PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Todays Wild Card Playoffs did not disappoint anyone in attendance as they got to see two of the best games ever played in Empire League History.

In Game one the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New Hampshire Wild 1-0 in a 12 inning pitchers duel. Luis Contreras was beyond perfect as he went  8.1 innings pitched without allowing a single hit.  With this amazing performance, Luis also passed the league leader Matt Vogel in strikeouts and has set the Empire League record after his 13 strikeouts with a season total of 84. The League leader in ERA, Matt Quintana, came in to relief Contreras and struck out 9 batters which puts him 3rd in the season with 75 total strikeouts. The Puerto Rico Islanders set a new record for most strikeouts in a game by striking out 22 total batters.

The Wild got their first hit of the game in the 11th inning which was a pop fly that was  dropped due to miscommunication by the Islanders outfield.

Paul Geha got the start for the New Hampshire Wild and was stellar going 7 innings  allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7 batters.

In the bottom of the 12th Inning, The Islanders outfielder Ryan River hit a single to the left side to score Kyle Schade and advance the Islanders to the Championship Series.

Two great baseball games were played in the Empire League today and great pitching was seen.

The Islanders will face off against the Bucks tomorrow at 1pm for game one of the finals.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – After a loss by the Old Orchard Beach Surge today against the New Hampshire Wild, The Puerto Rico Islanders have clinched a spot in the 2018 Empire League  Playoffs.

The Islanders are currently in Second place looking to finish with the number one or two seed in the overall standings. They will need to win out in the final series against the New Hampshire Wild and get some help from the Plattsburgh RedBirds to take the number one overall seed. The Islanders are  just one game back from the Bucks so a win for the Islanders and loss for the Bucks could come down to a head to head decision.

The number 2 seed will take on the number 3 seed in a one game Wild Card Playoff to see who will advance to the 2018 EPBL Championship series and the number 1 seed will face off against the number 4 seed.

This will be the Islanders first playoff appearance in team history as they missed it by just one game last season.

All Wild Card games will be played on August 10th at Chip Cummings Field.

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CONCORD, NH – Wendell Floranus leader in strikeouts in the Empire League has been moved to the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm league.

Floranus broke the Empire League single season record for strikeouts as well as single game strikeout record earlier this season and will get the start this Sunday against Sussex County Miners.

Floranus is currently a member of the Netherlands national team and Puerto Rico Islanders all time leader in strikeouts.

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CONCORD, NH –   Felicidades a la Federación de Béisbol de Puerto Rico y a todo su equipo de trabajo ganando la medalla de oro en los juegos Centro Americanos.

Felicitamos a su dirigente Juan ‘Igor González, orgullo de Puerto Rico y  por supuesto, a todos los jugadores y el cuerpo de entrenadores por su esfuerzo, entrega y compromiso. De parte de los Puerto Rico Islanders mucho exito!

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TAMPA, FL – Empire Leagues Left handed pitcher Mitchell Hillert has been selected by the Irish National Team to represent Ireland.

Hillert, is a two year Empire League player who started his career as a  rookie in the Empire Leagues 2017 season with the Puerto Rico Islanders pitching nearly 50 innings and striking out 37 batters posting a (4-3) record.

He would sign once again out of camp in 2018 with the New Hampshire Wild.  Hillert pitched 27 innings striking out 20 batters before departing to Ireland for his first selection in the World Level of competition.

Im exited and beyond happy to represent Ireland and my family from Kildare. – Mitch Hillert

Hillert joins an elite group of Empire League Players who have moved on to play at elite level of professional baseball.

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Old Orchard Beach Surge (14-17) were outplayed by the Puerto Rico Islanders (20-11), falling 9-0 in Empire Professional Baseball League play Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders scored 4 times in the top of the 3rd and never looked back. A few singles by third baseman Angel Perez and center fielder Markus Guzman followed were followed by a sacrifice fly from first baseman Kyle Schade.
Puerto Rico plated 3 more in the 4th thanks to an RBI single by Perez after a leadoff double by designated hitter Evan Hirschbaum. Shortstop Nick Landell homered to leadoff the 5th and extend the score to 8-0.
The lone extra base hit for the Surge was a double hit by second baseman John Tierney Jr. in the bottom of the 8th. Designated hitter Quinn Tiernan smoked two singles up the middle, going 2-3 on the day. Left fielder Cole Easely got on base 3 times in an 0-2 game, getting hit twice and hitting into a fielder’s choice.
Islanders starting pitcher Wendell Floranus earned the win by pitching 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, walking one and striking out 10. The story here is not only the Islanders win, but Floranus 7th strikeout of the game  was the story of the game as it set the Empire Leagues single season strikeout record. The Strikeout happened in the 6th inning to Surge Outfielder Tony Holton.
There is no telling is anyone will ever catch Wendell unless he moves on, but he leads by 13 strikeouts and the season still has another half to play.
“The guy is just good. He averages 11 strikeouts a game. There’s a reason the Netherlands World Baseball Classic has this guy on the roster facing guys like Shohei Otani. He just turned 23. This guy should be in the Big Leagues” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez
The Surge play tomorrow morning at 11:00 A.M. in the finale of a 6-game series against the Puerto Rico Islanders.
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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the Old Orchard Beach Surge for a third consecutive game and look to turn it around against the Islanders.
Kurtis Hultz got the start on the mound for the Surge, but gave up three early runs in the game. The Surge pitching staff did not give up a run after the 3rd inning Also pitching for the Surge was Matt Colon in the 8th inning allowing no hits, and Chris Ross in the 9th allowing zero hits as well.
Luis Contreras was the starter for the Islanders who threw an impressive 7.0 innings with just seven hits and ten strikeouts. Contreras then was relieved by Jordan Matos and Axel Cruz who threw the 8th and 9th. The Islanders pitching staff had themselves a combined shutout for the day.
Surge have three games left against the Islanders on the season. The two teams will compete this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Surge look to gain their first victory over the Islanders on the season to avoid the sweep.
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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Surge drop game one of Wednesdays double header against the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The Old Orchard Beach Surge were ahead by the score of 3-1 for the majority of the ballgame but were unable to hang on for the win in the end. The final score was 4-3, with the Islanders claiming the victory.
Bradford Fulton was the starting pitcher for the Surge in game one. Fulton threw 5.0 innings, allowing two runs with five hits and four strikeouts. Ricardo Espinosa came in for the close in the 7th inning but was unable to hold the lead. Ricardo gave up two runs on two hits and two walks to allow the Islanders the win.
Angel Graced opened up the scoring for the Islanders in the first inning, hitting a home run straight down the left field line. That was the only run the Islanders would get across the plate until the 6th inning.
Michael Gonzalez had the game winning hit in the top of the 7th inning, with a double over the right fielder’s head to score both runners from first and second base.
The three runs for the Surge in game one were batted in by Ryan Chesney, Daniel Dominguez, and Alejandro Rodriguez.
The winning pitcher was Islanders’ Axel Cruz, throwing 1.0 innings zero hits allowed and one strikeout. The losing pitcher was Ricardo Espinosa who pitched 1.0 inning with two runs allowed, and one strikeout.
The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the Old Orchard Beach Surge with a score of 7 to 3 at The Ballpark on game 2 of the double header.
The Surge starter Dylan Hatch threw 1.2 innings, striking out three batters and allowing five runs. The Surge were headlined by John Tierney who had two hits. Daniel Dominguez also reached base twice with a hit and a walk.
The Islanders had three players collect two hits each. Islanders starter Matthew Quintana threw six innings, allowing only one run and striking out 12.
Both teams will meet again tomorrow at 2pm in Old Orchard Beach for game 3 of the series.
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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME –  The Puerto Rico Islanders first baseman and league leader in Home Runs, Jacob Bissell, defeated New York Bucks Simon Palenchar in the final round to win the 2018 Empire League All Star Game Home Run Derby.

Bissell, will now join the team as their regular first baseman.

Bissell is leading the league with 4 Home Runs and  is currently in 4th place in RBIs with 24 in  104 plate appearances. He was a key player in the game versus the Puerto Rico National Team and will now have his second chance in the Frontier League.

The Islanders, who are currently in 2nd place in the standings, will look to replace Bissell to begin the second half of the season which will begin on Tuesday night to decide who will make the 2018 EPBL Playoffs.

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AGUADA, PR – The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the Plattsburgh RedBirds in game one of todays double header in walk off fashion.

Not the kind of walk off we are used to but a walk off is a walk off. The Game ended on a wild pitch to score the runner from third.

Angel Perez and Jacob Bissell powered the team with a home run blast each while Kyle Schade had two hits in the game including a double and 2 runs. JJ Bissells big fly gave him 3 RBIs in the day and the Empire League lead in Home Runs with 4.

Luis Contreras got the start for the Islanders and went 5 innings of work striking out 8 RedBirds batters. He did give up 4 earned runs and got the no decision. John Patrick Gonzales tossed 2 innings allowing 2 runs striking out 1 batter and earning the victory.

The RedBirds sent out Damian Boyum to close the game out for the RedBirds as they scored 4 runs in the top of the 6th inning and gave up 2 runs to the Islanders offense in the 6th to tie the ball game.

In the bottom of the 7th tied at 1, Marcus Guzman was hit by the pitch. He then stole second base and advanced to third on a ground out to the right side of the field. He would then end up scoring the game winning run on a wild pitch to end the game in a rare walk off moment.

The Islanders remain in first place and improve to  (15-8) on the season.

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