PULGADOS BIG DAY NOT ENOUGH AS EXPLORERS LOSE 3RD STRAIGHT

RINCON, PR –  The New Hampshire Wild have defeated the Aguada Explorers for the 3rd straight game handing the Explorers their 3rd loss of the season.

While Explorers lead for most of the game, the Wild never quit and rallied  back to take a one run lead late in the game and the victory. New Hampshire starter Logan Maxwell pitched 5 innings striking out 6  but also struggled with control as he walked a team high 8 batters. Explorers two-way player Robert Brown surprised on the mound  going 5.2 innings  while striking out 4 and only giving up 3 earned runs.

It was a great day offensively for Wild second baseman Steven Figueroa who had another multi-hit game with 3 adding 2 RBI’s. Cody Den Beste continues his hitting off the Explorers with 2 hits of his own joining teammate Augustus Constantino who also had two hits and 2 RBI’s.

Bronson Pulgados had a day of his own for the Explorers exploding for 3 hits and 2 RBI’s  while Quintin Alexander had 2 hits including a triple to the right field line and 2 runs scored.

The teams will face off for the 4th game of the series tomorrow at 1:00pm ET in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

 

EXPLORERS LOSE ANOTHER TO THE WILD

RINCON, PR – The New Hampshire Wild have defeated the Explorers for the second time in a row this season.

Wild had 8 hits to the Explorers 4. Sammy Carter for the Explorers continues to hit well adding a  hit to his hits count for the second game in a row.  Steven Figueroa and Ricardo Sanjurjo both had a pair of hits for the Wild.

“We aren’t hitting and we aren’t picking up our pitchers. Its unacceptable and we have to do better.” -1B Sammy Carter

Cody Den Beste scored a pair of runs and has made an immediate impact on the Wilds Lineup meanwhile Ricky Rivera scored the only run for the Explorers

Mitchell Hillert, who has been added to the Irish National Team roster had a perfect game going for the Wild until an error followed by a single in the 6th inning broke up the perfect game and no-hitter. Hillert went 8 innings and struck out 4 batters while only giving up  2 hits.

The Explorers have some figuring out to do as they have not been able to do much defensively. Scott Hall went 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs and striking out 6 batters.

The Wild improve their record to (2-0) while the Explorers drop to (0-2).

EXPLORERS DOWNED BY WILD ON OPENING DAY

RINCON, PR –  Opening day was one to remember as the New Hampshire Wild defeated the Explorers by a score of 5 to 2.

The New Hampshire Wild took an early 2-0 lead  in the top of the 2nd innings  when rookie outfielder Cody Den Beste singled, stole third base after a Sean Washington hit and scored  on a sacrifice fly by Mark Shkrelja . Sean Washington scored on an error by  Explorers shortstop.

The Wild would tack on two more runs in the top of the 4th inning when Cody Den Beste doubled to the right center gap, stole second base and third base and was driven  in by Augustus Constantino’s 2 out triple.  Constantino would then score on a clutch double by Wild Catcher Ricardo Sanjurjo to the right field line.

Josh Lavender would score in the 5th on a passed ball after a smoked double to the right center gap and a stolen base.

Alex Dockery would score for the Explorers in the bottom of the 4th inning  after a lead off walk and a stolen base led to a first and third situation in which a stolen base throw to second scored Dockery from third.

The Explorers would then go on to add one more run  in the 7th after a lead off single by Robert Brown who scored on a sac fly by  lead off hitter Ryan Rivera.

Wild starter Matt Vogel was phenomenal through 6 innings and would earn his first victory of the season allowing just one run on 2 hits and striking out 13 Explorers.

Matthew Cassinelli earned the save for the Wild handing Explorers starter Mike Melendez his first loss of the season.

The Explorers are back in action at 4pm. Catch the action Live by clicking the Live Games link located on the website sidebar.

EXPLORERS TO BE CONTENDERS IN 2018

GEORGETOWN, DE – First year manager Joey Molina showed no signs of being a rookie manager. He is not stranger to coaching, but noticing talent is a skill that he clearly has after a successful spring training camp draft.

The Explorers drafted very strong arms in the early rounds including two of the hardest throwing pitchers at camp and also left handers.

Molina selected three very good catchers to receive their staff and have tremendous talent all around as a team.

“I’m so pumped about these guys i selected. They have good attitudes and great skills and I’m just ready and excited to get going.” – Manager Joey Molina

The Explorers will travel to Puerto Rico to open up the season and will look to bounce back in 2018 as they were the last place team a year ago.

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FORMER SULLIVAN EXPLORERS SS SIGNS WITH THE NEW YORK YANKEES

TAMPA, FL – Nate Coronado, who played for the entire season  for the 2016 Empire League Champions Sullivan Explorers, has officially signed with the New York Yankees.

Nate, one of the top prospects of the Empire League in 2016, played shortstop, third base  for the Explorers.  He led the team with a .381 batting average  in 126 At Bats  hitting 4 home runs  while driving in 27 runs and scoring 35 times.  He also led the team in stolen bases with 13.

Coronado went on to sign with the Colorado Rockies for the 2017 season after the 2016 Empire League season in which he was sent to the Rookie ball level in the Pioneer League team  called Grand Junction Rockies.  In the only 20 At Bats he had during his time with the Rockies he had 9 total hits, 3 of them Home Runs, which is  1 home run every 6.67 at bats,  .450 batting average,  1 triple and 7 RBI’s and stolen base. Numbers that are beyond Rookie level. Well, Coronado was released after putting up those numbers.

Coronado went on to finish 2017 with a .333 batting average in the highest level of independent baseball (Atlantic League). In 60 games, he had 69 Hits  in 205 At bats,  13 doubles, 2 triples and 6 Home Runs with the Landcaster Barnstormers. He had 38 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases.

Coronado had proved once again he is a top prospect in minor league baseball and the New York Yankees signed Coronado for the 2018 season.

“I hated having to play the Explorers that in 2016, they had some great hitters and having to face a guy like Coronado was tough. He’s an above average athlete and baseball player with incredible mechanics and i hope the Yankees keep him for a long time” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Nate will report to Tampa, Florida where the New York Yankees spring training  complex  is located as he awaits assignment to a team.

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2017 BATTING CHAMP ASSIGNED TO EXPLORERS AFTER CALI CAMP

COMMERCE, CA – The Empire League batting champ from 2017 has signed in the California Tryout Camp today and has been assigned to the Sullivan Explorers where he will look to repeat as batting champ in 2018.

Carter hit .354 batting average in 176 Plate Appearances last season with 2 Home Runs and 25 Runs Batted In. Carter transitioned from 3rd Base to Outfield and will look to become more valuable by adding first base to his defense.

“This guy crushes balls. In the 3 rounds he got today he must have hit 10 or 12 balls 375ft or longer. There was a reason he was the batting champ last year and I’m interested to see if he can repeat this year. Hopefully we can help him advance this time around.” Vp of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Carter will join the team where first year manager Joey Molina has been named the teams new coach.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, visit empireproleague.com, click the tryouts link and apply for acceptance to our spring Training Tryout camp before camp spots are filled. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL ST Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.

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JOEY MOLINA NAMED MANAGER OF THE SULLIVAN EXPLORERS

TAMPA, FL – The Empire Professional Baseball League have officially named Joey Molina, out of California, the new manager of the Sullivan Explorers.

Molina, who currently serves as an instructor and coach at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California, was among the top candidates for a field manager position out of over 100 applicants.

Joey has the perfect mentality that we look for. He has tremendous knowledge of the game as well as judgement of players and he is devoted to helping players advance in their careers which is what the Empire League is about. He has trained many talented ball players including one of our latest signings to the Kansas City Royals in Tarik El-Abour, and we couldn’t be happier to have Joey on board.” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Molina will serve as the new Field Manager for the Sullivan Explorers and will be entering his first year as a Field Manager in professional baseball.

He will be looking to fill his entire roster at this years Spring Training Tryout Camp in Delaware where all team rosters of the 2018 EPBL Season will be filled and over 120 contracts offered. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps.

For interested players, visit the tryout links to be accepted into the upcoming Spring Training Camp in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018.

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LHP JAMES MULRY SIGNS WITH SCHAUMBERG BOOMERS OF THE FRONTIER LEAGUE

SULLIVAN, NY – James Mulry, who signed late in the season with the Sullivan Explorers signs with the 2017 Champions Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League.

Mulry appeared in just 6 games for the Explorers and although his numbers didn’t show it, Mulry was a very effective big left handed pitcher.

“James is 6’3″ 235 lbs of an athlete. Hes got a great appearance and can throw the ball pretty hard. What manager in the world wouldn’t want that? He wasn’t here long enough to do much but what he showed was very impressive and we hope that he shows that in the Frontier League to help lead Schaumburg to another Championship” – VP Jerry Gonzalez

The 24 year old struck out 11 batters in 8 innings of work and 7 of them looking. Mulry will join many other Empire League players who will continue on with their careers in the Frontier League this coming season.

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2018 EARLY CAMP REGISTRATION LAST CALL

TAMPA, FL – The Empire League spring training where all team rosters are filled are making its last call for  Early Registration.  To be accepted Click Here or visit the 2018 Tryouts Link and fill out player acceptance form located at empireproleague.com
We are officially in the final stretch of the sponsored early registration period. This is the chance players have had to attend the week long camp at a discounted rate thanks to our sponsors.
On January 15th this period will come to an end. We encourage all players accepted to reserve their camp entry with their Registration or housing deposit. After January 15th the camp entry cost will go back up to its original prices and this is the only way to save several hundred dollars for this great event. Fill out the Players Acceptance form and you will be contacted by VP of Baseball and League Director Jerry Gonzalez to finalize the process. This is a first come first gets opportunity until event is filled. With the high demand from players wanting to get in registration will remain open, but discounted price ends January 15th.
Fill out Player acceptance form, and if accepted a simple 50% deposit will get you in.
For more, email us at baseball@empireproleague.com
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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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