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

ASG HOME RUN DERBY PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

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.

ISLANDERS SWEPT IN DOUBLEHEADER, DROP TO LAST PLACE

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

LAUER GOES THE DISTANCE BUT ISLANDERS LOSE BY ONE

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.

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ISLANDERS EVEN THE SERIES WITH SURGE

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.

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