Month: June 2017


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Sullivan Explorers took the field  a day after manager Jim Hayes was hospitalized and the Explorers played their hearts off although the team lost to the Surge after game was called due to rain.

Eric Mozeika took the mound for the Surge against Sullivan’s Ricardo Espinoza. Mozeika got an early 3-0 lead to work with  as  Jordan Matos,  James Simpson and Edgar Lebron scored in the first 2 innings.

Espinoza would then settle down and and pitch 3 innings without allowing a base runner.  It was a rainy night in which it was tough to pitch in but Espinoza didn’t seem to be bothered by it as he only got stronger as the game went on.

In the top of the 5th inning, Robert McLam led off with a single and catcher Luis Touron belted a big fly off starter Eric Mozeika over the right center wall. The 2-Run home run was Touron’s first of the season and put the game 3-2.  With bases loaded and 2 outs and dangerous hitter Jesse Hughes up to bat, Brandon Fowler was caught trying to take home on a passed ball.  That would’ve tied the game with Jesse Hughes up to bat who singled to lead off the following inning.

In the top of the 6th the Explorers threatened with 2 outs as Mozeika exited and reliever Kevin Phelps came in to finish the inning in what would be the final of the game as the game was called due to weather.

The game, although only going 6 innings, was  considered a full game as the rules state that a game must go a minimum of 5 innings to be considered no longer postponed yet, final.

The Surge would take the victory and improve their record to  (4-2) while the Explorers fall to (1-5).

Tomorrows game is scheduled for 6:30pm.

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Jim Hayes, Manager of the Sullivan Explorers, was carted off the field yesterday as he suffered a cardiac arrest prior to the Explorers versus Surge game.

Jim suffered a cardiac arrest in the dugout yesterday at 6:04pm prior to the start of the game. He was given immediate CPR by assistant coach John Kazarian in which doctors say  may have saved his life.

Although he didn’t show it, Jim was very sick prior to coming to the season so it was just a matter of time before it happened. He is under the care of one of the best hospitals in the United States that specializes in cardiac arrest in Maine Medical in Portland.

He is currently sedated and under several procedures. He had 2 stints put in his heart to unblock an artery that was 100% blocked. He is very sick but alive and the Empire League, players, coaches and family members have been praying throughout all of this and ask that fans would also keep Jim in their prayers.

A procedure to check for brain activity was successful as Jim had full brain activity. The Doctors have stated that a cooling of the body procedure is the next step before waking him up to continue to heal Jim.

“I’m so very thankful for what John Kazarian did, for the players who care and love Jim, for the support of families friends and players league wide. Jim was sick and didn’t show it. If it were to happen anywhere else he wouldn’t be here with us today. But God had it planned to get Jim healthier and there is no doubt in my mind that prayers kept Jim here with us. We will update everyone on his conditions as soon as we get updated, I was able to see him late last night and prayed over him with Surge Manager Pascual Santiago and we are confident that Gods plan will bring Jim back to us fully recovered.” – VP of Baseball Operations Jerry Gonzalez


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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Surge top Explorers in series opener by a score of 10-8.

Old Orchard Beach Surge went down quickly in the first inning as the Explorers put up 3 runs on great hitting led by Jesse Hughes who had a long single off the wall to drive in 2 runs.

The Surge would come back in the second inning with 3 runs of their own.

Tony Bakeris homered with a runner on base in the 5th inning to put the Surge on top 5-3

Kevin Putkonen followed the next inning with his 1st homer of the season to put the Surge up 8-3.

Sullivan wouldn’t go away though as they put up 3 runs off reliever Luis Velasquez. Velasquez was able to get out of the inning with no further damage by striking out red hot Explorers hitter Jesse Hughes with runners in the corners.

After a triple by Edgar Lebron who scored with a sac fly, Mike Davis hit a screamer to left in the bottom of the 7th but a great play by Cole Easley turned it into a sac fly to score Gevon Jackson to put the game 10-6.

Spencer Prusack gave up a home run to Samuel Carter to start the 8th but bounced back with 2 strikeouts and get out of the inning.

Joe Macks started for the Explorers and pitched 5.0 innings and got the loss.

Casey Cannon, although struggled in the first, bounced back to pitch 6.0 innings and get the win.

Next game is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30pm at The Ballpark in OOB.


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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PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Drue Bravo has been moved to The York Revolution of the Atlantic League after his outstanding  complete game shutout on his Empire League Debut.

Drue Bravo demonstrated that he is ready to be stepped up.  He spoiled the RedBirds franchise opener by going the distance while not allowing a single run.  He will now step up to the highest level of independent baseball in the Atlantic League where he will be facing players of Major League experience.

“With  only one complete day of Empire League action, i felt that Drue showed he is ready for Elite action and the call was made” – Eddie Gonzalez

Bravo will report tomorrow to join the Revolution for their next matchup and will serve as one of the teams starters.


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PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Two of the top pitchers in the league faced off today in Plattsburgh during the home opener and debut of the newest franchise of the Empire League and the defending Champions spoiled the RedBirds debut.

Drue Bravo, one of the top pitchers in the league and ace of the Explorers , pitched a complete game shutout to spoil the RedBirds opener allowing just 5 hits. Dimitri Nunez was not far behind as he went 7 innings and continues his streak of 1 run loss games. Nunez set an Empire League record as he was unlucky to lose 7 one run  games and that continued today as the Redbirds lost 1-0.

An amazing opener for the newest franchise of the Empire League  although the RedBirds came short. It was also a historical day as first year manager Jim Hayes has earned his first victory in his professional career.

This historical night will go down as one of the most historical opening days in Empire League history.

The RedBirds take the field tomorrow for game 2 of the season and will also play the postponed game following game 2. Tomorrows start time is 1pm and game two will begin at 330pm as this will be two 7 inning games.

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GEORGETOWN, DE – Explorers come back to beat Puerto Rico 5-3 in what was a back and forth battle.


Explorers went down to the Islanders early with a single to center scored 2 runs. Explorers battled back to tie the game and eventually take the lead with a 2-RBI single by Luc Pomales.


“It was fun watching those guys today. Regardless of the win, guys are showing who deserves to be here.”-Jim Hayes

The Explorers have their final game tomorrow versus the Old Orchard Beach Surge.


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GEORGETOWN, DE – Explorers lose a close game one of camp with a 2-1 score against the Plattsburgh RedBirds.


Explorers drew first blood with a Home Run by Centerfielder Cole Easley but it wasn’t enough as that was the only offense the Explorers provided.


A fee mistakes and some clutch hitting by the RedBirds gave the Explorers their first loss of camp.


“I thought we played well. I wanted to see some guys do some things and I saw what I wanted to see. Winning or losing in Camp is irrelevant. Building the team is what I care about.” – Jim Hayes

The Explorers take on the Islanders tomorrow for game two of camp.


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GEORGETOWN, DE – Sullivan Explorers selected 3B Luc Pomales as their first pick in this years draft.


Pomales, who played in the Empire League last season, was a high pick this year for the Explorers. Last years champions looking to repeat will have a strong bat in Pomales.


Pomales was recently with the Liga Norte Mexican League and also competed in the Colombian professional baseball league. He looks to take over the Explorers and being back another Empire League Championship.


“The guy is a stud, balls find his barrell! He’s a no doubt first round pick for me. ” Jim Hayes

The Explorers will have a chance to see their guys tomorrow for first team practice.


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