EXPLORERS END SEASON ON POSITIVE NOTE

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY  – The Sullivan Explorers  season came  to an end today with a double header sweep of the Old Orchard Beach Surge winning 13 to 5 and 2 to 1.

The Explorers did not repeat to get into the playoffs this year as  they finished in last overall after winning a championship last season. However they played a big role in how other teams finished defeating the Surge in final series.

The Sullivan Explorers would like to thank all of the fans, players, families and friends for all your support and look ahead for a great season next year.

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EXPLORERS STRUGGLES CONTINUE AS THEY LOSE 8TH STRAIGHT

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Islanders sweep yet another double header from the Explorers to win their 7th consecutive game. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history.

In Game one, the Islanders defeated the Explorers 3-1 on a great pitchers duel. Drue Bravo tossed 6 and 2/3  innings of work and got the loss but not before striking out 10 Islanders.  David Wynn earned the victory as he tossed 6 innings  striking out 5 batters  allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits.

The Islanders took the lead when Edwin Arroyo singled up the middle that scored Nick McHugh. On that same play, Kenneth Collins scored on an error by outfielder Joe Fiorino to make the game 2-0.  Joe Fiorino would pick his team back up as he doubled to score the teams only run but wasn’t enough to beat the Islanders.

In Game two, Islanders once again defeated the Explorers by the score 11-2. Kurtis Hultz earned his first ever professional victory. Edwin Arroyo led the way for the Islanders as he belted his first career professional home run while adding 2 more singles on a career night for Arroyo. Dioni Rodriguez belted his second home run of the season and Trey Hannam also homered  as he now has homered in two consecutive games. Cosme Zapata tossed three scoreless innings.

The teams will face each other one last time this season tomorrow at 3:30pm before Islanders head to Plattsburgh and Surge come to Sullivan on what will be the second half deciding series.

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EXPLORERS DROP ANOTHER TO SURGE

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Old Orchard Beach Surge starting Pitcher Eric Mozeika tossed a complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory over the Sullivan Explorers.

Mozeika was spectacular on the hill tonight going the distance against a very good hitting Sullivan Explorers. In the 9 innings, Mozeika allowed 7 hits, walked 4 batters and struck out 7 Explorers. The win is Mozeikas 3rd win of the year.

Sullivan Starter Robbie Kidd tossed 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out 6 batters.

Edwin Arroyo, Kevin Putkonen and Gevon Jackson led the way offensively for the Surge with 2 hits each including 2 doubles and 2 RBIs from Jackson and 1 RBI from both Putkonen and Arroyo. Alexander Bee has been very impressive since joining the Surge as he has hit safely in all of his starts including a 1 for 2 performance with 2 walks.

Sullivan Explorers had some opportunities to score runs but great defense from the Surge prevented that. Explorers offense was led by Brandon Young who had 2 base hits in the game.

The Surge improve their record to (7-1) while the Explorers drop to (1-6). Both teams are set to face each other in a series ending double header. Games are at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets are on sale at empireproleague.com

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FELO STELLAR, POMALES HOMERS IN 12-3 WIN

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – The Explorers get their first win of the second half against first place Surge in an excellent outing by Explorers starter Billy Felo.

 

Felo started for the Explorers and went 6 innings of work allowing just 5 hits and no runs while striking out 1 batter. Joe Macks came in relief and pitched  3 innings  finishing the game with 2 runs allowed on 2 hits.

 

Casey Cannon started for the Surge and was not himself as he allowed  only 1 earned run out of 7 that scored. That’s right, 7 total runs given up for Cannon but only 1 was earned as defense made several mistakes  scoring several runs per mistake.

 

Luc Pomales led  the game offensively with  2 hits including a big blast to left center field. Luc added a double and 3 RBIs.  Brian Wirth also a main  part of the offense as he had 4 RBIs and 2 hits.

 

Gevon Jackson had 2 of the 5 total hits the Surge had in the game. He belted a solo homer  over the left field wall as well as a double.

 

Old Orchard Beach Surge moves to (3-1) while the Sullivan Explorers improve to (1-3) for the second half.

 

Next Game is to be played tomorrow night at 6:30pm at  The Ballpark in OOB.

 

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ALL STAR GAME PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

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

ASG HOME RUN DERBY PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

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.

LUC POMALES HEATING UP AT THE PLATE, EXPLORERS WIN!

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.

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EXPLORERS WIN 3RD STRAIGHT, SWEEP DH

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.

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FELO SNAPS STREAK WITH WIN OVER SURGE

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.

TOURON HOMERS IN CLOSE LOSS TO SURGE

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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