REDBIRDS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE EMPIRE LEAGUE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have done it. They are the 2017 Champions of the Empire League.

The RedBirds defeated the Old Orchard Beach Surge by a score of 7 to 4. The RedBirds got an early 3-1 lead as Surge starter Eric Mozeika started the game off with a hit by pitch to Christian Nazario-Cruz followed by a 2-RBI single and a run that came in on a walk to give the RedBirds an early 3 run lead.

The RedBirds added on when Josh Martinez had a 2 run single and ended up scoring on a passed ball.

Gevon Jackson hit a solo home run to get things going for the Surge but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Surge would score 4 runs before running out of time.

Closer Zach Breen got the final out with a strikeout looking to end it for the RedBirds to give the Plattsburgh RedBirds their first Empire League Championship.

Brian Brademan was named the Championship Series Offensive MVP and Josh Martinez was named Defensive MVP.

“It’s been one heck of a season, Pascual Santiago and the Surge had an awesome year as well as the RedBirds and it came down to the end. Good baseball was played all season long and guys played with a purpose and everyone is excited for next year. I’d like to personally congratulate the RedBirds on a fantastic season, we will enjoy our success this year and get right back to work.” – Jerry Gonzalez VP of Baseball

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REDBIRDS WILL TRY TO WIN IT IN GAME 4

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Old Orchard Beach Surge defeated the Plattsburgh RedBirds in Game 3 of the finals by the score of 6 to 4.

The game started off strong for the Surge as they got 2 quick runs on several hits off Redbirds starter Matti Doexter. Doexter would then be taken out of the game in the second inning as manager Joe Winkelsas chose to use up pitchers for only a couple of innings or specific pitch count to be able to use them multiple times throughout the series.

The Surge would score up to 6 runs but as the RedBirds have proven to be a comeback team, down 6-1 in the 7th once again the RedBirds rallied to put the score 6-4. The RedBirds had an opportunity to tie the game as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs but clutch pitching by Surge starter Mark Hendricks kept the RedBirds from catching up. James Mulry would come in and would get the save for the Surge.

Game 4 of the finals will be played tonight at 6:30pm at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. Tickets are available at the gate. RedBirds lead the series (2-1) and are one win away from winning the Empire League Championship. Surge will have to win tonight to extend this series to the 5th and final game.

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REDBIRDS TO FACE SURGE IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have their opponent for this years Championship Series and will face the Old Orchard Beach Surge who have clinched the second half as well as home field advantage.

The RedBirds will play on August 22nd and 23rd at Chip Cummings stadium and will finish the series in Old Orchard Beach on the 23rd, 24th and 25th if necessary as this series is the Best of 5 games. That means the first team to win 3 games will be crowned champions of the Empire League.

Tickets will be available at the gate at either park throughout the playoffs. For Scheduling and more  visit our schedule link!

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NEW NORTH COUNTRY HONOR FLIGHT NIGHT ANNOUNCED FOR FINALE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – On the last game of the inaugural season of the Plattsburgh RedBirds. The Empire League will honor veterans as the final night will be dedicated to the New North Country Honor Flight night at Chip Cummings field.

This Sunday will now be a double header finale against the Puerto Rico Islanders in games that could decide payoffs for the Islanders. Game times are now 12:00pm and 3:30pm at Chip Cummings field right next to the Plattsburgh State fieldhouse. We suggest getting there at 11:30 for the pre-game festivities.

An Honor Flight Veteran will be throwing out the first pitch. After players that participated in the NCHF Street Drive raising $3000 will receive their Flight Crew Caps. Gather your family, friends, and neighbors for a great game, and to honor our Veterans for their service to our country.

Tickets are on sale at the Gate on date of the event! Parking available for next to field. See you at the Ballpark!

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REDBIRDS INJURIES A FACTOR IN SECOND HALF

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Old Orchard Beach Surge defeated the Plattsburgh Redbirds in double header action today to remain 1 game ahead of the Islanders who are creeping up in the standings.

In Game one, James Simpson led the way offensively with a 4 for 4 performance. Kevin Putkonen added 2 hits with one being a double and driving in 2 RBI’s. Eric Mozeika was the starter and tossed 6 innings allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 6 batters.

The RedBirds had 7 hits and scored 3 runs which wasn’t enough to defeat the red hot Surge.  Scott Hall  was not himself as he allowed 9 runs on 10 hits.

In Game 2, the Surge defeated the Redbirds 3-2 on what was a great come from behind victory against a very good RedBirds starter, Wendell Floranus. Both teams had a total of 4 hits.  A game tying RBI triple by Edgar Lebron was the difference in the game as that led to a go ahead ground out to score Lebron and to take the lead for the Surge.

Floranus pitched a complete game giving up just 4 hits while striking out 7 batters and only walking 1. A performance that would normally end in a victory for the RedBirds ended in a loss in which Jalen Miller earned after tossing 6 innings allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 5 batters for the Surge.

Redbirds now have 5 players injured in which could be big for opponents heading into the playoffs.

The Surge are now in first place overall by 1 game which means if the Surge win the second half, the Surge will have home field advantage in the playoffs.

LHP DIMITRI NUNEZ PROMOTED TO NORMAL KORNBELTERS OF THE FRONTIER

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Left handed pitcher Dimitri Nunez who is the ace of the Plattsburgh RedBirds has been promoted to the Normal Kornbelters of the Frontier League.

Dimitri, who has been phenomenal all season long, departs immediately and will become teammates with OOB Surge LHP Matt Picucci who has also been sent to the Normal Kornbelters of the frontier league.

Both lefties will continue their careers in baseball at a very high level of baseball and the Empire League congratulates them on their success.

“Dimitri was one of my pitchers last year, the guy throws 7 different pitches from 3 different angles and changes his timing. I had him train with Matt Joyce of the big leagues. This guy is good and very deserving. I am so happy to see him get this opportunity” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Plattsburgh is eligible to sign a new player as this move falls into the category of players eligible to sign.

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REDBIRDS GET ASG MVP ARROYO FROM PR

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Islanders have made a very interesting move sending cleanup hitter and All Star Game MVP Andres Arroyo and LHP Hunter Kyzar to the Plattsburgh RedBirds for OF Kenneth Collins.

The players will report to their teams tomorrow and will be eligible to play with new  team immediately.

The Islanders have also placed UT Michael Heller on the Disabled list. Islanders are also in talks with Old Orchard Beach Surge for possible trade in the near future prior to the Empire League Deadline.

NAZARIO-CRUZ TAKES FINAL WEST SPOT IN ALL STAR GAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Coaches picks for final roster spots in this years All Star Game have been filled. Christian Nazario-Cruz and Will Ramos to enter All Star Game.

Every year, the Empire League chooses 21 out of 22 of the best players of each division (East and West) to form an All Star team to compete in the leagues All Star Game.

Players are selected by the league except the final spot for each division. That final spot belongs to a player that deserves to be in the All Star Game but didn’t quite beat out the starter of his position.

This year, fan favorite Christian Nazario-Cruz of the Plattsburgh RedBirds was chosen for the West Side and Will Ramos of the Puerto Rico Islanders was chosen for the East Side. Both men will finalize the All Star Game rosters as the last series before the break ends.

All Star festivities begin Sunday, June 30th at 1:00pm as the 12 HR Derby participants take the field followed by the All Star Game at 3:30pm. Gates open at 11:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at empireproleague.com > All Star Game link or at the gate on Sunday.

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ALL STAR GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire league announces  the 2017 All Star Game participants.

The teams will be divided into two divisions, east and west. Sullivan Explorers and Plattsburgh RedBirds will represent the West side and Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge will represent the East.

The West will  be managed by first half champions manager Joe Winkelsas of the  Plattsburgh RedBirds and assisted by Sullivan Explorers manager John Kazarian.

The East will be managed by Old Orchard Beach manager Pascual Santiago and assisted by Puerto Rico Islanders manager Dalphie Correa.

Representing the West team is:

  1. C Luis Touron
  2. C Brian Brademan
  3. 1B Johnny Cole
  4. 2B Raul Shah
  5. 3B Luc Pomales
  6. SS Brandon Young
  7. OF Samuel Carter
  8. OF Cole Easley
  9. OF Kenneth Collins
  10. UT Tarik El-Abour
  11. UT  Joe Fiorino
  12. UT  Josh Martinez

Pitchers:  Dimitri Nunez, Drue Bravo, Scott Hall, Phillip Richmond, Wendell Floranus, Matthew Doxter,  William Felo,  Damian Boyum, Harry Ferguson

Manager: Joe Winkelsas | Assistant: John Kazarian

Representing the East team is:

  1.   C Jake Simpson
  2.   C Dioni Rodriguez
  3. 1B Kevin Putkonen
  4. 2B Jake Walters
  5. 3B Andres Arroyo
  6. SS Jacob Cordero
  7. OF Mike Davis
  8. OF Gevon Jackson
  9. OF Matt Martinez
  10. UT Michael Heller
  11. UT Kyle Schade
  12. UT Edgar Lebron Jr

Pitchers:  Fabian Feliciano, Darren Lauer, Casey Cannon, Eric Mozeika, Mark Lesinski, Matt Picucci, Kevin Phelps, Kurtis Hultz, Brendan Henriquez

Manager: Pascual Santiago | Assistant: Dalphie Correa

REDBIRDS LOSE TWO TO END THE FIRST HALF

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME –  The Old Orchard Beach Surge swept the double header today against the first place RedBirds who have already clinched the first half.

In Game one, last game of the first half, the Surge defeated the RedBirds by a score of (3-0). Matt Picucci has proven to be a top Pitcher in the league and for the Surge as he tossed a complete game shutout against top prospect Matti Doexter and the RedBirds. That’s Picucci 3rd victory of the season.  He struck out 11 batters while only allowing 3 hits and one walk.

Matti Doxter went 5 innings and allowed 3 earned on 7 hits while walking 6 batters and pegging one.

Parker Frankling had a day joining teammate Sebastian Diaz who has been on fire for the Surge with two hits each.

Game two would be the Surge first game of the second half while it was the last of the first half for the RedBirds. Wendell Floranus tossed a 5 great innings allowing just  one earned run. 3 hits and striking out 4 batters.

Casey Cannon started for the Surge and nearly pitched a complete game coming out of the game in the top of the 7th after giving up what would be the game tying run with two outs.  Cannon pitched 6.2 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and striking out 7 batters.

The Surge were led offensively by Kevin Putkonen who went 2 for 2 with an RBI double  and intentionally walked twice. However, Parker Frankling had his day with a walk-off single to left in the bottom of the 7th off RedBirds pitcher Harry Ferguson to score Edgar Lebron and take the first game of the second half for the Surge.

Both teams square off again tomorrow night at the Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach for a double header at 3:30pm and 6:30pm.

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