JOSH MARTINEZ HITS WALK OFF SINGLE TO WIN GAME ONE OF FINALS

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire League playoffs have been something to watch these past couple days as Josh Martinez completes the third walk off of the payoffs in the 3 games played to defeat the Puerto Rico Islanders 3 to 2 in the bottom of the 9th.

The New York Bucks took the 1 – 0 lead when Tyler Post hit a solo homer off Islanders knuckleballer Ryo Sanogawa in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Bucks would tack on another one  when Franklin Jennings tripled to the right center gap and would the score on a single by Catcher Dalton Hughes.

Phil Reese tossed a phenomenal game going  8 complete innings giving up 5 hits, 1 earned run, walking only 2 batters and striking out 7 Islanders. He would give up his first run of the game in the 8th inning when Angel Perez doubled to start off the inning and would score on a base hit by  Nick Landell.

In the 9th inning he would come out of the game after walking the second batter of the inning.  The Puerto Rico Islanders would make a move pinch running Cole Easley for Catcher Yordany Salva who walked. Easley stole second base and advanced to third base when throw to second ended up in center field. The Bucks closer would then give up a single one a 3-2 count to Islanders outfielder Kyle Schade to tie the ball game at 2.

Ryo Sanogawa would take the mound still for the 9th inning and walked the first batter. He was then replaced by Jordan Matos. The runner, Kenny Collins, would steal second base to put himself in scoring position. Islanders decided to intentionally walk the next batter for a potential double play. However Josh Martinez had other plans as he smoked a ball over the left fielder Ryan Riveras head to score the winning run in walk off fashion.

The New York Bucks lead the series (1-0) over the Islanders which means if the Bucks win one more game they would be crowned the Champions of the Empire League for 2018. If the Islanders can win the game tomorrow. They would send it to game 3 to determine who will be the 2018 Empire League Champions.

Game time tomorrow is at 12:00pm at Chip Cummings Field.

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BENNY COLLESANO SELECTED BY SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Benny Collesano woke up today thinking he would be going to pitch the elimination Wild Card Game against the Puerto Rico Islanders. Instead, he was selected by the Sussex County Miners of the CanAm League.

The right handed throwing Collesano  posted a 3.05 ERA in  41.1 innings pitched  with 25 strikeouts for the New Hampshire Wild.

The Empire League would like to congratulate Benny Collesano and wish him the best of luck moving forward.

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ISLANDERS/BUCKS WALK OFF TO ADVANCE TO FINALS

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Todays Wild Card Playoffs did not disappoint anyone in attendance as they got to see two of the best games ever played in Empire League History.

In Game one the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New Hampshire Wild 1-0 in a 12 inning pitchers duel. Luis Contreras was beyond perfect as he went  8.1 innings pitched without allowing a single hit.  With this amazing performance, Luis also passed the league leader Matt Vogel in strikeouts and has set the Empire League record after his 13 strikeouts with a season total of 84. The League leader in ERA, Matt Quintana, came in to relief Contreras and struck out 9 batters which puts him 3rd in the season with 75 total strikeouts.

The Puerto Rico Islanders set a new record for most strikeouts in a game by striking out 22 total batters.

The Wild got their first hit of the game in the 11th inning which was a pop fly that was  dropped due to miscommunication by the Islanders outfield.

Paul Geha got the start for the New Hampshire Wild and was stellar going 7 innings  allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7 batters.

In the bottom of the 12th Inning, The Islanders outfielder Ryan River hit a single to the left side to score Kyle Schade and advance the Islanders to the Championship Series.

In Game two, The New York Bucks walked off on the Plattsburgh RedBirds to win 3-2. All 3 Bucks Runs were unearned as they all scored on errors including the final one which walked it off for the Bucks.   The 2 RedBirds  runs were also unearned which made it a defensive game. The best defense would win and they did. Zac Burke  tossed 8 great innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters.  RedBirds Dimitri Nunez was lights out  as he went 7 innings walking just  1 batter and no earned runs.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, The Bucks lead off hitter walked. The following hitter went to sacrifice bunt and when he put the bunt down, the RedBirds third baseman sailed the throw into the right field corner that allowed the runner at first to come all the way around to score.

Two great baseball games were played in the Empire League today and great pitching was seen.

The Islanders will face off against the Bucks tomorrow at 1pm for game one of the finals.

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YOUNG MAKES EPBL HISTORY BY PLAYING ALL NINE POSITIONS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The day after the RedBirds clinched the EPBL Playoffs, Brandon Young was given an opportunity to play all nine positions.

Talk about being a utility player. Young started the game playing second base where he got an assist. He then moved to shortstop  where he had another assist in the second inning. He was moved to third base in the third and the ball seemed to be finding him everywhere he was positioned. This time however, he would end the inning with one error.  In the 4th inning, Young started the inning playing first base and fielded an unassisted ground ball to end the  inning.

Young was then put in center field in the 5th where he fielded a single with no other plays being made his way. In the 6th inning, he made the final out by catching a shallow pop fly for an out as the left fielder.

The 7th inning was interesting.  Young started the inning as the catcher. He saw one batter before the manager pulled the starting pitcher out of the game. During the break, Young was replaced behind the dish and moved to right field where he would also see some action fielding a pop fly.

In the 8th inning, Young came in to pitch in relief with 2 outs. He would give up 1 hit and walk 2 batters before getting the final ground out to end the inning and complete playing all nine positions.

I had a lot of fun today, when coach told me i would be able to do this i think the whole team was excited to see it happen. – Brandon Young

The game ended with a 8-4 loss  for the RedBirds but it was surely an interesting game to watch as the game itself had no meaning in the playoff picture.

The Playoffs will begin on Friday night at 11 am and 4 pm in Chip Cummings field. Fans can pay for one game and watch both playoff games. The 11 am game will feature the Puerto Rico Islanders versus the New Hampshire Wild while the 4 pm game will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds and the New York Bucks. This is a single elimination game in which both winners will advance to the Championship series starting on Saturday at 4pm.

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THE PLATTSBURGH REDBIRDS ARE BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have clinched the final spot of the 2018 Empire League Playoffs.

It was a close race until the end and the RedBirds caught fire defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders in  the previous series  and with Old Orchard Beach losing to New Hampshire Wild, that means the RedBirds are in the Playoffs with just one final  game remaining.

The Playoffs will be hosted at Chip Cummings field. Fans are able to attend and watch both games as they will be played from the 10th to the 13th. August 10th will be a win or go home Wild Card game to see which of the 4 t eams will advance to the Championship series.

The New York Bucks earned first seed so they will play the 4th seed which could be the Plattsburgh RedBirds, who are tied with the New Hampshire Wild, in  Game 2 at 4:00pm at Chip Cummings Field while the second seeded Puerto Rico Islanders will take on the New Hampshire Wild at 11am at Chip Cummings Field if they can manage to beat Puerto Rico tomorrow in the final game of the season.

This is the time of the year we have all been waiting for, Playoffs and the Plattsburgh RedBirds have a chance to repeat!  Tickets are  only $5 for grass seating or $6 stadium seating sold at the gate at   Chip Cummings Field.

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