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Atlantic Baseball League’s 3 Divisional Races

 

Wolff Division:

This division is involved in the most intense pennant race of all three of the leagues division. All four teams are within reach of taking the division, but as of right now the Quakertown Blazers hold a half game lead of 1st place. Right behind the Blazers, with their breath pressed heavily on their necks is the Lehigh Valley Catz. Here is how these two teams stack up:

Pitching:

Quakertown Blazers:

  • David Drinks: 0.57, 3-1, 31.1, 19K

    • 2010 Fr. DeSales University

    • RHP 5’11/160

  • Travis Hughes: 2.36, 3-1, 26.2, 22K

    • 2010 Jr. Desales University

    • RHP 6’3/230

  • Chris Nichols: 3.34, 3-3, 32.1, 12K

    • 2010 Fr. University of Sioux Falls

    • RHP 6’2/180

Lehigh Valley Catz:

  • Kyle Petty: 3.00, 2-2, 27, 16K

    • 2010 Fr. California University of PA

    • RHP 6’4/190

  • Jon Prosinski: 3.60, 1-4, 30, 19K

    • 2010 Fr. Seton Hall University

    • RHP 6’3/175

  • Greg Turhune: 2.16, 1-1, 16.2, 10K

    • 2010 Fr. Seton Hall University

    • RHP 6’5/215

 

  • Lehigh Valley had some positive signs from their pitching staff in the last two games against the Lackawanna Lumberjacks. In a 2-1 victory, the Catz Sean McGrath went 4 innings; he gave up 2 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 6. Tony Vocca came into the game and went for 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, 0 runs, and struck out 6.

Hitting:

Quakertown Blazers:

  • Eric Kammler: .366, 26H, 7 2B, 10RBI

    • 2010 Fr. LaSalle University

    • INF 6’4/195

  • James Quigley: .318, 14H, 6 2B, 10RBI

    • 2010 Jr. Kutztown University

    • INF 5’11/210

  • Dan Johnson: .290, 20H, 2 2B, 12RBI

    • 2010 Fr. Millersville University

    • First Base 6’2/205

Lehigh Valley Catz:

  • Joseph Bamford: .383, 23H, 3 2B, 8RBI

    • 2010 Fr. Northampton CC

    • INF/OF 6’3/170

  • Matt Will: .338, 24H, 3 2B, 6RBI

    • 2010 Jr. Franklin & Marshall University

    • SS 5’8/165

  • Tyler Jones: .317, 20H, 3HR, 17RBI

    • 2010 So. Long Island University

    • C 6’1/19

 

  • Quakertown has dropped their last two games and have given up 21 runs in the process. They also split their last two games against Lehigh Valley. A sharp right fielder named Scott Kalamar went 3 for 8 in their last two games against Jersey.


Kaiser Division:

This is a division locked into a 3 team race that seems to be heating up with each passing game. In first place you have the Long Island Collegians with a half game lead of both the Staten Island Tide and the Torrington Titans. The Tide and the Titans are technically tied for 2 nd place at this point, but since the Tide have a slightly higher wining percentage, we’ll compare them to the first place Collegians. This is how they stack up:

Pitching:

Long Island Collegians:

  • Kevin Chenicek: 4.22, 5-0, 32, 21K

    • 2010 Fr. C.W Post University

    • RHP 6’2/210

  • Michael Scudero: 0.00, 2-0, 20.1, 14K

    • 2010 Sr. Adelphi University

    • LHP 6’3/205

  • Brian Sundberg: 1.25, 1-2, 21.2, 15K

    • 2010 Fr. Pace University

    • RHP 6’3/185

Staten Island Tide:

  • Jonathan Gonzalez: 3.00, 3-0, 33, 45K

    • 2010 So. Adelphi University

    • RHP 6’0/170

  • Kevin Herget: 3.13, 3-2, 31.2, 26K

    • 2010 Fr. Kean University

    • RHP 6’0/170

  • Pat Gale: 1.93, 1-2, 18.2, 15K

    • 2010 Jr. College of Staten Island

    • LHP 6’2/210

 

  • The Tide has won their last three games including a magnificent performance by Kevin Herget against Torrington. Herget pumped out 9 innings of shutout ball, he scattered 4 hits, gave up only 1 walk, and struck out 8.

Hitting:

Long Island Collegians:

  • Andrew Ahn: .350, 21H, 8RBI, 12SB

    • 2010 Jr. STAC University

    • SS 5’11/175

  • Larry Cornelia: .320, 16H, 11RBI, 5SB

    • 2010 Jr. Fairfield University

    • INF 5’10/170

  • Richard McCarren: .318, 21H, 13RBI, 7SB

    • 2010 Jr. Adelphi University

    • C/OF/1B 6’0/189

Staten Island Tide:

  • Nick Nolan: .346, 28H, 2HR, 19RBI

    • 2010 Jr. Kean University

    • OF 6’0/195

  • Sean Gursang: .286, 22H, 0HR, 10RBI

    • 2010 Jr. Seton Hall University

    • 3rd Base 5’11/195

  • Lucas Romeo: .277, 18H, 0HR, 8RBI

    • 2010 So. Adelphi University

    • SS 5’11/175

 

  • The Collegians have lost their last 3 games, but a bright light amongst that chaos has to be the hitting of Brett Roeske. Going from centerfield to DH, but always the leadoff hitter, Roeske has 3 hits in his last two games with 3 runs scored and another 3 driven in. The Collegians have a solid 1 through 4 in the lineup, if they can just ignite all at once for a good stretch, there is no doubt the Division will spontaneously combust.

 

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Hampton Division:

Historically speaking, the Hampton Division is practically its own league. But, its union with the Atlantic Baseball League creates an interesting and competitive 3 division league. Leading the pack and with almost no competition in sight are the North Fork Osprey. Seven and a half games behind them are the Riverhead Tomcats, and with plenty of baseball left, we have to believe that there is life in every whisker these Tomcats are playing baseball with. Here is how these two teams stack up:

Pitching:

North Fork Osprey:

  • Derrek Lamacchia: 1.50, 5-1, 42, 33K

    • 2010 Fr. Quinnipiac University

    • RHP 6’3/185

  • James Stone: 1.72, 4-1, 36.2, 30K

    • 2010 So. Fordham University

    • RHP 6’1/210

  • Kevin Gottlieb: 2.25, 2-1, 40, 31K

    • 2010 So. Furman University

    • LHP 6’0/190

Riverhead Tomcats:

  • Dom Macaluso: 1.43, 2-1, 37.2, 24K

    • 2010 So. St. Peter’s College

    • RHP 6’2/230

  • Joey Novak: 2.33, 2-1, 38.2, 31K

    • 2010 Fr. Harvard University

    • RHP 5’10/180

  • Chris Taylor: 2.16, 3-0, 16.2, 13K

    • 2010 Fr. Rider University

    • RHP 6’0/200

 

  • The Tomcats prospects of making a stronger run for the divisional title become a little brighter on July 16 th against Sag Harbor. Chris Pabich, who had been struggling to group together some scoreless innings, won his first game of the summer by going 7 strong frames. He gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 2. He did walk 4, but if Pabich collects some more outing like this one, the Tomcats could mount a decent attack on the Osprey.

Hitting:

North Fork Osprey:

  • Kurt Schlangen: .377, 29H, 8 2B, 14RBI

    • 2010 So. University of Minnesota

    • C 6’0/185

  • Billy Ferriter: .373, 38H, 8 2B, 13RBI

    • 2010 So. UCONN

    • OF 6’2/200

  • Sebastian Grazziani: .340, 34H, 5HR, 31RBI

    • 2010 So. New York Institute of Technology

    • INF/OF 5’10/170

Riverhead Tomcats:

  • Matt Fleishman: .325, 26H, 2HR, 10RBI

    • 2010 So. Villanova University

    • OF 6’0/185

  • Mike Lonsdale: .281, 16H, 0HR, 8RBI

    • 2010 Fr. St. John’s University

    • C 6’0/190

  • Kevin Needham: .250, 15H, 2HR, 11RBI

    • 2010 Fr. St. John’s University

    • INF 6’1/195

 

  • With all the struggles that the Tomcats have had with toppling the Osprey, a recent bright spot showed its face in the form of second baseman Isaac Rodriguez and his 2 for 5 showing against Westhampton. Today they play a doubleheader against the North Fork Osprey, but even if they do win both games they have to continue doing that the rest of the way and hope that North Fork falls off at the same time.

 

 

By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer

 

 


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