STARS IN THE MAKING WILL SHINE IN OLD ORCHARD BEACH

TAMPA, FL – The  Empire League has announced the  players who will be participating in this years All Star Game in Old Orchard Beach Maine on July 16th.

The selection has been made by the Empire League based on statistics up until today.   The All Star Game festivities are set to begin at 3pm Eastern Time with the Home Run derby followed immediately by the All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will feature the most powerful hitters in the league  that will have 10 outs to advance until the 2nd round of 4 players. The 2nd round will determine who will advance to the final 2 spots in RD 3 of also 10 outs.

The All Star Game will feature the best in the league in terms of statistics .The Top team in each division will determine the manager of the teams.

The West side will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds, New Hampshire Wild and New York Bucks. The East side will be the Puerto Rico Islanders, Aguada Explorers and the hometown Old Orchard Beach Surge.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate box office.

For a complete list of the All Star Game participants, click here

 

EXPLORERS MAKE HISTORIC COMEBACK BUT FALL TO REDBIRDS

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the Aguada Explorers today in what would be  a historic game in the Empire Professional Baseball League.

The RedBirds scored 11 runs in the top of the 3rd inning   and batted around started by Nazario Cruz reaching on base by an error. A triple by  Armando Valentin, single by Anthony Wiggins, double by Michael Deeb, single by Raul Shah, single by Dale Urquhart, and  6 runs later, the RedBirds were back up to the top of the lineup. This is where history in the league was made. Armando Valentin came up to bat and hit another triple in the same inning being the only player in history to do so.  They would end up scoring 11 runs in the inning taking an 11-0 lead.

The long wait for RedBirds Ace may have gotten to him as he went from cruising through the first two innings to giving up 5 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd to a fighting Explorers team. Parker Franklin led things off with a double to left center and would score on a single by Bronson Pulgados. Tyler post would double later on in the inning and an error by the RedBirds shortstop kept the inning alive to allow the 5 runs to score.

This wouldn’t be it for the Explorers as they would tack on 4 more runs the following inning making the game 11-9 and right back in it. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the team rallied for 2 runs to tie it on a single by Marc Culmer who would drive in Ryan Rivera and Samuel Carter.

The Explorers would then take the lead in the 6th inning scoring 1 run on yet another double by Tyler Post making history in the league once again by having the biggest comeback for any team in league history.

However, the RedBirds would not go out quietly. The team fought back to take the lead that they had lost with doubles by Armando Valentin and Michael Deeb. Valentins  double made him just a home run shy of making history with the league as the only player to hit for the cycle. But a ground out in the 8th inning eliminated the chances for that to happen.

Paulino Harrington added to the RedBirds scoring late with  a monster blast to deep left center field for his first professional home run.

This game was one to remember as one of the wildest games played in the Empire League and a fantastic job by both teams to show character and fight until the end. The RedBirds  reliever Cody Pamperin earned the win while Robert Brown was credited with the loss and Damian Boyum earned the save.

Both teams will battle it out again tomorrow for the last game of the series at 930am in Rincon, PR

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MELENDEZ TOSSES COMPLETE GAME, EXPLORERS MOVE UP IN STANDINGS

AGUADA, PR – The Plattsburgh Redbirds flew into Puerto Rico and made a statement by defeating the  Explorers on game one but fell short in game two. The  Explorers have  taken the third game of the series and look to capitalize on their series lead.

Adam Falcon got the start today versus Explorers Ace Mike Melendez. Falcon went 5 Innings pitched allowing 5 earned runs while striking  out 5 batters earning the loss. Melendez went the distance going all 9 Innings pitched allowing just 2 earned runs striking out 8 batters. This is the Explorers 3rd Complete game of the season for starting pitchers and they are climbing up the standings.

Terrell Thompson, James Dockery and Cory Slater led the way offensively for the Explorers as they all had multiple hits in this one including a big 2 out double by Cory Slater in the 5th inning to give the Explorers a  gap in their lead and would finish with a total of 6 runs scored.

Although not much offense from the RedBirds, Christian Nazario Cruz and Michael Deeb led the way offensively for the Redbirds as Cruz finished with 2 hits including a double and Deeb added an RBI double himself and a run scored to get the scoring started for the RedBirds.

Adam Falcon is credited with the loss while Mike Melendez earns himself another win tossing a complete game.

The Redbirds drop to  (7-13) while the Explorers improve to (7-11). Both teams will meet again tomorrow at 9:30am for their 4th game of the series in Puerto Rico.

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SOLOMON TOSSES COMPLETE GAME FOR SECOND TEAM VICTORY IN A ROW

AGUADA, PR – The Explorers have come alive and together in the past two games to defeat the second place Islanders two games in a row.

The Explorers exploded for  16 total hits in this one to the Islanders 11 to defeat the Islanders by a large margin of 11-3. Brendan Henriquez started for the Islanders and was tagged for  10 earned runs in 6.1 innings of work taking the loss. Andre Solomon pitched a phenomenal game for the Explorers going for a complete game  allowing 4 earned runs in what was the best game the Explorers have come together to play.

Terrell Tate, James Dockery and Cory Slater all stayed hot with 3 hits a piece while Terrell Thompson had two in the day. There was a lot of hitting going on and a lot of scoring for the Explorers who in two games have outscored the Islanders.  Tate had 3 runs while Marc Culmer and James Dockery both scored 2. Dockery didn’t miss many baseballs as he had 3 doubles in this one.

Angel Garced, JJ Bissell led the offense for the Islanders as they both had 3 hits  with two of Bissells hits being doubles. The Islanders signed new catcher Henry Blanco son of former major leaguer Henry Blanco and he made an immediate impact going 2 for 4 joining teammate  Angel

Andre Solomon completed a well pitched game and will give the Explorers their 3rd win of the season and improve to (3-10) while the  Islanders take the loss and sit at (7-5).

The teams will travel to Cidra, Puerto Rico to play  a double header tomorrow morning  to decide the series. Game times are set  to 10am and 2pm.

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EXPLORERS AND ISLANDERS TOGETHER BUILDING AN EMPIRE IN THE COMMUNITY

AGUADA, PR –  The Empire League system is not all about just playing baseball. Its about building professional athletes to become the best they can be on and off the field while providing a fun, family oriented , positive   entertainment for our families in our locations.

These first couple of weeks have been outstanding in our communities as each team has visited either youth camps, hospitals, or ran clinics to inspire young children to stay in school, get involved in sports and provide a positive dream for their futures.

The Puerto Rico Islanders Manager Tony Rodriguez with players Will Ramos, Luis Contreras and Willie Concepcion, got together with the Aguada Explorers manager Joey Molina and players Kyle Robinson, James Dockery, Terrell Thompson, Samuel Carter and Ryan Rivera, to provide a clinic for youth summer camps all around the Island. So far they have successfully provided knowledge, inspiration and created dreams for one of the 8 programs set up to visit.

The Plattsburgh RedBirds  have  also had camps and clinics for kids in the Plattsburgh community and have done a fantastic job involving themselves with the youth in all aspects of life led by RedBirds leader Sandra Perry and 13 of the 20 rostered players who had a blast in the past weeks camp.

In Old Orchard Beach, our Mascot Surgio and front office staff have toured the entire city  sharing memories, taking pictures and putting smiles on children and adults faces as they have been non stop providing their own donated time to entertain and expose the leadership roles these ball players take on every single day.

These pictures show the character, love, passion for the game and involvement in the community that it takes to be a professional athlete. Here at the Empire Professional Baseball League, its not just about building a better baseball player, its about building an Empire! Building athletes into better people, involving the communities around us to create a fun, healthy, positive environment anywhere the league is around.

On behalf of the Empire League executives we thank those players, coaches, staff and communities for your hard work and support in continuing to make our homes an enjoyable and positive place for our future generation.

“This program that we have here is special. It’s not about the owners, its not about the coaches, our time has past. It’s about building an empire for these young ball players in becoming positive role models anywhere they go and inspiring the next generation to be better then us. Coming to a ball game and paying $5 at the gate doesn’t make this league rich. It helps with the expense of keeping this going. Every dollar we make goes right back to these men for everything they’re doing. With the help and support of our great communities, we can work together to make our towns better day by day. ” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Below are some pictures of our recent interaction with our Empire League Communities. We would love to support as much as possible. Any members of the community that would like to work together with us, email us at Baseball@empireproleague.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXPLORERS DEFEATED BY ISLANDERS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME

RINCON, PR –  The Islanders took game two of the series against the Explorers in what started out as a blowout ended in a tight game.

The Islanders rallied  early to take a 4 to nothing lead in the bottom of the first inning  off Explorers starter Scott Hall.

Islanders outfielder Shota Sugawara continues his display of hitting with another big two hit day.  Angel Perez pick up right where he left off last night with 2 hits of his own.  Marcus Guzman helped the offense with 2 runs batted in.

The Explorers showed signs of life coming back mid way through the game with big clutch hitting and a lot of fight. Terrell Tate led off for the team with 2 hits. Behind him also with two hits were Tyler Post who continues to produce for the team along with Cory Slater and James Dockery.  Parker Franklin has been a great run producer adding another two runs to his total.

Going into the 9th inning with a 9-6 score and the Explorers bringing the tying run to the plate, Axel Cruz closed it out for the Islanders in what was an exciting finish to the game.

Ryo Sanogawa tossed 5.1 innings to earn his second victory  of the season while Axel  Cruz earned the save for the Islanders to improve to  (7-3). Scott Hall takes the loss for the Explorers and the team falls back to (1-10) in the season.

The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 6:15pm in Rincon, Puerto Rico for game 3 of the series.

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EXPLORERS FALL TO THE ISLANDERS IN SERIES OPENER

RINCON, PR – The Puerto Rico Islanders took game one from the Aguada Explorers in tonights season opening match up in Puerto Rico.

Wendell Floranus started the game off striking out the side for the Islanders in which he would end up striking out 11 Explorers allowing 3 earned runs through 6 innings  earning the victory .

Robert Brown tossed a solid game of his own although allowing 6 runs to score  he went for 6 innings striking out 7 Islanders.

The Explorers improvements have been one to keep an eye out for later in the series, but they are still missing a few pieces to the puzzle. However, continuing to perform for the Explorers is OF Ryan Rivera who had two knocks  including a double and Terrell Thompson who had 2 singles with 2 runs batted in.

The Islanders exploded for 13 runs most coming late in the game with a total of 12 hits.  Angel Perez had a big game for the Islanders  going 4 for 5 with 5 RBIs. Shota Sugawara continues his hitting with 2 hits of his own. Joining him with 2 hits were Angel Garced and recently returning to the Islanders Juan Avila.

The Islanders improve to  (6-3) in the season while the Explorers drop to (1-9).

Both teams are set to meet again tomorrow night at 6:15pm in Rincon, Puerto Rico for game two of the series. Japanese knuckleballer Ryo Sanogawa is set to start for the Islanders. No Starter has been named for the Explorers.

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EXPLORERS LOSE FIFTH STRAIGHT, MAKE CHANGES

RINCON, PR – The New Hampshire Wild have swept the Aguada Explorers  and remain  undefeated as Explorers are now without a win in 2018.

The Explorers seemed to be on their way to victory early on as they took their first lead of 2018  in the 2nd inning but the Wild answered right back with a run of their own.

It was not until the 5th inning when the game was tied that the Wild broke it open that started with an error by Explorers third baseman Cory Slater to allow the go ahead run to score. Two more  scored on the next hitter when the ball ended in Center field after the relay throw was cutoff  on a single.

The Explorers had 7 total hits in the game  with Bronson Pulgados leading the way with 2 hits including a double. The Wild  scored 5 runs on eleven hits  in which 4 different Wild hitters had 2 hits. Figueroa, Den Beste continue their hitting streak.

Explorers Starter Andre Solomon tossed 5 great inning allowing just 2 earned runs but no defensive help. Benny Collesano earned his first win of the season after going  for 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 5 hits  and striking out 3.

Both teams will have a day off before returning to action on Tuesday afternoon.

POST, HARRINGTON, CULMER TO JOIN EXPLORERS

RINCON, PR –  The Aguada Explorers are making moves early on  and have signed Tyler Post, Paulino Harrington and Marc Culmer who  were put on the Empire Leagues reserved list after camp this year.

Culmer, ran a 6.2 60 yard dash and couldn’t quite make it past camp with the New York Bucks and will now be headed to Puerto Rico to play for the Explorers.

Joining him is speedy outfielder with a good bat Paulino Harrington who was with the Puerto Rico Islanders during camp and will now join former teammate in camp Tyler Post who will also be joining the Explorers.

Post and Harrington went back to back twice during camp and although they didn’t make it out of camp they are the first to be called.

The three players will join the team on the off day Monday and will begin playing against the New York Bucks next series.

EXPLORERS MAKING CHANGES TO IMPROVE ON SLOW START

RINCON, PR –  The New Hampshire Wild have defeated the Aguada Explorers for the 4th consecutive game to start of the 2018 regular season.

An explosive 14-4 score in which  the team exploded for 15 hits to the Explorers 6 hits.

Explorers starter Paul Geha was tagged with his first loss of the season  going 4 innings while Cristian Telemaco earned his first win of the season for the New Hampshire Wild going 7 innings  allowing just 2 runs and striking out 3.

Anthony Shkrelja led the way offensively with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Augustus Constantino , Cody Den Beste,  Sean Washington, Justin Casinelli and Josh Lavender all had a pair of hits for the Wild. Parker Franklin  led the way for the Explorers with 2 hits of his own driving in  an RBI.

The Explorers will have a to make some adjustments really soon if they’re going to be contending in 2018. Meanwhile the New Hampshire Wild will continue to keep their undefeated season alive.

The Explorers will have one more shot at the Wild tomorrow at 1:15pm in Rincon before headed to play the  New York Bucks and the New Hampshire Wild will head to play the Puerto Rico Islanders.