FT. MYERS, FL – The Empire League will host its 2nd Annual month long Fall Instructional Showcase League in Ft Myers, Florida this Year. As always the Fall series is to provide instruction and exposure opportunities to players for the coming Winter Leagues and Professional Leagues for 2022.

The Instructional League will take place at Terry Park, historic Spring Training Complex of the Boston Red Sox.

The Dates have been set for November 13th to December 10th.

This camp will be coached and scouted by current MLB Partnered League coaches and Empire League staff.

Players will have the opportunity to train and play directly for Managers like Mark Mason of the York Revolution in the Atlantic League. Mark uses the instructional series as a training platform to get guys performing to his standards, and it’s among the decision makers for Winter Leagues and 2022 contract opportunities.

Players must be accepted into the Instructional League, This is not open to public registration. A baseball history background check is performed to determine acceptance into the program and players accepted will be contacted.

You can Fill out the player acceptance form now by clicking the “Fall Instructs” Link in the Navigation Menu and you’ll be contacted by an Empire League Executive to Enroll if accepted.

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The Empire Baseball League has announced the winners of this years Awards.

The Awards are Batting Champion, Reliever of the Year, Starter of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Matt Joyce Slugger Award, Defensive MVP, Manager of the Year, Organization of the Year and Empire League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Here are the Award Winners:

  • Batting Champion: 1B Jordan Larson (PLA):   .384 Avg in 128 PA
  • Reliever of the  Year: LHP Brandon Sattenfield (TL): 26GP 45.2IP, 2.56 ERA, 31SO, (2-1)  2/2 SV
  • Starter of the Year: LHP Shawn McFeggan (SL): #1 in ERA and Wins. (7-0) 61.2IP, 2.34ERA
  • Rookie of the Year: Brandon Russo(PLA): .371avg in 160PA 21RBI, 16SB,  7(2B) 3(3B)
  • Matt Joyce Slugger Award: INF Aj Wright(SL): Led in Slugging .659, Led in Doubles, Triples and total bases.
  • Defensive MVP: C Andrew Noviello (NH):  148 PO 13A 2E .988 FLD %
  • Manager of the Year: Sam Quinn-Loeb (PLA)
  • Organization of the Year: Tupper Lake Riverpigs
  • Most Valuable Player: INF Robert Antunez (TL): Led League in PA, Hits, Runs Scored, Runs Batted in.

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TUPPER LAKE, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds have been defeated by the Saranac Lake Surge in 5 games to bring home the 2021 Empire League Championship to the city of Saranac Lake, NY for the first time in Franchise History.

The Thunderbirds barely made the final Wild Card spot in the Playoffs in which they would defeat the Tupper Lake Riverpigs in an intense 7-6 final score to advance to the finals against the Saranac Lake Surge. Alex Rodriguez crushed a 3-run homer to take a 6-3 lead over the Riverpigs late in the game which would end up being the winning runs and shattering the Riverpigs dreams of winning a championship in year 1.

The Saranac Lake Surge defeated the Thunderbirds  in Game one by a score of 5-4 in  another intense game where starter Jhoendri Herrera who topped out at 95 mph got the no decision and Jessell Soto earned the victory as he came in to relief with Corey Steward earning the save. Alex Rodriguez would crush a second clutch RBI single to score 2 runs. Liam McArthur went 3 for 4. Cory Alexander would go 2 for 4 scoring 2 runs in the game for the Saranac Lake Surge while Brandon Gutzler went a perfect 3 for 3.

In Game two, The Thunderbirds made history as they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning win by the score of 9-8. The comeback against the Surge was the biggest  in League finals history. Tj Riles and Kyle Robinson both homered for the Surge but wasn’t enough as Hanley Acevedo also homered for the Thunderbirds to get the team fired up for the comeback.  Manager Sam Quinn of the Thunderbirds was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Surge Outfielder TJ Riles was also ejected for arguing balls and strikes

In Game three, Sora Sakashita of the Surge faced Wirliel Rangel of the Thunderbirds in a pitchers duel. The Game ended 3-1 after a huge 2 out single by Thunderbirds catcher Alex Rodriguez to score 2 runs. The Surge scored their only run in the 8th inning when Edel Luaces scored on a wild pitch. Thunderbirds would take a (2-1) series lead.

Game four would bring the series to a Winner Take All Game 5 as the Surge jumped all over the Thunderbirds defeating them by a score of 7-2. Jessel Soto was phenomenal in this one going the distance and earning the win!

Game five crowned The Saranac Lake Surge champions as the Surge defeated the Thunderbirds 3-0. Jessel Soto was named Empire League Finals MVP.

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Tupper Lake, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds defeated the Tupper Lake Riverpigs by a score of 6-5 in a wild card single elimination game.

Thunderbirds took an early 3-0 lead over the Riverpigs in a game that send Korean Pitcher Sungmin Choi to face Thunderbirds Ace Jhoendri Hererra whos throwing 95mph.

Riverpigs would chip away to tie the game in the 6th inning at 3 with clutch hitting by Edward Salcedo.

In the 7th inning however, Thunderbirds catcher Alex Rodriguez would crush a 3-run daggering Home Run to give the Tbirds a 3 run lead.

But the Riverpigs were not done yet, as Salcedo would help get things going once again driving in a 4th run and following him was Drew Thomas who hit a clutch 2 out single to right field to score two runs and tie the game at 6.

Tbirds would add on one more run in the top of the 9th with a single by Richard Miller and the Riverpigs just couldn’t get one across in the 9th .

Plattsburgh advances to the Empire League Finals where they will face the Saranac Lake Surge in a best of 5 series startiing tomorrow through Monday. All Games are at 6:35pm

You can purchase tickets at the gate or watch live at Empireproleague.com and clicking on Live Games link.

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LYON MOUNTAIN, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds clinched the 3rd and final spot in the Empire League Playoffs.

What does this mean? That means the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds and Tupper Lake Riverpigs will face off for a one game elimination playoff on August 4th at 7pm in Tupper Lake.

The winner of the wild card spot will advance to the 2021 Empire League Finals.

First game of the Zacari Cup Finals will be on August 5th at 6:35pm.

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