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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PLAYOFFS FORMAT IS NOW SET AND READY TO CROWN A CHAMPION

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire League Series regular games have fully finished and the Series will now go into it’s playoff format. After all games were played, The Road Warrior Black Sox have claimed the number one seed.

Brilliance Sox will earn the second seed of the playoffs while Tupper Lake Riverpigs get third and Saranac Lake Surge get 4th.

The Playoff games will be as followed.

Road Warrior Black Sox will face the Saranac Lake Surge and the Tupper Lake Riverpigs will face the Brilliance Sox.

Playoffs begin Monday September 28th, 2020. All games will be livestreamed as usual on Empire TV.

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BLACK SOX CLINCHTHE NUMBER ONE SEED HEADING INTO THE PLAYOFFS

WASHINGTON, PA – The Empire League series is coming to an end in a few days before the playoffs begin and the Saranac Lake Surge would take on the first place Black Sox.

Strikeout leader Carlos Canelon would take on the newly acquired Skylar Janisse.

Cory Alexander would welcome Skylar to the Series with a homer over the left field wall. That would be Alexanders first homer of the series.

Black Sox would answer when lead off hitter Derek Reddy would steal third and score on a throwing error by the Surge catcher.

Surge would get another one back in the top of the 2nd inning when Alexis Monge scored on a fielders choice.

This potential playoff matchup would get tied up in the bottom half when Vee Desai hit a sac fly to center to score Frank Podkul. Derek Reddy would follow him with a 2 out base hit to score Pete Yorgen and take a 3-2 lead.

Canelon would only go 2 innings as the Surge look to potentially use him in the playoffs as game 1 starter. He would strike out 2 batters in 2 innings.

A double by Frank Podkul would giver the Black Sox a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd scoring Jermond Williams.

Skylar Janisse would settle in and post up 4 straight no run innings for the Black Sox as they would take a 6-2 lead into the 6th inning.

The Black Sox would go on to win by a score or 9-3 and claim the number 1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Both teams will play tomorrow for series finale at 11:00 am ET and 3:00 pm ET.

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