2016 Diamond Notes

Stuart Turner selected in Rule 5 Draft
December 9, 2016

Stuart Turner Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comStuart Turner selected in Rule 5 Draft, Photo Courtesy of MiLB.com

Catcher Stuart Turner (Mississippi, Southampton Breakers) was selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Turner, a third round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2013, posted six home runs and 41 RBIs with a .239 average for the Twins AA affiliate, the Chatanooga Lookouts.

LHP Paul Paez (Rio Honda, Southampton, Breakers) was selected in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Paez recorded a 4-1 record with three saves in the New York Mets organization with stops at High A St. Lucie and AA Binghamton.

The Oakland Athletics reported that RHP Heath Fillmyer (Mercer County, Trenton Generals) will be a non-roster invitee to spring training. Fillmyer posted a 2-0 record with a 2.34 ERA in eight starts at AA Midland after being promoted from Stockton.

Zach Granite added to Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
November 21, 2016

Zach Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) was recently added to the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster after an outstanding season at the Twins' AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.

The speedy centefielder was named to the Post-Season All-Star team after leading the league in stolen bases (56) and hits (155). He placed second in runs scored (86) and fourth in average at .295.

Granite hit .289 for the Tide in 2011 and stole ten bases in 12 attempts.

He was a 14th round selection of the Twins in the 2013 MLB amateur draft.

ACBL adds two new teams
October 3, 2016

The Scranton RailRiders and Ocean Gulls have joined the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for the 2017 season.

Scranton has a long history of having franchises in the ACBL. Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs, played for Scranton in the 1970s. Big league players such as Rick Lancelotti, Nate Bump, Scott Arnold and Kevin Gryboski played for Scranton teams in the ACBL.

Rob Judge will be the General Manager of the RailRiders while Chris Pensak will be the Field Manager.

Angelo Fiore will be the General Manager and Field Manager of the Gulls.

The Lehigh Valley Catz will not be fielding a team for the 2017 season.

Three former ACBL pitchers on Arizona Fall League rosters
September 22, 2016
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) will play for the Mesa Solar Sox this Fall
Three left-handed pitchers, Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011), Jeff Singer (Rutgers-Camden, Trenton Generals, 2012-13) and David Speer (Columbia, Southampton Breakers, 2011) are on the Opening Day, October 12, rosters for the Arizona Fall League.

This season Mayza pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays system at Dunedin (High A) and New Hampshire (AA). The 6-3, 220 lb lefty posted a 3-3 record with four saves and 2.25 ERA in 64 innings. He struck out 65 while allowing 30 base on balls. He will play for the Mesa Solar Sox along with Speer.

Speer made stops at Lynchburg (High A), Akron (AA) and Columbus (AAA) in the Cleveland Indians organization. Overall Speer had a 5-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 68 innings while striking out 67 with 15 walks.

Singer signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies last fall and advanced from short season Williamsport through Lakewood (Low A) to Clearwater (High A). In 40 innings his ERA was 1.79 with a 2-1 record. He held opponents to a .173 average while striking out 46 and walking twelve batters. He will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Patterson and McCarthy called up to Major Leagues
September 7, 2016

Jordan Patterson and Kevin McCarthy Photos Courtesy of MiLB.com

Jordan Patterson Photo Courtesy of MiLB.comKevin McCarthy Photo Courtesy of MiLB.com Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Westhampton Aviators) and Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor Whalers) were called up on Tuesday to the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals respectively. They will be the 100th and 101st former ACBL players to advance to the Major Leagues.

Patterson played outfield and first base at the Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he hit .293 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs.

RHP McCarthy notched five saves for the Omaha Storm Chasers while posting a 2.97 ERA in 33 innings.

Both players are 24 years old and were ACBL All-Stars in 2011. Baseball America listed McCarthy as the number three ACBL prospect and Patterson at number four in 2011. McCarthy was drafted in the 16th round by the Royals in the 2013 MLB draft while Patterson went to the Rockies in the fourth round.

ACBL announces league awards
August 15, 2016
Zach Leone Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna University Athletics
Zach Leone Photo Courtesy of Susquehanna University Athletics

Zach Leone (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide) was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season.

The catcher/first baseman topped the ACBL with 18 doubles and seven sacrifice flys while placing second in hits with 50 and RBIs with 30. He played in every game for the Kaiser Division champion Tide and hit .360.

In the spring he was named a Third Team All-American by D3baseball.com and made the All-Conference and All-Region teams with a .444 average and .702 slugging percentage.

Cory Heitler Photo Courtesy of Wagner College Athletics
Cory Heitler Photo Courtesy of Wagner College Athletics

Cory Heitler (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) won the Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

Heitler topped the ACBL with 60 strikeouts and was second in ERA at 1.78. He posted a 5-1 record with a 0.99 WHIP.

Michael Hunter Photo Courtesy of Marist College Athletics
Michael Hunter Photo Courtesy of Marist College Athletics

Michael Hunter (Marist, Quakertown Blazers) won the Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.

The 6-4 Hunter posted eight saves with a 2.97 ERA in 36 innings over 20 appearances.

Shane Woelfel Photo Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Athletics
Shane Woelfel Photo Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Athletics

Shane Woelfel (Bloomsburg, North Jersey Eagles) earned the Hitting Award with a league best .405 average.

The speedy outfielder ranked number one with 53 hits and was third in stolen bases with 18.

Joe Zirolli Photo Courtesy of Cecil College Athletics
Joe Zirolli Photo Courtesy of Cecil College Athletics

Joe Zirolli (Cecil College, South Jersey Giants) won the Slugging Award with a .732 slugging percentage and posted a .393 batting average.

The 6-4, 225 pound outfielder hit a league leading eight home runs during the regular season plus two more in the playoffs.

At Cecil this spring he hit 17 home runs.

Allentown edges South Jersey in thriller
August 7, 2016

2016 ACBL Champions - Allentown Railers

The Allentown Railers won their second consecutive ACBL championship when Ed Posavec (Binghamton) hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Tommy DePaul (DeSales) and give the Railers a 2-1 win.

Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) and Ashton Raines (Bloomsburg) hooked up in a pitching duel for about eight innings and the score was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. Mosser struck out 15 while Raines fanned ten. Joe Baran (Stony Brook) struck out one batter in the top of the ninth to get the win.

Posavec had three hits for the Railers while Jason McCormick (Immaculata) posted two hits. Kevin McGowan (LaSalle) collected two hits for the Giants.

Both teams complete successful seasons as the Railers end up with a 31-11 record and the Giants finish at 25 -19 overall.

Tonights Championship Game Has Been Postponed
August 6, 2016

ACBL Championship Game is postponed

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants ACBL Championship game at South Jersey tonight has been postponed due to the weather.

The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Sunday August 7th beginning at 7pm. The game will be held at Lindenwold Park Baseball Complex in Lindenwold, NJ.

Allentown and South Jersey head to championship game
August 5, 2016

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants split a doubleheader at ECTB Stadium on Friday night and now head to the championship game at South Jersey at 7pm on Saturday night.

The Railers put on an offensive display to win the opener 12-6 as Jason McCormick (Immaculata) went five-for-five with four RBIs. Sam Flamini (Xavier) and Tommy DePaul (DeSales) each added three hits while Dalton Ruch (Hartford) added two hits and three RBIs. Mike Gulino (Pace) chipped in with a three run home run.

The Giants won the nightcap 6-5 as A.J. Wright (UMBC), Joe Zirolli (Cecil), Adam Rapp (Delaware) and Drew Jarmuz (West Chester) each collected two hits. Drew Tumbelty (Rider) posted the save with four strikeouts over the last two innings.

Lehigh Valley SportsNet to Broadcast ACBL Championship Series
August 4, 2016

Lehigh Valley SportsNet is pleased to announce their upcoming broadcasts of this weekend's Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series that concludes the circuit's successful 50th Anniversary Celebration season.

The defending champion Allentown Railers (29-10) will tangle with the South Jersey Giants (24-17) in the Best of Three series this Friday and Saturday.

The Championship Series begins Friday evening at 5:00 from ECTB Stadium in Allentown with a doubleheader of nine-inning contests for Games 1 and 2. If a deciding Game 3 is necessary then the series will head to the home ballpark of the South Jersey Giants in Lindenwold, New Jersey for a Saturday evening clash at 7:00.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Rotruck will again provide the play-by-play on Lehigh Valley SportsNet. Friday's broadcast coverage will begin at 4:45.

All games can be heard live on TuneIn.com and on the TuneIn app under "Lehigh Valley Sports." Replays of the games will air immediately following the live broadcasts and throughout the day.

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"I once again enjoyed my experience with the ACBL in my second season broadcasting their games," Rotruck said. "The response from the listeners has been great which is especially exciting for me."

The Allentown Railers and South Jersey Giants finished the regular season with the two best records in the ACBL. Allentown has won the regular-season crown for four consecutive seasons. South Jersey has made the postseason in all three years of their existence and have now advanced to the Championship Series for the first time.

It is the second straight season for the Railers and Giants to meet in the postseason. Last year, Allentown swept an opening round series over South Jersey 4-0 and 4-2 at ECTB Stadium before knocking off Staten Island for their first-ever title.

Allentown opened the 2016 postseason with a sweep of the Quakertown Blazers in a marathon doubleheader on Tuesday that ended at 12:01 a.m. Mike Gulino (Pace University) delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the 12th for a 6-5 triumph in a back-and-forth Game 1 and then the Railers punched their ticket to the Finals with a 14-5 win in the nightcap.

South Jersey split a pair of shutouts at the Staten Island Tide on Tuesday and then the Giants won the decisive Game 3 on Wednesday 5-2 back in Lindenwold.

Rotruck is a veteran broadcaster of over 2,000 live games who also serves as the Voice of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team in the American Hockey League where the club operates as the top affiliate of the NHL's Philadelpia Flyers. He has previously broadcast minor-league baseball for the St. Lucie Mets and Vero Beach Dodgers of the advanced-A Florida State League among other teams.

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Allentown and South Jersey advance to championship series
August 4, 2016

A walk-off single by Michael Gulino (Pace) in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Allentown Railers a 7-6 win over the Quakertown Blazers in the opener on Tuesday evening. Gulino posted five hits and four RBIs in the thriller with leads changing several times. The Railers won the nightcap 14-5 as Sam Flamini (Xavier) notched four hits and three RBIs for the Railers.

The South Jersey Giants and Staten Island Tide split on Tuesday with the Giants winning the opener 3-0 and the Tide coming back to take the second game 2-0. Rob Brown (Binghamton) and Dale Masterson (Rowan-Gloucester) combined for the shutout in the opener. Doug Molnar (Wagner) tossed eight scorless innings in the nightcap and Dan Beizer (Grambling State) picked up the save.

Last night the Giants defeated the Tide 5-2 at Lindenwold as Jeff Dixon (Rowan-Gloucester) picked up the win by allowing two runs over 6.2 innings. Jeff Shanfeldt (Lehigh) and Joe Zirroli (Cecil) both hit home runs for the Giants.

The championship series opens on Friday night at Allentown in the ECTB stadium with a 5:00pm doubleheader. If a third game is required, it will be played on Saturday at South Jersey. Time to be determined.

Wolff Division edges Kaiser Division
July 21, 2016

The Wolff Division topped the Kaiser Division in the ACBL All-Star Game played Thursday evening at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, New York by a score of 2-1.

The Wolff Division scored a single run in the top of the sixth inning when Bob Barnett (Widener, Quakertown) scored on a two-out single to rightfield by Kevin McGowan (LaSalle, South Jersey).

The Kaiser Division came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth as Tyler Benson (Bloomsburg, North Jersey) scored on a sacrifice fly by Tom Marcinczyk (Rutgers, Jersey).

The Wolff Division took the lead for good as Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown) chased home Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley) on an infield ground ball.

Sean Pavlik (Penn State, Allentown) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win while Drew Tumbelty (Rider, South Jersey) closed out the game with a 94 MPH third strike fastball to get the save.

Twenty-four Major League scouts were in attendance.

Donnie Hart makes MLB debut
July 17, 2016

Former ACBL All-Star LHP Donnie Hart (Texas State, Westhampton) was promoted from the Orioles' AA affiliate, the Bowie Baysox, and made his MLB this afternoon with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning against Tampa Bay.

He faced two batters and obtained a strikout and flyout. Hart poste a 2.31 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Baysox and had a 2-0 record with two saves.

He was an ACBL All-Star in 2010 and drafted in the 27th round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Orioles. He is the 99th former ACBL player to play in Major League baseball.

The 50th annual ACBL All-Star game will take place on Thursday at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY at 7pm. All-Star game rosters can be obtained by clicking the link on the Hot Corner.

Eagles' Remo Tosses Team’s First No-Hitter
July 10, 2016
North Jersey Eagles pitcher Ryan Remo tosses no-hitter
By Dominick Savino | North Jersey Eagles

North Jersey Eagles pitcher Ryan Remo has spent nearly his entire baseball life in the Professional Baseball Instruction organization.

With his dad Jeff Remo installed as one of the longest-serving PBI youth instructors, Remo drew attention from numerous Division I programs as an ace on the baseball school’s 17U North Jersey Eagles summer showcase team.

The younger Remo also spent countless hours training and throwing at the PBI indoor facilities under the watchful eye of his father, who doubled as his son’s head coach at Mahwah High School, and Doug Cinnella, PBI’s founder and Remo’s high school pitching coach.

And now, after wrapping up his freshman year as a right-handed pitcher at Fordham University, Remo has a chance to play with the "big-time" North Jersey Eagles club in the ACBL and continue his success in the organization.

On a cool weekend night in Ridgefield Park, Ryan Remo did just that.

The Mahwah native was unhittable Saturday night at Overpeck Park, blanking the Lehigh Valley Catz 6-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader to record the seven-inning no-hitter.

The feat is the first no-no in Remo’s collegiate career and marks the first in the Eagles’ eight-year history. That place in Eagles lore was nearly awarded in Game 1 of the twinbill to fellow Eagles starter Cory Heitler, whose only hit allowed in a complete-game victory was a homerun to designated hitter Zach Kurtz that delayed history by two hours.

Remo encountered his biggest jam of the evening in the third inning, issuing back-to-back walks with one out. However, shortstop Bobby Shannon converted a groundball deep in the hole into a heads-up fielder’s choice at third for the second out, and a fly ball to center allowed Remo to exit the inning unblemished.

The North Jersey bats awoke an inning later to provide their starter a lead. Tyler Benson laced a lead-off base hit to center off Lehigh Valley starter Tyler Forbes and swiped second for his team-high 15th stolen bag of the season. A batter later, Mario Fontanella singled home Benson to hand his team a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles would tag Catz relievers Mike Schwab and Eddie Lehr for five additional runs over the following two innings, but that was more than a stellar Ryan Remo would need.

He rebounded from the third-inning misstep to mow down Lehigh Valley batters through the sixth inning, where second baseman Matt Stalter made a leaping stab at a liner destined for right field and an across-the-body toss to first for a web-gem double play that ended the frame.

While Overpeck Park fell silent in the seventh and final inning, Ryan Remo continued about his business, recording a fly out to left field and a strike out for the first two of three heart-pounding put-aways.

After getting ahead in the count 0-2 against Catz shortstop Christian Pack, Remo induced a routine groundball to third, which Luis Amaro rifled accurately to first to complete the no-hit bid and doubleheader sweep of Lehigh Valley.

As the Eagles piled out of their dugout to congratulate their starter, the team also breathed a momentarily sigh of relief. North Jersey’s two wins on Saturday night elevate its record to 13-16-1, placing it one game behind Jersey for the second wild-card spot.

North Jersey will continue the hunt for a playoff spot on Tuesday, July 12, as the Eagles take on the Jersey Pilots at home in a pivotal matchup. Coverage will begin at 7:00pm with Eagles broadcaster Dominick Savino on http://mixlr.com/northjerseyeagles/.

Jacobson tosses no-hitter
June 25, 2016
Dan Jacobson tosses no-hitterDan Jacobson (Delaware) pitched a seven inning no-hitter as the Quakertown Blazers defeated the Trenton Generals 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Saturday.

The 6-5 RHP struck out five and walked four while lowering his ERA to 0.83.

Jared Melone (LaSalle) delivered a two run single for the Blazers.

This was the fourth no-hitter in Blazer history. Mo Sanford and Bob Gantz combined for a no-hitter in 1986 against Scranton. In 2001 Jared Trout, Bob Truskey and Jim Gendaszek posted a no-hitter against Long Island while Lou Trivino pitched a no-hitter against North Jersey in 2011.

The Blazers won the second game 5-3. Tyler Ksiazek (Monmouth) received the win and John Turner (Millersville) hit a three run double for the Blazers.

Gorski Returns to NY Mets system
June 24, 2016
LHP Darin Gorski returns to NY Mets organization LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown University, Kutztown Rockies, Quakertown Blazers) is returning to the New York Mets AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, after his contract was purchased from the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.

Gorski posted a 4-2 record with a 3.88 ERA in eleven starts over 60 innings for the Patriots.

He started his career with the Mets in 2009 after he was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Last year at Las Vegas he posted a 10-8 record in 137 innings with 27 starts, the most starts in the Mets' minor league organization.

Mayza selected to All-Star team and promoted
June 21, 2016
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) promoted to AA
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) tossed a scoreless inning in the Florida State League All-Star game on Saturday and was promoted to the Toronto Blue Jay AA affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, on Monday. At Dunedin Mayza posted a 1-0 record with three saves and a 2.04 ERA. In 21 appearances over 35 innings he struck out 41 with ten base on balls and a 1.05 WHIP.

In other news, RHP Jim McDade (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres after the draft and has been assigned to the Arizona League. McDade went 12-1 for the Marauders who advanced to the D-2 World Series. He only walked nine batters in 91 innings with 70 Ks and a 3.05 ERA.

Kyle Petty (California U of PA, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected to the California League All-Star team after hitting .327 with ten home runs for the Seattle Mariners' High A Bakersfield affiliate. He won the California vs. Carolina League Home Run Derby aboard the USS Midway in San Diego with 22 home runs into the Pacific Ocean.

Palacios Tops ACBL Draft Selections
June 12, 2016

Joshua Palacios tops ACBL players drafted by MLB

Photos Courtesy of Auburn University Athletic Department

Joshua Palacios (Auburn, Staten Island Tide) was drafted in the fourth round (No.132 overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The junior outfielder hit .385 for Auburn after transferring from San Jacinto College.

Former Tide teammate, Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide) was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Mariners. Festa was a senior RHP for the Warriors and a First Team Atlantic Region Selection.

A list of the dozen plus players selected in the recent draft is presented below.

Joshua Palacios Auburn, Staten Island Tide OF 4th Round Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Festa East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide RHP 7th Round Seattle Mariners
Alex Kowalczyk Pitt, Quakertown Blazers C 12th Round Texas Rangers
Justin Valdespina Univ Southern NH, North Jersey Eagles RHP 15th Round Colorado Rockies
Matt Swarmer Kutztown, Allentown Railers RHP 19th Round Chicago Cubs
Robert Bennie East Stroudsburg, Allentown, Lehigh Valley Catz OF 24th Round Oakland A's
Anthony Ciavarella Monmouth, Lehigh Valley Catz LHP 24th Round St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Garzillo Lehigh, Lehigh Valley Catz 2B 25th Round Miami Marlins
Derek Jenkins Seton Hall, Lehigh Valley Catz OF 26th Round Los Angeles Angels
Trevor Simms Tulane, Shelter Island RHP 32nd Round Arizona Diamondbacks
Robert Galligan Maryland, North Fork LHP 36th Round Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Venturino Ramapo, Staten Island Tide 2B 36th Round Seattle Mariners
Tolly Filotei Faulkner State, North Jersey Eagles OF 38th Round Chicago Cubs
Brett Bittiger Pace, Allentown Railers 2B 40th Round Oakland A's

Pilots run clinic; visit local Children's Hospital
June 8, 2016

By Peter Warren | Jersey Pilots

Over the last few days, the Jersey Pilots participated in two community events for local children.

On Saturday, the team held a baseball clinic for little leagues in the area. About 35 youth ballplayers aged seven to 12 participated in a plethora of drills and activities at Snyder Ave. Field.

"[The clinic] ran for two hours, said Pilots manager Aaron Kalb. "We took them through stretch and proper throwing. We took them through a couple of stations: infield, outfield, and defensive pitching drills. Then they all got a chance to hit."

Pilots players Drew DeAngelis, Tommy Giunta, Greg Kocinski, Tom Marcinczyk, Colby Smith, and Alex Wright helped run the clinic with Kalb and assistant coach Joe Tomachick.

DeAngelis, in his second season with the Pilots, found the experience rewarding and enjoyable.

"I thought the clinic went really well," said DeAngelis. "It was a lot of fun for us to give back the community like that. Hopefully, it was fun for the kids. It seemed like they were having a fun time. We were happy to do it."

On Monday, members of the Pilots went to the Children’s Specialized Hospital to help with a cleaning up of the hospital playground.

Mike Gibbons, Vic Konstantinovsky, Tim Pilrun, Tyler Poulin, Taylor Parsons, and Harrison Walls cleaned the playground equipment and picked up loose tree branches and pine needles.

Before the clean-up, the players watched a video on the impact of the Hospital's volunteers and went on a tour of the facility.

"When I was setting up the season and the events, I was trying to think of something for the community," said Kalb. "The goal was to help the kids. We didn’t personally get to meet the kids, but we were able to do something that could help them out."

The Pilots plan to hold more community events going forward, including another clinic and a camp.

Visit jerseypilots.com for more information on upcoming games and events.

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 TuneIn.com 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.

Former ACBL players report for spring training
February 20, 2016

Spring Training

Two dozen former ACBL players are reporting to Major League spring training sites in preparation for the 2016 season. The following list includes players on the 40 man rosters, non-roster invitees (NRI), managers and coaches.

Angels: #35 Nick Tropeano, RHP; #13 Kyle Kubitza, INF; Kyle McGowin, RHP,NRI; #70 Tom Gregorio, Bullpen Catcher
Blue Jays: #40 Pete Walker, Pitching Coach
Cardinals: #77 Chris Maloney, First Base Coach
Cubs: C.J. Riefenhauser, LHP; #70 Joe Maddon, Manager
Diamondbacks: #13 Nick Ahmed, SS; # 52 Zack Godley, RHP; #47 Garvin Alston, Bullpen Coach
Marlins: #4 Frank Menechino, Assistant Hitting Coach
Phillies: #82 Bob Stumpo, Bullpen Catcher
Pirates: #14 Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
Rangers: #31 Phil Klein, RHP
Rays: #16 Kevin Cash, Manager
Red Sox: #43 Anthony Varvaro, RHP, NRI
Reds: #56 Chris O'Grady, LHP
Rockies: Jordan Patterson, OF, NRI; #22 Walt Weiss, Manager; #21 Eric Young, First Base Coach
Royals: #37 John Lannan, LHP, NRI
Tigers: #14 Mike Aviles, INF
Twins: Stuart Turner, Catcher, NRI

Zach Lutz signs with Miami Marlins
February 6, 2016
 Photo courtesy of MILB
Zach Lutz (Alvernia, Kutztown Rockies) recently signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Lutz has been assigned to the Marlins AAA affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Lutz played briefly with the New York Mets in 2012-13. This past season he saw action at first and third base for the Mets' AAA affiliate Las Vegas.

RHP Kyle McGowin (Savannah State, Sag Harbor Whalers) was named a non-roster invitee to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels.

McGowin was a fifth round selection of the Angels in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.

Two former ACBL players in the Seattle Mariners system recently completed outstanding seasons in the Australian Baseball League.

First baseman Kyle Petty (California Univ. of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Catz) won the home run title with 14 and hit .317 with 44 RBIs in 55 games.

RHP Kodi Kerski (Sacred Heart, North Fork Osprey) collected 11 saves, second most in the ABL, with 23 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings.

DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

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2019 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division


Kaiser Division

North Jersey211600.568
New York171400.548
Ocean Ospreys181700.514
Ocean Gulls92210.297

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