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2017 Diamond Notes

Amaro’s Monster Day Leads Eagles Slugfest
June 21, 2017

Luis Amaro has a day

By Nick Pereira | North Jersey Eagles

OVERPECK PARK — In the second meeting of the season between the North Jersey Eagles and the Jersey Pilots, it was the Eagles prevailing again to move to 5-3-1 on the young season.

After the Pilots got one on the board in the top half of the first, the Eagles came up to bat. After a leadoff walk to Shane Woelfel, slugger Luis Amaro crushed a pitch into deep right center field for his 3rd home run of the season and giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

In his next at bat in the 2nd inning, he had 2 runners on and he sent this ball even further for a 3 run shot. In his first 2 at bats, Amaro had 2 home runs and 5 RBIs, just after 2 innings of play.

He wasn’t done just yet.

In the top of the 3rd with the eagles up 5-2, starter Alex Mack continued to struggle with his control as he gave up a single to Eddie Lehr to make it 5-3. An error by DeFrancesco allowed a couple more runners to score and the Eagles early lead was gone, and Mack’s day was done as well.

We go to the bottom of the 4th for Amaro’s third at bat and he was up with the bases loaded and nobody out. He sent a pitch to the opposite field corner clearing the bases and putting the Eagles up 8-5.

Amaro was 3-3 with a 2-run HR, 3-run HR, and 3-run double good for a career high 8 RBI’s and only through 4 innings of play.

Next batter was Brian Kelly who sent a ball out to the deepest part of the park in center field scoring Amaro making it 10-5 Eagles as Alexander Hladik’s day was done allowing 10 runs, 7ER in 3.1 innings pitched.

Neither starter had good stuff as it became a bullpen game early. Jason Salva got the win for the Eagles, his first of the year after pitching 2.1 shutout innings striking out 4 Pilots. He came in with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the top of the 5th and got the Eagles out of trouble.

After Blake Espinal gave up 3 runs while only recording 1 out cutting the Eagle lead to only 3, the Eagles brought in their closer Corey Sawyer who shut the door with 1.2 innings of shutout baseball striking out 4 guys recording the save.

The Eagles got their first win of the year at Overpeck Park and have a doubleheader this weekend at FDU against the South Jersey Giants who currently sit a ½ game ahead of the Eagles at 7-4 good for second place in the ACBL. Meanwhile the Pilots fall to 3-9 currently in the basement of the ACBL will face the Staten Island Tide tomorrow night at Drew University.

Latcham and Balestrieri sign with Cardinals
June 19, 2017

RHP Will Latcham (Coastal Carolina, Allentown Railers, 2015) and RHP Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals, 2014) signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after being selected in the recent MLB Draft.

Latcham was the ace at Cumberland County prior to transferring to Coastal Carolina for his junior year. Latcham went in the 17th round while Balestrieri was selected in the 26th round.

Other Trenton General players drafted included RHP Ron Marinaccio (Delaware, Trenton Generals, 2017), RHP Vincenzo Aiello (Oklahoma, Trenton Generals, 2013) and LHP Harrison Rutkowski (Woodbridge HS, Trenton Generals, 2017).

Marinaccio was selected in the 19th round by the New York Yankees while Aiello went to the Florida Marlins in the 28th round. Rutkowski was selected in the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds.

3B Davis Schneider (Eastern Regional HS, South Jersey Giants, 2017) was also selected in the 28th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Both Rutkowski and Schneider are Rutgers recruits. Schneider was hitting .357 for the Giants prior to the draft.

Big Day for Tyler Benson
June 16, 2017
Tyler Benson Drafted by San Diego Padres
By Drew Casey | North Jersey Eagles

In baseball, sometimes you just never know.

Just ask Tyler Benson after the former Eagle was chosen in the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday June 14th.

Chosen in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres, Benson was a member of both the 2015 and 2016 Eagles ACBL squads.

After missing nearly the entire 2015 Eagles season with injury and playing in only four games, the Bloomsburg University standout returned to the Eagles last summer. In his first full campaign with North Jersey’s College Team, the outfielder batted .299, while leading the club in doubles (13) and stolen bases (25).

Coupled with his speed and defensive talents, Benson was chosen as a 2016 Kaiser Division All Star. In just two plate appearances in front of a score of Major League scouts, the Montville, N.J. native knocked a single, scored a run, walked and stole a base at Palisades Credit Union Park.

Benson’s possible destinations in the Padres minor league system if choosing to begin his professional career, include the AZL Padres (A, Rookie; Peoria, Ariz.) and Tri-City Dust Devils (A, Short Season; Pasco, Wash.), among others.

The Eagles would like to congratulate Tyler and wish him the best of luck!

Lopez drafted in 13th round by the Indians
June 14, 2017
Angel Lopez drafted by Cleveland, 13th Round
Catcher Angel Lopez (Northampton CC, Quakertown Blazers, 2016, Allentown Railers, 2017) was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Lopez was an ACBL All-Star for the Blazers in 2016 and played briefly for the Railers before the draft.

At Northampton this spring he hit .411 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI as the Spartans advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series. For two years in a row he was the EPAC Player of the Year and a First Team All Region selection.

Cinnella Inducted into Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame
June 7, 2017

Doug Cinnella, the assistant commissioner of the ACBL and coach for the North Jersey Eagles, was recently inducted into the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame. Cinnella recorded 24 wins while striking out 210 and throwing 11 complete games in his four year career with the Pirates. He also pitched for the Teaneck Teamsters in the ACBL while attending Seton Hall.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the regular 1986 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles and had a successful pro career which included back-to-back no-hitters in his first two starts in the New York Penn League. In 1995 he was in major league spring training with the New York Yankees.

He is the Founder and President/CEO of Professional Baseball Instruction in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Curry, Cirillo and Sides named D-3 All-Americans
May 28, 2017

RHP Matt Curry (TCNJ, Trenton Generals, 2017), RHP Joe Cirillo (TCNJ, North Jersey Eagles, 2016-17) and Shortstop Nate Sides (Alvernia, Quakertown Blazers, 2017) were named to the ABCA/Rawlings D-3 All-American teams. Curry was a First Team selection while Cirillo and Sides were on the Second Team.

Curry posted a 9-0 record without starting a single game and notched seven saves to go along with a 0.82 ERA. Cirillo posted a 5-1 record in 85 innings. His 1.48 ERA ranked 11th nationally and his 0.97 WHIP was 32nd best in D-3. Sides topped D-3 nationally with 84 hits and his .433 average placed him 20th best in D-3.

ACBL Players Gather Patriot League Honors
May 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACBL Players Top NJAC Conference Selections
May 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Rothmund and Beinlich among home run leaders
April 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

Casey Lawrence makes MLB debut
April 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Turner on Reds' Opening Day Roster
March 30, 2017

Stuart Turner Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comStuart Turner on Reds' Opening Day Roster, Photo Courtesy of

Catcher Stuart Turner (Mississippi, Southampton Breakers), a Rule 5 pick from the Minnesota Twins, is among seven rookies on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster, the most rookies on an Opening Day roster since the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Turner, a third round pick of the Twins in the 2013 draft, was hitting .382 this spring with a .647 slugging percentage which included two doubles, two triples and a home run in 34 at bats in 22 games.

Turner will become the 102nd former ACBL player to play in the Major Leagues.

Welhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory
February 18, 2017

Robbie Welhaf Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie PhotographyWelhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory, Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie Photography

Robbie Welhaf (Elon, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) put up an outstanding performance to start the 2017 season. The 2016 ACBL All-Star only faced 28 batters as he no hit Longwood in a 7-0 win for the Phoenix. In nine innings he struck out eight with one walk and a hit batter. The senior RHP threw 100 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Another former ACBL All-Star, Karl Blum (Duke, Trenton Generals, 2015-16), also had an outstanding 2017 debut as the Blue Devils lost to #8 Oregon State 6-3 on Friday. The 6-5, 230 lb. senior allowed only an infield single in four scoreless innings of relief.

Mayza invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
January 24, 2017
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
LHP Tim Mayza has been assigned to the Toronto Blue Jays major league training site as non-roster invitee. Mayza posted a 2-0 record with four saves and a 1.66 ERA at Dunedin (Toronto, High A) and followed this with a successful season the the Arizona Fall League where his fastball topped out at 97 MPH. Mayza is one of four former PSAC and Blazer players who excelled in the minors last season.

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) had a 2.45 ERA with a save at Midland (Oakland A's, AA) after being promoted from Stockton.

Infielder Dylan Tice (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers) moved up three levels and finished at West Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals, High A) with a .288 average.

RHP Jim McDade (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) posted a 5-1 record with a 1.59 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in the Arizona Rookie League for the San Diego Padres.

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins
January 13, 2017

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Vogelsong, 39, has 12 seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Pirates and this will be his first entry in the American League as he contends for a spot in the starting rotation. Vogey was an All-Star in 2011 and won World Series titles with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.

Former ACBL players Zac Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead Tomcats) will join Vogelsong at the Twins Major League Spring Training camp in Fort Myers.

Granite, a speedy centerfielder, was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year after putting up big numbers at AA Chattanooga which included 55 stolen bases.

Slegers, a 6-10 RHP, went 10-7 at Chattanooga with a 3.41 ERA in 145 innings.

Jersey Pilots Welcome Zachary Dreher as Field Manager
January 4, 2017
Jersey Pilots announce Zac Dreher as 2017 Field Manager
By Mike Kalb | Jersey Pilots General Manager

The Jersey Pilots are pleased to announce that Zachary Dreher will take over as field manager of the team in the 2017 season. Zachary (Zac) is assistant baseball coach at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut since 2015 and coached at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Zac also has experience as a head coach in Naugatuck Post 17 American Legion Baseball. He is a mathematics teacher in Newtown Public Schools in Newtown Connecticut. As a college player he attended Elms College and lettered as a catcher from 2011 to 2014. He was captain of the squad in 2014 and achieved All-Conference status in 2013 to 2014. While at Elms, Zac earned his BA in Secondary Education/Mathematics, with a minor in Coaching in 2014. He is completing his MS in Sports Management, with a Certificate in Athletic Administration, at Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett New Hampshire.

Please join the Pilots in welcoming Zac to the ACBL. He plans to lead the team to a successful season and turn out to be an asset to our league.

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