearances, while striking out ten batters.
Matt Barnathan, St. Joseph's University - After a slow start, Barnathan's bat has come alive for the Hawks. He's hitting .310 with a .423 OBP, has yet to make an error in the field, and is 1-1 in stolen base attempts.
Jerry Smith, NYIT - Smith, a sophmore outfielder, has been one of Tech's best hitters all season. He's hitting .326 with two homers and 20 RBI and is second on the team in doubles.
Bryan Burke, Frostburg St. University - Bryan Burke, a junior outfielder, is edging close to hitting .400 for the season. He's at .397 right now, and he has also been a demon on the basepaths, swiping 24 bases and only being caught three times.
Ben Green, FDU - Ben Green's impressive season on the mound continues. Green, a sophmore from Plainview, currently leads the team in ERA for pitchers with 10 or more appearances. He has struck out 15 in 18 1/3 innings and has yet to give up a home run, which has prompted his 2.95 ERA on the season.
May 14, 2007
The University of Nebraska-Kearney won the RMAC Tournament in Grand Junction Colorado, over this past weekend and will be the 6th seed in the Division 2 West Regional starting on Thursday in Los Angeles California. Their opponent in the opening round will be Sonoma State, who is the 2nd ranked team in the country. Both Jeff Foster and Trey Howell expect to see considerable action in this tournament.
Franklin Pierce College won it's 2nd consectutive Northeast-10 Title on Sunday by defeating Bryant twice. The Ravens will now most likely host the Northeast Regionals which will also begin on Thursday. Michael Adams is expected to be the starting Pitcher for the opener.
Central Ct. State University won 3 out of 4 games this past weekend from Wagner College in Northeast Conference Play. Jak Kidd had a 3 run homer and knocked in 5 runs, Matt Memoli had 6 hits and 3 rbi's and Matt Gianini pitched his 2nd consecutive shutout giving up only 3 hits while striking out 11 to pace the Blue Devils.
May 12, 2007
The Robins announced today the signing of Chris Dunkin and Jak Kidd to their 2007 Roster. Both players will be counted on to add Offensive Production to an already potent lineup for the upcoming season.
Dunkin, out of Laporte Texas and Alvin Community College, is currently hitting .371 on the year with 63 hits, 13 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 38 rbi's. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2005.
Kidd out of Casper Wyoming, who is the clean up hitter for the Central Ct. Blue Devils, is currently hitting .313 on the year with 7 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, and 27 rbi's. He transferrd to Central this season from McCook Community College wher he was an All Conference Player.
In other news Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island went 4-4 including a double in a loss to Fordham.
May 11, 2007
By Keith Groller Of The Morning Call
Moyer memories: Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, who had a no-hitter with two out in the seventh Sunday against the Marlins, hasn't forgotten the early part of his baseball career with the Allentown Wings of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Moyer, the 44-year-old Sellersville native and Souderton High grad, has fond memories of his time at Bicentennial Park in the early 1980s.
'I remember those days well,' Moyer said Sunday after his sterling two-hit effort in a 6-1 Phillies win. 'Lee Butz was the owner. Greg Vogel was the manager. Clyde Smoll, who I still keep in touch with, was involved and so were the Bonekemper brothers, George and Tom. We had some fun.'
Moyer was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2006.
May 11, 2007
There are several tournaments scheduled to begin on May 12, which involve both current and former Robins and the following is an update:
NJCAA Region V Tournament at Lubbock Christian University which includes Midland College and Kyle Maynor [7-2] with a 3.50 era]
NJCAA Division 2 District Tournament at Monroe Community College, Rochester N.Y. represented by UConn-Avery Point and Eric Williams [6-1 with a 1.66 era]
NJCAA Region XXI Tournament at Quinsigamond Community College with Manchester Community College being represented by Liam Ohlmann [3-5 with a 3.20 era]
Northeast-10 Championship at Umass-Lowell, with First Seed, Franklin Pierce College being represented by Michael Adams,[ 6-1 2.10 era,] Jim Palmer, and former Robins, Tyler Bishop and Steve Shepard.
East Coast Conference Championship at Dowling with the Golden Lions being represented by David Wendt and former Robins, Chris Caputo and Ryan Grabowski.
In other news, Dennis Donovan of UConn, had a banner day in a recent victory over Central Ct. by going 5-5 on the afternoon with 2 home runs and 6 rbi's.
May 9, 2007
Eddie Martinez of Stamford Ct. who attended Concordia University and was a member of the 2005 Robins Roster, became the 26th player out of the program to sign a Professional Contract as he was selected out of the recent Free Agent Draft by the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Frontier Baseball League. Martinez joins Adrien Cantu, Luke Barginier and John Wolff as former Robins who played in in league as well as current Field Manager, Luis Melendez. Paul Novakowski of Bryant College, who played this past winter in Austrailia, has signed on with the Grays of the Can-Am League,which is the league's only all road team.
In other news, Nick Mangini of Post University, who has been strictly a relief specialist for the team, went 7 innings giving up 2 runs while stiking out 5 as the Eagles concluded their season with a victory over Wilmington College.
May 7, 2007
Eric Williams of UConn Avery Point, pitched 6 innings while giving up only 4 hits to help his team win the NJCAA Division 2 New England Championship with a 5-4 victory over Community College of Rhode Island. Williams is now 5-0 on the year with a 1.66 era and has struck out 37 in 38 innings pitched.
Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island had 3 hits including a triple and 3 rbi's in a doubleheader sweep over George Washington University in Atlantic 10 Play.
Ryan Krovontka of Western New England had 2 hits and participated in a triple play as the Golden Bears defeated Western Ct. State University.
Cody Morisson of Lamar University had 2 hits as the Cardinals split with South Eastern Louisiana.
Allie Abbatiello had a home run and 4 rbi's and Joe Lorenzo had 2 hits in an Iona College Victory over Rider University. Shawn Walsh won his 2nd game of the year in this contest.
Trey Howell of the University of Nebraska-Kearney had a single and an rbi in a win over Colorado Mines.
David Wendt of Dowling had 2 hits and 2 rbi's in a victory over Molloy College.
May 3, 2007
Sal Iacono the 2006 ACBL batting champion has repeated the feat with the Princeton Tigers.
Sal, Ivy league player of the week and a candidate for player of the year finished the season hitting .413, with 12 doubles, 5 HR's and 35 RBI's. and still found time to complete his degree.
Rich Barry, started the season slowly but finished strong. Defeating the nationally ranked Adelphi Panthers, twice ina week, Rich pitched two complete games, for the Golden Lions of Dowling, making them a strong contender for the conference championships.
May 3, 2007
Allie Abbatiello of Iona College, hit 2 home runs in a victory over Stonybrook and came back the next day and had 3 hits including a triple and 3 rbi's in a win over Central Ct. Shawn Walsh picked up his 5th and 6th saves of the year in these contests.
Dan Rhault had a single and an rbi and Eric Smith pitched 2 scoreless innings while striking out 5 to earn the save as the Rams defeated Siena College.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart,had 2 hits in a game vs Fairfield University.
Pete Frates of Boston College had a single and an rbi in a victory over Dartmouth.
Ryan McArdle of Jacksonville University had 2 hits and an rbi in a game vs Bethune Cookman.
David Wendt of Dowling had 2 rbi's and Ryan Grabowski had 3 hits in a losing effort vs Adelphi University.
Thomas Reo of Molloy College, hit a walkoff 3 run homer as the Lions defeated the University of New Haven in an ECC Contest.
Adam Sanchez of the University of Rutgers-Camden is 1-2 on the season with a 2.33 era in 16 appearences.
Michael Moras of the University of New Haven, was voted the ECAC Division 2 Player of the Week as the result of driving in 18 runs in 4 games. Moras now has 63 on the season, which just broke the all time school record.
May 2, 2007
Chris Brower (Blazers 06) was named the Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Athlete of the Week after tossing a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Franklin & Marshall. This was his 26th career win which establishes a York College record. Brower already owns the career record for strikeouts (216).
For the season, the senior righthander is 8-1 with a 1.03 ERA. In 78 innings he has struckout 66 and walked ten.
April 30, 2007
Western New England won the GNAC Tournament on Sunday with a victory over Suffolk University. Ryan Krovontka led the Golden Bears with 4 hits including 2 doubles leading the team [32-8] to its second consectutive NCAA Division 3 Regional Appearance. Krovontka is now batting .391 on the season.
Eric Williams of UConn-Avery Point, threw a complete game 1 hitter in a victory over Bunker Hill C.C. to earn his 5th win of the year.
Michael Adams won his 6th game of the season going 7.2 innings giving up only 4 hits and 1 run as Franklin Pierce defeated UMass-Lowell in a Northeast 10 Conference Tilt.
Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island has a double and an rbi as the Rams swept a 3 game series from Xavier.
David Wendt of Dowling had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 rbi's in a victory over Mercy College.
Jeff Foster of the University of Nebraska recorded a save in the Lopers 8-7 victory over Regis College while striking out 2.
Allie Abbatiello and Joe Lorenzo of Iona both had 4 hits apiece in a weekend series against Canisius College.
Kyle Bombace of the University of New Haven had a single and an rbi in a victory over Adelphi University. In the same contest, Michael Moras had 2 hits and 3 rbi's as he tied the school's rbi record with 61 on the year.
Kyle Maynor of Midland College won his 6th game of the season going the distance in a 13-4 victory over Frank Phillips College.
April 27, 2007
Western New England's Ryan Krovontka had 3 hits in the Golden Bear's 12-4 victory over Rivier College in the second round of the GNAC Playoffs.
Kyle Bombace and Michael Moras had a combined 4 hits and 6 rbi's in an ECC Victory over Molloy College.
David Wendt had 2 hits and 1 rbi while Chris Caputo had a homer and a double and Ryan Grabowski had 3 hits as Dowling defeated Nationally Ranked Adelphi University.
Nick Mangini threw 2 scoreless innings as Post University beat Briarcliffe College in EAC Play.
Allie Abbatiello had a double and an rbi and Shawn Walsh earned his 4th save of the season as Iona defeated Wagner College.
Keith Fier had 1 hit and 2 rbi's as Stonybrook beat Marist College.
Nick Vardero had 3 hits as Southern Maine defeated Colby College
For Kean University who is 27-6 on the year Aaron Richard [.397] Derek Gianakis [.381] and Perry Schatsow [.346] are the leading hitters.
Manchester Community College's, Liam Ohlmann has 33 strikouts in 30 innings pitched while Eric Williams of UConn-Avery Point has 29 strikouts in 33 innings of work.
April 25, 2007
In Monday's action, the University of Rhode Island split a doubleheader with Sacred Heart. For the Rams, Dan Rhault had a double and 2 rbi's and Eric Smith pitched 4.2 innings giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while striking out 3. Jovan Rodriguez of the Pioneers had 3 hits on the day with 3 rbi's.
Tom Reo of Molloy College, continued his hot streak but getting 3 hits in a victory over Wilmington College.
Dennis Donovan of UConn had a single and an rbi as the Huskys defeated Fairfield University.
Gabe Cruz of the University of Texas-Brownsville had a single, 3 runs scored, and 3 rbi's in a victory over Houston Baptist College.
Wins American Southwest Conference East Championship
April 24, 2007
The University of Texas at Tyler won the American Southwest Conference East Championship and finished with a 37-1 record.The Patriots are coached by former Jersey Pilot Jim Vilade and will be elgible for postseason playoffs and national rankings next season. This season finishes the final year of NCAA provisional status.
Nate Jennings (Blazers 06) did not allow a run in 18 appearances. He posted a 2-0 record with six saves. In 24.2 innings he only allowed four hits with four base on balls and 47 strikeouts. Opponents hit a mere .052 against the senior righthander
April 24, 2007
In addition to the 47 ACBL alumni playing full season minor league affiliated baseball, there are over a dozen in extended spring training awaiting short season assignments. Kyle Collina (Indians), John Fitzpatrick (Pirates), Scott Knazek (Angels), Andy Mead (White Sox), Chris Perez (Padres), Steve Puhl (Mets), Anthony Seratelli (Royals) and John Wolff (Mets) are among the former ACBL players in extended spring training.
Reports of other players in extended spring training will be added as received.
Former Stamford Robin, Moras ties NCAA Record with 2 Grand Slams
April 24, 2007
Former Robin, Michael Moras of the University of New Haven, tied a long standing NCAA Record on Monday by hitting 2 Grand Slam Home Runs and driving in 12 runs [one short of the record] as the Chargers routed Assumption College by the score of 35-12. In this contest, Moras had 5 hits, 3 home runs, and raised his season average to a whopping .390 with 56 hits, 12 doubles, 9 home runs, 56 rbi's and a.664 slugging percentage. Current Robin, Kyle Bombace also had a super day on Monday with 5 hits including a double and 3 rbi's.
Franklin Pierce's Michael Adams pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief and earned his 5th win of the year as Franklin Pierce defeated Southern New Hampshire in N.E.-10 Play. In this game, Adams gave up only 4 hits while striking out 6 for the Ravens who are 34-6 overall and 19-2 in Conference Play.
David Wendt of Dowling, had 2 hits and 2 rbi's and former Robin, Chris Caputo hit a walkoff home run as the Golden Lions defeated Mercy College 12-11 in ECC Division Play.
April 23, 2007
Down 8-3 in the 5th inning of game one, Javier Diaz slammed a 2-run homer to close the lead to 8-5. After a leadoff walk in the 6th, T.J. Varricchio hit a 2-run homer to make it a 8-7. Queens mounted a rally in the 9th, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but John Muller would come on to strike out three consecutive batters and stifle the rally. The Spartan 9th started with a Mike Triana walk, followed by John Muller's sacrifice bunt. With one out, Diaz hit his second 2-run homer of the game to give the Spartans a 9-8 victory.
In game two, freshman lefty Brian LaMarr pitched a complete game, striking out seven, scattering five hits, and allowing only two earned runs. Vincent Malzahn and Varricchio homered. Muller had two hits, a double, a game-winning RBI, run scored and a stolen base. Diaz had an RBI double.
John Mazzello hit safely in both games, extending his hitting streak to 20 games.
Led by the big bats of Javier Diaz and T.J. Varricchio, St. Thomas Aquinas won the third and final game of the 3-game series over East Coast Conference foe Queens 14-2. With the win the Spartans secured the series sweep.
Diaz started the scoring with a 2-run blast in the 1st inning. In the second, John Muller ripped a 2-run double and Varricchio blasted a 2-run homer to give STAC an 8-0 lead. The Spartans continued their slugging in the 7th with Diaz hitting a 2-run double, followed by a Varricchio 2-run double.
For the game, the Spartans collected 15 hits. Muller went 3-for-5, with a double and 3 RBIs. Diaz went 2-for-6 with 5 RBIs, a double, and a homer. Varrichio went 3-for-4, with 4 RBIs, a double, and homerun. John Mazzello collected two more hits for his 21st consecutive game in which he has hit safely. Over the weekend Diaz and Varricchio combined for 3 doubles, 6 homeruns, and 19 RBIs.
Starting pitcher Joel Violette scattered 5 hits over 5 innings to pick up the victory.
April 23, 2007
AAA (International League)
Kevin Barry Richmond (Braves)
Kevin Cash Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Kevin Gryboski Indianapolis (Pirates)
Corey Hamman Toledo (Tigers)
Craig Hansen Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Buddy Hernandez Richmond (Braves)
Mike Koplove Buffalo (Indians)
Billy McCarthy Richmond (Braves)
AAA (Pacific Coast League)
Mike Aviles Omaha (Royals)
Frank Menechino Colo. Sprgs (Rockies)
AA (Eastern League)
Mark Minnicozzi Conn. (Giants)
Brandon Nall Binghamton (Mets)
AA (Southern League)
Tim Bittner Birmingham (White Sox)
Mark DiFelice Huntsville (Brewers)
Carl Loadenthal Mississippi (Braves)
AA (Texas League)
Frank Brooks San Antonio (Padres)
Mike Gaffney Wichita (Royals)
Reid Gorecki Springfield (Cardinals)
Kevin Ool Springfield (Cardinals)
Drew Sutton Corpus Christi (Astros)
A (Hi A Leagues)
Nick Abel St. Lucie (Mets)
Drew Bigda Vero Beach (Devil Rays)
Mike DeJesus Sarasota (Reds)
Joe Holden St. Lucie (Mets)
John Lannan Potamac (Nationals)
Andrew Larsen Wilmington (Royals)
Matt Lemanczyk Palm Beach (Cardinals)
Joe Martinez San Jose (Giants)
Caleb Moore Ft. Myers (Twins)
Jeff Muessig Stockton (A's)
Elvis Quesada Tampa (Yankees)
Matt Righter Lakeland (Tigers)
Rob Semerano Stockton (A's)
Donnie Smith Palm Beach (Cardinals)
Greg Thomson Visalia (D-backs)
Chris Turner Lancaster (Red Sox)
David Welch Brevard (Brewers)
A (Low A Leagues)
Mike Affronti Kane County (A's)
P.J. Antoniato Lakewood (Phillies)
Ross Boudreaux Burlington (Royals)
Shane Byrne South Bend (D-Backs)
Bryan Hallberg Lexington (Astros)
Tag Horner Delmarva (Orioles)
Steve MacFarland Hickory (Pirates)
David Qualben Lexington (Astros)
Kyle Sadlowski Quad Cities (Cardinals)
Anthony Varvaro Wisconsin (Marines)
April 23, 2007
Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island, hit a 2 run triple scoring the only runs in a defeat to Saint Bonaventure.
Western New England's Ryan Krovontka had 4 hits, 3 runs scored, and 4 rbi's vs Norwich
Kyle Maynor of Midland College, won his 5th game of the year in a 13-3 victory over Howard College.
Jon Kourie of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, had 2 hits and an rbi in a 3-2 loss to Lamar.
Tom Davis of Fordham, pitched his second consecutive 9 inning game but lost 2-0 to Saint Louis University in Atlantic-10 Play.
Tom Caltabiano of Hofstra had 2 hits and an rbi in a recent game with James Madison.
Pete Frates of Boston College had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 rbi's in a victory over Wake Forest.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart, had a single and an rbi as the Pioneers swept a 4 game series from Long Island University.
Dennis Donovan of UConn, had 1 hit and 2 rbi's while David Erickson pitched 2 innings striking out 3 in a Big East Contest vs Cincinnati.
April 22, 2007
The University of New Haven and Dowling College split a doubleheader on Saturday in ECC Play. For Dowling, David Wendt had a single and an rbi while former Robins, Chris Caputo, 3 hits and 4 runs scored and Ryan Grabowski, 3 hits and 3 rbi's led the Golden Lion's Offense. For New Haven, Kyle Bombace had 2 hits and an rbi while Michael Moras had 4 hits, and 3 rbi's.
Iona College dropped a twinbill to Marist as Allie Abbatiello and Joe Lorenzo had 2 hits apiece for the Gaels.
Western New England swept Emerson in a doubleheader. Ryan Krovontka had a double and a triple for the day while former Robin, Chris Anderson was the winning pitcher in the first game, raising his record to 5-1.
Nick Vardero of Southern Maine had a big day on Saturday as the Huskies swept 2 from Plymouth State. Vardero had 6 hits on the day,4 runs scored, and 3 rbi's and also smashed a double and a triple.
Tom Reo of Molloy College hit his 10th home run of the season and raised his rbi total to 43 as Molloy split with Concordia.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart University had 2 hits including an rbi double as the Pioneers won 2 from LIU.
April 21, 2007
Kyle Maynor of Midland College, won his 4th game of the season going the distance in a 3-2 win over Western Oklahoma, giving up 7 hits while striking out 5.
Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island had a single and an rbi in a victory over Saint Bonaventure.
Sean Salvatore had 2 hits and Matt Memoli had a single and an rbi as Central Ct. shut out Long Island University in a NEC Contest.
Pete Frates of Boston College had a single and an rbi as the Eagles defeated Harvard.
Kevin Thomas of Stephen F. Austin was credited with his 2nd win of the year in a 4-3 decision over Dallas Bapist.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart University had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 rbi's in a victory over Mount Saint Marys in Northeast Conference Play.
Thomas Reo of Molloy College had 4 hits including a homer and 3 rbi's as the Golden Lions beat Dominican College.
Dennis Donovan of UConn had 2 hits including a double and an rbi as the Huskies defeated Cinncinati.
Brendan Monoghan of St. Johns had 4 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 rbis as the Red Storm beat Georgetown.
April 19, 2007
Manhattan ran its winning streak to 11 straight games with a 12-4, non-conference, win over Sacred Heart University this afternoon at Van Cortlandt Park. With the win, the Jaspers improve to 19-11, while the Pioneers fall to 13-17.
Sacred Heart got on the board first, scoring an unearned run in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Manhattan took advantage of two Pioneer errors to plate eight runs. Nunzio Franzese started the scoring with an RBI double, scoring Mike Garcia. After an out, Kevin Nieto doubled to left center, driving in Ryan Masters and Franzese. Rene Ruiz worked a walk in the ensuing at bat, setting the table for Matt Rizzotti, who blasted a line shot over the right field wall for a three run home run, scoring Kevin Nieto and Ruiz ahead of him. After a Nick Derba walk, Garcia connected on a round tripper down the left field line to score Derba and make the score 8-1 in favor of the home team.
Sacred Heart tallied one run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 8-2, but Manhattan would add three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Derba doubled home Ruiz, before Garcia went deep for the second time to make the score 11-2.
The Pioneers scored twice in the top of the eighth, and Masters supplied an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, scoring Anthony Armenio, to provide the final margin.
Tom Costigan earned his fourth win of the season, working his scheduled four innings while allowing no earned runs and striking out three.
April 19, 2007
Western New England's Ryan Krovontka hit his second homer of the season and drove in another run as the Golden Bears defeated Daniel Webster College in a doubleheader.
Joe Lorenzo had 2 doubles and 2 rbi's and Allie Abbatiello had an rbi single in an Iona College Contest vs Rutgers.
Jeff Foster of Nebraska-Kearney earned a save in a 5-3 win over Hastings College.
Keith Fier drove in the winning run and collected 2 hits in a 7-6 win over Fordham.
Jon Rockfeld ran his season record to 5-0 with a victory over St. Joseph College
Dennis Donovan had a single and 2 rbi's as UConn defeated Brown University.
Brendan Monaghan of St.John's had a single and an rbi as the Red Storm beat Hofstra.
Eric Williams of UConn-Avery Point is 4-0 on the season with 29 innings pitched, 27 strikeouts, 4 earned runs given up and a 1.24 era.
April 18, 2007
2007 Rockies players Blackburn and Ernst at PSU
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- 2005 Rockies player from LSU that got signed by Hagerstown Suns has moved up to AA Binghamton Mets.
- signed with the AC Surfs Canada/American League 2005 Rockies player from Lafayette College
April 18, 2007
Starter William Senna (Wallingford, CT/Sheehan) (4-0) was the beneficiary of the early offense, allowing one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. Senna struck out five batters and walked three as Felician College defeats Philadelphia University.
April 18, 2007
Jose Torres of Cochise College had 2 hits and scored 2 runs in a recent victory over Central Arizona.
Kyle Bombace had a double and an rbi for New Haven in their victory over Molloy College
Trey Howell had a single and scored a run as Nebraska- Kearney defeated Concordia University
Peter Kennelly of Fordham picked up his first win of the season going 3.1 innings giving up only 1 hit while striking out 3 as the Rams beat Hofstra.
Dennis Donovan of UConn had a single and 2 rbi's in the Huskie's victory over Hartford. Also in this contest, Dave Erickson threw a scoreless inning and struck out 3.
Gabe Cruz of the University of Texas- Brownsville had 3 hits and 4 rbi's in a recent win over Wiley College.
April 17, 2007
EAST STROUDSBURG - East Stroudsburg University second baseman Jacob DeBoer set the school record for career hits in the second game of a doubleheader against Columbia Union on Wednesday, and then drove in the game-winning runs with a double in the bottom of the seventh to give the Warriors a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader sweep at Mitterling Field.
DeBoer entered the day with 202 hits, three shy of J.D. Stern who set the previous record from 1996-99. He went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI in the first game, a 10-7 win for ESU, and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in the nightcap. DeBoer collected hits in the first and third innings of the second game to tie and break the record, and then extended the mark to 207 career hits with the game-winner in the seventh.
ESU evened its overall record at 15-15 and will take a 3-3 PSAC record into a four-game set this weekend against Millersville, opening at home on Friday before traveling to Millersville on Saturday.
April 16, 2007
The Spartans notched another ECC win with a 14-10 win over Bridgeport . The win is STAC's 7th in their last 9 conference games and puts them in sole possession of 4th place in the crowded East Coast Conference playoff race.
Lead-off hitter John Mazzello set the tone by delivering a homerun over the centerfield fence in the 1st at-bat of the game. Three batters later Javier Diaz lined a 2-run homer over the left field fence, followed by a mammoth solo shot to right by Vincent Malzahn, and just like that Spartans had a 4-0 lead which they never relinquished.
Starting pitcher Chris Skrypack tamed the conference leading Bridgeport bats, scattering 7 hits, and striking out 6 in six innings of work. By the 7th STAC had built an 11-5 lead and appeared to be cruising to their 7th ECC victory, but a Spartan error and a Brideport 3-run homer would lead to 5 unearned Bridgeport runs in the 8th, trimming the lead to 11-10. The Spartans would respond in the 9th. After an Ottice Reda lead-off walk, Mazzello would strike again with a sacrifice line drive to center scoring pinch-runner Pat Murray. They would tack on 2 more runs on successive RBI hits from John Muller and Diaz, and reliever Jonathan Della Monica would secure the win win two groundouts and a strikeout in the 9th.
For the game, Mazzello went 3-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, a walk, a stolen base, and a homer. Muller went 2-for-6 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, and a stolen base. Diaz went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs, and a homer (7th). Malzahn went 3-for-5, 2 runs, and an RBI off his solo homer (8th). Ottice Reda went 2-for-3, scoring 3 times, walking twice, and driving in a run.
April 16, 2007
The Robins announced today the signing of University of Nebraska- Kearney rhp, Jeff Foster to their 2007 Roster. The Burleson Texas Native came to the Lopers from Ranger Junior College and becomes the second player from that school coming to the Robins with Joel Bourgeois being the first. Foster is the closer for the Nebraska based club and currently has 23 strikouts in 18 innings of work. His main pitch is a fastball which has been clocked in the low 90's and the Robins look forward to his contribution this season.
In other news, Midland College's Kyle Maynor, went the distance in a 6-2 victory over El Paso Community College giving up 6 hits while striking out 5. He is now 3-2 on the season for the Chapparals.
Fordham University split a doubleheader with Dayton in Atlantic 10 Play. Peter Kennelly threw 2 innings in a 8-3 victory giving up 1 run with 3 strikouts. Tom Davis was the hard luck loser in a 3-1 defeat, going 8 innings being charged with his first loss of the year.
Nick Vardero of Southern Maine University had 3 hits and 2 rbi's in a victory over Rhode Island College and is now hiiting .315 on the year.
Mike Gosse of the University of Oklahoma, had 2 hits and 1 rbi in a win over the University of Nebraska.
Eric Williams of UConn Avery Point, raised his season record to 4-0 with a 7-2 victory over Dean Junior College, going 7 innings while giving up 3 hits with 7 strikouts. He now has a team leading 1.20 era and Avery is now ranked 10th in the country.
April 15, 2007
Saturday was a big day in College Baseball for current and former Robins and the following are the highlights:
Dowling College swept Mercy College in an ECC Doubleheader as David Wendt had a 4-5 day with 5 rbi's while his teammates, Chris Caputo, 4-5, 6 rbi's and Ryan Grabowski, 4 hits, led the offense.
Trey Howell of the University of Nebraska-Kearney had a single and an rbi in a victory over Colorado Christian
Kyle Bombace of New Haven had 2 hits and 2 rbi's in a victory over Concordia while his teammate, Michael Moras had 2 more rbi's raising his season total to 40.
Ryan Krovontka hit his first homer of the season in a victory over Johnson Wales.
Michael Adams of Franklin Pierce won his 4th game of the year in a win over St.Anselms as he pitched 5 innings giving up 1 run while striking out 3.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart University had 3 hits including a triple, 3 runs scored, and 4 rbi's as the Pioneers swept Fairleigh Dickinson.
Brendan Monaghan had 3 hits, 2 doubles, 4 rbi's as St.Johns beat Pittsburgh in a doubleheader.
Dennis Donovan had a single and an rbi and David Erickson earned his first save of the year as UConn beat Louisville in the second game of a Big East Doubleheader.
Pete Frates of Boston College had a huge day in the Eagle's victory over Maryland by going 4-6 with 2 home runs and driving in 8 runs in an 18-6 victory.
Ryan McArdle of Jacksonville University, was 3-5 with a double, home run, and 5 rbi's in a contest vs Gardner Webb.
April 14, 2007
Trey Howell of Nebraska Kearney, hit his 3rd home run of the season as the Lopers split a doubleheader with Nebraska Omaha.
Kyle Bombace of the University of New Haven went 2-4 in a loss to Concordia. In this game, Former Robin, Michael Moras hit his 6th home run of the year raising his rbi total to 38.
Nick Mangini of Post University threw 3 scoreless innings, giving up only 1 hit as the Eagles defeated American International College.
Matt Memoli had 3 hits and Scott Salvatore had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 rbi's as Central Ct. split a twinbill with Quinnipiac.
Brendan Monaghan had 2 hits including a double and 2 rbi's while raising his season average to a team leading .357 as St. John's lost a Conference Game to the University of Pittsburgh.
Pete Frates of Boston College had 2 hits and a rbi in a victory of the University of Maryland.
Andrias Verrios of Trinity University collected 2 hits in a loss to Southwest Texas University.
April 12, 2007
FDU Knights Player- Matt Maher collects 2 hits against St.John's
The Fairleigh Dickinson University baseball team lost a pair of games - 7-2 and 12-2 - at St. John's University, Wednesday, April 11 in Queens, NY. Sophomore outfielder Matt Maher (Peekskill, NY) collected two hits in the opener.
April 12, 2007
Dave Qualben [Houston Astros] is 2-0 with a 2.25 era for the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League.
Drew Bigda [Tampa Bay] has just been assigned to the Vero Beach Devil Rays of the Florida State League.
Rob Semerano [Oakland A's] is 0-0 in 4 innings with the Stockton Ports of the California League and has given up only 1 hit.
Steve MacFarland [Pittsburgh Pirates] is with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League and has given up 1 earned run in 3 innings pitched.
Steve Puhl and John Wolff are in Extended Spring Training with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie Florida.
Andy Mead is in Extended Spring Training with the Chicago White Sox in Tucson Arizona.
Jarod Brown was traded yesterday by the New Jersey Jackels of the Can-Am League to Gary Indiana of the Northern League.
April 11, 2007
The Robins announced today the signing of pitcher Liam Ohlmann out of Manchester Community College. The Wallingford Ct. Native celebrated his signing with a 2 hit shutout over Quinsigamond College as he went the distance giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9 to earn his 3rd victory of the year, Ohlmann, who originally attended Virginia Tech on a Baseball Scholarship, is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and a 2 time All Founders League All Star Selection. He is currently a Deans List Student at Manchester.
In other news both current and former Robins continue to dominate play for their respective schools.
Eric Williams of UConn Avery Point threw a 3 hit shutout in a victory over Roxbury Community College
David Wendt of Dowling, smashed 2 home runs in a victory over Queens College. In this game, Chris Caputo was 3-5 with 5 rbi's and Ryan Grabowski had 2 hits and 2 rbi's
Ryan Kronvontka of Western New England had 2 doubles and 3 rbi's in a win over Elms College
Michael Adams of Franklin Pierce, won his 2nd game of the year going 6 shutout innings in a win over Merrimack giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9.
Kyle Bombace of New Haven had a single, scored a run in a victory over Post University while in the same contest, Michael Moras drove in 3 runs.
Jovan Rodriquez of Sacred Heart had a single and scored a run in a doubleheader split with Yale.
Sean Salvatore of Central Ct. had 3 hits and 2 rbi's in a victory over Boston College while earlier in the week, Pete Frates of the Eagles, homered against North Carolina
Brendan Monaghanb of St. Johns had 2 hits, 2 rbi's in a victory over Fairfield
Michael Vicaro of Montclair State had a single and an rbi in a win over Rutgers-Newark.
April 11, 2007
Rookie of the Week
Vincent Malzahn, St. Thomas Aquinas (Freshman, 1B 6-5, Port Jervis, NY), Malzahn hit .636 on the week with four home runs, 10 RBI, and five runs scored with a slugging percentage of 1.910. In a Saturday doubleheader split versus Molloy, Vincent went 5-for-7 with three home runs, a triple, single, and eight RBIs. Malzahn is now batting .388 on the season with seven homers and 23 RBI.
April 10, 2007
WATERBURY, Conn.- - Felican college used a 17-hit attack for a 13-4 Game 1 victory over host Post University during the teams' CACC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. Post rebounded for an 8-4 Game 2 victory.
In the opener, Felician sophomore right-hander William Senna (Wallingford, CT) (3-0) allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings of work. He struck out seven batters and walked one. He held the Eagles' offense back long enough for his teammates to snap a 1-1 tie with a five-run top of the fifth inning, highlighted by a Frank Quintana (Miami, FL) two-run homerun. The Golden Falcons tacked on two runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh.
Ray Rose (Piscataway, NJ) was 4 for 6 and scored three times and Dave Schoer (Manalapan, NJ) went 4 for 5 with two RBI to lead Felician. Marcos Torres (Miami, FL) added three hits and two runs batted in. Mike Padovani (Prospect, CT) had an RBI triple for Post (11-14, 3-3).
The Eagles overcame a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third inning of Game 2. Felician's Ryan Iannelli (Clarksboro, NJ) singled home a run with none out in the fifth and then stole second, but was left stranded, and Post tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh and two more in the eighth. The Golden Falcons (13-17, 2-4) brought the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth before Eagle closer Padovani recorded his fourth strikeout in two innings of work.
Post's Richie Pierro (Essex, MA) yielded two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings, while Joe Proscia (Brooklyn, NY) was 3 for 4 with two RBI. Iannelli drove in a pair of runs and Quintana and Angel Roman (North Plainfield, NJ) were each 2 for 3 for Felician.
April 9, 2007
To recap Saturday's Action, Rhode Island swept a doubleheader from the University of Massachucetts as Dan Rhault had 3 hits, 3 rbi's and 1 run scored in these games. New Haven split a twinbill with Mercy College with Kyle Bombace going 2-4 with 1 run scored and an rbi. In the first game, Michael Moras  hit his 7th homer of the year. Iona College's Allie Abbatiello continues to drive in runs as he smacked an rbi double in a contest vs Mahattan.
Former Robins also had great days on Saturday. Dowling's Chris Caputo had a grand slam and 2 additional hits in a doubleheader vs Bridgeport while his teamate Ryan Grabowski stroked 4 hits. Central Connecticut's Sean Salvatore and Matt Memoli had a combined 5 hits and 5 rbi's vs Sacred Heart. Fordham's Tom Davis won his 5th game of the year and Peter Kennelly had 2 saves in a sweep over rival Duquense University. Stony Brook's Keith Fier had 2 hits in a victory over Maine. Tulane's Jonny Weiss had 2 hits, 2 runs scored an a rbi in a split with Conference USA Rival, Memphis. UConn's Dennis Donovan had 3 hits and a rbi vs Rutgers. St John's Brendan Monaghan had 2 hits and 2 runs scored in a win over Villanova while Southern Maine's Nick Vardero got 3 hits and a rbi in a doubleheader sweep over Western Ct.
April 7, 2007
Robins Report, Saturday April 7, 2007
Western New England's Ryan Krovontka had 2 hits in the opening game of a doubleheader sweep of Rivier College. The Golden Bears are now 4-0 in the GNAC.
Jose Torres of Cochise College had 3 hits in a recent game in NJCAA Region 1 Competition. Iona College's
Allie Abbatiello had 2 hits in the first game of a doubleheader loss to MACC Conference Leader, Manhatten College.
Former Robins also dominated yesterday's news. Sacred Heart University's Jovan Rodriguez had 3 hits, 1 run scored and an rbi in a twinbill split with Central Ct.State University. For the Blue Devils, Matt Memoli was 2-3 in the second game and Matt Gianini was the losing pitcher, giving up 5 runs while striking out 5.
St. John's Brendan Monaghan had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 rbi's in a 2 game sweep of Villanova University.
Oklahoma University's Mike Gosse had a key pinch hit 2 rbi double in a 4-3 victory over Baylor. Jacksonville University's
Ryan McArdle had 2 hits 1 run scored and an rbi in a victory over Campbell University.
Stephen F.Austin's Kevin Thomas pitched 2 scoreless innings in a contest against Northwestern State.
Dusty Mones was the losing pitcher in a 4-0 loss to Amherst, going the distance giving up only 3 hits while striking out 5.
Jon Kourie of Texas A&M Corpus Christi had big days against Texas State and Nichols, getting 5 hits, scoring 3 runs with 2 rbi's
April 6, 2007
Drew Sutton (Catz 2002, 2003) is with the Corpus Christi Hooks – AA Affiliate of the Houston Astros. He is the 1st Catz player to reach AA level baseball.
Donnie Smith (Catz 2003) is with the Palm Beach Cardinals - Class A Advanced with St. Louis Cardinals
Casey Rowlett (Catz 2002) is also with the Palm Beach Cardinals - Class A Advanced with St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Turner (Catz 2003) is with the Lancaster Jethawks - Class A Advanced with Boston Red Sox
David Welch (Catz 2004) is with the Brevard County Manatees - Class A Advanced with Milwaukee Brewers
Ross Boudreaux (Catz 2002, 2003, 2004) is with the Burlington Bees - Class A with Kansas City Royals
Tag Horner (Catz 2003, 2004) is with the Delmarva Shorebirds – Class A with Baltimore Orioles
Evan Neiser (Catz 2002, 2003) is with the El Paso Diablos
Denver Kitch (Catz 2003) is with the Atlantic City Surf
Ryan Walker (Catz 2004) is also with the Atlantic City Surf
Preston Sims (Catz 2004) is with the Windy City Thunder Bolts
Generals Matt Gardiner drives in three runs
April 6, 2007
Western CT was led by junior Matt Gardiner (Terryville, CT), a member of the 2007 Generals. He went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.
This was not enough as Westfield State defeated Western CT by a score of 9-5.
April 5, 2007
Former Robin, John Wolff's Minor League experience with the New York Mets, continued on a happy note this week in extended Spring Training play. During an intrasquad game, Wolff faced Chan Ho Park, recently sent to Triple A, and proceeded to smack a double to left field. So far this Spring, the Harvard Grad has faced Orlando Hernandez, Billy Wagner, Jorge Sosa, and now Park. Against top flight pitching, Wolff is hitting over .300 for the spring.
In other news, the following is a list of how Former Robins are performing this season:
Gabe Cruz, University of Texas - Brownsville - .304, 28 hits, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 13 rbi's
Derek Gianakas, Kean University - .393, 22 hits, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 6 rbi's
Perry Schatzow, Kean University - .295, 18 hits, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 12 rbi's
Nick Asselin, Boston College - 3-2 , 3.15 era , 22 innings, 16 strikeouts
Matt Gianini, Central Ct.- 1-1 , 3.38 era , 16 innings, 15 strikeouts
Kevin Thomas, Stephen F.Austin - 1-3 , 3.15 era, 13 innings, 12 strikeouts
Chris Anderson, Western New England - 3-0, 1.93 era, 18.2 innings, 19 strikeouts
Brian Pendergast leads Manhattan College to victory
April 5, 2007
Albany, N.Y. (April 3, 2007)- Manhattan ran its road win streak to seven games, among the longest in the nation, defeating University at Albany, 5-2, this afternoon at Varsity Field. The Jaspers, who have win eight of their last nine, improve to 12-11 overall, while the Great Danes see their five game win streak snapped, falling to 10-11.
Albany would score its only two runs of the game in the bottom of the first off starter Zac Goyer on an RBI single and a passed ball to grab the early, 2-0, lead.
Manhattan would respond in the top of the third, plating two runs to knot the score at 2-2. Rene Ruiz led off the inning with a walk, and, after two outs, scored on a triple to right off the bat of Kevin Nieto. Matt Rizzotti would score Kevin Nieto with an RBI single down the right field line.
Goyer would settle in after his rough first frame, allowing just two hits over 4.1 innings of work before passing the ball to Brian Pendergast. Pendergast shut down the Great Dane offense, which had scored 28 runs in their last three games, the rest of the way, allowing just an eight inning, two-out, single, while walking none and striking out two to improve to 3-0 on the season.
April 4, 2007
Iona College won their ninth game of the season defeating Sacred Heart University. The hitting stars of this contest were, Joe Lorenzo, 2 hits, 3 rbi's and Allie Abbatiello, 2 hits. Cody Morrison of Lamar University had an rbi double in a 5-4 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Ryan Krovontka had 2 hits and a run scored in a loss to Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts. He now leads Western New England College in hitting with a.383 average. Michael Adams of Franklin Pierce, threw 1.1 innings yesterday in a win over Bentley College, giving up no hits while striking out 2. Michael Moras of the University of New Haven had 2 hits and an rbi in a 2-0 victory over C.W.Post. Tulane's Jonny Weiss had 2 hits including a double in a victory over LSU and SUNY Cortland's Jon Rockfeld recently raised his season record to 4-0 as the team is currently enjoying a 17-2 overall season record.
April 3, 2007
For the second straight summer, the Lehigh Valley Catz look to Sam Houston State University to add another potent bat to their summer collegiate baseball league lineup. The latest Bearkat to sign with the Catz is Nick Zaleski, a sophomore 1B/OF from Sugar Land, Tx. Nick is currently batting an impressive .349 with 3 HR’s, 21 RBI’s in 28 games played and his defensive versatility should be a tremendous asset to the Catz this season. In his two years at SH he’s played all three outfield positions, saw time at 2B as a freshman and has shared time at 1B this season with former Catz standout slugger Karl Krailo (2006 ACBL CO-MVP). Another former Catz ACBL All-Star, catcher Heath Pugh, is also a teammate of Zaelski’s at Sam Houston.
The Bearkats have jumped out to an impressive 21-10 start this season. Krailo is batting .353 with 3 HR’s and 24 RBI’s and Pugh is batting .259 with 2 HR’s and 19 RBI’s with 25 starts behind the plate.
Coach Yaguez on the addition on Nick Zaleski: "Nick is a great addition to our line-up and gives us a solid bat and solid defender that can play multiple positions for us," explained Yaguez. "Nick is a key bat in the Sam Houston line-up and we expect him to be in the same role with us this summer. He will see time at first base, left field and also DH - and, will be a leader for us both on and off the field. He comes highly recommended by both Heath Pugh and Karl Krailo (Catz 2006) - and, equally endorsed by the Sam Houston coaching staff. He has strong numbers at this point - and, we feel he can carry that kind of production right into the summer and get himself some looks."
April 3, 2007
Game Three @ Orangeburg, NY
The Spartans took the third and final game of the series against Adelphi with an 8-7 win. Down 5-1 in the 6th inning, STAC cut the lead to 5-3 on a Javier Diaz homerun and an RBI single from Mike Triana. Kevin Sharpe led of the 7th with a triple. Two batters later John Muller would shave the lead to 5-4 with an RBI single. An Adelphi throwing error brought in the tieing run.
With two outs in the 8th the Spartans mounted another rally on consecutive singles by Sharpe and Jonathan Garvey. With two outs and a full count, John Mazzello delivered the game winning 2 RBI Double. Muller would come on to save the game in the 9th. After two quick outs, Muller would run into some trouble before inducing the final batter to ground weakly to first. Mike Pasch threw eight innings in picking up the win.
@ Garden City, N.Y.
With the score tied at zero in the top of the second, the Spartans scored four runs on three hits, including two on a John Mazzello single to right field. Adelphi responded with one run in the bottom of the inning. The Panthers and Spartans traded two run innings in the sixth, but Adelphi knotted the score at six in the bottom of the seventh thanks in part to a Tropiano home run.
With the score still tied at six in the top of the ninth Javier Diaz delivered what would be the game winning RBI single to left field. In the bottom of the ninth, John Muller would come in to strike out the last two Adelphi batters to secure the win.
Fernando Peralta had two doubles, scored two runs, and drove in one. Mazzello went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, a walk, and a run. Andrew Nash picked up the win with two innings of two hit, no run relief.
The second game started out as a pitchers duel, with neither team able to get on the board through four innings. The Spartans mustered a single run in the top of the fifth, but Adelphi erupted for eight in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-1 advantage on their way to a 9-4 victory.
Adelphi will travel to STAC to finish out the three game set at Veteran's Memorial Field in Orangeburg, NY.
April 3, 2007
The Robins announced the signing today of Cochise College [Arizona] Outfielder, Jose Torres, to their 2007 Roster. The Cheshire Ct. Native is the Apache's Starting Right Fielder and is currently hitting at a .385 clip for the Nationally Ranked Club in NJCAA Division 1 Baseball. Cochise is currently in first place in their conference with a 36-8 Overall Record.
In other news, Midland's Kyle Maynor, was the hardluck loser in a battle with another NJCAA powerhouse, New Mexico Junior College as he went 7 innings giving up 4 runs while striking out 3. Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Jon Kourie was 4-6 with 2 runs scored in a doubleheader loss to Texas State.
Former NY General, TJ Varricchio smacks 8th HR of the season
April 3, 2007
Led by John Mazzello's (New Hyde Park, NY) 5-hit performance, the Spartans collected twenty-two hits and cruised to a 23-5 East Coast Conference victory today at Veteran's Memorial Field. Mazzello continued his hot hitting from last week in which he led all ECC hitters going 13-for-25 and hitting safely in all six games.
Other offensive standout performers included Javier Diaz (Dobson, NC) who went a perfect 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs and a solo homer in the 3rd inning. T.J. Varricchio (Ardsley, NY) smashed 8th homerun of the season and had a 2-run double with 3 RBIs in the 5th inning . Freshman, Vinny Malzahn (Port Jervis, NY) had a 2-run homer in the 5th in which the Spartans scored nine runs. Mike Triana (New Milford, NJ) had two hits and 3 RBIs. John Muller (Mahopac, NY) and Kevin Sharpe (East Meadow, NY) each had two hits and Kevin Spence (Port Jeff Station, NY) had a 2-run single. It is the second time this season the Spartans have scored more than twenty runs in a single game and they have won three of their last four ECC games.
April 2, 2007
Two well known former ACBL players are approaching significant milestones this year.
Craig Biggio needs 70 hits to become the 27th player in history to reach 3,000 hits.
Jamie Moyer is just eight strikeouts short of 2,000 for his career.
The ACBL is very proud of these veteran Major League All Stars.
April 2, 2007
Current and Former Robins, are featured in today's report. Lamar University's Scott Meyer pitched 2 scoreless innings and picked up his first win of the season in a 11-10 victory over Nichols State. Franklin Pierce's Steve Shepard won his third game of the year in a 10-6 victory over Felician College. Stony Brook's Keith Fier was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an rbi in a victory over New York Tech. Oklahoma Sooner, Mike Gosse was 1-3 with a run scored in a 3-1 loss to the University of Texas. Molloy's Tom Reo hit his 8th homer of the season and drove in 3 runs in a 3-2 loss to C.W. Post and University of Nebraska- Kearney's Trey Howell, hit a double and had an rbi in a 7-6 victory over Mesa State.
April 2, 2007
Matt Maher - Fairleigh Dickinson
Currently…..leads the team in most hits (20), most assists from the OF (5), 1st in RBI’s, 2nd in total bases (29).
Also, multi-hit games against: Duke, U. of Albany, U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Delaware State, and Seton Hall (3 hits – single, double and triple).
April 1, 2007
Western New England's, Ryan Krovontka was 3-4 with 2 triples and 2 rbi's in a victory over Albertus Magnus. Former Robin, Chris Anderson won his third game of the season while striking out 7. Franklin Pierce's Michael Adams had a no decision in a 3-2 extra inning victory over Southern Ct. and pitched well going 7.1 innings with 3 strikouts. Kyle Bombace of the University of New Haven went 2-3 with 2 runs scored in a win over Queens College. Brendan Monaghan of St. John's  went 2-4 with 2 runs scored as the Red Storm defeated Rutgers 10-7 and former Robins, Tom Davis and Peter Kennelly combined on a 4 hit shutout as Fordham defeated St. Bonaventure 2-0 in an A-10 Contest. Davis is now 4-0 on the season.
April 1, 2007
Collegiate Baseball players dream of the day they break a school record, go 3-5, or hit a walk-off home run.
Sal Iacono, Princeton (Cadets '06) had a dream day against Yale University when he did all three. A single in the first inning gave Sal the Princeton Tiger record of hitting in 18 straight games, he went 3-5 with 3 RBI's and a run scored, and completed the day with a walk off home run, giving the Tigers a 7-4 win and a sweep of Yale's Bulldogs. Sal Iacono is currently hitting .427 for the Princeton Tigers.
March 31, 2007
Newly signed Catcher, Trey Howell of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, had a single and an rbi on Friday vs Nationally Ranked Mesa State. 2006 Robin, Jovan Rodriguez had a similar day in Sacred Heart's 7-5 victory over the University of Hartford. Boston College's Pete Frates  was 2-5 with an rbi in a 10-7 win over Holy Cross. Michael Vicaro  of Montclair State, had an rbi double vs Ramapo in a 6-5 loss and Jacksonville's Ryan McArdle, had 3 hits in a 6-5 loss to Mercer University.
March 29, 2007
Dowling College defeated Concordia 13-8 in an ECC clash yesterday. The Golden Lions were led by David Wendt, who went 4-5 with 2 rbi's. Former Robin, Chris Caputo was also 4-5 and hit a Grand Slam Home Run in this game.
Kyle Bombace led the University of New Haven to a win over Post University with a 3-5 afternoon and drove in 2 runs.
University of Rhode Island's Dan Rhault had 2 hits and 2 runs scored in a contest vs Marist.
Another former Robin, Thomas Reo had a great day as Molloy College defeated the University of Bridgeport. Reo slugged his 6th and 7th homers of the year, scored 3 runs and drove in 4 on the day.
Jacksonville University's Ryan McArdle had another good game, going 2-4 with an rbi in a loss to Kennesaw State.
Finally UConn's Dennis Donovan raised his consecutive game hitting streak to 8 by going 2-3 with an rbi in a victory over Yale University. During this streak, Donovan is hitting at a .543 clip with 10 rbi's.
March 29, 2007
Former General, TJ Varricchio is off to a fantastic start for St Thomas Aquinas in 2007. Varricchio went 2 for 3 today against Mercy College and belts his 7th homerun of the season along with 22 RBI'S
March 28, 2007
Former Robin, John Wolff, will most certainly remember the Spring of 2007 in the Minor League Camp of the New York Mets in Port Saint Lucie Florida. Two weeks ago, he was 2-5 in a simulated game, facing Met Starter, Orlando " El Duque" Hernandez . Last week with Omar Minaya, Willie Randolph, and Rick Peterson on hand, Wolff competed in another contest against current Major Leaguers and made solid contact against All Star, Billy Wagner and Jorge Sosa, while lining a single to center off Relief Specialist, Aaron Heilman. At the end of the day, the Harvard Grad described the event as " memorable"
In other news, Midland College's Kyle Maynor pitched 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out 4 to earn his third save of the year over Odessa College. University of Rhode Island's Eric Smith, started his first collegiate game and went 6 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 runs with 4 strikeouts vs Northeastern. Iona College's 3 game winning streak was stopped by N.Y. Tech but Allie Abbatiello continued to be the Gael's offensive catalyst, hitting his third HR of the year while knocking in 3 rbi's. Central Ct. Infielder, Matt Memoli  had a great day on Wenesday with a double and a triple in a twinbill sweep of Vermont. UConn's Dennis Donovan had 3 hits and 2 rbi's as the Husky's beat Fairfield University, 8-2. Donovan leads UConn in hitting with a .393 average and 33 total hits. UConn-Avery Point's, Eric Williams, is currently 2-0 on the season and leads the team with a .064 ERA.
March 27, 2007
The Iona College Gaels completed a 3 game sweep of Siena on Monday with a 9-1 victory and improve their MACC Record to 3-0 on the season. Shortstop Joe Lorenzo was the hitting star in this contest with 4 hits and 3 runs scored while Allie Abbatiello continued his fine play with 2 hits and 2 rbi's.
Former Robin, Matt Gianini was named the Northeast Conference Player of the week as the result of throwing a complete game 9 inning shutout in a 2-0 win over Penn State. In this game Gianini gave up 8 hits, no walks and had 7 strikeouts.
Another Former Robin, Andrew Vicaro  is one of the leading hitters on Monclair State University with a. .452 Batting Average, 19 hits, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 9 rbi's and a .595 Sluuging Average.
March 26, 2007
The Robins announced today the signing of University of Nebraska- Kearney Catcher, Trey Howell to their 2007 Roster. The Antonito Colorado product, is currently hitting .314 for the nationally ranked Lopers, with 18 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 14 rbi's and a .500 slugging percentage. Howell who is a Junior, previously played for Dodge City Community College and competed last summer in the Northwoods League.
In Sunday's Action, Dowling lost a doubleheader to C.W. Post but David Wendt [2 hits including a double] and 2006 Robin, Chris Caputo [3 hits, 2 doubles] led the offense. Fordham University's Tom Davis  went 7 innings giving up only 3 hits while striking out 10 in a 8-2 win over George Washington. St. Johns defeated UConn by a 10-7 count as Brendan Monaghan had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. In the loss Dennis Donovan, continued his torrid hitting by going 3-5 with 2 rbi's. For Connecticut, another former Robin, Davis Erickson  made his first appearance in 2 years after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and pitched a scoreless inning.
4 Former Catz Play Prominent Role
March 26, 2007
The Arkansas Razorbacks took 2 of 3 from the Vanderbilt Commodores this past weekend in a battle of top ten programs that feature 4 former Lehigh Valley Catz Players.
The Razorbacks, who were ranked #9 going into the weekend, were aided by the efforts of two former Catz players in their big series win. Brad Secrist (Catz 2006) was 2 for 7 over the weekend with a run scored and appeared in all 3 games with 2 starts in RF. Matt Willard (Catz 2005) got the start at shortstop in game three of the series, an 8-3 Arkansas win.
For Vandy, who were ranked #1 in the country, Brad French (Catz 2005) had an outstanding weekend going 4-9 with 2 runs scored, including a pinch hit single in VU’s only win, 6-3 on Saturday. French, who starts at 1B, also added a double and a run scored early in game three that brought Vandy within 3-2 in an eventual 8-3 loss. Jonathan White (Catz 2005) also saw action in 2 games going, including a start at DH in the winning Vandy effort on Saturday, but went 0-4 at the plate in the series.
March 25, 2007
NY Generals former player senior Kevin Hickey of (New Fairfield, CT) leads the Clippers with 9 RBI and is 12 for 32 (.375)
In other news, St Thomas Aquinas split a double-header against New Haven. NY Generals former player TJ Varricchio belts his 6th Homerun of the seasons along with 18 RBI'S.
March 25, 2007
Trailing 7-4 vs Stephen F. Austin going into the 9th inning, Lamar University scored 3 runs to tie the game at 7 with the big hit being a 2 strike pinch hit rbi single by Cody Morrison. The Cardinals then proceeded to win this contest in extra innings by a 9-7 count.
Iona College won consecutive games over Siena with a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Former Robin, Shawn Walsh recorded his third save of the season in this match up. Iona was winning the second game 1-0 when rain stopped play. Shortstop Joe Lorenzo doubled and scored the Gael's only run.
UConn Senior, Dennis Donovan had 3 hits and 3 rbi's as the Huskys beat St. John's in a Big East Showdown. University of New Haven's Kyle Bombace had a single and an rbi while teamate Michael Moras, drove in 3 runs in a victory over St. Thomas Aquinas. The University of Oklahoma's Mike Gosse has 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 rbi's in the Sooners 9-3 win over Texas A&M. Jacksonvillle's Ryan McArdle had a single and an rbi in a 12-5 loss to Kennesaw State while Jon Kourie has a 2 run rbi single for Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a contest against Sam Houston State.
March 24, 2007
There was a time the Patriots undefeated season was almost over before it began. In their first game of the season, The University of Texas at Tyler was clinging to a 3-2 lead over McMurry in the eighth inning with one out and the tying run on second.
For the first of many times this season, Patriots coach James Vilade made the call for Nate Jennings.
Jennings jogged in from the bullpen and calmly struck out two batters to end the inning, then struck out two in the ninth and finished the game covering first on an infield grounder. Five batters faced and four strike outs, and the Patriots had win number one on the season.
Pressure? Of course, Jennings says, and that’s what gets him going.
“I love it,” Jennings admits. “It’s something I enjoy, I like the pressure. Once you get used to the situation, it’s a lot easier.”
“I’m going to throw as hard as I can, and throw strikes, and get guys out.”
Jennings has certainly done that in 2007. The senior closer from Granbury has made nine appearances in the first twenty games without allowing a run. Jennings, an Industrial Technology major, has only given up a single hit and walk, while striking out 27 of the 41 batters he’s faced.
“That’s the way I want to pitch. I want to get guys out, and a lot of times the situation dictates that you have to go right at guys. You can’t afford to give up anything. I don’t want to give up a run, or a hit, or a walk. I’m going to get you out the best way I can.”
“It all goes back to just making pitches and getting guys out. You’re under the microscope even more, because one hit can lose the game.”
That pressure is what drives Jennings, who has already been named Pitcher of the Week in the American Southwest Conference once this season, a rare award for a bullpen pitcher. Vilade said Jennings’ transformation from high school starter to Patriots closer has really taken giant strides over the past year.
“The big difference for Nate is that he’s gotten command of a third pitch, and has really stepped up his game. He’s able to throw a fastball, slider, and change-up all for strikes.”
“That’s just plus command with three pitches. Those numbers don’t show up by accident.”
Becoming the Patriots closer has been an adjustment for Jennings, knowing that any day he comes to Irwin Field he’ll have to wait for hours and stay sharp, because he could get the call in the late innings.
“I watch the game from the start,” Jennings explains, “and I’ll start moving around in the fifth inning knowing that there’s a chance I could go in. I’ll keep moving, and watching the situations. That way, if it’s the eighth inning and there’s two men on and I have a chance to go in, my mind is already on the game.”
“You’re already focused, it’s like you’ve been in since the first inning.”
Jennings transferred to UT Tyler from St. Edwards University, and had an unspectacular junior year, making ten appearances and pitching eight full innings with an ERA of 6.75. Between his junior and senior seasons, he spent the summer playing for the Quakerstown Blazers in Pennsylvania, playing in the same league Coach Vilade once played in. Jennings says getting used in various different situations helped him grow in confidence.
“It was good to be in an environment where people believe in you, and want you to be good, and will give you the ball three times a week to go out there and work on it,” Jennings said.
Jennings returned to the Patriots a new man, having already thrown thirteen innings with an ERA of 0.00. He’s been used in a variety of roles, showing the confidence Vilade has in him.
Jennings came in against Texas Lutheran and shut down the #14 team in the country with the tying run on in the seventh, pitching two-and-a-third scoreless innings. He got a save against NAIA Northwood, and pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth innings against Mississippi College, giving the Patriots a chance to get the win.
“He’s played a few different reliever roles,” Vilade said, “but I think he’s accepting and very wanting of the closer role. He’s been the last guy on the mound at times, and he’s really built up to a good closer at this point.”
“We’ve had a few tough situations that he’s come into with more confidence than anyone I’ve ever coached,” Vilade said. “It’s been huge not only with Nate, but with our whole bullpen. We’ve got a lot of seniors in there, a lot of experience with guys like Blake Burnett, Patrick McClure, Greg Johnson, and Michael Stutts.”
From top to bottom, the Patriots pitching staff has an ERA of 2.88, with opponents notching a 10.55 ERA against them. Vilade says that goes a long way towards instilling confidence in the entire team.
“The big thing for us is being able to play for one run at a time and not have to rely on the big inning. We can go in with a one-run or two-run lead, and feel confident where we are.”
Reid Kerr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2007
Dowling College resumed play with a 7-5 victory over C.W. Post as David Wendt led the way with a 2 run homer. Iona College opened Conference Play with a 6-5 victory over Siena as the Gael's were paced by Allie Abbatiello's 2 run double.
Former Robins were also in Friday's News. Thomas Reo had 2 hits including a home run and 3 rbi's to lead his Molloy College Lions to a 9-4 win over Post University of Waterbury Ct. Jonny Weiss of Tulane, had 2 hits as the Green Wave bested Marshall University 8-7 in their Conference USA Opener. University of Oklahoma's Mike Gosse, had another pinch hit as his Sooners, ranked 20th in the country, lost to 8th ranked Texas A&M by a 7-3 score. University of Southern Maine's Nick Vardero, had 2 hits including a double in a 21-2 rout of Albright College.
March 23, 2007
Midland College's Kyle Maynor, won his second game of the season, pitching 5 innings in a 9-7 victory over Dodge City Community College, while giving up 2 runs and 4 hits in this contest. Western New England College defeated Division 3 Top Ranked Otterbein College by a 6-1 count and were led by Ryan Krovontka's 2 hits, including a rbi double. Sacred Heart University won a doubleheader from Brown on Thursday as former Robin, Jovan Rodriquez had a single and an rbi in the second game. The University of Connecticut continued their winning ways with a 12-4 win over New York Institute of Technology. In this game, former Robin, Dennis Donovan had 2 rbi's.
March 23, 2007
Ryan Rachal (Catz 2005), a senior from Norman, Oklahoma and starting centerfielder for Oklahoma City University, currently the #2 ranked NAIA school in the country, had an incredible day at the plate last weekend. In doubleheader action, Ryan went 4-6 with 8 RBI’s, including FOUR HOMERUNS! For the record, he had a solo shot and a two-run blast in game one, then added a solo home run and grand slam in game two. OCU beat Hastings (Neb.) 11-3 in game one and then were a 10-3 winner over Midland Lutheran (Neb.) in the second game. The Stars ran their record to 29-5 this year with the DH sweep.
“I saw the ball extremely well, and that may be an understatement,” Rachal said. Ryan is batting a torrid .417 on the season with 9 Hr’s and 45 RBI’s and is a perfect 10 for 10 on stolen bases.
His current teammate and fellow former Catz player Bobby Spain (Catz 2005) is matching Ryan with a batting average of .417 as well with 6 Hr’s and 32 RBI’s.
March 23, 2007
Junior John Mazzello (Hyde Park, NY) at shortstop Rounding out the 2007 ECC Preseason Baseball Team. John Mazzello will be playing with the NY Generals 2007.
March 22, 2007
Four former Lehigh Valley Catz Players will play prominent roles in a key three game series this weekend between the # 1 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores and the # 9 Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ar.
For Vandy, Brad French (Catz 2005) and Jonathan White (Catz 2005) have both seen extensive action already this season. French, who has started 21 of 23 games at 1B is batting .275 with 1 HR and 13 RBI’s. White has appeared in 17 games with 10 starts and is batting .333 with 1 HR, 9 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases.
For the Razorbacks, infielder Matt Willard (Catz 2005) and Brad Secrist (Catz 2006) are both enjoying fine seasons. Willard is batting .286 appearing in 16 of the 23 Razobacks games, seeing time at both SS and 2B. Secrist is batting an impressive .342 with a HR and 8 RBI’s in 11 games played.
Two other familiar names to Catz faithful are Nick Schmidt, All-American and ace of the Razorback pithcing staff who was signed to play for the Catz in 2005 but was instead invited to compete for Team USA, will start on the mound in Game 1 on Friday night. Also, Ben Tschepikow who was also signed to the 2005 Catz but couldn’t compete due to an injury, is back healthy and hitting .353 as the starting 2B for Arkansas.
St Thomas Aquinas beats Bloomfield college 21-8
March 22, 2007
NY Generals Vinny Malzahn (Port Jervis, NY), had two hits, one of which was a 2-run homer, the first of his college career.
March 22, 2007
There is plenty of action for today's report. At Baseball Heaven in Yaphank N.Y., The University of Connecticut, defeated Iona College by a 4-0 score. In the contest former Robin Dennis Donovan, had 3 hits including a double while 2 of Iona's 4 hits came from current Robins, Allie Abbatiello and Joe Lorenzo. Also in this game Shawn Walsh  threw a scoreless inning. Lamar University evened their 3 game series with the University of Texas El-Paso with a 14-7 victory. The Cardinal's Matison Smith, won his first Collegiate Game and gave up 1 run and 4 hits. Western New England College won it's 600th all time victory by defeating Hope College of Michigan 5-0. In this game Chris Anderson of the 2005 Robins went the distance and gave up only 6 hits to record his second win of the season. Ryan Krovontka had an rbi double and now leads the team in hiiting with a .450 average. Franklin Pierce's Steve Shepard, also won his second game of the year with a 9-8 victory over Barry University while his teamate Jim Palmer added a scoreless inning in the win. Before a crowd of over 3100 fans, Jacksonville University beat number top ranked Florida State by a score of 5-3. The big blow in this contest was a 4th inning 2 run double by 2004 Robin, Ryan McArdle, who played for FSU in 2006.
Roth Recognized as 'Pitcher of Week'
March 21, 2007
University of Texas - San Antonio frosh righty Ryan Proudfoot tossed no-hit ball for 5 innings and freshman teammate Zach Calhoon struck out the side in the ninth, leading the way in UTSA's, 5-0, win over Lamar on Tuesday night. Proudfoot improved to 1-1 on the season - lowering his ERA to 2.51 - teams are batting just .176 against the righty thus far this season. Calhoon also posts a 1-1 mark with a 2.84 ERA - having made 8 appearances and recording 19 K's in 12.2 innings pitched. Calhoon leads the UTSA bullpen with 2 saves.
UTSA righty JT Mackey was also in the news this past week - firing 5 scoreless innings and picking up the win Saturday night in the Roadrunner's, 12-9, conference win over McNeese State. Mackey improves to 4-1 on the young season with 1 save, lowering his ERA to 0.57 in a team leading 10 appearances.
Proudfoot, Calhoon, Mackey and righty Jake Sillavan will be key to the Catz' pitching staff in 2007.
In other Catz news - frosh RHP Todd Roth (University of Pennsylvania) - fired a complete game shut-out over the weekend, blanking Georgetown, 7-0. Roth scattered six hits and struck out two in the complete game win. Roth improves to 1-1 on the season with a crisp 1.86 ERA along with 18 K's in 19.1 innings pitched. The frosh righty was recognized as the Philadelphia Big 5 Pitcher of the week for his efforts.
March 20, 2007
Former Quakertown Blazer Hans Stancil was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.
The senior infielder hit .428 (11-25) last week with three RBIs and 12 runs scored for the number three ranked Georgia College and State Bobcats.
Stancil is currently hitting .369 with 39 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.
March 19, 2007
Don Gordon, former pitcher for the Allentown Wings, is Director of International Baseball for Score International. He is actively involved in providing baseball instruction to youth in various countries.
Gordon pitched in the Major Leagues from 1986 thru 1988 with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. In 78 games he posted a 4.72 ERA in 132 innings. Don was quite visible at the recent ABCA convention in his MLB uniform.
March 19, 2007
The inclement weather has had a major impact in games being played this past weekend but some schools, who are in a warmer and drier climate, did compete and the following is a brief summary. Western New England College opened it's 2007 season with a doubleheader split with Becker. Ryan Krovontka had 4 hits for the day and 2 runs scored. Former Robin, Chris Anderson  recorded hi first victory of the season, going 6 innings while giving up 2 runs and 2 hits. Midland College's Kyle Maynor threw 4 innings of quality relief but suffered the loss in a contest vs Pratt Community College [Kansas]. Another former Robin, Andreas Verrios  had 4 hits and scored 3 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Hendrix College.
March 18, 2007
Franklin Pierce's Michael Adams, went the distance yesterday in the second game of a twinbill sweep vs Molloy College, giving up only 2 runs while scattering 4 hits and striking out 9 as he earned his first victory of the season. In the opening contest Molloy's Thomas Reo  had 2 home runs and 4 rbi's. Post University's Nick Mangini, was charged with a loss vs St.Thomas Aquinas but pitched well going 7 innings giving up only 2 earned runs while striking out 5. University of Rhode Island's Dan Rheault, had another fine day in a 7-6 comeback victory over the University of California. The Lincoln Rhode Island native went 2-3 with 2 base on balls in the win. University of New Haven Shortstop, Kyle Bombace, also continued his fine play by getting 4 hits and 2 rbi's in a doubleheader split with Merrimack and Bentley. Boston College's Pete Frates  had 3 hits and scored a run vs Georgia Tech. Nick Asselin, also a 2005 Robin, won his first game of the year with a complete game victory over Duke University. Central Ct. State's Matt Memoli  had a 2 run double in a victory over the University of Hartford, while his teammate, Sean Salvatore  raised his season average to .357.
March 17, 2007
Happy St. Patrick's Day. In Friday's action, University of New Haven's Kyle Bombace had 4 RBI's in a doubleheader victory over Bluefield State and Bentley College in the Ormond Beach Florida Classic. Dan Rhault had a single and an RBI and Eric Smith pitched a scoreless inning as Rhode Island dropped a 7-6 heart breaker to the University of California.
Former Robins also made yesterday's highlights. Fordham's Peter Kennelly pitched 2 scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the season in a victory over Western Illinois. University of Oklahoma's Mike Gosse had a 7th inning pinch hit double in a 4-3 loss to Michigan State. Michael Moras also of New Haven had 4 hits and 3 RBI's in the twin bill victory. Jacksonville University's Ryan McArdle, recently raised his season average to .351 with 33 hits, 6 doubles, 5 home runs, 31 RBI's and a.574 slugging percentage.
Cadets Re-sign Kahn for 2007
March 16, 2007
John Kahn (Fordham) had a breakout game for the Rams yesterday going 2 for 5 with two home runs and 4 rbi's. Kahn as a 2006 Cadet batted .329 and was one of the top individual batting leaders in the ACBL as listed in the 2007 Baseball America Almanac. Kahn has re-signed with the Cadets for the 2007 season.
March 15, 2007
On Tuesday March 13, Orlando " El Duque" Hernandez, pitched a 5 inning simulated game at the N.Y. Met Minor League Complex in Port Saint Lucie Florida and former Robin, John Wolff [Harvard University] who played for the locals from 2003-2005, played in this contest. In 5 innings pitched, Hernandez gave up only 3 hits but 2 of them were credited to Wolff, who singled to left in his first at bat and later lined a double to right center to finish the afternoon 2 for 5. After the contest, Wolff was quoted as saying that " seeing him on television is one thing but facing him live is some thing else"
In other news Iona College defeated William & Mary 12-8 on Wenesday and were led by Joe Lorenzo who had 3 hits and an RBI and Allie Abbatiello, 2 hits, 2 RBI's.
Former Robins were also in yesterday's news. Dowling's Ryan Grabowski had a grand slam homer against Felician. New Haven's Michael Moras had 3 hits and 2 RBI's vs Merrimack. St John's Brendan Monaghan had 2 hits and 2 RBI's in a victory over the University of Albany and UConn's Dennis Donovan had 3 hits, including a double and 1 run scored in a 8-3 win over Sacred Heart University.
March 14, 2007
Matison Smith pitched 2 innings yesterday and Cody Morrison had a single and a run scored for Lamar University in a non conference game vs Louisiana Tech.
Kyle Bombace of the University of New Haven, had 2 hits and 2 runs scored in contests against Rollins College and Tiffen University.
Molloy College's Scott Porter threw 4 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 5 in a game vs nationally ranked Nova Southeastern University.
Also a pair of former Robins, were successful on Tuesday in the Fordham Rams 8-3 win over Long Island University. Tom Davis  pitched 5 innings while giving up 2 runs to earn his first victory of the season. His teammate, Peter Kennelly  pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save.
March 13, 2007
The Robins announced today the hiring of Monroe College's Luis Melendez, as their new Field Manager for the 2007 season.
The Bronx N.Y. native brings an extensive Baseball Background to the Connecticut Area and has been the current head coach of Monroe since 2004 after spending 2 years at Lehman College, as the head assistant while earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Melendez has also been a Catching Instructor at the famous Vic Power Baseball Academy in Guaynabo Puerto Rico as well as a Player Procurement Agent for the Can Am League. He is also a veteran of Professional Baseball having played in Quebec City, Allentown PA., Schaumburg IL., and Waterbury Ct.
In addition to being the Head Baseball Coach at Monroe, Melendez works as a Retention Specialist in the school's Education Department. The Management Group of the Robins welcomes Luis to the organization and feels that he will do an outstanding job with the team.
In other news UConn Avery Point's Eric Williams, won his second game of the season giving up only 1 run in a victory over Alfred State College.
March 12, 2007
Nathan Jennings, a 2006 ACBL All-Star for the Quakertown Blazers, retired all six batters in the 9th and 10th innings to gain a win in a 5-4 victory over Mississippi College. With this win The University of Texas at Tyler improved to a 16-0 record. The Patriots are coached by Jim Vilade, a former Jersey Pilot.
Jennings also has two saves in nine innings this spring. The senior RHP has not allowed a run and only one hit thus far. Opponents are hitting .037 (1 for 27) against him. He also has 18 strikeouts and only one walk in the nine innings.
Iona College defeated LaSalle 6-5 on Sunday and were led by Allie Abbatiello's 2 run homer. Former Robin, Shawn Walsh, pitched 2 innings in this game to record the save. Dan Rhault of the University of Rhode Island continued his hitting streak by doubling against the University of New Mexico. New Haven Charger, Kyle Bombace scored 2 runs yesterday in a 10-5 victory over Bentley and former Robin Thomas Reo, hit a walk off 2 run homer against Umass-Lowell in a 11-10 win. Another former Robin, Brendan Monaghan of St.Johns,had 5 hits in a 3 game sweep over McNeese State and raised his season average to .375.
March 11, 2007
Metro NY Cadets
Former Metro Cadet, Jay Monti led the Sacred Heart Pioneers to a 3-0 shutout win over Notre Dame. Monti pitched a complete game allowing only two hits and without issuing a walk. This now brings Monti's total to 19 innings pitched without issuing an earned run.
The following teams were in action over the weekend: March 9th, 2007 - Stonehill College (Boston) Defeated St. Thomas Aquinas by a score of 7 to 5 in Ft. Meyers Florida: T.J.Varrichio (NY Generals) was 3 for 5 with 3 homeruns and 7 RBI's for St. Thomas Aquinas College in there opener in 2007 season.
Iona College's Allie Abbatiello had 2 hits, including his 4th double of the year on Saturday vs Villanova. His teammate, Joe Lorenzo also had a single and scored a run in this contest. University of New Haven Shortstop, Kyle Bombace had a single and 2 walks in yesterday's 19-6 win over Tiffen University. Michael Moras  had a 3 run homer in this contest. Franklin Pierce's Michael Adams, picked up his second save of the season in a 4-2 victory over Queens College. Adams pitched 3 innings in the game and struck out 5 in relief of winning pitcher Steve Shepard who pitched the first 4 innings striking out 8.
March 10, 2007
In yesterday's action, with the game tied at 4 each, Lamar University's Cody Morrison, led of the bottom of the 9th inning with a single and scored the eventual winning run vs Northern Colorado. University of Rhode Island Product Dan Rhault, went 1-3 with 7 assists at shortstop vs the University of New Mexico. Former Robin, UConn's Dennis Donovan extended his hitting streak to 6 games and now leads the team with a .357 Batting Average with 15 hits, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and a .571 Slugging Percentage. In other news, Western New England's Ryan Krovontka, recently had a commercial that he and another WNEC completed as a classroom project, shown on the CBS Early Show as part of the Chevy Super Bowl College Ad Challange. This commercial was 1 of 12 picked for the show and was entitled " What if cars could play football" There were over 800 entries submitted for the Super Bowl Contest. Kravontka, who will be returning to the Robins this season is a lifetime .321 hitter for the Golden Bears in 82 games played.
March 9, 2007
The Metro NY Cadets are pleased to announce that Richard Barry of Dowling College has resigned with the 2007 Metro NY Cadets. Richard was the fourth leading pitcher in the ACBL and top Cadet with an ERA of 1.43. Richard is expected to lead the Golden Lions as well as the Cadets in '07
March 9, 2007
Several former Robins are featured in todays report. St Johns Catcher Brendan Monaghan went 3-3 with a rbi in a recent contest against McNeese State. He is currently hitting .371 on the season. St. Anselms Adam Hussey, hit a home run and went 4-6 in games vs St.Leo and Florida Southern. Jacksonville University's Ryan McArdle has 2 rbi's in yesterday's game vs UConn and Sacred Heart University Outfielder, Jovan Rodriquez had 4 hits and 4 rbi's in a doubleheader split with the University of Pittsburgh.
March 8, 2007
Eric Williams of UConn Avery Point, made a successful 2007 debut in a shutout victory over Burlington County College. The Stamford Ct. product, scattered 4 hit over 7 innings pitched, while striking out 8. Dowling College Catcher, David Wendt raised his overall batting average to .345 by going 3-5 in recent games. Wendt now has a total of 10 hits, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 8 rbi's and a .552 slugging average on the season. Midland College's Kyle Maynor, threw another 4 scoreless innings recently while striking out 8. In 10 innings pitched this season, Maynor has given up only 6 hits and has struck out 16 to go with his 1-0 record and a 1.80 era.
March 7, 2007
The following teams, were in action on Monday. Dowling College, defeated Felician by a 23-8 score and were led by 2007 David Wendt, who had 3 hits including a 2 run homer and 5 rbi's. Former Robins, Ryan Grabowski, 4 hits, 2 rbi's and Chris Caputo, 2 rbi's, also contributed in the win. Central Ct. State University, won 2 of 3 contests vs the Navel Academy and were led by 2 former Robins, Sean Salvatore, who had a combined 4 hits in the series and Matt Gianini, who threw 4 innings, giving up 1 unearned run, while striking out 5.
March 7, 2007
Three Cadet '07 signees have led the way to early season victories for their respective colleges. Bryan Bonin, Fr. (CW Post) INF, in seven games thus far is 9 for 21, a .429 BA. Mike Testani, Jr. (Adelphi) OF is 7 for 15 in four games, a .467 BA, and Dan Pembroke, Fr. (Dowling) OF is 7 for 10 a .700 BA. Each is expected to start and be a major contributed to their team's success.
March 6, 2007
Chris Raber, former Quakertown Blazer player, was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after going 8 for 12 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also walked five times and was hit by a pitch once as he reached base in 14 of 18 plate appearances. Raber was 3 for 4 with a home run in a tough Coastal Carolina loss 4-3 to top ranked North Carolina. He hit a grand slam against Marist and Coastal Carolina has a 12-2 record and is ranked 29th in the most recent Collegiate Baseball Poll. Peter Andrelczyk, who pitched for the Blazers last year, hurled scoreless innings in relief against North Carolina and West Virginia for the Chanticleers
Allie Abbatiello of the Iona College Gaels, had 2 hits, including a 2 run homer and 3 rbi's vs Old Dominion.
University of New Haven Chargers, Kyle Bombace and Michael Moras, each had 4 hits with Moras hitting a 2 run homer in games vs Bryant and Felician.
Midland College's Kyle Maynor, recorded his 2nd save of the season in a victory over New Mexico Military Institute.
Lamar University Righthander, Matison Smith, made his first ever appearance in a loss to St. John's, going 2.1 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 3. Smith relieved 2005 Robin, Matt Gore, who threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in this game.
March 5, 2007
Sal Iacono (Cadets) the 2006 ACBL Batting Champion (.411) was 4 for 6 today with two rbi's leading Princeton to a 11-6 victory over Elon.
Steve Gilman (Cadets) the 2006 ACBL No. 1 Prospect pitched six scoreless innings scattering just three hits as Yale picked up the win at UMBC.
March 4, 2007
Michael Adams, who recently signed to play this year's Robins, made a very successful debut for the Franklin Pierce Ravens in their season opening victory over West Chester University. Adams pitched the final 3.1 innings of victory giving up only 1 hit, and no runs while striking out 4 as the 9th ranked Ravens, banged out 16 hits in the victory.
Allie Abbatiello and Joe Lorenzo of Iona College, each had a double in the Gael's 7-1 defeat to Old Dominion.
For the University of Rhode Island, Dan Rheault had a single and a walk and Eric Smith pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against Coastal Carolina in the Microtel Inn Challange.
Nick Mangini of Post College, pitched 4 innings giving up 3 runs in a recent contest against West Virginia State.
Former Robins also had successful days in recent play:
Stony Brook University's Steve LeGrett, had a pinch hit single and a rbi vs the College of Charlston
UConn Huskie Captain, Dennis Donovan had five hits, 2 home runs and 4 rbi's vs South Alabama
Andreas Verrios of Trinity University, had 2 hits and 2 rbi's vs Washington & Lee University
Oklahoma University's Mike Gosse, had 2 hits including a double and 2 rbi's vs University of California,Riverside
Jacksonville University's Ryan McArdle had 2 hits and 2 rbi's vs LaSalle University
Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Jon Kourie, had a 2 run homer with 3 rbi's vs New York Tech
In related news, Michael Moras of the University of New Haven and Tom Reo of Molloy College, both members of the 2006 Robins, were chosen to the ECC All Conference Preseason Squad.
March 3, 2007
The Robins announced today that 2 members of the Franklin Pierce College team, Mike Adams and Jim Palmer, have signed contracts to play for the 2007 Season. Adams, a sidearm righty out of Buffalo N.Y. who has been clocked in the mid to high 80's, will be counted on by the Ravens to be a late inning reliever as well as a spot starter and Palmer, a hard throwing lefty, will be another option for the New Hampshire Club, out of the bullpen this year. Franklin Pierce is currently ranked 9th in Division 2 Basball by the college polls. In other news two members of the 2004 Robins Team, are having outstanding early season success. Jon Kourie of Texas A&M at Corpus Cristi, is currently batting .341 with 15 hits, 5 doubles, 1 home run and a .537 slugging average while his teammate, Ryan McArdle, Jacksonville University, is hitting .343 with 18 hits,3 doubles,3 home runs and a .566 slugging average.
March 3, 2007
Brent Lotito (Dowling College, Metro NY Cadets) has been selected the pre-season pitcher of the year in the East Coast Conference. Lotito last year was 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA. Lotito and Keven Reese (Cadets) were also selected to the pre-season all tournament team.
March 2, 2007
Listed below are 5 Former NY Generals that are now with Major League Baseball teams in some capacity. Click each players name to see player information.
, Princeton Devil Rays - Rookie League
, Great Lakes Loons - Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers
, Yakima Bears - Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks
, Ft. Myers Miracle- Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins
, Pirates - Rookie League
March 1, 2007
Phil Gunther, a freshman LHP from Sean Leary’s Lehigh University baseball program, is the latest addition to the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz.
Gunther, son of John and Ann Gunther of Palmer Township in Easton, Pa., is a former standout pitcher for the Red Rovers of Easton Area High School. In 2004, Phil recorded the Rovers first no-hitter since 1979. As a junior, he tied the school record for most wins in a season (8) and then set a new career record the following season with 15 overall wins. Gunther has also earned numerous local accolades including twice being named to Express-Times All-Area teams as a senior and junior, he was also named to The Morning Call area 2nd team in 2005, and was a Lehigh Valley Conference honorable mention selection, All-Northampton Division Pitcher and was a two-time NORCO Legion all-star for Palmer Township, playing for current Catz Assistant Coach Bob Florich.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on Phil Gunther: "We've waited a long time for this day - and are extremely excited to offer Phil Gunther the opportunity to compete for the Lehigh Valley Catz," explained Yaguez. "The Gunther family is a fixture within the Catz family - having hosted numerous players over the past 4 seasons - and, having been tremendous supporters of the Catz organization. I remember Phil as he began his career at Easton High school and Palmer Legion - and, he always had that fire of wanting to play at the highest level. He had a tremendous high school career - one of the best in a long time for any pitcher out of the Lehigh Valley - and, earned himself the right to play for Lehigh University and earn a great education. Phil earned this opportunity with a ton of hard work - and, we're extremely proud of him. He will have the opportunity to play with top talent from all across the USA this summer as a part of our club - and, we'll count on him to give us quality innings on the mound. Phil is a crafty lefty that knows how to hits spots and change speeds. He has the tools to be a big contributor for us. We expect Phil to take full advantage of this and be a key part of our pitching plans. We are also excited to see Phil reunited with Coach Florich - as they not only have a great relationship - both have had great success working together."
Catz Assistant Coach Bob Florich on Gunther: "I can’t say enough about Phil. I'm very excited for him and his family. In the three years he was with me at Palmer Legion, we developed a great relationship both on the field and off. He's worked hard and earned this opportunity and I'm sure he'll make the most of it. He's a great competitor but more importantly a great person. I'm looking forward to being back on the field with Phil and continuing to help him develop as a pitcher."
February 28, 2007
Shortstop and Co-Captain, Dennis Donovan is currently leading the UConn Huskies in batting with a .462 average. Kevin Thomas of Stephen F. Austin University, has an 0-1 record with a 2.84 era in 7 innings pitched with 8 strikeouts. Another 2005 team member, Mike Gosse of the University of Oklahoma,recently had a 2 hit game with 2 rbi's in a Sooner Victory over Western Illinois. Infielder Joe Lorenzo of Iona College and University of Rhode Island Infielder, Dan Rhault, who will both play for the 2007 Team are hitting .294 and .333 respectively.
February 26, 2007
Another busy day was just completed and current and former Robins Players, continue to impact the results of their respective schools in early season play. The Iona Gaels won a recent doubleheader on the road at Maryland Eastern Shore and were led by a trio of of familiar faces. From the 2006 team, Sean Walsh recorded the Gaels first win of the season in relief going 1.1 innings, giving up no hits while striking out 3. Current Robins, Allie Abbatiello and Joe Lorenzo, were key in the victories combining 7 hits and 3 rbi's for the day.
For Molloy College, 2006 team member Tom Reo had a great weekend totaling 7 hits, 6 rbi's and 1 home run while Scott Porter, from this year's team, picked up his first win of the season going 3 innings, no hits, 6 strikeouts.
Also in Long Island, Dowling College's Chris Caputo is having a torrid spring ,hitting .467 with 4 doubles and 5 rbi's. His teamate, David Wendt [ 2007] recently had another 2 hit game with a walk and a rbi.
For Boston College, Nick Asselin  had an excellent performance in the Eagle's contest against top ranked Vanderbilt, going 6 strong innings, giving up 3 runs and 5 hits.
Also from the 2005 team Lamar's Scott Meyer, raised his scoreless streak to 7 innings in a 3 inning stint against Arkansas State.
Sacred Heart University Outfielder, Jovan Rodriquez  led his Pioneer Teammates on Sunday vs Norfolk State University, going 2-4 with another rbi and a stolen base.
February 25, 2007
Metro NY Cadets
On Friday, February 23rd, The Golden Lions kicked off the season with a huge 12-1 victory over the Felician Golden Falcons, in Myrtle Beach S.C. Dowling was led by three former Metro NY Cadets: Henry Fuentes and Kevin Reese (ACBL All Stars) led the Lions with seven hits and seven RBI's. Junior pitcher Brent Lotito gave up only one run while striking out eight in seven dominating innings on the mound.
Jersey Pilots 2006 leading pitcher, Joe Augustine, opened the Kean University 2007 season against Stevens University with a 13 strikeout performance and having a no-hitter until the ninth inning when he gave up his only hit in the 4-0 win.
Yesterday was a busy day in College Baseball for current and past Robin Players and the following is a brief summary of yesterday's happenings: From the 2004 squad, UConn shortstop and Co-Captain, Dennis Donovan went 4-5 with an rbi as the Huskys defeated Western Carolina. Senior Outfielder Andrias Verrios,of San Antonio's Trinity University, raised his average to .400 in 5 games as the Texas based club ,looks to have another fine season. From the 2005 team, Junior Catcher Tom Caltabiano, had 2 hits and 2rbi's as Hofstra won a twin bill from Coppin State. Righthander Tom Davis threw 6.2 innings, giving up 3 runs,with 4 strikeouts as his Fordham Rams lost another 4-3 squeaker to Virginia Commonwealth. Gabe Cruz of the University of Texas at Brownsville, is currently hitting .342 in 12 games with 17 hits, 2 doubles, and 3 rbi's. From the 2006 team, Jovan Rodriquez had 3 hits and 3 stolen bases as his Sacred Heart University Pioneers, split a double header with Norfolk State and St. John's Catcher, Brendan Monaghan, continues to pound the ball as he raised his season average to .375. From this year's team, University of Rhode Island's Dan Rhealt had a big day on Saturday, going 2-4 with 2 rbi's
February 24, 2007
Here are the latest results on some of the former and current Robin Players from yesterday's games: Boston College's Peter Frates from the 2005 squad went 1-3 with two walks and an RBI in a 8-7 loss to Belmont. From the 2006 team, Fordham's Peter Kennelly pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits while striking out 3 as the Rams lost a tough 1-0 contest to Virginia Commonwealth. Brendan Monaghan of St. John's continued his fine play going 1-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Red Storm dropped a 5-1 decision to East Carolina. From the 2007 team, Dowling's David Wendt had 2 hits and an RBI as his Golden Lions beat Felician College by a 12-1 score. Finally, Eric Smith of the University of Rhode Island, pitched a scoreless inning as the Rams lost their season opener 15-10 to Florida International.
February 23, 2007
Carl Loadenthal (Quakertown Blazers), a former ACBL MVP, won the Bill Lucas Award for displaying outstanding character and leadership in the Atlanta Braves organization.
The speedy outfielder won the Carolina League batting title and led the organization with a .309 average last season.
February 23, 2007
In recent play, here is the latest progress of several former members of the 2005 Robins Squad:
For Lamar University, Scott Meyer pitched 3 scoreless innings while striking out 4 in picking up his first save of the year as the Cardinals defeated Holy Cross by a 9-6 count. Tulane University's Jonny Weiss is currently hitting at a.308 clip as the Green Wave travels to USC for a 3 game set this weekend. Kevin Thomas made his first overall start for Stephen F. Austin University and was charged with the loss in a 12-7 decision to Prairie View A&M, while Boston College's Nick Asslin is slated to take the mound this weekend vs. Vanderbilt in Nashville Tennessee.
February 22, 2007
Georgia College and State University, coached by former West Chester (Pa.) Head Coach Chris Calciano, and fresh off a 53-12 record last season and a pre-season ranking of # 2 in the nation for Division II, is the latest program to commit players to the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz. The two newest Catz are Chandler Snell and Alex Burkard.
Chandler Snell is a 5’ 10” 165 lb freshman infielder from Loganville, Georgia. Chandler earned the starting shortstop nod this year for Coach Calciano’s Bobcats and is off to a blazing start on the young 2007 season batting .400 (12 for 30) in 10 games played. He’s second on the team with 10 RBI’s, has a stolen base and only 1 error in 30 chances thus far this season. Chandler attended South Gwinnett High School where he earned All-County honors as a sophomore and senior. He lists Tiger Woods as his favorite athlete.
Alex Burkard is a 6’ 7” 215 lb. freshman LHP from Alpharetta, Ga. Alex was selected in the 30th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alex has a 4.50 ERA, with no decision, in one appearance thus far this season for the Bobcats. Alex attended Milton High School where he was named to the 2006 West All- Star Team. He lists Johan Santana as his favorite athlete. Burkard played 2006 Summer Ball with the East Cobb Cubs which is recognized nationally as one of the premier youth baseball operations in the country.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the Alex Burkard and Chandler Snell: "Coach Calciano was a fixture in the ACBL for a long time - he knows the league and we are extremely confident in the players that he recommended to us,” explained Yaguez after the signing. "Chandler is the everyday Shortstop at GCSU and we look for him to be our guy at Short this summer. He's off to a great start in the early going - making all the plays and contributing with the bat. We expect him to be a key guy up
the middle for us - who can also give us depth at 3B and 2B. We are just as excited about Alex - a big 6'7 LHP that was a Draft and Follow a year ago. Alex is a competitor and has a tremendous ceiling – featuring three pitches - and a fastball that touches 87-88 from the left side. We know he'll do well for us and we know both will be well prepared for a summer in the ACBL."
February 20, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall designated hitter/first baseman Brendan Murphy (Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) has been named Conference USA Hitter of the Week after a strong weekend of play at Charleston Southern. The senior first baseman hit .400 (4-for-10) with a 1.100 slugging percentage as Marshall took 2-of-3 games in the series, the Herd's first season-opening series win since Feb. 14-15, 2003 at Mercer.
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February 19, 2007
Catcher Brendan Monaghan, who played for the 2006 Robins, continues his excellent play as the St. John's Red Storm, completed their 3 game series in Texas, losing a hard fought 7-5 contest to Texas Tech. In yesterday's game the Senior had 3 hits and 2 rbi's as he finished the Midland Classic with a .500 average with 5 runs batted in while being named first team All Star Catcher for the Tournament. St. John's resumes play on Friday Febuary 23, vs East Carolina at the East Carolina Classic.
February 18, 2007
The 2007 College Baseball Season is starting to heat up even in the early going as some of the members are the current Robins Roster and past teams, are beginning to make their marks.
Iona College opened their season, losing a double header to the Navel Academy by the scores of 7-1 and 4-2 however two members of the 2007 Robins, First Baseman, Allie Abbatiello and Shortstop Joe Lorenzo, performed well getting 3 hits and 2 hits respectfully.
Another member of this year's team, Cody Morrison, recorded his first collegiate hit as his Lamar Cardinals, split a twinbill with Holy Cross College.
Several Members of former Robins Teams also excelled this weekend. Brendan Monaghan of St. John's had a double and 2 RBI's in a 10-9 loss to Dallas Baptist while Tulane's Jonny Weiss had 3 hits in a twinbill sweep of North Florida University. In the nightcap of Iona's 4-2 loss to Navy, Sean Walsh pitched a scoreless 6th inning, striking out one batter.
February 17, 2007
The Lehigh Valley Catz are pleased to announce the addition of 3 players from Mount St. Mary's University to our 2007 summer collegiate baseball team. They are: Josh Vittek, Ivor Hodgson and Drew Counselman.
Josh Vittek, a junior outfielder/catcher, led The Mount last spring in average (.340), runs (31), hits (55), doubles (20), home runs (7), RBI (39) and slugging percentage (.593). His 20 doubles set a new single-season team record and led the Northeast Conference. As a freshman, Vittek was the Northeast Conference freshman of the year in 2005 and was named to the prestigious Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team. That year Josh hit .358 with 5 HR's.
Ivor Hodgson is switch-hitting sophomore outfielder who started in 38 games last spring as a freshman at The Mount. Last summer, Hodgson had an excellent season in the Cal Ripken Sr. League by leading the Rockville Express with a .313 batting average and 14 stolen bases. Ivor was named to the CRSL’s Top Ten Prospect List and was also on the league post-season all-star team. In high school, he was honored as both the Gatorade and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year for the District of Columbia.
Drew Counselman is a junior infielder/outfielder who transferred to Mount St. Mary's from Hagerstown Community College where there he tallied 6 HR's, 40 RBI, 60 runs and 39 walks last spring and was named 2nd team All-Maryland Conference. Drew also earned First Team All-Region honors and All-Tournament Team recognition as a freshman in 2005. Drew is off to a quick start batting .375, with 3 starts in 3 games, on the young 2007 season.
Counselman, Hodgson and Vittek become the latest players from The Mount to compete for Lehigh Valley following a two-year stint by Catz standout pitcher Bucky Kosyk in 2005-06. Bucky went 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 2 seasons with the Catz.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the addition of Drew Counselman, Ivor Hodgson and Josh Vittek: "We are pleased to continue the relationship with Coach Scott Thompson and Mt. Saint Mary's baseball," expressed Yaguez. "We feel they are sending us their best - and, we look forward to all three: Josh, Ivor and Drew, expecting all three to be key contributors for us. Coach Thompson feels all three have pro potential and should help us right away. Josh will see plenty of action at first base and also DH - and, at times behind the plate. He will also hit in the middle of our order and be counted on to help lead our offense. Ivor will patrol center field and hit at the top of the order - and, will also be used out of the bullpen. Ivor is a tremendous athlete, great speed - plus arm, that we expect to be an impact player for us. Drew will see time all over the field * again, tremendous athlete that will see time in right field, third base and short stop. Drew will also hit in the top of the order - and, will be counted on to help us score runs."
February 16, 2007
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February 15, 2007
St. John's University has announced the renaming of the baseball program's home field, from The Ballpark at St. John's to Jack Kaiser Stadium beginning in the 2007 season. The stadium's namesake, Hall of Fame coach John W. "Jack" Kaiser, has been a part of the St. John's athletics family for nearly 60 years.
The stadium's renaming will be commemorated early in the spring when the Red Storm opens its home season in March.
“Jack Kaiser embodied the ideals of St. John’s University as a key contributor to our athletic success for many years,” said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, President of St. John’s University. “It is fitting that the stadium be named in his honor.”
“Coach Kaiser has dedicated his life to St. John’s University athletics," said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. "As a student-athlete, coach and athletic director there is no person who has contributed more to the storied history of our athletics program, especially the baseball program, than Coach Kaiser. The dedication of our baseball field to Jack is a most deserved honor.”
Kaiser began his St. John's career as a baseball, basketball and soccer player in the late 1940's, then as a coach from 1956-1973, the Director of Athletics from 1973-1995 and currently holds the title of Athletic Director Emeritus. Throughout his career at St. John's, Kaiser has been one of the baseball program's biggest supporters. He led teams to the College World Series as a player in 1949 and a coach in 1960, 1966 and 1968, then went on to provide department-wide leadership as the Director of Athletics for 23 years.
"I am thrilled and humbled by this honor," Kaiser said. "I would like to share it with all of the great players and coaches who have contributed to the great tradition of the St. John's baseball program."
"This is well deserved and a long time coming for a legendary baseball coach," head coach Ed Blankmeyer added.
An American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) Hall of Famer, Kaiser remains involved with both the St. John's program and the ACBL, a sanctioned summer league that he co-founded. Kaiser also co-founded the BIG EAST Conference in his role as Athletic Director at St. John's, and the league has commemorated Kaiser's achievements for the last 22 years as the namesake for the conference baseball tournament's Most Outstanding Player award.
In its first season at Jack Kaiser Stadium, the Red Storm looks to continue its excellence on its home turf. St. John's begins its home schedule on Wednesday, March 14 against Albany and plays six non-conference home contests before taking on Rutgers (March 30-April 1) in its first BIG EAST series. The three games against the Scarlet Knights are part of a 12-game home stand that also includes conference series against Villanova (April 5-7) and Pittsburgh (April 13-15).
February 14, 2007
Brendan Monaghan, who was a member of the 2005 Robins, was recently name Co-Captain of the St John's Baseball Team for the 2007 Season.
The New Jersey native combined with the University of New Haven's Michael Moras to give the Robins the league's best catching tandem last season in leading the circuit in fielding percentage and runners thrown out stealing.
In 2006 Monaghan hit .350 for the Red Storm before a knee injury cut his season short. He, however came back in the Conference Playoffs and led the team to the Semifinals, while hitting over .360 during this stretch.
The Robins wish Brendan Monaghan and his St.John's Teamates, the best of luck this season.
February 13, 2007
Midland College Lefty Kyle Maynor, who has committed to the Robins for 2007, had a very impressive opening series in a 4 game set against rival Lamar[Colorado] as the Chapparals went 2-2 against this perrenial Junior College Powerhouse.
In the opening game, which Midland won by a 3-0 count, the Georgetown Texas Product, retired 3 straight batters in the 9th inning to record his first ever college save.
In the third game of the series, Maynor pitched 2 scoreless innings as Midland rallied late in the game to come up with a 7-2 victory.
According to the coaching staff, they expect big things from this young man and they are counting on him to be one of the major components of their pitching staff.
February 11, 2007
Two members of the 2005 Robins, were involved with their respective team's season openers yesterday. Jonny Weiss went 2-4 with one RBI as he and his Tulane University teamates went on to trounce Southeastern Louisiana 19-4 in the opening of the Senator Cup Series. His former teamate Scott Meyer of Lamar University did not fair as well as he surrendered 3 hits and 2 runs in 2 innings as the Cardinals dropped a 5-2 decision to Oklahoma State in the opening game of the Citrus Tournament. Both clubs will continue action today as Tulane plays the second game of the series against Southeastern and Lamar goes up against Illinois- Chicago with the finale against California-Northridge on Sunday.
February 10, 2007
Troy University, the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Champions and nationally ranked 35th on the 2007 Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season baseball poll, is the latest program to commit players to the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz summer collegiate baseball team. The two latest addition to the Catz are:
Brett Henry is a 5’ 10” - 203 lb. sophomore 3B from Mobile, Alabama. Last season, Brett was a back-up to starter Jared Keel (who is now playing professionally in the Pirates organization). Still, in limited action, Henry hit .429 for the season in 14 games played and this spring will be the starting 3B for the Trojans. He is projected to bat in the middle of their line-up as well. Brett’s coming off an impressive fall, where he hit .361 with 10 RBI’s and 7 extra base hits in 12 games against a highly touted Troy University pitching staff. In 2004, Henry was named Honorable Mention to the Alabama All-State while at Baker High School. Troy University Assistant Coach Jeff Crane describes Henry as “A great kid, who works his tail off as well.”
Steven Felix is a versatile 5’ 11” – 190 lb. freshman from Panama City, Florida who can play catcher, 3B, or outfield. Last spring at Rutherford High School he hit .435, was a perfect 23-23 on stolen base attempts and was a 1st Team All-State 4A selection in the baseball-rich state of Florida. An excellent athlete, he was also an Honorable Mention All-State choice at QB. His brother Michael was an All-American at Troy University last season and was selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Troy University Assistant Coach Jeff Crane touted Steven as having “A plus arm, a left-handed hitter with gap power, fantastic kid, son of a military man, Steven plays hard”.
Coach Adrian Yaguez on the Troy University signings: "Brett Henry and Steven Felix are two key signings for us - two young men that will a key part of our roster this summer," explained Yaguez. "Brett will see time at third base and we project him to be a key contributor with his bat for us. Steven really strengthens our outfield and will see time at all three outfield positions - primarily Left Field. Steven is also capable of giving us innings behind the plate. He has a plus arm - and, really gives us some versatility with our line- up. Coach Crane spoke highly of both of these young men, not only of their athletic ability - but of their character and work ethic. We are looking forward to having them with us in 2007."
February 9, 2007
The Tulane University Green Wave, was recently ranked 16th in Division 1 Play by Baseball America. The New Orleans based school was ranked 88th in the country in 1997 and this marks the most meteroric rise of any baseball program during this time period. According to Head Coach, Rick Jones, not only is he proud of the school's recent accomplisments, but one player he is counting upon heavily is, former Robin, Jonny Weiss. The Greenwich Ct. Resident led the Green Wave in hitting [.444] before a season ending shoulder injury last year. According to Jones, based on his versatility and ability to provide offense it would be very apparent that Weiss will be seeing considerable action, somewhere on the diamond. In 2005 while playing for the Robins, he hit .270 with 4 doubles, 2 triples and 12 rbi's, while rotating between all infield positions. The Robins Organization wish Jonny Weiss and the Tulane University Team, the best of luck in 2007.
February 8, 2007
The Lehigh Valley Catz have enjoyed a history of offering internships to local college students who, historically, have worked in myriad capacities and performed any number of duties for the organization. In the past, interns have performed such duties as marketing, communications, the writing of press releases, public relations, fund raising, public address announcer, internet game day broadcasting, etc. While the Catz organization maintains its own staff, we still utilize 4-6 interns per season. The Catz administration encourages potential interns to contact Pat O’Connell at email@example.com immediately for consideration.
February 1, 2007
The Penn Quakers, members of the prestigious Ivy League, are the latest program to commit players to the 2007 Lehigh Valley Catz. The Catz are pleased to welcome freshmen Todd Roth and Steve Gable to our 2007 team.
Steve Gable is a 5’ 11” freshman infielder from Emmaus, Pa. As a member of the Green Hornets, Steve enjoyed an impressive high school career and was named the Morning Call Player of the Year in 2005. Gable was named 2004, 2005 and 2006 all-conference as a shortstop helping Emmaus capture 3 straight conference championships and the 2005 District XI championship. Steve was named the Lehigh Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for baseball in 2006.
Todd Roth is a 6’ 2” freshman RHP from Lanoke Harbor, NJ. In high school he was touted as one of the top pitchers in the state and was named 2006 All-Shore, All-County, All-South Jersey, and Ocean County Senior All-Star teams. Member of Carpenter Cup team and was awarded Ocean county Sportsmanship Award winner. Lettered in baseball and basketball in high school.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the signings of Todd Roth and Steve Gable: "This is a key signing for us - as both Steve and Todd are two young men that could very well be the face of the future for us," explained Yaguez. "Steve is one of the best local talents to come out of the Valley in some time - and, we are excited that he accepted this opportunity. Steve made an immediate impact at Penn in the fall - and, could see significant time in the middle infield for Penn this spring. Steve is as solid as they come with the glove - and, we expect him to be a big contributor for us, no question. Todd Roth was a top recruit coming out of high school - and, like Steve - had a great fall and put himself in a position to compete right away for innings. Todd will fit into our pitching plans right away as well - and, depending on his role at Penn - will either see time as a starter - or be a key arm out of the Penn. But, no doubt - he will be a key to our pitching staff this summer. We welcome them both."
January 25, 2007
The Lehigh Valley Catz, set to enter our 7th summer season of brining top amateur baseball players in from all across the USA , are pleased to announce the signing of four players from the Liberty University Baseball program. They are returning ACBL All-Star pitcher Ryan Page, pitcher Dane Beakler, infielder Tommy Bussey and catcher Nate Thompson.
Ryan Page – Junior - 6’ 3” LHP – returns to the Catz after a one year hiatus. In 2005, Ryan anchored the Catz staff with an impressive 6-1 record and a 2.73 ERA and was named to Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospect List for the ACBL. He struck out 61 in only 56 innings pitched that season. Page has compiled a record of 11-4 in two seasons at Liberty with an ERA of 3.29 as a sophomore and 3.09 as a freshman. Ryan is from Cranberry Township, Pa.
Dane Beakler – Sophomore - 6’ 3” – RHP – Dane went 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA, with 8 starts last spring as a true freshman for the Flames. Beakler allowed only one earned run in six innings pitched in a win against William & Mary on 4/5/06. Earned win with seven strong innings against Rutgers on 3/18, allowing only two earned runs in a 5-3 Liberty win over the Scarlet Nights. In high school, Dane was selected as the York Area Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I Player of the Year and was the 2005 York County American Legion Pitcher of the Year.
Tommy Bussey – Sophomore – 5’ 11” – Infielder – Tommy is described by Liberty coaches as a player who can handle any infield position, has a real love for the game, as he is always one of the first ones to practice and the last to leave. Hit .290 in limited action last spring for Liberty, and is expected to excel as a starter this season. Tommy is from Boynton Beach, Fla. where he attended King’s Academy High School. Tommy is the college roommate of former Catz standout shortstop Patrick Gaillard.
Nate Thompson – R-Freshman – 6’ 2” –Catcher – Nate red-shirted at Liberty last spring, but is expected to see considerable time behind the plate this upcoming season. Thompson is a graduate of Westover Christian Academy where he was the team MVP for three seasons. Nate was named all-state academic first team in both senior and junior seasons. Four-time all-conference first team member, he had eight home runs and 32 RBI in 57 at bats as a senior. Nate was also a four year varsity starter in basketball and member of 1,000 point club. He was a member of Christian Academy Honor Society for three years, while serving as its president as a senior.
Lehigh Valley Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the Liberty signings: "We are extremely privileged and excited to again announce the signing of quality student-athletes from Liberty University," explained Yaguez. "Liberty University has been very good to us - and, we truly appreciate the relationship that has developed between our organization and Coach Royer - Coach Tomlin - and the Liberty University family. We are excited to announce the return of Ryan Page - and, equally as excited to welcome RHP Dane Beakler, Catcher Nate Thompson and Second Baseman Thomas Bussey. Ryan and Dane will anchor the front of our staff - and, will be equally as important this spring at Liberty University. Ryan has proven his worth with a tremendous college career to date - and, Dane is on the verge of establishing himself as a frontline starter. We expect them to be big contributors for us."
"I had the opportunity to visit Liberty University in October - having the chance to watch the final game of the Fall World Series - and, was really impressed with Nate Thompson behind the plate - and, Thomas Bussey in the infield. Both play the game hard - and, truly left it all on the field. Our kind of ballplayers. Hard-nosed and First-class. As soon as the scrimmage was over - I immediately expressed to Coach Tomlin that I wanted to offer them both this opportunity. We are excited that they agreed to be a part of our summer family. Catz fans will be equally as excited."
January 16, 2007
The University of Texas-San Antonio, who finished second in the Southland Conference in 2006 with a record of 20-10 (37-22 overall), is the latest program to commit players to the 07 Lehigh Valley Catz summer collegiate baseball team. UTSA will send 4 pitchers to the Catz including J.T. Mackey, Zach Calhoon, Jack Sillivan and Ryan Proudfoot.
J. T. Mackey is a junior pitcher/infielder from Austin, Texas. J. T. transferred to UTSA from UT-Brownsville where last spring on the mound he went 6-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 73 innings pitched. His fastball has been clocked as high 93 MPH.
Ryan Proudfoot is a freshman RHP from Lindale, Texas. Ryan posted an 8-1 record, 1.50 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched for the Brookhill School. He also had a 7-0 mark and 1.00 ERA this summer with the East Texas Prospects and led the team to IBC World Series Championship in Tampa, Fla.
Zach Calhoun is a freshman RHP out of Spring, Texas. Last spring he led Klein Collins High School to 5A regional final. Zach was a first-team All-District 14-5A selection and posted a 9-2 record and 2.05 ERA. He earned the team's Tiger Heart & Leadership award.
Jack Sillivan is a freshman RHP from Cypress, Texas. Jack helped lead Cy-Fair HS to the Texas 2006 5A state quarterfinals. Sillivan finished the year with a 9-2 record and 3.10 ERA.
Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the addition of Ryan Proudfoot, Jack Sillivan, Zach Calhoun & J.T. Mackey: "This is a good opportunity for us to build a relationship with a strong program in UTSA - and, we're excited about all four of these guys,"
expressed Yaguez. "All will fit into our pitching plans this summer - and, we expect them to be big contributors for us. You can't have enough good pitching in the ACBL - as every game is a challenge - and, this type of pitching depth gives us what we need going into the 2007 season. We expect Proudfoot, Sillivan and Calhoon all to compete for roles as starting pitchers - with Mackey being a solid arm out of the pen. Mackey is a competitor that comes after you - and, his fastball touches low 90's. Proudfoot and Sillivan have good command of their pitches - and, work in between the 88-92 mph range. Calhoon also works in the upper 80's and is a work horse. All four should see ample time at UTSA in the Spring - and, they'll all be ready to step in and compete for us this summer."
January 10, 2007
Courtesy of Baseball America
The college baseball season will be here before we know it. To help get you ready, we present our preseason top 50, with a line of skinny on each of the Baseball America Top 25 teams. Also, John Manuel looks at compiling a team of major leaguers from each of eight different conferences.
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