REDBIRDS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER, ONE WIN FROM CLINCHING

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – No clinching night for the RedBirds tonight as Surge and RedBirds split the double header.

RedBirds would go on and take game one by the score of 11-2 after an explosive 5 run first inning including the first Home Run in franchise history.

Scott Hall was magnificent as he went the distance pitching all 7 innings giving up just 2 runs on 8 hits and got the Win.

Christian Cruz had 3 hits in the game and Josh Martinez had 3 RBIs.

Game two belonged to the Surge as they defeated the RedBirds 4-1.

Brendan Henriquez was playoff saving as he pitched a complete game going all 7 innings giving up just 1 run.

Surge shortstop Sebastian Diaz belted his first home run of the year. A 2 run shot over the left field wall!

The Surge are officially out of the playoff hunt for the first half but can be the difference in who does clinch the first half. Surge will play the RedBirds tomorrow night at 6:30pm. One RedBirds win or Sullivan Explorers Loss will clinch it for Plattsburgh.

Article by Empire Media

EPBL ALL STAR GAME HONORS BABE RUTH RECOGNIZES LIVING GRANDDAUGHTER

PLATTBURGH, NY – Plattsburghs Chip Cummins Field will be Host of the 2017 Empire League All Star Game.
On July 30th the City of Plattsburgh and the RedBirds will be making history as this will be a Professional baseball event  Honoring World Legend Babe Ruth.
In doing so, we are excited to announce that living granddaughter of Babe Ruth Mrs Linda Ruth Tosetti will be joining the Empire League in Plattsburgh as a special guest to do what she does best which is motivate and inspire the young men participating in the Sport that her grandpa made an Empire..
That’s right!! Babe Ruth’s living Granddaughter is coming to Plattsburgh and will be available for pictures and autographs as part of the fundraising campaign for Charity.
 The is limited capacity to this great futures event! The young man that could be the stars of tomorrow in Baseball will all be right here at Chip Cummins field, AKA the Nest, in Celebration of their success and honor of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth!
Get your tickets Now !! Don’t wait until spots are filled ! Lets join forces as we pack the house to welcome the all stars and special guest Linda Ruth.
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LUC POMALES HEATING UP AT THE PLATE, EXPLORERS WIN!

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – The Explorers are in second place with a  victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders by the score of 7-3.

The Explorers went down once again in the early innings with a score of 1-0 to the Islanders but were able to bounce back when Cole Easley was hit by the pitch  to drive in the tying run. The Explorers never looked back.

Christ Ross started for the Explorers and struck out 6 batters on his way to another victory. Phill Richmond came in to close it out in the 9th just before the rain came down.

Luc Pomales had a base clearing double to right center just when the Islanders were making a comeback and the score was 4-3. Pomales double turned it into a 7-3 game and despite of the Islanders scoring  1 run in the top of the 9th inning.

Ernesto Punales got the loss for the Islanders although a terrific outing only allowing 3 runs.

The Explorers look to take the series tomorrow as they face the Islanders for a double header before a day off on Sunday.

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BACK TO WINNING WAYS FOR DIMITRI NUNEZ

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The story of the day was Dimitri Nuñez. The left-hander was brilliant, scattering six hits and walking three over eight and a third.
Things looked rocky early as Kevin Putkonen blasted the first ever home run at Chip Cummings Field, a solo shot to right. But Nuñez would settle down and hold the Surge in check the rest of the way. His delivery varied from batter to batter, sometimes pitch to pitch, keeping hitters off balance and inducing soft contact for his fielders.

The Redbirds would score three in a 1st inning highlighted by Raul Shah’s two-run single and never looked back. Christian Nazario-Cruz and Johnny Cole both scored two runs, Mitchell Lake drove in a pair, and Brian Brademan even got hit by a pitch to account for one of his two RBIs.

I have mixed feelings about Dimitri Nuñez, who I’ve only ever seen be lights out since I began tracking his career in 2015. Selfishly, I look forward to watching him aid the Redbirds in their championship hunt every fifth turn. But the other side of me roots for him to shed his Redbirds jersey get an opportunity to pitch in a higher league. He deserves it.

Tomorrow concludes the series with the Surge. Double header, two 7s, starting at 1pm. And it’s Clinton County Youth Day!!! How does it get any better than that?

Michael Chiaradio
Ahead of the Spread

COLE WALKS OFF AS REDBIRDS SWEEP DOUBLE HEADER

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