2011 Diamond Notes

Hampton Division Adds a 7th Team
Shelter Island to begin play in 2012
December 21, 2011
On Monday, December 19, the Shelter Island school district voted in favor of adding a seventh team to Hamptons Collegiate Baseball (HCB), which makes up a division of the prestigious Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The team, which currently is without a nickname, will begin play in June 2012. "In the times we discussed expansion over the years, Shelter Island was always one of the first locales brought up," said HCB President Brett Mauser. "It’s a wonderful community and the setting is picturesque, so we’re thrilled to bring high-level baseball and free family entertainment to the island this summer and for summers to come." Located between the north and south forks of the east end of Long Island, visiting teams will travel by ferry to and from each game. Shelter Island is added less than a month after the Center Moriches Battlecats joined the East End organization. Each will compete for the ACBL Hampton Division crown against the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Southampton Breakers, Sag Harbor Whalers and defending champion Westhampton Aviators. Beginning in June, the ACBL season will continue through the first week of August, at which time the league championship will be decided. In addition to playing 20 home games this summer (not including potential playoff games), the Shelter Island team will host free baseball clinics for children in the community. Shelter Island will be managed by Joe Burke, who starred at St. John’s University before playing seven seasons professionally, including two in the New York Yankees farm system. HCB alumni include former UConn shortstop Nick Ahmed, 2011 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves; former Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza, 2011 third-round draft pick of the Braves; and former Stony Brook righthanded pitcher Nick Tropeano, 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Astros. In 2011, twelve HCB alumni played at the professional level, including in the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, as well as the independent Can-Am League. Hamptons Collegiate Baseball is supported by major sponsors Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., Hampton Jitney, Bridgehampton National Bank, Prudential Douglas Elliman and Lettieri Construction. All HCB games are free to the public. The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) was founded in 1967, with 2012 teams stationed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. ACBL alumni include 3,000 Hit Club member Craig Biggio, 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola and 250-game winner Jamie Moyer.

Reed and Seratelli recognized
December 6, 2011
Chris Reed (Torrington, Stanford) and Anthony Seratelli ( NJ Colts, Seton Hall) were featured in the recent issue of Baseball America. Reed, the Top ACBL Prospect in 2010, was listed as the fifth top prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reed was Stanford's closer while posting a 1.23 ERA; however the Dodgers see him as a future starter. His late-breaking slider at 85-86 was rated as the best slider in the Dodgers organization. Seratelli is the subject of a Kansas City Royals organizational report titled "Tragedy to Promise". His father was killed in a New Jersey accident in February, one day after Anthony's 28th birthday. He was not drafted out of Seton Hall and signed at a tryout camp in February 2007. This year he was an All-Star at Northwest Arkansas, the Royals AA affiliate.He hit five home runs in the playoffs to propel the Naturals to the Texas League championship. During the regular season he hit .282 and stole 35 bases in 40 attempts. Seratelli has played every position but catcher and pitcher and hit .317 in the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America also named Joe Maddon (Scranton, Lafayette) as Major League Manager of the Year. Mike Trout, son of Jeff Trout (Allentown, Delaware), was named Minor League Player of the Year.

Center Moriches Battlecats Join Hampton Division
November 23, 2011
On Friday, November 18, the Center Moriches Battlecats officially became the sixth member of Hamptons Collegiate Baseball (HCB), further bolstering one of the country’s premier summer baseball organizations. "Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Is thrilled to bring in the Battlecats for the upcoming summer," said HCB President Brett Mauser. "Center Moriches is a terrific baseball community, and we look forward to showcasing some of the country’s top collegiate talent at Paul Gibson Field." Headed by president Anthony Eaderesto, the Battlecats join the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League’s Hampton Division after several seasons in the FABL College Wood Bat Division. Ed Morris Sr., executive director of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in Patchogue, has been named the team’s general manager. The Battlecats will be managed by Bellport High head coach Bill Batewell, who had won more than 450 games at Sachem before taking the reins of the Clippers. The Battlecats will begin play in the 2012 season, which is set to begin on or around June 4. They will compete for the ACBL Hampton Division crown against the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Southampton Breakers, Sag Harbor Whalers and defending champion Westhampton Aviators. The ACBL season will continue through the first week of August, at which time the league championship will be decided. HCB alumni include former UConn shortstop Nick Ahmed, 2011 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves; former Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza, 2011 third-round draft pick of the Braves; and former Stony Brook righthanded pitcher Nick Tropeano, 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Astros. In 2011, twelve HCB alumni played at the professional level, including in the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, as well as the independent Can-Am League. Hamptons Collegiate Baseball is supported by major sponsors Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., Hampton Jitney, Bridgehampton National Bank, Prudential Douglas Elliman and Lettieri Construction. All HCB games are free to the public. The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) was founded in 1967, with 2012 teams stationed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. ACBL alumni include 3,000 Hit Club member Craig Biggio, 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola and 250-game winner Jamie Moyer. For more information on the ACBL, e-mail league president Tom Bonekemper ([email protected]).

Moyer Primed for Comeback
November 4, 2011
Former ACBL All-Star Jamie Moyer is attempting a comeback for the 2012 season after having Tommy-John surgery one year ago. Moyer is a native of Souderton, Pennsylvania and attended St. Joseph's University when he led the Allentown Wings to an ACBL championship in 1983. Terry Mulholland, Rich DeLucia, Matt Kinzer and John Green were other outstanding pitchers on the 1983 team.

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ACBL returns to Allentown and Trenton
October 10, 2011
The ACBL plans to return to Allentown and Trenton for the 2012 season. The Allentown Railers and Trenton Generals were recently added to the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The expansion teams will join the Jersey Pilots, Lehigh Valley Catz, North Jersey Eagles and Quakertown Blazers in the Wolff Division. The Allentown Railers will be managed by Dylan Dando with Jack Gross as General Manager and will play in ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. The Allentown Wings played in Bicentennial Park from 1977 thru 1983 and were ACBL champions in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1983. The 1983 team featured the outstanding pitching staff of Jamie Moyer, Terry Mulholland, Rich DeLuca, Matt Kinzer and John Green. Moyer (267), Mulholland (124) and Deluca (38) accounted for 429 Major League wins while Kinzer pitched briefly for the Cardinals and Tigers and John Green pitched at AAA for the Yankees. The Trenton Generals will be managed by Jim Maher with Dave Gallagher as General Manager. The Mercer Titans played in the Trenton area from 1973 thru 1976 and won the ACBL title in 1976. Bob Tufts was a top pitcher for the Titans and went on to a MLB career with the Giants and Royals from 1981 to 1983. Gallagher was a number one pick of the Indians in 1980 and was an outfielder for nine MLB seasons and played for the Indians, White Sox, Orioles, Angels, Mets, Braves and Phillies. In 1995 he hit .318 for the Phillies.

Vogelsong caps storybook season with win
September 27, 2011
Comeback Kid (Ryan Vogelsong) gives San Fran one last treatRyan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) threw seven shutout innings as the Giants defeated the Rockies 3-1 on Monday night. Vogelsong allowed only four hits with no walks and four strikeouts with 88 pitches. This was his last outing in a remarkable comeback season which saw him selected for the National League All-Star team. The former Kutztown University standout finished the year with a 13-7 record and his 2.71 ERA ranks him with the NL leaders.

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Andrelczyk in World Cup
September 21, 2011
Andrelczyk to play in World CupPete Andrelczyk (Quakertown Blazers) was selected to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup in Panama scheduled for October 1 thru 15. Andrelczyk was a fifth round selection of the Marlins out of Coastal Carolina. He is one of their top prospects and posted a 9-3 record with a 2.26 ERA this summer while pitching for Jacksonville (AA) and New Orleans (AAA). The 6-2 RHP went 3-1 in 22 innings for the Blazers in 2006.

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A.J. Battisto who also pitched on the 2006 Blazers has returned from rehab and pitched well at Jupiter(High A) in the Marlins system.

Mets honor Gorski
September 16, 2011
The New York Mets announced that Darin Gorski (Quakertown, Kutztown) earned the Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year award. Gorski, the Top ACBL Prospect in 2008, went 11-3 at St. Lucie (High A) with a Florida State League-best ERA of 2.08. The 6-4 LHP was also Pitcher of the Year in the FSL after striking out 140 while walking only 29 in 138.2 innings. Gorski started the Florida State All-Star game for the South. Several other former ACBL top prospects completed successful seasons in the minors this year. Nick Tropeano (Riverhead), Top Prospect in 2009, was selected by the Astros in the 5th round this year and posted a 3-2 log with a 2.36 ERA at Tri-Valley in the NYP League. Tropeano struck out 63 with 21 walks in 53 innings. Ryan Buch (Quakertown), Top Prospect in 2007, went 8-7 in the White Sox system. He finished at Winston-Salem (High A) in the Carolina League and struck out 106 in 109 innings while allowing 42 base-on-balls at three different levels. Vin DiFazio (Quakertown), Top ACBL Prospect in 2005, caught for the Rangers at Myrtle Beach ( High A) and put up a .417 slugging average with eight home runs and 31 RBI. Chris Reed (Torrington), Top Prospect in 2010 and a first round pick of the Dodgers in the recent draft, signed late and pitched seven innings for Rancho Cucamonga (High A) in the California League.

Howard Johnson signs with minor league team to play with son
September 3, 2011
By Ian Casselberry, courtesy of the Yahoo Sports Father and SonMany fathers and sons probably will be having a catch over Labor Day weekend. Howard Johnson just wants to have one with his son during a professional baseball game. The former New York Mets slugger, who retired all the way back in 1995 after 14 MLB seasons, will be suiting up for the Rockland Boulders of the independent Can-Am League this weekend. The Boulders also signed HoJo's son, Glen, to make it a Johnson & Johnson tandem for their games against the Newark Bears on Sunday and Monday.

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ACBL Hands Out Annual Awards; Heller Named League MVP
August 16, 2011
Kevin Heller (Amherst, Westhampton Aviators) was named the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player and also won the Slugging Award after posting a .645 slugging average while hitting .319. The senior outfielder topped the ACBL in home runs (11), runs scored (31) and total bases (91). He was second in doubles (11) and hits (45) and was one back of the leaders in stolen bases (16). Alex Maruri (Delaware, New York Atlantics) won the Hitting Award with a .410 average and led the ACBL with a .490 on-base percentage. Rob Corsi (Rutgers, Jersey Pilots) garnered the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award. The junior LHP topped the ACBL in strikeouts with 56 and tied for the league lead in wins with five while posting a 1.54 ERA. Brandon Kuter (George Mason, Westhampton Aviators) was selected as the Outstanding Reliever after posting 10 saves in 21 appearances. He only allowed one run in 22.1 innings for a 0.40 ERA. The 6-7 RHP whiffed 36 also and received the save in the All-Star Game. Robert Bernardo (Queens, Jersey Pilots) and Matt Carroll (San Jose St. North Fork Ospreys) were named co-MVPs for the All-Star Game and the Staten Island Tide won their first ACBL championship trophy.

Dodgers Sign Top Pick Chris Reed
Former #1 ACBL Prospect to report to Rancho Cucamonga
August 14, 2011
Logan White, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for amateur… (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)Chris Reed (Stanford), the number one prospect in the ACBL for 2010, has officially signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 6-4 LHP was selected 16th overall. Reed posted a 2-2 log with two saves for Torrington during the regular ACBL season. He struck out 26 in 22 innings and pitched a key victory against Long Island in the playoffs. This spring the junior from Encina, California notched nine saves with a 6-2 record and 2.54 ERA thus far. He struck out 48 in 49.2 innings and is a top candidate for the Stopper of the Year Award.

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Gorski wins again
August 13, 2011
Darin Gorski has given up one run or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)Darin Gorski (Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) allowed only one hit in six innings on Friday night as the St. Lucie Mets defeated the Charlotte Stone Crabs 3-0. The former ACBL Top Prospect tops the Florida State League with a 2.27 ERA and is now 11-1 on the season.

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Tide Captures ACBL Championship
August 8, 2011
2011 ACBL Champions With stellar pitching throughout, sound defense and a huge five-run seventh inning, the Staten Island Tide claimed the 2011 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League championship on Sunday with a 7-1 triumph over the Westhampton Aviators, the champion of the Hampton Division. Ahead 2-1, Staten Island's patience at the plate allowed it to put up a crooked number against the Westhampton bullpen in the seventh. After an inning-opening strikeout, the Tide drew four consecutive walks, pushing their lead to 3-1. After another K, Tony Negrin (La Salle) singled through the right side to bring in a pair of runs, and when the next batter, Eddie Brown (Wagner) singled, suddenly Staten Island enjoyed a 7-1 advantage. The bottom of the Tide order terrorized Westhampton pitching. The six through nine hitters – Taiki Kasuga (Amherst), Zach Tax (Columbia), Negrin and Brown went a combined 8 for 14 and drove in all seven runs for Staten Island. It was more than enough for Tide reliever Sean Hille (Montclair State), who threw three innings of no-hit ball in relief of starter Kevin Herget (Kean), who gave up a run over six innings. Herget got in some early trouble against Westhampton, but turned a double play in the first and then, after giving what was thought to be a sacrifice fly to right, Staten Island appealed at third, where it was determined that base runner Ray Ortega (Manhattan) left too early. He left two runners on in both the fifth and sixth innings before departing. Staten Island had endured a difficult test in the Kaiser Division championship series, holding off the New York Atlantics in three games with a 4-3 victory in the finale. It compiled a 21-14 record during the regular season, good for second-best behind Jersey in the 11-team field. The Hampton Division had claimed the past two ACBL championships; in 2009, the Aviators knocked off Jersey, and last summer, North Fork defeated Quakertown for the title. Westhampton's lone run Sunday came when Mike Rosenfeld (Duke) chopped a single over the third baseman to give his squad a momentary 1-0 lead. The next inning, however, Negrin lashed a single to center to even the score, and the Tide went ahead for good on Brown's bases-loaded single in the sixth, which put Staten Island up 2-1.

Aviators top Catz to advance to ACBL Championship Game
August 6, 2011
Jordan Patterson has a big gameWesthampton broke open a tight game with a four-run eighth inning en route to a 7-2 triumph over Lehigh Valley at Upper Hackett’s Park in the ACBL semifinals Saturday. The victory booked a spot in Sunday’s championship game against the Staten Island Tide, which captured the Kaiser Division in a thrilling three-game series against New York on Friday. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. at Richmond Youth Sports Complex.

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The Aviators clung to a 3-1 lead until Aaron Cohn (Duke) ripped a sharp single to left field with the bases loaded. When it skipped past the left fielder and rolled to the wall, three runs ended up scoring and Cohn was standing at second. He advanced to third on a passed ball and was able to score on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Patterson (South Alabama). It capped a big day for Patterson, who went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Both of his hits came with two outs and drove in a run. He, Cohn and Nick Camastro (Manhattan) each had a pair of hits. On the mound, Blake Bagley (Texas State) earned the victory for Hampton Division champs, who improved to 5-0 in the playoffs. For Lehigh Valley, Chris Nichols (Sioux Falls) took the ball on three days rest and gave the Catz 4.2 innings of two-run ball. He worked in and out of trouble early, and his offense struck back in the fifth when Dan Klem (La Salle) singled in Nico Delerme (East Stroudsburg) to cut the Westhampton lead to 2-1. The Catz tacked on a run in the ninth. Klem and Pat Kregeloh (Shippensburg), who was the winning pitcher in game two of the Wolff Division championship series against Jersey, had two hits apiece for Lehigh Valley.

Catz and Aviators Face off in Semifinal
Tide awaiting the winner
August 5, 2011
The Westhampton Aviators, the Hampton Division champion will travel to Easton, PA today to face off against the Lehigh Valley Catz, the Wolff Division champion in a 1pm tilt at Hackett's Park. The Lehigh Valley Catz, beat the Jersey Pilots 3-2 on Friday to sweep that series. The winner of this game will travel to the Richmond County Youth Complex in Staten Island to decide the 2011 ACBL Champion. The Staten Island Tide won the Kaiser Division playoffs Friday, eliminating the New York Atlantics 3-2 in a decisive third game. Both the Semifinal game today and the championship game will be available via Live stats courtesy of the Aviators Andrew Jordan.

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Vogelsong's comeback reminiscent of Moyer
Living the Dream article available on MLB.COM
July 23, 2011
The success stories of Jamie Moyer (Allentown Wings) and Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers) give hope to every pitcher released from AAA over the age of thirty. Moyer spent 1992 with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens before being released again. He hooked up with Rochester in 1993 and then moved up to the Orioles. At age 33 he posted a 13-3 record for the best win-loss percentage in the American League. He was 7-1 with the Red Sox and 6-2 at Seattle. His 17-5 record the following year with the Mariners established him as one of the top LHPs in the game. Vogelsong spent 2010 in AAA with Lehigh Valley and Salt Lake City before being released. At age 33 he has made a remarkable comeback with the Giants. Today he turns 34 with a very bright future in the big leagues. Both pitchers have displayed an excellent work ethic throughout their careers and their determination to succeed would not allow them to step away from the game. MLB.COM has posted a great article on Ryan Vogelsong. Click the link below to read the article.

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Ahmed, Kubitza Featured on MILB.com
July 22, 2011
Nick Ahmed (UConn) and Kyle Kubitza (Texas State) spent the summer of 2009 in the Hamptons. Both high-end draft picks last month for the Atlanta Braves, the two, as detailed in a story on MiLB.com, have reunited on the left side of the infield with Single-A Danville. Ahmed helped lift the Westhampton Aviators to the 2009 ACBL title, a feat his brother Mike (Holy Cross) is hoping to duplicate this summer. He was also named the top prospect in the ACBL after exhibiting a low-90s fastball on the mound and plus glove and speed. Kubitza, a sweet-swinging lefty bat, was named an All-Star with Southampton and earned back-to-back All-Southland Conference First Team honors before being picked up by the Braves. Ahmed and Kubitza were the second and third highest ACBL alumni taken in the draft. Former Torrington LHP Chris Reed (Stanford) went 16th overall to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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3rd Annual Scout Day Scheduled for Hampton Division
July 21, 2011
The Hampton Division of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League will hold its 3rd Annual Scout Day on Monday, July 25, at Stony Brook University's Southampton campus. The workout will begin at 10 a.m. with the Riverhead Tomcats and Southampton Breakers, and the afternoon session will be comprised of the Westhampton Aviators, Sag Harbor Whalers and North Fork Ospreys. Among those on display is Westhampton closer Brandon Kuter (pictured), who hit 96 mph on the radar gun at last week's All-Star Game, and North Fork first baseman Matt Carroll, the game's MVP after going 2 for 3 with three RBI. For further information, contact Brett Mauser at [email protected].

Vogelsong and Gorski continue to shine
July 19, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers) followed up on his National League All-Star selection by tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the Giants defeated the Dodgers 5-0 on Monday evening. The 6-4 RHP lowered his National League best ERA to 2.02 and improved his record to 7-1. Fellow Kutztown University product Darin Gorski (Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies), also an All-Star selection in the Florida State League, boosted his record to 10-0 as the St. Lucie Mets clobbered Clearwater 19-4. The 6-4 LHP tops the FSL with a 2.03 ERA.

East Tops West in 45th ACBL All-Star Game
July 12, 2011
The East met the West at Monday night’s Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game, held at MCU Park in Brooklyn. After falling short in last year’s contest, the East, consisting of the five Hamptons teams and the Long Island Collegians, turned the tides on the West, scoring a 5-4 victory. North Fork first baseman Matt Carroll (San Jose State) had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the East attack. He shared MVP honors with the West’s Robert Bernardo, who went 2 for 3 with three stolen bases in a losing cause. The East fell behind 2-0 and 3-2 until Carroll delivered a two-run single as part of a three-run seventh inning to put his side ahead. Kevin Heller (Amherst), the Hampton Division’s leader in average, homers and RBI, blooped a single into left; it plated what amounted to be the game-winning run. The West, which consisted of teams from the Wolff Division as well as Staten Island and New York of the Kaiser Division, struck back for a run in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by North Jersey’s Ryan Quinn (Cincinnati), but Riverhead’s Brett Schreiber (Hofstra) prevented further damage in the seventh. Southampton righty Jared Wagner (Pacific) pitched a scoreless eighth, with help from his Breaker battery mate Stuart Turner (LSU-Eunice), who picked off a runner who led too far off first base. In the ninth, East manager Brian Hansen turned to Westhampton flamethrower Brandon Kuter (George Mason) to shut the door. The ACBL leader in saves hit a batter to put the tying run on base, but with Anthony D’Alessandro at the plate, the runner took off and Turner fired a bullet to second to catch him stealing, ending the game. The West scored a run in each of the first three innings. It built a 2-0 lead when the Atlantics’ Robert Fargnoli (Lafayette) delivered an RBI double to open the scoring, and then Lehigh Valley outfielder Dan Klem (La Salle) rapped a single up the middle to pad the West’s lead. That lead evaporated in the third when Westhampton’s Ray Ortega (Manhattan) lined a double to left center, scoring Riverhead infielder Eric Schlitter (Bridgeport) with the East’s first run. Then Carroll singled to right to score Ortega, tying the game. The West touched up Long Island righty Bo Budkevics (C.W. Post) for a run in the third, and it could have had more if not for Southampton shortstop Robb Scott (Bucknell), who cut down a runner at the plate by throwing a strike to Ortega. The East was also able to quell West rallies with a pair of double plays. Sag Harbor righty Kevin McCarthy (Marist) was credited with the victory after tossing a scoreless sixth inning. From the West, the likes of New York’s Matt Soren (Delaware) and Lehigh Valley’s Lee Sosa (Binghamton) impressed not only in pitching 1-2-3 innings but in eclipsing 90 miles per hour on the radar gun.

Vogelsong named to All-Star team
July 3, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers, 1996-1997) was named to the National League All-Star Team on Sunday. The 82nd All-Star game will be held July 12 at Phoenix's Chase Field. Vogelsong is 6-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 84 innings for the Giants. Opponents are hitting .222 against him and he has 68 strikeouts.

Another superb start for Vogelsong
June 23, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong stops Twins streakRyan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers 1996,1997) gave up only one run, four hits and a walk in seven innings as the Giants ended the Twins eight game winning streak on Wednesday with a 5-1 win. The 6-4 right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts and is 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA which essentially ties Josh Beckett for the Major League lead. Last year he was playing in AAA with Lehigh Valley and Salt Lake City; this year he is a serious contender for the National League All-Star team.

Pilots Melchiorre hurls no hitter
June 21, 2011
Steven Melchiorre of the Jersey Pilots hurled a seven inning no-hitter to give the Pilots a 10-0 win in the nightcap of a Sunday doubleheader with the Quakertown Blazers. The 6'1" righthander struck out eight and walked only one as he lowered his ERA to 2.25. This spring Melchiorre was named to the NJCBA All-State second team and ABCA All-Region third team as a sophomore at Rowan. Brian Black (Millersville) tossed a four hit shutout in the opener as the Blazers won 3-0.

MLB father and son players for 2011
June 15, 2011
The sons of several former Major League players are again expected to play major roles in the 2011 season. Pitchers Chris Nichols (Sioux Falls, Lehigh Valley) and Colby Pacillo (DeSales, North Jersey) return to the ACBL for another season. Chris is the son of Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs' pitching Coach, Rod Nichols (Indians 88-92, Dodgers 93, Braves 95). Colby's father, Pat Pacillo, was a first round selection out of Seton Hall and pitched for the Reds in 1987 and 1988. Cliff Brantley (Wagner, Staten Island) is the son of Cliff Brantley who pitched for the Phillies in 1991 and 1992. In the Hamptons infielder J.J. Franco (Brown, Sag Harbor) is the son of John Franco who was the closer for Cincinnati from 1984 to 1989 and the Mets from 1990 thru 2004. Franco finished his career with Houston in 2005 and accumulated 424 saves and finished 774 games in his MLB career. Pitcher Tad Barton (Millersville, Southampton) is the son of Shawn Barton who pitched for Seattle in 1992 and the Giants in 1995 and 1996. Both Franco and Barton were selected in the 2010 MLB draft. Franco was a 42nd round pick of the Mets while Barton went to the Diamondbacks in the 49th round.

Weather Wreaking Havoc with ACBL Schedule
More Games Postponed for Today
June 12, 2011
The North Jersey Eagles (0-2) at Lehigh Valley Catz (3-2) double header scheduled for today has been postponed due to weather conditions. The Jersey Pilots (4-1) at Long Island Collegians (1-2) double header scheduled for today has also been postponed due to field conditions. The Staten Island Tide (2-1) at Quakertown Blazers (2-2) double header scheduled for today has also been postponed due to field conditions. We will post additional postponements as information becomes available.

June 11, 2011
The New York Atlantics (0-2) at Quakertown Blazers (2-2) double header scheduled for today has been postponed due to heavy thunderstorms and wet field this morning. The Lehigh Valley Catz (3-2) at Jersey Pilots (4-1) has also been postponed. This game will be made up June 22 with a 5pm DH at Jersey. The Staten Island Tide (2-1) at North Jersey Eagles (0-2) double header has also been postponed. Please check back often for other postponements as heavy thunderstorms are predicted for most of the northeast today.

Hampton trio go in top five rounds
June 8, 2011
Three 2009 Hampton Division players closely followed first rounder Chris Reed (Stanford University, Torrington Titans) in the 2011 MLB Draft. The Atlanta Braves selected shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton Aviators) and third baseman Kyle Kubitza (Texas State, Southampton Breakers) in the second and third rounds respectively. Junior right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead Tomcats) went in the 5th round to the Houston Astros. The Braves also selected second baseman Tom LaStella (Coastal Carolina, Long Island Collegians) in the eighth round. This could set up an ACBL infield somewhere down the line in the Braves system.

Reed goes in the First Round
Dodgers Select 2010 ACBL #1 Prospect
June 7, 2011
Chris Reed selected by the Dodgers in the First RoundChris Reed (Stanford), the number one prospect in the ACBL for 2010, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the MLB draft on Monday evening. The 6-4 LHP was selected 16th overall and is currently the closer for Stanford as they prepare for the super-regionals. Reed posted a 2-2 log with two saves for Torrington during the regular ACBL season. He struck out 26 in 22 innings and pitched a key victory against Long Island in the playoffs. This spring the junior from Encina, California notched nine saves with a 6-2 record and 2.54 ERA thus far. He struck out 48 in 49.2 innings and is a top candidate for the Stopper of the Year Award.

Vogelsong continues to impress
June 5, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) added another chapter to his stunning comeback on Sunday when he pitched the Giants back into first place in the National League West. Vogelsong allowed only one run in eight innings as the Giants defeated the Rockies 2-1. The 6-4 right-hander scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking one. He is now 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.68, the second lowest in the Major Leagues. In 53.2 innings he has 42 strikeouts with 14 base-on-balls.

Lannan defeats Phillies
June 2, 2011
John Lannan, former Long Island Collegian LHP, finally defeated the Phillies on Wednesday as the Nationals won 2-1. Lannan entered the game 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA against the Phillies. Lannan pitched into the sixth inning with temperatures well into the 90s and only allowed an unearned run and four hits. Lannan is now 3-5 with a 4.05 ERA. Mike Aviles (New York Generals) went one-for-three as the Royals edged the Angels 2-0.

Buch and Gorski excel in High A
May 31, 2011
Two ACBL top prospects, Ryan Buch (Blazers) and Darin Gorski (Rockies, Blazers) have been outstanding so far this spring. Buch, the top prospect in 2007, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Winston Salem (White Sox) defeated Potomac (Nationals) 7-1 on Monday. The 6-foot-3 right-hander got two outs in the seventh when he was pulled after 103 pitches in 94 degree weather. This was the fifth win of the year for Buch who was recently promoted from Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League. Gorski, the top prospect in 2008, is second in the Florida State League with a 2.16 ERA in 41.2 innings. The 6-foot-4 left-hander has 63 strikeouts and 13 walks with a 2-0 record and one save for the St. Lucie Mets. Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Tomcats) and Chris Reed (Stanford, Titans), top prospects in 2009 and 2010 respectively, have also had excellent springs and expect to be high draft selections next week in the MLB draft.

Vogelsong still outstanding
May 22, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong continued his remarkable comeback on Friday night when he allowed only an unearned run in six innings as the Giants defeated Oakland 2-1. The A's tainted fifth inning run ended Vogelsong's 17 1/3 inning scoreless streak. Vogelsong played for the Blazers in 1996 and 1997 prior to being drafted in 1998 by the Giants in the fifth round. Vogelsong is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 32.2 innings with 29 strikeouts and ten base on balls.

Russo and Gregory gain more honors
May 16, 2011
Former Jersey Pilots, Mike Russo and Ken Gregory, had outstanding regular seasons and will lead Kean into the Mid-Atlantic Regional D3 playoffs in Lakewood this weekend. Russo, who was named the Top D3 Prospect in the Draft by Baseball America, posted a 9-1 record with a 1.36 ERA. Opposing batters only hit .185 against him in 73 innings. Gregory, last year's ACBL leading hitter and MVP, topped Kean with a .429 average with eleven home runs and 47 RBIs. Both were named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference first team along with two other former Pilots and Kean stars, Lee Cavico and Nick Nolan. Cavico was NJAC Player of the Year after hitting .346 while Nolan hit .319. Nolan played for the Staten Island Tide last year while Cavico is on the 2011 Tide roster.

Vogelsong hurls shutout
May 15, 2011
Ryan Vogelsong (Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) tossed six scoreless innings to earn a shutout in a rain-shortened 3-0 win over the Cubs. Temperature was 43 degrees at game time with 20 MPH winds and light showers. Vogelsong struck out seven and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA. The Giants moved back into first place in the National League West with their seventh victory in last eight games. The former Kutztown University star has 24 strikeouts with eight walks in 26.2 innings pitched.

More honors for Tropeano
May 7, 2011
Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead Tomcats) is one of 25 quarterfinalists for the 2011 National Pitcher of the Year Award according to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2009 Top ACBL Prospect was also one of sixty players named to the 60-man watch list for the Golden Spikes Award which is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Tropeano allowed ony one run and four hits on Saturday as Stony Brook defeated Hartford 5-1in a seven inning game.The junior RHP is now 9-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 72.2 innings. He has allowed only 46 hits and struck out 93 batters.

Curtis Breaks School's All-Time Hits Record
Former Tomcats sets mark a week after Hargis shatters SELU record
May 4, 2011
Yet another Riverhead Tomcat alum has rewritten a portion of his college program’s history book. A week after Southeastern Louisiana outfielder Cass Hargis (Tomcats ’09) became the Lions’ all-time hits leader, Kevin Curtis (Tomcats ’10) put himself atop that category at Farmingdale State. Curtis, a Riverhead native, was named Skyline Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player for his role in leading the Rams (22-12), who finished second during the regular season, to its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional. Curtis went 3 for 4 with two triples and three runs scored and three RBI in a 10-1 victory over SUNY-Old Westbury to win the title. It was a single through the left side that lifted Curtis past Brian Benvenuto (150) for the all-time hits mark. With another three-bagger, which came in a two-run eighth inning, Curtis brought his total to 152 heading into the regional, which is set to begin May 18. On his way to the top spot, he also passed Mike Labrozzi (Whalers ’09). Curtis, who hit .347 for FSC this season, also holds the school’s career RBI record (111) and can supplant Labrozzi as the total bases leader with seven bases in the Rams’ remaining schedule. The FSC record book dates back to the 2004 season. Hargis, a 2009 ACBL All-Star, broke the record at SELU with a second-inning infield single on April 22 against Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi. The hit was Hargis 277th, breaking the mark of Ty Summerlin, a 30th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. Hargis batted .272 and stole 20 bases as a Tomcats outfielder in 2009. In this his senior season, he entered Tuesday hitting .294 with 21 RBI.

Gorski Fans 10
April 28, 2011
Darin Gorski (Kutztown Rockies / Quakertown Blazers), the top ACBL prospect in 2008, struck out a career high 10 batters over four innings in his first start as the St. Lucie Mets defeated Bradenton 9-4 on Wednesday in the Advanced A Florida State League. Gorski, a seventh round pick of the Mets, finished at 80 pitches with only four balls leaving the infield. Previously the 6-4 LHP had whiffed 14 and walked two in five games out of the bullpen. He now has a 24-3 SO:BB ratio in 15 innings with a 3.60 ERA. LHP Frank Gailey (Quakertown Blazers) is also pitching in the Florida State League and has posted a 1.64 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Click here to view the complete article

Vogelsong returns to Majors
April 20, 2011
Former Quakertown Blazer Ryan Vogelsong pitched one and a third innings of scoreless relief as the Giants defeated the Rockies 8-1 behind another superb performance from Tim Lincecum on Monday evening. Vogelsong had a good spring training with the Giants and was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA at Fresno prior to his promotion. The Kutztown University product last pitched in the Major Leagues with the Pirates in 2006 and spent 2007 to 2009 in Japan. Last year he pitched in AAA ball with the Phillies and Angels affiliates.

Top Prospects Shine
March 28, 2011
Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Jr.) and Chris Reed ( Stanford,Jr.) were selected as ACBL Top Prospects in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Tropeano pitched six perfect innings as Stony Brook no-hit Army in a 1-0 win on Sunday. Tropeano is now 4-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Reed picked up his third save when he retired all eight batters that he faced as Stanford defeated Long Beach State 6-5. The 6' 3" LHP has a 2.60 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. Pitchers Darin Gorski, 2008 top prospect, and Ryan Buch, 2007 top prospect, are looking to move up in the Mets and White Sox farm systems. Gorski went 6-8 at Savannah (Mets, Low A) with 109 K's in 114 innings while Buch posted a 7-4 log and 2.96 ERA in 94 innings for Bristol (Rookie) and Kannapolis (Low A).

Johnny Bench Watch List
March 18, 2011
Four former ACBL catchers have been named to the Johnny Bench Watch List for the 2011 season. Milan Adams (Sag Harbor Whalers, Rhode Island), Frank Esposito (Staten Island Tide, Seton Hall), A.J. Miller (Lehigh Valley Catz, Lafayette) and Chris Walker (Westhampton Aviators, Fordham) are among the 42 catchers nominated for the award by their coaches. The semifinalists will be announced on May 19 and the finalists on June 6, while the award will be presented in Wichita on June 30.

Vining Honored
March 7, 2011
Dick Vining was recently honored by his baseball collegues for his outstanding service to baseball at a dinner in Douglaston. Vining will be formally recognized in January when he is inducted in the the America Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the ABCA convention in Anaheim. Vining coached the Long Island Flying "A" in the inaugural 1967 season of the ACBL. Two members of that team, Fred Cambria and Alfred "Skip" Jutze made it to the Major Leagues. Cambria pitched for the Pirates in 1970 and Jutze caught in the "bigs" from 1972 to 1977 with St. Louis, Houston and Seattle. Vining currently serves as a member of the ACBL advisory board. Vining was the first collegiate coach in New York State to reach the 600-win plateau and posted a 825-657-14 overall record with 574 of the wins earned at LIU,C.W. Post where he was the head coach for 28 years. He has also coached at Orange County Community College, State University of New York Farmingdale, LIU, Brooklyn.Since 2006 he has served as an assistant coach at C.W. Post.

Tim Corbin Wins First NACSB Most Valuable Program Award
February 26, 2011
Tim Corbin Wins First NACSB Most Valuable Program AwardThe NACSB (National Alliance of College Summer Baseball) would like to congratulate Coach Tim Corbin and Vanderbilt University for winning the NACSB Annual Most Valuable Program Award. The award is intended to recognize one college or university coach each year that has had the greatest impact on advancing the goals and objectives of the NACSB. The prestigious award was presented during the divisional business meeting at the ABCA Convention in Nashville this past January. In 2010, a total of 510 colleges and universities sent players to summer programs and each was considered. To be considered for the award, at least one student athlete from the coach’s college must sign a Letter of Commitment to an NACSB league and participate in the league for that year. Points are awarded to the school based on players’ participation as well as performance. Vanderbilt University produced many gifted student-athletes that earned the school and Coach Corbin the annual award for 2010. The NACSB would also like to congratulate the other two finalists for the award, Central Florida and Coach Terry Rooney, as well as Appalachian State and Coach Chris Pollard. Their student athletes did a fantastic job of representing their schools and coaches and finished tied for second place in the final vote tally. The NACSB is an alliance of nine nationally recognized college summer baseball leagues that aims to promote communication, financial security, marketing, and improve communication between member leagues and college coaches. The NACSB follows all NCAA guidelines and regulations and includes the most prestigious summer college leagues in the country. For more information, go to nacsb.org.

Tino Martinez Award
February 13, 2011
Five ACBL players have been named to the initial watch list for the Tino Martinez Award which will be given to the most outstanding player in NCAA D2 college baseball after the D2 World Series. Blake Amaral (Breakers, Hawaii Pacific), Dave Bartuska (Lumberjacks, Dominican), Gabriel Duran (Cadets, Dowling), Chuck Fontana (Ospreys, Molloy) and Shayne Houck (Rockies, Kutztown) are among the initial ninety-one selectees. The list will be updated with a mid-season release in mid April.

NCBWA Watch List
February 12, 2011
Three ACBL pitchers have been named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division 1 Baseball. Cory Kent (Blazers, Lehigh), Gardner Leaver (Whalers, Rhode Island) and John Soldinger (Aviators, Manhattan) were among the forty-five pitchers on the February preseason list. The mid-season watch list will be released the week of April 18, 2011.

Bonekemper receives award
January 18, 2011
Tom Bonekemper, President of the ACBL, received the American Baseball Coaches Association's Meritorious Service Award at the recent convention in Nashville. Bonekemper has been involved with the ACBL since 1981 and was a principal in the transfer of the Allentown Wings franchise to Quakertown in 1983. In 1991 he assumed the Vice-President position in the ACBL and became President in 1998. The ACBL has produced at least one new Major League player every year going back to 1980. The 2011 season will be the 45th of ACBL baseball. Jim Tracy, manager of the Colorado Rockies, received the Honor Award at the Honors Luncheon while John Cole (Blazers,84),head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, was recognized for a 25-Year Coach Award. Peter Caliendo (Caliendo Sports International,Inc.), Jim Paronto (NCAA Baseball Rules Editor) and Giorgio Moretti (President, Italian National Committee of Coaches) also accepted Service Awards.

Mike DeAngelo Memorial Service
January 12, 2011
Mike DeAngelo, former Director of Baseball Operations for the Peekskill and Stamford Robins, passed away on January 7, 2011 in Stamford,CT. Most recently Mike was a Special Advisor for the New York State League and assisted in the placement of players into professional baseball. Eighty-four former Robin players have signed pro contracts over the past seven years. Mike played college baseball at the University of New Haven and signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Expos. He was a pro scout for over twenty years with the Giants, Royals, Angels and the Major League Scouting Bureau. He had been a member of the New York Hot Stove League of Pro Scouts since 1983 and was a graduate of the Major League Baseball Scouts Development Program. Reportedly a Memorial Service is scheduled for Monday, January 17, 2011 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Additional information on arrangements may be obtained from Gallagher Funeral Home, Leo P. and Sons, 29000 Summer St. Stamford, CT.

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