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Golden Eagles hire new coach

By: John McGraw
2013 Glens Falls Golden Eagles. (Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles)

From the Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- Johnston Hobbs was named head coach of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Monday, making him the only person other than John Mayotte to hold the job.

Hobbs, who was an assistant coach this past season, said when he heard Mayotte would not be back, he contacted owner Darin Williams to talk about taking over the position. Mayotte had coached the Eagles for all of their previous 10 seasons.

Hobbs said he understands it’s important he keeps the team moving forward.

“As a coach, you want to win,” he said. “Everybody says winning is not the most important thing, and that’s true to a certain extent, but I want to put a championship-caliber team that is going to give the community something to look forward to.”

And of course, in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Hobbs wants to make sure his players develop throughout the summer.

“I want them to go back to college and have the college coaches say that was a good choice,” he said.

To read the full article, click here.

2013 PGCBL All-League Team

By: John McGraw
Photo: East Field, Glens Falls (Courtesy GF Golden Eagles).

2013 PGCBL All-League Team
2013 PGCBL Rising Stars Team
2013 PGCBL Player of the Year
2013 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year
2013 PGCBL Coach of the Year

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its 2013 All-League team. The full list of selections, as well as other PGCBL awards, can be viewed at the links listed above.

The postseason all-star squad, compiled by the league office, boasts at least one player from all 10 member teams and it includes PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski (Florida State) of the Amsterdam Mohawks and PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Eann Cox (Black Hawk) of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes.

Fourteen players selected for the Rising Stars team were also chosen to the all-league squad. Players named to both teams include Albany’s Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14), Tyler Orris (Millersville), Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina), Dylan Collett (Keene State) and Thomas Belcher (Indiana), Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn), John Sansone (Florida State), Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) and Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14), Mohawk Valley’s Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.), Elmira’s Parker Curry (Samford), Watertown’s Joe Adel (South Florida), Newark’s Donald Frew (Young Harris) and Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) of Glens Falls.

The league champion and ninth nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks topped the All-PGCBL team with 11 selections. Amsterdam all-league choices included first team selections John Nogowski (Florida State), Josh Gardiner (Radford), Dylan Smith (Auburn), Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14), Rich Vrana (Marist) and Mike Urbanski (Binghamton). John Sansone (Florida State), Brian Ruby (Binghamton), Kyle Barrett (Kentucky), Ed Charlton (NJIT) and Chris Kalica (St. John’s 2013-14) were named to the All-PGCBL second team. The 10 selections helped the Mohawks to a 35-18 (.660) overall record and a second consecutive league championship.

Albany, Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley all finished the regular season with 26 wins apiece and all three Eastern Division teams had five players each named to the all-league team. All five Albany selections were collegiate freshmen in 2013. Dutchmen players that claimed all-league laurels included Thomas Belcher (Indiana), Dylan Collett (Keene State), Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14), Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Tyler Orris (Millersville), Mohawk Valley’s all-league honorees were Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.), Dalton Herrington (ULM), Landon Thibodeaux (Delta State 2013-14), Jared Dye (ULM) and Casey Rodrigue (Indiana 2013-14). Collegiate teammates Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) and James Smith (Saint Peter’s) of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles both made the all-league first team while fellow Golden Eagles Josh Anderson (Florida International), Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) and Buddy Putnam (South Florida) also received all-league accolades.

Pitching helped propel the Newark Pilots into the PGCBL playoffs for the third consecutive season. Three of Newark’s four all-league selections were pitchers including closer Donald Frew (Young Harris) and starting pitchers Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) and Andrew Sanders (Ithaca). First baseman Max Rosing (Cortland State) rounded out Newark’s all-league selections. Cooperstown matched former division foe Newark with four all-league picks. Hawkeyes honored included PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Eann Cox (Lewis 2013-14), utilityman Nate Lotze (Kenyon), second baseman Ben Hall (UAH 2013-14) and designated hitter Cameron Day (Norfolk State).

PGCBL Championship Series participant Elmira featured three all-league players in outfielders Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) and relief pitcher Parker Curry (Samford).

Completing the 2013 All-PGCBL team; Watertown’s Joe Moroney (Kansas) and Utica’s Michael Pierson (Appalachian State) and Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) were each tapped for the all-league first team. Watertown’s Joe Adel (South Florida) and Adirondack’s Austin Bartley (Shippensburg) were both named All-PGCBL second team.

Five Named to Summer Collegiate All-America Team

By: John McGraw
Left to right - Josh Gardiner (Amsterdam), Eann Cox (Cooperstown), Ross Kivett (Glens Falls 2012), Parker Ray (Cooperstown 2011) and Tyler Mautner (Cooperstown 2012). Photos courtesy Corey Mansfield, Jon Rathburn, Brian Foley, Brazos Valley Bombers and Buffalo athletics

Five players from Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League squads have been named to Perfect Game USA’s 2013 Summer Collegiate All-America Team. PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Eann Cox (Black Hawk) of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and first team All-PGCBL second baseman Josh Gardiner (Radford) of the Amsterdam Mohawks were third team All-Americans.

Ross Kivett (Kansas State/Glens Falls 2012), the 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year, was a second team All-America selection at second base as a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Firebirds. Parker Ray (Texas A&M/Cooperstown 2011), was a second team All-American as a starting pitcher for the number one nationally-ranked Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League. Tyler Mautner (Buffalo/Cooperstown 2012), the 2012 PGCBL Home Run Derby champion, was a second team All-America choice at third base for Top Speed Baseball.

Over the last two years, nine players affiliated with Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League teams have been selected to the Summer Collegiate All-America Team.

The full team can be found here.

Eann Cox (Black Hawk) was the 2013 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-league starting pitcher for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. Cox led the PGCBL in strikeouts (64) and opponents’ batting average (.204) during the regular season. He tied for the league lead in victories (six) and was second among qualifying pitchers in earned run average (2.11). The Lewis University-bound hurler carved out a 6-0 record in eight starts. He threw two complete games, pitched nine innings in a single game twice and totaled 55.1 innings in nine appearances. Cox recorded three double-digit strikeout games and averaged 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings. He won his first four starts of the summer and his six total victories came against five different teams.

Josh Gardiner (Radford) was the starting second baseman for the league champion Amsterdam Mohawks. Gardiner was named first team all-league at second base. The offensive-minded middle infielder led the PGCBL in HBP (14) and he was second in runs scored (40) and third in doubles (15). He tied for third in RBI (33) and was 10th overall in batting average (.327). Gardiner played in 44 regular season games for the Mohawks; he compiled 49 hits, 26 walks, 20 extra-base hits, 15 stolen bases, four home runs, a .520 slugging percentage and a .466 on-base percentage. Defensively, Gardiner led the nationally-ranked Mohawks with 107 assists.

Ross Kivett (Kansas State/Glens Falls 2012) was the starting second baseman for the Orleans Cardinals. Orleans ended the summer ranked 11th nationally by Perfect Game and the Cardinals advanced to the finals of the Cape League playoffs. Kivett, a two-time PG Summer Collegiate All-American, finished third on the Cape with a .336 batting average in 34 games. He topped the Cardinals in batting average and runs scored (20) and was among the top three on the team in hits (47), doubles (10), home runs (three) and OPS (.859). The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native was named All-CCBL first team and he competed in the Cape League’s All-Star Game.

Parker Ray (Texas A&M/Cooperstown 2011)
was a starting pitcher for the national champion Brazos Valley Bombers. Ray made six starts during the regular season and went 4-0 with a 1.69 earned run average and 49 strikeouts. The 2011 PGCBL Rising Stars hurler conceded 32 hits in 48.0 innings. He ranked second in the TCL in earned run average and was seventh in strikeouts. Ray opened the league playoffs for Brazos Valley with a 14-strikeout performance in a complete game five-hit shutout against the East Texas Pump Jacks. He returned to the mound in the TCL Championship Game and struck out three of the four Victoria Generals he faced as part of a four-out save that helped clinch the league title.

Tyler Mautner (Buffalo/Cooperstown 2012)
was the starting third baseman for Top Speed Baseball, a team based out of Northern California. Mautner won the Far West League’s Triple Crown as the league’s leader in batting average (.389), home runs (eight) and RBI (33). Mautner, the FWL Player of the Year, topped the loop in six different offensive categories. Overall, he batted .390 with 90 hits, 58 runs scored, 57 RBI, 28 doubles, 27 walks and 13 home runs. He appeared in 57 games for Top Speed and set a franchise record with 231 at-bats. The Sherill, N.Y., native had 30 multi-hit and three multi-home run games.





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