EXPLORERS FALL JUST SHORT TO THE THUNDERBIRDS IN WILD CARD GAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Road City Explorers needed one strike to finish off the top seeded Thunderbirds before one swing of the bat changed the results and the plans for the Explorers as they have been eliminated on a walk off grand slam.

It was a well fought game between the two teams in which the Explorers took an early 4 to 0 lead which looked to be promising for the rest of the game. However the Thunderbirds answered back after a few costly mistakes cut the lead in half with a Stephen Octave 2 RBI double.

The Thunderbirds would go on to tie the ball game with a Sacrifice Fly by Stephen Octave to score Simon Palenchar who finished the game  with 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 RBI and a stolen base. Danny Muller also had a pair of hits.

Explorers starter Spencer Hereford was  stellar going 7.2 innings pitched allowing just 2 earned runs and striking out 7 Thunderbirds batters. Ricky Marinez led the way offensively for the Explorers with 3 hits and 2 runs score. Charles Steele had a pair of hits with 2 runs and Armando Valencia had a big 2 RBI single to get the Explorers ahead.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Explorers brought in their closer who walked two batters and a hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Thunderbirds. A couple of pinch hit moves brought in  Drake Sykes who   quickly fell behind 0-2  in the bottom of the ninth before belting a bases clearing walk off home run to send the Thunderbirds to the finals.

The finals will be   held in Saranac Lake, New York at Petrova Field home of the Saranac Lake Surge. Game one is scheduled for Wednesday at  12pm, Thursday at 12pm and if necessary Friday at 12pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate only.

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EXPLORERS FINISH WITH 4TH BEST RECORD HEADING INTO WILD CARD PLAYOFFS

SARANAC LAKE, NY –  The Road City Explorers finished with a sweep over the Saranac Lake Surge and pushing the Surge out of the Playoffs for good as the team came from a disappointing season to now the 2019 Empire League Playoffs.

The playoffs will consist of one elimination game followed by a best of 3 series to determine the Empire League Champion.

The Explorers will face the number 1 seed in the Wild Card Playoff single elimination game.

Playoffs begin tomorrow August 5th with the New Hampshire Wild playing the Islanders seed at 11:30am followed by the Explorers against the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds at 4:00pm at Chip Cummings Field.

Tickets for playoffs can be purchased only at the gate of the stadium an hour prior to game time.

EXPLORERS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO 4 GAMES, SITTING ON FINAL WILD CARD SPOT

PERU, NY – The Road City Explorers have put the pedal to the metal and have been exploding offensively to extend their winning streak to 4 games and sit one game ahead of the Saranac Lake Surge in the final spot of the Wild Card.

Big reason for the success of this streak has been the stellar hitting by Leobaldo Cabrera who is now tied for the league lead in Home Runs with 7 as well as the starting pitching which includes Spencer Hereford who is now in league leaders with 4 victories and 33 strikeouts.

The Explorers will have two more games versus the New York Bucks before heading to Saranac Lake to finish out the season versus the Surge who are just one game behind the Explorers in which will be the deciding series for the  final spot of the playoffs.

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5 EXPLORERS SELECTED TO ALL STAR GAME

The Empire Professional Baseball League has announced the participants for the 2019 Empire League All Star Game and Home Run Derby that will take place on July 21st in Saranac Lake, New York.

For the players list, visit the   All Star Game    link to view the finalist for the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.

In that list, 5 Explorers have been selected which include   Junior King, Leobardo Cabrera,  Ricky Marinez,  Hector Rodriguez and Spencer Hereford.

The Home Run Derby will consist of 6 players from the 6 Empire League teams each representing their team. They will compete in a Bracket round 1 in which the 3 winners will advance into the final round swing off. Each player will have 10 outs in every round to hit as many Home Runs as possible.  Kids will be allowed to chase fly balls in the outfield if registered 2 hours prior to the Home Run Derby.  Derby will begin at  1pm and will be followed by the All Star Game.

After the All Star Game, there will be a Tap Take over Annual All Star Night Celebration at Hotel Saranac honoring our veterans in which proceeds will benefit non profit charities starting at 5:30pm. Fans, family and friends are all invited Join us for a celebration  night to remember for a good cause.

Tickets for the All Star Game will be available only at the gate at the Saranac Lake Surge field.  Admission is $10 for adults and Children are free. Get there 2 hours prior to the game for batting practice, autographs, photo opportunities and to witness balls flying into Saranac Lake.

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ACE JULIO EUSEBIO HEADED TO MEXICO TIGERS TRIPLE A MINOR LEAGUE TEAM IN MEXICO

AGUADA, PR – Road City Explorers Ace Julio Eusebio is headed to Mexico. Eusebio, who has been stellar for the Road City Explorers has been sent to the  Quintana Roo Tigres  also known as the Mexico Tigers who are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

In 2 starts, Eusebio won 2 games pitching in 15 total innings. In those 15 innings he only allowed 6 hits, 2 earned run, walked only 5 batters and struck out an impressive 18.

Eusebio is now headed to a very high level of baseball in the Mexican world and the Empire League wishes him the best of luck

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EXPLORERS LEAVE PUERTO RICO EVEN AT 5

AGUADA, PR – The Road City Explorers have officially left Puerto Rico with a 5-5 record and will now head to the north country to face the newest franchise of the Empire League the Saranac Lake Surge.

The team, led by manager Joey Molina, has improved dramatically from last year and will look to continue its phenomenal play in upstate New York.

The starting rotation for the Explorers have been lights out and with a few injuries, some changes will be made to improve the roster back to its original form.

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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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