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2014 Diamond Notes

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Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay manager
December 12, 2014
Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay Rays new manager, Photo Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Cash (Sussex Colonels, 1997) is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cash played third base for the Colonels after his freshman year at Florida State and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 1999. He played eight seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher and served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

The 37 year old Tampa native becomes the youngest active manager in the majors. He replaces another former ACBL player, Joe Maddon (Scranton Red Soxx, 1973-75), who joined the Chicago Cubs as their new manager in October.

Kevin Cash photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays

Blazers Announce 2015 Head Coach and General Manager
October 24, 2014

The Quakertown Blazers, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, are excited to announce our 2015 Head Coach and General Manager

Matt HollodMatt Hollod, currently in his 3rd season as the head coach at Wilkes University, will be the field manager of the 2015 Quakertown Blazers.

Matt has extensive summer collegiate experience serving as the head baseball coach for the Willmar Stingers out of the Northwoods League from 2010 to 2013. In four years as manager for the Stingers, Hollod tallied 160 wins which puts him in the top 10 all-time in the league. His .573 winning percentage is second highest in the leagues 22 year history. Hollod had also recruited 36 players to the Stingers, and helped develop, who have gone on to play professionally. Matt is a former associate head baseball coach at DeSales University and Southern Utah University.

Hollod was a four-time letter winner in baseball at the University of Washington and the University of Portland. He was an honorable mention All-West Coach Conference selection during his junior season where he was a consistent starter for the Pilots on the mound. As a hitter, Hollod led the team with a .346 average in his final season in Portland.

Pat O'ConnellPat O'Connell returns to the ACBL after a 2-year hiatus from the league. O’Connell was formerly the General Manager of the Lehigh Valley Catz for ten seasons.

During his tenure the Catz won three titles including the 2003 ACBL Championship and saw over 60 former Catz players play professionally including one advancing to the Major Leagues.

Vogelsong plays key role as Giants advance to NLCS
October 8, 2014
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 1996-1997) only allowed two hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 to advance to the NL Championship Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

By holding the Nats to one run over 5 2/3 innings, Vogelsong became the first pitcher in Major League history to allow no more than one run in each of his five career postseason starts. Vogelsong's previous four playoff outings came in 2012.

He has now given up a total of four earned runs in 30 1/3 postseason innings for a 1.19 ERA which ranks him ninth lowest in postseason ERA with more than 30 innings pitched.

Kanzler Propels Miracle to FSL Championship
September 12, 2014
Jason Kanzler
Former Staten Island Tide outfielder, Jason Kanzler, hit a two run home run in the eleventh inning to propel the Fort Myers Miracle to the Florida State League Championship in a 4-2 win over the Daytona Cubs.

In his first playoff game Kanzler delivered a game-tying grand slam on a six RBI night as the Twins High A affiliate defeated Brevard County.

In 2013 Kanzler was drafted in the 20th round by the Twins following his senior year at the University of Buffalo. Kanzler was promoted to Fort Myers in August after hitting .286 with nine home runs, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases for Cedar Rapids.

He has been invited to the Twins fall Instructional League which runs from September 15 thru October 12, 2014.

Tropeano called up by Astros
September 2, 2014

Nick Tropeano called up by the Houston Astros today

RHP Nick Tropeano was called up by the Houston Astros today and became the fourth former ACBL player to make a MLB roster for the first time this year.

Tropeano was an ACBL All-Star in 2009 when he posted a 7-3 record for Riverhead. He put up a 1.61 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Tomcats.

In 2011 he was drafted in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the Astros out of Stony Brook University.

This season he struck out 120 in 124.2 innings with only 33 walks for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, the Astros' AAA affiliate. His ERA was 3.03 in 20 starts with a 9-5 record.

C.J. Riefenhauser (Tampa Bay Rays), Nick Ahmed (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Phil Klein (Texas Rangers) also made their MLB debuts this year.

Garzillo and Balestrieri Win Key Awards
August 13, 2014

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsPaul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) wins the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award, Photo Courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player after topping the ACBL with a .417 batting average and .617 slugging percentage. The junior second baseman from Lehigh tied for the home run crown with five home runs. Garzillo wins the ACBL hitting and slugging awards also.

Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) won the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award. Balestrieri posted a 5-0 record with a league leading 0.95 ERA in 37.2 innings during the regular season. The sophomore RHP pitched Trenton to victory in the championship game when he allowed two hits and one run in 8.1 innings.

Steven Bloodworth (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) and Kevin Boswick (Lehigh, South Jersey Giants) were named co-winners of the Relief Pitcher of the Year award after each posted eight saves during the season. Bloodworth made 16 appearances over 19.1 innings with a 0.93 ERA. Boswick posted a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA in 18 appearances in 24 innings.

John Giakas (FDU, Staten Island Tide) and Kyle Cullen (New Haven, North Jersey Eagles) were named co MVPs in the All-Star game and will also receive post season awards. Cullen tied Mike Garzillo for the home run title with five home runs.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics
Paul Balestrieri photo courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Trenton Captures 2014 ACBL Crown
August 4, 2014

Trenton Generals, 2014 ACBL Champions

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

After missing the ACBL title game over the last two years, the Generals can finally call themselves champions. Trenton defeated the Tide 5-1 on Monday.

Luke Westerberg led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field. Jeremy Ake drew a five-pitch walk. After Brett Mele struck out swinging, Joe Jensen grounded into a fielder’s choice and the throw to second by Angel Garced was not in time. With the bases loaded, Michael Mecca was hit by a pitch and the Generals took a 1-0 lead.

Jensen ripped a two-out single to right-centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. The Hamilton College product stole second and third on back-to-back pitches by Matt Kostalos. Mecca ripped an RBI single to right-centerfield. Andy Lopez poked a single to centerfield. After Lopez and Mecca advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Ryan Reitmeyer drew a walk on a five-count pitch. Delio Coutinho came in to pitch for Kostalos and Brandon Kirk ripped a bases-clearing single to centerfield.

Staten Island fought back in the top of the ninth, but they came up four runs short. Nick Espino ripped a one-out single to left field. After Espino stole second, Joe Venturino drew a four-pitch walk. Andrew Cohen came in to pitch for Paul Balestrieri to seal the deel. Dylan Sprague ripped an RBI single to centerfield before Steve Notaro grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Balestrieri picks up the win giving up one run on two hits, one walk and four strikeouts in eight and one-thirds. Michael Macchia picks up the loss allowing one run on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in four and one-thirds.

The Generals would like to thank all the parents, friends and family for their support throughout the season and we look forward to another season of baseball in June 2015.

Generals Reach Their First ACBL Championship Game
August 3, 2014

After failing to reach the title game the last two years, the Generals will play host in their first ever ACBL Championship game after defeating the Giants 4-1 on Saturday.

Anthony Cocuzza ripped a lead-off double to right-centerfield in the top of the second. Cocuzza advanced to third on a wild pitch by Sean Keenan and John Brue drew a walk on a full count. Garen Turner provided the only Giants’ run with an RBI double play groundout.

Michael Mecca reached on an error at third to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Andy Lopez drilled a two-run home run just to the right of the 310-foot foul pole in left field.

The Generals added one run to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Reitmeyer laced a two-out single to left field. Brandon Kirk delivered an RBI triple to the right-centerfield wall.

Lopez was hit in the left foot by a pitch Ryan Dorosh with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Reitmeyer ripped a single to left field. Kevin Boswick came onto the mound for Dorosh and he threw a wild pitch that allowed Reitmeyer and Lopez to advance to second and third respectfully. Brandon Kirk was intentionally walked to load the bases for Mike Piscopo. On an 0-2 pitch, the young man from Northeastern University swung and missed at a passed ball. Lopez was able to score and the Generals cruised to a 4-1 victory.

Sean Keenan picks up the win. The Marist College product gave up one run on five hits, four walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. Dorosh takes the loss allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven and two-thirds. Josh Sharik picks up the two-inning save allowing no runs on one hits, no walks and one strikeout.

The Generals will play host to the Staten Island Tide on Monday, August 4 at Mercer County Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 P.M. Listen to the game with Matt Nelson beginning at 4:15 at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball.

Field Change for the Trenton, South Jersey Game Today
August 3, 2014
Due to wet grounds at Mercer Community College today's game has been moved to a new location.

Today’s game wil be played at Bob DeMeo Field, located at Veterans Park in Hamilton, New Jersey.

The game will still begin at 3pm.

Festa tosses shutout in Tide win
August 3, 2014

Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg) pitched a four hit shutout as the Staten Island Tide defeated the Allentown Railers 3-0 in the ACBL playoff opener.

Festa struck out ten with no base on balls. Dylan Sprague (FDU) and Mike Abate (William Paterson) contributed key RBIs for the Tide.

Casey Clauss (Francis Marion) had two hits for the Railers who won the Wolff Division with a league best 28-12 record.

The playoff scenario has been changed to a one and done format because of the adverse weather forecast for the next four days.

Trenton will host South Jersey at 3pm today weather permitting.

Weather Affecting ACBL Playoffs
August 2, 2014
Weather Postpones Playoff GameToday’s playoff game between the number two seed Trenton Generals and the number 3 seed South Jersey Giants has been postponed due to weather.

The game will be made up tomorrow at 3 P.M. at Mercer County Community College. All games in this best of three series are pushed back one day.

Matt Nelson will have the Play-by-Play action beginning at 2:45 P.M.

Every Generals postseason game will take place at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball

At this time the Allentown Railers will still host the Staten Island Tide in game one of their series this evening.

Check back often for the latest updates.

Klein makes MLB debut
August 1, 2014
Phil Klein (Hampton Whalers) made his MLB debut on Friday night as he pitched the sixth inning for the Texas Rangers in a 12-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The 6'-7" RHP from Youngstown State allowed one run, a home run by Lonnie Chisenhall. Klein was promoted after not allowing a run in his last 35 innings over 22 appearances at the AA and AAA levels.

Klein becomes the third former ACBL player to make a MLB debut this year and follows Tampa Bay reliever C.J. Riefenhauser (Peekskill Robins) and Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed (Westhampton Aviators).

Mike Aviles (New York Generals) paced the Indians with two hits and three RBIs. Also on Friday night Ryan Vogelsong<\b> (Quakertown Blazers) only allowed two hits over nine innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets 5-1.

Trenton Generals First-Round Games to be Broadcast on USTREAM
August 1, 2014

The Trenton Generals battle the South Jersey Giants in Round 1 of the ACBL Playoffs.

Game 1 begins Saturday, August 2 at 1P.M. at Mercer County Community College.

Matt Nelson will have the Play-by-Play action beginning at 12:45 P.M.

Every Generals postseason game will take place at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball

Pilots Fall to the Blazers in Last Game of the Season
July 31, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

The Jersey Pilots ended their season Thursday night in Berkeley Heights, NJ against their divisional foe, the Quakertown Blazers. The home team was not able to comeback versus the playoff-bound Blazers and dropped their 2014 season finale by a score of 9-2.

One bad inning was the highlight of this ball game, as the Quakertown Blazers displayed their offensive prowess in the top of the 4th inning against the likes of Pilots’ starter Stephen Silvestri and the Pilots’ defense. The Blazers scored 7 runs on 4 hits and one costly error that led to a big inning for Quakertown. Blazers’ shortstop, Patrick Donnelly, led the way for his team offensively with 3 runs batted in on 3 hits in 6 at-bats. Catcher, Ed Posavec, and leftfielder, Jackson Martin, contributed in a big way for Quakertown as well with 2 runs batted in each to insure the Blazers of a comfortable lead the rest of the way. The University of Notre Dame product, Matt Ternowchek, started the game for Quakertown and was strong throughout giving up 6 hits on 1 earned run and 2 strikeouts earning the win for his ball club. Leading the way for the Pilots offense was 3rd baseman, Greg Kocinski, garnering 3 hits, 1 RBI, and scoring 1 run on his 3 at-bats in the game.

Unfortunately for Jersey, their season ends with 11 wins on the year; however, the record does not stand out nearly as much as the team’s development. The positive outlook for the Pilots this season was their youth and great talent across the entire roster, and the Pilots undoubtedly demonstrated that throughout the 2014 season.

South Jersey Defeats Trenton 8-1 in Season Finale
July 31, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

The bench players got to play, but the Generals fell to the Giants 8-1 on Thursday in a shortened season finale.

Ryan Kelley ripped a lead-off double to centerfield for South Jersey in the top of the fourth. Jon Theckston laced an RBI single to left field. Steve Priolo ripped a double down the left-field line. Theckston came into score on a wild pitch by Corey Ensslin.

Ryan Reitmeyer poked a single to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Kirk crushed an RBI double to left-centerfield to give the Generals their only run of the ballgame.

Kelley drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth. Theckston and Brian Almand followed the trend and the bases were loaded. Priolo hit a ground ball to third and it bounced high off the third-base bag for an RBI infield single.

Kyle Lindsay poked a lead-off single to right field. Lindsay stole second and Josh Limon drew a five-pitch walk. John Brue ripped an RBI single to left field. Kelley smashed a two-run double to centerfield. Almand drew a full-count walk. Kelley and Almand advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Mike Piscopo. Priolo ripped a two-run double to centerfield.

The Generals were retired in order by Josh Limon in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Marchitto picks up the win (1-0) allowing one run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Corey Ensslin picks up the loss (0-1) and the young man from Shenandoah University gave up two runs on four hits, five walks and one strikeout in four innings.

The Generals play host to the Giants in Round 1 of the ACBL Playoffs on Saturday, August 2 at Mercer County Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 P.M. Listen to the game beginning at 12:45 P.M. with Matt Nelson at www.ustream/tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball.


Pilots and Catz Split Wednesday’s Doubleheader
July 30, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

The Jersey Pilots and Lehigh Valley Catz faced off Wednesday night in a rescheduled doubleheader with the two teams looking to end their seasons strongly. The Pilots came out on top in the first game by a score of 5-4, but could not complete the sweep as Lehigh Valley shutout Jersey in the second game by a score of 2-0.

Lefthander, Nick Campione, started the first game for the Pilots. Campione gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits and adding 4 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched to earn the victory. Anthony Romito relieved Campione of his starting duties in the top of the 7th and finished off the game in outstanding fashion for the Pilots, earning his first save of the season. The Catz took the early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but the Pilots answered quickly scoring 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 2nd thanks to a two-out, 2-RBI double by 2nd baseman Mike Caputo. After a walk to keep the inning alive, outfielder, Ian Glassman, who has been on a tear for the Pilots lately, ripped a single scoring catcher, Nelson Valerio, to take the 3-1 lead. The Catz took a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning, but once again, Jersey answered swiftly as Sean Feeney drove in pinch runner, Beau Horan to tie the game up. Ian Glassman was at it again scorching a double to score Feeney and ultimately won the game for the Pilots with his game-winning RBI, his second of the game.

Max Schmardel started the second game for the Pilots, putting up an impressive effort going 7 innings deep for a complete game. The Catz starter, Sean Lubreski, pitched a complete game as well, ultimately earning the win for Lehigh Valley and spoiling the Pilots hope for a sweep. Schmardel gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits and just 3 walks, giving his team every opportunity to win the ball game. Schmardel struck out a notable 7 Lehigh Valley batters, but the 2 earned runs were just too much for a silent Pilots’ offense during the second leg of this doubleheader. The Catz centerfielder, Nick Beinlich, singled and earned an important RBI for his team in the 2nd inning. The Pilots could not answer that run against Sean Lubreski’s strong work on the mound, who gave up just two hits and struck out four Pilots’ batters in a quality performance by the right-hander. The Catz would tack on an insurance run off the bat of leadoff hitter, Mike Garzillo, in the top of the 7th winning the game 2-0.

The Pilots last game of the season is Thursday night at home in Berkeley Heights, NJ against the Quakertown Blazers at 6:30 pm.

Blazers See 10-Game Winning Streak Snapped in DH Spilt
July 29, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

EASTON, Pa. – The Quakertown Blazers rallied from a one run deficit to defeat the Lehigh Valley Catz 6-2 in game one to push their season-high win streak to 10 games, the longest by a team in the ACBL this year. However, the Catz jumped out to a big lead early in game two and held on to win 7-2. The loss handed the Blazers their first loss in almost two weeks of action.

In addition to seeing their winning streak come to end on Tuesday night, the Blazers also saw their playoff hopes vanish. The Staten Island Tide needed just one win in their remaining three games to clinch the fourth seed and eliminate the Blazers. The Tide picked up that win as they knocked off the Generals in game one of their double dip on Tuesday, 8-3.

Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the fifth, the Blazers rallied for three runs to take the lead. Patrick Donnelly came through with another big hit as he drove in Ed Posavec and Brandon Martinez on a bloop single to right to put the Blazers in front 3-2. Chris Melillo also added an RBI in the frame to give the Blazers a two-run lead.

The Blazers added two insurance runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 6-2. Corey Baiada had the big blow in the inning, depositing a home run over the right field fence.

Connor Donovan went the distance in the first game to pick up the victory for Quakertown. He allowed just four hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out four.

After the Blazers scored in the top of the first to start game two with a 1-0 edge, the Catz jumped on starter John Santioanni for seven runs in the first two innings to chase him from the game.

Quakertown did not go quietly as they scored in the fifth on an RBI double off the bat of Kevin Jewitt to make it 7-2 Catz. Reliever Dan Furman pitched four perfect innings in relief of Santioanni to help keep the Blazers in the game but the early six run hole proved to be too much to dig out from.

The Blazers return to Memorial Park tomorrow night as they host the first place Allentown Railers in the last home game of the season. The Blazers will then conclude the 2014 season on Thursday as they travel to New Jersey to face the Pilots.

Generals Clinch the Kaiser Division
July 29, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

Despite losing Game 1 8-3, the Generals clinched the Kaiser Division with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 to become the 2014 ACBL Kaiser Division Champions.

Andrew Biggs got off to a rough start in Game 1 for Trenton. In the top of the second, Angel Garced laced a double into left-centerfield. After Joe D’Annunzio struck out swinging, Aidan McDermott reached on an error at third. Garced and McDermott advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Michael Abate ripped a two-run RBI single to left field. Charles Misiano poked an RBI single to centerfield and Staten Island took a 3-0 lead.

Steve Notaro led off the top of the fourth with a single to left-centerfield. Angel Garced ripped a single to left field. Joe D’Annunzio ripped an RBI single to right field. Luke Westerberg tried to pick off D’Annunzio at first, but the throw was off-target and Garced came into score. Aidan McDermott crushed a two-run shot to left-centerfield and the Tide had a 7-0 lead.

Luke Westerberg led off the home half of the fifth with a single to left. The young man from Nottingham High School advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brian Dudeck grounded out to second and Westerberg scored the first Generals’ run of the day.

Michael reached on an error at short to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Jeremy ripped a single to right-centerfield. Brandon Kirk trimmed the deficit to a grand slam with a two-run double to centerfield.

Staten extended their lead to 8-3 in the top of the seventh. Steve Notaro reached on an error at short. John Giakis poked a single to left field. D’Annunzio ripped an RBI double to centerfield.

Chris Amato picks up the win (1-1) allowing no runs on four hits, no walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Andrew Biggs drops to 2-2 with the loss and the Rowan College at Gloucester County product gave up eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits, four walks and three strikeouts in the complete-game loss.

In Game 2, Steven Kowalski drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first. Ryan Reitmeyer laced an RBI single to left field. After a walk by Brandon Kirk, Mike Piscopo delievered a two-run double to left-centerfield.

Richie Burner was hit by a pitch to lead off the Staten Island third. Michael Abate drew a walk on five pitches. After a sacrifice bunt by Charles Misiano and a strikeout by Jack Kraft, Dylan Sprague ripped a two-run single to centerfield.

Brandon Kirk led off the home half of the fourth with a five-pitch walk. After the young man from Hamilton West High School stole second, Jeremy Ake drew a walk. After both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Mike Doran, Geggie Russomagno was hit by a pitch. Another wild pitch by Doran allowed Kirk to come in to score. Joe Jensen ripped an RBI single to centerfield to give Trenton a 5-2 lead.

Staten Island responded with one run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Generals from winning their third consecutive regular season title.

Schreck picks up the win (1-1) and the young man from Villanova gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts in five and one-thirds of an inning. Doran allowed five runs on three hits, four walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Joe DiGiovanni picks up his third save of the season allowing no runs on no hits, no walks and one strikeout in one and two-thirds of an inning.

The Generals play host to the South Jersey Giants on Thursday, July 31at Mercer County Community College. The final game of the regular season begins at 5 P.M. Listen to the game at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball with Matt Nelson beginning at 4:45 P.M.

Giants Steal One from the Pilots
July 27, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

The Jersey Pilots came into Sunday afternoon’s game knowing that they would be up against a South Jersey Giants club fighting to further solidify their 2nd place position in the Kaiser division playoff race. The Pilots, with an opportunity to play spoiler at this point in the season, could not hold off the Giants, who won the game in comeback fashion by a score of 5-4.

After giving up two runs in the 1st inning, Pilots’ starting pitcher Stephen Silvestri was able to bounce back strongly after his offense answered quickly in the bottom of the 1st inning with 4 runs of their own to take a 4-2 lead. Silvestri pitched a full 7 innings giving up 9 hits on two earned runs and struck out 5 batters.

1st baseman, Anthony Critelli, singled in his first at bat scoring leadoff hitter Mike Caputo. Next batter, Malcolm Kelsey, hit a double in his first at bat to bring Critelli home to tie the game up. Designated hitter, Jeff Anderson would follow up with a single of his own scoring Kelsey to take the lead, and Anderson scored on a wild pitch to take a two-run lead.

After the 1st inning, the game remained scoreless all the way up until the top of the 7th inning with Silvestri still on the mound. Down to their last out of the game with two runners on base, the Giants would make a substitution where pinch hitter Ryan Kelley doubled scoring 1st baseman, Josh Limon. The Giants found some life and 3rd baseman, Shaine Hughes, drove in both runners on base to take the 5-4 lead and ultimately winning the game in another tough loss for the Jersey Pilots at home.

The Pilots next game is a Monday night doubleheader beginning at 5pm in Pennsylvania where Jersey will take on the Wolff division-leading Allentown Railers.

Generals Sweep Tide
July 27, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

The Generals brought the brooms to Mercer County Community College and they defeated the Tide 2-0 and 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Trenton scored the only runs of Game 1 in the bottom of the first. Steven Kowalski reached on an infield single. After the young man from Drew University stole second, Andy Lopez walked on a full count. Lopez and Kowakski put a double steal on Tide pitcher Delio Coutinho. The New Jersey City University product threw a wild pitch, Kowalski scored and the Generals took a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Ryan Reitmeyer ripped an RBI single to centerfield. Lopez came in to score and Trenton took a 2-0 lead.

Paul Balestrieri picks up the victory (5-0) and he gave up no runs on five hits, four walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Delio Coutinho allowed two runs on six hits, five walks and four strikeouts in six innings and he picks up the loss (3-1). Joe DiGiovanni earned his first save as a General by giving up a fielder’s choice to Joe Venturino with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the seventh.

In Game 2, Andrew Lysy made his first start for Trenton since July 8 at Staten Island and the Rowan University product had a solid outing on the mound. The Generals provided the right hander with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Joe Jensen led off with a single to centerfield. The young man from Hamilton College stole second before Steven Kowalski grounded out to second. Jensen scored a wild pitch from Matt Kostalos.

Lysy was taken out of the ballgame in the top of the sixth as DiGiovanni made his way to the mound for the second time of the day. The Mercer County Community College product gave up a lead-off walk to Nick Espino. After Espino was caught stealing second, Venturino ripped a single to left-centerfield. Following a fly to second by Dylan Sprague, Venturino advanced to second on a wild pitch. Steve Notaro tied the ballgame with an RBI single to left.

Trenton grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Kirk laced a double to straightaway centerfield. Michael Mecca hit a bunt towards third the throw by Sprague was wide right of Giakis. Kirk came into score on the sacrifice error.

DiGiovanni picks up his first win (1-1) as a General. He allowed one run on two hits, one walk and no strikeouts in one inning. Kostalos gave up two runs on four hits, five walks and three strikeouts in six innings and earns the loss (1-2). Josh Sharik picks up his first save of the season pitching and the Rider University product was perfect in the seventh.

The Generals play host to the South Jersey Giants for the final time at Mercer County Community College on Monday afternoon. The game begins at 5:00 P.M. Listen to the game with Matt Nelson beginning at 4:45 P.M. on www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball.

Blazers Tie ACBL Mark with Ninth Consecutive Victory; 2.5 GB of Playoff Spot
July 27, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Quakertown Blazers bested the North Jersey Eagles 10-5 and 5-3 on Sunday afternoon. The two wins ran the Blazers’ season long win streak to nine straight, tying the ACBL-mark for the longest winning streak by a team this season.

With the Trenton Generals sweeping the Staten Island Tide on Sunday, the surging Blazers now sit just 2.5 games behind the Tide for the fourth seed in the ACBL playoff standings. Quakertown has four games remaining in the regular season to try and earn a playoff berth.

The Blazers continued their hot hitting as they scored four times in the first inning to begin game one. Quakertown was aided by sloppy North Jersey defense in the frame as the Eagles committed three errors that led to the four runs. Chris Melillo brought home Blazers returnee, Brandon Martinez, for the first run of the game. Martinez led off the inning with a hustle double to shallow left field. Tyler Kirkpatrick reached base on a fielder’s choice to plate Jackson Martin, who reached on an error attempting to sacrifice Martinez to third. Kirkpatrick came around to score on a deep double to center off the bat of Kevin Jewitt. Jewitt scored the fourth run of the inning on a single by Corey Baiada.

Jewitt tacked on another run for the Blazers in the third inning as he reached on an infield hit to shortstop. Melillo was able to cross home plate on the play to provide Quakertown with the 5-0 advantage.

The Blazers were not done as they scored five more times in the fourth to go in front 10-0. Martin, Patrick Donnelly, Melillo and Baiada had four consecutive RBI singles to center field driving in all five runs in the inning. Baiada finished game one with two hits and a team-best three runs batted in.

The Eagles cut into the lead in the fifth inning, scoring four times with the big blow coming from a three-run home run by Ryan Carroll. The four runs snapped Blazers starter John Geffre’s 18 inning scoreless streak.

North Jersey loaded the bases with one out in the sixth looking to cut into the deficit further but Geffre was able to escape the jam with only one run scoring, making it 10-5. Geffre finished the day allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings of work but was given plenty of run support to pick up his fourth win of the year.

In the nightcap, the Blazers started right where they left off as they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kirkpatrick delivered a two-out base knock to center and Martin came in from third to give Quakertown the early edge.

North Jersey took their first lead of the day in the fourth inning as they got to starter Kevin Long for two runs (one earned). Long misfired on a pickoff attempt to first which allowed Jason Uliano to score from third to tie the ballgame. Dane McDermott singled to left to bring home Brian McKenna to put North Jersey in front 2-1.

The Eagles threatened to pad their lead in the fifth as they put runners on second and third with just one out. But Long buckled down and was able to record the final two outs via a strikeout and groundout to keep the score at 2-1 North Jersey.

The Blazers bounced back in the bottom of the fifth as they put two runs on the scoreboard to regain the lead at 3-2. Donnelly came through in the clutch as he singled to right on the seventh pitch of the at bat. Connor Donovan and Brandon Martinez scored on the play to put Quakertown in front.

The Blazers added two insurance runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 5-2. Jewitt drove a ball over the center fielder’s head to bring home Kirkpatrick. Jewitt later scored in the frame on a base hit up the middle from Ed Posavec.

Closer Ryan Flipowicz finished out the game, throwing two innings of relief. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk. He punched out two in the outing to earn his seventh save of the season.

The Blazers travel to Easton, Pa. on Tuesday night with a doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Catz to try and stretch their winning streak to 10 games and continue their push to the postseason.

Jersey Takes a Pair from Trenton
July 26, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

Despite a pair of solid pitching performances by Sean Keenan and Andy Sullivan, the Generals dropped their doubleheader to the Pilots 3-2 in each game on Saturday afternoon.

Keenan received the nod from Coach Jim Maher for Game 1 and Trenton helped the young right-hander from Marist College in the bottom of the second. Brandon Kirk was hit by a pitch off the glove of Nick Campione. Luke Westerberg laced a single to right-centerfield. Michael Mecca grounded in an RBI fielder’s choice and the Generals took a 1-0 lead.

Jersey tied the ballgame in the top of the fifth. Beau Horan led off with an infield single. Nelson Valerio was hit by a pitch. Sean Feeney grounded into a fielder’s choice, Valerio was retired at second and Horan scored all the way from second to tie the game at 1-1.

The Generals retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Michael Mecca ripped a double down the right-field line. After Geggie Russomagno grounded out to third, Mike Piscopo poked an RBI single to centerfield and Trenton took a 2-1 lead.

The Pilots reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh. Sean Feeney laced a single to left field. Malcolm Kelsey ripped a single to centerfield and James Lyczkowski came in to pinch-run for Kelsey. After the Generals made a pitching change, Ian Glassman delivered an RBI single to right-centerfield. Feeney scored and the throw by Joe Jensen was off-target. Lyczkowski scored and Jersey never looked back.

Campione picks up the win (1-3) and he allowed two runs on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts in five and one-thirds of an inning. Sean Keenan picks up the loss (4-2) and he gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits, one walk and two strikeouts in six and two-thirds of an inning. Jake Regina gets credit for the save (1) allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and no strikeouts in one and two-thirds of an inning.

In Game 2, the Pilots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Ian Glassman led off with a walk off of Andy Sullivan, who was making his first start since July 1. Glassman stole second base and Anthony Critelli ripped a single to right field. Critelli stole second and Jeff Anderson hit an RBI groundout to second. Emil Zorrilla delivered an RBI groundout to third.

Jersey extended their lead in the top of the sixth. Anthony Critelli laced a single into left field. Greg Kocinski poked a pinch-hit single to right field. Sullivan’s day came to an end as Corey Ensslin made his Generals debut on the hill. Critelli grounded into a rare 3-5-3 double play. Spencer Diggins laced an RBI double to left field and the Pilots took a 3-2 lead.

Trenton responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Andy Lopez led off with a single to straightaway centerfield off of Anthony Romito. Brandon Kirk drew a five-pitch walk. Luke Westerberg hit a ground ball to short, Kirk was retired at second, but the throw by Sean Feeney sailed over Critelli at first. Lopez came into score on the fielder’s choice and the error by Feeney. Drue Brooks came in to pitch for Romito and Brooks gave up an RBI single to Mike Piscopo.

Romito picks up the victory (2-3) and he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, five walks and one strikeout in five and one-thirds of an inning. Andy Sullivan takes credit for the loss (2-2) and the young man from UNC Pembroke gave up three runs on five hits, two walks and one strikeout in five innings. Jake Regina picks up the save (2) allowing no runs on no hits, two walks and one strikeout in the seventh inning.

The Generals play host to the Staten Island Tide in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Mercer County Community College. Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 1 P.M. Listen to the games beginning at 12:45 P.M. with Matt Nelson at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball.

Blazers Win Seventh Straight to Remain in Playoff Hunt
July 25, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers.

QUAKERTOWN, Pa – The Quakertown Blazers defeated the South Jersey Giants 6-5 and 8-3 on Friday night at Quakertown Memorial Park. The two wins pushed the Blazers’ current win streak to seven consecutive victories, a season-high. Kevin Jewitt provided the spark in game one as he drove home Patrick Donnelly in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win. In game two, an early 6-0 lead was all the Blazers needed as they went on to win 8-3.

The two victories helped bring the Blazers to within 4.5 games behind the Staten Island Tide and the Giants for the fourth seed in the ACBL playoff standings with just six games remaining in the regular season.

Play began tonight with the Blazers having runners on second and third with only one out as the two squads set out to complete the July 8th contest that was suspended in the fifth inning, tied at 2-2. New pitcher for the Giants, Matt Rakus, struck out Jewitt and Connor Donovan to get out of the two-week old jam.

The Blazers took the lead in the sixth inning as Ed Posavec singled home Tyler Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick started the frame with a deep double to the left center field gap.

The Giants rallied in the top of the eighth as they scored three runs (one earned) against relievers Brandon Kulp and Ryan Flipowicz. A costly two-base error by centerfielder Jackson Martin allowed the two go-ahead runs to cross home plate.

Quakertown was unfazed as they were able to score twice in the bottom of the eighth off RBI base hits by Corey Baiada and Vince Careghini to knot the score up at 5-5.

In the bottom of the ninth, Donnelly led off with a single to right. With one out in the frame, Jewitt came up to the plate. The Villanova-product cranked the 0-1 offering to the center field wall. Donnelly raced around from first and scored without a throw to give the Blazers the 6-5 walk off win.

The Blazers jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring three times in the second inning. Kirkpatrick put the Blazers on the scoreboard as he drove in Posavec on a single to center. Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Donnelly smacked the ball up the middle, plating Careghini and Kirkpatrick. Quakertown did all their damage in the inning with two outs.

Quakertown padded their lead in the third inning as the Blazers scored three more runs to move ahead 6-0. Baiada scored the game’s fourth run as he scampered home on a wild pitch by Giants pitcher, Anthony Buonopane. It appeared as that was all the Blazers would get in the inning as Kirkpatrick hit a fly ball to left for the third out. However, the left fielder mishandled the catch and Posavec and Careghini scored without issue to provide the Blazers with the six run cushion.

The Giants cut into the lead as Kyle Lindsay deposited a two-out base hit into right field, just over the reach of first baseman Connor Donovan. Two Giants scored on the play to make it 6-2 Blazers. Quakertown starter Matt Ternowchek limited the damage as he got Shaine Hughes to fly out to left to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, the Giants sent the tying run to the plate with just one out. Dan Furman entered from the bullpen to try and prevent further damage. Furman did his job as he retired both hitters he faced in the frame, allowing just one inherited runner to score on a wild pitch.

The Blazers answered in their half of the sixth. Jewitt reached base with a one-out single. Three wild pitches over the course of the next two Blazer hitters allowed Jewitt to reach home to put the Blazers in front 7-3. Quakertown tacked on another run as South Jersey pitcher, John Brue, issued four straight free passes which brought home Baiada to put the Blazers in front by five.

Furman closed it out in the seventh, recording a clean 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first save of the season.

The Blazers will look to continue their season-high seven game winning streak as they host the North Jersey Eagles for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Quakertown Defeats the Pilots in Jersey
July 24, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

The Jersey Pilots did not put their best baseball on display Thursday evening in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey as the Quakertown Blazers came to town and handled the home team quite easily by a score of 12-2.

It has been a difficult season for the Jersey Pilots, who find themselves in last place in the Wolff division. The Pilots dug themselves a huge hole entering the first inning of a game in which they needed to have in order to stay within closing distance of the second place playoff spot occupied by their divisional foes. Quakertown’s offense put on a show against Pilots’ starting pitcher, Andrew Torres, who was making his first start of the season after putting up solid numbers in relief. The Blazers put up 7 runs on 6 hits and 1 costly error that definitely could have changed the outcome of the first inning. The Blazers played within their identity as the Pilots have seen many times this year by not letting off the gas at any point and added another 5 runs in the last four innings of a game that was simply out of Jersey’s reach. Leading the offensive production for the Blazers were their 3, 4, and 5 hitters in shortstop Patrick Donnelly, 1st baseman Chris Melillo, and DH Tyler Kirkpatrick respectively. Kirkpatrick drove in 3 runners on 3 hits while Donnelly and Melillo did their job as well driving in 2 runners apiece. The Blazers’ starting pitcher, Connor Donovan, was just as effective as their offense was going 6 innings and giving up just one run on five hits and one strikeout. The Pilots will need to get back on track quickly to keep pace with the rest of the field in hopes to claim a playoff spot.

The Pilots next game is this Saturday on July 26th, as the Pilots travel to Trenton, New Jersey to take on the Generals in a doubleheader starting at 1pm.

Trenton Falls to South Jersey in 10 Innings
July 24, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

Andrew Cohen gave up four runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Trenton Generals dropped the second to last regular season meeting against the South Jersey Giants 5-1 in 10 innings.

Brian Almand laced a single to right field. Nick Tierno came in to pinch-run for Almand. Following a stolen base by Tierno, Ned Kerr drew a pinch-hit walk on a full count. Kyle Lindsay ripped a single to centerfield to load the bases for Shaine Hughes. The young man from Monmouth University delivered with a bases-clearing triple to right-centerfield and South Jersey jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Anthony Cocuzza hit an RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield, Hughes scored and the Giants extended their lead to 5-1.

South Jersey grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. John Brue walked on five pitches. Jon Theckston ripped an RBI double to right-centerfield and Brue came in to score.

The Generals tied the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth. Andy Lopez led off with single down the right field line. Brandon Kirk poked a double to straightaway centerfield. Luke Westerberg tied the ballgame with an RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Ben Hoffman picks up the win (2-0) allowing no runs on no hits, no walks and one strikeout in two innings. Cohen is responsible for the loss (2-2) and the right hander from Rowan College at Gloucester County gave up four runs on three hits, one walk and two strikeouts in the top of the 10th inning.

The Generals play host to the Jersey Pilots on Saturday, July 26 in a doubleheader at Mercer County Community College. Game 1 begins at 1:00 P.M. Listen to all the Play-by-Play action beginning at 12:45 P.M. with Matt Nelson at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball.

Silvestri Steals the Show as Pilots Defeat Railers
July 20, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

Despite an unexpected 5-day break from game action, the Pilots were firing on all cylinders Sunday evening against the division-leading Allentown Railers and came away with a big home victory by a score of 4-2.

The story of this ball game was the starting pitcher, Stephen Silvestri, who picked up right where he left off with another exceptional outing against an offensively proven roster in the Allentown Railers. Throughout this season, the Pilots have played their best baseball when their starting pitching leads the way, and the left-hander out of the University of Pennsylvania carried the load once again. At this point in the season, the expectation from the Pilots coaching staff is that their ace will undoubtedly provide the Pilots with 7-plus strong innings and a chance to win every outing when Silvestri starts. Fulfilling that expectation, Silvestri took on 7.2 innings pitched giving up just five hits, two unearned runs, and a staggering 10 strikeouts versus the 1st place Railers. After throwing over 100 pitches and some sloppy play from his defense in the 8th inning, Andrew Torres came on to relive Silvestri with 2 outs in the inning and got the Pilots out of trouble by striking out the only batter he faced. Torres finished off the game with a save for Jersey, holding off the Railers late-game comeback. The offense for the Pilots was a collective effort from the entire lineup with Sean Feeney, Anthony Critelli, and Malcolm Kelsey each tacking on an RBI for Jersey. Furthermore, it would be remiss to not acknowledge the hitting consistency from the heart of the Pilots order featuring all-stars Ian Glassman, Anthony Critelli, and Malcolm Kelsey respectively, who each had two hits on the night. Overall, the collective effort on offensive was a positive sign, and the strong work that Silvestri put in could potentially help the Pilots gain some momentum in a tight playoff race down the stretch.

The Pilots next game is Wednesday night on July 23rd when they visit the South Jersey Giants at Lindenwold Complex.

Cohen Gives up 3 in the 8th as Trenton Falls to South Jersey
July 19, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

On the day after the ACBL All-Star Game, Andrew Cohen gave up three runs in the eighth inning as the Trenton Generals fell to the South Jersey Giants 5-2 on Friday evening.

Tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth, John Brue led off with a single to shallow centerfield. Josh Limon was hit by a pitch from Cohen. Mike Marchitto hit a sacrifice bunt toward third base, but the throw by Andy Lopez sailed over the head of Brandon Kirk and Brue came in to from second base. Josh Limon scored on the throwing error by Kirk. After Rick Elfreth grounded out to second, Kyle Lindsay hit an RBI sacrifice fly out to centerfield and the Giants jumped out to a 4-1 lead.

South Jersey put the first of the day on the board on the top of the third. Kyle Lindsay was hit by a pitch from Generals’ starting pitcher Adam Schreck. Following a swinging strikeout by Jon Theckston, Lindsay stole second base. Shaine Hughes ripped an RBI single down the left field line to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

The Generals tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Luke Westerberg struck out swinging off the glove of Giants’ reliever Kevin Milley. Mike Piscopo laced a single to left field and advanced on a wild pitch. Michael Mecca walked on a full count. After a swinging strikeout by Joe Jensen, Steven Kowalski ripped an RBI single to left-centerfield and the game was tied 1-1.

After South Jersey jumped out to a 4-1 lead, Trenton cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the eighth. David Osnato led off with a single down the left field line. Ryan Reitmeyer laced a single to left field. After a swinging strikeout by Brandon Kirk, Westerberg reached on an error by Shaine Hughes. Mike Piscopo grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to cut South Jersey’s lead to 4-2.

The Giants returned the favor in the top of the ninth. Hughes led off with single to shallow centerfield Generals closer Ryan Thomas. Anthony Cocuzza reached on an error by Lopez. Nick Tierno walked on a full pitch. After Brue struck out looking, Josh Limon delivered with an RBI single to right centerfield.

Matt Rakus picks up the victory (4-1) giving up one run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts in the seventh and eighth innings. Cohen receives his first loss (2-1) in a Generals uniform. The right-hander from Marist College allowed three runs (one earned), on one hit, one walk and one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings.

The Generals welcome the Jersey Pilots to Mercer County Community College for the only time this season. The two teams square off in a doubleheader on Saturday, July 19 beginning at 1:00 P.M. Listen to the game with Matt Nelson at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball.

Kaiser Division shuts out the Wolff Division
John Giakas and Kyle Cullen Named Co-MVPs
July 17, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Kaiser Division All-Stars defeated the All-Stars from the Wolff Division 3-0 in the ACBL All-Star Game on Thursday night in front of a packed house at Quakertown Memorial Park. John Giakas from the Staten Island Tide and Kyle Cullen of the North Jersey Eagles were named Co-MVPs.

Giakas was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Cullen also notched two base hits including a double and scored a run for the Kaiser Division.

The Kaiser Division pitching staff held the Wolff All-Stars to five hits and one walk in the game. Delio Coutinho (Staten Island) earned the victory, pitching a hitless third inning while racking up two strikeouts. Steve Bloodworth of North Jersey allowed one hit but punched out two in the ninth to record the save.

The Kaiser All-Stars cracked the run column in the fourth inning off Wolff pitcher Ryan Flipowicz (Quakertown) as Giakas singled home Dane McDermott (North Jersey) for the game’s first run. Flipowicz allowed three hits and one run in the frame to receive the loss for the Wolff All-Stars.

The Wolff Division threatened in the bottom of sixth inning as Jacen Nalesnik (Allentown) and Joe Forcellini (Allentown) singled with two outs. Both runners advanced an extra base on a wild pitch from Matthew Kostlos (Staten Island). Kostalos, however, was able to escape without any damage as he got Anthony Reinz (Allentown) to chase a ball in the dirt for a strikeout to end the inning.

In the seventh, the Wolff All-Stars had another chance to get on the scoreboard as Michael Caputo (Jersey) was in scoring position with one out. But Tom Fazzini (South Jersey) got out of the jam as he got Matt Hansen (Lehigh Valley) to line out to left. Caputo strayed too far off of second base and was not able to get back in time and was doubled up to end the scoring chance.

Giakos added another RBI in the eighth as he tattooed a ball into the right field gap off Wolff pitcher Kevin Long (Quakertown). Cullen scored easily from second to put the Kaiser All-Stars in front 2-0.

The Kaiser All-Stars tacked on another run in the ninth as John Brucker (North Jersey) brought home his teammate Dane McDermott on a single to right to increase their lead to 3-0.

Bloodworth came on to close out the game in the ninth. He struck out the first two men he faced before allowing a two-out hit to Reinz. Bloodworth then retired Chris Melillo of Quakertown on a fly ball to center to end the game.

ACBL ALL-STAR Game to be Broadcat Live on USTREAM
July 16, 2014
The best players of the Kaiser Division will go head-to-head with the best of the Wolff Division in the ACBL All-Star Game on Thursday, July 17 at 7 P.M. Matt Nelson will have the Play-by-Play action with pregame coverage beginning at 6:45 P.M. on USStream.

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ACBL announces selections for All-Star game
July 14, 2014

ACBL All-Star game on Thursday July 17 at Memorial Park in Quakertown

The rosters for the ACBL All-Star game on Thursday July 17 at Memorial Park in Quakertown have been released.

The Wolff Divison which consists of the Allentown Railers, Jersey Pilots, Lehigh Valley Catz and Quakertown Blazers will host the Kaiser Division All-Stars. The North Jersey Eagles, South Jersey Giants, Staten Island Tide and Trenton Generals make up the Kaiser Division.

Doug Cinnella, manager of North Jersey, will manage the Kaiser Division while Dylan Dando, manager of the Allentown Railers, will oversee the Wolff Division All-Stars.

Home team batting practice begins at 5:30pm and visitors hit at 6:00pm. Infield/outfield drills start at 6:30pm with game scheduled to start at 7pm.

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Pilots Split; Silvestri Delivers A Complete Game
July 13, 2014

By Mike Mannucci, Jersey Pilots

The Jersey Pilots split their doubleheader Sunday evening in Berkeley Heights, NJ, as they were defeated in the first game 9-0, but were able to bounce back, winning by a score of 4-1.

In the first game, Drue Brooks started for the Pilots, giving up 9 runs on 8 hits and was replaced by middle reliever, Emmanuel Abreu in the 3rd inning. Abreu had a solid, one-hit performance, going 4.1 innings pitched with 2 strikeouts and holding the Blazers scoreless for the rest of the game. The Blazers offense was very effective in the first game led by shortstop, Patrick Donnelly, who had 5 RBIs on 2 hits. The Pilots offense was rather dormant in this game leaving multiple runners on base despite two hits each from shortstop Sean Feeney and outfielder Ian Glassman.

Stephen Silvestri started the second leg of the doubleheader and it was another impressive game from the University of Pennsylvania product. Silvestri took command of the strike zone and was making pitches when he needed to against a very potent Blazers offense. The lefthander struck out four batters and gave up just 6 hits, 1 run, and 1 walk on his way to a complete game. Once again, Silvestri’s leadership rubbed off on the Pilots offense and the team was able to pick up their veteran starter. The Pilots scored 3 runs in the first inning thanks to Ian Glassman’s RBI and a two-run blast off the bat of 3rd baseman, Anthony Critelli. Jersey would add some insurance off the bat of outfielder, Malcolm Kelsey’s RBI single in the 5th inning.

The Pilots next game is a doubleheader on Tuesday night at 5pm in Easton, Pennsylvania as the Pilots look to build some confidence against the Lehigh Valley Catz.

Trenton Takes Two From Lehigh Valley
July 13, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

On a hot and humid day in Flemington, New Jersey, the Generals put their offense to work at Healthquest Park as Trenton defeated the Lehigh Valley Catz 5-4 and 3-2 respectively. Brandon Kirk was the hero of Game 1 as the Mercer County Community College product hit the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In Game 1, Trenton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Joe Jensen and Michael Mecca led off with back-to-back walks by Catz starting pitcher Cory Spera. Andy Lopez reached on a fielder’s choice as the throw by Spera was not in time to third base. Jensen scored on a wild pitch. An RBI sacrifice fly by David Osnato brought Mecca to home plate.

The Catz took the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Hansen and Ryan Luke led off with back-to-back singles to right field from Generals starting pitcher Josh Sharik. Andrew Hermanson grounded out to third base to advance the runners to second and third respectively. Tom Asbaty drilled a two-run triple to right-centerfield. Brody Clifford hit a groundball to centerfield for an RBI single and Lehigh Valley took a 3-2 lead.

The Generals brought the game to a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth. Brian Dudeck reached on a two-out infield single to the shortstop. After Duduck advanced on a wild pitch, Mecca laced an RBI single to right field.

Lehigh Valley regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Paul Balestrieri came in to pitch for Sharik. Hansen sliced a single down the right field line. After a groundout to first by Luke, Hermanson drew a walk on five pitches. Asbaty gave the Catz a 4-3 lead with an RBI single to centerfield.

Jensen led off the bottom of the seventh with a line-drive single to centerfield. Lee came into the game to replace Spera on the hill. Mecca reached on an error by the shortstop and Jensen was thrown out on the fielder’s choice. Lopez hit a line drive to shallow centerfield for a base hit. Osnato walked on a full count to load the bases for Brandon Kirk. Kirk finished off the game with a two-run single to centerfield.

Ryan Thomas picks up the win (2-0) allowing no runs on no hits, no walks and one strikeout in one inning of relief. Lee takes the loss (1-2) allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, one walk and no strikeouts in 1/3 innings.

In Game 2, Lehigh Valley jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Mackey Price hit a single to right field from the pitch by Sean Keenan. Following a groundout to the pitcher by Hansen, Hermanson laced an RBI double to centerfield.

Trenton grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Geggie Russomagno hit a soft line-drive single to shallow centerfield field from the pitch by Mike Diorio. Brett Mele and Joe Jensen hit a pair of groundballs to right field. It was Mele’s first hit in his Generals debut. Steven Kowalski hit a RBI line-drive single to left field. Mele scored on a wild pitch and the Generals took a 2-1 lead.

The Generals would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Osnato led off with a walk on a full count and Diorio was replaced by Bobby Bray. Mecca came in the pinch-run for Osnato and ran to second on a wild pitch. Luke Westerberg walked on five pitches. Jeremy Ake hit a sacrifice bunt to third and Trenton had runners at second and third and one out. J.R. Edwards came in to pitch for Bray and Brandon Kirk brought Mecca to the plate with a sacrifice fly to left field.

The Catz would not back down in the top of the seventh. After Brody Clifford led off with a single to left field, Andrew Cohen took over on the hill for the Generals. Following a pair of fly outs from Mike Roethke and Sam Stark, Cooper Goldby drilled an RBI single to centerfield. Goldby was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double by Jensen.

Keenan gets the win (3-1) allowing two runs on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Diorio picks up the loss (1-2) allowing three runs on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.

The Generals hit the road to Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island to battle the Staten Island Tide on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 P.M.

North Jersey Sweeps Trenton
July 6, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

The Generals were looking to end Independence Day weekend with a bang, but the bullpen did not get the job done as the Eagles sweep the Generals 5-3 in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader.

North Jersey struck first in the top of the first. John Brucker reached on an error by Mike Scarangelli. Dane McDermott grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to empty the bases. Kyle Cullen walked on a full count pitch from Paul Balestrieri. After a stolen base by Cullen, Kyle Grimm delivers an RBI double to left-centerfield. Cullen comes in to score and the Eagles had a 1-0 lead.

Trenton fought back in the bottom of the first. Following a groundout to the shortstop by Joe Jensen, Michael Mecca was hit by a pitch off of Matt Hennie. Andy Lopez laced a single to left-centerfield, but he was thrown out at second by Shane Brown. David Osnato walked. Brandon Kirk hit a ground ball to first and Ryan Carroll threw the ball away from the catcher. Mecca scores and the Generals tie the game at 1-1.

The Generals took the lead in the bottom of the third. Mecca was hit by a pitch for the second straight time. Lopez hit a line drive to right field. Osnato hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Mecca advanced to third. Mecca scored on a wild pitch and the Generals took the lead 2-1. Mike Piscopo grounded into a fielder’s choice, Lopez scored and the Generals had a 3-1 lead.

The Eagles retook the lead in the top of the fifth. Paul Balestrieri was replaced by Andrew Lysy and the game quickly got away for the Generals. Lysy gave up a lead-off walk to Brian McKenna. McKenna stole second and Brown drew another walk. Nick Mascelli sliced an RBI single to left field. McKenna scored and the Eagles were down 3-2. Dane McDermott drew a walk to load the bases for Cullen. Cullen grounded into a fielder’s choice, Brown scores and North Jersey ties the game at 3-3. Cullen stole second and Grimm walked to first to load the bases. Adam Schreck game into pitch for Trenton and allowed a go-ahead two-run RBI single to Ryan Carroll. Cullen and Mascelli scored and North Jersey hung on for the 5-3 win.

Mike Lembo picks up the win allowing no runs on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts in three innings of relief. Lysy takes the loss allowing four runs on one hit, four walks and no strikeouts on two-thirds innings of relief.

Game 2 featured Anthony Pacillo and Andrew Biggs as the starters for the Eagles and Generals. John Brucker led off with a single to right field in the top of the first. After Dane McDermott flied out to centerfield, Brucker stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kyle Cullen hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left field, Brucker scored and North Jersey took a 1-0 lead.

Trenton took the lead in the bottom of the first. Joe Jensen laced a single to right field. Michael Mecca flied out to centerfield for out number one. Andy Lopez flied out to left field for the second out. Jensen stole second and David Osnato followed with an RBI single to left-centerfield. Jensen scored and the Generals tied the ballgame. Ryan Reitmeyer hit a ground ball to short the ball was misplayed by Brucker. Luke Westerberg drew a walk on four pitches to load the bases for Jeremy Ake. Ake hit an RBI single to centerfield, Osnato scored and the Generals took a 2-1 lead. Steven Kowalski followed through with a bases-loaded walk. Reitmeyer scored and the Generals took a 3-1 lead.

Jason Uliano led off the top of the second with a strikeout and he was thrown out at first. Ryan Bailey drew a walk and Shane Brown grounded into a fielder’s choice. Nick Mascelli laced a single to left-centerfield. Brucker hit a groundball to centerfield for an RBI single, Brown scored and the Eagles were trailing 3-2.

Ryan Thomas came in to pitch for Biggs and the game got out of hand in the top of the sixth. Kyle Grimm led off with a single to centerfield. Ryan Carroll grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Jason Uliano walked and Mike Sheppard came in to pinch-run for Uliano. Brian McKenna laced a single to left field. Eduardo Familia hit a ground ball to first and the toss was wide right by Ake. Sheppard scored and the Eagles tied the game 3-3.

Joe DiGiovanni made his Generals debut in the bottom of the seventh. Brucker led off with a single to left field. McDermott reached on an error by Lopez and Cullen hit an RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield, Brucker scored and North Jersey took a 4-3. Grimm laced an RBI double to left field, McDermott scored and the Eagles took the Sunday sweep.

DiGiovanni takes the loss allowing two runs on two hits, no walks and no strikeouts in the seventh inning. Brandon Ryan picks up the win allowing no runs on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Steven Bloodworth picks up the save allowing no runs on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts in the seventh.

The Generals travel to Susan Wagner High School to play the Staten Island Tide on Tuesday, July 8 at 5:00 P.M.


Trenton Takes Two from Blazers
July 5, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

On a clear and windy Saturday afternoon at Mercer County Community College, the Generals defeated the Quakertown Blazers, 7-5 in Game 1 and 1-0 on a wild pitch by John Santoianni in Game 2.

Quakertown put two runs on the board in the top of the first of Game 1. Brett Smith flied out to right field for the first out of the inning off of Josh Sharik. Patrick Connelly drew a walk on five pitches. Ben Moller fouled to the catcher for out number two. Chris Melillo delivered a double into centerfield and Connelly advanced to third. Tyler Coleman came through with a two-run RBI double to left field, Donnelly and Melillo scored to make it 2-0 Blazers.

Trenton fired back in the bottom of the second. David Osnato hit a fly ball to right field and Coleman dropped the ball, which allowed Osnato to reach on the error. After Mike Piscopo struck out swinging, Ryan Fleming was called for a balk and Osnato advanced to second. Luke Westerberg grounded into a fielder’s choice and Osnato was tagged out on the rundown. Ryan Reitmeyer sliced a single to centerfield, Westerberg scored and the Generals were trailing 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, Joe Jensen led off with a single to right field. Moments later, Jensen stole second and Michael Mecca walked to first. Andy Lopez hit a sacrifice bunt to third and Mecca and Jensen advanced to second and third respectively. Osnato drove a two-run RBI single to left-centerfield, Jensen and Mecca came in to score and the Generals took a 3-2 lead.

The Generals would add some insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth. Westerberg was hit by a pitch and Ryan Reitmeyer crushed a two-run home run into left-centerfield and Trenton took a 5-2 lead.

The Generals offense continued to pounce in the bottom of the fifth. Mecca laced a double into left field. Lopez hit a ground ball to left field for a single. Osnato hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, Mecca scored and the Generals were up 6-2.

Quakertown did not back down in the top of the sixth. Following a groundout to the shortstop by Smith, Donnelly laced a single to left field. Ben Moller walked on five pitches. Andrew Cohen came into the game to replace Sharik and things quickly got out of hand. After a fly out to centerfield by Chris Melillo, Coleman sliced a single up the middle to load the bases. Kevin Jewitt delivered a bases-clearing double to centerfield and the Blazers trimmed the lead to 6-5.

The Blazers sent Cody Stoneback to the mound in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Reitmeyer and Brian Dudeck led off with back-to-back walks. Brandon Kirk grounded into a fielder’s choice and Reitmeyer was thrown out at third. Jensen walked to first to load the bases for Mecca. Mecca grounded out to third, Dudeck scored and the Generals took Game 1 7-5.

Sharik receieves the win allowing four runs on three hits, three walks and no strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Fleming takes the loss allowing six runs on six hits, two walks and one strikeout in five innings. Ryan Thomas picks up the save allowing no runs on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts in the seventh.

Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel as Patrick Vanderslice and Sean Keenan took the mound for the Blazers and Generals. It all came down to the bottom of the seventh when John Santoianni took the mound. David Osnato led off with a single to right-centerfield. Brandon Kirk hit a sacrifice bunt to Santoianni and his toss to first went behind Connor Donovan. Kirk advanced to second and Geggie Russomagno, who came into pitch-run for Osnato went to third. Santoianni’s first pitch to Reitmeyer was high and Russomagno came into to score the game-winning run.

Keenan pitched a complete game-shutout allowing five hits and seven strikeouts. Santoianni takes the loss allowing one run on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts. Vanderslice was on the mound for the first four innings, allowing no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout.

The Generals play host to the North Jersey Eagles on Sunday, July 6 in a doubleheader at Mercer County Community College. Game 1 begins at 1 P.M. Listen to the games at www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball with the Generals pregame show at 12:45 P.M. with Matt Nelson.

Blazers Pull off Monumental Comeback against the Catz to Snap Six-Game Skid
July 1, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – After falling behind 7-0 before even coming to the plate in the first inning, the Blazers remained unfazed and focused, battled back, and scored 15 unanswered runs to pick up their most impressive win of the season over the Lehigh Valley Catz 15-7 on Tuesday night at Memorial Park.

Trailing 7-1, the Blazers batted around in the fourth, plating six runs to tie the game at seven. The first six men reached base for Quakertown, all of whom came around to score in the frame. Ed Posavec, Brett Smith, Jackson Martin and Ben Moller netted RBIs for the Blazers.

The Blazers capped off their comeback, taking the lead in the sixth inning when Smith scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Lehigh Valley reliever, Connor McMahon.

Quakertown put the game away in the seventh when Smith and Jackson earned back-to-back bases loaded walks to give the Blazers a 10-7 advantage. Both players had big days at the dish to carry the offense. Smith reached base all six times including five base hits. The Bucknell-product added two runs batted in and three runs scored. Jackson reached base four times on one hit, two walks and one hit-by-pitch. The Seton Hall-product scored once and brought home two runs.

The Blazers batted around again in the eighth, sending 10 men to the plate. Quakertown scored five runs in the frame to seal the contest. Patrick Donnelly tripled home Tyler Coleman and would later score on a wild pitch. Donnelly recorded four hits and scored three runs for the Blazers. Doug Trimble drove in two runs with a two-out single and Tyler Kirkpatrick followed suite with an RBI base hit of his own as he singled home Smith to provide the 15-7 final.

The bullpen was tremendous on the night for the Blazers. After Quakertown starter John Santoianni struggled to record just one out in the opening inning, the relief corps, led by Connor Donovan, held the Catz scoreless over the next 26 outs. Donovan entered the game down seven with the bases loaded and only one out. The Lehigh sophomore struck out both men he faced in the inning to help the Blazers avoid further damage. Donovan pitched five more shutout innings to help Quakertown to the win. He finished the night allowing seven hits and two walks in his 5.2 innings en route to earning the victory. He punched out three Catz.

Aiding Donovan out of the pen was Brandon Kulp, who worked two no-hit innings and Ryan Flipowicz, who closed it out in the ninth, allowed one hit and one walk but finished the ninth unscathed.

The Blazers will look to continue their momentum as they host this same Lehigh Valley Catz squad on Friday, July 4th, at 1 p.m.

Ahmed makes MLB debut
June 30, 2014

Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) made his MLB debut on Sunday when he played shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ahmed went 1-for-3 with a seventh inning single to rightfield as a replacement for Chris Owings who was placed on the disabled list. Ahmed was a number two selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 2011 draft.

Three other former ACBL players from the 2011 draft are working their way to the Major Leagues. Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) was a fifth round selection of the Houston Astros and has a 6-4 record with a 2.38 ERA and 0.95 WHIP for Oklahoma City (AAA).

Chris Reed (Stanford, Torrington) was a first round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers and currently is 4-5 at Chattanooga (AA) with a 2.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 96 innings.

Kyle Kubitza (Texas State, Southampton), a third round pick of the Atlanta Braves, is currently hitting .304 with four home runs and 23 RBI at Mississippi (AA).

Pacillo and Hennie Shine in Victories over Trenton Generals
June 30, 2014

Pacillo and Hennie Shine in Victories over Trenton Generals

Eagles certainly turned some heads this past Saturday with two huge wins against the first place Trenton Generals. The Generals came into the double header with a 12-2 mark, when the day was done, their record was at 12 - 4, two losses coming from the North Jersey Eagles. The Eagles had a slow start to the season but our bats have awoken and are very hot right now.

In the first game the Eagles came out swinging, after recording the first out, Dane McDermott (High Point University) hits a monster triple to right field and Kyle Cullen (University of New Haven), followed right behind him with a hard single to right to bring McDermott home. General’s pitcher Josh Sharik attempted to pick off Cullen at first but misses, but Cullen dives in under the tag. Kyle Grimm (Seton Hall) then smashes a double to left field and moves Cullen over to third. Finally, Ryan Carroll (Fordham) hits a sacrifice fly to center driving Cullen home for the second run.

Anthony Pacillo, from Seton Hall University, started for the Eagles and was cruising until the 5th inning where the Generals plated two tying the game. David Osnato led off the fifth with a base hit center field. After a fielder’s choice by the right fielder Russumagno, the shortstop, Ryan Reitmeyer drilled a single to right moving Russumagno to third. The next batter, Steven Kowalski grounds out to Grimm at third for the second out, but driving in Russumagno and Reitmeyer moving to second. Then the centerfielder, Joe Jensen, on a 2-2 count drilled a line drive to center driving in the tying run. Pacillo would then retire Andrew Lopez on a called strike.

The Eagles offense was right there in the 5th to pick Pacillo up. Shane Brown (Gloucester Community College) with a single to start it up, Nick Mascelli (Wagner) hot bat comes alive with a double to left sending Brown to third. Generals, at this point make a pitching change bringing in Andrew Cohen. Cohen intentionally walks McDermott to load the bases. This leads up to the PBI Turning Point of the game, Grimm, who has a batting average of .347, hits a beautiful shot to center to bring in both Brown and McDermott making the score 4 to 2.

Anthony Pacillo would retire the next six batters he faced. With two outs in the top of the seventh, the Generals down to their last out, Ryan Reitmeyer hits a grounder to third that is misplayed for an error. Steven Kowlaski, the leadoff hitter for the Generals, then follows with a soft roller between third and home for an infield hit. Pacillo bore down and retired Joe Jensen on a fly ball to Brown in center to seal the victory. Pacillo had his complete game win.

Going into the second game we had Matt Hennie (St. John’s). Matt would follow Pacillo with an outstanding outing himself. on the mound that showed a stellar performance up to the 6th inning giving up only two run, to follow Steven Bloodworth finishing the game with no runs and no hits. In the Eagles 2nd, Carroll leads off with a walk. Jason Uliano (St. Johns) gets on by an error by the first baseman. Brown with a groundout second to first plating Carroll for the game’s first run. Mascelli, with a huge swing, smacks a triple over the right fielders head scoring Uliano. The Eagles would score a third run in the next frame. McDermott walks, steals second, and is driven home by Cullen with a base hit to right.

Hennie was cruising along until the top of the sixth. He would retire the first two hitters with relative ease. The number three hitter, Andrew Lopez crushes a 0-1 curveball over Cullen’s head in left for a double. Osnato, the Generals cleanup hitter, who is way ahead in the count, hits a 3-1 curveball over McDermott in right for an RBI double. This was then followed by a single to center for Brandon Kirk – driving in the second run. With the score now 3-2 and the last three hits were hit hard, the Eagles decide to bring in their closer, Steven Bloodworth (Wagner). The Generals counter with pinch hitter Luke Westerberg, and on the first pitch he sees, he grounds out to Grimm at third. That turned out to be the PBI Turning Point of the game.

With the score now 3-2 Eagles and the Generals attempting to hang close with the two time ACBL champions, the Eagles offense came alive again in the 6th inning. Grimm hits a singles to left. After a successful sack bunt by Carroll, Uliano follows a single to center sending Grimm to 3rd. Brian McKenna (Post University) with a single to left field that driving Grimm home. After a Brown pop-up, Mascelli who then hits a base hit to right to drive in both Uliano and McKenna. Mascelli had a tremendous day at the plate, hitting a triple and single with three RBIs. This made the score Eagles 6 Generals 2.

Steve Bloodworth, aka “Bloodie”, retired the three hitters he faced in the seventh for the win. Matt Hennie improved his record to 2-1 with a great performance, and Bloodworth gets his second save of the season.

As of right now the Eagles aren't to be reckoned with, our bats are hot and pitching staff getting in line, they are ready to turn this season around. With the hot bats, Kyle Cullen shares the league lead in home runs with 2, and Kyle Grimm is hitting .347, fifth in the league. Watch out for the Eagles - here we come!

Moore, Brantley and Palacios are Tide draft selections
June 27, 2014

C.J. MooreCliff BrantleyJosh Palacios

Three Staten Island Tide outfielders were selected in the June 2014 Major League Amateur Draft.

C.J. Moore, pictured on the left, (Sheffield Academy, Lamar) was selected in the 13th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is currently playing for the Tide.

Cliff Brantley, pictured in the center, (Adelphi) played for the Tide from 2011 thru 2013 and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th round. He is batting .667 (4-for-6) in his first two games with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays.

Josh Palacios, pictured on the right, (San Jacinto) was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 31st round after topping San Jac with a .372 average. Palacios played for the Tide in 2013 and was named the ACBL's 8th top prospect by Perfect Game.

Twenty-four former or current ACBL players were selected in the 2014 Draft. Josh Prevost (Seton Hall) and Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County) were picked in the fifth round by the New York Mets and Oakland A's respectively. Tyler Clark (Dominican), a catcher for the Tide in 2013, signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and recently reported to Missoula.

Jensen Comes Up Key in Generals 9-4 Win
June 25, 2014

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

The Generals’ bats came alive for the first time since week one and Joe Jensen went 3-4 with two RBIs and four runs in a 9-4 victory over the South Jersey Giants on Wednesday.

The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Kyle Lindsay led off with a single to centerfield. Rick Elfreth was hit by a pitch on a full count. Jon Theckston laced a single to left field. The throw by Geggie Russumagno was misplayed by Andy Lopez, Lindsay scored and it was 1-0 Giants. Anthony Cocuzza flied out to second. Nick Tierno hit an RBI single to right field, Elfreth scored and the Giants took a 2-0 lead. Brian Almand hit an RBI single to centerfield, Theckston scored and the Giants took a 3-0 lead.

The Generals fired back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Joe Jensen and Andy Lopez led off with back-to-back singles. Both runners advanced to second and third after Andrew Schorr threw a wild pitch to Luke Westerberg. Westerberg struck out swinging for the first out. Brendan Benecke hit into a fielder’s choice to third base; the throw by Josh Limon was high to first, Jensen scored, Lopez advanced to second and the Generals trailed the Giants 3-1.

Jensen led off the bottom of the sixth for Trenton with a single to centerfield. A stolen base by Jensen set up an opportunity for Lopez to bring Jensen home, but Lopez struck out swinging on seven pitches. Westerberg was hit by a pitch and the Generals had runners at first and second. Benecke fouled out to left field for the second out. During Jeremey Ake’s at-bat, Schorr threw a pass ball to Tierno and Westerberg and Jensen advanced to second and third respectively. Schorr was called for a balk on the very next pitch, Jensen scored and the Generals trailed 3-2. Ake laced a single into right field, Westerberg came into score and the game was tied 3-3.

Trenton would add four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Geggie Russumagno and Michael Mecca led off with back-to-back singles. Following a wild pitch by Giants relief pitcher Kevin Milley, which allowed Mecca and Russumagno to advance to second and third, Steven Kowalski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jensen drew a walk on four pitches, Russumagno scored and the Generals had a 4-3 lead. Andy Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to left field, Mecca came in to score and Trenton had a 5-3 lead. Westerberg hit a double into left field, Kowalski and Jensen scored and the Generals had a 7-3 lead.

The Generals would continue to add to their lead in the bottom of the eighth. Kowalski drew a walk on a full count. Jensen hit a double into right centerfield, Kowalski scored all the way from first and Trenton had an 8-3 lead. Lopez hit a single to right field and was thrown out at second, Jensen scored and the Generals had a 9-3 advantage.

South Jersey did not back down in the top of the ninth. Mike Marchitto was walked by Ryan Thomas on five pitches. Joe Brooks hit a pinch-hit single to right field. After Kyle Lindsay struck out looking, Rick Elfreth hit a sacrifice groundout to second and Brooks and Marchitto advanced to second and third. Thomas was called for a balk during Jon Theckston’s at-bat, Marchitto scored and that was all the Giants were able to afford.

Andrew Cohen picks up the win for Trenton allowing no runs, on no hits, one walk and one strikeout in two innings of relief (1-0). Andrew Schorr picks up the loss allowing three runs on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings (1-1).

The Trenton Generals will travel to Breslin Field in Lyndhurst, New Jersey as they take on the North Jersey Eagles in a doubleheader. The first game begins at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, June 28. Listen to the game at www.ustream/tv/channel/trenton-generals/baseball with Matt Nelson beginning at 1:15 P.M.

Generals Take 2 from Railers in a Battle of 1st Place Teams
June 22, 2014
The Trenton Generals brought the brooms to Mercer County Community College and defeated the Allentown Railers in a doubleheader 4-3 and 4-1 on Sunday.

In Game 1, the Generals scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth. Railers starting pitcher Matthew Swarner gave up a lead-off single to Andy Lopez. David Osnato followed up with a walk. Brandon Kirk hit a ground ball back to Swarmer. The throw went over the head of the third baseman and Lopez scored all the way from second while Osnato advanced to third.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Generals would score three runs. Brian Dudeck led off with a single to centerfield. Michael Mecca drew a five-pitch walk and both runners advanced to second and third thanks to a sacrifice hit by Joe Jensen. Lopez with hit by a pitch and Brandon Kirk cleared the bases with a double to straightaway centerfield to make it a 4-0 game.

The Railers fought their way back in the top of the sixth inning. Andrew Cohen came in as a relief pitcher for Paul Balestrieri. Joe Forcellini led off with a single to left field. Anthony Renz grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Eric Peterson walked on a full count and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jacen Nalesnik laced a single to right field and Peterson came into score.

Cohen nearly let the game get away from him in the top of the seventh. Brett Bittiger walked on five pitches. Evan Fardella hit a single into left centerfield. Andrew Brandstetter hit an infield single to load the bases for Ryan Cox. Cox hit an infield single and Bittiger came in to score. Forcellini hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Fardella came into score to make it a 4-3 game. Renz flied out to left field and Peterson struck out swinging to end the game.

Balestrieri wins his second game of the season allowing no runs on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Cohen picked up his first save of the season allowing three runs on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Swarmer loses his first game of the season allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

The Railers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Fardella led off with a single off of Generals starting pitcher Josh Sharik. Fardella stole second base during Brandstetter’s at-bat. Brandstetter hit an RBI single to left field to score Fardella from second.

In the bottom of the third, Brendan Benecke led off with a double down the left field line off of Railers starting pitcher Dan Woodley. Steven Kowalski hit a groundball to Railers’ third baseman Forcellini, whose throw to first was not in time. Geggie Russumagno walked on a full count. Michael Mecca hit another groundball to Forcellini, whose throw was over the first baseman’s head. Joe Jensen hit a sacrifice groundout to the pitcher while and Kowalski came into score. Lopez hit an RBI single to left field and Russumagno came into score. Luke Westerberg hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and Mecca came in to score.

With the win, Sharik improves to 3-0 throwing a complete game one-hitter and allowed eight hits, one walk and one strikeout. Woodley drops to 2-1 allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings.

The next Generals game is Tuesday, June 24 at Mercer County Community College against the South Jersey Giants. First pitch is at 5:00 P.M. The game can also be heard on www.ustream.tv/channel/trenton-generals-baseball with Matt Nelson beginning at 4:45 P.M.

Trenton Stays Perfect With Walk-off Win
June 11, 2014

The Trenton Generals have been a very energetic team since the start of the season and they continued to show why they are the best team in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League on Wednesday when they defeated the Staten Island Tide 2-1 in 10 innings.

With runners on the corners and one out, Luke Westerberg stepped to the plate to face Jordan Picini. On a 1-1 pitch, Westerberg lifted a fly ball to right field and when Michael Abate made the catch for the Tide, Steven Kowalski tagged from third and scored the game-winning run.

The Generals put a run on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Mecca drew a walk on a full count pitch from Delio Coutinho. After a single by Andrew Lopez, Westerberg fouled out to right field and Mecca advanced to third base. Jeremy Ake came to the plate and on a 2-1 pitch, Ake hit a sacrifice groundout to the shortstop and Mecca came in to score to make it 1-0.

Staten Island was held scoreless until the top of the ninth. Michael Abate hit a leadoff double to left field off of Ryan Thomas. Angel Garced grounded out to second and Abate advanced to third base. On an 0-1 pitch, John Giakis hit an RBI single to centerfield to drive in the game-tying run.

Thomas picks up the win for Trenton allowing one run on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Picini gets credit for the loss and pitched one-third of an inning.

Andy Sullivan went seven innings and allowed no runs on three hits, one walk and struck out seven batters as the starter for the Generals. Coutinho went five and one-third of an inning allowing one run on two hits, four walks and he struck out six batters.

The next Generals game will start a six-game road trip on Saturday when the face the Lehigh Valley Catz on a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 P.M. Every Generals game can be heard on www.ustream.tv/channel/Trenton-Generals-Baseball.

Fillmyer and Prevost Drafted in Fifth Round
June 6, 2014
Heath Fillmyer Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County, Trenton Generals, 2013-14) was selected by the Oakland A's in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft. Josh Prevost (Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2011-12) was taken by the New York Mets in the fifth round also.

Fillmyer, was Region 19 Player of the Year and a First Team All American as second ranked Mercer County Community College (40-8) advanced to the 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series. The sophomore RHP posted a 0.68 ERA and 9-0 record in 66 innings. He struck out 94 with 24 base on balls.

Prevost, the BIG EAST Conference Pitcher of the Year, logged a 12-2 record with a 1.62 ERA in 116 innings. The 6-8 RHP struck out 111 with only 20 walks and topped D-I with a 0.72 WHIP.

RHP J.B. Kole (Villanova, Southampton Breakers, 2012, Trenton Generals, 2013) and teammate of Fillmyer on the Generals was drafted in the eighth round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Todays Games Postponed
June 5, 2014
All scheduled game for today have been postponed.

The Jersey Pilots at Quakertown game will be made up next Thursday as part of a twilight doubleheader with game one scheduled to start at 5pm.

North Jersey at Staten Island and South Jersey at Trenton have not been rescheduled at this time.

Martinez Earns Additional Honors
May 29, 2014
Brandon Martinez, Photo courtesy of Kutztown University Athletics
Junior outfielder Brandon Martinez (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers, 2013) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team.

The ACBL All-Star holds a 3.85 GPA as a business major after a 4.0 semester this spring. He was also selected to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team sponsored by the ABCA, Daktronics and NCBWA for the second consecutive year.

The first team All-PSAC East choice hit .392 and was 35-for-36 on stolen base attempts. He had a perfect fielding percentage with 102 putouts this spring.

Rosa and Grimm net post season honors
May 26, 2014

Gaby Rosa (Rutgers, Staten Island Tide, 2014) was named American Athletic Conference Co-Rookie of the Year. The freshman right hander posted a team best 2.28 ERA in 14 appearances with a 6-2 record and opponents only hit .219 against him.

Three other Rutgers and former ACBL players made All-Conference teams. Nick Favatella (Trenton Generals, 2012) was selected to the first team while Pat Sweeney (Westhampton Aviators, 2010) and Vinny Zarillo (Southampton Breakers, 2012) were placed on the third team.

Kyle Grimm (Seton Hall, North Jersey Eagles, 2012-14) and Josh Prevost (Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2011-12) were named to the All-Big East first team.

Prevost was also awarded Pitcher of the Year and topped the nation with a 0.72 WHIP.

D.J. Ruhlman (Seton Hall, Westhampton Aviators, 2012), Derek Jenkins (Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013) and James Lomangino (St. John's, Westhampton Aviators, 2010) were also selected to the first team.

Dillon Hamlin (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide, 2011), Luke Cahill (Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013) and Brian Breuning (Xavier, Sag Harbor Whalers, 2011) were placed on the second team.

Brantley, Mejia and Kostalos receive honors
May 22, 2014
Cliff BrantleyMatt Kostalos Cliff Brantley (Adelphi, Staten Island Tide, 2011-14) and Richard Mejia (Adelphi, Staten Island, 2012-13) were named to the 2014 ABCA, Daktronic and NCBWA All East Region First Teams. In addition both players were named to the Northeast-10 All Conference First Team.

Brantley (pictured on the left), a junior centerfielder, hit .401 and is a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award which goes to the top player in NCAA D-2 baseball.

Mejia, a senior DH and third baseman, hit .396 with a .525 slugging percentage.

Matt Kostalos (St. Thomas Aquinas, Staten Island Tide, 2013-14) pitched the Spartans into the D-2 College World Series when he tossed a complete game shutout in the title clinching 3-0 victory over Dowling.

Kostalos (pictured on the right) has a 7-2 record with a 2.61 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched.

ACBL players receive awards
May 19, 2014
Joe Forcellini (Centenary) named to the All-Colonial States Conference baseball first teamJoe Forcellini (Allentown Railers, 2012-14) was named to the All-Colonial States Conference baseball first team. The junior infielder at Centenary College hit .465 which ranked fifth nationally in D-3.

Joe O'Connor (Jersey Pilots, 2011-12) and Dan Hansen (Jersey Pilots, 2014) of Kean University were named NJAC Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively.

Joe Jensen (Trenton Generals, 2014) was selected to the NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Second Team. The junior outfielder topped Hamilton College with a .398 average and ranked third nationally with .88 stolen bases per game.

Weinhold named to Commonwealth All-Conference First Team
May 10, 2014
Mike Weinhold, Photo courtesy of Alvernia University AthleticsThe Middle Atlantic Conference recently announced that Mike Weinhold (Quakertown Blazers, 2011-13) was selected as a starting pitcher on the 2014 Commonwealth All-Conference First Team.He is one of nine Alvernia players to gain conference honors. Seven of those players have participated in the ACBL.

Weinhold, a senior LHP, posted a 1.21 ERA in 59.1 innings with 86 strikeouts. He topped D-III nationally with 13.04 strikeouts per nine innings.

Kevin Becker-Menditto (Trenton Generals, 2012) was selected to the first team as a relief pitcher as was outfielder Chris Gehris (Allentown Railers, 2013).

Senior first baseman Matt Patterson (Trenton Generals, 2012-13) and junior shortstop Richie Ricciardi (Trenton Generals, 2012-13) were second team selections.

Catcher Chris Burns (Trenton Generals, 2013) and pitcher Steve Price (Allentown, 2013) received honorable mention honors.

Photo courtesy of Alvernia University Athletics

Smith, Garzillo and Spera Earn Patriot League Honors
May 8, 2014

Brett SmithMike GarzilloCory Spera

Brett Smith (Bucknell, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year after hitting .313 for the regular season league champion Bucknell University. The freshman centerfielder topped the Bison with 35 runs scored. Smith also earned a slot on the All-Conference Second Team.

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013-14) was selected to the First Team All-Patriot League as a second baseman after hitting .319 with 30 RBIs for the Mountain Hawks.

Cory Spera (Lafayette, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2013-14) was a first team selection as a relief pitcher. Spera posted a 1.52 ERA in 23.2 innings with 14 appearances. Both Garzillo and Spera were named to the Baseball Academic All-Patriot League Team. Spera was selected as the Patriot League Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Brett Smith photo courtesy of Bucknell University Athletics
Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics
Cory Spera photo courtesy of Lors Photography

Lopez and Reitmeyer gain NJAC honors
May 5, 2014
Andy LopezRyan Reitmeyer
Andy Lopez (Trenton Generals, 2013-14), pictured on the left and Ryan Reitmeyer (Staten Island Tide 2013, Trenton Generals 2014) pictured on the right, were among five Kean University Cougars tabbed with New Jersey Athletic Conference baseball honors.

Lopez, a junior third baseman, was named to the First Team All-Conference. He is currently hitting .269 with four home runs and 26 RBIs. Reitmeyer, a sophomore shortstop, tops Kean with a .355 average and received Honorable Mention honors.

Kean (29-12) is managed by former ACBL star Neil Ioviero and the Cougars are awaiting a possible NCAA Pool C bid.

Photo's courtesy of Kean University Athletics

Dorosh, Lindsay and Brooks Receive Honors
May 2, 2014

Ryan DoroshKyle LindsayJoe Brooks

Three players on the South Jersey Giants roster were selected for conference honors recently.

Ryan Dorosh (Misericordia) was named Middle Atlantic Conference, Freedom Division Pitcher of the Year after posting a 9-0 record with a 1.63 ERA. Dorosh tossed a two hit shutout on Friday as Misericordia defeated FDU-Madison 3-0 in the opening round of the Freedom Conference playoffs.

Teammate Kyle Lindsay was a 1st team All Conference selection along with Dorosh. The second baseman hit a team leading .388.

Joe Brooks (Rutgers-Camden) was named NJAC Rookie of the Year and also selected to the All Conference First Team. The infielder and DH hit .428 for the season as Rutgers-Camden captured the NJAC title.


Martinez Repeats as PSAC First Team Selection
April 29, 2014
Brandon Martinez (Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown)
Brandon Martinez (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers, 2013) was named to the PSAC Eastern Division First Team for the second year in a row. The speedy centerfielder hit .406 with 33 stolen bases in 34 attempts and played flawless defense with no errors. Other former ACBL players named to the first team include Casey Cooperman (Bloomsburg, Quakertown, 2011; Allentown Railers, 2013), Nico Delerme (East Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2011), Mike Douglas (Shippensburg, Allentown, 2012), Eric Forth (East Stroudsburg, Trenton Generals, 2012) and Nick Rabasco (East Stroudsburg, Allentown, 2013).

Tad Barton (Millersville, Southampton, 2011), Pat Kregoloh (Shippensburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2011), Justin Roman (West Chester, Trenton Generals, 2013) and Adam Zipko (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2012) were selected to the Eastern Division Second Team.

Hammond Named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week
April 15, 2014
Xavier Hammond, Photo courtesy of Bucknell University AthleticsXavier Hammond (Allentown Railers 2012-14) was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week as Bucknell defeated Army 9-0 over the weekend.

The 6 foot 4 inch left hand pitcher allowed two hits in nine innings as the Black Knights only managed four base runners with one getting to second base.

On the season Hammond has posted a 3.83 earned run average in 49.1 innings pitched with 30 strikeouts and eight base on balls.

He has a 2-3 record with one save and two complete games.

Photo courtesy of Bucknell University Athletics

Posavec Named America East Rookie of the Week
April 9, 2014
Eddie Posavec, Photo courtesy of Binghamton University AthleticsEddie Posavec (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was named Rookie of the Week in the America East conference after hitting .636 (7 for 11) as Binghamton University swept UMBC over the weekend.

The freshman catcher finished the week with six RBI, five runs scored and a .600 slugging percentage. He was also named BU's Athlete of the Week.

The Bearcats have won five of their last seven and sit in fourth place in the America East conference with a 4-4 record.

Photo courtesy of Binghamton University Athletics

McDermott named Big South Player of the Week
April 8, 2014
Dane McDermott named Big South Player of the Week, Photo Courtesy of High Point University AthleticsJunior Dane McDermott (North Jersey Eagles 2013-14) has been named the Big South Player of the Week after hitting .481 with 13 hits and nine runs to help High Point University to a 5-1 record last week.

McDermott recorded multiple hits in five of six games including a 4-for-5 game to close out the sweep of Charleston University on Saturday.

McDermott is hitting .322 on the year with 20 runs scored. The versatile McDermott has seen action at the 2B, CF and RF positions while playing in all 31 games for the 18-13 Panthers.

He plans to return for his second season with the North Jersey Eagles in June.

Photo Courtesy of High Point University Athletics

IYM Sports Radio Coverage of the Trenton Generals
April 5, 2014
IYM Sports RadioIYM Sports Radio is proud to announce, that for the 3rd straight season, they will be the online radio home of the Trenton Generals of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. In their inaugural season, the Generals won the Wolff division regular season title. Last year, they won the regular season title in the ACBL. This year, the Generals are hoping that their third year is the charm as they will aim to win the ACBL playoff championship. The Generals will battle the North Jersey Eagles, Jersey Pilots, Lehigh Valley Catz, Quakertown Blazers, Allentown Railers, Staten Island Tide, and newcomers, the South Jersey Giants.

IYM Sports Radio will carry all 40 games, home and away, on their website, IYMSportsRadio.com. Broadcasts are also available on IPads, IPhones and Android devices utilizing the UStream app and searching for IYM Sports Radio. That means you can hear the Trenton Generals at home and on the go.

The 2014 campaign gets underway on Sunday, June 1st, on the road, as they take on the 2 time defending ACBL champion, North Jersey Eagles, in a doubleheader.

Moller Named Rookie of the Week
April 3, 2014
Ben Moller Named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week , Photo Courtesy of Marist AthleticsMarist freshman Ben Moller (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after hitting .517 (8 for 14) over the past week. The 6 foot 1 inch infielder also had four RBI and scored three runs.

Teammate Scott Boches (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) tossed 4.1 innings of shutout ball as Marist defeated Siena on Monday 1-0 for their first conference win. Boches has posted a 3.26 ERA in 30.1 innings thus far this spring.

Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics

Daley Named NJCBA Pitcher of the Week
March 22, 2014
Mike Daley Named NJCBA Pitcher of the Week, Photo Courtesy of Kean UniversityJunior Mike Daley (Jersey Pilots, 2013) has been selected as the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Pitcher of the Week. Daley tossed eight innings of one run ball as Kean University defeated the University of the Redlands 9-1. Teammate Ryan Kelley was 3-for-5 with five RBI as Kean defeated Alvernia 12-11 on Thursday.

Kean has a 13-2 record and is currently ranked third nationally in D-III.

Mike Daley's photo is courtesy of Kean University Athletics.

Patterson and Weinhold Capture Weekly Conference Awards
March 19, 2014

Matt Patterson and Mike Weinhold win hornors

Matt Patterson (Trenton Generals, 2012-13) and Mike Weinhold (Quakertown Blazers, 2011-13) were named Commonwealth Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively as announced by the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Patterson, a senior first baseman, hit .586 through eight games and went 7-for-8 with two RBIs in Sundays double header with Stevenson.

Weinhold, a senior left-handed pitcher, gave up just one run over 13 innings while striking out 16 and posting a 0.69 ERA.

Boches named MAAC Rookie of the Week
March 17, 2014

Scott Boches, Photo Courtesy of Marist Athletics Marist freshman Scott Boches (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after allowing only one run in 5.1 innings as Marist defeated Wofford 3-1. The 6-4 RHP has a 3.38 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched thus far in the season.

Other Marist freshmen on 2014 ACBL rosters include Tyler Kirkpatrick and Ben Moller on the Blazers roster. Dalton Mayberry and Stephen Priolo are pitchers with the South Jersey Giants while Greg Kocinski and Sean Keenan have roster spots on the Jersey Pilots and Trenton Generals respectively.

Scott Boches Photo Courtesy of Marist Athletics

Monteagudo, Grove and Rossi Sign Free Agent Contracts
March 5, 2014
Victor Monteagudo (North Jersey Eagles), Photo Courtesy of Felician CollegeThree former ACBL players have signed free agent contracts with Major League teams and are now in spring training.

Victor Monteagudo (Felician, North Jersey Eagles) was an ACBL All-Star pitcher after posting a 2.16 ERA in 45 innings for the North Jersey Eagles. He also played other positions and signed as a catcher with the Colorado Rockies.

Outfielder Kevin Grove (St. John's, Sag Harbor Whalers) was also an All-Star in 2010 as he hit .325 for the Whalers with seven home runs. He signed with the Miami Marlins.

Drew Rossi (Mitchell, Torrington Titans) played infield for the Titans and signed with the Washington Nationals. Drew is the son of former ACBL player and current Miami Marlins scout, Phil Rossi.

Victor Monteagudo's photo is courtesy of Felician College Athletics.

ODU Infield Has Catz Connection
March 3, 2014

Lehigh Valley Catz Logo

P.J. Higgins (Lehigh Valley, 2013) leads a trio of former Catz playing the infield for the 8-4 Old Dominion University Monarchs.

Higgins is playing second base and is hitting .315. Jordan Negrini (Lehigh Valley, 2011) is at third base with a .333 average while Tyler Urps (Lehigh Valley, 2012) plays shortstop and had three hits in the Monarchs 12-6 win over Rutgers on Sunday.

Bahnick and Jewitt off to hot starts
February 21, 2014
Matt Bahnick (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2011; Allentown Railers, 2013) and Kevin Jewitt (Quakertown Blazers, 2013-14) started the 2014 season with hot bats.

Bahnick, a junior third baseman, is hitting .636 ( 7-for-11) for Kennesaw State. Jewitt, a sophomore third baseman, tops Villanova with a .417 average (5-for-12) and was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll and is also the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week.

Bonekemper receives Steve Lembo Award
February 17, 2014

Ralph Addonizio, ACBL Commissioner with Tom Bonekemper, ACBL President at the recent Forty-Ninth Annual Dinner of the New York Professional Baseball Hot Stove League

Tom Bonekemper, President of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, was the recipient of the Steve Lembo Memorial Award at the recent Forty-Ninth Annual Dinner of the New York Professional Baseball Hot Stove League at Leonard's in Great Neck.

Steve Lembo was a long time Los Angeles Dodger scout and played with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 and 1952. He was the ACBL liaison scout with MLB from 1984 until his untimely death in 1989. He was a kind gentleman and great supporter of the ACBL and amateur baseball. Bonekemper stated he was indeed honored to accept this award on behalf of the ACBL and noted that the ACBL looks forward to its Forty -Eighth season in 2014.

Pictured above are Ralph Addonizio, ACBL Commissioner with Tom Bonekemper, ACBL President at the recent Forty-Ninth Annual Dinner of the New York Professional Baseball Hot Stove League.

Former ACBL Players Head to Spring Training
February 15, 2014

Former ACBL Players Head to Spring Training, Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers), Anthony Varvaro (Metro NY Cadets) and Mike Aviles (NY Generals)

Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers), Anthony Varvaro (Metro NY Cadets) and Mike Aviles (NY Generals) top the list of former ACBL players reporting to Major League spring training sites on Monday. Vogelsong hopes to keep his spot in the San Francisco Giants rotation while Varvaro builds on his success as a middle reliever for the Atlanta Braves. Aviles will provide infield support for the Cleveland Indians.

Zach Lutz (Kutztown Rockies) looks for increased playing time with the New York Mets while Sean Nolin (Peekskill Robins) and C.J. Riefenhauser (Peekskill Robins) hope to make the 25 man rosters of the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays respectively as left handed pitchers.

Mark Minicozzi (Delaware Valley Gulls) spent eight years in the minor leagues and independent ball before having a breakout season at Richmond in 2013. The infielder has landed a spot with the San Francisco Giants as a non-roster invitee. Other non-roster invitees include Chris Reed, Los Angeles Dodgers, Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks and Nick Tropeano, Houston Astros.

Nate Reed pitches team to Series
February 9, 2014

Former ACBL All-Star Nate Reed

Former ACBL All-Star Nate Reed (Kutztown Rockies, 2009) allowed only two runs in 5.1 innings as the Hermosillo Orange Growers defeated Navajoa to win the Mexican Pacific League and advance to the Caribbean World Series. On Saturday night Mexico won the Series by defeating Puerto Rico by a 7-1 score.

The 6-3 LHP was drafted in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox in 2009 and played in the ACBL after not signing. In 2010 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 40th round out of Kutztown University and advanced to High Desert of the California League in 2011. His career was revived with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League in 2013 where he posted a 2.87 ERA in 75 innings with 71 strikeouts and 32 base on balls. After the season he signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox and will report to spring training this month.


ACBL Players Earn D3 Honors
February 3, 2014
Kevin Becker-Menditto (Alvernia, Trenton, 2012), Brian Mauro (DeSales, Lehigh Valley, 2012) and Mike Weinhold (Alvernia, Quakertown, 2011-2013) were named to the 2014 D3baseball.com Preseason All-America team.

Becker-Menditto, a junior reliever, and Mauro, a senior first baseman, were selected to the First Team while Weinhold, a senior starter, gained Honorable Mention honors. Weinhold was a 2013 ACBL All-Star and topped the league with 59 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. In 2013 he broke the Alvernia single season strikeout record and placed fourth in D3 with 104 strikeouts.

Zayas shines on prospect lists
January 31, 2014
Gianni Zayas (North Jersey Eagles)Gianni Zayas (North Jersey Eagles) was ranked 7th on the Perfect Game list of the Top 200 JUCO Prospects. Zayas transfered to Seminole State in the fall from North Carolina State and reportedly has commited to Florida International for next season. The 6-2 RHP also ranked number 227 on the Perfect Game listing of the top 300 prospects for the 2014 MLB Draft. Heath Fillmyer (Trenton Generals) ranked 50th on the JUCO prospect list. The 6-1 RHP from Mercer County College was a 28th round selection of the Colorado Rockies in 2013 and is again on the Generals roster for 2014.

Josh Palacios (Staten Island Tide) ranks number 133 on the JUCO prospect list and is a freshman at San Jacinto College. Austin Solecitto, a 6-2 LHP at Howard College, notched the 45th slot on the PG JUCO prospect list and is on the North Jersey Eagles roster for the 2014 season.

(Credit to Perfect Game for info contained in this article)

Quakertown’s Brandon Martinez, Preseason All-American
January 25, 2014

Kutztown’s Brandon Martinez, who graduated from North Penn High School, was selected the Collegiate Baseball Division II Preseason All-America team

By: Kev Hunter, khunter@thereporteronline.com

As snow blanketed the area on Tuesday, forcing just about everyone indoors, Brandon Martinez could feel the anticipation building inside him.

"Getting kind of antsy," he said from his dorm room at Kutztown University. "I can't wait to get back out on the field."

In the midst of indoor January practices, Martinez and his Golden Bear teammates are looking forward to the sunshine.

"Our main goal is to make regionals," the outfielder said. "Everything is focused on working together as a team."

Martinez should once again be a vital piece to Kutztown success. He is playing the best baseball of his career and is beginning to gain national recognition.

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Kirshner and Martinez named to D-2 pre-season All-America teams
January 5, 2014
Kenny Kirshner (North Jersey Eagles, St. Thomas Aquinas)Brandon Martinez (Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown)
Kenny Kirshner (North Jersey Eagles, St. Thomas Aquinas) and Brandon Martinez (Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown) are among seven former ACBL players selected to the D-2 pre-season All-America teams. The list was prepared by the ABCA Division II All-America Baseball Committee and published in Collegiate Baseball. Kirshner and Martinez were ACBL All-Stars and were among the league leaders in several categories. Centerfielder Martinez hit .381 for second in the league while stealing 19 bases in 19 attempts. Kirshner played both the outfield and first base. His .356 average placed 4th while he stole 17 bases in 18 attempts.

Ryan Lubreski (East Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley), Ray Gambone (Quakertown, Wilmington), Mike Douglas (Allentown 2012, Shippensburg), Dylan Tice (Quakertown 2012, IUP) and Pat Kregoloh (Lehigh Valley 2011, Shippensburg) were also included on the lists.

Tice, a middle infielder, was selected MVP of the season and playoffs in the Futures League and ranked as the league's 12th top prospect by Perfect Game. Douglas, an outfielder was ranked as the 6th top prospect in the MINK League after hitting .350 with seven home runs. Kregoloh, a multi position player, was ranked the 25th prospect in the Prospect League.




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