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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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Empire League announced the 2017 ASG Home Run  Derby participants honoring Babe Ruth. Champion will be crowned by Linda Ruth Tosetti, living granddaughter of the legendary Babe Ruth on a day when The Empire League recognizes the Babe and his legacy.

Representing the East side, (Sullivan Explorers and Plattsburgh RedBirds

  1. Samuel Carter (SUL)
  2. Johnny Cole (PLA)
  3. Luis Touron (SUL)
  4. D’Aundray Van Slyke (PLA)
  5. Luc Pomales   (SUL)
  6. Brian Brademan (PLA)

From the West Side (Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge)

  1. Gevon Jackson (OOB)
  2. Jacob Bissell (PR)
  3. Kevin Putkonen (OOB)
  4. Matt Martinez (PR)
  5. Mike Davis (OOB)
  6. Dioni Rodriguez (PR)

The competition will consist of 3 rounds. Two divisions of 6 participants for the first round of 15 outs (East Division and West Division) will compete. The top two leaders from each  division in round one will advance to the 10 out semi-final round. The winners of each division will face each other in the final round of 10 outs to crown the champion.

Winners will be crowned by Linda Ruth Tosetti, living granddaughter of the great legendary Babe Ruth. Linda has kept the Ruth legacy going with untold stories and Babe Ruth memorabilia for years and the Empire League will welcome Linda and her husband Andy to honor the Babe at this years EPBL All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will begin at 1pm and will be followed by the All Star Game at 330pm.


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Plattsburgh RedBirds emerge victorious in matchup with the Old Orchard Beach Surge and have won the first half of the Empire League. They are  now headed to the 2017 Empire League Championship Series.

Dimitri Nunez did exactly what he has done all season long and was impressive in the win. Nunez pitched 7.2 innings  while only giving up 2 runs. Nunez has gone over 7 innings pitched in every single one of his starts and is now (3-1)  with a 2.68 era and a league leading 43.2 innings pitched and only walking 8 batters all season long while striking out 26. The RedBirds were led offensively by Christian Nazario-Cruz who had 2 hits in the game and having a great series against the Surge. Raul Shah had a singled and scored a game high 2 runs and drove in 1 while stealing a base.

“Dimitri is one of the best I’ve seen. He is such a smart pitcher, can throw 7 different pitches and change hitters timing while throwing left handed at 3 different angles. He’s frustrating to face.” – Manager Joe Winkelsas

Dominic Severino started for the Surge and went 6 innings but did not get any defensive help as early errors allowed for 6 runs to score with only 3 being earned. Kevin Putkonen and Edgar Lebron both led the way offensively for the Surge with 3 hits each. Sebastian Diaz has stayed hot and has done well since joining the Surge and had 2 hits in this one.

The Redbirds will face the Surge for another 4 games, but there is only 2 games remaining in the first half. Surge will face the Puerto Rico Islanders and the RedBirds will face the Sullivan Explorers prior to the All Star Break.


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – No clinching night for the RedBirds tonight as Surge and RedBirds split the double header.

RedBirds would go on and take game one by the score of 11-2 after an explosive 5 run first inning including the first Home Run in franchise history.

Scott Hall was magnificent as he went the distance pitching all 7 innings giving up just 2 runs on 8 hits and got the Win.

Christian Cruz had 3 hits in the game and Josh Martinez had 3 RBIs.

Game two belonged to the Surge as they defeated the RedBirds 4-1.

Brendan Henriquez was playoff saving as he pitched a complete game going all 7 innings giving up just 1 run.

Surge shortstop Sebastian Diaz belted his first home run of the year. A 2 run shot over the left field wall!

The Surge are officially out of the playoff hunt for the first half but can be the difference in who does clinch the first half. Surge will play the RedBirds tomorrow night at 6:30pm. One RedBirds win or Sullivan Explorers Loss will clinch it for Plattsburgh.

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PLATTBURGH, NY – Plattsburghs Chip Cummins Field will be Host of the 2017 Empire League All Star Game.
On July 30th the City of Plattsburgh and the RedBirds will be making history as this will be a Professional baseball event  Honoring World Legend Babe Ruth.
In doing so, we are excited to announce that living granddaughter of Babe Ruth Mrs Linda Ruth Tosetti will be joining the Empire League in Plattsburgh as a special guest to do what she does best which is motivate and inspire the young men participating in the Sport that her grandpa made an Empire..
That’s right!! Babe Ruth’s living Granddaughter is coming to Plattsburgh and will be available for pictures and autographs as part of the fundraising campaign for Charity.
 The is limited capacity to this great futures event! The young man that could be the stars of tomorrow in Baseball will all be right here at Chip Cummins field, AKA the Nest, in Celebration of their success and honor of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth!
Get your tickets Now !! Don’t wait until spots are filled ! Lets join forces as we pack the house to welcome the all stars and special guest Linda Ruth.
For Tickets Click Here



PLATTSBURGH, NY – The story of the day was Dimitri Nuñez. The left-hander was brilliant, scattering six hits and walking three over eight and a third.
Things looked rocky early as Kevin Putkonen blasted the first ever home run at Chip Cummings Field, a solo shot to right. But Nuñez would settle down and hold the Surge in check the rest of the way. His delivery varied from batter to batter, sometimes pitch to pitch, keeping hitters off balance and inducing soft contact for his fielders.

The Redbirds would score three in a 1st inning highlighted by Raul Shah’s two-run single and never looked back. Christian Nazario-Cruz and Johnny Cole both scored two runs, Mitchell Lake drove in a pair, and Brian Brademan even got hit by a pitch to account for one of his two RBIs.

I have mixed feelings about Dimitri Nuñez, who I’ve only ever seen be lights out since I began tracking his career in 2015. Selfishly, I look forward to watching him aid the Redbirds in their championship hunt every fifth turn. But the other side of me roots for him to shed his Redbirds jersey get an opportunity to pitch in a higher league. He deserves it.

Tomorrow concludes the series with the Surge. Double header, two 7s, starting at 1pm. And it’s Clinton County Youth Day!!! How does it get any better than that?

Michael Chiaradio
Ahead of the Spread


PLATTSBURGH, NY – It took eleven innings but the Redbirds have notched their 9th consecutive W. The hero, Kenny Collins, who not only won the game with a deep sacrifice fly to right but also threw out the potentially tying run at the plate in the inning prior.

Collins’ amazing throw was made possible by an over-slide of third base on a steal for the first out of the 11th. The second out came on the Collins strike to the plate followed by a ground out to first baseman, Johnny Cole.
The bottom of the 11th inning started with runners on first and second, per league rules. Christian Nazario-Cruz executed a perfect sacrifice bunt and then the hero would strike. Collins would drive a towering fly ball to deep right which didn’t even merit a throw to the infield. Brian Brademan scored from third easily.

Nine in a row with Matti Doxter slated to get the ball for our regularly scheduled programming.

Let’s go Redbirds!

Michael Chiaradio
Ahead of the Spread


PLATTSBURGH, NY – After three days without baseball and a heroic effort from the Plattsburgh State Grounds Crew as well as Manager Joe Winkelsas, the Redbirds finally took the field again under a beautiful Sunday sky.
Dimitri Nuñez, who has one of the most intense “between-start routines” I have ever seen, was eager to take the ball in Game 1. He was brilliant thorough six innings – scattering 4 hits without surrendering a walk.
Islanders starter Fabian Feliciano matched Nuñez through three frames but the Redbirds finally broke through in the 4th on an error that scored Johnny Cole. The Redbirds extended their lead with a run in the 5th on a safety squeeze by Joseph Donaldson that scored Raul Shah but they could not capitalize on an opportunity to open up the game due to inefficient base running.
The mistakes would loom large as the game moved to the 7th and final inning. Nuñez–who had cruised through the first six–ran into trouble and gave up three consecutive hits to surrender the lead.
With the score now 2-2, Manager Joe Winkelsas went to his closer Harry Ferguson to stop the bleeding. Ferguson did just that with an impressive juggling act which rendered the Islanders offense harmless – keeping the score tied.
In the bottom of the 7th it looked like the combination of Feliciano and reliever Nick Kevlin would be able to wiggle around three walks to force extra innings. A two-out error changed that fortune and gave the dangerous Johnny Cole a chance to swing the bat with the bases loaded.
Cole made the Islanders pay. He roped a single up the middle which easily scored Kenny Collins and secured the Redbirds’ fifth consecutive victory.
In Game two, offense was the theme in this game. Redbirds’ starter Matti Doxter faced seven batters before recording an out in the game. We all know how difficult it is to win both games of a doubleheader and many sensed that this game could be the one to snap the Redbirds’ win streak.
Although his back was against the ropes early Doxter would fight back. He closed the first frame with back-to-back strikeouts followed by a fly ball to center which limited the damage to only three runs. This was a huge victory for Doxter because it wasn’t long before the Redbirds would answer by scoring six runs in a second inning, highlighted by a smoked line-drive single by Dalvin Ramon that scored Ronald Jackson and Damon DeJesus.
Doxter settled in after the rocky first and retired eleven batters in a row as he cruised into the 6th where he finally gave up back-to-back singles followed by a two-run infield throwing error which would knock him out of the game. Nathaniel Leon inherited a 7-5 lead with a baserunner on second and no one out. Although he would surrender a run, Leon was able to tip toe around trouble and escape the 6th with a 7-6 Redbirds lead.
In the home half of the 6th the Redbirds would score an insurance run. Ronald Jackson sparked the inning who walked to lead off the inning, stole second base, and scored on a single by Damon DeJesus.
We would see Harry Ferguson again in the 7th and he was equally impressive. He pitched around a ringing double into the right field gap to secure another clean frame and another Redbirds victory.
Ferguson notched both a win and a save on the day as he aided the Redbirds in capturing their fifth and sixth consecutive wins.
The Redbirds close the series with the Islanders tomorrow, July 3rd, at 12PM ET.
Article by Michael Chiaradio  – Ahead of the Spread


PLATTSBURGH, NY – Redbirds took game one from Puerto Rico  Islanders  in a very close game pitchers duel.

Puerto Rico once again started with a run in the top of the first  inning but the Redbirds answered when Josh Martinez squeezed in Christian Nazario-Cruz.

The game was well played on both sides until the bottom of the 3rd inning when the RedBirds put up 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead led by Josh Martinez who had all 3 RBI’s in the game.

Nazario-Cruz led the game with 2 hits while the team had a total of 6 hits.

Taylor Perry started for the Redbirds going 4 innings allowing just 1 earned run, striking out 3 but walking 7. Damian Boyum came in for Perry and was dominant in his 3 innings of work not allowing a single hit, walking 1 batter and striking out a game high 5 Islanders.

Andres Arroyo and Michael Heller were the only Islanders with hits as Arroyo stays hot at the plate. Although 11  Islanders were walked by RedBird pitching, they could not generate enough runs to win the game.

Puerto Rico Islanders Starter Darren Lauer went the distance throwing 8 innings  allowing all 3 earned runs while striking out 5 batters. An impressive start for the right hander but lack of offense was the difference in this one.

Game two of the Series between the Islanders and the RedBirds is tomorrow night at 4:30pm ET. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

Article by Empire Media





PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Sullivan Explorers versus Plattsburgh RedBirds game has been cancelled due to weather. If you have purchased a ticket you may  use that ticket for the make up date or for tomorrows game versus the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The Redbirds would like to thank everyone who planned on coming out tonight. As we all know the weather is uncontrollable.

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