2019 Diamond Notes

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Mayza to under go T-J surgery
September 14, 2019
Tim Mayza to undergo TJ Surgery
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) was removed from the Blue Jays game last night after injuring his arm. The diagnosis is a torn UCL and he will undergo T-J surgery.

Mayza was the key left handed reliever for the Blue Jays and made 68 appearances, 4th highest in the American League. He posted a 4.91 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 51 innings and opponent batters recorded a .230 average.

Blue Jay manager Charlie Montoyo summarized the team's feelings best when he said, "Everybody loves Timmy. He pitches, he doesn't complain. He pitches every day and he's got a smile every day."

McKenna success story continues
September 3, 2019

Brian McKenna (Post University, North Jersey Eagles, 2013-14) transitioned from a catcher to pitcher over the last four years while playing Independent League baseball. He put up big numbers with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League and was signed as a free agent by the Miami Marlins in July. He then made six appearances for Jupiter, the Marlins’ High A team in the Florida State League where he posted two holds and finished three games with a 0.96 ERA. In 9.1 innings he struck out 12 with only one walk and a 0.75 WHIP.

Two former ACBL pitchers had good starts to their pro careers after pitching a lot of innings this spring in college.

Nick Snyder (West Virginia, Trenton Generals, 2017-18), an 11th round draft pick of the Arizona D-backs, did not allow an earned run in 16 innings for the Hillsboro Hops of the short season Northwest League. The 6-6 LHP struck out 27 with a 0.69 WHIP.

Chris Kachmar (Lipscomb, Quakertown Blazers, 2016-17), a 28th round selection of the Chicago Cubs, posted a 4-0 record for the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League with a 1.56 ERA in seventeen innings with 24 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP.

Melfi and Driscoll dominate post season awards
August 20, 2019

David Melfi (Wagner, New York Phenoms) and Francis Driscoll (Colby, Allentown Railers) earned the bulk of the post season awards for their outstanding performances.

Melfi was selected for the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and also won the Hitting Award with a league leading .406 average and the Slugging Award with a league best .667 slugging percentage. Melfi will be a freshman at Wagner in the fall and he mostly caught for the Phenoms this summer, but did DH and play the outfield at times.

RHP Francis Driscoll (Colby, Allentown Railers) will receive the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award. He had the league’s lowest ERA at 1.20 in thirteen appearances over 30 innings during the regular season. He struck out 49 with only nine walks while posting five saves. He will share the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award with Michael DeLeon Torres (PSU-Harrisburg, Allentown Railers) who also posted five saves.

Allentown Railers win ACBL championship
August 6, 2019

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship

The Allentown Railers won their fourth ACBL title in the past five years as they defeated the North Jersey Eagles 9-3 on Tuesday evening at Overpeck Park.

A solo home run by John Mead (Franklin Pierce) gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Railers put together four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 edge which they added to through nine innings.

Eddie Olsen (Moravian) allowed one run over 4.1 innings and reliever Francis Driscoll (Colby) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings for the win.

Ian Csencsits (Moravian) added three hits for the Railers while Thylar Summarell (Stephen F. Austin) hit a long two run home run to deep right in the eighth inning to give the Railers runs number eight and nine.

Andy Axelson (Rutgers) had three hits for the Eagles.

2019 ACBL Champion to be Crowned Tuesday Night
August 5, 2019

The Allentown Railers and North Jersey Eagles split the opening round doubleheader at ECTB Stadium on Monday night. The championship game of the best-of-three series will be played at Overpeck Park on Tuesday night at 7pm. The Railers won the opener 14-4 and the Eagles bounced back for a 8-1 win in the nightcap.

Sebastian Williamson (Rider), Jake Shuster (Marywood) and Tommy Dunleavy (East Stroudsburg) each had three hits to pace the Railers’ 17 hit attack. Dunleavy posted five RBIs and Bret Williams (PSU-Harrisburg) added three RBIs.

Nicholas McAuliffe ( Kutztown) received the win after allowing three earned runs over 8.2 innings.

The Eagles dominated the second game behind the pitching of Parker Scott (Rutgers) who allowed only one run over seven innings, a solo home run by Thyler Summarell (Stephen F. Austin).

Luke McDonald (Tampa) and Andrew Axelson (Rutgers) topped the Eagles offense with each having three hits including a home run.

Allentown and North Jersey advance to champioship round
August 4, 2019

The Wolff Division winners, the Allentown Railers and the Kaiser Division winners, the North Jersey Eagles, both swept doubleheaders on Saturday to advance to the championship series.

Allentown used a 21 hit attack to defeat Trenton 14-6 in the first game. Dominic Coombe (St. John’s) allowed two earned runs over 6.2 innings for the win.

Waldy Arias (Campbell) and Ian Csencsits (Moravian) each had four hits for the Railers. Greg Gasparro (UNC Asheville) had three hits while Pete Vaccaro (Evansville) added three RBIs including a two run home run for the Generals.

The Railers won the second game 10-7 in eleven innings as Sebastian Williams (Rider) and Drew Hefner (University of Charleston) each posted two hits and three RBIs. Gasparro had two hits and two RBIs for the Generals.

The Eagles defeated the Ocean Ospreys 7-3 in the opener as Alex Mack (STAC) allowed only one earned run over six innings and Jack Brodsky (Emory) picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief.

North Jersey won the second game 4-1 as Tom Pinto (Sacred Heart) tossed eight innings of shutout baseball.

Luke McDonald (Tampa) topped the offense with four hits and two RBI.

Brian McKenna signs with Marlins
July 26, 2019

Brian McKenna (Post University, North Jersey Eagles, 2013-14) is a good example of someone persevering in Indy Ball to get a contract with a Major League team.

McKenna caught for the Eagles in 2013 and 2014 and signed to play Independent baseball after graduating from Post University in 2015. Over the next four years he transitioned from catcher to pitcher and put it all together for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League this year. In 22.1 innings of relief he struck out 34 with no walks and a 0.80 WHIP and 3.63 ERA. Reportedly he touched 99 MPH in the All Star game and was signed by the Miami Marlins on July 19 and will report to their Short Season A affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs.

In other news, second baseman Alec Craig (Chesnut Hill, South Jersey Giants) signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins and is playing in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

Chris Kachmar (Lipscomb, Quakertown Blazers, 2016-17), one of fifteen former ACBL players drafted in June, is off to a good start with the Eugene Emeralds, the Short Season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The 6-3 RHP has a 4-0 record with a 0.96 ERA.

Another draft pick, Shayne Fontana (Lynn, Allentown Railers, 2018, Jersey Pilots, 2017) was promoted to Aberdeen, Short Season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, after hitting .326 in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

2019 All-Star Game Photos Available
July 12, 2019

Photo’s from the 2019 ACBL vs NYCBL All Star Game are available to view and purchase from our ASG photographer Mike Mazza of CineMaz-Productions.

You can also follow him @CineMaz7 on Instagram and Twitter.

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NYCBL All-Stars defeat ACBL All-Stars
July 9, 2019

The New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars utilized solid pitching and a good defense to defeat the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars 3-0 at Yogi Berra Stadium on Tuesday evening in front of 24 Major League scouts and 300 fans.

The ACBL could only muster four hits against eleven different pitchers in the nine inning affair.

ACBL announces the 2019 All-Star team
July 3, 2019

The ACBL has released the players selected for the All-Star team that will host the NYCBL All-Stars on Monday July 8 at 7pm in Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the New Jersey Jackals.

Each team has three or four players represented. Chris Ray, Field Manager of the Quakertown Blazers who won the 2018 ACBL championship, will manage the All-Star team.

Click this link to view the 2019 ACBL All-Stars.


Levi Stoudt Drafted in Third Round by Seattle
June 5, 2019

Levi Stoudt selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the recent MLB Draft

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), the top ACBL prospect in 2017, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the recent MLB Draft.

RHP Connor Lehman (St.Louis, Jersey Pilots, 2015) and SS Anthony Prato (UConn, Staten Island Tide, 2016) were both selected in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins respectively.

SS Mike Salvatore (Florida State, Trenton Generals, 2015) was a ninth round selection of the Seattle Mariners while LHP Nick Snyder (West Virginia, South Jersey Giants, 2017, Trenton Generals, 2018 ) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round.

A list of former ACBL players selected in the recent draft is below.

ROUND TEAM PLAYER COLLEGE, ACBL TEAM(s)
3 Seattle RHP Levi Stoudt Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017
7 San Diego RHP Connor Lehman St. Louis, Jersey Pilots, 2015
7 Minnesota SS Anthony Prato UCONN, Staten Island Tide, 2016
9 Seattle SS Mike Salvatore Florida State, Trenton Generals, 2015
11 Arizona LHP Nick Snyder West Virginia, South Jersey Giants,2017, Trenton Generals, 2018
22 Boston 1B Dom D'Alessandro  George Washington, South Jersey Giants ,2017
23 Baltimore OF Shayne Fontana Lynn, Jersey Pilots, 2017, Allentown Railers, 2018
25 Seattle LHP Dan Wirchansky Pace, North Jersey Eagles, 2016
28 Chicago Cubs RHP Chris Kachmar Lipscomb, Quakerown Blazers, 2016, 2017
29 LA Angels OF Matt Woods Rowan,  South Jersey Giants, 2017
29 Arizona RHP Tyler Poulin Quinnipiac, Jersey Pilots, 2016
32 San Diego RHP Jason Reynolds Lehigh, South Jersey Giants, 2017
34 Kansas City LHP Justin Fall Brookdale CC, Ocean Gulls, 2018
34 NY Mets OF Ryan Shinn Kentucky, Trenton Generals, 2015
36 Toronto C Scotty Bradley Indiana, Trenton Generals, 2017

Gulls Split Doubleheader With Generals in 2019 Opener
June 1, 2019

By Matt Nelson | Ocean Gulls

The Ocean Gulls opened the 2019 season with a split of the Trenton Generals, taking the opener 9-7, and falling in the nightcap 4-0 in 12 innings at the Antrim Elementary School on Saturday.

The birds took a 2-0 in the bottom of the second in the opener on an RBI double by Joshua Jackson. Following a fielder’s choice by Blaise Panzini, Jackson scored on a wild pitch by the Generals starting pitcher.

Trenton tied the game with a run in the top of the third, a run in the top of the fourth and poured five runs on the board in the top of the fifth before Ocean mounted an impressive comeback in the bottom of the fifth.

After a wild pitch by Trenton’s bullpen, Craig Larsen hit a two-run double to make it a three-run game. After Bill Feehan drew a walk, Zachary Joe picked up a two-run single to make it a 7-6 deficit. Michael Belka struck out, but advanced to third on a dropped third strike. Panzini put the finishing touches on the comeback with a three-run double.

Garinder Singh-Sarana pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to go along with a walk and four strikeouts to earn the win. He also went 1-2 at the plate, picking up his first hit since he was a freshman in high school.

Game 2 didn’t provide many hits for the Gulls, despite a two-out first-inning double by Larsen. The Generals scored four runs in the top of the twelfth to earn the split. Kyle Roche, Will Kramer, Michael Centeno, and Panzini combined for no runs on four hits, six walks and 9 strikeouts over the first nine innings.v The Gulls are scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, June 4, as they take on the Ocean Osprey at Wall Municipal Stadium in a nine-inning game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.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.

Trivino and Mayza look to build on 2018 success
March 28, 2019

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers,2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) had successful seasons in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays respectively. Trivino posted a 8-3 record with four saves and 24 holds in 71 games with the A’s. In 76 innings he struck out 86 with a 1.12 WHIP and tossed three shutout innings against the New York Yankees in a wild card American League playoff game.

Mayza had a 2-0 record for the Blue Jays with a 3.28 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He did not allow a run in his last 18 appearances of 2018 as a left handed relief specialist.

RHP Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide, 2013-14) will be the third former PSAC/ACBL pitcher to have a reliever role in the American League for the 2019 season. Festa spent most of 2018 at the AA level, but did post a 2.16 ERA in eight appearances for the Seattle Mariners in 2018.

ACBL to host NYCBL All Stars at Yogi Berra Stadium
January 31, 2019

ACBL to Host NYCBL in 2019 All-Star game

On Monday July 8, 2019 the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All Stars will host the New York Collegiate League All Stars at Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the New Jersey Jackals in Little Falls, New Jersey. Home team batting practice will begin at 4:30pm with first pitch at 7:00pm.

The ACBL and NYCBL are both members of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB). The leagues are among the oldest and most respected summer collegiate wooden bat leagues in the country. The ACBL began in 1967 followed by the NYCBL in 1978.

In 2018 the NYBCL All Stars edged the ACBL All Stars 7-6 in a thrilling contest at Onondaga CC.

Stay up to date with information on both leagues by visiting www.acbl-online.com or www.NYCBL.com.




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2019 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

 WLTPCT
Allentown221110.662
Trenton201620.553
Quakertown172210.438
Jersey142010.414

Kaiser Division

 WLTPCT
North Jersey211600.568
New York171400.548
Ocean Ospreys181700.514
Ocean Gulls92210.297

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