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Garzillo named Patriot League Player of the Week
March 25, 2015
Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsMike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was named Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week after going 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and six RBIs in three games for the Mountain Hawks.

Garzillo, the 2014 ACBL MVP, ranks seventh in NCAA D-1 statistics with a .441 average while his .746 slugging average places him tenth nationally. The junior second baseman is 28th in RBIs per game and 33rd in doubles per game.

Paul Balestrieri (Cornell University, Trenton Generals), the 2014 ACBL Most Valuable Pitcher, ranks 15th in strikeout to walk ratio at 14:1. The sophomore RHP has posted a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched with two saves.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics

Nelson to Return as Generals Play-By-Play Voice
March 11, 2015

The Trenton Generals are proud to announce that Matt Nelson will return to the booth as the radio Play-by-Play Voice of the Trenton Generals for the 2015 season. Nelson is looking forward to bring the exciting action of Generals baseball to the team's online internet radio account throughout the summer.

"I'm really looking forward to getting the season underway in just a few short months," Nelson said, "Being able to call summer college baseball at my first alma mater (Mercer County Community College) was a thrilling experience last year and I'm looking forward to seeing young college kids learn more about the game of baseball and travel with them throughout the season."

Nelson, a native of East Windsor, NJ, has been doing freelance work as a Play-by-Play Announcer for the last 15 months. He began his journey with Varsity calling high school sporting events throughout Bergen County, NJ and also dabbled in college basketball with Montclair State as the Color Commentator for the men's and women's basketball teams. Nelson also added the role of Color Commentator with the football team at FDU-Florham to his resume this past Fall. He is currently a Play-by-Play Announcer for high school sports on the Strive Network, the NFHS Network and also reports on high school sporting events for the Trenton Times throughout Burlington, Mercer and Hunterdon counties.

Nelson graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Radio/TV/Film with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. Before that, he earned his Associate's Degree from Mercer County Community College in 2010 majoring in Communications.

Nelson will be following the Generals for every home game and most road games throughout the 2015 season. Each game will be broadcasted on his UStream account, and fans can tune into each game on their laptop, IPhone, or Smartphone.

Macaione and Boswick toss 11-inning no-hitter
March 3, 2015

Nick Macaione (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2012-2014) participates in 11 inning no-hitter, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsKevin Boswick (South Jersey Giants, 2014) participates in 11 inning no-hitter, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics

Nick Macaione, (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2012-2014) and Kevin Boswick, (South Jersey Giants, 2014) combined to throw an eleven inning no-hitter on Saturday as Lehigh defeated Iona 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Macaione, a senior LHP, allowed no hits or runs over seven innings while Boswick finished the last two innings for the win.

Justin Pacchioli, (Allentown Railers, 2013) provided the margin of victory with two run walk-off home run.

Mariano Rivera pitched well for Iona as he allowed only three hits over seven innings with 13 strikeouts.

Lehigh won the second game 7-4 as Patrick Donnelly, (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) topped the Lehigh offense with two hits and two RBIs including a solo home run. Freshman Michael Schwab, (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015) recorded the win.

Nick Macaione and Kevin Boswick photos courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics

Biggio elected to Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
Craig Biggio elected to Hall of Fame, Photo Courtesy of the Houston AstrosCraig Biggio (Seton Hall, Long Island Nationals, 1985) was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in Cooperstown on July 26 along with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Biggio became the first player who played his entire career in Houston to make the Hall. Biggio was first in hit by pitches in the modern era with 281. He ranks fifth in doubles with 668 and 21st all time in hits with 3,060. The catcher turned second baseman is one of five players to have 250 home runs and 400 stolen bases in their career and ranks 15th with 1,844 runs scored.

Craig Biggio photo courtesy of the Houston Astros

Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay manager
December 12, 2014
Kevin Cash named Tampa Bay Rays new manager, Photo Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Cash (Sussex Colonels, 1997) is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cash played third base for the Colonels after his freshman year at Florida State and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent in 1999. He played eight seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher and served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

The 37 year old Tampa native becomes the youngest active manager in the majors. He replaces another former ACBL player, Joe Maddon (Scranton Red Soxx, 1973-75), who joined the Chicago Cubs as their new manager in October.

Kevin Cash photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays


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