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Lehigh Valley SportsNet to Broadcast Allentown Railers and More
May 30, 2016

Lehigh Valley SportsNet is pleased to announce an exciting schedule of ACBL broadcasts for the 2016 season. All home games for the defending champion Allentown Railers will be on the air as well as select games from the Quakertown Blazers and Lehigh Valley Catz. Allentown rolled through the 2015 season with a 37-6 mark, the most wins in league history. They capped their fourth season of play with their first-ever championship title.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Rotruck will again provide the play-by-play on Lehigh Valley SportsNet. Rotruck also serves as the Voice of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team in the American Hockey League where the team operates as the top affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.

"I very much enjoyed my first season of involvement with the ACBL in 2015 and am looking forward to providing more broadcasts for the league's 50th Anniversary celebration season," Rotruck said.

Lehigh Valley SportsNet will feature live radio broadcasts on 25 different evenings (or afternoons) encompassing 35 total games. Replays of the game broadcasts will air immediately after the game and throughout the day thus providing 24/7 coverage.

All games can be heard live on and on the TuneIn app under "Lehigh Valley Sports."

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Full Broadcast Schedule on TuneIn - Lehigh Valley SportsNet (Subject to Change)

Friday, June 3 (5:00) - Jersey Pilots at Allentown Railers (DH)
Tuesday, June 7 (7:00) - Quakertown Blazers at Allentown Railers
Thursday, June 9 (7:00) - South Jersey Giants at Allentown Railers
Saturday, June 11 (1:00) - South Jersey Giants at Quakertown Blazers
Wednesday, June 15 (5:00) - North Jersey Eagles at Allentown Railers (DH)
Friday, June 17 (5:00) - South Jersey Giants at Allentown Railers (DH)
Sunday, June 19 (1:00) - North Jersey Eagles at Quakertown Blazers (DH)
Tuesday, June 21 (7:00) - Lehigh Valley Catz at Allentown Railers
Thursday, June 23 (7:00) - Lehigh Valley Catz at Quakertown Blazers
Sunday, June 26 (1:00) - Allentown Railers at Quakertown Blazers
Wednesday, June 29 (5:00) - Trenton Generals at Allentown Railers (DH)
Thursday, June 30 (7:00) - Allentown Railers at Quakertown Blazers
Saturday, July 2 (1:00) - Jersey Pilots at Quakertown Blazers (DH)
Tuesday, July 5 (7:00) - South Jersey Giants at Allentown Railers
Wednesday, July 6 (7:00) - Quakertown Blazers at Allentown Railers
Thursday, July 7 (5:00) - Lehigh Valley Catz at Allentown Railers (DH)
Monday, July 11 (5:00) - South Jersey Giants at Lehigh Valley Catz (DH)
Tuesday, July 12 (7:00) - Lehigh Valley Catz at Allentown Railers
Thursday, July 14 (7:00) - Allentown Railers at Quakertown Blazers
Monday, July 18 (7:00) - Quakertown Blazers at Lehigh Valley Catz
Tuesday, July 19 (7:00) - Quakertown Blazers at Allentown Railers
Monday, July 25 (5:00) - Allentown Railers at Lehigh Valley Catz (DH)
Tuesday, July 26 (5:00) - Staten Island Tide at Allentown Railers (DH)
Thursday, July 28 (7:00) - Quakertown Blazers at Allentown Railers
Friday, July 29 (7:00) - Allentown Railers at Quakertown Blazers

Multiple ACBL players named to D-1 Conference teams
May 27, 2016
Thirty-four former or current ACBL players have been selected to D-1 All-Conference teams.


Second Team

OF Jimmy Herron (Quakertown Blazers, Duke)

All Freshman Team

Jimmy Herron


First Team

UT Eddie Posavec (Allentown, Quakertown, Binghamton)

Second Team

SS Paul Rufo (North Jersey Eagles, Binghamton)
3B AJ Wright (South Jersey Giants, UMBC)

All-Rookie Team

AJ Wright


First Team

OF John Brue (South Jersey Giants, Saint Joseph's)

Second Team

RP Ryan Kelly (Quakertown Blazers, Saint Joseph's)

All-Rookie Team

3B Jared Melone (Quakertown Blazers, LaSalle)

All-Academic Team

1B/P Joey Ravert (Trenton Generals, LaSalle)
RP Billy Worswick (Jersey Pilots, LaSalle)


First Team

OF Derek Jenkins (Lehigh Valley Catz, Seton Hall)

Second Team

3B Kevin Jewett (Quakertown Blazers, Villanova)


Second Team

C RJ Devish (Trenton Generals, Rutgers)
OF Greg Guers (Quakertown Blazers, Penn State)



C Nick Tierno (South Jersey Giants, Delaware)

Third Team

C Zach Tondi (North Jersey Eagles, JMU)
DH Doug Trimble (Quakertown Blazers, Delaware)

All-Academic Team

OF Kevin Molhollen (South Jersey Giants, Delaware)


First Team

2B Danny Hoy (Quakertown Blazers, Princeton)
SS Tom Roulis (Shelter Island, Dartmouth)
OF Robb Paller (North Fork, Columbia)

Second Team

1B Nick Maguire (North Jersey Eagles, Columbia)


First Team

1B Shaine Hughes (South Jersey Giants, Monmouth)


Second Team

1B John Giakas (Staten Island Tide, FDU)
2B Dylan Sprague (Staten Island Tide, FDU)
3B Jesus Medina (Staten Island Tide, Sacred Heart)


First Team

1B Anthony Critelli (Jersey Pilots, Holy Cross)
2B Mike Garzillo (Lehigh Valley Catz, Lehigh)
OF Brett Smith (Quakertown Blazers, Bucknell)

Second Team

RP Kevin Boswick (South Jersey Giants, Lehigh)
SS Steven Cohen (Lehigh Valley Catz, Lafayette)
3B Pat Connelly (Allentown, Quakertown, Lehigh)
OF Jacen Nalesnik (Allentown Railers, Lehigh)
DH Connor Donovan (Quakertown Blazers, Lehigh)

Player of the Year

Mike Garzillo


First Team

OF Brandon Soat (Allentown Railers, Fort Wayne)

ABCA/Rawlings Regional Teams Announced for D-2 and D-3
May 25, 2016

Twenty seven former or current ACBL players have landed spots on the D-2 and D-3 All-Region teams.


East Region

First Team

C Matt Kleinstein (Jersey Pilots, Felician)
1B Angelo Navetta (Staten Island Tide, Molloy)
OF John Kukura (North Jersey Eagles, Pace)
P Matt Kostalos (Staten Island Tide, St. Thomas Aquinas)

Second Team

OF John Kennedy (North Jersey Eagles, Nyack)
P Justin Valdespina (North Jersey Eagles, Southern NH)

Pitcher of the Year, Matt Kostalos

Atlantic Region

First Team

OF Robert Bennie (Allentown Railers, East Stroudsburg)
P Matt Festa (Staten Island Tide, East Stroudsburg)

Second Team

3B Drew Hercik (Allentown Railers, East Stroudsburg)
SS Conner Crookham (Quakertown, Allentown, East Stroudsburg)
OF Austin Edgette (Lehigh Valley Catz, Bloomsburg)
OF Jeremy Musser (Quakertown Blazers, Millersville)
P Jim McDade (Quakertown Blazers, Millersville)

Position Player of the Year, Robert Bennie


Mid-Atlantic Region

First Team

C Zach Leone (Staten Island Tide, Susquehanna)
2B Joe Venturino (Staten Island Tide, Ramapo)
OF Justin Cassinelli (Staten Island Tide, Susquehanna)
DH Garen Turner (South Jersey Giants, College of NJ)
P Felix Baez (Staten Island Tide, Keystone)

Second Team

3B Robbie Lynch (Staten Island Tide, Manhattanville)
OF Jason McCormick ( Allentown Railers, Immaculata)
OF Matt Cassinelli (Staten Island Tide, Susquehanna)
P Josh Lafferty (Quakertown Blazers, Widener)

Third Team

2B Kyle Lindsay (South Jersey Giants, Misericordia)
3B Colby Smith (Jersey Pilots, Elizabethtown)
OF Bob Barnett (Quakertown Blazers, Widener)
UT Chris Amato (Trenton Generals, Kean)
P Tyler Cooperman (Allentown Railers, DeSales)

Position Player of the Year, Justin Cassinelli
Pitcher of the Year, Felix Baez

Vogelsong strong in spot start
April 14, 2016

Vogelsong sharp in spot start with Pirates

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

On Wednesday Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) allowed only one run in five innings as he started for the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of injured Francisco Liriano.

This was Vogey's first start in a Pirates uniform since September 29, 2004 and his first start against Detroit since Game 3 of the 2012 World Series. A Pirate bullpen collapse gave the Tigers a 7-4 victory.

Vogelsong is 1-0 with a win in relief for the Pirates on April 8 against the Cincinnati Reds.

On Monday Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) tossed five shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-1.

RHP Phil Klein (Youngstown, Hamptons) has not allowed a run in two relief appearances for the Texas Rangers.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton Aviators) is hitting .296 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with three home runs.

Mayza and Trivino pitch with MLB clubs
March 29, 2016

Tim Mayza (Left) and Lou Trivino (Right) Pitch for MLB Clubs

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) both recently pitched in relief for their Major League teams in spring training.

On Sunday Mayza hurled a scoreless 8th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4. LHP Mayza allowed one hit, struck out two with no walks and touched 97 MPH with his fastball.

RHP Trivino pitched to one batter in the top of the 8th for the Oakland A's today and the batter popped out on a foul ball to the third baseman as the A's lost to the Cubs 9-5.

Trivino was a 11th round selection of Oakland in the 2013 MLB draft while Mayza went in the 12th round to Toronto.

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