BRILLIANCE SOX 2020 EMPIRE LEAGUE SERIES CHAMPIONS

WASHINGTON, PA – The Baseball Brilliance Sox have defetead the Saranac Lake Surge by a score of 2-1 in walk off fashion to win the 2020 Empire League Series Championship.

What a game it was as the Empire League playoffs continue to be some of the best baseball you can see.

Luis Nova was on the mound for the Sox facing left hander Leo Madrid of the Surge.

The Sox took an early 1-0 lead on a home run by Empire Leagues Matt Joyce Award Winner Ben Andrews.

There was nothing but incredible defense from both sides as Nova took a no hitter into the 6th inning and Leo Madrid would only allow that one homer through 7 innings.

Madrid would exit after 8 solid innings allowing just that one run. Nova would come out of the game after an incredible comeback by the Surge in the 9th inning.

With 2 outs and the Surge down to their last at bat, Alexis Monge drove in the Surge first run with a single to the right side.

The game would go into extra innings and into the 12th inning.

With runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, Darren Love hit a line drive to left field to score the game winning run on a close play at the plate and give the Brilliance Sox the Empire League Series Championship.

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SURGE ADVANCE TO FINALS WITH UPSET ON TOP SEED BLACK SOX

WASHINGTON, PA – The Saranac Lake Surge defeated the number one seeded Road Warrior Black Sox by a score of  4-3.

Saranac Lake Surge struck first in the top of the 3rd inning when John Tierney Jr singled and scored on a error by the pitcher. Taylor Olmstead would follow him when he scored on a ground out to first by Chris Kwitzer.

Black Sox would answer when Manny Gomez scored on a 2 out single by Derek Reddy after a failed attempt to get a double play by the Surge allowed for Reddy to get up to the plate.

The game would get tied in the top of the 6th when Jermond Williams singled and scored on a triple by Joe Torre.

Carlos Canelon came out of the game in the 6th inning after allowing just 1 earned and striking out yet another 8 batters. He would hand the ball off to Layne Gusler.

Nick Garcia was replaced on the mound by Skylar Janisse after tossing 8 innings allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 6 batters.

This game would go into extra innings and it would be a wild one. In the top half, John Tierney Jr scored on a wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead and Taylor Olmstead would score on another wild pitch. Both guys scored with two outs in which was a surprised to all to take a 4-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th, the Black Sox scored a run with 2 outs on a single up the middle with a runner on second to make it a 4-3 game. With 2 outs and runners on 2nd and third, Layne Gusler would record the final out of the upset victory by getting Jermond Williams to ground out to first.

The Saranac Lake Surge advance to the finals tomorrow at 3:00 pm ET versus the Brilliance Sox.

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BELL GOES THE DISTANCE AND LOVE HITS GRANDSLAM TO LIFTS SOX INTO FINALS

WASHINGTON, PA – Let the Playoffs begin!

First game of the 2020 Empire League Series Playoffs is between the #3 seed Tupper Lake Riverpigs versus the #2 seed Brilliance Sox.

Starting for the Riverpigs is left handed Ace Dimitri Nunez, He will be facing off against a very good Bruce Bell.

Sox got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Tyler Bailey allowed a runner to get on with an error and with two outs, Nunez gets Macaluso to ground into a double play but Jose Zacarias made an error to extend the inning. Both runners would score on base hits from Tyler Reis and Darren Love.

After a questionable call at the plate was called safe by home plate umpire to score a run on a single by Dustyn Macaluso with 2 outs, Darren Love belted a grand slam to put a dagger in the Riverpigs and make it a 7-2 ball game. That homer was Darren Love’s first homer of the series.

Bruce Bell was once again dominant for the Sox going the distance allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits striking out 4 batters.

The Brilliance Sox will advance to the finals tomorrow at 3:00 pm ET.

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CARLOS CANELON SIGNED TO THE MLB PARTNERED FRONTIER LEAGUE

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire League Series strikeout leader, Carlos Canelon, has been officially signed to the Gateway Grizzlies of the now MLB partnered Frontier League.

Canelon, a hard throwing right handed pitcher was impressive in this years series with a moving fastball and a hard slider that led him to lead the league in strikeouts.

Canelon is now contracted for the 2021 season with the Gateway Grizzlies.

” I cannot thank you guys enough for what you have done for me, this has been the greatest opportunity of my life and now I will begin to work harder to keep moving in the Frontier League.”

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SURGE 2B ALEXIS MONGE DRAFTED BY GASTONIA OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire Baseball League would like to congratulate Saranac Lake Surge second baseman Alexis Monge on being drafted by the newest franchise of the Atlantic League in Gastonia.

Monge was drafted at this years great Prospect Dugout Atlantic League Tryout.

The Empire League would like to send a special thanks to our friends at Meet a Prospect for their scouting evaluations of players.

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