JACOB CORDERO TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Jacob Cordero, shortstop of the Puerto Rico Islanders, will get an opportunity to move on with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Cordero will head to New Jersey immediately to join the team tonight versus the New Jersey Jackals. He will join former Empire League Miles Moeller and Edgar Lebron in the squad!

Cordero was a former 11th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is on pace to earn the Defensive MVP award in the Empire League.

He has played the last few seasons in the Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Winter League where many major league stars play during the winter.

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ISLANDERS SEASON ENDED AFTER LOSS TO REDBIRDS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Puerto Rico Islanders season comes to an end as the Islanders lost to the RedBirds today allowing the Old Orchard Beach Surge to claim the second half.

The Islanders came out in the second half and finished with an impressive  18 victories and tied for first with the Surge. The tie breaker was the overall standings record which favored the 1st place overall Surge.

This concludes the Islanders first season of professional baseball and on behalf of the Islanders, the staff and players would like to thank all of those fans, families and friends who followed the Islanders  all season long.

The Islanders will try to play in Puerto Rico next season and will  look to bounce back in 2018 in the Empire League.

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EMMANUEL CRUZ SENT TO FARGO MOORHEAD OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Emmanuel Cruz, 3rd baseman of the Puerto Rico Islanders moved to Fargo Moorhead of the American Association.

Manny, who was signed originally as a shortstop, spent most of his time playing third base for the Puerto Rico Islanders as the team already had former 11th round pick by the Diamondbacks in Jacob Cordero and gold glove winner in liga Doble A in Puerto Rico Edwin Arroyo at second base.

Manny was recently serving as the teams 3 hole hitter and is a very strong power and contact player.

Cruz finishedd with a .367 batting average (40 for 109) with 2 home runs and 33 RBIs.

He will join the team immediately and is hopeful that this opportunity can get him even higher in levels.

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ISLANDERS WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ONLY ONE GAME FROM FIRST PLACE

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Islanders sweep yet another double header from the Explorers to win their 7th consecutive game. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history.

In Game one, the Islanders defeated the Explorers 3-1 on a great pitchers duel. Drue Bravo tossed 6 and 2/3  innings of work and got the loss but not before striking out 10 Islanders.  David Wynn earned the victory as he tossed 6 innings  striking out 5 batters  allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits.

The Islanders took the lead when Edwin Arroyo singled up the middle that scored Nick McHugh. On that same play, Kenneth Collins scored on an error by outfielder Joe Fiorino to make the game 2-0.  Joe Fiorino would pick his team back up as he doubled to score the teams only run but wasn’t enough to beat the Islanders.

In Game two, Islanders once again defeated the Explorers by the score 11-2. Kurtis Hultz earned his first ever professional victory. Edwin Arroyo led the way for the Islanders as he belted his first career professional home run while adding 2 more singles on a career night for Arroyo. Dioni Rodriguez belted his second home run of the season and Trey Hannam also homered  as he now has homered in two consecutive games. Cosme Zapata tossed three scoreless innings.

The teams will face each other one last time this season tomorrow at 3:30pm before Islanders head to Plattsburgh and Surge come to Sullivan on what will be the second half deciding series.

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KYLE CHAVEZ PROMOTED TO RAILCATS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Kyle Chavez of the Puerto Rico Islanders moved to the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association of professional baseball.

Chavez, a submarine right handed pitcher, was taken by the Railcats today as a relief pitcher. He will report immediately and will look to help the Railcats advance to the playoffs as they are in the hunt.

Chavez pitched very well for the Islanders and is thankful for the Empire League for giving him a chance.

“If it wasn’t for you guys, i wouldn’t have had a place to play. So thank you so much!” said Chavez to VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez today

The Empire League really focuses on providing that stepping stone for those that were not chosen and are providing quality baseball and opportunities.

ISLANDERS ARE IN THE HUNT, DEFEAT FIRST PLACE SURGE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Old Orchard Beach Surge, who are in first place in the second half, lost to the Puerto Rico Islanders, who are second in the second half, in a game that was one sided.

Islanders put up 14 runs including a big blast from Shortstop Jacob Cordero, base clearing double by recently acquired Derik Bontempo and also recently acquired Trey Hannam.

Surge starter Brendan Henriquez could not figure out how to get the Islanders as he only went 2.2 innings of work. On the other hand, Islanders Julio Morales tossed 5 great innings while striking out 5 batters in route to a victory.

Sebastian Diaz and Gevon Jackson led the way offensively for the Surge as they both provided solo shots and the only two runs for the team.

The Surge are now just games from the Islanders who have reached their transaction limit and have made some key acquisitions that has given the Islanders a legitimate chance at making the playoffs.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Islanders and Surge will face in a double header tomorrow night as both teams are now officially in the hunt for the last playoff spots.

Game times are 3:30pm and 6:30pm and this will be the last two home games for the Surge.

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ISLANDERS TRADE ASG MVP TO REDBIRDS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Islanders have made a very interesting move sending cleanup hitter and All Star Game MVP Andres Arroyo and LHP Hunter Kyzar to the Plattsburgh RedBirds for OF Kenneth Collins.

The players will report to their teams tomorrow and will be eligible to play with new  team immediately.

The Islanders have also placed UT Michael Heller on the Disabled list. Islanders are also in talks with Old Orchard Beach Surge for possible trade in the near future prior to the Empire League Deadline.

RAMOS TAKES FINAL EAST SPOT IN ALL STAR GAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Coaches picks for final roster spots in this years All Star Game have been filled. Christian Nazario-Cruz and Will Ramos to enter All Star Game.

Every year, the Empire League chooses 21 out of 22 of the best players of each division (East and West) to form an All Star team to compete in the leagues All Star Game.

Players are selected by the league except the final spot for each division. That final spot belongs to a player that deserves to be in the All Star Game but didn’t quite beat out the starter of his position.

This year, fan favorite Christian Nazario-Cruz of the Plattsburgh RedBirds was chosen for the West Side and Will Ramos of the Puerto Rico Islanders was chosen for the East Side. Both men will finalize the All Star Game rosters as the last series before the break ends.

All Star festivities begin Sunday, June 30th at 1:00pm as the 12 HR Derby participants take the field followed by the All Star Game at 3:30pm. Gates open at 11:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at empireproleague.com > All Star Game link or at the gate on Sunday.

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SURGE WIN 9-5 OVER ISLANDERS

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME –  Surge have come together to win their third straight game and stay undefeated in the second half.

Surge starter Eric Mozeika was very dominant topping out at 91 mph.  Mozeika tossed 6 innings of work giving up 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 Islanders.

The Surge had a great offensive night with 5 of their hitters having multiple hits. Putkonen, Franklin, Jackson, Simpson, and Diaz all had 2 hits. Edgar Lebron only had one hit but it was a big monster 2-run Home Run over the left center wall.

Mark Lesinski started for the Islanders and pitched 6.2 innings of work giving up 6 runs on 10 hits  and 2 strikeouts.

The Islanders were lead offensively by shortstop Jacob Cordero and Mitchell Lake in which both had a pair of hits.

The Surge outscored the Islanders 9-5 and also out hit the Islanders 13-8.  Kevin Phelps and Nathaniel Leon were solid out of the bullpen in their combined 3 innings of work.

Islanders are now (1-1) in the second half and Surge extend their winning streak to 3 and are (2-0) to start off in the second half.

Next Game is tomorrow at 6:30pm at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach where the Surge will introduce their newest member of the team in Surgio the Mascot. For tickets and more click on the tickets link.

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ALL STAR GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire league announces  the 2017 All Star Game participants.

The teams will be divided into two divisions, east and west. Sullivan Explorers and Plattsburgh RedBirds will represent the West side and Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge will represent the East.

The West will  be managed by first half champions manager Joe Winkelsas of the  Plattsburgh RedBirds and assisted by Sullivan Explorers manager John Kazarian.

The East will be managed by Old Orchard Beach manager Pascual Santiago and assisted by Puerto Rico Islanders manager Dalphie Correa.

Representing the West team is:

  1. C Luis Touron
  2. C Brian Brademan
  3. 1B Johnny Cole
  4. 2B Raul Shah
  5. 3B Luc Pomales
  6. SS Brandon Young
  7. OF Samuel Carter
  8. OF Cole Easley
  9. OF Kenneth Collins
  10. UT Tarik El-Abour
  11. UT  Joe Fiorino
  12. UT  Josh Martinez

Pitchers:  Dimitri Nunez, Drue Bravo, Scott Hall, Phillip Richmond, Wendell Floranus, Matthew Doxter,  William Felo,  Damian Boyum, Harry Ferguson

Manager: Joe Winkelsas | Assistant: John Kazarian

Representing the East team is:

  1.   C Jake Simpson
  2.   C Dioni Rodriguez
  3. 1B Kevin Putkonen
  4. 2B Jake Walters
  5. 3B Andres Arroyo
  6. SS Jacob Cordero
  7. OF Mike Davis
  8. OF Gevon Jackson
  9. OF Matt Martinez
  10. UT Michael Heller
  11. UT Kyle Schade
  12. UT Edgar Lebron Jr

Pitchers:  Fabian Feliciano, Darren Lauer, Casey Cannon, Eric Mozeika, Mark Lesinski, Matt Picucci, Kevin Phelps, Kurtis Hultz, Brendan Henriquez

Manager: Pascual Santiago | Assistant: Dalphie Correa