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Trivino, Fillmyer and Mayza Impress as Rookies
October 8, 2018

Left to Right, Lou Trivino, Heath Fillmyer and Tim Mayza

Lou Trivino, Heath Fillmyer and Tim Mayza Photos Courtesy of MLB.com

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) and Heath Fillmyer (Mercer CC, Trenton Generals) started their big league careers with good first seasons.

The 6-5 RHP Trivino pitched for the Oakland A’s in the AL Wild Card game and limited the New York Yankees to an infield hit and walk over three innings. He appeared in 69 games for the A’s during the regular season and posted an 8-3 record with four saves and 23 holds. He struck out 82 in 74 innings with a 2.92 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

RHP Fillmyer joined the Kansas City Royals rotation after being recalled from Omaha in mid June. He posted a 4-2 record in thirteen starts with a 4.26 ERA in 82 innings.

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers), a teammate of Trivino on the 2011 Blazers, was in his second year with the Toronto Blue Jays with rookie status and was not charged with an earned run in his last 17 appearances, mostly as a left-handed relief specialist. Mayza had a 2-0 record with a 3.28 ERA in 35.2 innings.

Blazers win ACBL championship
August 6, 2018

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship

The #4 seed Quakertown Blazers swept back-to-back road doubleheaders in the past two days to claim the 2018 ACBL championship.

On Monday the Blazers defeated the Jersey Pilots by the scores of 7-2 and 6-2 to win their first championship since 2005.

C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) allowed only two runs over seven innings to gain the win in the opener.

Nathan Sides (Alvernia) and Justin Horn (West Chester) each posted three hits. Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s), Matt Hand (Lehigh) and Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) had two RBIs apiece. Hand and Cossetti had two hits with Cossetti hitting a solo home run.

Jack Peterson (Rider) hit a two run home run for the Pilots.

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) tossed six shutout innings for the win in the second game.

Josh Kim (Villanova) and Sides each had two hits and Colin Hartey (Lafayette) chipped in with a two run single.

Sides was outstanding in the playoffs. He went 8 for 17 for a .471 average with three doubles and a triple plus played outstanding defense.

Quakertown Blazers capture 2018 ACBL championship


2011: Lightning Struck Twice for the Quakertown Blazers
August 6, 2018

By Don Leypoldt | Printed in the August 9th Bucks County Herald

Tim Mayza Photo Courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays Organization
Lou Trivino Photo Courtesy of Oakland Athletics Organization

All roads to the Major Leagues are arduous. Tim Mayza's and Lou Trivino's roads are no different.

But the strikingly similar roads of the local Big Leaguers frequently intersected. Trivino's Pennridge team beat Mayza's Perkiomen post to win the 2010 Bux-Mont Legion title, en route to Post 255's advancement to Nationals.

"Obviously Lou had a special arm that has continued to progress," Mayza noted. "It seems like his velocity has taken off since college. What stuck out was the power stuff. He always had a hard breaking ball and a hard fastball. You could see that he had the stuff to do it, and he definitely had the work ethic as well."

Three years later, Mayza's shutout enabled Millersville to top Slippery Rock in Trivino's final collegiate start.

"Tim Mayza works as hard as anyone," Trivino stated. "He and I have a very similar story. We got drafted, we were struggling early on in our careers and then at almost the exact time, figured it out. I keep up with him and I wish him all of the best. He is a great guy."

Tim Mayza, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Toronto Blue Jays systemIn 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays called Mayza's number just 14 players after the Oakland Athletics conscripted Upper Bucks Christian's Trivino. This April 18th, both players pitched in the Majors.

Their careers never intersected more than as teammates for the 2011 Quakertown Blazers. Trivino won Quakertown's pitching triple crown; Upper Perkiomen's Mayza fanned 22 in 24 innings.

"I remember the group of guys who were there," Mayza recollected. "I remember creating a tight knit team and any time you stick a group of guys together for months at a time, you create some sort of friendship with them."

"My game is movement and 2011 was the year I figured out how to throw a two seam fastball," Trivino added. "It was great being able to play in front of my hometown. When I was a kid, I went to a few Blazers games. You look up to those guys and think hopefully I'll be there one day. My grandfather was able to see me play a lot."

"It's a pleasure to see Lou and Tim progress to the major leagues. Only 1 out of 20 who sign pro contracts make it to the Major League level," said ACBL president and Quakertown's Tom Bonekemper. "We, the ACBL, are certainly proud of Lou and Tim. It's an unbelievably long road from the Rookie leagues to the Major Leagues with low pay, poor living conditions and a lot of travel along the way."

Lefty Mayza credits "trust and confidence" in explaining his huge leap forward during his junior year at Millersville. "I hit some bumps in the road going up to Cape Cod and pitching against some of the premier college talent in the nation," Mayza feels. "Being able to learn, and the amount of confidence that I was able to come back with, contributed to the amount of success that I had that year.

"I had a lot more trust in my pitches: my fastball, change-up and breaking ball, and it took off," Mayza added. "I started trusting the things I was doing, the work I was putting in and not putting so much pressure on myself. I let my preparation take over."

After two subpar professional seasons, Mayza broke out in 2015 at Class A Lansing, and followed it up with a 2.25 ERA in 42 games across High-A and Double-A.

"Once I started having some success," Mayza remembered, "it snowballed and I was able to gain some traction. I saw a little bump in velocity but really what changed in those two years was my breaking ball: being able to develop a good put away pitch is something that had to be done for me to have success at the next level."

Mayza debuted on August 15, 2017, throwing a shutout inning in Toronto against Tampa Bay in front of parents, coaches and his fiancée.

Toronto recalled Mayza six different times this season; he has a 4.67 ERA in 16 Big League games. Mayza currently pitches at Triple-A Buffalo but a promotion could literally happen tomorrow.

"Once you make it, you want to stay," Mayza pointed out. "I think everybody's goal once they make it is to establish themselves and be that every day Big League player."

Lou Trivino, Former Quakertown Blazer now pitches in the Oakland Athletics systemAfter debuting this April 17th, Trivino is an integral part of arguably baseball's best bullpen. The Oakland A's were 34-36 on June 15th. Through Tuesday, they were 67-46, and held the wild card lead.

Oakland has the fourth best ERA in baseball after six innings. Trivino owns a sparking 8-1 record with a 1.16 ERA.

"It all starts in the clubhouse. There is not one guy who is selfish here," Trivino noted. "We're all playing for each other. We all enjoy being around each other as well. That helps, because you want to see everyone succeed and we are succeeding.

"I'm thankful I'm having a good year but if my defense doesn't make certain plays, my ERA is through the roof," Trivino candidly admitted. "Early in my career, I did struggle. Hearing other stories from people coming from different organizations, the A's very easily could have given up on me. I'm thankful to be here and they were able to stick with me."

In just his 11th game, Trivino threw two shutout innings at Fenway Park to help beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3. The game marked the return of teammate Stephen Piscotty, who homered in his first at-bat after burying his mother, a victim of ALS.

"I couldn't imagine what it would be like," Trivino said. "It's just a tough situation and not only is he a great teammate, but he is a great, great guy. He handled it as best as anyone could. To get called upon and be able to come through in that situation, I was really very blessed."

Trivino threw 1.2 beautiful, shutout innings on July 21st, an extra inning A's win in front of the largest crowd in Oakland Coliseum history.

"You talk about playoff atmosphere?" Trivino asked. "The electricity was in the air. A bolt of adrenaline goes through you as you're pitching. It was a really awesome experience and hopefully an experience that we can have if we, Lord willing, keep winning games and make a playoff push."

Trivino still gets together with his Legion coach, Rocky Wright, each offseason. If Oakland continues to thrive, Wright and a number of area A's fans will gladly lose sleep to watch West Coast playoff games.

Blazers sweep Railers to reach championship round
August 5, 2018

The #4 seed Quakertown Blazers defeated the #1 seed Allentown Railers by the scores of 5-2 and 6-4 at ECTB Stadium on Sunday. On Monday the Blazers travel to Drew University for a 2pm doubleheader with the #3 seed Jersey Pilots who defeated North Jersey 8-7 on Sunday at Overpeck Park.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) allowed one run over seven innings for the win in the opener as C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) picked up the save. Nathan Sides (Alvernia) had two doubles with 3 RBIs to top the Blazers offense. Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s) added two hits and an RBI.

The Railers jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the second game, but the Blazers scored six unanswered runs in innings three through seven to gain a 6-4 edge.

Quinn McKenna (Lehigh) and Jeff Manto (Villanova) both hit two run home runs to set the pace. Ben Werkheiser (Delaware) contributed two hits also.

J.J. Spherley (Bloomsburg) went seven innings for the win in the nightcap while Matt Svanson (Lehigh) pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

Shayne Fontana (Lynn) and Charles Barebo (DeSales) had four and three hits respectively for the Railers in the doubleheader.

Weather Disrupts ACBL Playoffs Again
August 4, 2018

Weather Disrupts ACBL Playoffs Again
Today's first round doubleheader between the #1 Seed Allentown Railers and the #4 seed Quakertown Blazers at Memorial Park has been postponed due to wet grounds and the likelyhood of additional rain today.

The doubleheader has been moved to ECTB Stadium tomorrow at 3pm, weather permitting.

Game 3 of the #3 seed Jersey Pilots and the #2 seed North Jersey Pilots is also scheduled to be played tomorrow at Overpeck County Park beginning at 1pm. The series is tied at 1 game a piece.

Blazers clinch playoff spot with split
July 30, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Trenton Generals 5-3 behind the pitching of C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) in the first game to clinch the fourth playoff spot.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) delivered a two run single in the top of the sixth to give the Blazers a 5-3 lead and Kilgarriff benefited from a 3-6-1 double play to end the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) posted two doubles and Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s) also added two hits and threw out two base stealers.

Tatem Levins (LaSalle) had a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Trenton a 1-0 win in the nightcap.

The Blazers will travel to the top seed on Thursday for a doubleheader in the best –of-three semifinal playoffs.

North Jersey sweeps Blazers
July 29, 2018

The North Jersey Eagles took both ends of a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon by the scores of 8-4 and 5-4 in extra innings. Jacob Buser (Florida Tech) hit a grand slam home run for the Eagles in the opener while Nick Lafferty (Kutztown) and Quinn McKenna (Lehigh) hit solo home runs for the Blazers.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) and Nathan Sides (Alvernia) each posted two RBI doubles for the Blazers.

The Blazers travel to Trenton tomorrow in their quest for the final playoff spot.


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