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2018 Diamond Notes

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Five Run Inning Propels Gulls over Generals
June 21, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

The Ocean Gulls picked up their second win of the 2018 campaign, with their largest margin of victory, 9-2, over the Trenton Generals at Wall Municipal Stadium Thursday night.

The Gulls, who are usually the home team when playing at Wall, were the away team.

Ocean scored the game's first run in the top of the first on an RBI groundout by Brian Markoski. Two innings later, William Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0.

Thomas Holdorf scored on a wild pitch by Trenton’s relief pitcher before Markoski picked up his second RBI of the game with an RBI groundout to give the Gulls a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth.

The Generals got a run back in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to cut the deficit to 4-1. It was Trenton’s first hit of the game. Two innings later, the Gulls blew the game wide open.

Marc Chernin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The ensuing batter, Kevin Blum reached on an infield error to score the Craig Larsen from third. Back-to-back RBI singles by Johnson and Ben Montenegro gave Ocean an 8-2 lead. An RBI groundout by Justin Bates gave the Gulls a 9-2 advantage.

Another home run by the Generals in the bottom of the eighth wasn’t enough to begin a rally.

Michael Saldo didn’t allow a hit while walking three batters and striking out eight in four innings pitched.

The Gulls are scheduled to return to action on Saturday, Jun 23, as they take on the North Jersey Eagles in a doubleheader at the Antrim Elementary School. First pitch is set for 11:30 A.M.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at the Antrim Elementary School and Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, and Wall Municipal Stadium in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acbl-online.com.

Royals recall Fillmyer from Omaha
June 19, 2018

Heath Fillmyer Photo Courtesy of MLB.comHeath Fillmyer gets the call, Photo Courtesy of MLB.com

RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County College, Trenton Generals, 2013) will be the second former ACBL player to make a Major League debut this year after being recalled by the Kansas City Royals.

Fillmyer was a 5th round selection of the Oakland A’s in the 2014 MLB Draft. Fillmyer started 13 games at AAA Omaha with a 4-5 record and 5.75 ERA in 67 innings this year after being traded to the Royals.

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) made his MLB debut in April and has a 1.69 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the A’s. He has a 3-1 record with one save and eight holds.

D'Andrea and Welhaf sign Free Agent contracts
June 17, 2018

LHP Jerry D’Andrea (Ramapo, Staten Island Tide, 2016-17) and RHP Robbie Welhaf (Elon, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) have signed free agent contracts with the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers respectively.

D’Andrea posted a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts for Ramapo while striking out 86 in 81 innings. He had a 5-4 record with three complete games.

Welhaf made 24 relief appearances for Elon with a 2.25 ERA and team-best six saves. He struck out 61 in 56 innings and held opponents to a .213 average.

OF Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2016) signed with the San Francisco Giants. Edgette placed third in D-2 with a .439 batting average and fourth with a .530 On Base Percentage. He stole 24 bases in 25 attempts and was a 33rd round selection of the Giants in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Railers Sweep Gulls
June 16, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

The Ocean Gulls were swept by the three-time defending Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League champion Allentown Railers by final scores of 5-2 and 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Antrim Elementary School.

Allentown scored a run in the top of the fourth and two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth. Andrew Holmes reached on an infield error and advanced to second to lead off the frame. Two batters later, Ben Montenegro’s RBI single put the Gulls on the board. After Johnny Zega drew a five-pitch walk, Kendall Pierson scored on a double-steal attempt to make it a 3-2 contest, while Zega was caught stealing.

The Railers added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to preserve the Game 1 victory.

Dylan Taliafero held the Railers to no runs on no hits, while walking one batter and striking out four in the first three innings.

Allentown scored two runs in the top of the first and one run in the top of the second to begin the nightcap. Ocean’s offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth.

After three consecutive walks by James Donlan, William Johnson and Andrew Holmes, a wild pitch by the Railers’ starting pitcher, and a fielder’s choice by Steve Santigate, Thomas Holdorf drove home the Gulls’ first run of the game with an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk by Craig Larsen cut the deficit to 3-2, but it was all the Gulls could muster.

Ocean’s bullpen held the Railers to no runs on two hits, three walks and four strikeouts in the final five innings.

The Gulls are scheduled to play the Trenton Generals on Thursday, June 21 at Wall Municipal Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 P.M. and the Gulls will play as the away team.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at the Antrm Elementary School and Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and Wall Municipal Stadium in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acbl-online.com.

Generals Pull Away Late for 7-3 Win
June 14, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

Despite a back-and forth game that took place in the middle innings, the Ocean Gulls fell to the Trenton Generals 7-3 at Wall Municipal Stadium Thursday night.

The Gulls struck first on a double-steal attempt in the bottom of the fourth when Brian Markoski stole home while teammate James Donlan was caught on his way back to first after he tried to steal second base.

Trenton tied the game, 1-1, with an RBI single in the top of the fifth. The ensuing frame, Johnny Zega gave the Gulls a 2-1 lead with an RBI single of his own in the bottom of the fifth.

The Generals tied the game on an RBI groundout in the top of the sixth and took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the seventh. Ocean got a run back on an infield error in the bottom of the eighth, but the Generals added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

Nick Marotta struck out five batters while allowing no runs on four hits in four innings as the starter for Ocean.

The Gulls are scheduled to play host to the Allentown Railers on Saturday, June 16 at Point Pleasant High School (Antrim School). Game 1 is set for 11:30 A.M.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Point Pleasant High School and Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and Wall Municipal Stadium in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acbl-online.com.

Matt Leon signs with LA Angels
June 13, 2018

RHP Matt Leon (Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015) has signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Leon was an ACBL All-Star in 2015 after he made the Seton Hall team as a freshman walk-on. This year he was an unanimous selection for the All-Big East first team after breaking the Pirates’ single season record with 12 saves while posting a team low 1.17 ERA in 30.2 innings.

Leon will be the sixth former ACBL pitcher to either sign as a free agent or be selected in the recent 2018 MLB Draft.

Former ACBL pitchers selected in the recent draft:

LHP Joe Baran (Lackawanna, Allentown Railers), Seattle Mariners, Round 22
RHP Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg, Allentown Railers), San Diego Padres, Round 27
LHP Joe Jacques (Manhattan, Trenton Generals), Pittsburgh Pirates, Round 33
RHP Cory Heitler (Ramapo, North Jersey Eagles), Cincinnati Reds, Round 34
RHP Andrew Ciolli (Mercyhurst, Jersey Pilots), Baltimore Orioles, Round 37

Gulls and Blazers split a Doubleheader
June 9, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

Last weekend, the Ocean Gulls’ home opener was postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. The very next day, they were swept by the Jersey Pilots.

Saturday was a different story for the Jersey Shore’s summer collegiate baseball team as they split their home opener with the Quakertown Blazers, losing Game 1 1-0, and picking up their first win of the season 4-2, in the nightcap.

The games were moved from Point Pleasant High School to Point Pleasant Borough High School due to pesticide spraying.

Michael Saldo and Jonathan Martin combined for two hits, on one run, one walk and eight strikeouts in four innings pitched. The Blazers scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.

After trailing 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Gulls put up a four-spot in Game 2. Following a leadoff walk by William Johnson and back-to-back singles by Thomas Holdorf and Easton Brown, Brian Markowski hit a two-run single to tie the game 2-2. Marc Chernin followed through with a pinch-hit two-run single to give Ocean the lead for good.

The Gulls are scheduled to play host to the Trenton Generals on Thursday, June 14 at the Wall Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 6:30 P.M.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Point Pleasant High School and Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and Wall Sports Complex in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acbl-online.com.

Balestrieri spins no-hitter
June 8, 2018

Paul Balestrieri Photo Courtesy of Allison Rhoades | Peoria ChiefsPaul Balestrieri ​throws a pitch for the Peoria Chiefs, the Cardinals' Class A affiliate. Balestrieri threw a no-hitter Thursday, Photo Courtesy of Allison Rhoades | Peoria Chiefs

RHP Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals, 2014) tossed a no-hitter for the Peoria Chiefs as they defeated Kane County 8-0 on Thursday. He only allowed one baserunner on a first inning error.

Balestrieri was a 26th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2017 MLB draft and Peoria is the Cardinals A level affiliate in the Midwest League.

Will Latchem (Coastal Carolina, Allentown Railers, 2015) was also drafted by the Cardinals in the 2017 MLB Draft as a 17th rounder. He currently leads the Florida State League in games finished with 17 and also has eight saves which places him a save below the league leader.

He is pitching for the Palm Beach Cardinals, the advanced A affiliate of the Cardinals.

Gulls Lose a Pair to Pilots
June 3, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

The Ocean Gulls fell to the Jersey Pilots, 2-1 in extras, and 6-1 in a season-opening doubleheader at Drew University.

Game 1 saw the Gulls score their only run in the top of the eighth on an error by the Pilot’s shortstop. Jersey came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Kevin Blum (1-3, BB), Johnny Zega (1-4, R), and Thomas Holdorf (1-4) provided Ocean with the team’s first hits of the season.

Holdorf provided the Gulls with their only run in the night cap on a wild pitch in the top of the second.

The Gulls are scheduled to play their home opener on Saturday, June 9, against the Quakertown Blazers in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 11:30 A.M. at Point Pleasant Borough High School.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant, NJ and Wall Sports Complex in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acblonline.com.

Gulls and Railers Postponed
June 2, 2018

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

The Gulls will have to wait another day to begin the 2018 season as their doubleheader with the Allentown Railers on Saturday has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.

The games will be made up at a date TBD.

The Gulls will hit the road on Sunday, June 3, to take on the Jersey Pilots at Drew University in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 P.M.

The Ocean Gulls, proud members of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Point Pleasant High School (Antrim School) in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and Wall Sports Complex in Wall, NJ. Follow the Gulls on Twitter @OceanGulls and visit them online at www.acbl-online.com.

Melone tops D-2 in hitting
May 7, 2018

Jared Melone Photo Courtesy of West Chester University AthleticsJared Melone tops D-2 in hitting, Photo Courtesy of West Chester University Athletics

Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers, 2016; Allentown Railers, 2017) is the leading hitter in NCAA Division II with a .482 average through games of May 6, 2018.

The junior 1B/LF is 79 for 164 with 15 doubles, ten home runs and 67 RBIs in 44 games. West Chester won the PSAC East and enters the PSAC Tournament on Thursday in Johnstown.

Outfielder Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2016) placed third in hitting with a .457 average and second in On Base Percentage with a .547 OBP.

Middle infielder Alec Craig (Chesnut Hill, South Jersey Giants 2017) topped D-2 in stolen bases per game with 47 SBs in 44 games. Michael Rothmund (Illinois-Springfield, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was second with 72 RBIS. The senior first baseman was third with 21 home runs and total bases with 154.

LHP Dan Wirchansky (Pace, North Jersey Eagles, 2016) tops NCAA Division II with a 0.71 ERA and 0.57 WHIP over 51 innings in six appearances.

Trivino's MLB debut followed by a win
April 19, 2018

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) began his MLB career with a hectic, but enjoyable 24 hours in Oakland.

Trivino learned of his promotion at a Des Moines, Iowa pizza restaurant late Monday night. On Tuesday evening he made his MLB debut with a scoreless ninth inning as the Oakland A’s defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2.

On Wednesday afternoon the A’s and White Sox were involved in a 14 inning marathon affair. Trivino tossed three scoreless innings, the 12th, 13th and 14th. Matt Olsen’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th gave the A’s a 12-11 victory and Trivino picked up his first MLB win.

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) recorded a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday evening as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 15-5.

Trivino called up by the Oakland A's
April 17, 2018

Lou Trivino Photo Courtesy of MLB.comLou Trivino get the call, Photo Courtesy of MLB.com

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) was called up by the Oakland A’s from the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday.

The 6-5 RHP had a save in three appearances with Nashville and retired all 13 batters he faced, eight by strikeouts.

The former ACBL All-Star joins former Blazer teammate and current Toronto Blue Jay reliever Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) in the American League and will be the 109th former ACBL player to reach the Major Leagues.

In other MLB transactions RHP Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor, 2011) and LHP Donnie Hart (Texas State, Westhampton, 2010) were recalled to the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles respectively on April 13.

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown, 2008-09) was optioned to Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on April 14. Hart was optioned back to Norfolk on April 15 after not allowing an earned run in two relief appearances for the O’s.

Tropeano is outstanding in return to Angels
April 13, 2018

Nick Tropeano Photo Courtesy of Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Nick Tropeano returns from Tommy John Surgery

RHP Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) made his first MLB start since July 18, 2016 a big one as he tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-1 Los Angeles Angels win over the Kansas City Royals.

The former ACBL All-Star struck out six with two walks and threw 88 pitches. Tropeano underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

The Angels are off to their best start since 1979 with five straight wins and a 11-3 record.

Blue Jays recall Mayza from Buffalo
April 11, 2018

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) was recalled to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Mayza posted a 1.69 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in ten relief appearances in spring training.

Several former ACBL players are off to good starts in the Major Leagues.

RHP Zack Godley (Tennessee, Southampton) has allowed only one run in two starts with 2-0 record for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings.

D-Back teammate SS Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) is hitting .321 with eight RBIs.

LHP Chris O’Grady (George Mason, North Jersey Eagles) has six relief appearances for the Miami Marlins with a 1.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.

Former ACBL players report for spring training
February 15, 2018

Twenty former ACBL players are reporting to Major League spring training sites this week in preparation for the 2018 season. The following list includes players on the 40-man roster and non-roster invitees (NRI).

Angels, Nick Tropeano, RHP
A’s, Lou Trivino, RHP
Blue Jays, Tim Mayza, LHP
Diamondbacks, Zack Godley, RHP
Diamondbacks, Nick Ahmed,SS
Marlins, Chris O’Grady, LHP
Mariners, NRI, Matt Festa, RHP
Mariners, NRI, Casey Lawrence,RHP
Orioles, Donnie Hart, LHP
Padres, NRI, Kyle Lloyd, RHP
Reds, Stuart Turner,C
Rockies, Jordan Patterson,1B
Royals, Heath Fillmyer,RHP
Royals, Kevin McCarthy, RHP
Royals, NRI, Frank Schwindel, 1B
Royals, NRI, Nick Dini, C
Twins, Zack Granite, OF
Twins, Aaron Slegers, RHP
White Sox, NRI, Seby Zavala, C
Yankees, NRI, Cody Carroll, RHP




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2018 ACBL Standings

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Allentown7200.778
Trenton5400.556
North Jersey6500.545
Jersey7600.538
Quakertown4800.333
Ocean2600.250

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