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


PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Empire League announced the 2017 ASG Home Run  Derby participants honoring Babe Ruth. Champion will be crowned by Linda Ruth Tosetti, living granddaughter of the legendary Babe Ruth on a day when The Empire League recognizes the Babe and his legacy.

Representing the East side, (Sullivan Explorers and Plattsburgh RedBirds

  1. Samuel Carter (SUL)
  2. Johnny Cole (PLA)
  3. Luis Touron (SUL)
  4. D’Aundray Van Slyke (PLA)
  5. Luc Pomales   (SUL)
  6. Brian Brademan (PLA)

From the West Side (Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge)

  1. Gevon Jackson (OOB)
  2. Jacob Bissell (PR)
  3. Kevin Putkonen (OOB)
  4. Matt Martinez (PR)
  5. Mike Davis (OOB)
  6. Dioni Rodriguez (PR)

The competition will consist of 3 rounds. Two divisions of 6 participants for the first round of 15 outs (East Division and West Division) will compete. The top two leaders from each  division in round one will advance to the 10 out semi-final round. The winners of each division will face each other in the final round of 10 outs to crown the champion.

Winners will be crowned by Linda Ruth Tosetti, living granddaughter of the great legendary Babe Ruth. Linda has kept the Ruth legacy going with untold stories and Babe Ruth memorabilia for years and the Empire League will welcome Linda and her husband Andy to honor the Babe at this years EPBL All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will begin at 1pm and will be followed by the All Star Game at 330pm.


PLATTSBURGH, NY – After three days without baseball and a heroic effort from the Plattsburgh State Grounds Crew as well as Manager Joe Winkelsas, the Redbirds finally took the field again under a beautiful Sunday sky.
Dimitri Nuñez, who has one of the most intense “between-start routines” I have ever seen, was eager to take the ball in Game 1. He was brilliant thorough six innings – scattering 4 hits without surrendering a walk.
Islanders starter Fabian Feliciano matched Nuñez through three frames but the Redbirds finally broke through in the 4th on an error that scored Johnny Cole. The Redbirds extended their lead with a run in the 5th on a safety squeeze by Joseph Donaldson that scored Raul Shah but they could not capitalize on an opportunity to open up the game due to inefficient base running.
The mistakes would loom large as the game moved to the 7th and final inning. Nuñez–who had cruised through the first six–ran into trouble and gave up three consecutive hits to surrender the lead.
With the score now 2-2, Manager Joe Winkelsas went to his closer Harry Ferguson to stop the bleeding. Ferguson did just that with an impressive juggling act which rendered the Islanders offense harmless – keeping the score tied.
In the bottom of the 7th it looked like the combination of Feliciano and reliever Nick Kevlin would be able to wiggle around three walks to force extra innings. A two-out error changed that fortune and gave the dangerous Johnny Cole a chance to swing the bat with the bases loaded.
Cole made the Islanders pay. He roped a single up the middle which easily scored Kenny Collins and secured the Redbirds’ fifth consecutive victory.
In Game two, offense was the theme in this game. Redbirds’ starter Matti Doxter faced seven batters before recording an out in the game. We all know how difficult it is to win both games of a doubleheader and many sensed that this game could be the one to snap the Redbirds’ win streak.
Although his back was against the ropes early Doxter would fight back. He closed the first frame with back-to-back strikeouts followed by a fly ball to center which limited the damage to only three runs. This was a huge victory for Doxter because it wasn’t long before the Redbirds would answer by scoring six runs in a second inning, highlighted by a smoked line-drive single by Dalvin Ramon that scored Ronald Jackson and Damon DeJesus.
Doxter settled in after the rocky first and retired eleven batters in a row as he cruised into the 6th where he finally gave up back-to-back singles followed by a two-run infield throwing error which would knock him out of the game. Nathaniel Leon inherited a 7-5 lead with a baserunner on second and no one out. Although he would surrender a run, Leon was able to tip toe around trouble and escape the 6th with a 7-6 Redbirds lead.
In the home half of the 6th the Redbirds would score an insurance run. Ronald Jackson sparked the inning who walked to lead off the inning, stole second base, and scored on a single by Damon DeJesus.
We would see Harry Ferguson again in the 7th and he was equally impressive. He pitched around a ringing double into the right field gap to secure another clean frame and another Redbirds victory.
Ferguson notched both a win and a save on the day as he aided the Redbirds in capturing their fifth and sixth consecutive wins.
The Redbirds close the series with the Islanders tomorrow, July 3rd, at 12PM ET.
Article by Michael Chiaradio  – Ahead of the Spread


PLATTSBURGH, NY – Redbirds took game one from Puerto Rico  Islanders  in a very close game pitchers duel.

Puerto Rico once again started with a run in the top of the first  inning but the Redbirds answered when Josh Martinez squeezed in Christian Nazario-Cruz.

The game was well played on both sides until the bottom of the 3rd inning when the RedBirds put up 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead led by Josh Martinez who had all 3 RBI’s in the game.

Nazario-Cruz led the game with 2 hits while the team had a total of 6 hits.

Taylor Perry started for the Redbirds going 4 innings allowing just 1 earned run, striking out 3 but walking 7. Damian Boyum came in for Perry and was dominant in his 3 innings of work not allowing a single hit, walking 1 batter and striking out a game high 5 Islanders.

Andres Arroyo and Michael Heller were the only Islanders with hits as Arroyo stays hot at the plate. Although 11  Islanders were walked by RedBird pitching, they could not generate enough runs to win the game.

Puerto Rico Islanders Starter Darren Lauer went the distance throwing 8 innings  allowing all 3 earned runs while striking out 5 batters. An impressive start for the right hander but lack of offense was the difference in this one.

Game two of the Series between the Islanders and the RedBirds is tomorrow night at 4:30pm ET. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

Article by Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME –  Islanders off to a great start as they earn their second win of the year with great pitching and clutch hitting.

It was an entertaining game to watch as the final score was 6-4. A back and forth battle and a lot of clutch hitting on both sides made it fun to watch  until the last out was made. But Puerto Rico was able to hang on  till the end to get their second victory of the Season.

Ernesto Punales shook off his debut outing and came back with a strong start for the Islanders as he  goes 5.2 innings  allowed just 3 Earned Runs  while striking out an Islanders best 8 hitters. The Surge were able to capitalize by getting 10 hits off pinales but Pinales was able to get  out of innings with big pitches earning him his first Empire League win. Islanders Nick Kevlin relieved Punales and was also stellar as he went 3.1 innings pitched, not allowing a single run while striking out 5 Surge Batters and earning the Save. He was able to get out of a big 7th inning bases loaded jam as he struck out the Surge 4 and 5 hole hitters with less than 2 outs.

A monster shot to the right field wall by Ramon Cedeño in the 7th in which he was thrown out trying to get an inside the park home run played a big role in insurance runs for the Islanders. Cesar Arroyo came up clutch for the Islanders as he triples to the left center gap for his first career hit as a professional.  Michael Heller has a big double late in the game but was thrown out at third base trying to get a triple.

Kevin Putkonen got out of his funk  providing the Surge with 2 clutch shots to right field with 2 outs to drive in 2 of the Surge runs.  Eric Frain, Gevon Jackson and James Simpson also led the way with two hits for the Surge while Ramon Cedeño, Michael Heller led the way for the Islanders with also two hits and Nick McHugh who had an incredible night going  a perfect 3 for 3 in his first career pro start.

This game ties the series at 2 to start of the season and the series will be decided tomorrow night as the Islanders face the Surge for the last game of the series at 6:30pm ET.

For Tickets and more visit

Article by Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Surge hitters put up 10 runs to top off Puerto Rico on Sundays matchup.

It was all Old Orchard Beach in this one as two early errors by second baseman Cesar Arroyo allowed two runs to score and the Surge never looked back.

Surge starter Branden Henriquez pitched a solid game as he only allowed one run through 6 innings and earning his first professional victory.

Mike Davis nearly had his 3rd Home Run of the season just missing it by 2 feet as he doubled off the top of the wall. Doug Matas and Jake Simpson also doubled for their first professional hits. Parker Franklin had a big 2-Run single followed by a double from Tony Bakeris.

Puerto Rico scored their first run from a stolen base by speedy Calvin Graves. That was the first home steal in Empire League history. Michael Heller doubled in the 9th and Joenny Vazquez followed with a monster 2-Run Home Run off Closer Cosme Zapata to put the score 10-3. A base hit from Calvin Graves and a walk from Taran Tani allowed for Brian Collazo to sacrifice fly to left to score another run. But that was it for the Islanders.

Both teams face off again tomorrow for the 4th game of the series out of 5.

Article by Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME –  Puerto  Rico made history today by defeating the Old Orchard Beach Surge by the score of  12-3. It was the Islanders first win as a franchise.


The Puerto Rico Islanders started the game with  1 run in the top of the 1st inning  by a double from Matthew Martinez that drove in Kyle Schade. But that lead did not last long as Mike Davis belted another Home Run in the bottom of the 1st  but this time a 3-Run shot over the left center wall.


Dominic Severino (0-1) pitched 4 excellent innings before giving up 5 runs in the top of the 5th with a couple of errors added to it.  Wendell Flonarus (1-0) pitched 5 fantastic innings  before reaching a 97 pitch count which left it up to the Islanders bullpen and the bullpen shut down Surge hitters for the remaining of the game.

Wendell becomes the first Pitcher in the Puerto Rico Islanders history with a win. He had 6 strike outs and the difference was the 7 walks he issued to Surge Batters. He was still able to get out of innings and keep a close game before the Islanders exploded in the  top of the 5th.

Darren Lauer pitched 3 shutout inning in relief to before handing the ball over to Nick Kevlin who finished the Game. Surge Relief struggled to find the zone breaking the game open.

Puerto Rico finished with 10 total hits  while the Surge had 5 with Gevon Jackson having 2 of those as well as the big fly from Mike Davis, his second of the season, in the second game and second consecutive game with a Homer. He now leads the Empire League with 2.

The Islanders added 6 runs to the struggling Surge Bullpen in route to a 12-3 final.

Article By Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Late inning rally lifts Old Orchard Beach Surge over the Puerto Rico Islanders on the Islanders first game as a franchise.

Puerto Rico took an early 1-0 lead when Surge Pitcher Erik Mozeika pegged Michael Heller to score Taran Tani. Surge came back to tie it in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mike Davis blasted a 425ft solo Home Run over the left field wall.

The game stayed tied until the 6th inning when the islanders got two runners on base with 2 outs and Shortstop Taran Tani singled up the middle to give the Islanders the lead.

Islanders Starting Pitcher Fabian Feliciano was pulled in the 7th inning after a lead off walk to Kevin Putkonen which started a rally for the Surge. Mike Davis stayed hot with his 3rd hit of the game and it was it for the Islanders as the Surge scored 5 runs in the 7th to take a 6-2 lead.

The Surge brought in Axel Cruz in the 7th and 8th inning who shut the islanders down and then Cosme Zapata closed it out for the first victory of the season.

Taran Tani was the Player of the game as he got a base hit up the middle and drove in a run as well as scoring a run and a stolen base.

“We played  7 good innings. We  made 3 errors . It’s just  one game but we left a lot of guys on base and did not execute. We need to be more patient at the plate as hitters and know the situations. But its ok, tomorrow is a  new day and we will be ready.” – Dalphie Correa

Next game is Saturday night as the Islanders  take on the Surge for the 2nd of 5 game series. Tickets are on sale at

Article By Empire Media


GEORGETOWN, DE – Los Islanders perdieron el segundo juego de spring training despues de estar arriba en el 5 inning.


Los Islanders se fueron alante con un sensillo de Dale Urquhart que empujo 2 carreras. Pero, no fueron suficiente carreras para ganar.


Los Explorers se fueron alante en el 6 inning cuando un rally de 5 hits consecutivos fue la diferencia en el juego.


“No jugamos malo, pero ellos jugaron mejor. Mañana es otro dia y vamos a seguir trabajando.” – Carlos Nunez

Los Islanders juegan su ultimo juego de spring training mañana encontra Los RedBirds que todavia no han perdido en spring training.


Article by Empire Media


GEORGETOWN, DE – Los Islanders de Puerto Rico ganaron si primer juego de spring training 6 a 0 encontra Los Old Orchard Beach Surge.


Los Islanders explotaron con los bates en el 5 inning cuando Dale Urquhart bateo un double y empujo 3 carreras. Un sensillo y un doble de Joenny Vasquez aye empujo 2 carreras completo el inning que le dio la victoria a Los Islanders.


“Jugaron con energia. Como me gusta que juegue mi equipo. Es un juego y tenemos mucho trabajo todavia que hacer, pero veremos que pasa el resto de spring training para finalizar este equipo” – Dalphie Correa

Los Islanders juegan encontra Los Explorers mañana para el segundo juego de spring training.


Article by Empire Media