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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: June 2009

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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday DH: Phillies vs. Amsterdam, Game 2

Well, we should have one in the books and are set for a 7 p.m. start in Sunday's twinbill between the Saratoga Phillies and the Amsterdam Mohawks.

Click down below for all the action and replays at your fingertips.

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Sunday DH: Saratoga Phillies vs. Amsterdam Mohawks Game 1

Saturday's rain in the afternoon pushed the Phillies into a twi-night doubleheader against visiting Amsterdam at East Side Rec in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Catch all the action of the 7-inning first contest down below.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rain 2, Phillies 0

For the second time in as many days the Saratoga Phillies fell to Mother Nature as rain swept into the Spa City Saturday afternoon.

A quick stroll to East Side Rec showed several free-standing puddles, but home plate and the path to first base required a rowboat.

Then another shower came through as I was there and the field could never be ready tonight.

The Phillies will now take on Amsterdam in a 7-inning twinbill Sunday at 5 and 7 pm, always weather permitting.

Catch the live blog Sunday afternoon.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

NYS youth hockey tournament sites announced

I know it’s a bit early to talk about youth ice hockey, especially the 2010 state tournament schedule, but with the NHL Draft starting tonight it seemed only fitting to notate the dates have been released with the Saratoga Youth Hockey Association receiving the bid for the 18U midget tournament March 19 to 21, 2010.

The Blue Knights organization is the only hockey club to host a state tournament in the Capital Region next year.

Area pre-sectionals will be held the weekend of Feb. 12-14 locally

Sectional tournaments will be held throughout the state as follows:
Tier I – Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam, Feb. 26-28
Tier II – Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam, Feb. 26-28
Tier III – Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam, Feb. 19-21
Girls Tier I – 12U and Women’s senior, Feb. 19-21
Girls Tier II – 12U and Women’s senior, Feb. 19-21
Girls Tier I – 14U, 16U and 19U, Feb. 26-28
Girls Tier II – 14U, 16U and 19U, Feb. 26-28
Tier I, II, III – All midget levels 16U & 18U, March 5-7

Here’s a list of where Capital District youth ice hockey squads could be headed for a chance to compete for a state title and beyond for Tier I and II squads:

Squirts
Tier 1 – March 12-14 Hamburg
Tier II – March 12-14 Southern Tier
Tier III – March 5-7 Salmon River

Pee Wee
Tier I – March 12-14 Amherst
Tier II – March 12-14 Rome
Tier III – March 5-7 Valley

Bantam
Tier I – March 12-14 Wheatfield
Tier II – March 12-14 Arrows Hockey
Tier III – March 5-7 Cortland

Midget 16U
Tier I – March 19-21 Westchester Express
Tier II – March 19-21 Nassau County
Tier III – March 19-21 Genesee/Batavia

Midget 18U
Tier I – March 19-21 Perinton
Tier II – March 19-21 Saratoga
Tier III – March 19-21 Fulton

High School
Large school division – March 5-7 Hudson Valley High School Club Hockey
Small school division – March 5-7 Hudson Valley High School Club Hockey

Girls 12U
Tier I – March 5-7 Buffalo Bisons
Tier II – March 5-7 Potsdam

Girls 14U
Tier I – March 12-14 Buffalo Bisons
Tier II – March 12-14 Saranac Lake

Girls 16U
Tier I – March 12-14 Amherst
Tier II – March 12-14 Amherst

Girls 19U
Tier I – March 12-14 Buffalo Bisons
Tier II – March 12-14 Ogdensburg

Women’s
Senior A – March 5-7 To Be Announced
Senior B – March 5-7 Malone Minor
Senior C – March 5-7 Malone Minor
30 & Over – March 5-7 To Be Announced

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Phils rained out early

In an odd series of events tonight's Saratoga Phillies game versus Glens Falls has been postponed due to heavy rain earlier in the day.
The Saratoga DPW had to make the call on the town park despite warm, sunny weather late in the day.

The Phillies will be home Saturday and Sunday versus the Amsterdam Mohawks. Both games are 7 pm starts.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NY State Softball awards announced - a pair for the Arceneaux's

The small town of Mechanicville has another reason to celebrate as sophomore pitcher Anna Arceneaux repeated as a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Player of the Year and was joined by her father, Don Arceneaux, was named Coach of the Year.

Last year Anna Arceneaux earned the honors at the Class C level, this year she led her Red Raider squad to its first-ever Class B state title and added another honor.

Also honored from the Capital Region softball squads were:

Class AA
  • Jenna Servidone, Columbia, pitcher, second team
  • Amanda Ferro, Shenendehowa, pitcher/center fielder, fourth team
  • Casey Madden, Saratoga, second base, fourth team
  • Caitlyn Schultze, Queensbury, catcher, fourth team
  • Mary Beth Dombrowski, Bethlehem, shortstop, fifth team
  • Shannon Dougherty, Columbia, catcher, sixth team

    Class A
  • Erin Glikes, Lansingburgh, pitcher, second team
  • Leanne Merchant, Burnt Hills, catcher, second team
  • Alexa Toole, South Glens Falls, shortstop, third team
  • Sarah Cipperly, Lansingburgh, shortstop, third team
  • Megan Volz, Lansingburgh, catcher, fourth team
  • Maddy Wheeler, South Glens Falls, pitcher, fourth team
  • Alli Pullen, Ichabod Crane, shortstop, fifth team

    Class B
  • Anna Arceneaux, Mechanicville, pitcher/second base, Player of the Year
  • Alysa Russell, Mechanicville, third base/shortstop, first team
  • Shannon McBride, Mechanicville, shortstop/pitcher, second team
  • Kelsey Hines, Mechanicville, third base/second base, third team
  • Aleshia Link, Taconic Hills, pitcher, third team
  • Bridgette Palmer, Schuylerville, first base, fourth team
  • Abby Maiello, Mechanicville, centerfielder, fifth team

    Class C
  • Rachel Quackenbush, Hoosick Falls, pitcher, first team
  • Colby Hochmuth, Duanesburg, pitcher, second team
  • Katelyn Callahan, Lake George, pitcher, second team
  • Aly Sanders, Duanesburg, shortstop, third team
  • Jenna Priore, Hoosick Falls, shortstop, third team
  • Samantha Anderson, Hoosic Valley, fourth team
  • Katie Carenger, Waterford, centerfield, fourth team

    Class D
  • Carissa Phillips, Germantown, pitcher, first team
  • Suzy Wright, Germantown, second base, second team
  • Jackie Petteys, Hartford, pitcher, second team
  • Taylor David, Fort Ann, second base, third team

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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Live tonight: Glens Falls Golden Eagles at Saratoga Phillies

    These two teams just split a doubleheader on Sunday and are back at it again tonight at East Side Rec. The Golden Eagles sit atop of the East Division and the Phillies are looking to start something positive and claw their way into the post-season picture before the halfway point of the season.

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    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Rain ruining a lot Friday

    The Mexican Connection avoided the rain and won the Saratoga American minor league title, punching their ticket into the championship contest Saturday.

    The Saratoga Phillies were washed out at Glens Falls after a rain storm flooded the field. The make-up is at 1 and 4 on Sunday, two 7-inning affairs.

    Here at Albany-Saratoga Speedway action is on hold with a steady rain. Hope is the rain will stop, one hour later racing will resume...maybe.
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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Umpire ejects Mohawks PA announcer for commercial

    Sometimes when you change assignments you worry that you are going to miss something great. On Tuesday night I decided not to travel to Amsterdam to see the Phillies take on the Mohawks and I simply missed something mind-boggling...the ejection of a PA announcer.

    Amsterdam PA announcer Bob Malicki was ejected by the field umpire after playing a commercial for a local eye doctor after a questionable third strike on Mohawk batter Derek Marshall.

    They say timing is everything.

    He was ejected, but didn't know it and an inning later, the home team manager was also ejected for Marshall still being at the microphone.

    Only in the NYCBL...with a new group of umpires this year it has been an experience for both parties but this certainly proves that this current group has no sense of humor.

    You can read the story from the Leader Herald here.

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    Boxing returns to Spa City July 31

    New York State Heavyweight Champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs), Central Islip, will defend his title against Newburgh’s Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st.

    The fight will be featured on the annual card showcasing exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track.

    Also appearing are Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (6-0, 2 KOs), Troy heavyweight Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs), Schenectady light welterweight Brian Miller (3-0-3, 1 KO) and, in his pro debut, light heavyweight amateur standout and Shannon’s younger brother, Shawn Miller.

    “I am so happy to host a NYS Heavyweight Championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!”

    Madison won the title in May 2008 from veteran Zuri Lawrence and has defeated three opponents since, including veteran gatekeepers Jermell Barnes and Dominic Jenkins. His only defeat came in his second fight, a disputed DQ loss to Brooklyn’s Jamel Perry, who couldn’t recover following an unintentional rabbit punch.

    Aguilera has earned a shot at the regional title in his steady ascent to becoming one of the best young heavyweights in New York. His recent wins include Jermell Barnes and Saratoga’s own Gary Wilcox, whom he defeated on last year’s “Night of Future Champions” card in Saratoga. Aguilera’s only loss came in a foul-filled DQ loss to 7-foot Marcellus Brown late last year.

    Tickets and more information are available from Pugnacious Promotions, www.pugnaciouspromotions.com or 518-527-0160. Reserved tickets are $125 for Golden Ringside and $75 for Ringside. General Admission open seats are $40. VIP tables, including dinner catered by Brindisi’s and table service throughout the evening, also are available.

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    St. Mary's School golf tourney June 26

    The 7th Annual St. Mary's - L. Scott Cuomo Memorial Golf Tournament, to benefit students of the Waterford school will be held, Thursday, June 25 at the Van Patten Golf Course. Registration/breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with a scramble format shot gun start at 8:30 a.m.

    The tournament was renamed this year in memory of Scott Cuomo, a community advocate, friend to St. Mary¹s School, and a member of its school board for 38 years. He died in 2008 and a scholarship fund was established in his name. A portion of the proceeds from the golf event will be allocated to the scholarship each year.
    Registration is $100 per golfer.

    St. Mary¹s School has been offering quality Catholic education for more than 50 years to students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and pupils in a prekindergarten program. Its motto is A Foundation of Faith... Education for the Future.

    For more information, contact St. Mary's principal, Mary Rushkoski at 237-0652.

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    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Shen Hall of Fame...One Hall of a Class

    It was kept under wraps for a few weeks, but the list has been released and the list of names of inductees as the first class of the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame is incredibly impressive.


    Many of the names were familiar to me, covering the school district for the past 12 years, but several were new and I can't wait to talk to the inductees before the Oct. 1 dinner and induction ceremony at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs.
    Here's the story with the distinguished individuals here.

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    Phillies: Almost no-hit by Watertown, lose 8-0

    After battling through a slugfest in their last meeting in Watertown, the Saratoga Phillies were faced with a batting drought against the Wizards, falling 8-0 courtesy of a two-hitter by Utah Valley University right-hander Kole Mickolio.

    The 6-foot-5 pitcher held Saratoga (4-6) hitless through the first eight innings of play and not giving a hit up to the Phillies starters Sunday night. Adam Dimino (Cortland) led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single to left field and Patrick Reardon (RPI) followed with a single up the middle in his pinch-hit appearance in the same inning for the only two singles on the night.

    Saratoga starter Gabriel Duran (Dowling) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in his first five innings of work. Patrick Brennan (Iowa) allowed two runs in his two innings of work and Cade Chambers (Walters State CC) also allowed a pair in the eighth.

    Watertown (7-4) remains unbeaten at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds and will host Saratoga again today for a split doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Phillies remain on the road Tuesday, traveling to Amsterdam before hosting Amsterdam 7 p.m. Thursday night at East Side Rec.

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    Saturday, June 13, 2009

    NYCBL: Phillies rained out at Mohawk Valley Sat. night

    The weather forecast wasn't promising, but the Saratoga Phillies still made the trip to Little Falls to face the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dogs, but the field conditions and a steady rain forced the postponement of tonight's game.

    The next open date for both squads is Monday, June 22. Monday's are usually reserved for rainout make-up contests to help avoid doubleheaders. The next mutually open date for both is July 4, something both teams would probably hope to avoid.

    The next scheduled meeting at Little Falls is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 and then again on Saturday, July 11 that could become a twi-night doubleheader if agreed upon by the two clubs.

    We'll keep you posted.

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    Friday, June 12, 2009

    Phillies: Shippee shuts down the Dutchmen, 1-0

    What a night for Shenendehowa grad John Shippee who mixed up his pitches well and the defense behind him was in lockdown mode for nine innings, giving the right-hander a 1-0 NYCBL victory over the Albany Dutchmen at East Side Rec.

    He allowed just three hits in eight innings and picked off a runner at first late in the game. Pepperdine's Brad Jessernig came on in the ninth in a relief appearance.

    The night was in question due to weather, but the Saratoga DPW worked hard and Mother Nature cooperated to allow the game to go off without a hitch.

    I was glad as Sean Allaire (Central Conn) had his mom, Diane, in the stands along with Biss Larsen (NC State) had his father sitting behind home plate, traveling in from Utah for the game and the locals weren't disappointed.

    The live blog went well again, fewer messages from last game, but thanks to John McGraw from Watertown for giving us updates regarding the Amsterdam/Watertown contest.

    Hopefully it will catch on and I'll try to do a better job of advancing my live blog opportunities.

    The Phillies are on the road for five games in four days, including a three-game set in Watertown. It's a trip I don't make, but I will be on the road next Tuesday at Amsterdam.

    Below is the live blog recap from tonight's win.

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    Friday's sports sked a go...for now

    Both teams are arriving at East Side Rec and racing is on at Albany-Saratoga Speedway as of 4 pm.

    A good downpoor would wipe out either one or both, if anything comes through late.

    For the moment, at baseball and racing is on.
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    Friday weather: Poor

    It doesn't look good for the Saratoga Phillies or Albany-Saratoga Speedway tonight as both could get washed out.

    As of 7 am we still have a steady rain in the Spa City with a chance of it tapering off at noon.

    The question is if the clouds clear and we get some sun or even wind to dry the surfaces.

    Also potential hampered are the athletes in Syracuse for the state track meet and rowers in Cincy for the US Youth Nationals.

    If the rain stops I'll try to peek at East Side Rec during lunch from Blue Shirt Nation to update field conditions.

    Till then, stay dry.
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    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Phillies: Saratoga falls to Glens Falls, 6-0 at home

    Post game notes: Well tonight was a total success on the blog end of things, but disappointing for the Saratoga Phillies.

    Below is the replay via Cover It Live a new plug-in for the blog that is ideal for live blogging and interaction with fans. I had a few messages on the first night, just enough to test out the system, but not overwhelm me during the game. I hope it will catch on as we continue during the season.

    I've got some numbers to crunch (if we have a rainout on Friday, that would help), but plan on being live again Friday night at East Side Rec when the Phillies face the Albany Dutchmen with Shenendehowa graduate and current Monmouth pitcher Jon (not Josh) Shippee on the mound.

    Pre-game notes; It's a week later than I wanted to, but I've added some new technology to the Diary and tonight is the first spin with it. It's been used before and could be something that could be hugely embraced by the Diary fans across the Capital Region and the nation (if I'm really that lucky!).

    I love the live interaction capability of Cover It Live along with the simple posting abilities. (It also still allows me to edit for my mis-spellings and minor mistakes).

    The live scoreboard is nice also, easier to update that on a blogger page too.
    So click play, log on and enjoy.

    See you tonight at East Side Rec.

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    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    Shen's Murphy Smith drafted

    Shen graduate and Binghamton University pitcher Murphy Smith is the 393rd pitch in the MLB draft, taken by the Oakland A's.
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    Monday, June 08, 2009

    Phillies home opener: Game two Phillies win, 7-2

    Top of the seventh, WatertownPhillies win, 7-2

  • Pitching change: Saratoga new reliever Brad Jessernig (Pepperdine)
    Kasuke Hattori grounds out to second. One out.
    Brendan Williams walks.
    Nate Shaver (New Mexico State) hits a grounder to short as the infielder was moving towards second. The throw bounces past the first baseman, but Saratoga catcher Patrick Reardon was trailing the play, corraled teh ball, fires to Jessernig who raced to cover home and applied the tag to a sliding Brendan Williams. Two outs.
    Billy Burgess strikes out looking for the final out of the ballgame. 7-2.

    Bottom of the sixth, Saratoga Phillies up, 7-2

  • Pitching change: Ben Marshall (Georgia State) in for Watertown.
    Matt Calvutto (Palomar) grounds out to short. One out.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) grounds out to short. Two outs.
    Patrick Reardon (RPI) draws a walk. Steals second. Draws the attention of the catcher on Allaire's dropped third strike, scores on the errant throw. Phillies up, 6-2.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) strikes out swinging, dropped third strike, races to first and the ball sails on the foul territory side of first base, he motors all the way to second base. Scores on Larsen's single. Phillies up, 7-2.
    Biss Larsen drills an RBI single to centerfield.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) drills a fly ball to right, caught. Third out.

    Top of the sixth, Watertown Saratoga up, 5-2

    Brandt Jones flies out to centerfield. One out.
    Steven Humble takes a one out walk. Advances on a wild pitch.
    Brett Botsford long fly ball to centerfield. Two outs.
  • Pitching change: Keven Inman (Pepperdine) in for Patrick Brennan.
    Neiko Johnson strikes out swinging. Third out.

    Bottom of the fifth, Saratoga Phillies ahead, 5-2

    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) takes a lead off walk. To second on Larsen bunt. Steals third, beating the throw. Scores on the left fielder's pop-fly error. Phillies ahead, 3-2.
    Biss Larsen (NC State) sacrifice bunt. 1 out.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) pop fly, high down the left field line, lost in lights, tips his glove and Rose is on first base. Forced out at second on Dimino's fielder's choice.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) hits into a fielder's choice, force out at second. Promptly steals second. Advances to third on a balk on Watertown's McCulio. Scores on Silverstein's RBI double. Saratoga up, 4-2.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) sends a deep fly that kept on going between the right and centerfielder for an RBI double. Scores on Augustine's double. 5-2.
  • Meeting at the mound for Watertown.
    Pat Augustine (Boston College) drills a drive into the gap, for an RBI double, cut down at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Third out, but Phillies add to lead, 5-2.

    Top of the fifth, Watertown Tied at 2-2

  • Pitching change: Left-hander Patrick Brennan (Iowa) on in relief for the Phillies.
    Brendan Williams grounds out to second. One out
    Nate Shaver get hit by a pitch. Steals second, throw high.
    Billy Burgess pops out to short centerfield, caught by second baseman. Two outs.
    Pat Biserta struck out swinging. Third out.

    Bottom of the fourth, Saratoga Phillies tie it 2-2

    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) hits a lead off single. To second on a fielding error by the second baseman on a Silverstein's grounder. To third on Augustine's single. Scores on Calvutto's single, cutting lead, 2-1.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) his sacrifice bunt popped over the third base line, caught. One out.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) reaches on a fielding error by the second baseman. To second on Augstine's single, to third on Calvutto's single, scores on Zachino's RBI groundout. Score tied, 2-2.
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) single, to seond on Calvutto single, to third on Zecchino fielder's choice.
    Calvutto singles to right. Forced out at second. Two outs.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) grounder to second, RBI.
    Patrick Reardon (RPI) grounded out to second. Third out, but the Phillies tied the contest at two runs apiece.

    Top of the fourth, Watertown Watertown still up, 2-0

    Brant Jones stings it through the left side for a single. To second on Johnson single.
    Steve Humble strikes out swinging. One out.
    Brett Botsford fly out to left field. Two outs.
    Neiko Johnson hits it through the right side.
    Kasuke Hattori grounds out to second. Third out.

    Bottom of the third, Saratoga Phillies down, 2-0

    Patrick Reardon (RPI) grounds out to second.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) grounder to second, flip to pitcher, but the runner appeared to be there, but the Phillies don't get the call.
    Biss Larsen (NC State) grounds out to third. Third out.

    Props to the Teamline crew My fellow NYCBL partner in crime and print, Andy Santillo is back behind the mike on Teamline, the silky voice of the Phillies on their home internet broadcasts. Tune in each time the Phillies are home.

    Top of the third, Watertown Wizards ahead, 2-0

    Brandon Williams sends it back into the box, ball bounces off the pitcher's foot and off to third. No play to first, runner save.
    Adam Durrant is checked out by the Phillies pitching staff and after a few warm-up throws he's determined to continue. Moves to second on groundout by Burgess.
    Nate Shaver struck out for the first out.
    Billy Burgess grounds out to third. Second out.
    Pat Biserta grounds out to second. Third out.

    Bottom of the second, SaratogaWatertown up, 2-0

    Mike Augustine (Boston College) grounds out to third.
    Matt Calvutto (Palomar) pop-fly drops in between three fielders in short centerfield.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) grounds into an inning ending double play, 5-4-3, for those of you scoring at home.

    Top of the second, Watertown Wizards up again, 2-0

    Pat Biserta drills a Gabriel Durant offering that hits the bottom of the left field fence. He comes around to score on a throwing error by the third baseman. Watertown up, 1-0.
    Brandt Jones reaches on an error when the third basemen attempted to force the runner at second, but sailed into center field. To second on Humble's sacrifice. Scores on Johnson's RBI single to right. Wizards up, 2-0.
    Steve Humble sacrifice bunt, moves the runner over.
    Brett Botsford grounds out to short. Two outs.
    Neike Johnson drops a single in front of the right fielder for an RBI. To second on an errant pick off throw to first.
    Kasuke Hattori grounder to shortstop, Miles Silverstein, rushes the throw, pulling first baseman Mike Augustine off the bag, but makes the tag to end the inning.

    Bottom of the first, Saratoga Still scoreless.

    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) sends a shot to right field, moves to his right for the catch.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) grounds back to the first baseman, flips it to the pitcher. Second out.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) flies out to right. Third out.

    Top of the first, Watertown No score.

    Neike Johnson walked. To second on a walk to Hattori. To third on a passed ball.
    Kasuke Hattori walked. To second on the passed ball.
    Brendan Williams struck out. One out.
    Nate Shaver walks to load the bases.
    Billy Burgess ground back in the box, Saratoga starter Gabriel Durand who fires back to Phillies catcher, Patrick Reardon, for the force at home and then sends it down the line for the double play. Bringing the Phillies fan to their feet. End of the first.

    Things are underway quickly for the second contest Monday night at the Saratoga Phillies home opener of the 2009 season.

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  • Phillies home opener: Wizards round trippers rule, win 7-2

    Watertown win, 7-2 on eight hits and two home runs to take the first game of this 7-inning twinbill.

    Bottom of the seventh Last chance for the Phils

  • Pitching change: Left-hander Justin Wiley (Iona) in on relief for Watertown.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) got the barrel on it, but sent out to the left fielder. One out.
    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) R.W. Zeller (Pepperdine) inside out swing, sends it to left field, but caught, two outs.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) singles to left field, stops at first.
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) grounds out to the second baseman. Third out.

    Top of the seventh. Wizards rocking, 7-2

    Neiko Johnson (Kentucky) high hopper to second base and newly inserted infielder Biss Larsen (NC State), makes the grab but the long toss to first is too late. To second on Hattori's walk.
    Kasuke Hattori (Minnesota State) walks.
    Brandon Williams (Georgia State) drills a three-run home run over the left field fence. His third round-tripper on the season. (I'm glad I moved my car!)
    Nate Shaver (New Mexico State) grounds back to the pitcher. First out.
    Ben Flanary (Temple) struck out looking. Two outs.
    Brett Botsford (Lemoyne) grounds out to first, gets the ball to the pitcher. Third out.
    But not before the damage was done, as the Wizards tacked on three more runs with one swing, up 7-2.

    A big thanks! goes out to Paul at the Home Depot in Saratoga Springs, hooking up the Phillies and myself with a power cord to make tonight's blog and internet broadcast possible. Thanks, Paul!

    Bottom of the sixth. Watertown up, 4-2

  • Pitching change: Jordon Allen (Brockport) in on relief for Watertown.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) lines out to shortstop, leaps up to make the grab. One out.
    Pat Epps (Central Conn.) grounds out to short, two outs.
    Pat Reardon (RPI) walked. To second on Allaire single.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) rips a single into left field.
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) struck out.

    Top of the sixth. Wizards up, 4-2

    John Pedrotty (Holy Cross) struck out looking. One out.
    Joey Bowens (Creighton) struck out looking. Two outs.
    Brant Jones (Longwood) grounds out to second. Three outs.

    Bottom of the fifth. Watertown up, 4-2

    Max McEleney (Cerritos) drills a single to left in front of family and friends. Forced out on the Rose grounder to first. One out.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) grounds to first, throw to second fielder's choice, beating the throw back to to first. To second on Bowers's single.
    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) base hit past the shortstop.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) flew out to right. Second out.
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) sends a laser to the left of the first baseman, snagged for the third out.

    Top of the fifth. Wizards still ahead, 4-2

    Nate Shaver (New Mexico State) flies out to left. One out.
    Ben Flanary (Temple) ground out to second. Two outs.
    Brett Botsford (Lemoyne) sharp grounder back in the box, flips to first. Third out.

    Game note: This will be a pair of seven inning games for the fans and the players. It wasn't determined until later today, moving the contest from nine innings to seven.

    Bottom of the fourth. Watertown ahead, 4-2

    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) walked and becomes the first out on a force out at second. He goes in hard and the throw to first is late and wide.
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) Reaches on a fielder's choice. To second on Carvutto's single. To third on Epps grounder.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) bloops a single to center field. Out on the double play attempt on Epps's fielder's choice. Scores on the errant pick off move on Epps. Saratoga cuts into lead, 4-1.
    Pat Epps (Central Conn.) grounds back to the pitcher who turns and fires to second. The throw to first is late, allowing him to reach safely. Watertown pitcher Kyle Bradley attempts to pick him off and the ball bounds to the left field fence and he makes it all the way to third. He scores easily on Reardon's double to center, Phillies cut lead in half, 4-2.
    Pat Reardon (RPI) rips the ball over the centerfielder's head for a stand-up RPI double.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) strikes out swinging. Third out.

    Top of the fourth.

    John Pedrotty (Holy Cross) sends a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the year and the first at East Side Rec this season. Wizards up, 3-0.
    Joey Bowens (Creighton) sends a looping drive to right field. To second on Jones groundout. Scores on Hattori's single to right. Wizards up 4-0.
    Brant Jones (Longwood) a slow roller to short, Saratoga's Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) charges and makes the throw to first. One out.
    Meeting A meeting on the mound by Saratoga pitching coach Billy Sitting (Wentworth).
    Neiko Johnson (Kentucky) high chopper to third, thrown out for the second out.
    Kasuke Hattori (Minnesota State) hits a sharp grounder past a diving Max McEleney (Cerritos) to drive in Bowens for another run.
  • Pitching change: Geoff Oxley (Boston College) comes on in relief. Arrived today for the Phillies. 6-foot-3 right-hander on the mound.
    Brandon Williams (Georgia State) grounds out to the shortstop. Third out.

    Bottom of the third. Watertown up, 2-0

    Sean Allaire (Central Conn) bunts his way safely to first.
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) hits a flare to right, caught by a diving Nate Shaver (New Mexico State), robbing him of a hit and forces Allaire to scamper back to first. He goes on to steal second.
  • Special visitors tonight:Phillies hitting coach Jeffrey Quiros (St. John's) has his dad in the stands watching tonight's double header.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) short fly to center. Second out.
    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) fly out to center. Third out.

    Top of the third. Wizards putting a spell on, up 2-0

    Brant Jones (Longwood) hit by pitch. Erased on a pick off move. One out.
    Neiko Johnson (Kentucky) drills a double off the right field wall. Goes to third on a Hattori single and scores on Nate Shaver's grounder to second. Wizards up, 2-0.
    Kasuke Hattori (Minnesota State) singles, to second on Williams walk and third on Shaver's grounder.
    Brandon Williams (Georgia State) walks, erased on Shaver groundout, forced out at second. Two outs.
    Nate Shaver (New Mexico State) fielder's choice, grounder to second, runs batted in. To second on Flanary's walk.
    Ben Flanary (Temple(walked to load the bases).
    Brett Botsford (Lemoyne) grounds out to second. Third out.

    Bottom of the second. Watertown lead, 1-0.

    Mike Augustine (Boston College) singles to right. Forced out at second on Carvutto's grounder. One out.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) fielder's choice. Forced out on Epps's grounder. Two outs.
    Pat Epps (Central Conn) fielder's choice.
    Pat Reardon (RPI) pops out to left field. Third out.

    Top of second. Wizards on top 1-0.

    Nate Shaver (New Mexico State) leads off with a walk from Saratoga starter Cade Chambers (Walters CC) followed by Ben Flanary (Temple) also earning a free pass. The duo are moved over on a Brett Botsford (Temple) sacrifice bunt. Shaver comes home to score on John Pedrotty's single just past the Phillies diving second baseman Max McEleney (Cerritos).
    Joey Bowens strikes out for the second out and Saratoga catcher Pat Reardon (RPI) fired to second, the throw bounced on the first base side, but Pedrotty paused for the bounce, allowing the infielder to catch the throw and apply the tag to end the inning.

    Some challenges at home for the Saratoga Phillies opener here at East Side Rec in Saratoga Springs, but the home opener pitch has been thrown and we are scoreless through one full inning.

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  • Sunday, June 07, 2009

    Phillies: Saratoga wins 3-2 on the road at Glens Falls.

    Bottom of the ninth.

    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) sharp grounder to third. Out at first. One out.
    Eric Phillips (Georgia Southern) slow grounder up the middle, lofted throw to first by the second baseman allows him to reach safely, scored an error.
    Kevin Berry (New Orleans) A second, to short to first double play to end the contest.
    Phillies even their record at 2-2 with 3-2 win over Glens Falls.

    Top of the ninth. Phillies up, 3-2

  • Pitching change: Jerry A'Hearn (Central Arizona) in to relieve Kellen Candau for Glens Falls.
    Mike Augustine (BC) struck out looking. One out.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar JC) long ground out to short. Two outs.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) single over the second baseman.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) Logan Bowers (Walters State CC) in to pinch-hit. Grounder to the second baseman, forces Zecchino at second for the third out of the inning.

    Bottom of the eighth. Saratoga up, 3-2

    Nate Valdez (Central Arizona) flies out to right. One out.
    Connor Gandossy (Saint Louis) long drive to center, drops in and motors to second base. To second on Moreno's single. To third on the walk to Jones. Scores on a wild pitch by new Saratoga Phillie reliever Brad Jessernig. Glens Falls cuts into the lead, 3-2.
    Pepito Moreno (Pima) hits a shot over second base for a single, only Miles Silverstein's diving stop keeps a run from scoring.
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) struck out swinging. Two outs.
  • And a visit to the mound gains the ire of the Golden Eagle fans in the stands.
    Rodarrick Jones (New Orleans) walks to load the bases.
  • Pitching change: Brad Jessernig (Pepperdine) now in for college teammate Keven Inman with the bases loaded.
    With Justin Zumwalde (Pima)at bat, Jessernig throws a wild pitch, allowing Gandossy to score, cutting the lead, 3-2. On the next pitch, Zumwalde swings and sends his bat flying into the Saratoga Phillies dugout.
    His at-bat didn't get any better, getting called out on strikes and then getting ejected by the home plate umpire.

    Top of the eighth. Saratoga up, 3-1

    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) grounded out to short. One out.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) hit by a pitch. Forced out at second on a double play. Second out.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) grounds out to second, part of a double play.

    Bottom of the seventh. Phillies ahead, 3-1

    Pitching change for Saratoga, Keven Inman (Pepperdine) in for Paul Burgdorf (Williams). Burgdorf went six innings, allowing one run, earned. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out seven.
    Now confirmed, Glens Falls coach John Mayotte has left the building for the night. The umpire didn't give him the dramatic heave-ho during the exchange, but he was dismissed.
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) Sharp grounder to short. One out.
    Eric Phillips (Georgia Southern) Long fly ball to center. Two outs.
    Kevin Berry (New Orleans) grounds out to short. Three outs.

    Top of the seventh. Saratoga up, 3-1

    Pitching change for Glens Falls, Kellen Candau (Southern Illinois) in for Tony Dischler. Dischler on the hook for the loss. He went six innings, allowed two runs, both earned on just four hits. He walked one batter and struck out six.

    A bit of excitement between innings as Glens Falls manager John Mayotte got into a heated exchange with the home plate umpire during warm-ups. He was chest-to-chest with the home plate umpire, sharing his disappointment about something. From the press box it was unclear, but late strike calls and the words "You have an ego" were several of his points.

    Matt Carvutto (Palomar JC) led off with a long double in the right centerfield gap. Bunted to third by Zecchino. He comes home on a balk by Candau, called by the home plate umpire, puttng Saratoga ahead, 3-1.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) sacrifice bunt laid down between the mound and first. One out.
    Adam Diminio (Cortland) struck out swinging. Two outs.
    Pat Reardon (RPI) walks, moves to second on the balk.
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) grounds out to second. Three outs.

    Bottom of the sixth. Saratoga up, 2-1.

    Pepito Moreno (Pima) single over the left side of the infield. Advances on Jones's groundout to short. Became the third out.
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) struck out swinging, but not before arguing the second strike call with the home plate umpire. 1 out.
    A visit to the mound by Saratoga pitching coach Billy Sitting with Pepperdine's Keven Inman warming up in the bullpen.
    Rodrarrick Jones (New Orleans) grounded out to short. Second out.
    Justin Sumwalde (Pima) Earns a walk to first, but Saratoga catcher Pat Reardon comes up throwing, cutting down Moreno who was attempting to steal third.

    Top of the sixth. Saratoga up, 2-1.

    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) grounded out to first, flip to the pitcher. One out.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) struck out looking. Two outs.
    Mike Augustine (BC) struck out swinging. Third out.

    Bottom of the fifth. Phillies ahead, 2-1.

    Kevin Berry (New Orleans) flied out to right. One out.
    Nate Valdez (Central Arizona) long fly out to centerfield. Two outs.
    Connor Gandossy (Saint Louis) struck out looking. Three outs.

    Top of the fifth. Saratoga up, 2-1.

    Pat Reardon (RPI) lines out to the left fielder. 1 out.
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the fourth. Phillies up, 2-1.

    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) struck out swinging. 1 out.
    Rodarrick Jones (New Orleans) walked. Ran all the way to third on a bad pick-off attempt by Saratoga Phillies starter Jon Shippee. The ball rolled all the way to the Glens Falls bullpen at the right field fence.
    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) struck out swinging. Umpire said he committed. 2 outs.
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) reaches on catcher's interference. Swung at a third strike, but ruled that Saratoga catcher Pat Reardon's glove interfered with his swing. Reardon and Phillies skipper Greg Zackrison argue the call to no avail. Lamont on first.
    Eric Phillips (Georgia Southern) grounds out to second, forcing out Lamont to end the inning.

    Top of the fourth. Phillies go up, 2-1.

    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) infield single, off pitcher's glove. Advances to third on a hit and run on Silverstein's single to right. Scores on Augustine's RBI single. Tie game, 1-1.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) singles through the right side. Advances to third on Augustine's single through the right side, slides in under the tag.
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) RBI single through the right side. Forced out at second for the first out of the inning.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar JC) grounds into a second, to short, to first double play, second out, scoring Silverstein.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) takes a two out walk.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) struck out looking. Third out, but Phillies up, 2-1.

    Bottom of the third.
    Glens Falls ahead, 1-0.
    Kevin Berry (New Orleans) singles to centerfield. To second on Valdez's groundout. Scores on Gandossy's RBI double to right. Glens Falls ahead, 1-0.
    Nate Valdez (Central Arizona) grounds out to second. 1 out.
    Connor Gandossy (Saint Louis) RBI double into the right field gap. Doubled up at second on Moreno's fly out, almost to third when ball thrown back in to double him up at second easily. 3rd out.
    Pepito Moreno (Pima) flied out to centerfield. 2nd out.

    Top of the third.
    No score.
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) bunted back to the pitcher. 1 out.
    Pat Reardon (RPI) singles up the middle. Steals second courtesy of a high throw and snuck in to beat the tag.
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) struck out swinging. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the second.
    No score.
    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) struck out swinging. 1 out.
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) struck out looking. 2 outs.
    Eric Phillips (Georgia Southern) singles down the third base line for a sure single, he wanted to stretch it into a double and was successful when the throw from the left fielder sailed over the bag. Saratoga second baseman Max McEleney saved the throw and fired over to third base where Phillips was still in motion, tagged out easily in front of the third base bag by Sean Allaire for the final out.

    Top of the second.
    No score.
    Mike Augustine (BC) grounds out to second. 1 out.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar JC) groundout deep to third, out by a step. 2 outs.
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) grounds out back to the pitcher. 3 outs.

    Bottom of the first.
    No score.
    Pepito Moreno (Pima) short-hop grounder to short. 1 out.
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) grounds out to third. 2 outs.
    Rodarrick Jones (New Orleans) struck out. 3 outs.

    Top of the first.
    No score.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) grounds out to second.
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) slow roller back to the mound, two outs.
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) grounded out to the shortstop, third out.

    It's an overcast afternoon at East Field in Glens Falls where the Saratoga Phillies (1-2) take on the Glens Falls Golden Eagles (2-1) for the second time in the first week of the 2009 season.

    Here is today's starting line-up
    Saratoga Phillies
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn.) 3B
    Bryan Rose (Kentucky) CF
    Miles Silverstein (Pepperdine) SS
    Mike Augustine (Boston College) 1B
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar JC) RF
    Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) DH
    Adam Dimino (Cortland) LF
    Pat Reardon (RPI) C
    Max McEleney (Cerritos) 2B
    Paul Burgdorf (Williams) P

    Glens Falls Golden Eagles
    Pepito Moreno (Pima) SS
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) CF
    Rodarrick Jones (New Orleans) LF
    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) RF
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) 3B
    Eric Phillips (Southern Georgia) 2B
    Kevin Berry (New Orleans) DH
    Nate Valdez (Central Arizona) 1B
    Connor Gandossy (Saint Louis) C
    Tony Dischler (Louisiana Monroe) P

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  • Saturday, June 06, 2009

    Phillies at Albany Dutchmen earn first NYCBL win.

    The Dutchmen earned their first win of the year, 5-3 over the Phillies at home Saturday night.

    Story link to follow shortly.

    For Albany, Wheaton College right-handed sidearmer jon Shepard on in relief.
    Jack Dilday went three innings giving up an unearned run. He didn't give up a hit, He walked three, struck out eight, hit a batter and threw three wild pitches.

    No live internet feed tonight on Teamline, the responsibility of the home team. Tonight it was a personnel issue, not technology, so I hope the blog has helped.
    I'm only updating scoring changes on my Blackberry due to lack of power for the portable press box. Will be rectified on Sunday and expect new, interactive technology for Monday's doubleheader!

    Saratoga scratched out a run in the top of the seventh on four miscues.
    Miles Silverstein reached when his groundball to short was thrown down the line and the first baseman was pulled off the bag and missed swiping the runner. Silverstein then moved bags on three wild pitches from previous lights out Albany closer Jack Dilday, cutting the lead, 5-3.

    Close the book on Saratoga's Shippee. He went six innings, giving up five runs all earned on seven hits. He walked six batters, struck out one and hit one.
    Lefty Cade Chambers (Walters CC) comes on in relief in the bottom of the seventh.

    Albany adds to lead, up 5-2
    The Dutchmen tacked on two runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth.
    Shane Davis reached on a one-out single to left and went to second when Ryan Mallory was hit by a pitch.
    Brad Steinbach drove him in with a single that was just over the top of the shortstops glove. Mallory scored on Sean Munley's sacrifice fly to right. Dutchmen up, 5-2.
    Jack Dilday (Tufts) comes on in relief of Albany starter Ben Klimash. The book on Klimash, 5 innings pitched, two runs given up, both earned on six hits. He walked three and struck out six.

    Saratoga cuts into lead, 3-2.
    Pat Epps led off the fourth with a high chopper over the mound and moved over on a Miles Silverstein single to right. Pat Reardon drove him in with a hot shot down the first base line that short-hopped the infielder, cutting the lead, 3-2.

    Albany up 3-1 through three.
    Saratoga's Josh Shippee has shown that his pick-off move is sharp, but both times the runner advanced to second.

    Albany adds another, up 3-1.
    Kevin McCall reached on a two-out walk and stole second on a pick-off attempt. He scored easily when Jarred Jimenez drilled a Josh Shippee offering to the centerfield fence as the Dutchmen went up, 3-1. Shane Davis tried to add some damage with a drive to the left field warning track.

    Bottom first, Albany answers, 2-1.
    The man behind the plate is consistent, as Saratoga starter Josh Shippee was the victim of a small strike zone.
    Kevin McCall was forced in on a walk as he reached on a one-out walk. Jared Jimenez walked and Shane Davis dropped a bloop single in front of the centerfielder to load the bases. Ryan Mallory walked him in to tie the game at one.
    Brad Steinbach singled to center to drive in Jimenez for the 2-1 Albany lead.

    Top of first, Phils up 1-0.
    Phillies up
    Bryan Rose turned a one-out walk into the first run of the game, moving around the horn on Matt Carvutto's single, Mike Augustine walked and Pat Epps drove him in with an RBI walk, the third free pass of the inning by Albaný starter Ben Klimash.

    Tonights line-ups
    Saratoga Phillies
    Sean Allaire 3B Cent.Conn
    Bryan Rose CF Kentucky
    Mark Carvutto RF Palomar JC
    Mike Augustine DH Boston College
    Pat Epps 1B Cent. Conn
    Miles Silverstein SS Pepperdine
    R.W. Zeller LF Pepperdine
    Pat Reardon C RPI
    Biss Larsen 2B NC State
    Josh Shippee P Monmouth

    Albany Dutchmen
    Jordan Lurie LF UNC Ashville
    Kevin McCall SS Buffalo
    Jarred Jimenez CF Rutgers
    Shane Davis RF George Mason
    Ryan Mallory 1B Richmond
    Brad Steinbach 3B St. Bonaventure
    Sean Munley DH Wheaton
    Dylan Swift C Indiana
    Stewart Park 2B MIT
    Ben Klimash P Trinity

    It's early in the season, but the Albany Dutchmen are leading the East Division in the best looking support staff department. Stop by Bleecker Stadium to check it out.
    Of course Saratoga hasn't had it's home opener yet..

    The Saratoga Phillies and Albany Dutchmen are looking to get underway early, moving up their game time from 7:30 to 7 pm. Good for deadline purposes.

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    Shenendehowa Aquatic Center a crown jewel

    After swimming and diving throughout the Capital District for the past 20 years the Shenendehowa swimming and diving program finally has a permanent home on campus and it was worth the wait.
    The Shenendehowa Aquatics Center was officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by swims by the Shen swimmers to help set the initial pool records.
    It's georgeous, well lit, spacious, functional and should be the area's premier swimming and diving facility for years to come.
    I'll have a story in this week's Community News.

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    Thursday, June 04, 2009

    Phillies 2009 opener

    I'll be giving you play by play as the first pitch of 2009 is thrown in the NYCBL at East Field in Glens Falls, and it's a strike by Golden Eagles left hander Ricky Ott (New Orleans) to Saratoga Phillies third baseman Sean Allaire (Central Connecticut).
    And it's a single to center, the first hit and baserunner for the Phillies this season.

    Kentucky centerfielder and Columbia High School product Brian Rose is up from the left side.
    After a stare from Glens Falls starter Ott, Rose walks to put runners on first and second.

    Palomar Junior College right fielder Matt Carvutto up to the plate. Carvutto hits a can of corn to left field for the first out.

    Boston College designated hitter, Mike Augustine up to the plate to bat from the left side.
    Augustine strikes out and on the dropped ball, Glens Falls catcher Gary Derhagopian (Siena) fires to second, attempting to catch Sean Allaire leading off. He made it back safely, getting pegged with the throw.

    Central Connecticut State's Pat Epps steps up and wrecks havoc on the Golden Eagles defense, lining it back to Ott and saw it tip off his glove towards first. Glens Falls first basemanNate Valdez attempted to scoop the ball back to Ott who was covering third, but the toss was mis-handled allowing Allaire to score for a 1-0 lead.

    The relay to the catcher was late and Rose raced to third, diving in head first. The throw to third ended up in left field and he was waved home for a 2-0 lead with Pat Epps moving over to second.

    Logan Bowers (Walters Community College) drives in the first earned run of the night with a solid single through the left side, scoring Epps who moved to third earlier on a wild pitch, giving the Phillies an early 3-0 lead.

    Pat Reardon (RPI) grounds out to second to end the top of the first inning.

    Bottom of the first inning
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) struck out looking. 1-0 out.
    RO Jones (St. Gabriel) hit by pitch from Saratoga starter Mark Zecchino (Virginia Tech). He steals second during Sean Lamont's at-bat.
    Justin Zumwalde (PIMA) long fly out to right centerfield. One out.
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) grounds back to the pitcher, flips to first, getting Lamont by a step. Two outs.

    Kevin Berry (Northeastern) strikes out. End of the first inning. Saratoga up, 3-0.

    Top of the second inning

    Up for the Phillies, Biss Larson (NC State) grounder to the right of second base, Glens Falls infielder Kevin Berry makes a diving stop, throwing from his knees as Larson is safe by half-a-step.
    Max McElenry (Cerristos College) sacrifice bunt, moves Larson over to second.
    Sean Allaire (Central Connecticut) grounds out to second, moving Larson to third. Two outs.

    Brian Rose (Kentucky) strikes out to end the inning.


    Bottom of the second. Glens Falls up. Saratoga leads, 3-0.

    Kevin Berry (Northeastern) strikes out swinging. One out.

    Nate Valdez (Central Conn. State) walks, advances on a stolen base and reaches third on a passed ball, tipped up and over the glove of Saratoga Phillies catcher Pat Reardon (RPI).

    Gary Derhagopian (Siena) hits a long fly ball to center, allowing Valdez to tag up and beat the throw from center, to second to home, cutting into the Phillies lead, 3-1.

    Pepito Moreno (Pima) struck out swinging to end the inning.


    Bottom of the second. Phillies up, 3-1.
    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) reached on a shot over the second baseman.
    Mike Augustine grounds to short into a 6-4-3 double play, erasing Carvutto at second.

    Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) singles through the left side.

    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) strikes out looking to end the inning. Saratoga up, 3-1.

    Bottom of the third. Glens Falls up to bat.
    Steve Zavala (Rutgers) opens up the third with a walk. He stole second during R.O. Jones' at-bat.

    Anthony Giasanti (Siena) sends a bomb to the deepest part of East Field...it was high...it was far...it was caught by Saratoga centerfielder Brian Rose.

    R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) grounds to deep short and is out by one-half of one-half of one step for the second out of tehe inning.

    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) hits a shot to second, smothered by Max McEleney (Cerristos College) who throws him out from his knees for the final out of the third inning.

    Top of the fourth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
    Patrick Reardon (RPI) flied out to centerfield.

    Biss Larson (NC State) takes a one-out walk. He is erased attempting to steal second when Glens Falls catcher Gary Derhagopian buzzed his own pitcher's dome, sending a laser to the left side of second to shortstop Pepito Moreno (Pima) who leaned across the bag to put the ball down for the tag.

    Max McEleney (Cerristos) struck out swinging.

    Bottom of the fourth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) sends a laser to third, stabbed by Phillies third baseman Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State).

    Kevin Berry (Northeastern) hot shot to short, Phillies infielder Biss Larson (NC State) slide/dives to his left and fires to first for the second out.

    Nate Valdez (Central) struck out swinging. Third out.

    Top of the fifth. Saratoga up, 3-1.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) reaches on a bunt single to the left side of the mound. Glens Falls third baseman Sean Lamont (Georgetown) bare-hands the ball, fires, but not in time.

    Brian Rose (Kentucky) puts down a sacrifice bunt in almost the same spot, but Lamont comes up with it, moving Allaire to second.

    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) long fly ball to center, not far enough to move Allaire to third. Second out.

    Mike Augustine (Boston College) sends a looping fly ball to centerfield, away from the outfielder. Allaire scores from second after the ball is thrown way up the third base line to go up, 4-1.

    Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) walks, putting runners at first and second.

    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) long fly ball to center for the third out.

    Bottom of the fifth. Saratoga up, 4-1.
    Gary Derhagopian (Siena) struck out. Dropped third strike, thrown out. One out.

    Pepito Moreno (Pima) rung up by the home plate umpire, second out and the sixth strikeout for Saratoga starter Mark Zecchino (Virginia Tech).

    Steve Zavala (Rutgers) struck out for Zecchino's seventh sit down on the night.

    Top of the sixth. Saratoga up, 4-1
    Glens Falls pitching change: Right-hander Willie Beard (Rutgers) comes on in relief of Ricky Ott (New Orleans).

    The book on Ott - Four runs on eight hits, only two of them earned in his five innings of work. He walked three and struck out four.

    Pat Reardon (RPI) grounded out to second. One out.

    Biss Larson (NC State) grounded out to third. Two out.

    Max McEleney (Cerristos) groundout to short. Third out.

    Bottom of the sixth. Saratoga up, 4-1.
    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) flies out to right. One out.

    R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) flies out to right. Two out.

    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) hot shot to the corner, Saratoga third baseman Sean Allaire makes a backhanded stab, fires to first for the third out of the inning.


    Sorry lost an update. Will fill in.

    Top of the seventh
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) reaches after getting hit by a pitch.

    Brian Rose (Kentucky) lines out to centerfield and yes, I wrote...lined out.

    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) walked. Erased on a force out on a comebacker to the pitcher for the second out.

    Mike Augustine (Boston College) hits into a fielder's choice back to the pitcher who fires to second for the force.

    Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) strikes out to end the inning.

    Bottom of the seventh
    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) flied out to right.

    Kevin Berry (Northeastern) flied out to right.

    Nate Valdez (Central) struck out swinging.

    Top of the eighth. Saratoga up, 4-1.

    Logan Bowers (Walters CC) walked. Erased on a grounder to the shortstop. One out.

    Pat Reardon (RPI) reaches on a throwing error by the shortstop attempting to turn the double play, bounces in front of the first baseman. Reardon doesn't advance on the play.

    Max McEleney (Cerristos) struck out to end the eighth.

    Bottom of the eighth. Phillies up 4-1.
    Gary Derhagopian (Siena) sends a long fly ball to the gap in left centerfield towards the wall, tracked down by Logan Bowers (Walters CC).

    Pepito Moreno (Pima) well now we can say it...the first hit of the game and the season for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles when Moreno sends a flare to right, dropping in to break up the no-hitter by Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech).

    Steve Zavala (Rutgers) struck out looking. Second out.

    Anthony Giansanti (Siena) reached on a walk. Saratoga pitching coach Billy Sittig takes a trip to the mound while the Phillies bulllpen gets busy.

    R.O. Jones (St. Gabriel) strikes out, becoming the 10th victim on the night by Marc Zecchino and the third out.

    Top of the ninth. Saratoga still up, 4-1.
    Sean Allaire (Central Conn. State) grounds out to the shortstop. One out.

    Brian Rose (Kentucky) walks, immediately steals second, taking the throw from the catcher into the ribs on the slide.

    Matt Carvutto (Palomar) grounds out to the shortstop, nice throw on the run. Two outs.

    Mike Augustine (Boston College) takes a two-out walk.

    Pat Epps (Central Conn. State) grounds out to first for the unassisted out to end the inning.

    Bottom of the ninth. Phillies look to close out opener
    John Shippee in for relief for Saratoga.

    Justin Zumwalde (Pima) struck out swinging.

    Sean Lamont (Georgetown) reaches on a walk.

    Kevin Berry (Northeastern) flies out to right for the second out of the inning.

    Nate Valdez (Central) walks and Shippee gets a visit from Phillies pitching coach Billy Sittig.

    Gary Derhagopian (Siena) runs the count to 3-1 before grounding back to Shippee for the final out and giving the Phillies a 4-1, one-hit season-opening victory on the road.

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    Tuesday, June 02, 2009

    Fordians add another, 5-0

    It wasn't even their home field, but the Fordians took advantage of their surroundings in the sixth.

    Zach Gardner sent a long fly ball to right that was lost in the lights, allowing his to roll into third standing up. He scored on Kyle Brisson's sacrifice fly to center to go up 5-0.
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    Waterford up 4-0

    The Fordian hits and Canajoharie errors added up to two more runs in the fourth.

    Kyle Brisson reached safely when his major league pop-up fell inside the third base line. He went to third on two wild pitches and scored on Larry Rondeau's single that fell in front of the centerfielder.

    Rondeau came around to score after Ryan Hardy singled to center for a 4-0 lead.
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    Correction: Third inning

    Sorry, missed a batter, C-F's Jake Tansett hit the double and was out at the plate on Zach Fliescher's single.
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    Waterford up 2-0

    Waterford took advantage of two Canajoharie errors and wild piches by starter Dave O'Neil to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the Section II Class C semifinal.

    Jeff Yattaw led off with a single, stole second was sacrificed to third and scored on Kyle Brisson's hard grounder to short.
    Brisson reached safely when the shortstop looked Yattaw back but bounced the throw to first. Brisson moved over on a wild pitch and made it to third when the shortstop's throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Ryan Hardey knocked him in with a grounder to second for the 2-0 lead.

    The Fordians ended a C-F threat when Zach Fliescher was cut down at the plate, attempting to score from second after his one-out hit.
    Payton Stahler ripped a single to left but Waterford's Brisson came up throwing, hitting catcher Joe Harder at the plate, two steps in front of Fliescher.
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    Time running out on Witches

    Josh Martin led off with a walk in the bottom of the sixth for Fort Plain. He stole second and came home on Evan Yacoweina's bloop single to left to put the Hilltoppers up 6-2.

    Fort Plain the pulled off two straight squeeze plays with the bases full.

    Yacoweina came around on Ryan Kane's slow bunt between the mound and third. Bo Baker followed with a sacrifice bunt to make it 8-2 Fort Plain.
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    Witches clawing back in, 5-2

    Greenwich right fielder Chad Niles took matters into his own hands with a solo home run over the left field wall, cutting into the Fort Plain lead, 5-2.
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    Ft. Plain adds, up 5-1

    Tyler Barhydt led off with a double ripped to deep centerfield and moved to third on a wild pitch, beating the throw to the bag. After Ryan Kane walked, Bo Baker scorched a single past a diving third baseman for a 4-1 lead.

    That would be it for Greenwich starter Jared Kirk with Neil Fryer coming on in relief.
    Kane came around to score after Baker singled, John Larrabe grounded out to second and Justin Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt down the first base line.
    Fort Plain up, 5-1.
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    Greenwich on board, 3-1

    Greenwich got on the board with one out in the bottom of the third. Ellory Harrington reached on a poor throw from short that pulled the first baseman towards home. He moved around on Ryan Beck's single up the middle and a one-out walk to Jared Kirk. He came around to score on Tony Giroux's groundout to short, cutting into the lead, 3-1.
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    Ft. Plain up 3-0 in 2nd

    The Hilltoppers extended their lead in the bottom of the second.

    Justin Smith led off with a walk, stole second on a pick-off attempt and scored on Brent Baker's inside-out bloop single to right.
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    Fort Plain's Brent Baker led off the bottom of the second with a single to right and moved to third on mark Hanifin's bloop single to center. He scored on Tyler Barhydt's RBI single up the middle. 1-0 Ft. Plain.

    Hanifin made it 2-0 when he raced in on Bo Baker's RBI single to center, but Barhydt was cut down at the plate trying to score on Greenwich centerfielder Ellory Harrington's laser to home.
    It was a close play with a cloud of dust but Witches catcher tony Giroux held on to the prize for the out.
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    Monday, June 01, 2009

    Ray Waldron, Sr: First an AD and now a Hall of Famer

    Every once in a while you get to be part of something special and Monday night was one of those things.


    In Tuesday's paper you'll read about Ray Waldron, Sr. the former Saratoga Springs High School coach, long-time athletic director who was selected as the one and only inductee into the newly created Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame.


    We received the tip over the weekend, did our background interviews, but couldn't even talk to Ray until after the award ceremony because it was also a surprise to him.


    He was overwhelmed by the honor and very gracious when I caught up with him afterwards at home.


    He had some great things to say and also a great story that I'm going to hold on until the physical designation of his plaque outside the Saratoga Springs Blue Gymnasium later this year.


    It was a good night for the Blue Streaks where more than 100 awards were given out to Saratoga Springs athletes during the annual All-Sports reception with Waldron's surprise induction announcement coming at the end.


    Congratulations to all the athletes and especially to Ray Waldron, Sr. and his family.

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    NYCBL: Glens Falls City Council says "Play Ball"

    I may be stealing the lead from fellow reporter Paul Post who was kind enough to travel up North for the Glens Falls City Council meeting to determine if the Glens Falls Golden Eagles NYCBL team would have a home this year, but the news out of the meeting was positive.


    In a 4-2 vote, the Golden Eagles will have a memo of understanding to utilize East Field for a rate of $600 for night games and $90 for day contest.


    The deal is for one year with two one-year options without an increase...but owner Darrin Williams will have only a 3-day window of credit after each contest to keep his team on the field. That is in response to his recent payment last year's field usage so the city is keeping their thumb on him.


    I am hoping my friends to the North will investigate (i.e. FOIL) the city's statement that it charges such a large sum because of it's electrical costs at the field, "$800 to $1,000".


    That number was not only a shock to me, but also to the City of Saratoga Springs Dept. of Parks and Recreation where I got a "are you sure that's not a typo?" regarding the amount.


    The Saratoga Phillies pay $100 for a night game and $50 for a day game under the city's adult use rate program. I know the city is generous, but they are not insane regarding use fees and utilities. Let's hope Will and the gang follow-up.


    The good news is that the Saratoga Phillies will take the field at 7 p.m. Thursday night to open their 2009 NYCBL campaign and I'll be there up in the booth, I assume with Jeremy once again from the Eagles.

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