KUROKAWA TOSSES A GEM IN OTTAWA’S WIN

June 20 League Recap

Ottawa 7, Hollywood 3 – Box Score 

RHP Jordan Kurokawa (pictured) struck out nine hitters over seven shutout innings, and his offense provided him with seven runs of support in a 7-3 win over Hollywood at RCGT Park. Kurokawa worked around three hits and a walk to keep the Stars off the scoreboard during his stint on the mound.

Offensively, seven different Champions recorded one hit apiece. 2B Steve Nyisztor homered and drove in two runs in the win. His homer was one of three extra-base hits for Ottawa.

3B Brian Luebcke drove in two runs for Hollwood.

 

Trois-Rivieres 1, Quebec 0 – Box Score

The Aigles were held to just two hits, but a solo home run from RF Michael Suchy was enough to propel Trois-Rivieres to a 1-0 win over their provincial rivals.

RHP Ethan Elias twirled a complete-game shutout on the mound for the Aigles. Over his nine innings, he scattered five hits and a walk, striking out seven Capitales. All five hits allowed were singles. Elias’ counterpart, RHP Lazaro Blanco, also stuck out seven in his eight innings of work. He allowed both Trois-Rivieres hits and walked one Aigles hitter.

Quebec SS Yordan Manduley was 2-for-4 in his team’s loss.

 

New Jersey 9, Rockland 3 – Box Score

The Jackals won their second game in as many days over the rival Boulders 9-3. C Andy Mocahbee hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second to put New Jersey ahead for good. The very next inning, 3B Seth Spivey hit a two-RBI triple and scored on an RBI groundout from 1B Daniel Canela. Canela, Mocahbee, and LF Connor Hoffmann each had two hits apiece for New Jersey.

RHP Dylan Brammer struck out four over six innings to earn the win for the Jackals.

Rockland DH Marcus Nidiffer recorded two hits in the loss.

 

Sussex County 7, Salina 3 – Box Score

Seven different Miners combined for a 12-hit night as Sussex County won its second straight game over Salina, taking a 7-3 triumph Wednesday. CF Breland Almadova had a three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. 2B Rubi Silva picked up two hits, including his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. SS Mikey Reynolds notched a double and a triple to account for both of his hits.

RHP Matt Blandino earned the win in relief, as he allowed a run over 1.2 innings. Later in the game, RHP Kenny Koplove recorded three strikeouts to complete his inning of relief.

1B Daniel Williams had three hits for Salina.

 

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FONT TAKES BIG STEP BY HELPING RAYS TOPPLE YANKS

Independent Baseball Chatter – by Bob Wirz

So many baseball people like Wilmer Font‘s potential.  That is why he has been able to stay in the major leagues this year even though he was anything but sharp during stints with the Dodgers and Oakland.

The potential probably never looked better than Sunday when the 28-year-old, who had a season and a half at Ottawa in the Can-Am League (16-6) before getting his second affiliated opportunity, made one of those Tampa Bay bullpen-day starts, handcuffing the potent New York Yankees on one a run in 4.2 innings.  The Rays won the Yankee Stadium tussle, 3-1, with the win going to another former Independent Baseball hurler, Chaz Roe.

“Today, he (Font) gave us a huge boost with a chance to win,” manager Kevin Cash told MLB.com.  “He went a little deeper than what we anticipated.  But he was efficient and threw strikes.”

Font said he “wanted to (finish) the fifth, but we got a team win.  That’s all that matters.”  The right-hander, who had a grand total of five major league innings (Texas, ’12-’13) prior to joining the Dodgers late last season after winning Pitcher of the Year honors in the Pacific Coast League, has been a starter almost exclusively since joining Ottawa.  The Venezuelan believes he can be a part of the Rays’ rotation.  “I feel pretty good starting,” he told MLB.com.  “I can throw more pitches the next start.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone also praised the hurler, who has only been with Tampa Bay since May 26, working four times out of the bullpen and starting in his last three appearances.  “Font was good,” Boone said.  “He fastball was a wide range–low 90s to even upper 90s.  A lot of teams have been interested in him because the ability is there.  He flipped in the curve enough to keep us off balance.  He was under control for most of the game, and we couldn’t break through on him.”

Font now has a 2.20 earned run average in 16.1 innings for his new team, allowing 11 hits although his walks (eight) remain fairly high.  To show how far he has come since his difficult days with the Dodgers and Athletics, the 6-foot-4 hurler still has a 7.56 ERA (0-3 record) in his 33.1 innings this season.

AIGLES START FAST, BEAT CAPITALES

June 19 League Recap

Trois-Rivieres 4, Quebec 2 – Box Score

Seven different Aigles recorded a hit, and the bottom third of the Trois-Rivieres order was a combined 6-for-12 in a 4-2 win over the Capitales. SS Sam Dexter connected on a two-run homer in the second inning, and Trois-Rivieres doubled its lead in the fourth when C Anthony Hermelyn recorded an RBI doubled followed by an RBI single from RF Alberth Martinez.

RHP Kevin McNorton (pictured) struck out seven and earned the win with 7.1 strong innings. RHP Kyle Halbohn struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth for the save.

Quebec 2B TJ White and SS Yordan Manduley had two hits each.

 

Ottawa 5, Hollywood 4 – Box Score

C Tyler Nordgren hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Champions a 5-4 win over the Stars in the series opener at RCGT Park. The sacrifice fly scored CF Chase Harris, who had singled. Ottawa previously scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 4-3 lead, as DH Sebastien Boucher hit an RBI single and 1B Vincent Guglietti notched an RBI double.

Guglietti finished his day with three hits, and Boucher had two. LHP Scott Maine earned the win in relief, as he picked up two strikeouts in the top of the ninth.

Hollywood 3B Brian Luebcke had three hits in defeat.

 

New Jersey 7, Rockland 2 – Box Score

The Jackals plated a run in five of the first six innings and took a 7-2 win over the Boulders at home. CF David Harris hit two home runs in the game for the Jackals, a two-run shot in the first and a solo blast in the fifth. DH Daniel Canela also cleared the fence, hitting a leadoff homer in the sixth inning. Harris, LF Jordan Hinshaw, and RF Nolan Meadows had two hits apiece in the win.

RHP Alberto Rodriguez struck out five over six innings to earn the win for New Jersey.

Rockland SS JC Rodriguez had three hits and an RBI.

 

Sussex County 14, Salina 1 – Box Score

The Miners pounded out 14 runs on 14 hits to roll over the Stockade 14-1 on Tuesday in Sussex County. RF Rubi Silva opened the scoring for the Miners with a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, just the start of a mammoth night for Silva. He finished 3-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle, with five RBI and two runs scored to his name. 3B Martin Figueroa was one of four Miners with two hits, and drove in four runs.

LHP Tyler Alexander fanned eight Stockade hitters in seven innings for the Miners, allowing just one run on four hits and earning the win.

Salina 3B Jeremy Delgado was 2-for-3 in the loss.

 

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HOLLYWOOD STARS TO REPLACE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TEAM

Durham, N.C. — Due to transportation issues, the Dominican Republic team, which finished its games against the Can-Am League’s American clubs Sunday, has been replaced on the schedule by the Hollywood Stars. The Stars competed in the independent Pecos League in 2017.

The Dominican Republic team had been scheduled to play at Ottawa June 19-21, at Trois-Rivières June 22-24, and at Québec June 26-28. All dates and times will remain the same for games against Hollywood.

GREGOR NABS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Photo Credit: Rockland Boulders

DURHAM, NC- The official statistician of the Can-Am League, Pointstreak, has announced that Rockland Boulders INF Conrad Gregor (pictured) has been named this week’s Pointstreak Player of the Week for the week ending June 17.

Gregor enjoyed a strong week at the plate, going 13-for-25 (.520) with four doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI.

The Sanibel, Fla. resident began his week on Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Sussex County Miners. In game one, Gregor was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and played the hero role for the Boulders. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh and a runner on, Gregor stepped up to the plate and blasted a two-run walk-off home run to give Rockland a 4-2 win. Though Rockland fell in the nightcap 14-10, Gregor was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Gregor went hitless on Wednesday in a Rockland loss, but stepped up to play a pivotal role in Thursday’s 11-9 win in the series finale against the Miners. Gregor went 3-for-4 in the game with a double, a walk, and a run scored.

On Friday, Rockland opened a weekend series against the traveling Dominican Republic team. Gregor walked twice and scored a run in a 16-0 romp in the series opener. Rockland reached double digits in the run column again on Saturday, winning 14-4. Gregor’s bat was a key contributor in the win, as he was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored. His last game of the week on Sunday was a 15-1 Rockland win in which he was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI, and three runs scored.

On the season, Gregor is now hitting .355 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 19 RBI. His average is tied for third among qualifiers in the Can-Am League.

Gregor is in his first season with Rockland after splitting the 2017 season between the New Jersey Jackals and the Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox of the Boston Red Sox system. In 69 games with the Jackals, Gregor hit .303 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs, and 74 RBI. His performance was strong enough to merit his contract being sold to the Red Sox on August 3.

Gregor joined New Jersey fresh off of a four-year stint in the Houston Astros system. Gregor was selected by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft from Vanderbilt University, and began his professional career that summer with the Tri-City (N.Y.) ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He hit .289 over 270 at-bats in 74 games. In 2014, Gregor’s first full season, he hit .311 across 124 games between the Class A Quad Cities (Iowa) River Bandits, Class A Advanced Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks, and Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks. Gregor spent the entirety of 2015 and 2016 with Corpus Christi.

Gregor attended Vanderbilt after turning down the Chicago White Sox, who drafted him in the 40th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. While at Vanderbilt, Gregor helped the Commodores to two SEC Championships (2011 and 2013), and a berth in the 2011 College World Series.

The Boulders will enjoy an off day on Monday before opening a road series at the New Jersey Jackals on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The game, like all in the Can-Am League, can be seen live and for free at www.canamleague.tv.

Pointstreak provides technology driven sports management and business solutions designed to streamline operations while facilitating and enhancing the sport participant, fan and media experience. Pointstreak’s product line includes solutions for professional, collegiate, and junior sports leagues as well as for amateur and recreational sports leagues. More information can be found on Pointstreak’s website at www.pointstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

 

HERNANDEZ’S TWO DOMINANT OUTINGS LEAD TO PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOD

Photo Credit: New Jersey Jackals 

DURHAM, NC- The official statistician of the Can-Am League, Pointstreak, has announced that New Jersey Jackals LHP Yasmani Hernandez (pictured) has been named this week’s Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 17.

The Cuban southpaw logged a pair of dominant seven-inning outings this week. On Tuesday, facing the traveling Dominican Republic team, Hernandez allowed just one run on three hits and three walks. He struck out ten hitters in his seven innings, earning a win in a 19-2 Jackals triumph.

As difficult as improving upon that outing is, Hernandez did so on Sunday. Hernandez started at the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, and fired seven shutout frames. He allowed only two hits and two walks, striking out six Aigles. New Jersey cruised to an 8-1 win.

On the season, Hernandez is now 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA, third best in the Can-Am League. Over five appearances (four starts), Hernandez has logged 27.1 innings. He has struck out 24 hitters while walking only ten.

Hernandez is in his first season with the Jackals after playing nine seasons in his native Cuba, all of them for the Cuban League’s Villa Clara club. He is coming off of a busy 2017-18 season in which he logged 212.2 innings for Villa Clara, all in relief.

The Jackals will enjoy an off day Monday before opening a home series against the Rockland Boulders on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The game, like all in the Can-Am League, can be seen live and for free at www.canamleague.tv.

Pointstreak provides technology driven sports management and business solutions designed to streamline operations while facilitating and enhancing the sport participant, fan and media experience. Pointstreak’s product line includes solutions for professional, collegiate, and junior sports leagues as well as for amateur and recreational sports leagues. More information can be found on Pointstreak’s website at www.pointstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

 

 

JACKALS TAKE MATINEE WIN OVER AIGLES ON ROAD

June 17 League Recap

New Jersey 8, Trois-Rivieres 1 – Box Score

The visiting Jackals plated five runs in the fourth inning to take control of Sunday’s game in Trois-Rivieres, and cruised past the Aigles 8-1. Already leading 2-0, DH Daniel Canela laced an RBI single followed by an RBI double from RF Nolan Meadows. A third run scored when Canela crossed home on a passed ball, and Meadows scored on an RBI single from 2B Rony Cabrera. Cabrera would score the inning’s final run when LF Conor Hoffmann (pictured) doubled him home.

The Jackals banged out 14 hits over the course of the contest, with five players finishing with two hits apiece.

LHP Yasmani Hernandez fired seven shutout innings on the mound, striking out six and working around two hits and two walks.

3B Taylor Brennan drove in Trois-Rivieres’ lone run in the loss.

 

Sussex County 5, Ottawa 4 – Box Score

Despite three runs from the Champions in the top of the ninth, the Miners held on for a 5-4 home win on Sunday afternoon. Already ahead 1-0 in the third, DH Nick Zaharion connected on a two-RBI double to push the lead to 3-0. Though Ottawa would score a run in the fourth, 1B Audy Ciriaco hit an RBI double to maintain a three-run lead. A sacrifice fly by SS Jarred Mederos accounted for the final run of the game for the Miners in the eighth.

RHP Cory Jones struck out three hitters over 8.2 innings to earn the win, and held Ottawa to just one run through eight prior to the Champions’ rally. RHP Kenny Koplove recorded the final out for the save.

Ottawa C Mike Blanke homered in defeat.

 

Salina 4, Quebec 2 – Box Score

 The Stockade managed just four hits on Sunday afternoon, but turned it into four runs in a 4-2 road win over the Capitales. CF Michael Hungate opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first, and the lead swelled to 3-0 off of an error in the third. Though Quebec trimmed the lead to 3-2 by the end of the fourth, Salina scored its final run in the eighth when 1B Chris Kwitzer hit a sacrifice fly.

RHP Cody Strayer struck out four over seven innings to earn the win, while RHP Dillon Sunnafrank worked two scoreless innings for the save.

Quebec 2B Lachlan Fontaine had two hits in the loss, while LF James McOwen homered.

 

Rockland 15, Dominican Republic 1 – Box Score

 The Boulders rolled over the Dominican Republic again on Sunday, thrashing the visitors 15-1. Rockland plated six runs in the home half of the first inning to take control early. Already ahead 4-0, Rockland punctuated the inning with a two-RBI double off the bat of 1B Mike Montville. SS JC Rodriguez and 3B Conrad Gregor each homered later in the game, one of three hits for each player. Gregor finished his day with five RBI.

RHP Frank Moscatiello worked five strong innings to earn the win for the Boulders, striking out four Dominican hitters.

SS Henry Castillo was 4-for-4 in defeat for the Dominican Republic.

 

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ROLLINS, BIG INNING LEAD MINERS TO WIN OVER CHAMPIONS

JUNE 16 LEAGUE RECAP

Sussex County 7, Ottawa 3- Box Score

A four-run sixth inning propelled the Miners to a 7-3 home win over the Champions. With the game tied at 2-2, the Miners’ first two hitters of the sixth reached on a single and a walk. RF Rubi Silva put Sussex County ahead for good with an RBI ground rule double, and the next hitter, C Luis Alen, smacked a two-RBI single to extend the lead to 5-2. CF Jayce Ray drove in Alen on a single to cap the scoring in the impressive inning.

3B Mikey Reynolds finished the night with four hits for Sussex County, while RHP David Rollins (pictured) tossed 7.2 strong innings. He allowed just one earned run and struck out eight in the outing.

Ottawa 1B Vincent Guglietti had three hits in the loss.

 

Trois-Rivieres 6, New Jersey 3 – Box Score 

The Aigles built a six-run lead by the conclusion of the fifth inning and held on for a 6-3 win over the Jackals. CF Alberth Martinez posted a team-best three hits for the Aigles, including a first-inning double that led to one of the team’s two runs that frame. He reached base again in the fifth on a single, and scored on a single later in the inning by RF Michael Suchy. Martinez’s final hit of the night was an RBI double in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-0.

On the mound, RHP Tyler Garkow allowed two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings to earn the win, and RHP Angel Rincon twirled a scoreless ninth for the save.

New Jersey RF Nolan Meadows hit his fourth home run of the season in the loss.

 

Quebec 5, Salina 1 – Box Score

RHP Arik Sikula struck out seven Salina Stockade hitters and allowed just one run over seven innings, helping his team to a 5-1 win.

Offensively, C Adam Ehrlich and 3B T.J. White collected two hits apiece. Both hitters notched an RBI single as part of their line, with Ehrlich driving in a run in the fourth, and White’s RBI single coming as part of a three-run fifth inning.

Salina SS Robert Garza recorded three hits in defeat.

 

Rockland 14, Dominican Republic 4 – Box Score

The Boulders scored 14 runs on 14 hits in a 14-4 romp over the Dominican Republic on Saturday. Eight of the 14 runs occurred in the fifth inning, a frame highlighted by a two-RBI double off the bat of C Jason Agresti. 2B Cody Regis, 3B Conrad Gregor, and 1B Mikael Mogues each homered in the win as well. Regis and Gregor led the offensive attack with three hits apiece.

LHP Garrett Johnson struck out four over five innings to earn the win for the Boulders.

SS Henry Castillo homered for the Dominican Republic.

 

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RANGERS ADD CONTRACT OF ROCKLAND RIGHTY TOPA

Durham, N.C. — The contract of Rockland Boulders RHP Justin Topa has been purchased by the Texas Rangers orgnaization, the Can-Am League announced on Saturday.

In four appearances for Rockland in 2018, Topa was 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA, fanning 15 hitters in 20 innings of work.

The Binghamton, N.Y., native was outstanding for the Boulders in 2017, leading the league and setting a Rockland franchise record with 14 victories while finishing sixth in the Can-Am with a 3.50 ERA. Topa walked just 26 hitters in 110.2 innings of work.

Prior to Rockland, the 27-year-old spent three seasons in the Pittsburgh organization after being chosen by the Pirates in the 17th round of the 2013 draft out of Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Photo: Drew Wohl

JACKALS EDGE PAST AIGLES TO WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT

JUNE 15 LEAGUE RECAP

Photo Courtesy: New Jersey Jackals

New Jersey 5, Trois-Rivieres 4 – Box Score

New Jersey collected their fourth consecutive victory as they edged past Trois-Rivieres by a 5-4 final. Shortstop Carlos Triunfel came home on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to give the Jackals a 5-3 lead and that proved to be the difference maker in the contest.

New Jersey had 11 total hits with four players having multi-hit games. Triunfel had a pair of hits in four at-bats and two runs scored while 1B Dean Green (pictured) had a 3-for-5 game with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Third baseman Daniel Canela also chipped in two-run blast in a 2-for-4 night.

Jackals pitcher Nate Gercken tossed 2/3 of an inning of relief and garnered his first win. Gercken gave up two hits and two walks while fanning a hitter.

 

Quebec 2, Salina 1 – Box Score

Quebec RF Brad Antchak hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Capitales to a 2-1 win over Salina.

The Capitales jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as SS Yordan Manduley launched a solo home run, his first of the season. The Stockade came back to tie the contest at 1-1 in the sixth when SS Robert Garza doubled home 3B Brian Luebcke from second base. The contest would stay that way until Antchak’s blast in the seventh that gave Quebec the lead for good.

Quebec starting pitcher Karl Gelinas tossed eight terrific innings to notch his fourth win of the season. Gelinas allowed an earned run on seven hits and struck out four batters.

 

Rockland 16, Dominican Republic 0 – Box Score

It was all Rockland in this contest as the Boulders shutout the Dominican Republic national team by the score of 16-0. The Boulders banged out 12 hits in the game and scored at least a run in every inning but the second and eighth. Rockland 3B Cody Regis led the way offensively going 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Boulders RF Conor Bierfeldt collected a pair of hits in four at-bats, scored four times and drove in a run while 1B Mikael Mogues plated two runs and brought in three in a 1-for-2 night.

Rockland starter Ryan Deemes tossed six shutout innings to pick-up the victory. Deemes gave up two walks and two hits to go along with seven strikeouts. The righty is now 3-1 on the season.

 

Sussex County 5, Ottawa 3 – Box Score

Sussex County scored a pair of runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead and that proved to the difference in the game as the Miners defeated Ottawa, 5-3.

The Miners jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back RBI singles by C Luis Alen and DH Nick Zaharion and leadoff hitter Jayce Ray bringing in run by grounding into a double play. Sussex County increased their advantage to 5-0 in the fifth when LF Breland Almadova came home on a single by 1B Audy Ciriaco and Ray stole home.

The Champions cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth when 1B Vincent Guglietti launched a two-run home run. Ottawa would add another run in the seventh but that is as close as they would get as Sussex County took the home the victory.

Silva and Almadova had a pair of hits and a run scored in the contest while Andrew Vinson allowed three earned runs over six innings of work to nab his third win of the year.