WIGGINS, DEEB EXPLODE OFFENSIVELY TO TAKE GAME 2 OF DH

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh RedBirds took the second game of todays double header from the first place Islanders by the score of 11-7.

The  offensive attack  was led by Anthony Wiggins who had 3 hits in the day scoring 2 runs and 2 RBIs.   It was a team hit fest as the RedBirds combined for a total of  12 hits  with Armando Valentin, Michael Deeb, Raul Shah and Dale Urquhart Jr all having 2 each.

Michael Deeb was a run producing machinge as he finished with 2 runs and 4 RBIs .

The Islanders would rally back in the 4th and 5th inning scoring a total of 4 runs off RedBirds pitching but it wouldnt be enough as the offense provided enough scoring to stay ahead and get the victory.

The RedBirds starter Adam Falcon is credited with the  victory as the Plattsburgh RedBirds improve to (10-15) for the season  just one game back of the top 4 qualifying spots in the standings.

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WIGGINS LIGHTS OUT, DEEB DRIVES IN 3 TO DEFEAT FIRST PLACE ISLANDERS

AGUADA, PR – They said there would be a hurricane  today in Puerto Rico but as it turns out there was a lot more great baseball played instead by the RedBirds as the team defeated the first place Puerto Rico Islanders.

Anthony Wiggins got his first start of the season and his career and was lights out as he tossed 5 shut out innings  giving up just 2 hits while striking out 4 batters.

Michael Deeb set the tone offensively with a single over the shortstops head  in the top of the first inning to give the RedBirds a 1-0 lead. But he would not stop there as he also doubled in the top of the 6th inning over the center fielders head to drive  in 2 more runs. Deeb would then score on a triple by Austin Baker who scored on a single by Robbie Kellerman.

Andrew Reardon came in to relief for the RedBirds and allowed 3 runners on base but connected with Raul Shah for a inning ending pick off play. He finished the final two innings allowing just 1 run as the RedBirds defeated the Islanders 5-1

The RedBirds pitching today allowed just 2 hits in the game.

Anthony Wiggins earned his first win of his professional career as a start as the RedBirds improve to  (9-13) after the first game of the double header.

STARS IN THE MAKING WILL SHINE IN OLD ORCHARD BEACH

TAMPA, FL – The  Empire League has announced the  players who will be participating in this years All Star Game in Old Orchard Beach Maine on July 16th.

The selection has been made by the Empire League based on statistics up until today.   The All Star Game festivities are set to begin at 3pm Eastern Time with the Home Run derby followed immediately by the All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will feature the most powerful hitters in the league  that will have 10 outs to advance until the 2nd round of 4 players. The 2nd round will determine who will advance to the final 2 spots in RD 3 of also 10 outs.

The All Star Game will feature the best in the league in terms of statistics .The Top team in each division will determine the manager of the teams.

The West side will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds, New Hampshire Wild and New York Bucks. The East side will be the Puerto Rico Islanders, Aguada Explorers and the hometown Old Orchard Beach Surge.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate box office.

For a complete list of the All Star Game participants, click here

 

REDBIRDS WIN A WILD GAME IN PUERTO RICO

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the Aguada Explorers today in what would be  a historic game in the Empire Professional Baseball League.

The RedBirds scored 11 runs in the top of the 3rd inning   and batted around started by Nazario Cruz reaching on base by an error. A triple by  Armando Valentin, single by Anthony Wiggins, double by Michael Deeb, single by Raul Shah, single by Dale Urquhart, and  6 runs later, the RedBirds were back up to the top of the lineup. This is where history in the league was made. Armando Valentin came up to bat and hit another triple in the same inning being the only player in history to do so.  They would end up scoring 11 runs in the inning taking an 11-0 lead.

The long wait for RedBirds Ace may have gotten to him as he went from cruising through the first two innings to giving up 5 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd to a fighting Explorers team. Parker Franklin led things off with a double to left center and would score on a single by Bronson Pulgados. Tyler post would double later on in the inning and an error by the RedBirds shortstop kept the inning alive to allow the 5 runs to score.

This wouldn’t be it for the Explorers as they would tack on 4 more runs the following inning making the game 11-9 and right back in it. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the team rallied for 2 runs to tie it on a single by Marc Culmer who would drive in Ryan Rivera and Samuel Carter.

The Explorers would then take the lead in the 6th inning scoring 1 run on yet another double by Tyler Post making history in the league once again by having the biggest comeback for any team in league history.

However, the RedBirds would not go out quietly. The team fought back to take the lead that they had lost with doubles by Armando Valentin and Michael Deeb. Valentins  double made him just a home run shy of making history with the league as the only player to hit for the cycle. But a ground out in the 8th inning eliminated the chances for that to happen.

Paulino Harrington added to the RedBirds scoring late with  a monster blast to deep left center field for his first professional home run.

This game was one to remember as one of the wildest games played in the Empire League and a fantastic job by both teams to show character and fight until the end. The RedBirds  reliever Cody Pamperin earned the win while Robert Brown was credited with the loss and Damian Boyum earned the save.

Both teams will battle it out again tomorrow for the last game of the series at 930am in Rincon, PR

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REDBIRDS FALL BEHIND IN SERIES IN PUERTO RICO

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh Redbirds flew into Puerto Rico and made a statement by defeating the  Explorers on game one but fell short in game two. The  Explorers have  taken the third game of the series and look to capitalize on their series lead.

Adam Falcon got the start today versus Explorers Ace Mike Melendez. Falcon went 5 Innings pitched allowing 5 earned runs while striking  out 5 batters earning the loss. Melendez went the distance going all 9 Innings pitched allowing just 2 earned runs striking out 8 batters. This is the Explorers 3rd Complete game of the season for starting pitchers and they are climbing up the standings.

Terrell Thompson, James Dockery and Cory Slater led the way offensively for the Explorers as they all had multiple hits in this one including a big 2 out double by Cory Slater in the 5th inning to give the Explorers a  gap in their lead and would finish with a total of 6 runs scored.

Although not much offense from the RedBirds, Christian Nazario Cruz and Michael Deeb led the way offensively for the Redbirds as Cruz finished with 2 hits including a double and Deeb added an RBI double himself and a run scored to get the scoring started for the RedBirds.

Adam Falcon is credited with the loss while Mike Melendez earns himself another win tossing a complete game.

The Redbirds drop to  (7-13) while the Explorers improve to (7-11). Both teams will meet again tomorrow at 9:30am for their 4th game of the series in Puerto Rico.

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REDBIRDS AND EPBL TOGETHER BUILDING AN EMPIRE IN THE COMMUNITY

PLATTSBURGH, NY –    The Empire League system is not all about just playing baseball. Its about building professional athletes to become the best they can be on and off the field while providing a fun, family oriented , positive   entertainment for our families in our locations.

These first couple of weeks have been outstanding in our communities as each team has visited either youth camps, hospitals, or ran clinics to inspire young children to stay in school, get involved in sports and provide a positive dream for their futures.

The Puerto Rico Islanders Manager Tony Rodriguez with players Will Ramos, Luis Contreras and Willie Concepcion, got together with the Aguada Explorers manager Joey Molina and players Kyle Robinson, James Dockery, Terrell Thompson, Samuel Carter and Ryan Rivera, to provide a clinic for youth summer camps all around the Island. So far they have successfully provided knowledge, inspiration and created dreams for one of the 8 programs set up to visit.

The Plattsburgh RedBirds  have  also had camps and clinics for kids in the Plattsburgh community and have done a fantastic job involving themselves with the youth in all aspects of life led by RedBirds leader Sandra Perry and 13 of the 20 rostered players who had a blast in the past weeks camp.

In Old Orchard Beach, our Mascot Surgio and front office staff have toured the entire city  sharing memories, taking pictures and putting smiles on children and adults faces as they have been non stop providing their own donated time to entertain and expose the leadership roles these ball players take on every single day.

These pictures show the character, love, passion for the game and involvement in the community that it takes to be a professional athlete. Here at the Empire Professional Baseball League, its not just about building a better baseball player, its about building an Empire! Building athletes into better people, involving the communities around us to create a fun, healthy, positive environment anywhere the league is around.

On behalf of the Empire League executives we thank those players, coaches, staff and communities for your hard work and support in continuing to make our homes an enjoyable and positive place for our future generation.

“This program that we have here is special. It’s not about the owners, its not about the coaches, our time has past. It’s about building an empire for these young ball players in becoming positive role models anywhere they go and inspiring the next generation to be better then us. Coming to a ball game and paying $5 at the gate doesn’t make this league rich. It helps with the expense of keeping this going. Every dollar we make goes right back to these men for everything they’re doing. With the help and support of our great communities, we can work together to make our towns better day by day. ” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Below are some pictures of our recent interaction with our Empire League Communities. We would love to support as much as possible. Any members of the community that would like to work together with us, email us at Baseball@empireproleague.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROGER DIAZ MOVE TO THE YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Roger Diaz ranked as the top Empire League Catcher with a 1.79 pop time to second has been selected to move up to the Atlantic League. .

With the many injuries taking place in such a high level pro league windows of opportunity have opened and spots need to be filled. It’s a great chance for our players to really see the level of play and we are thankful that our league is heavily chosen to select players from.
“Roger is an amazing person and a great player, I  coudn’t be happier for him and i hope he makes the best of this opportunity” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez
Diaz, who was with the Plattsburgh RedBirds will now be in a York Revolution of the Atlantic League uniform.
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REDBIRDS BREAK CAMP STRONG AND READY FOR SEASON

GEORGETOWN, DE – Spring Training Camp is officially over and the Plattsburgh RedBirds have made their decisions and finalized the opening day roster.

The RedBirds roster as a couple of familiar faces in last years rookie of the year Christian Nazario Cruz, All Star starter Dimitri Nunez and recently promoted Raul Shah.

The RedBirds also signed former linebacker for the Notre Dame Irish Michael Deeb to his first professional contract.

“We have great chemistry and that’s key to winning championships. I like this team and im exited to start the season.” – Manager Selwyn Young

The Redbirds open up the season in Old Orchard Beach in a rematch of last years finals series before coming home for opening night in Plattsburgh.

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FORMER NOTRE DAME LINEBACKER COULD LAND HIMSELF IN A REDBIRD UNIFORM

GEORGETOWN, DE – The Plattsburgh RedBirds selected Michael Deeb former linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2018 EPBL Draft and he is just 2 days away from finding out if he will sign a pro baseball contract with the Plattsburgh RedBirds.

Deeb, from Plantation, Florida, was a First-team linebacker on Fort Lauderdale Sun- Sentinel Class 5A-4A 3A-2A squad for 2012, first-team linebacker on Miami Herald All- Broward County 5A-Indiana all-star squad, standout at linebacker for American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, ranked 34th player nationally on Rivals.com list of inside linebackers, ranked 25th among middle linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com, made 95 tackles, four sacks and an interception as senior in 2012, ranked fifth among all Broward County prospects coming into 2012 by Miami Herald, made 90 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and forced five fumbles as a junior in 2011.

He played in two games for the Irish (at USC on Nov. 29 and vs. No. 22 LSU on Dec. 30) in which the Irish won both games. The 6’2″ 255lbs Outfielder Prospect is looking for an opportunity to play professional baseball for the first time in his young career.

“I had the opportunity to speak with him today and he’s just a very educated, strong, energetic and talented individual. He’s got an incredible attitude, mindset and work ethic. We will see what coach Young decides to do on Friday.” VP Jerry Gonzalez

The Empire League rosters will be released on Friday and prospects all around the league like Deeb are all hoping for an opportunity in the Empire League.

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FAMILIAR FACES SELECTED IN 2018 EPBL DRAFT

GEORGETOWN, DE – Manager Selwyn Young feels really good about the Redbirds chances after his selections during this years draft.

The RedBirds have a few familiar faces that are looking to make a team out of camp this season in 2017 Rookie of the year Christian Nazario Cruz, Raul Shah, and Ace Dimitri Nunez.

Young, RedBirds new manager, along side GM Josh Velasquez, made every selection they wanted and feel really good about their chances to get back to the finals this season.

The RedBirds will travel to Old Orchard Beach out of camp to face the team they beat last season in the final game. It will be interesting to see how the new RedBirds will look in 2018 as the rosters will be filled at the end of camp on Friday.

“I am very pleased with my guys. We have truly become a team very quickly. Just watching them play together and work together and become a team so fast is one of the things that I’m most excited about.” -Manager Selwyn Young

The RedBirds will open their home stand following the 19th of June against the Old Orchard Beach Surge at Chip Cummings Field.

The Redbirds roster will be finalized on the 8th.

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