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RIVERPIGS TROUNCE ISLANDERS IN OPENER

TUPPER LAKE, NY  –  The Tupper Lake River Pigs opened the season with a strong display of offense and pitching as they took down the Japan Islanders 12-3. The River Pigs were led by a combined effort on the mound from starter Daniel Rojas, Joseph Brennan and Zachary Goree. Rojas went five strong innings, allowing only one unearned run and two hits, while striking out seven batters. Other than the third inning, when the River Pigs defense let him down, Rojas kept the Islanders lineup off-balance throughout his outing. 

Brennan followed up Rojas with two strong innings, only allowing one hit, and striking out one. Goree entered the game in the eighth inning, inheriting a large River Pigs lead. Although he was able to close out the game without giving up the lead, he did struggle a but, walking two batters and allowing three hits, one being a home run in the eighth and ninth inning.

Although the River Pigs pitching showcased its strength, it was overshadowed by the versatility of the teams offense. The most impressive game came from player of the game, Mikey Edie, a player out of the San Francisco Giants organization, who went 5-5, with three runs scored, a triple, a home run and four RBI’s. 

The top and middle of the River Pigs’ batting order impressed as well. Hector Martinez, the designated hitter who bat in the four spot right behind Edie, had himself a day as well, going 3-5 with one run scored, a home run and three RBI’s. After Martinez bat shortstop Walner Espinal who went 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Leadoff hitter Khalyd Cox went 1-4 with two runs scored, a double, a walk and three RBI’s, playing a big role in the River Pigs win.

With the win, the River Pigs start the season 1-0 and look to be one of the better teams in the Empire Baseball League this summer. It remains to be seen if the strong play showcased in the game can be sustained throughout the season. 

After a rainout on Thursday, the River Pigs will look to take the series over the Islanders tomorrow, June 10. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. eastern at Municipal Park in Tupper lake.

Article by Benjamin Diamond

FRONTIER LEAGUE WELCOMES GREYS

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball announced a partnership with the Empire League which will own and operate the Empire State Greys as a participant in the Frontier League during the 2022 season. The Greys, based out of Tupper Lake, New York, will be playing all of their games on the road, but will field a team by adhering to the same roster and salary rules as all Frontier League clubs.

The Empire League began play in 2016 and features four teams in upstate New York and northern New Hampshire. The Empire League is owned by brothers Eddie and Jerry Gonzalez along with MLB outfielder Matt Joyce. Eddie Gonzalez played in the Frontier League from 2006-08, including participating in the 2006 Championship Series. Jerry Gonzalez played as an infielder in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization in 2007 and 2008. Matt Joyce has appeared in 1,400 MLB games over a 14-year career, and saw post-season action for Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Miami.

The Empire League moved 34 players to MLB Partner Leagues during the 2021 season, including 10 to the Frontier League. Current Frontier League coaches Joe Gannon (Tri-City) and Jared Lemieux (New Jersey) plus former Frontier League and current Atlantic League managers Jamie Keefe and Mark Mason have worked with the Empire League.

“We are very interested in seeing where this partnership goes. The Empire League’s historical ties to the Frontier League plus their New York base made them an ideal partner,” stated deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler. “Eddie Gonzalez has impressive baseball experiences and we like what he brings in terms of his player development skills, network, and desire to compete.”

The Empire State Greys will hold spring training at their home base in Tupper Lake, New York, before starting regular season play at the Gateway Grizzlies on May 13. Empire State will play in the league’s Eastern Division. They will play one 3-game series against the eight Western Division clubs, three series against the three Canadian teams in the Eastern Division, and four series against the four United States teams in the Eastern Division. Their full schedule is available at www.empirestategreys.com.

“It is a great honor to be able to join forces with the Frontier League,” stated Empire League CEO Eddie Gonzalez. “For us at the Empire League, we take pride in providing our best available scouting and recruitment baseball service to help players advance their careers. Having a team in the Frontier League through this great partnership, will create huge opportunities for not only Empire League players, but also open more doors for the up and coming players pursuing a pro career. We look forward to filling a very competitive Greys roster this year in pursuit of a historic Frontier League championship”

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball is an official Partner League of Major League Baseball and the largest of its kind in professional baseball. The Frontier League has moved over 1,000 players to MLB Teams in its 29-year history. The 2022 Frontier League season opens on Thursday, May 12. Please visit www.frontierleague.com.

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ISLANDERS TO REPRESENT JAPAN IN 2022

TUPPER LAKE, NY- The Islanders Baseball organization which represented Puerto Rico for 3 Empire League seasons will represent the country of Japan in 2022. The Empire League which is known as a Professional Baseball Developmental League for the MLB Partner leagues, announced today that it will avoid dealing with any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions that would make it very difficult for teams to travel back and forth and be housed out side of the country this year. For that reason, a team made up of Japanese players will be put in place to be a travel team in the Empire League for the 2022 season.

With the Islanders previous manager Tony Rodriguez moving up to the higher level MLB affiliate League in Mexico, and the team now representing the country of Japan, the Empire league will continue to provide many opportunities to players from Puerto Rico that attend the Empire Showcase Camps and Tryouts. Nearly 100 roster spots will still need to be filled with the other teams in the league as usual, and it is always up to the players to show what they have at the tryout camps to earn those spots.

To Play in the Empire League for an opportunity to be moved up to an MLB partnered league, players must request invite to the Empire tryout camps, and attend if accepted. Visit empireproleague.com

Article by Empire Media

ALL INDY PRO SHOWCASE ANNOUNCED

YORK, PA – The Empire Baseball League has announced the dates for the Annual All Indy Pro Showcase that will take place at PeoplesBank Park home of the York Revolution of the Atlantic League.

This showcase is for players looking for an opportunity to sign to the 4 independent leagues as well as the Empire Baseball League for the 2022 season.

Last year, Eduardo Rivera was signed to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League and had one of the best ERA’s through out the year.

Players will get a full evaluation and will  be eligible to sign on the spot.

There will be a limited amount of players  allowed to attend so the Empire League recommends that all interested players register as soon as possible. Once the limited spaces have been filled, no more players will be able to attend.

The dates have been set to April 6-7, 2022. If you would like to register today, Click Here.

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FALL INSTRUCTS SUCCESS SIGNS 2 PLAYERS IN FIRST WEEK

Ft. Myers, FL – The 2021 Empire Fall Instructs is now at the end of its first week with already 2 players earning contracts for the upcoming season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Frontier League.

The week brought 7 days of instruction with Manager of the York Revolution of the Atlantic League Mark Mason providing the pitching knowledge, New Jersey Jackals coach Jared Lemieux with the Outfield instruction and Empire Leagues Jerry Gonzalez with the infielders.

A total of 4 games have been played so far during the first week giving all the players at bats to improve on their craft.

So far, scouts from the frontier League and Atlantic League have been impressed with the talent at fall instructs.

Article by Empire Media