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MALONE, NY – The Malone Border Hounds have defeated the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds to win their first Empire Baseball League Championship on the inaugural season.

The Border Hounds came into Game 2 of the Finals looking to sweep the Finals Series and win their 16th in a row. An Empire Baseball league Record.

In front of another sold out Malone crowd, The Border Hounds took a 5-1 lead through the first 3 innings of the game. Jose Torrealba launched a two run blast over the left center wall on a 1-2 slider that didnt slide.

Platsburgh would answer right back as they took a 6-5 lead by the 5th. A 2 run shot by Anthony Socci in the 4th to score Tommy Kretzler and great hitting by Tommy Dunleavy and Kez Douglas and Tommy Kretzler in the 5th scored 2 more.

Thunderbirds bats went silent after the 5th as 6 runners were left on base without a score for the remaining of the game.

Chris Loeb put the nail in the coffin when he belted a grand slam in bottom of the 8th inning to give the Hounds a 12-6 lead in which the team would never give up.

Carlos Velez closed the game out for the Border Hounds going 3.0 innings of work without allowing any runs or hits.

Amaury Telemaco went 5.0 innings allowing 4 earned and striking out 5.

This concludes the Empire League Season for 2023 and a great summer for all involved.

Border Hounds take Game 1 in Finals

MALONE, NY – The Border Hounds took on the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds in Game 1 of a best of 3 Finals Series in Malone, NY

A Sold out game one crowd in Malone saw a well played 4-3 game. Plattsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning when Katsuya Arai doubled to start the inning and scored on a single by George Sutherland. Sutherland would then score on a single by Kezlin Douglas.

Malone bounced back in the 6th inning when Chris Loeb led off the inning with a single. Wataru Kumagai got a single with one out to move Loeb over to third. Loeb would then score on a double by Jerry Torres. Wataru would score on the following pitch as the reliever threw a wild pitch. Jose Torrealba would then work a good count to drive in Jerry Torres with a double of his own in a cluth situation and give the Border Hounds a lead that would not be topped.

Border Hounds would take Game 1 by a score of 4-3.

Game two will be tomorrow at 5:00pm ET in Malone in which Malone has an opportunity to win their 16th game in a row and be crowned Empire League Champions.

Article by Empire Media


MALONE, NY – Tommy Kretzler has added his name into the Empire League records book as he wins the 2023 Empire Baseball League Home Run Derby contest.

Kreztler had an impressive round hitting 17 home runs to surpass teammate Aidan Safar who hit 14 in the first round.

He then would advance to the second round and hit 9 home runs to clinch his spot in the finals versus Malone Border Hounds Wataru Kumagai who got on a hot streak to enter the finals.

Kretzler then defeated Wataru Kumagai in the finals by hitting 6 home runs in 5 outs while Kumagai finished with only 2 homers in 5 outs, to become this years home run derby champion.

It was an exciting even all around for players of all teams who participated in it. We got a little rain but fans stuck around and witnessed the most homers in any Empire League Home Run Derby history!

Tommy won an Empire League bat and also a $100 Gift Card to Donovans Steak & Ale in Malone, NY.

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Surge take down top ranked Riverpigs

SARANAC LAKE, NY – After a big start to the game for the Riverpigs, you would’ve thought that the game would be a blowout. However, the Saranac Lake Surge showed some extremely fun to watch type of resiliency and would make one of the biggest comebacks in history to take down the Riverpigs 12-11.

Tupper Lake scored 3 runs in the Top of the first off the Surge Ace Nic Daniels. When Ryan Enos and Starlin Paulino reached base, Walner Espinal doubled them both in to make it 2-0. Espinal would then score on a sac fly to center by Trent Deveaux.

They weren’t done yet, Riverpigs would take advantage of many Surge mistakes on defense and tacked on another 5 runs in the second inning capped of by a double from Trent Deveaux in which 3 runs were plated.

When it seemed to be out of reach from the get go, the Surge are the type of team to always fight back. They would score 3 runs in the bottom of the second when Ben Gravel scored on a bases loaded walk, Marco Melgoza scored on a sac fly by Joshua Tesarck and Zack Fowler scored on another sac fly this time by Barrone Porter.

The Riverpigs didnt seem to take the foot off the pedal as they would add another 3 runs in the 3rd inning when Walner Espinal would single in Steven Armstrong and Ryan Enos following a run by Bakari Gayle on a wild pitch.

But just when the Riverpigs thought they had it in the bag, The Surge put a 4 spot in the 3rd batting around the lineup, 2 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th to put the game tied at 11.

The Riverpigs would be shut down for the remaining of the game now scoring a single run since the 3rd inning.

In the 7th inning, the Surge would take the lead 12-11 when Tomeko Saez scored on a smoked line drive off the bat of Barrone Porter to the right center field gap and would never give up that lead as Zach Marlow came in to relief for Brett Elmer and shut the door for the Surge.

Elmer was credited with the win, Jaelin Sewell was credited with the loss and Zach Marlow was credited with the save.

This was the second loss of the season for the Riverpigs and 2nd in the last 3 games.

Article by Empire Media