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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phils face Watertown Saturday 7 p.m.

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Phils face Watertown Saturday 7 p.m.

Phils Pre-Game Notes

HOT HITTERS – Siena's Jake Willis saw his hitting streak last week, but two other Phillies have stepped up with four-game streaks. Jon Nicolla (Duke) has a four-game streak in tact, going 7-for-21 with two runs scored and two RBI, batting a .333 clip. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) is hitting a smart .400 during his four-game stretch with 6-for-15 hitting. He has two runs scored along with two RBI.

NO E's HERE – Saratoga currently has three position players who can claim a perfect mark on defense, catcher Eric Walker (Oklahoma State), first baseman Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) and outfielder Bryan Rose (Kentucky). The Phillies have had 29 miscues in 16 official contests (one remains unofficial due to scorebook difficulty).

HOME COOKING – Tonight the Phillies begin a nine-game home stand over the next nine days, including two doubleheaders and the NYCBL All-Star Game July 6 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. Saratoga hosts twin-bills Sunday versus Amsterdam and Thursday versus Little Falls to make-up for earlier rain outs.

ALL-STAR SECRETS – There is no word on who will be selected to the NYCBL All-Star game as of yet, under a week away. The NYCBL managers submit two position players and a pitcher to the league office. Saratoga's Garret Baron is expected to be the East Division manager as the defending division champion. How many players he can then add to the roster is still a mystery to him.

This could all become clear if….the league commissioner David Chamberlain, league president and publicity coordinator Brian Spagnola returned my phone calls. Of note – the number listed for Chamberlain on the league website is no longer in service and Spagnola has not returned calls placed to him prior to the season getting underway.

Stan Lehman, in charge of the web and advertising has been a gem, getting me logos for the newspaper ASAP. How can you go wrong with a guy named Stan anyway?

I know everyone is busy, with other jobs, responsibilities, etc, but I'm just trying to provide free publicity for our local players, inform the public and help out the league. I'm a nice guy, very patient, not a loud-mouth (I think), I'm just passionate about giving these kids some kudos for a job well done. Let's hope we find out before Friday so we can get in print in 40,000 local newspapers.

SPEAKING OF THANKS – Just a shout to each and everyone one of the sports information departments across the nation that have assisted myself and my wife, Dr. Reda, with the preview section and additional information as the season progresses. These staffs went out of their way to provide us with pre-season photos and coaches quotes. Many have helped since the season has begun and all of their efforts are greatly appreciated. We sent two copies of the preview section to each one last week, we hope you like the end product.




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