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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: July 2008

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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wilton, Clifton Park set for Cal Ripken state finals

Dramatic finishes set stage for state finals

Let's hope that all the greatest moments in Cal Ripken Baseball at the 11-year-old level weren't used up last night at the Bogt Area Baseball Complex in the Eastern New York State Tournament semifinals.

The Wilton All-Stars punched their ticket to the Mid-Atlantic Regional after a come-from-behind, extra inning victory powered by Nick Anderson’s shots heard around ENY.

The stage was set for Wilton's dramatic victory when the Clifton Park Bulldogs dropped Niskayuna into the consolation bracket in thier final at-bats courtesy of Dan Busold’s walk off single .

One other local squad, the Clifton Park Bombers have one last chance to earn a berth in the Mid-Atlantic Regional beginning Aug. 8, but must beat Niskayuna tonight in its 5:30 p.m. contest.

The state championship final is set for an 8 p.m. first pitch.

Directions: From the North (Rt. 87) - Travel South to Exit 8, taking a left off the exit. Go straight to light at the intersection of Route 9. Take a right onto Rt. 9, go across the Crescent Bridge and past the landfill. Approximately two miles later at second traffic light take a left into the Bogt Area Baseball Complex.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Admission prices increase at Albany-Saratoga

After 12 years of holding the line on front gate admission, the management at Albany-Saratoga Speedway regretfully announces that a new policy will be instituted on Aug 8.

Beginning with the Aug. 8 race card, adult admission at Albany-Saratoga Speedway will increase to $12. Children under the stick will be $3.

In conjunction with the price increase, Albany-Saratoga Speedway will also be instituting a discount admission price for seniors. Beginning on Aug. 8, seniors ages 65 and over will be admitted for $10.

We hate to make these increases, because we know times are tough for everyone,” Albany-Saratoga promoter Bruce Richards said. “We held the line for as long as we could, but price increases are also affecting us, from gasoline to diesel fuel to food costs. Heck, even Little Debbie’s Snack Cakes have gone up.”

Richards also announced that adult admission for the CVRA.com 100, to be held on Friday, Aug. 1, will be $18. But fans at Albany-Saratoga Speedway can pick up discount coupons, good for $3 off, at the race track on Friday, July 25. In addition, there will be an “early-bird special” on Friday, Aug. 1. Fans arriving at the speedway between 4 and 5 p.m. will be admitted for $15.

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Wilton and two Clifton Park squads set for state semis tonight

The Wilton Cal Ripken 11-year-old All-Stars and Clifton Park Bulldogs each earned the top seeds heading into tonight’s Eastern New York State Cal Ripken Baseball semifinals at the Bogt Baseball Complex in Colonie.

The Bulldogs will face Niskayuna in the 5:30 p.m. semifinal with Wilton facing the Clifton Park Bombers in the 8 p.m. semifinal.

The winners will advance to Wednesday’s 8 p.m. championship final. Tuesday’s losers still have life, competing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a consolation final.
The top three teams in the Eastern New York State Tournament earn berths in the Cal Ripken Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by the Clifton Park Bulldogs beginning Aug. 8 at the Clifton Common.

Wilton enters the semifinal with a 3-1 record, securing its post-pool play position Monday afternoon before falling to North Colonie, 6-4, in last night’s finale.
The Clifton Park Bulldogs also posted a 3-1 record and were already guaranteed a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional as a host squad. They lost earlier in the day Monday to Saratoga, 11-2, giving the Spa City squad new life in the tournament and forcing the Clifton Park Bombers to win out to advance.

Saratoga ran out of gas in the finale, falling to East Fishkill, 9-0. The Bombers dropped East Fishkill earlier in the day, 2-1 in a nail-biter, but didn’t leave anything to change in the finale, defeating North Colonie 2, 9-2.

Here are lnks for:
Wilton's win over Kent along with exclusive web photos and Saratoga's tough loss.

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Not on vacation, not dead, just really busy...

Sorry for the delay in postings.
After the Soccer Classic it was full steam ahead in the world of aluminum bats and Little League, Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth action along with a new committment to the two newspapers web-sites.
I simply neglected to double-post some of my articles to the blog, but have found a solution to the problem...don't sleep.
All kidding aside, the slate of events isn't getting any thinner during the Dog Days of Summer as my schedule includes a American Legion state tournament, a Mid-Atlantic Region for the Cal Ripken 11-year-old squads, the Phillies wrapping up (maybe in just two days if they don't get hot immediately), work on our annual golf guide along with football and soccer previews for September.
I've also got to squeeze in our anniversary and some quality time with Reda that doesn't include her keeping score at a baseball game (but where else can I find a bigger diamond?)
All is well, busy and the like.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Super Soccer Sunday wrap-up

Every soccer team beat the rain Sunday afternoon as the 32nd Annual Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic came to a close, crowing 13 champions from across the Northeast and Canada.
Congrats to all the champions!

U12 Boys 8 v 8 - Latham Circle
U12 Girls 8 v 8 - Blackwatch
U12 Girls 11 v 11 - Alleycat Amazing
U12 Girls 11 v 11 - Westchester Select
U14 Boys Black - Clifton Park Premier 14
U14 Boys Gold - Greece Eclipse
U14 Girls - Alleycat Ocelots
U16 Boys - Alleycats Milan
U16 Girls - Ottawa Venom
U17/19 Boys - Berkshire United
U17/19 Girls - Clifton Park Premier 18
U23 Mens - Clifton Park Celtics
U23 Womens - Capital United

I'll be updating the division pages with photos of the championship teams along with thoughts from their coaches about their championship run.

Thanks for another great Soccer Classic,
Stan

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Friday, July 11, 2008

CPSC - U12 Boys 8 v 8 Results

Adirondack division
  • Latham Circle United
  • Plattsburgh 12
  • Blackwatch Nike
  • Chazy SC
    Mohawk division
  • Plattsburgh 11
  • Soccer United
  • TBA
  • Alleycats Straycats

    Saturday, 9 a.m.
    Plattsburgh 12 4, Latham Circle United 0
    Black Watch Nike 7, Chazy SC
    10 a.m.
    Ballston Spa 0, Soccer United 4
    Plattsburgh 11 1, Alleycats Straycats 1
    12:30 p.m.
    Soccer United 1, Plattsburgh 11 3
    Black Watch Nike 0, Latham Circle United 3
    Chazy SC 1, Plattsburgh 12 7
    1:30 p.m.
    Alleycats Straycats 6, Ballston Spa 1
    3:30 p.m.
    Circle United 6, Chazy SC 0
    Alleycats Straycats 2, Soccer United 1
    Plattsburgh 11 1, Ballston Spa 1
    4:30 p.m.
    Plattsburgh 12 5, Blackwhite Nike 1

    Sunday, July 13
    Quarter Finals
    8 a.m.

    Plattsburgh 12 6, Ballston Spa 0
    9:10 a.m.
    Blackwatch Nike 3, Plattsburgh 11
    Latham Circle United 0, Soccer United 0 (Latham Circle United advances on PK's 3-1)
    Chazy SC 0, Alleycats Straycats 6
    Semi Finals
    11:30 a.m.

    Plattsburgh 12 1, Westchester YSL 2
    Latham Circle United 2, Soccer United 1
    Finals
    1p.m.

    Field S8 Black Watch Nike 1, Latham Circle Untied 4

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  • CPSC - U12 Girls 8 v 8 Results

    Adirondack results
  • Clifton Park Shooting Stars
  • Plattsburgh Red
  • Greece Eclipse
    Mohawk results
  • Blackwatch
  • Alleycats Wildcats
  • Plattsburgh Black

    Saturday, July 12
    10 a.m.
    Blackwatch 6, Plattsburgh 0
    Alleycats Wildcats 0, Plattsburgh Red1
    11 a.m.
    Clifton Park Shooting Stars 3, Greece Eclipse 0
    1:30 p.m.
    Plattsburgh Red 0, Greece Eclipse 3
    Clifton Park Shooting Stars Plattsburgh Black
    2:30 p.m.
    Blackwatch 4, Alleycats Wildcats 1
    4:30 p.m.
    Greece Eclipse 0, Blackwatch 1
    Plattsburgh Red 6, Clifton Park Shootings Stars 0
    5:30 p.m.
    Field S8 Plattsburgh Black vs. Alleycats Wildcats

    Sunday, July 13
    Quarterfinals
    8 a.m.

    (Adirondack #1) Plattsburgh Red and (Mohawk #1) Blackwatch Byes
    CP Shooting Stars 0, Alleycats Wildcats
    Greece Eclipse 5, Plattsburgh Black 0
    Semifinals
    10:20 a.m.

    Alleycats Wildcats 0, Plattsburgh Red 3
    Greece Eclipse 1, Blackwatch 2
    Finals
    1p.m.

    Field S9 Plattsburgh Red vs. Blackwatch

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  • CPSC - U12 Boys 11 v 11 Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Cobras
  • Albany Attack
  • Westchester Navy
    Mohawk division
  • Clifton Park Stingers
  • Alleycat Amazing
  • Westchester White
  • Clifton Park Yellow Jackets

    Friday, July 11
    6:30 p.m.
    Albany Attack 2, Clifton Park Cobras 1
    Clifton Park Stingers 5, Yellowjackets 1

    Saturday, July 12
    10 a.m.
    Westchester Navy 0, LIJSL 3
    Westchester White Forfeit, Alleycat Amazing 3
    12:30 p.m.
    Alleycat Amazing 6, Clifton Park Stingers 0
    Westchester Navy 3, Clifton Park Cobras 0
    LIJSL 5, Albany Attack 0
    Clifton Park Yellowjackets 3, Westchester White Forfeit
    3:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park Cobras 1, LISJSL 2
    Clifton Park Yellowjackets 0, Alleycat Amazing 6
    Clifton Park Stingers 3, Westchester White Forfeit
    Albany Attack 0, Westchester Navy 0

    Sunday, July 13
    8 a.m.
    Quarterfinals

    LIJSL Bye
    Game 14 Field S13 Albany Attack 6, CP Stingers 3
    Game 15 Field S14 Westchester Navy 6, CP Yellow Jackets 0
    Game 16 Field S15 CP Cobras 0, Alleycat Amazing 6
    Semifinals
    11:30 a.m.

    LIJSL 5, Albany Attack 1
    Westchester Navy 0, Alleycat Amazing 1
    Finals
    3:20

    LIJSL 1, Alleycat Amazing 5

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  • CPSC - U12 Girls 11 v 11 Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Panthers
  • WYSL White
  • Soccer United
  • Highland Red Storm
    Mohawk division
  • Clifton Park Crusaders
  • Chazy SC
  • Alleycats Lynx
    Hudson division
  • Dorval Tigers
  • WYSL Blue
  • TBA

    Saturday, 8 a.m.
    Clifton Park Panthers 2, WYSL White 1
    Soccer United 6, Highland Red Storm 0
    Clifton Park Crusaders 3, Chazy SC 0
    Alleycats Lynx 3, Forfeit
    Dorval Tigers 1, WYSL Blue 2
    11 a.m.
    Clifton Park Panthers 0, Soccer United 2
    WYSL White 6, Highland Red Storm 0
    Chazy SC 0, WYSL Blue 6
    Clifton Park Crusaders 0, Alleycats Lynx 6
    Dorval Tigers 3, Forfeit
    2:30
    Highland Red Storm 0, Clifton Park Panthers 6
    WYSL White 0, Soccer United 3
    Dorval Tigers 5, Clifton Park Crusaders 0
    Chazy SC 0, Alleycats Lynx 6
    WYSL BLUE Bye

    Sunday, July 13
    Preliminary
    8 a.m.

    Highland Red Storm 1, Chazy SC 1 (Highland Red Storm advances on PK's 4-3)
    Game 16 Field S17 (Adirondack #3) WYSL White vs. Hudson #3 bye
    Quarter Finals
    10:20 a.m.

    CP Crusaders 1, CP Panthers 2
    WYSL White 0, Alleycats Lynx, 3
    Dorval Tigers 0, Soccer United 2
    Chazy 0, WYSL Blue 10
    Semifinals
    1 p.m.

    Clifton Park Panthers 1, Alleycats Lynx 1 (CP Panthers advances on PK's 5-4)
    Soccer United 0, WYSL Blue 1
    Finals
    3:20 p.m.

    Clifton Park Panthers 1, WYSL Blue 2

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  • CPSC - U14 Boys Black Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Premier 14
  • Synergy FC
  • Blackwatch Cabers
    Mohawk division
  • Westchester 14
  • Alleycats Puma
  • Plattsburgh PC

    Saturday, July 12
    9:00 a.m.
    Clifton Park P14 0, Blackwatch Cabers 0
    Westchester 14 5, Plattsburgh FC 0
    Alleycats Puma 0, Synergy FC 5
    12:30 p.m.
    Synergy FC 1, Blackwatch Cabers 0
    Westchester 14 2, Alleycats Puma 0
    Clifton Park P14 6, Plattsburgh FC 1
    3:30p.m.
    Synergy FC 0, Clifton Park P14 2
    Plattsburgh FC 1, Alleycats Puma 0
    Blackwatch Cabers 1, Westchester 14 2

    Sunday, July 13
    Quarterfinals
    9:10 a.m.

    CP Premier 14 and (Mohawk #1) Westchester 14 – bye
    Blackwatch Cabers 4, Plattsburgh FC 1
    Synergy FC 2, Alleycats Puma 1
    Semifinals
    1 p.m.

    Blackwatch Cabers 0, CP Premier 14 4
    Synergy 4, Westchester 14 2
    Finals
    3:20

    CP Premier 14 1, Synergy 0

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  • CPSC - U14 Boys Gold Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Premier 13
  • Clifton Park Golden Express
  • Westchester YSL 95
  • Greece eclipse
    Mohawk
  • Clifton Park Tornadoes
  • Chazy SC
  • VT Northern Untied
  • Soccer United

    Saturday, July 12
    9a.m.
    Clifton Park P13 4, Westchester YSL 95 3
    Clifton Park Golden 0, Express Greece Eclipse 2
    Chazy SC 4, Soccer United 0
    Clifton Park Tornadoes 0, VT Northern United 4
    2:30 p.m.
    Westchester YSL 95 1, Greece Eclipse 3
    VT Northern United 1, Soccer United 7
    Clifton Park Tornadoes 0, Chazy SC 5
    Clifton Park P13 3, Golden Express 1
    4:30 p.m.
    Greece Eclipse 1, Clifton Park P13 1
    Clifton Park Golden Express 2, Westchester YSL 95 3
    Soccer United 6, Clifton Park Tornadoes 3
    Chazy SC 1, VT Northern United 1

    Sunday, July 13
    9:10 a.m.
    Quarterfinals

    Greece Eclipse 5, vs. CP Tornadoes 0
    Westchester YSL 95 0, Chazy SC 0 (Westchester advances on PK's 4-3)
    Clifton Park P13 4, VT Northern United 0
    CP Golden Express 1, Soccer United 7
    Semifinals
    11:30 a.m.

    Greece Eclipse 1, Westchester YSL 1 (Greece Eclipse advances on PK's 3-2)
    Clifton Park 13 3, Soccer United 1
    Finals
    3:20 p.m.

    Greece Eclipse 1, Clifton Park P13 0

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  • CPSC - U14 Girls Results

    Adirondack
  • Clifton Park Premier 14
  • Soccer United
  • Lakeshore
  • Alleycats Predators
    Mohawk
  • Clifton Park Premier 13
  • Far Post SC
  • Alleycats Ocelots
    Hudson
  • Plattsburgh PC
  • Rochester FC
  • Clifton Park Dragons

    Friday, July 11
    Clifton Park P13 0, Alleycats Ocelots 3

    Saturday, July 12
    10 a.m.
    Clifton Park P14 0, Soccer United 3
    LakeshoreAlleycats 0, Predators 2
    Clifton Park P13 2, Far Post SC 1
    Alleycats Ocelots 2, Rochester FC 1
    Plattsburgh FC 5, Clifton Park Dragons 0
    1:30 a.m.
    Alleycats Predators 5, Clifton Park P14 0
    Soccer United 0, Lakeshore 2
    Plattsburgh FC 2, Clifton park P13 0
    Far Post SC 0, Alleycats Ocelots 6
    Rochester FC 6, Clifton Park Dragons 0
    4:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park 14 1, Lakeshore 0
    Alleycats Predators 4, Soccer United 0
    Clifton Park Dragons 1, Far Post SC 3
    Plattsburgh FC 1, Rochester FC 3

    Sunday, July 13
    Preliminary
    8 a.m.


    Lakeshore 1, Far Post SC 0
    Soccer United 2, CP Dragons 0
    Quarterfinals
    11:30 a.m.

    CP Premier 13 4, CP Premier 14 1
    Soccer United 1, Alleycat Ocelots 6
    Plattsburgh FC 1, Alleycats Predators 3
    Lake Shore 0, Rochester FC 3
    Semifinals
    2:10 p.m.

    Clifton Park P13 0, Alleycat Ocelots 4
    Alley Cat Predators 1, Rochester FC 2
    Finals
    4:30 p.m.

    Alleycats Ocelots 2, Rochester FC 0

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  • CPSC - U16 Boys Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park P15
  • Far Post
  • VT Northern United
  • Chazy SC
    Mohawk division
  • Clifton Park Steamers
  • VT Northern United 16
  • Greece Eclipse
  • Hudson
  • Alleycats Milan
    Hudson division
  • Alleycats Milan
  • Plattsburgh FC
  • Rutland CSC

    Friday, July 11
    6:30
    Alleycats Milan 4, Clifton Park 1

    Saturday, July 12
    8 a.m.
    Clifton Park P15 VT 6, Northern United 15 0
    Far Post 2, Chazy SC 2
    VT Northern United 16 2, Plattsburgh FC 1
    Clifton Park Steamers 0, Greece Eclipse 1
    Alleycats Milan 3, Rutland CSC 0
    12:30
    Clifton Park P15 2, Far Post 1
    VT Northern United 15 1, Chazy SC 0
    Clifton Park Steamers 2, VT Northern United 16 1
    Greece Eclipse 3, Rutland CSC 0
    Plattsburgh FC 0, Alleycats Milan 0
    3:30
    VT Northern United 16 1, Greece Eclipse 3
    Plattsburgh FC 1, Rutland CSC 0
    Chazy SC 0, Clifton Park P15 4
    Far Post 5, VT Northern United 150

    Sunday, July 13
    Preliminary Games
    8 a.m.

    VT Northern United 15 0, VT Northern United 16 o (VT Northern United on PK's 2-1)
    Chazy SC 0, Rutland CSC 0 (Chazy SC advances on PK's 10-9)
    Quarter Finals
    10:20 a.m.

    CP Steamers 0, Far Post 1
    Chazy 0, Greece Eclipse 5
    Plattsburgh FC 0, CP Premier 15 1
    North 0, Alleycats Milan 4
    Semifinals
    2:10 a.m.

    Far Post 1, Greece Eclipse 2
    Clifton Park P15 0, Alleycats Milian 2
    Finals
    4:30 a.m.

    Greece Eclipse 1, Alleycats Milan 4

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  • CPSC - U16 Girls Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Premier 16
  • Plattsburgh FC
  • Soccer United
    Mohawk division
  • Chazy SC
  • Westchester 15
  • Ottawa Venom

    Saturday, July 12
    8:00 a.m.
    Clifton Park P 16 6, Westchester 15 0
    Chazy SC Ottawa 0, Venom 6
    Plattsburgh FC 2, Soccer United 1
    11 a.m.
    Plattsburgh FC 0, Clifton Park P16 2
    Westchester 15 0, Ottawa Venom 1
    Soccer United 3, Chazy SC 1
    3:30 p.m.
    Soccer United 0, Clifton Park P 16 6
    Westchester 15 2, Chazy SC 1
    Ottawa Venom 0, Plattsburgh FC 0

    Sunday, July 13
    Quarterfinals
    9:10 a.m.

    CP Premier 16 and Ottawa Venom bye
    Soccer United 3, Westchester 15 0
    Plattsburgh FC 3, Chazy SC 0
    Semifinals
    1 p.m.

    Soccer United 0, CP Premier 16 4
    Plattsburgh FC 1, Ottawa Venom 2
    Finals
    3:20

    Clifton Park P16 0, Ottawa Venom 0 (Clifton Park tournament U 23 Champions on PK's 1-0)

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  • CPSC - U17/19 Boys Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park Premier 18
  • Berkshire
  • Shenentaha Mad Dogs
  • Clifton Park Fury
    Mohawk division
  • Clifton Park P17
  • Carmel Redarsenal
  • Alleycats Cool Cats
    Hudson division
  • Cohoes Mastadons
  • Plattsburgh FC
  • Clifton Park Premier 16

    Friday, July 11
    6:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park P17 2, Alleycats Cool Cats 0
    Clifton Park P16 5, Cohoes Mastodons 1

    Saturday, July 12
    9 a.m.
    Clifton Park P18 2, Shenentaha Mad Dogs 0
    Berkshire 3, Clifton Park Fury 0
    Carmel Red Arseanl 1, Plattsburgh FC 2
    12:30 p.m.
    Alleycats Cool Cats 1, Clifton Park P16 1
    1:30 p.m.
    Shenentaha Mad Dogs 1, Clifton Park Fury 0
    Clifton Park P17 4, Carmel Red Arseanl 0
    Cohoes Mastodons 2, Plattsburgh FC 2
    Clifton Park 18 2, Berkshire 2
    4:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park 0, Fury Clifton Park 18 4
    Berkshire 1, Shenentaha Mad Dogs 0
    Cohoes Mastodons 1, Clifton Park P17 6
    Carmel Red Arseanl 2, Alleycats Cool Cats 2
    Clifton Park P16 3, Plattsburgh FC 1

    Sunday, July 13
    Preliminary
    8 a.m.

    Shenentaha Mad Dogs 0, Carmel Red Arsenal 0 (Shenentaha advances on PK's 5-4)
    Cohoes Mastadons 4, CP Fury 1
    Quarterfinals
    11:30 a.m.

    Alleycats Cool Cats 0, Berkshire 3
    Cohoes Mastadons 0, CP Premier 17 0 (Choes advances on PK's 5-4)
    Plattsburgh FC 2, CP Premier 18 2 (Plattsburgh advances on PK's 5-4)
    Shenentaha Mad Dogs 1, CP Premier 16 3
    Semifinals
    2:10 p.m.

    Berkshire 5, Cohoes Mastadons 0
    Plattsburgh FC 0, Clifton Park P16 1
    Finals
    4:30

    Berkshire 1, CP P16 1 (Berkshire champions on PK's 5-4)

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  • CPSC - U17/19 Girls Results

    Adirondack division
  • Clifton Park P18
  • Plattsburgh SC
  • DMS
    Mohawk division
  • Clifton Park Bobcats
  • Soccer United
  • Shenentaha Akitas

    Friday, July 11
    6:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park P18 2, Shenentaha Akitas 0

    Saturday, July 12
    8 a.m.
    Clifton Park P18 2, DMS 0
    Soccer United 2, Shenentaha Akitas 0
    Clifton Park Bobcats 0 Plattsburgh SC 4
    11 a.m.
    Plattsburgh SC 2, Clifton Park P18 0
    Shenentaha Akitas 1, Clifton Park Bobcats 0
    DMS 1, Soccer United 0
    1:30 p.m.
    Plattsburg SC 2, DMS 2
    Soccer United 4, Clifton Park Bobcats 0

    Sunday
    Quarterfinals
    9:10 a.m.

    DMS 1, Shenentaha Akitas, 0
    CP Premier 18 5, CP Bobcats 0
    Semifinals
    1:00 p.m.

    DMS 1, Plattsburgh SC 1 (DMS advances on PK's 2-1)
    Game 15 C3 Clifton Park 18 vs. Soccer United
    Final
    3:20

    DMS 1, Clifton Park P18 3

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  • CPSC - U23 Men's results

    Adirondack
  • Clifton Park Ravens
  • Bethlehem
  • Clifton Park Celtics
  • LaGrange Red Devils

    Saturday, July 12
    9 a.m.
    La Grange Red Devils 1, Clifton Park Celtics 1
    Bethlehem 0, Clifton Park Ravens 1
    1:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park Celtics 1, Bethlehem 1
    2:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park Park Ravens 1, La Grange Red Devils 1
    5:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park Ravens 1, Clifton Park Celtics 1
    Bethlehem 0, LaGrange Red Devils1

    Sunday, July 13
    By virtue of a fifth tie-break, the CP Ravens are the No. 1 and the LaGrange Red Devils are the No. 2 seed.

    Tie-break breakdown
    (1) Both teams tied head to head, score 1-1. (2) Both teams had a goal differential of 1. (3) Both teams scored three goals. (4) Both teams gave up 2 goals. (5) Coin flip. Ravens given heads, Red Devils given tails. Flipped by an impartial party, witnessed by the host tournament president, scorer and the media (me). Heads it is.

    Semifinals
    10:20 a.m.

    CP Ravens 3, Bethlehem 2
    CP Celtics 1, LaGrange Red Devils 0
    Finals
    1:00 p.m.

    Clifton Park Celtics 2, Clifton Park Ravens 0

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  • CPSC - U23 Women's Division results

    Saturday, July 12
    Adirondack

  • Clifton Park Celtic Green
  • Q United
  • Capital United
  • Clifton Park Celtic Grey

    9 a.m.
    Clifton Park Celtic Gray 1, Capitial United 0
    Q United 1, Clifton Park Celtic Green 1
    2:30 p.m.
    Capital United 4, Q United 2
    Clifton Park Celtic Green 4, Clifton Park Celtic Gray 2
    5:30 p.m.
    Clifton Park Celtic Green 2, Capital United 0
    Q United 2, Clifton Park Celtic Gray 0

    Sunday, July 13
    Semifinals
    9:10 a.m.

    CP Celtic Green 0, Capital United 1
    10:20 a.m.
    CP Celtic Grey 0, Q United 1
    Finals
    2:10 p.m.

    Capital United 0, Clifton Park Celtics 0 (Capital United advances on PK's 1-0)

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  • Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Clifton Park Soccer Classic ready to kick off

    The fields are lined, the nets are in place and the grass has been mowed to a perfect height as the 32nd annual Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic gets ready to kick off.

    In between two baseball games this afternoon and this evening I will be updating the blog with everything you'll need to catch all the action from your computer screen.

    We'll (Dr. Reda and myself) will be updating scores as they come into headquarters as well as taking photos of the weekend's action on the pitch.

    Stay tuned for more...

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    Sunday, July 06, 2008

    Phillies send four to NYCBL All-Star game

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Four Saratoga Phillies will participate tonight in the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game hosted by the Watertown Wizards and will be broadcast on TimeWarner Cable Channel 3.

    The NYCBL batting leader, J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern), Saratoga Central Catholic graduate Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion), Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) and Virginia hurler Sean Lucas will represent the Phillies in the annual summer classic.

    Martinez leads the NYCBL with a .459 league leading batting average that includes a new Saratoga franchise record for home runs with 7. In 19 games, Martinez has 34 hits and scored 17 runs with six doubles and a triple to his credit along with 18 RBI.

    “I’m looking forward to it to see what talent is out there from the west,” Martinez said. “I want to see what I’m up against.”

    Martinez will also participate in the annual home run derby, beginning at 4 p.m.

    “I’m psyched, I’ve never done it before,” Martinez said. “It’s an honor to have that chance. I’ve been in all-star games as a little kid, but this is pretty neat.”

    Farfaglia also boasts some of the best offensive numbers on the Phillies staff, earning him a berth on the East Division All-Star roster.

    In 17 games, Farfaglia is hitting .314 with 16 hits, scoring seven runs. He has four doubles and three triples to his credit with five RBI.

    “I’ve been putting some good swings on the ball,” Farfaglia said. “I’ve been looking for my pitches and been selective at the plate.”

    The team found out on the road at Watertown earlier in the week courtesy of the Wizards PA announcer.

    “We didn’t get home really late, so I told my dad the next day,” Farfaglia said. “They’re pretty proud of me.”

    Farfaglia wasn’t surprised by the selection of the Phillies top hitters, including Hohman.

    “JD and I hit a lot before the game and do a number of drills before,” Farfaglia. “That’s why we’ve been so successful.”

    Hohman was surprised that he was selected for the all-star squad after arriving later in the season to the Phillies, but has made his presence felt.

    “I came in late and I’m just trying to come in and do the best that I can,” Hohman said. “I didn’t think that I had a shot. They must have liked what they saw.”

    At the plate, Hohman is batting a crisp .315 in 14 games with 17 hits and scoring eight runs. He has driven in six runs with two doubles and a triple. His stock was buoyed by his versatility on the left side of the infield.

    “At Virgina Tech I played all the infield positions,” Hohman said. “Here I’ve played short and third. I don’t have a clue where I’ll play (in the all-star game), but wherever they put me, it won’t be a problem.”

    Saratoga’s pitching staff will be represented by the left-handed reliever, Lucas.
    The Virginia hurler sports an anemic 0.47 ERA over 19.1 innings pitched and 10 appearances. He has a 2-0 record, allowing only six hits and one run that was earned. He walked five batters and struck out 23 to date.

    “It’s a nice accomplishment,” Lucas said. “I’m just up here to do my job and it turned out pretty good.”

    The NYCBL All-Star game can be seen on TW3 beginning at 7 p.m.

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    Wizards put another spell on Phillies, lose 5-4

    Errors cost Spa collegians again

    SARATOGA SPRINGS – It has been a theme all season for the Saratoga Phillies – moments of greatness and then moments of…well, not so great moments.

    The up and down woes of the Phillies were combined in a single contest Sunday as Saratoga fell to the Watertown Wizards, 5-4, the night before the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star break.

    Saratoga allowed three unearned runs in the sixth inning courtesy of throwing errors by Phillies shortstop Chris Buss (Old Dominion) and right fielder Domonique Rodgers (NC State), handing Watertown (7-15) a 5-0 lead at East Side Rec.

    Saratoga (10-14) managed to scratch out a run in the fourth and seventh innings, utilizing its ability to manufacture runs and then took advantage of a pair of errors by the Wizards, closing the gap to a run, 5-4, but went down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.


    “We can’t miss cut offs, can’t block pitches, can’t get bunts down and strike out five times looking and still expect to win,” Saratoga coach Kevin Graber said. “We’re not good enough to overcome those types of mistakes.”


    The night appeared promising as NC State right-hander Jason Zinser appeared unhittable the first time through the Watertown order. He struck out five of the first nine Wizard batters before the line-up adjusted and scored two runs of the lanky hurler on four hits.

    Zinser turned the ball over to Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw who suffered through the three-run sixth inning, giving up three unearned runs.

    Saratoga kept the game in check, scoring a lone run in the fourth on three hits, including a lead off double by Chris Buss (Old Dominion). He came around to score on a J.D. Martinez RBI single, cutting the lead, 2-1.

    The Phillies pushed across its second run in the seventh after Kyle Meyer (Marist) reached on a one-out single and scored on an RBI double by Rodgers that hit the fence in centerfield.

    Saratoga continued to apply pressure in the eighth as Buss took a leadoff walk, advanced on a walk issued to Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) both scored on a throwing error, cutting the lead, 5-4.

    Graber credited the five confused, caught looking strikeouts on Watertown starter Ian Schwalenberg, who threw his sliders for strikes when ahead.

    Conversely, Zinser who admitted that he came to the Phillies to work on his game struggled with self and team success. His plan was to throw his change-up more early on, which he did successfully. Then as the game progressed the Wizards were able to take advantage of his breaking pitches. Tomshaw pitched four admirable innings, victimized by his own defense in the sixth, but finished with five strikeouts.

    Phils Notes:
    Saratoga had two highlight plays at the plate Sunday night. First was Larry Pempek’s blocking of the plate against Watertown’s Khyle Dimino (SUNY Cortland). He was racing home on Jake Gorman’s (Holy Cross) single to left and was thrown out by a J.D. Martinez, Hohman relay. When the ball came in, Pempek blocked the plate, Dimino crashed into Pempek, the ball was bobbled and he reached over Dimino to corral the ball while still blocking the plate, saving an early run.

    Buss, coming off a strained ligament in his thumb scored the first run for the Phillies, racing in from second on a J.D. Martinez single and diving head first onto home plate, sending shivers up the spine of the entire Saratoga coaching staff.

    Four Phillies, Hohman, Martinez, Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion) and Sean Lucas (Virginia) have been selected to the East Division NYCBL All-Star game at Watertown tonight. The game will be broadcast on TW3 locally.

    After the two-day break, Saratoga is on the road for five straight games before returning to East Side Rec at 7 p.m. July against the same Watertown Wizards. Catch the games live over the internet the NYCBL broadcasts. I plan on following the games also with a road trip to Amsterdam in the mix.

    WATERTOWN 5, SARATOGA 4
    Watertown 001 103 000 – 5 7 3
    Saratoga 000 100 120 – 4 10 2

    Watertown: Schulanser, Fursher (5), Discher (8) and Marshall. Saratoga: Zinser, Tomshaw (5), Fiers (9) and Pempek.

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    G24 - Phillies rally falls short, lost to Watertown, 5-4

    Top of the ninth, Watertown. Score: Watertown, 5-4
  • Saratoga pitching change: Mike Fiers (Nova Southeastern) on in relief of Matt Tomshaw (Jacksonville).
  • Brad Felder lf (The Citadel) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross) singled to right.
  • Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah) grounded out to third. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the eighth, Saratoga. Score: Watertown, 5-4
  • Pitching change, Watertown:
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) lead off walk. To second on walk to Ty Hohman. To third on Larry Pempek single. Scores on throwing error on Kyle Meyer grounder to third. Watertown lead cut to 5-3.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) walked. To second on Larry Pempek single. Scores on Kyle Meyer grounder to third, scores on the throwing error. Saratoga threatens, 5-4.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) sharp single though the left side.
  • Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Kyle Meyer 2b (Marist) grounds to third base, ball sails over the first baseman’s head, E5.
  • Pitching change for Watertown:
  • Pinch hitter for Saratoga:Mike Moss (Maryland) ground out to third. 3rd out.

    Top of the eighth, Watertown. Score: 5-2
  • Greg Herbst 3b (Kansas) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Ryan Faidley rf (Eastern Kentucky) walked. Forced out at second on 6-4-3 double play. 2nd out.
  • Jay Bresnahan 2b (Minnesota State) grounded into double play. Close play at first, called out by base umpire Mark Fitch, much to the chagrin of the Watertown bench. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the seventh, Saratoga. Score: Watertown, 5-2
  • Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Kyle Meyer 2b (Marist) singled to right. Scores from first on Domonique Rodgers RBI double to centerfield. Saratoga cuts into lead, 5-2.
  • Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) flied out to left. 2nd out.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) slugged a double to centerfield, hit the base of the centerfield fence near the 362-foot mark.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) long fly ball to centerfield. 3 outs.

    Top of the seventh, Watertown. Score: Watertown, 5-1
  • Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross) strikeout swinging, but wild pitch allows him to reach first. Advances on sac bunt by Keli’I Zablan. A second wild pitch by Tomshaw allows him to advance to third.
  • Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah) sacrifice bunt. 1 out.
  • Derek Marshall c (St. Rose) strikes out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Curtis Lazar 1b (Maryland) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the sixth, Saratoga. Score: Watertown, 5-1
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) singles to left field. Forced out at second on Chris Buss grounder to short. 1 out.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) grounds to shortstop, reaches on an error. To second on J.D. Martinez walk.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) walks. Forced out at second on Larry Pempek’s grounder. 3rd out.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) infield fly to second. 2 outs.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) grounds to second baseman.

    Top of the sixth, Watertown. Score: Watertown, 5-1
  • Derek Marshall c (St. Rose) drills double into left centerfield gap. Scores on Greg Herbst single to right field. Watertown ahead, 3-1.
  • Curtis Lazar 1b (Maryland) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Greg Herbst 3b (Kansas) single to right field. Throw from Domonique Rodgers up the third base line, allows him to advance to second. Scores on Jay Bresnahan grounder and subsequent error by the shortstop. Watertown ahead, 4-1.
  • Ryan Faidley rf (Eastern Kentucky) strikes out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Jay Bresnahan 2b (Minnesota State) grounder to short, Saratoga’s Chris Buss throw to first is wide. To second on errant throw. Scores on Brad Felder single to centerfield. Watertown 5-1.
  • Brad Felder lf (The Citadel) RBI single to center.
  • Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland) grounds out to first baseman. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the fifth, Saratoga. Score: Watertown, 2-1
  • Kyle Meyer 2b (Marist) popped out to the catcher. 1 out.
  • Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) grounds out to second base. 2 outs.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) struck out looking. 3rd out.

    Top of the fifth, Watertown. Score: Watertown, 2-1
  • Pitching change, Saratoga. Matt Tomshaw (Jacksonville) on in relief of Jason Zinser (NC State).
  • Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland) lined out to shortstop. 1 out.
  • Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross) grounded out to third. 2 outs.
  • Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah) grounded out to shortstop. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the fourth, Saratoga. Score: Watertown 2-1
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) doubled to left field. Scores on J.D. Martinez single up the middle. Saratoga cuts into lead, 2-1.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) works the count full, drills ball through the middle. On a hit and run, to second on Ty Hohman single. To third on Larry Pempek groundout.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) infield single to short. Forced out at second. 1 out.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) after two unsuccessful bunt attempts, swings into a 6-4-3 double play. 2nd out.
  • Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) flies out to left field. 3rd out.

    Top of the fourth, Watertown. Score: Watertown, 2-0
  • Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah) grounds out to third. 1 out.
  • Derek Marshall c (St. Rose) reaches on a hard hit to third. Advances to third on Curtis Lazar double to left centerfield gap. Scores on Faidley passed ball. Watertown ahead, 2-0.
  • Curtis Lazar 1b (Maryland) ropes a double to left centerfield. To third on Faidley passed ball.
  • Greg Herbst 3b (Kansas) hit by pitch. To second on Faidley passed ball.
  • Ryan Faidley rf (Eastern Kentucky) Passed ball, allows run to score. Struck out. 2nd out.
  • Jay Bresnahan 2b (Minnesota State) walked.
  • Brad Felder lf (The Citadel) flied out to center. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the third, Saratoga. Score: 1-0
  • Kyle Meyer 2b (Marist) lined out to third. 1 out.
  • Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) flied out to left. 2 outs.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) infield hit to deep shortstop.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) pops out to third. 3 outs.

    Top of the third, Watertown. Score: 1-0
  • Ryan Faidley rf (Eastern Kentucky) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Jay Bresnahan 2b (Minnesota State) flied out to left field. 2 outs.
  • Brad Felder lf (The Citadel) singles up the middle. To third on Khyle Dimino single to right. Scores on Gorman single to left. Watertown ahead, 1-0.
  • Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland) Singles to right field. Steals second. Heads to home on Gorman single, left fielder throws home, Saratoga catcher Larry Pempek takes throw, blocks the plate. Dimino slides in, knocks ball loose, but Pempek still has plate blocked, secures ball and it called out at home. Watertown argues to no avail. 3rd out.
  • Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross) RBI single to left, knocked down by the shortstop.

    Bottom of the second Saratoga. Score: 0-0
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) infield single.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) diving catch by the left fielder. 1 out.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) struck out looking. 2 outs.
  • Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) popped out, foul territory. 3rd out.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)

    Top of the second, Watertown. Score: 0-0
  • Derek Marshall c (St. Rose) popped out foul territory to catcher. 1 out.
  • Curtis Lazar 1b (Maryland) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Greg Herbst 3b (Kansas) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the first Saratoga. Score: 0-0
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) grounded out to the pitcher. 1 out.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) flied out to left field. 2 outs.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Top of the first, Watertown. Score: 0-0
  • Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross) pop fly out to shortstop. 2 outs.
  • Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Tonight’s starting lineups.
    Watertown (6-15)
    Khyle Dimino cf (Cortland)
    Jake Gorman dh (Holy Cross)
    Keli’i Zablan ss (Southern Utah)
    Derek Marshall c (St. Rose)
    Curtis Lazar 1b (Maryland)
    Greg Herbst 3b (Kansas)
    Ryan Faidley rf (Eastern Kentucky)
    Jay Bresnahan 2b (Minnesota State)
    Brad Felder lf (The Citadel)
    Ian Schwalenberg p (Maryland)

    Saratoga Phillies (10-13)
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State)
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville)
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)
    J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern)
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech)
    Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky)
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion)
    Kyle Meyer 2b (Marist)
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt)
    Jason Zinser p (NC State)

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  • Saturday, July 05, 2008

    A lot on the line for Phils versus Watertown tonight

    Thanks to NYCBL PR guru John McGraw for reminding me that the Wizards are in town versus the Miners as I originally wrote late Saturday night.

    Saratoga Phillies skipper Kevin Graber didn’t want to call it a “must win” contest heading into Sunday’s home tilt against visiting Watertown in their final New York Collegiate Baseball League contest before the All-Star break, but it is as close as the Spa City squad has been to one this season.

    Saratoga enters the contest with a 10-13 record and Watertown travels to East Side Rec with a 6-15 mark. A win by the Phillies will put more distance against the last place squad and put pressure on Little Falls (11-12) who is on the road for a twinbill at Glens Falls.

    Saratoga holds a 2-1 advantage over Watertown to date this season.

    With a built-in two day break for the NYCBL All-Star Game in Watertown (available on Time Warner 3 locally) and a East Division Scout Day following, Graber is free to throw the kitchen sink at the Miners.

    NC State hurler Jason Zinser is the scheduled starter and if he falls into any type of trouble, look for Sean Lucas (Virginia), Billy Vernon (Stanford), Matt Tomshaw (Jacksonville) and Dave Batchelder (Saint Peters) to be ready for a trip to the mound on full rest. Even ubercloser Josh Simmons (Wheaton, MA) is available for the ninth, pitching to only two batters Saturday night in a 9-6 win over Bennington and getting out of a bases loaded jam.

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    Gamer - Phillies survive Bombers scare, win 9-6

    Move into playoff chase

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Saratoga Phillies survived a late, self-induced scare by the Bennington Bombers Saturday night at East Side Rec to finally reach the double-digit win mark.

    The Phillies scored a trio of runs in the fourth and most-important seventh innings courtesy of 13 hits and kept the Bombers at bay in the ninth after allowing two runs to score and the bases loaded for its 10th win of the summer New York Collegiate Baseball League season.

    “Our guys have seen that it helps to keep tacking on runs,” Saratoga coach Kevin Graber said. “We been there a few times and let teams hang around and it has bit us.”

    Saratoga (10-13) held a commanding 9-4 lead through eight innings, but the Bombers worked Phillie reliever Tyler McKinney (Oklahoma State) in the ninth inning to create a serious threat.

    McKinney showed signs of greatness, pitching 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and eighth innings and was in control in the ninth with two outs on Bennington (9-12).

    Things got interesting after McKinney gave up a fielder’s choice followed by two singles and a walk, forcing in the fifth run of the night for the Bombers.

    Closer Josh Simmons (Wheaton, MA) came in and proceeded to walk in yet another Bomber, Mike Sudol (Boston College), allowing Bennington to cut the lead, 9-6, with the bases still loaded. A long drive to centerfield by Andy Drexel (Hartford) was reeled in by centerfielder David Coleman (Virginia) to end the threat and the contest for the second straight win for the Phillies.

    “Bennington always hit and runs, steals bases and tries to manufacturer runs,” Graber said. “We have to be prepared.”

    Saratoga had a strong start once again from Maryland left-hander Eric Potter, throwing five innings. His toughest inning was the second when he gave up Bennington’s original three runs on five hits, but all three outs came as strikeouts.

    “I gave up a couple of hits,” Potter said. “The next couple of innings I got ahead of the hitters. That inning I got behind.”

    The Phillies were led by Nate Holland (Louisville) who returned to the lineup after a hip injury suffered earlier in the season. The recover has led him to become even stronger at the plate.

    “I was off to a slow start with my hip,” Holland said. “I wasn’t turning and KG (Graber) threw me a ton of batting practice to get my swing right and my mechanics down pat.”

    He scored the first Phillies run of the night with a one-out double in the first, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the win.

    Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) didn’t imagine his RBI double to centerfield in the bottom of the seventh would be so key, scoring catcher Mike Moss (Maryland) all the way from first base.

    “I was just trying to hit the ball where it was pitched,” Hohman said. “Mike (Moss) with his wheels, I didn’t think he would come all the way around.”

    Hohman almost connected for his first home run of the season in the fifth, powering the ball to the left field fence.

    “I didn’t get fully extended,” Hohman said. “I didn’t think it was going to go, but I didn’t think he was going to get it.”

    Saratoga hosts Watertown today at 7 p.m. looking for a win against the last place East Division squad before the NYCBL All-Star break.

    “If we play well tomorrow, you could call it a little bit of a roll,” Graber said. “You always want to gain momentum heading into a break.”

    SARATOGA 9, BENNINGTON 6
    Bennington 030 000 102 -- 6 10 2
    Saratoga 110 400 30X -- 9 13 0

    Bennington -- Sean Potter, Ben Sonberg (4), Owen Ozanich (7), Kyle Perry (8) and Andy Drexel. Saratoga -- Eric Potter, Tyler McKinney (6), Josh Simmons (9) and Mike Moss.

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    G23 - Phillies survive late rally, win 9-6 over Bombers

    Saratoga wins second in a row, jumps ahead of Bennington in the win column with its 10th win of the year, 9-6 over the Bombers at home.

    Top of the ninth inning, Bennington. Score: Saratoga, 9-6.
    Tristan Hobbes 1b (Eastern Connecticut) flied out to centerfield. 1 out.
    Eric Fredette 2b (Vermont) singled to center. Forced out at second on Dylan Stone fielder’s choice. 2 outs.
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant) reached on a fielder’s choice. To second on Dylan Stone single. To third on Jeff Bercume single. Scores on a walk to Rudy Jovanovski with the bases loaded. Score 9-5 Saratoga.
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell) singled to center. To second on Jeff Bercume single to right. To third on Rudy Jovanovski bases loaded walk.
    Jeff Bercume cf (Merrimack) singled to right field. To second on bases loaded walk by Rudy Javonovski.
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist) earned an RBI, taking a bases loaded walk.
  • Pitching change, Saratoga:Josh Simmons on in relief of Tyler McKinney.
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College) Also earns an RBI by taking a bases loaded walk. Bennington trails, 9-6.
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford) flied out to centerfield for the final out of the contest.

    Bottom of the eighth inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 9-4
  • Pitching change, Bennington.Kyle Perry on for Owen Ozanich
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) singled. Stole second.
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) popped out to first baseman. 1 out.
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville) grounded out to third baseman. 2 outs.
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) struck out looking. 3 outs.

    Top of the eighth inning, Bennington. Score: Saratoga, 9-4
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College) struck out swinging. 1 out.
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford) grounded back to the pitcher, fired to first for second out.
    Casey Potter rf (Indianapolis) struck out swinging. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the seventh inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 9-4
  • Pitching change for Bennington: Owen Ozanich (Vermont) in for Ben Sonberg (Keene State).
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville) Popped out to second baseman. 1 out.
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) grounded out to second, long throw gets him. 2 outs.
    Mike Moss c (Maryland) walked. Used those catcher’s legs to score on Ty Hohman’s RBI double to centerfield. Saratoga ahead, 7-4.
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) RBI double to centerfield. Scores on David Coleman RBI looping single to centerfield. Scores on David Coleman RBI single to centerfield. Saratoga ahead, 8-4.
    David Coleman lf (Virginia) Hits a nine-iron single to left field and steals second. Scores on Vince Farfaglia grounder to shortstop, ball bounces past first baseman. Saratoga ahead, 9-4.
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) reaches on grounder to short, deep and throw bounces past first baseman. Steals second.
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) Popped out, foul territory first base side, caught by catcher. 3rd out.

    Top of the seventh inning, Bennington. Score: Saratoga, 6-4
    Tristan Hobbes 1b (Eastern Connecticut) flied out to center. 1 out.
    Eric Fredette 2b (Vermont) walked. To second on wild pitch. Scores on Jeff Bercume RBI single through the left side. Score, Saratoga, 6-4.
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant) walked. To second on Jeff Bercume single.
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Jeff Bercume cf (Merrimack) RBI single to left field.
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist) flied out to right field. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the sixth inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 6-3
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) grounded out to second. 1 out.
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) singled, thrown out racing to second on throw from right fielder. 2 outs.
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) flied out to right. 3rd out.

    Top of the sixth inning, Bennington. Score: Saratoga, 6-3
  • Pitching change for Saratoga: Tyler McKinney (Oklahoma) on in relief of starter Eric Potter (Maryland).
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College) singled to left field. Forced out at second on double play, 1st out.
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford) grounded into shortstop started double play. 2 outs.
    Casey Potter rf (Indianapolis) singled. Thrown out at second on stolen base attempt. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the fifth inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 6-3
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) long drive to centerfield, to the fence, caught. 1 out.
    David Coleman lf (Virginia) grounded out to second. 2 outs.
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) long fly out to left field. 3 outs.

    Top of the fifth inning, Bennington. Score: Saratoga, 6-3
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell) struck out swinging. 1 out.
    Jeff Bercume cf flied out to left field. 2 outs.
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist) grounds out to third. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the fourth inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga ahead, 6-3.
    David Coleman lf (Virginia) lead off double to left field. Scores on Vince Farfaglia RBI triple to deep centerfield. Scored tied 3-3.
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) Rips an RBI triple to center. Scores on Jordan Wormsley RBI single to centerfield. Saratoga ahead, 4-3.
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) grounded out back to the pitcher. 1 out.
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) RBI single to centerfield. To third on fielding error by center fielder. Scores on Chris Buss single to centerfield. Saratoga ahead, 5-3.
  • Pitching change: Ben Sonberg in for Bennington starter, Sean Potter.
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) flies out to left field. 2 outs.
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville) singles to center, to second on fielding error by the centerfielder. To third on Chris Buss single, scores on throw from centerfield to home. Saratoga ahead, 6-3.
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) singled to center, to second on throw.
    Mike Moss c (Maryland) popped out to first baseman. 3rd out.

    Top of the fourth inning, Bennington. Score: Bennington 3-2
    Casey Potter rf (Indianapolis) groundout to third. 1 out.
    Tristan Hobbes 1b (Eastern Connecticut) walked. Stole second.
    Eric Fredette 2b (Vermont) flied out to right. 2 outs.
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant) grounded to first, flipped to pitcher. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the third inning, Saratoga. Score: Bennington 3-2
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) grounded out to third. 1 out.
    Mike Moss c (Maryland) grounded out to third. 2 outs.
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) flied out to center. 3rd out.

    Top of the third inning, Bennington. Score: Bennington 3-2
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist) pop fly foul territory third base side. 1 out.
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford) check swing strikeout. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the second inning, Saratoga. Score: Bennington, 3-2
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) ropes a lead off single to right field. To third with the hit and run on as Domonique Rodgers hits a single to right. Scores on a double steal with Rodgers, cutting Bennington lead, 3-2.
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt) struck out swinging. 1 out.
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) singled to right field. Thrown out on stolen base attempt of second base, good throw got him. 2 outs.
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville) struck out swinging. 3rd out.


    Top of the second inning, Bennington. Score: 3-1
    Note: The Bombers batted around on Phillies starter Eric Potter (Maryland), scoring three runs on five hits. The lefty limited the damage by striking out three during the inning and leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist) led off with a walk. To second on Mike Sudol single to left field. To third on passed ball. Scored on Tristan Hobbes double to centerfield. Scored tied at 1-1.
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College) singled to left field. To second on passed ball. Scored on Tristan Hobbes RBI double to center. Bennington ahead, 2-1.
    Note: Saratoga first baseman, Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) cut off the throw from centerfielder Nate Holland behind the mound, in front of catcher Mike Moss, negating any chance of a play at the plate.
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford) struck out looking. 1 out.
    Casey Potter rf (Indianapolis) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Tristan Hobbes 1b (Eastern Connecticut) stroked a two RBI double to centerfield. To third on Eric Fredtte single. Scores easily on Eric Fredette’s RBI single to left field. Bennington ahead, 3-1.
    Eric Fredette 2b (Vermont) single to centerfield. To second on Dylan Stone single to left. To third on Sean Burns single past the shortstop.
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant) RBI single to left, past the shortstop. To second on Sean Burns single past the shortstop.
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell) singled past the shortstop.
    Jeff Bercume cf struck out swinging. 3rd out.

    Bottom of the first inning, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga ahead, 1-0
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) struck out swinging. 1out.
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville) doubled down the left field line, over the third base bag. Scored on Ty Hohman RBI single through the right side. Saratoga up, 1-0.
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
    Mike Moss c (Maryland) walked. Advanced to third on Ty Hohman RBI single.
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) ripped an RBI single over the third base bag. To second on David Coleman’s hit by pitch.
    David Coleman lf (Virginia) hit by pitch.
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Top of the first inning, Bennington. Score: 0-0
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant) grounded out to third. 1 out.
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell) grounded out to second. 2 outs.
    Jeff Bercume cf struck out swinging. 3rd out.

    Tonight’s starting line-ups:
    Bennington Bombers (9-10)
    Dylan Stone 22 (Bryant)
    Sean Burns lf (UMass-Lowell)
    Jeff Bercume cf
    Rudy Jovanovski 3b (Ouachita Baptist)
    Mike Sudol dh (Boston College)
    Andy Drexel c (Hartford)
    Casey Potter rf (Indianapolis)
    Tristan Hobbes 1b (Eastern Connecticut)
    Eric Fredette 2b (Vermont)
    Sean Potter p (Muscatine CC)

    Saratoga Phillies (9-13)
    Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State)
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville)
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)
    Mike Moss c (Maryland)
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech)
    David Coleman lf (Virginia)
    Vince Farfaglia dh (Francis Marion)
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke)
    Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt)
    Eric Potter p (Maryland)
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    Friday, July 04, 2008

    Former Phillie Cook finally a pro

    Signs with independent league Rockford Riverhawks

    SARATOGA SPRINGS – Former Saratoga Phillie big man Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) has finally been given the opportunity with a professional baseball team and made his presence known quickly.

    Cook signed with the Rockford Riverhawks of the independent Frontier League for the 2008 season and hit his first professional home run Wednesday in the fourth inning in a 10-4 loss to the Windy City Thunderbolts. On Saturday the rookie slugger doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning as Rockford dropped Evansville, 2-1.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pound slugger set a franchise record with Saratoga last season with five home runs, batting a disappointing .196 in 30 games with 20 hits including three doubles. He drove in 15 run and scored 17 times.

    Just as he found his swing late in last year’s NYCBL season, the senior exploded at Division II Nova Southeastern.

    Cook hit a team-high .418 starting all 51 games for the Sharks. In 184 at-bats he belted out 77 hits with 17 doubles, triple and 17 home runs with 48 RBI and scored 77 runs himself. He boasted a .799 slugging percentage and took 35 walks while striking out 28 times for a .513 on-base percentage.

    The spring led to him earning seven different awards, including: ABCA/Rawlings South Region Baseball Player of the Year, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, All-Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, NCBWA All-South Regional First Team, DAKTRONICS All-Region First Team, All-Sunshine State Baseball First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (4.0 in Psychology).

    Despite all of his accolades, Cook remained undrafted in this year’s MLB Player Entry Draft in early June. Still hopeful, Cook received his chance as a free agent signee with the Rockford Riverhawks.

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    Wednesday, July 02, 2008

    G22 - Phils, Mikolas earn 7-1 win. First win for both over Mohawks.

    Final, Saratoga drops Amsterdam 7-1. This is the first win of the year by the Phillies over Amsterdam and is also the first win of the year for the hard-working Miles Mikolas.

    Bottom of the ninth, Amsterdam. Score: 7-1 Saratoga
    Pitching change for Saratoga Josh Zinser (NC State) in for Sean Lucas to close out the ninth.
  • Stosh Hoover ss (Trinity Tx.) lead off walk. Steals second without a throw from the catcher.
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan) sharp grounder to third, Kyle Meyer (Marist) comes up with it, throws to first, pulls Jordan Wormsley towards home with the throw, but stays on the bag for the out. 2 outs.
  • Mike Spina 3b (Cincinnati) strikes out swinging. 3rd out.
    The line on Saratoga’s Sean Lucas 1 1/3 innings. 0 runs allowed without allowing a hit. He did walk two batters, but struck out three.

    Top of the ninth, Saratoga. Score: 7-1 Saratoga
    Amsterdam pitching change: Brennan Wojdyla (Marist) in for Josh Hammonds.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Ty Hohman 2b (Virginia Tech) Popped out to centerfield. 2 outs.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky)
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland)
  • Jordan Wormsley 1b (Vanderbilt)
  • Kyle Meyer 3b (Marist)
    The line on Amsterdam reliever Josh Hammonds: 1/3 of an inning of work. Gave up 3 runs, all charged to teammate Sean Gregory on his one hit allowed. He struck out one batter.

    Bottom of the eighth, Amsterdam. Score: 7-1 Saratoga
  • Ben Clowe dh (Stanford) lead off walk. To second on walk by Ricky Pacione.
  • Brendan Rowland lf (UAlbany) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Cody Reine 1b (LSU) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Ricky Pacione 2b (Marist) walks.
  • Bryce Nugent c (Marist) slow grounder to the right side of first base. Newly inserted first baseman Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) flips to Sean Lucas for the final out.

    Top of the eighth, Saratoga. Score: 7-1 Saratoga
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) flied out to right field. 1 out.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland) a routine grounder to third, fired to first, pops out of first baseman Coey Reine’s (LSU) glove. To second on Tyler Biddix single past the second baseman. To third on Kyle Meyer walk. Scores on Domonique Rodgers RBI double. Score: 5-1.
  • Tyler Biddix 1b (Virginia) singles through the right side. To second on Kyle Meyer walk. Replaced on second base by Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt). Scores on Domonique Rodgers RBI double. Score: 6-1.
  • Kyle Meyer 3b (Marist) walks to load the bases. Scores from first on Domonique Rodgers RBI double to left. Score: 7-1.
  • New pitcher, Amsterdam. Josh Hammonds (Radford).
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) Empties the bases with an inside out swing, skipping the ball just inside the third base line. The ball rolled into the left field corner and then bounced away from Amsterdam’s Brendan Rowland, giving Saratoga a commanding 7-1 lead. All three runs were unearned.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) struck out swinging. 3 outs.
    The line on Amsterdam’s Sean Gregory In 2 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs, all unearned. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out four.

    Congrats to Saratoga Phillies PA announcer Mike James, he made the trip to Shuttleworth Park and won Wednesday night’s 50-50.

    Bottom of the seventh, Amsterdam. Score: 4-1, Saratoga
  • Defensive change: Kyle Meyer (Marist) on to play third, replacing Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern).
  • Bryce Nugent c (Marist) strikes out swinging. 1 out.
  • Stosh Hoover ss (Trinity Tx.) strikes out swinging. 2 outs.
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford) singles to left, past a diving new third baseman, Kyle Meyer (Marist). To second on walk issued to Mark Onorati.
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan) walks.
  • Pitching change: Sean Lucas to come on in relief of Miles Mikolas. The starter still responsible for both runners.
  • Mike Spina cf (Cincinnati) strikes out swinging. 3rd out.
    The line on Saratoga starter Miles Mikoas 6 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed one run, earned on six hits. He walked one batter, the last one he faced and struck out five. He also hit one batter.

    Top of the seventh, Saratoga. Score: 4-1 Saratoga
  • Pinch hitter: David Coleman (Virginia) struck out looking, outside corner. 1 out.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) flied out to short left field, the shortstop, Stosh Hoover (Trinity, Tx.) goes out into left for the catch.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) lines a single into centerfield. To second on J.D. Martinez single to right field.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) singles through the right side.
  • Ty Hohman 2b (Virginia Tech) Amsterdam’s first baseman Cody Reine hustled over to foul territory, hauling in a high pop fly in the Mohawk’s bullpen for the third out.

    Bottom of the sixth, Amsterdam. Score: 4-1
  • Brendan Rowland lf (UAlbany) grounded out to the shortstop. 1 out.
  • Cody Reine 1b (LSU) grounded out to the second baseman. 2 outs.
  • Ricky Pacione 2b (Marist) strikes out looking, 3rd out. Lets umpire know his displeasure with the call.

    Top of the sixth, Saratoga. Score: 4-1 Saratoga
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) walks. Heads to second on a hit and run with Ty Hohman at the plate, beats out flip from shortstop, safe. His hustle pays off, scoring on Larry Pempek’s RBI single through the right side. The throw is up the first base line and not in time. 3-1 Saratoga.
  • Ty Hohman 2b (Virginia Tech) grounds to shortstop, reaches safely without a throw. Advances to third on Larry Pempek single past a diving second baseman and subsequent throw home. Scores on Mike Moss sacrifice bunt down the first base line, Saratoga ahead, 4-1.
  • Pitching change, Amsterdam: Sean Gregory (UAlbany) comes on in relief of Amsterdam starter Luke Nellis. Nellis is still responsible for J.D. Martinez and Ty Hohman on the basepaths.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) stings a single past a diving second baseman, Ricky Pacione), drives in J.D. Martinez. He goes to second on Mike Moss’s sacrifice bunt down the first base line.
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland) sacrifice bunt down the first base line, scores Ty Hohman. 2nd out.
  • Tyler Biddix 1b (Virginia) strikes out looking. 3rd out.
  • The line on Amsterdam starter Luke Nellis (LeMoyne) 5 innings pitched, allowed four runs, three of them earned. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out four. He’s on the hook for the loss.

    Bottom of the fifth, Amsterdam. Score: 2-1 Saratoga
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan) grounds out to third. Long throw, but out. 1 out.
  • Mike Spina 3b (Cincinnati) grounds out to deep shortstop. 2 outs.
  • Ben Clowe dh (Stanford) second baseman Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) called off by right fielder Domonique Rodgers (NC State) on the pop fly. 3 outs.

    Top of the fifth, Saratoga. Score: 2-1
  • Dale Alberto 3b (Nova Southeastern) grounded out to third. 1 out.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) skies out to right field. 2 outs.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) popped out to third, in foul territory. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the fourth, Amsterdam. Score: 2-1
    Correction: For Saratoga, Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern) is playing at third tonight and Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) is at second. Blame it on old eyes.
  • Ben Clowe dh (Stanford) singles into centerfield. To second on Brendan Rowland single. To third on Cody Reine groundout. Scores on Ricky Pacione RBI single up the middle. Score: 2-1 Saratoga.
  • Brendan Rowland lf (UAlbany) singles past third, under the glove of a diving Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern). To second on Cody Reine groundout. To third on Ricky Pacione RBI single up the middle. Forced out at home on Stosh Hoover grounder back to the pitcher. 2 outs.
  • Cody Reine 1b (LSU) grounds out to second base. 1 out.
  • Ricky Pacione 2b (Marist) RBI single through the box, into centerfield. To second on Bryce Nugent hit by pitch. To third on Stosh Hoover’s fielder’s choice grounder to the pitcher.
  • Bryce Nugent c (Marist) plunked by pitcher Miles Mikolas (Nova Southeastern), takes first.
  • Stosh Hoover ss (Trinity Tx.) grounds back to the pitcher, reaches first on a fielder’s choice.
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford) strikes out looking with the bases loaded, sticks around for a conversation with the ome plate umpire. 3rd out.

    Top of the fourth, Saratoga. Score: 2-0
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) slow grounder to third, thrown out by Mike Spina (Cincinnati) by a step. 1 out.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) The Phllies catcher’s just can’t catch a break. After Mike Moss hit a long drive to left field, to the fence with two runners on to end the contest last night, his counterpart Larry Pempek drilled the ball to right field today, it faded and hit the very top of the 16-foot wire fence and bounces back into play for a dramatic single. A quarter inch to the right and it’s a home run for Pempek.
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland) strikes out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Tyler Biddix 1b (Virginia) strikes out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the third, Amsterdam. Score: Saratoga, 2-0
  • Bryce Nugent c (Marist) reaches on an error by Phillies first baseman, Ty Biddix (Virginia). The ball was hit to his right, stopped, but not corralled. Pitcher Miles Mikolas was there, but the throw over was down the first base line. To second on David Giuliani single. To third on Mark Onorati groundout.
  • Stosh Hoover ss (Trinity Tx.) flies out to left field. J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) measures his distance to the fence and reels it in. 1 out.
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford) grounds through the left side, past a diving Chris Buss (Old Dominion).
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan) grounds to third, slow bouncer. Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) picks it up on the run and his throw is down the line towards home, drawing first baseman Tyler Biddix into the basepaths. He tags out Onorati as the two run into each other, but remain upright for the second out of the inning.
  • Mike Spina 3b (Cincinnati) flies out to right field. 3 outs.

    Top of the third, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 2-0
  • Dale Alberto 2b (Nova Southeastern) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) took a four pitch walk. Stole second and advanced to third when catcher Bryce Nugent’s throw bounced into centerfield. He came around to score on J.D. Martinez’s RBI double to deep center. Score: 2-0.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) popped out to third. 2 outs.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) rips an RBI double to centerfield, hits the base of the fence, driving in Romonique Rodgers.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) grounds out to third. 3 outs.

    Sorry for the delay, parking at Shuttleworth Park was almost impossible as the park is packed on a wonderful summer night here in Amsterdam. Needless to say the Coors Light Party Deck is once again abuzz with action for this contest.

    Bottom of the second, Amsterdam. Score: Saratoga, 1-0
  • Nick Punal dh (Brown) grounds out to the shortstop. 1 out.
  • Brendan Rowland lf (UAlbany) singles up the middle. To second on Cody Reine groundout to second.
  • Cody Reine 1b (LSU) grounds out to second. 2 outs.
  • Ricky Pacione 2b (Marist) grounds out to second. 3 outs.

    Top of the second, Saratoga. Score: Saratoga, 1-0
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) grounds out to the third baseman. 1 out.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) drills a Luke Nellis offering over the chain link monster in left field for a solo home run, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky) singled up the middle. A surprise steal of second by the catcher, a throw in front of the bag allows him to reach safely.
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland) struck out looking. 2 outs.
  • Tyler Biddix 1b (Virginia) flied out to right.

    Bottom of the first, Amsterdam. Score: 0-0
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford) grounded to the first baseman, flips to Miles Mikolas. 1 out.
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan) grounds out to the shortstop. 2 outs.
  • Mike Spina 3b (Cincinnati) strikes out looking. Sticks around the plate pondering the call. 3 outs.

    Top of the first, Saratoga. Score: 0-0
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State) first pitch, pop fly out to the second baseman. 1 out.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) flies out to right field. 2 outs.
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern) flied out to right field. 3 outs.

    Tonight’s starting line-ups.
    Saratoga Phillies (8-13)
  • Domonique Rodgers rf (NC State)
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville)
  • J.D. Martinez lf (Nova Southeastern)
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech)
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)
  • Larry Pempek c (Northern Kentucky)
  • Mike Moss dh (Maryland)
  • Tyler Biddix 1b (Virginia)
  • Dale Alberto 2b (Nova Southeastern)
  • Miles Mikolas p (Nova Southesatern)

    Amsterdam Mohawks (15-6)
  • David Giuliani rf (Stanford)
  • Mark Onorati cf (Manhattan)
  • Mike Spina 3b (Cincinnati)
  • Brendan Rowland lf (UAlbany)
  • Cody Reine 1b (LSU)
  • Ricky Pacione 2b (Marist)
  • Bryce Nugent c (Marist)
  • Stosh Hoover ss (Trinity Tx.)
  • Luke Nellis p (LeMoyne)

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  • Tuesday, July 01, 2008

    G21 - Fiers outing spoiled by lax bats, 3-0 loss to GF

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga Phillies right-hander Mike Fiers had one his best outings with the New York Collegiate Baseball League franchise Tuesday night at East Side Rec and all he has to show for it is a more than respectable line score…and a loss.

    The University of Cumberlands red-shirt senior went eight innings for the Phillies, allowed two earned runs while walking a batter and striking out nine in a 3-0 loss to Glens Falls.

    The Phillies (8-13) offense couldn’t find a way to support their starter, combining for only six hits in the nine-inning contest and when they did reach base, they were left six runners stranded.

    “That’s what happens when a team is struggling, nothing goes your way,” Fiers said. “They’re hitting the ball, just at someone. Things aren’t falling our way.”

    The 2007 NYCBL Pitcher of the Year, Fiers, took advantage of several rainouts and combined days off and came back with what he called his best performance of the year.

    “I had some soreness in my bicep,” Fiers said. “I had a full week off and over the long break I worked in between and it helped me out.”

    Fiers struggled in the second inning, hitting leadoff batter Jonathan White (Vanderbilt) in the foot with a breaking ball. He advanced to second on a long single to left field by Luis Feliz (Rutgers) and scored on a wild pitch by Fiers.

    The Saratoga starter re-grouped and proceeded to strike out the next three batters. He would face four batters over the next two innings and followed that up with three 1-2-3 innings after.

    He gave up a long single to Kody Johnson (Pima CC) in the top of the ninth, leading to Saratoga manager Kevin Graber pulling him for Dave Batchelder (Marist).

    “I want to stay in the whole game,” Fiers said. “But it was the right time to pull me. I think guys were picking up on me in the eighth. It was the right time.”

    Batchelder gave up an RBI double to Feliz, driving in Johnson for the 2-0 lead and Nick McCoy (San Diego) reached on a pop fly onto the outfield grass with three Phillies converging on it. Second baseman Dennis O’Grady (Duke) thought he had a bead on it, but the ball popped out of his glove, allowing Feliz to score the third Golden Eagle run.

    Saratoga rallied in its final at-bat with Chris Buss (Old Dominion) reaching with a one-out walk followed by Vince Farfaglia (Francis Marion) with a two-out free pass. Phillies catcher Mike Moss (Maryland) then roped his longest strike of the year at home, a drive to deep left field. The ball sailed through the night, towards Caroline Street before it dropped at the fence and into the awaiting glove of Glens Falls left fielder, White.

    Tuesday was the fourth consecutive loss to Glens Falls this season for the Phillies and it is leaving Graber scratching his head.
    “We have to find a way to re-energize,” Graber said. “It has to come from within themselves.”

    The Phillies enjoyed a three-game winning streak at one of the teams lowest points of the season, two players were recently released and four others were injured and out of the line-up. The squad rallied around its challenges and strung together a win over the Little Falls Miners and swept the Bennington Bombers in a doubleheader at home. Since then, Saratoga has lost its next three contests, to Little Falls, Watertown and Glens Falls.

    “When you have changes like we did there is a little honeymoon period,” Graber said. “Then you settle back into reality.”
    With the season at its midway point the Phillies are in the midst of playing a three-game set against the top teams in the East Division. Saratoga travels to Amsterdam, another team that owns a 4-0 record against the Phillies, today at 7 p.m. before returning on Thursday to play Glens Falls again.

    Glens Falls 3, Saratoga 0
    GLENS FALLS 010 000 002 -- 3 7 0
    SARATOGA 000 000 000 -- 0 5 0

    Glens Falls -- Shane Davis, Ricky Anaya (7), Marc Damon (9) and Nick McCoy. Saratoga -- Mike Fiers, Dave Batchelder (9) and Mike Moss. 2B -- (GF) Stephen Romero. (S) Mike Moss. SB -- (GF) Kody Johnson. CS -- (GF) Jonathan White. (S) Chris Buss.

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    G21 - Glens Falls handles Phillies again, 3-0

    Bottom of the ninth, Saratoga. Score: 3-0 final.
  • Glens Falls pitching change: Marc Damon in for reliever Ricky Anaya.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) pop fly out to shortstop. 1 out.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) walked. To second on a wild pitch.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Vince Farfaglia rf (Francis Marion) draws a two out walk.
    Mike Moss c (Maryland) Hits the longest fly ball of his summer season to left field, at the fence, reeled in by Glens Falls left fielder Jonathan White to end the inning and the contest.

    Top of the ninth, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 3-0
  • Kody Johnson dh (Pima CC) long single to left field, one hop to wall. Very long single. After pitching change, steals second, comes around to score on Louis Feliz RBI double to left. Glens Falls ahead, 2-0.
  • Pitching change, Saratoga: Dave Batchelder (Saint Peter’s) on in relief for Mike Fiers (U of Cumberlands)
  • Jonathan White lf (Vanderbilt) flies out to center. 1 out.
  • Luis Feliz cf (Rutgers) doubled to left field. To second on Jose Valerio groundout. Scores on Nick McCoy’s RBI single to short centerfield. Glens Falls, 3-0.
  • Jose Valerio 1b (U of San Diego) grounds out to second. 2 outs.
    Nick McCoy c (U of San Diego) pops ball to short centerfield, three fielders converge, ball pops out of glove of Phillies second baseman, Dennis O’Grady in the outfield grass. Ruled a hit.
    Curt Courtwright ss (Missouri State) strikes out looking. 3 outs.
  • Line on Saratoga starter, Mike Fiers (U of Cumberlands) 8 innings, 2 runs, on 5 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, 1 hit batter and 1 wild pitch.

    Bottom of the eighth, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Domonique Rodgers lf (NC State) pop fly to the shortstop. 1out.
  • Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) grounded out to second, long throw. 2 outs.
  • David Coleman dh (Virginia) flied out to right centerfield. 3 outs.

    Top of the eighth, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Curt Courtwright ss (Missouri State) grounded out to second. 1 out.
  • Chad Stang rf (Midland College) grounded out to shortstop. 2 outs.
  • Jonathan Koscso 2b (U of South Florida) singled down right field line.
  • Stefen Romero 3b (Pima CC) grounded out to second baseman. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the seventh, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Pitching change Glens Falls: Ricky Anaya (Florida Atlantic) on in relief of starter Shane Davis (Canisius College).
  • Vince Farfaglia rf (Francis Marion) struck out looking. 1 out.
  • Mike Moss c (Maryland) grounded out, ball of pitcher, to second, out by half a step. 2 outs.
  • Kyle Meyer 1b (Marist) lined out to left fielder. 3 outs.
  • Line on Shane Davis for Glens Falls: 6 innings pitched, 0 runs allowed, gave up six hits, walked one and struck out five.

    Top of the seventh, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Luis Feliz cf (Rutgers) grounded out to third baseman. 1 out.
  • Jose Valerio 1b (U of San Diego) grounded out to third baseman. 2 outs.
  • Nick McCoy c (U of San Diego) grounded out to first baseman, unassisted. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the sixth, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • David Coleman dh (Virginia) groundout to second. 1 out.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) infield single. Second baseman slid to stop ball, no throw.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) popped out to first baseman. 3 outs.

    Top of the sixth, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Stefen Romero 3b (Pima CC) line drive to the shortstop. 1 out.
  • Kody Johnson dh (Pima CC) struck out swinging. 2 outs.
  • Jonathan White lf (Vanderbilt) struck out looking. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the fifth, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Mike Moss c (Maryland) led off with a single. To second on Kyle Meyer groundout.
  • Kyle Meyer 1b (Marist) grounded out to second. 1 out.
  • Domonique Rodgers lf (NC State) grounded out to second. 2 outs.
  • Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) grounded out to third. 3 outs.

    Top of the fifth, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Curt Courtwright ss (Missouri State) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Chad Stang rf (Midland College) grounded out to second. 2 outs.
  • Jonathan Koscso 2b (U of South Florida) grounded out to third. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the fourth, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0.
  • Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) flew out to right field. 1 out.
  • David Coleman dh (Virginia) singled to left field. To second on Ty Hohman single. To third on Nate Holland walk.
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) singled to left field. To second on Nate Holland walk.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) flied out to left. 2 outs.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) walked.
  • Vince Farfaglia rf (Francis Marion) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Top of the fourth, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Jonathan White lf (Vanderbilt) reaches on infield single, deep to short, beats out throw. To second on groundout to second. Tagged out on way to third, groundout back to mound. 2nd out.
  • Luis Feliz cf (Rutgers) groundeout to second. 1 out.
  • Jose Valerio 1b (U of San Diego) reached on fielder’s choice.
  • Nick McCoy c (U of San Diego) groundout to third. 3 outs.


    Top of the third, Glens Falls. Score: Glens Falls, 1-0
  • Chad Stang rf (Midland College) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Jonathan Koscso 2b (U of South Florida) grounded out to third baseman. 2 outs.
  • Stefen Romero 3b (Pima CC) walked.
  • Kody Johnson dh (Pima CC) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the second, Saratoga. Score: Glens Falls 1-0
  • Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech) grounded out to the shortstop. 1 out.
  • Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion) Singled to centerfield, thrown out stealing second base by Glens Falls catcher Nick McCoy (U of San Diego) to second baseman, Jonathan Koscso (U of South Florida). 2 outs.
  • Nate Holland cf (Louisville) struck out swinging.

    Bottom of the first, Saratoga. Score: 0-0
  • Domonique Rodgers lf (NC State) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke) grounded out to second baseman. 2 outs.
  • David Coleman dh (Virginia) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Top of the first, Glens Falls. Score: 0-0
  • Chad Stang rf (Midland College) struck out swinging. 1 out.
  • Jonathan Koscso 2b (U of South Florida) lined out to the shortstop. 2 outs.
  • Stefen Romero 3b (Pima CC) doubled to left field.
  • Kody Johnson dh (Pima CC) grounded out to third base. 3 outs.

    Tonight’s line-ups:
    Glens Falls Golden Eagles (11-6)
    Chad Stang rf (Midland College)
    Jonathan Koscso 2b (U of South Florida)
    Stefen Romero 3b (Pima CC)
    Kody Johnson dh (Pima CC)
    Jonathan White lf (Vanderbilt)
    Luis Feliz cf (Rutgers)
    Jose Valerio 1b (U of San Diego)
    Nick McCoy c (U of San Diego)
    Curt Courtwright ss (Missouri State)
    Shane Davis p (Canisius)

    Saratoga Phillies (8-12)
    Domonique Rodgers lf (NC State)
    Dennis O’Grady 2b (Duke)
    David Coleman dh (Virginia)
    Ty Hohman 3b (Virginia Tech)
    Chris Buss ss (Old Dominion)
    Nate Holland cf (Louisville)
    Vince Farfaglia rf (Francis Marion)
    Mike Moss c (Maryland)
    Kyle Meyer 1b (Marist)
    Mike Fiers p (U of Cumberlands)

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  • G20 - Wizards put spell on Phillies, win 6-5

    So far this season the 3 ½ hour bus ride to Watertown has been a chance for the Saratoga Phillies to bond as a team and make the return trip of the team charter an enjoyable one. On Monday night, the return trip may seem like it takes forever as the Phillies squandered an early 4-1 lead to fall on the road, 6-5 and stranding double digit runners for the second game in a row.

    With a 4-1 lead through six innings, Watertown (5-11) scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh before going ahead in the eighth, scoring three runs on three hits and taking advantage of a throwing error by Phillies shortstop Dale Alberto (Nova Southeastern).

    The Wizard rally started innocently enough with a lead off single by Derek Marshall (Saint Rose) who was replaced by newcomer Kyle Dimino who promptly stole second, advancing on an overthrow on his steal. He scored on a Curtis Lazar (Maryland) RBI single, cutting the lead, 4-3. Lazar came across to knot the contest at four runs apiece, moving over on a sacrifice bunt and reaching third on a passed ball. After Greg Herbst (Kansas) reached on a one-out walk, Tom Barry (Phoenix College) plated Lazar on an infield single sent deep to short.

    That was enough to chase Saratoga reliever Dennis O’Grady (Duke) for Sean Lucas (Virginia) to quell the rally.

    Wizard designated hitter Jordan Kreke (Eastern Illinois) drove in Herbst for the eventual game-winning run when his grounder to short was sent wide, up the first base line, giving Watertown the 6-4 lead.

    The Phillies (8-12) were 90-feet away from tying the contest in the top of the ninth after David Coleman (Virginia) led of with a single, reached third on a Ty Hohman (Virginia Tech) double to center, scoring on a groundout by Larry Pempek (Northern Kentucky). Hohman raced to third on the same groundout, but would be the 11th Saratoga player left on base on the night. In Sunday’s 6-4 loss to Little Falls, the Phillies stranded 12 runners.

    Saratoga had a bountiful second inning, giving left-handed starter, Kellen St. Luce (Vanderbilt), a 4-1 lead, scoring four unearned runs on four hits.

    J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern) led off with a single and came around on Pempek’s RBI single to right. Pempek was followed by Kyle Meyer (Marist) reached on a fielding error by the left fielder and both were plated on a Jordan Wormsley (Vanderbilt) grounder that was booted by the second baseman. Wormsley came around on newly signed right fielder Domonique Rogers’ (NC State) RBI single to right.

    St. Luce left with a sure lead, giving up two runs, both earned on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two batters and struck out seven. O’Grady would be charged with the loss.

    Saratoga has little time to re-group before its three-game gauntlet against the East Division leaders over the next three days. The Phillies host division leader Glens Falls today and Thursday at 7 p.m. at East Side Rec and travel Wednesday to take on Amsterdam.

    WATERTOWN 6, SARATOGA 5
    Saratoga 040 000 001 -- 5 11 3
    Watertown 100 100 13X -- 6 10 2

    Saratoga -- Kellen St. Luce, Dennis O’Grady (6), Sean Lucas (8) and Larry Pempek. Watertown -- Ian Schwalenberg, Cory Nelson (7), Ryan George (9) and Derek Marshall.

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