Month: July 2017


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


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.


LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – The Explorers are in second place with a  victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders by the score of 7-3.

The Explorers went down once again in the early innings with a score of 1-0 to the Islanders but were able to bounce back when Cole Easley was hit by the pitch  to drive in the tying run. The Explorers never looked back.

Christ Ross started for the Explorers and struck out 6 batters on his way to another victory. Phill Richmond came in to close it out in the 9th just before the rain came down.

Luc Pomales had a base clearing double to right center just when the Islanders were making a comeback and the score was 4-3. Pomales double turned it into a 7-3 game and despite of the Islanders scoring  1 run in the top of the 9th inning.

Ernesto Punales got the loss for the Islanders although a terrific outing only allowing 3 runs.

The Explorers look to take the series tomorrow as they face the Islanders for a double header before a day off on Sunday.

Article by Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Sullivan Explorers take two from the Surge during double header.

Chris Ross took the hill for the Explorers versus Branden Henriquez of the Surge.

Henriquez finished the game going 7 innings while striking out 8 batters.

Chris Ross was able to get out of a few jams with defensive help as well as great pitching execution.

The Game would then go into extra innings tied at 3 when the Explorers designated hitter Luis Touron singled to drive in two runs and put it away for the Explorers.

I’m Game two, LHP Joe Macks of the Explorers would face Jeff Williams of the Surge. Not a good outing for either starter as neither lasted long enough to record a decision although 12 total runs came in.

The Game seemed to be out of hand as the Explorers broke out to a 7-3 lead until Surge center fielder Gevon Jackson belted a 3-Run HR to left center to put it within 1. The Surge would tie the game later in the inning.

Explorers would take a 9-7 lead in the 4th on a double by Luc Pomales and a sac fly by Brandon Fowler.

Explorers went on to win by the score of 11-7 and sweep a series win over the Surge.

The Teams are off tomorrow and Surge will travel to Plattsburgh to take on the RedBirds and Puerto Rico Islanders will travel to Sullivan to take on the Explorers.

Article by Empire Media


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Sullivan Explorers limit Old Orchard Beach offense with stellar pitching.

Explorers starter Billy Felo was more then phenomenal as he cruised through Surge hitters allowing just 1 run through 7 innings pitched striking 8 Surge batters. Phill Rowland pitched 2 solid innings to close it out striking out 4 batters.

Explorers started things off with a base hit by Cole Easley who then stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball to center field. Brandon Young would then drive him in with a ground ball.

Former Surge player and now third baseman for the Explorers Luc Pomales would double later on in the game and scored on a passed ball.

Cole Easley once again singled in the 7th and stole second base. He then scored on a Infield single down the line in which Kevin Putkonen made a terrific diving play but couldn’t get the out.

Explorers would tack on a few run including a sack fly by Brandon Fowler, a 2-RBI single by Cole Easley and an RBI single in the eight to make it 8-1.

Dominic Severino started for the Surge and got the loss. The loss is his second of the season

Parker Franklin got the only Surge. Surge only had 3 hits including another double by Mike Davis and a single by Eric Frain.

The 10-1 victory was Interim Manager John Kazarian’s first win snapping a 5 game losing streak.

Next game is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00pm and 3:30pm at The Ballpark in OOB.