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.


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.

Article by Empire League 


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.


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 > All Star Game link or at the gate on Sunday.

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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


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.

Article by Empire Media


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.

Article by Empire Media


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