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Kanzler Propels Miracle to FSL Championship
September 12, 2014
Jason Kanzler
Former Staten Island Tide outfielder, Jason Kanzler, hit a two run home run in the eleventh inning to propel the Fort Myers Miracle to the Florida State League Championship in a 4-2 win over the Daytona Cubs.

In his first playoff game Kanzler delivered a game-tying grand slam on a six RBI night as the Twins High A affiliate defeated Brevard County.

In 2013 Kanzler was drafted in the 20th round by the Twins following his senior year at the University of Buffalo. Kanzler was promoted to Fort Myers in August after hitting .286 with nine home runs, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases for Cedar Rapids.

He has been invited to the Twins fall Instructional League which runs from September 15 thru October 12, 2014.

Tropeano called up by Astros
September 2, 2014

Nick Tropeano called up by the Houston Astros today

RHP Nick Tropeano was called up by the Houston Astros today and became the fourth former ACBL player to make a MLB roster for the first time this year.

Tropeano was an ACBL All-Star in 2009 when he posted a 7-3 record for Riverhead. He put up a 1.61 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 50 innings for the Tomcats.

In 2011 he was drafted in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the Astros out of Stony Brook University.

This season he struck out 120 in 124.2 innings with only 33 walks for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, the Astros' AAA affiliate. His ERA was 3.03 in 20 starts with a 9-5 record.

C.J. Riefenhauser (Tampa Bay Rays), Nick Ahmed (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Phil Klein (Texas Rangers) also made their MLB debuts this year.

Garzillo and Balestrieri Win Key Awards
August 13, 2014

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsPaul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) wins the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award, Photo Courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player after topping the ACBL with a .417 batting average and .617 slugging percentage. The junior second baseman from Lehigh tied for the home run crown with five home runs. Garzillo wins the ACBL hitting and slugging awards also.

Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) won the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award. Balestrieri posted a 5-0 record with a league leading 0.95 ERA in 37.2 innings during the regular season. The sophomore RHP pitched Trenton to victory in the championship game when he allowed two hits and one run in 8.1 innings.

Steven Bloodworth (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) and Kevin Boswick (Lehigh, South Jersey Giants) were named co-winners of the Relief Pitcher of the Year award after each posted eight saves during the season. Bloodworth made 16 appearances over 19.1 innings with a 0.93 ERA. Boswick posted a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA in 18 appearances in 24 innings.

John Giakas (FDU, Staten Island Tide) and Kyle Cullen (New Haven, North Jersey Eagles) were named co MVPs in the All-Star game and will also receive post season awards. Cullen tied Mike Garzillo for the home run title with five home runs.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics
Paul Balestrieri photo courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Trenton Captures 2014 ACBL Crown
August 4, 2014

Trenton Generals, 2014 ACBL Champions

By Matt Nelson, Trenton Generals Baseball Club

After missing the ACBL title game over the last two years, the Generals can finally call themselves champions. Trenton defeated the Tide 5-1 on Monday.

Luke Westerberg led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field. Jeremy Ake drew a five-pitch walk. After Brett Mele struck out swinging, Joe Jensen grounded into a fielder’s choice and the throw to second by Angel Garced was not in time. With the bases loaded, Michael Mecca was hit by a pitch and the Generals took a 1-0 lead.

Jensen ripped a two-out single to right-centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. The Hamilton College product stole second and third on back-to-back pitches by Matt Kostalos. Mecca ripped an RBI single to right-centerfield. Andy Lopez poked a single to centerfield. After Lopez and Mecca advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Ryan Reitmeyer drew a walk on a five-count pitch. Delio Coutinho came in to pitch for Kostalos and Brandon Kirk ripped a bases-clearing single to centerfield.

Staten Island fought back in the top of the ninth, but they came up four runs short. Nick Espino ripped a one-out single to left field. After Espino stole second, Joe Venturino drew a four-pitch walk. Andrew Cohen came in to pitch for Paul Balestrieri to seal the deel. Dylan Sprague ripped an RBI single to centerfield before Steve Notaro grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Balestrieri picks up the win giving up one run on two hits, one walk and four strikeouts in eight and one-thirds. Michael Macchia picks up the loss allowing one run on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in four and one-thirds.

The Generals would like to thank all the parents, friends and family for their support throughout the season and we look forward to another season of baseball in June 2015.

Generals Reach Their First ACBL Championship Game
August 3, 2014

After failing to reach the title game the last two years, the Generals will play host in their first ever ACBL Championship game after defeating the Giants 4-1 on Saturday.

Anthony Cocuzza ripped a lead-off double to right-centerfield in the top of the second. Cocuzza advanced to third on a wild pitch by Sean Keenan and John Brue drew a walk on a full count. Garen Turner provided the only Giants’ run with an RBI double play groundout.

Michael Mecca reached on an error at third to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Andy Lopez drilled a two-run home run just to the right of the 310-foot foul pole in left field.

The Generals added one run to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Reitmeyer laced a two-out single to left field. Brandon Kirk delivered an RBI triple to the right-centerfield wall.

Lopez was hit in the left foot by a pitch Ryan Dorosh with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Reitmeyer ripped a single to left field. Kevin Boswick came onto the mound for Dorosh and he threw a wild pitch that allowed Reitmeyer and Lopez to advance to second and third respectfully. Brandon Kirk was intentionally walked to load the bases for Mike Piscopo. On an 0-2 pitch, the young man from Northeastern University swung and missed at a passed ball. Lopez was able to score and the Generals cruised to a 4-1 victory.

Sean Keenan picks up the win. The Marist College product gave up one run on five hits, four walks and three strikeouts in seven innings. Dorosh takes the loss allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven and two-thirds. Josh Sharik picks up the two-inning save allowing no runs on one hits, no walks and one strikeout.

The Generals will play host to the Staten Island Tide on Monday, August 4 at Mercer County Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 P.M. Listen to the game with Matt Nelson beginning at 4:15 at


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