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Amaro’s Monster Day Leads Eagles Slugfest
June 21, 2017

Luis Amaro has a day

By Nick Pereira | North Jersey Eagles

OVERPECK PARK — In the second meeting of the season between the North Jersey Eagles and the Jersey Pilots, it was the Eagles prevailing again to move to 5-3-1 on the young season.

After the Pilots got one on the board in the top half of the first, the Eagles came up to bat. After a leadoff walk to Shane Woelfel, slugger Luis Amaro crushed a pitch into deep right center field for his 3rd home run of the season and giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

In his next at bat in the 2nd inning, he had 2 runners on and he sent this ball even further for a 3 run shot. In his first 2 at bats, Amaro had 2 home runs and 5 RBIs, just after 2 innings of play.

He wasn’t done just yet.

In the top of the 3rd with the eagles up 5-2, starter Alex Mack continued to struggle with his control as he gave up a single to Eddie Lehr to make it 5-3. An error by DeFrancesco allowed a couple more runners to score and the Eagles early lead was gone, and Mack’s day was done as well.

We go to the bottom of the 4th for Amaro’s third at bat and he was up with the bases loaded and nobody out. He sent a pitch to the opposite field corner clearing the bases and putting the Eagles up 8-5.

Amaro was 3-3 with a 2-run HR, 3-run HR, and 3-run double good for a career high 8 RBI’s and only through 4 innings of play.

Next batter was Brian Kelly who sent a ball out to the deepest part of the park in center field scoring Amaro making it 10-5 Eagles as Alexander Hladik’s day was done allowing 10 runs, 7ER in 3.1 innings pitched.

Neither starter had good stuff as it became a bullpen game early. Jason Salva got the win for the Eagles, his first of the year after pitching 2.1 shutout innings striking out 4 Pilots. He came in with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the top of the 5th and got the Eagles out of trouble.

After Blake Espinal gave up 3 runs while only recording 1 out cutting the Eagle lead to only 3, the Eagles brought in their closer Corey Sawyer who shut the door with 1.2 innings of shutout baseball striking out 4 guys recording the save.

The Eagles got their first win of the year at Overpeck Park and have a doubleheader this weekend at FDU against the South Jersey Giants who currently sit a ½ game ahead of the Eagles at 7-4 good for second place in the ACBL. Meanwhile the Pilots fall to 3-9 currently in the basement of the ACBL will face the Staten Island Tide tomorrow night at Drew University.

Latcham and Balestrieri sign with Cardinals
June 19, 2017

RHP Will Latcham (Coastal Carolina, Allentown Railers, 2015) and RHP Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals, 2014) signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after being selected in the recent MLB Draft.

Latcham was the ace at Cumberland County prior to transferring to Coastal Carolina for his junior year. Latcham went in the 17th round while Balestrieri was selected in the 26th round.

Other Trenton General players drafted included RHP Ron Marinaccio (Delaware, Trenton Generals, 2017), RHP Vincenzo Aiello (Oklahoma, Trenton Generals, 2013) and LHP Harrison Rutkowski (Woodbridge HS, Trenton Generals, 2017).

Marinaccio was selected in the 19th round by the New York Yankees while Aiello went to the Florida Marlins in the 28th round. Rutkowski was selected in the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds.

3B Davis Schneider (Eastern Regional HS, South Jersey Giants, 2017) was also selected in the 28th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Both Rutkowski and Schneider are Rutgers recruits. Schneider was hitting .357 for the Giants prior to the draft.

Big Day for Tyler Benson
June 16, 2017
Tyler Benson Drafted by San Diego Padres
By Drew Casey | North Jersey Eagles

In baseball, sometimes you just never know.

Just ask Tyler Benson after the former Eagle was chosen in the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday June 14th.

Chosen in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres, Benson was a member of both the 2015 and 2016 Eagles ACBL squads.

After missing nearly the entire 2015 Eagles season with injury and playing in only four games, the Bloomsburg University standout returned to the Eagles last summer. In his first full campaign with North Jersey’s College Team, the outfielder batted .299, while leading the club in doubles (13) and stolen bases (25).

Coupled with his speed and defensive talents, Benson was chosen as a 2016 Kaiser Division All Star. In just two plate appearances in front of a score of Major League scouts, the Montville, N.J. native knocked a single, scored a run, walked and stole a base at Palisades Credit Union Park.

Benson’s possible destinations in the Padres minor league system if choosing to begin his professional career, include the AZL Padres (A, Rookie; Peoria, Ariz.) and Tri-City Dust Devils (A, Short Season; Pasco, Wash.), among others.

The Eagles would like to congratulate Tyler and wish him the best of luck!

Lopez drafted in 13th round by the Indians
June 14, 2017
Angel Lopez drafted by Cleveland, 13th Round
Catcher Angel Lopez (Northampton CC, Quakertown Blazers, 2016, Allentown Railers, 2017) was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Lopez was an ACBL All-Star for the Blazers in 2016 and played briefly for the Railers before the draft.

At Northampton this spring he hit .411 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI as the Spartans advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series. For two years in a row he was the EPAC Player of the Year and a First Team All Region selection.

Cinnella Inducted into Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame
June 7, 2017

Doug Cinnella, the assistant commissioner of the ACBL and coach for the North Jersey Eagles, was recently inducted into the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame. Cinnella recorded 24 wins while striking out 210 and throwing 11 complete games in his four year career with the Pirates. He also pitched for the Teaneck Teamsters in the ACBL while attending Seton Hall.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the regular 1986 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles and had a successful pro career which included back-to-back no-hitters in his first two starts in the New York Penn League. In 1995 he was in major league spring training with the New York Yankees.

He is the Founder and President/CEO of Professional Baseball Instruction in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

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