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.

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.

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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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