Five Mohawks named to all-star team
SAUGERTIES — The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2019 PGCBL All-Star Game. The ninth PGCBL All-Star Game is scheduled for July 16 at Cantine Field, home of the Saugerties Stallions.
The All-Star Game will be divided between the East Division (Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley, Oneonta, and Saugerties), and the West Division (Adirondack, Elmira, Geneva, Newark, Utica, Watertown).
This season marks the first time the All-Star Game will be played in Saugerties, with a capacity crowd expected at Cantine Field. The PGCBL’s midsummer classic was played in Elmira last season, when the West Division picked up a 8-5 victory for their first ever win. Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst) was last season’s All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
PGCBL All-Stars are nominated and selected by coaches of the teams in the East and West, respectively. Coaches selected two catchers, nine infielders, seven outfielders, and 10 pitchers to play in the game.
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs lead all teams in the East Division with seven All-Star selections, including three starters. Second baseman Justin Guerrera (Fairfield), outfielder Dylan Klock (St. Thomas Aquinas), and outfielder Nick Cimillo (Manhattan) will start on the East Side.
Following Mohawk Valley, Albany and Saugerties will have six selections each. Albany’s representatives include starters Aaron Roose (Azusa Pacific) and Justin Bench (Ole Miss), while the host Stallions will send pitcher Lane Miller (Indiana State) to the mound to start the game, as well as outfielder Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure).
The first place Amsterdam Mohawks will have five players on the All-Star roster, with two — JD Mundy (Radford) and Maxwell Costes (Maryland) starting in Saugerties. The East Division roster is rounded out by two selections each from the Glens Falls Dragons and Oneonta Outlaws.
In the West Division, the Utica Blue Sox lead the way with seven All-Star selections. Three position players — Matt Parkinson (College of Charleston), Luis DeLeon (Central Alabama CC), and Tyler Simon (Kennesaw State) will find themselves in the starting lineup for the West.
Three teams — the Adirondack Trail Blazers, Geneva Red Wings, and the Newark Pilots — will send five players each to the All-Star Game. Adirondack’s delegation will be led by starting outfielder Kevin Ferrer (UConn), while the other two outfielders — Over Torres (Bethune-Cookman) and Allen Murphy (St. John Fisher) will come from Newark, as will third baseman Dylan Duplechain (Mississippi College).
Four players from the Elmira Pioneers — including the game’s starting pitcher Noah Rubino (Siena) — will join the roster, as will two players from the Watertown Rapids.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 12-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL — which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs — has quickly evolved into the premier wooden-bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, visit www.pgcbl.com.
2019 PGCBL ALL-STARS
EAST ALL-STAR STARTERS
Catcher: Aaron Roose (Azusa Pacific), Albany
First Base: JD Mundy (Radford), Amsterdam
Second Base: Justin Guerrera (Fairfield), Mohawk Valley
Shortstop: Justin Bench (Ole Miss), Albany
Third Base: Maxwell Costes (Maryland), Amsterdam
Outfield: Nick Cimillo (Manhattan), Mohawk Valley
Outfield: Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure), Saugerties
Outfield: Dylan Klock (St. Thomas Aquinas), Mohawk Valley
Pitcher: Lane Miller (Indiana State), Saugerties
EAST ALL-STAR RESERVES
Catcher: Mitchell Henshaw (St. John’s), Albany
Infield: Joe Carpenter (Delaware), Mohawk Valley
Infield: Tommy Pellis (Seton Hill), Albany
Infield: Jake Skrine (Indiana), Saugerties
Infield: Cavan Tully (Binghamton), Oneonta
Infield: Michael Turconi (Wake Forest), Amsterdam
Outfield: Brian Hart (Marist), Glens Falls
Outfield: Mitch Hartigan (Florida Atlantic), Amsterdam
Outfield: Dillon Lifrieri (Arkansas), Saugerties
Outfield: John Rhodes (Kentucky), Oneonta
Pitcher: Blake Bales (Virginia), Albany
Pitcher: Ryan Cardona (Marist), Amsterdam
Pitcher: Austin Cole (Arizona Western), Saugerties
Pitcher: Henry Funaro (UMass Lowell), Saugerties
Pitcher: Nick Grabek (Fairfield), Albany
Pitcher: Joe Kowowsky (Farleigh Dickinson), Glens Falls
Pitcher: Cole Miller (Herkimer), Mohawk Valley
Pitcher: Hunter Sibley (Iona), Mohawk Valley
Pitcher-: Connor Stapleton (Concordia), Mohawk Valley
WEST ALL-STAR STARTERS
Catcher: Matt Parkinson (College of Charleston), Utica
First Base: Trevor Rogers (San Francisco State), Geneva
Second Base: Luis DeLeon (Central Alabama CC), Utica
Shortstop: Tyler Simon (Kennesaw State), Utica
Third Base: Dylan Duplechain (Mississippi College), Newark
Outfield: Kevin Ferrer (UConn), Adirondack
Outfield: Allen Murphy (St. John Fisher), Newark
Outfield: Over Torres (Bethune-Cookman), Newark
Pitcher: Noah Rubino (Siena), Elmira
WEST ALL-STAR RESERVES
Catcher: Connor Hamilton (West Virginia), Adirondack
Infield: David Bermudez (Rider), Newark
Infield: Noah Fisher (Northern Kentucky), Geneva
Infield: Preston Moore (Samford), Elmira
Infield: Mason Ruhlman (Minnesota Crookston), Elmira
Infield: Robbie Young (Appalachian State), Utica
Outfield: Brandon Cooper (Adrian), Geneva
Outfield: Derek Kasperzyk (Quinnipiac), Watertown
Outfield: Brainy Rojas (East Stroudsburg), Geneva
Outfield: Chris Rotondo (Villanova), Adirondack
Pitcher: Nathan Berg (Xavier), Elmira
Pitcher: Andrew Braun (Central Connecticut State), Utica
Pitcher: Jacob Maser (Le Moyne), Geneva
Pitcher: Michael McCully (Siena), Utica
Pitcher: Kevin McNiff (New Haven), Adirondack
Pitcher: Ryan Mueller (New York Tech), Newark
Pitcher: Ray Pacella (Rockland CC), Utica
Pitcher: Ryan Solimine (Mitchell), Adirondack
Pitcher: Kenny Sysyn (Marymount), Watertown