REDBIRDS ELIMINATED BY BUCKS IN WILD CARD GAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Todays Wild Card Playoffs did not disappoint anyone in attendance as they got to see two of the best games ever played in Empire League History.

In Game two, The New York Bucks walked off on the Plattsburgh RedBirds to win 3-2. All 3 Bucks Runs were unearned as they all scored on errors including the final one which walked it off for the Bucks.   The 2 RedBirds  runs were also unearned which made it a defensive game. The best defense would win and they did. Zac Burke  tossed 8 great innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters.  RedBirds Dimitri Nunez was lights out  as he went 7 innings walking just  1 batter and no earned runs.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, The Bucks lead off hitter walked. The following hitter went to sacrifice bunt and when he put the bunt down, the RedBirds third baseman sailed the throw into the right field corner that allowed the runner at first to come all the way around to score.

Two great baseball games were played in the Empire League today and great pitching was seen.

The Islanders will face off against the Bucks tomorrow at 1pm for game one of the finals.

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YOUNG MAKES EPBL HISTORY BY PLAYING ALL NINE POSITIONS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The day after the RedBirds clinched the EPBL Playoffs, Brandon Young was given an opportunity to play all nine positions.

Talk about being a utility player. Young started the game playing second base where he got an assist. He then moved to shortstop  where he had another assist in the second inning. He was moved to third base in the third and the ball seemed to be finding him everywhere he was positioned. This time however, he would end the inning with one error.  In the 4th inning, Young started the inning playing first base and fielded an unassisted ground ball to end the  inning.

Young was then put in center field in the 5th where he fielded a single with no other plays being made his way. In the 6th inning, he made the final out by catching a shallow pop fly for an out as the left fielder.

The 7th inning was interesting.  Young started the inning as the catcher. He saw one batter before the manager pulled the starting pitcher out of the game. During the break, Young was replaced behind the dish and moved to right field where he would also see some action fielding a pop fly.

In the 8th inning, Young came in to pitch in relief with 2 outs. He would give up 1 hit and walk 2 batters before getting the final ground out to end the inning and complete playing all nine positions.

I had a lot of fun today, when coach told me i would be able to do this i think the whole team was excited to see it happen. – Brandon Young

The game ended with a 8-4 loss  for the RedBirds but it was surely an interesting game to watch as the game itself had no meaning in the playoff picture.

The Playoffs will begin on Friday night at 11 am and 4 pm in Chip Cummings field. Fans can pay for one game and watch both playoff games. The 11 am game will feature the Puerto Rico Islanders versus the New Hampshire Wild while the 4 pm game will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds and the New York Bucks. This is a single elimination game in which both winners will advance to the Championship series starting on Saturday at 4pm.

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THE REDBIRDS HAVE DONE IT, BACK TO THE PLAYOFFS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds have clinched the final spot of the 2018 Empire League Playoffs.

It was a close race until the end and the RedBirds caught fire defeated the Puerto Rico Islanders in  the previous series  and with Old Orchard Beach losing to New Hampshire Wild, that means the RedBirds are in the Playoffs with just one final  game remaining.

The Playoffs will be hosted at Chip Cummings field. Fans are able to attend and watch both games as they will be played from the 10th to the 13th. August 10th will be a win or go home Wild Card game to see which of the 4 t eams will advance to the Championship series.

The New York Bucks earned first seed so they will play the 4th seed which could be the Plattsburgh RedBirds, who are tied with the New Hampshire Wild, in  Game 2 at 4:00pm at Chip Cummings Field while the second seeded Puerto Rico Islanders will take on the New Hampshire Wild at 11am at Chip Cummings Field if they can manage to beat Puerto Rico tomorrow in the final game of the season.

This is the time of the year we have all been waiting for, Playoffs and the Plattsburgh RedBirds have a chance to repeat!  Tickets are  only $5 for grass seating or $6 stadium seating sold at the gate at   Chip Cummings Field.

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PLATTSBURGH EARNS PLAYOFF HOSTING RIGHTS

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire League has announced that Plattsburgh has earned Empire League Playoffs hosting right.

Fans the time we have been waiting for is finally arriving.  PLAYOFF BASEBALL. With Both New York Teams ranking in the top 3 spots of the standings, Plattsburgh has earned hosting rights. This means that Chip Cummings field will be the host to this years Empire League Playoffs and Championship Series!

Get your party hats on, bring your lawn chairs and coolers as this is Baseball History. The RedBirds were the Empire League 2017 Champions and are the current holders of the Zicari Empire Cup!

As the hosting town these RedBirds are looking for your support.  Coolers, drinks, and snacks welcome to the baseball party.

See you at Chip Cummings this coming weekend from the 10th to 13th of August.

PLAYOFF PICTURE – August 10th – 2 Games for the price of 1: WILD CARD PLAYOFF

Game one will be the 4th Seed against the #1 Seed  at 12:00pm. Game 2 will be the #3 Seed versus the #2 Seed. This is a one game Playoff to see who advances to the Empire League Championship Series.

August 10th – 13th – best of 3 series: zACARI CUP championship series

The Championship series is a best of 3 game series. The first team to win 2 games will be the Empire League Champions. This series will be between the winners of the Wild Card Playoffs! The Winners will be given the Zacari Cup which is named after a very important man named Bruce Zacari who was a big help in the process of building the Empire League.

2017 REDBIRDS CATCHER YORDANY SALVA SELECTED BY PUERTO RICO NATIONAL TEAM

TAMPA, FL – 2017 Champion of the Empire Professional Baseball League and catcher for the Plattsburgh RedBirds Yordany Salva has been selected by the Puerto Rico National Team.

Salva, played   in 29 games with the RedBirds  hitting for a  .244 batting  average and  driving in 13 runs. Salva was previously with the Kansas City Royals and was sent to the Empire League to develop and get more reps.

He  now joins the Elite Group of Players moved on to play at higher levels of professional baseball.

Salva is   currently participating in the Central American Olympic games in Colombia representing the Island of Puerto Rico in which former big league player and future hall of famer Juan Gonzalez is the manager.

The Central American games will conclude on the 30th of June and Salva will have an opportunity to win an Olympic Games Gold Medal.

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KOUTZ OUTSTANDING WHILE OFFENSE EXPLODED IN WIN OVER BUCKS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the New York Bucks by a score of 11-3 today in which the RedBirds capitalized in many Bucks mistakes.

Although the numbers didnt show it, The Bucks starter Phil Reese pitched  a very good game despite giving up  5 runs in which only 3 were earned. Reese struck out 4 batters and was forced to make extra pitches due to many Bucks mental mistakes.

RedBirds took full advantage of those mistakes as Raul Shah and Michael Deeb continue driving in runs for the RedBirds in clutch situations.   Valentin, Shah, Deeb and Fowler all had 2 hits each of the 14 total team hits.

Matt Martinez led the offensive attack for the Bucks as he had 3 hits  including a double and an RBI. Zach Ashford also had a good day with 2 hits of his own with an RBI.

Adam Koutz tossed yet another win going 6 total innings allowing just 3 runs and striking out 2 Bucks. He was credited with the win while Phil Reese was handed the loss.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow at 4:30pm at Chip Cummings field for game 4 of the series.

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REDBIRDS RALLY LATE TO TAKE DOWN FIRST PLACE BUCKS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds took tonights game from the first place New York Bucks after failing to get the first hit until the 6th inning.

The RedBirds were down 4-0 to start off the game as Bucks starter Carl Brice was cruising through  RedBirds batters through 3 innings. But Anthony Wiggins was right there fighting along with him going for 6 strong innings.

The Bucks had a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the 5th inning when a couple of RedBirds walked and would move over on passed ball and would both end up scoring on a big two out error in the infield to make it a 4-3 game.

In the 7th inning, Carl Brice walked a couple more RedBirds and would exit the game after tossing a solid  6.2 innings with given up just 2 earned runs  and striking out 5 batters.  However, clutch hitting by Raul Shah and Michael Deeb woud tie the game and take the lead 6-4 and thats how the game would end as the RedBirds defeated the Bucks by the score of 6-4.

Carl Brice would be handed the Loss while Cody Pamperin who came in to relief in the 7th would take the win with Damian Boyum earning the save.

There was not much offense in this one as The Bucks had a total of 6 hits and the RedBirds had  4. It was the defensive errors that would make a difference as the Bucks ended with 4 errors and the RedBirds ended with 3.

Both teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm for the third game of the series in Plattsburgh.

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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