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Kaiser All Stars edge Wolff All Stars
July 17, 2017

The Kaiser All Stars were down 4-0 in the fourth inning but rallied with two runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to gain a 5-4 victory over the Wolff All Stars at Quakertown on Monday evening.

Tyler McAvoy (Seton Hall, North Jersey Eagles) lead the winners with a double and triple. Colby Smith (Elizabethtown, Jersey Pilots) chipped in with two hits.

Tom Ambrosino (Adelphi, Staten Island Tide) recorded the win while Jason Salva (Caldwell, North Jersey Eagles) posted the save.

Jared Melone (West Chester, Allentown Railers) topped the Wolff offense with two doubles while Carmen Scalfani (Rutgers, Trenton Generals) added two singles.

O'Grady gets win in MLB debut
July 10, 2017

Chris O'Grady Photo Courtesy of Miami Marlins Organization
Chris O'Grady Photo Courtesy of Miami Marlins Organization
LHP Chris O'Grady (George Mason, North Jersey Eagles, 2009) was recalled from New Orleans by the Miami Marlins and received the win as the Marlins edged the San Francisco Giants on Sunday 5-4.

O'Grady allowed two earned runs over 5.1 innings. He was a 10th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels in the 2012 MLB draft.

He is the second former ACBL player to make a MLB debut this past weekend as Zack Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide, 2011) pinch hit for the Twins on Saturday and started in the outfield on Sunday.

Zack Granite makes MLB debut
July 8, 2017

Zack Granite Photo Courtesy of Minnesota Twins Organization
Zack Granite Photo Courtesy of Minnesota Twins Organization
Zack Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide, 2011) made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins when he flied out as a pinch hitter in the Twins 5-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

Granite was leading the International League with a .360 average when promoted to the major leagues.

The speedy centerfielder topped the Rochester Red Wings with four triples and 15 stolen bases.

Granite becomes the third former ACBL player to make a MLB debut so far this year and is the 104th former ACBL player to advance to Major League Baseball.

North Jersey Leap Frogs to 2nd Place with Gulls Sweep
July 8, 2017
Eagles pull into second placeEagles pull into second place
FDU Teaneck, NJ - When the Eagles arrived at the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex in Teaneck, New Jersey, they were excepting to play two games. What they got instead, was a 13 inning marathon in the first game, and another one run game in the nightcap. The result however, was what they wanted all along, a sweep of the Gulls on Saturday 11-8 and 4-3.

With the sweep of the twin bill, the Eagles improve to 11-7-1, while the Gulls drop to 7-13.

The scoring opened for both ball clubs in the second inning. Matt Tancredi doubled home Dylan Habeeb to score the first run of the afternoon. North Jersey answered back in the home half of the inning with a lead-off single and a pair of stolen bases from Christian Sepulveda. Brandon Hanson plated Sepulveda from third with a base hit to tie the game at 1.

In the 4th, the Gulls would take the lead back with Tancredi knocking in two more runs with another double.

The Eagles would answer again in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the lead to one. Casey Dana kicked off the frame with a double and another two-bagger from Tyler McAvoy scored him.

A 3-2 Ocean lead became a 6-2 advantage in the 5th, with the league’s seventh best team plating three.

However, a common a theme continued for the Eagles, responding well in the bottom half of innings. They garnered three runs of their own in the inning’s home half to keep the Gull lead within one.

Bobby Shannon got on first with a walk and Luis Amaro moved him to third with a base hit. With one out, Sepulveda then doubled them both in for the first two runs of the frame. Dana then reached with the second base on balls of the inning and McAvoy brought him home with a double of his own.

The comeback was complete when Shane Woeful came home on a sac fly RBI from Brian Kelly in 6th.

With the game tied at 6 and both teams going scoreless in the final inning of the seven frame affair,that meant free baseball in Teaneck.

North Jersey had several opportunities in extras, but justwere not able to break through. In the bottom half of the 8th, Woeful doubled with one out. He was pinch ran for with Anthony DeFrancesco. The Gateway Community College product proceeded to get thrown out at home trying to score on a Shannon single.

In the 9th frame a pair of lead off singles got Kelly and Sepulveda onto 1st and 2nd. And after Dana recorded the 1st out, McAvoy grounded into a 5-5-3 double play to end the inning. Cris Ruiz then led off the 10th with a double, but Jonathan Budesa, DeFrancesco and Shannon went down in order to follow.

Meanwhile, Corey Martinez was dealing on the mound for the Eagles. Since recording the final out of the 5th, the righty had allowed just one base runner leading into the 13th.

It was in that inning that the Gulls finally got to him. Matt Cuppari brought Joe DeMaio home with a double. Then Dylan Habeeb made it 8-6, scoring Cuppari with a double of his own.

So the stage was set, trailing by two in the bottom of the 13th, the Eagles had one last chance to win it in extras.

Jimmy Huber led off with a walk and Shannon went to second with a double. With one out following an Amaro strikeout, Kelly singled in Huber and advanced Shannon to third. Sepulveda was next, flying out to third to get the Eagles down to their final out.

Dana followed by working a walk to load the bases for McAvoy. The right hander then won the game, crushing a walk off grand slam on 2-2 to make the final score 11-8.

The grand salami topped off a 4-7, 6 RBI game 1 for McAvoy. There was also three hit games for Sepulveda, Amaro, Shannon and Woeful. Kelly and Sepulveda knocked in 2 runs a piece. Hanson picked up his second hit and RBI of the year for the first Eagle run.

Martinez was nothing short of spectacular out of the bullpen for North Jersey. He went 7.2 IP allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 7. Kevin Romero got the win for the Eagles though, going two and a third without allowing a hit and striking out one.

The Gulls got into the scoring column early, picking up two runs in the top half of the first.

In the 2nd, North Jersey put across their first run. The frame began with Sepulveda singling to center field. He got all the way to third with a wild pitch and a stolen base. An RBI groundout from Ruiz brought Sepulveda 90 feet to home.

Trailing 2-1 in the 4th, a couple of walks to Ruiz and Huber set up DeFrancesco. He botched a bunt attempt, getting Ruiz thrown out at 3rd, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with one away. After Budesa was hit by a pitch to load the bases, McAvoy plated two more runs with a single to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.

A pair of solo homers came in the 6th. William Johnson knotted up the game at 3 with a one out shot. But Huber came right back with a lead-off knock to put the Eagles up 4-3.

Ryan Aquino kept the Eagles there, going all seven innings and getting the win. The righty allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 9.

McAvoy tacked on two more hits and a couple of runs batted in. Huber’s homer was his second of the year.

Mayza and Trivino promoted to AAA level
July 3, 2017

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization
Lou Trivino Photo Courtesy of Oakland Athletics Organization

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays OrganizationLou Trivino Photo Courtesy of Oakland Athletics Organization LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) have both been recently promoted to the AAA level in the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics organizations respectively.

Mayza posted four saves with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League before being promoted to the Buffalo Bisons of the International League.

Trivino had a 7-1 record with a 2.43 ERA in middle relief for the Midland RockHounds before going to the Nashville Sound of the Pacific Coast League.

Catcher/DH Alex Kowalczyk (Pittsburgh, Quakertown Blazers, 2013) and RHP Jim McDade (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2012) are both doing well in the minor leagues also.

Kowalczyk is hitting .346 with six home runs and 24 RBI for the Hickory Crawdads, the Texas Ranger Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.

McDade, a 6-6 RHP, has not allowed an earned run in two starts with 14 Ks and no walks in 13.2 innings while pitching for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the short season class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. McDade was promoted to the Padres Class A Full Season team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps on July 1st.

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2017 ACBL Standings

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North Jersey151110.574
Staten Island111810.383

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