STEPHEN OCTAVE WINS 2019 EMPIRE LEAGUE HR DERBY

SARANAC LAKE, NY – It was a show to remember in Saranac Lake as it was a beautiful day for  an All Star Event and a ton of fun as the best players in the Empire League faced off to showcase power and skills.

One player from each team represented their city in the derby in which Road City Explorers Junior King, Plattsburgh Thunderbirds Simon Palenchar and Saranac Lakes own Stephen Octave made it to the final rounds.

It was then when Simon Palenchars exhausted final round got to him and only hit 2 home runs and Saranac Lake Surge Stephen Octave belted multiple home runs over 400 feet to take home the 2019 Home Run Derby crown.

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ISLANDERS SEAN CRUZ MOVED TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

SARANAC LAKE, NY – Shortly after tossing yet another solid game for the Islanders and being named the All Star Game starter, Sean Cruz is now being moved to the Canam League to play for the Quebec Capitales.

In 33 and two thirds innings pitched, Cruz posted an impressive  1.60 earned run average while striking out 28 batters. Cruz has been a dominant pitcher so far including taking down the leagues best Plattsburgh Thunderbirds to just 3 hits.

In 5 Games started, Cruz has a (3-2) record with two complete games and one shutout.

When i saw Sean down in Puerto Rico and he shut the Thunderbirds down, i said this guy has the potential to go a long ways in this game. When Eddie asked me who i thought one of the best pitchers in this league was without hesitation Sean was one of those guys. He deserves this opportunity and we are excited to help yet another player continue his career at a high level. -VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

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2019 ALL STAR GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK – The Empire Professional Baseball League has announced the participants for the 2019 Empire League All Star Game and Home Run Derby that will take place on July 21st in Saranac Lake, New York.

For the players list, visit the  All Star Game link to view the finalist for the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will consist of 6 players from the 6 Empire League teams each representing their team. They will compete in a Bracket round 1 in which the 3 winners will advance into the final round swing off. Each player will have 10 outs in every round to hit as many Home Runs as possible.  Kids will be allowed to chase fly balls in the outfield if registered 2 hours prior to the Home Run Derby.  Derby will begin at  1pm and will be followed by the All Star Game.

After the All Star Game, there will be a Tap Take over Annual All Star Night Celebration at Hotel Saranac honoring our veterans in which proceeds will benefit non profit charities starting at 5:30pm. Fans, family and friends are all invited Join us for a celebration  night to remember for a good cause.

Tickets for the All Star Game will be available only at the gate at the Saranac Lake Surge field.  Admission is $10 for adults and Children are free. Get there 2 hours prior to the game for batting practice, autographs, photo opportunities and to witness balls flying into Saranac Lake.

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OUTFIELDER ZACH SULLIVAN SENT TO THE YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds right fielder Zach Sullivan, who made a big name for himself in the Empire League and in the CanAm League with his spectacular defense and consistent offense, has been moved to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. The highest level of independent professional baseball.

The 6 foot 2 210 pound 23 year old outielder from Corning, New York was drafted in the  14th Rd by the Miami Marlins. In 58 plate appearances,  Sullivan is first in the Empire League in Home Runs with 6 and 2nd in RBIs with 20.  In 13 games, he was hitting .365

Sullivan will join teammate Sam Burton in Jersey as the Revolution will face the Somerset Patriots this week.

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RELIEVER SAM BURTON SENT TO YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds closer Sam Burton, who was dominant in the CanAm Series with the Empire League Grays Interleague team, has been moved to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. The highest level of independent professional baseball.

Burton, started the year as the 3rd starter in the first place Plattsburgh Thunderbirds rotation before moving to the closer role. He will continue that reliever role with the York Revolution when he arrives to play against the Somerset Patriots in Atlantic League play Tuesday Night.

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