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.

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EMPIRE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES FALL INSTRUCTS SERIES

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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PLAYER AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY LEAGUE

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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SARANAC LAKE SURGE ARE EMPIRE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

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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