2017 Blazers News

Allentown Defeats Quakertown 9-4
June 22, 2017

The Allentown Railers defeated the Quakertown Blazers 9-4 on Thursday evening.

Jared Melone (West Chester) had three RBIs for the Railers including a two tun triple. Kardar Namey (Saint Joseph's) had two hits for the Blazers including a solo home run. Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) added two hits for the Blazers.

The Railers top the ACBL with an 8-3 record while the Blazers fall to 5-7.

Blazers top Railers 4-1
June 20, 2017

JohnPaul Bell (Bucknell) hit a two run home run and a RBI single to provide the offense as the Quakertown Blazers defeated the league leading Allentown Railers 4-1.

Jordan DiValerio (Saint Joseph's) picked up the win while Ross Mintzer (Rowan-Gloucester) posted the save.

Jared Melone (West Chester) provided the lone RBI for the Railers with a single to rightfield.

The Railers are 6-2 while the Blazers are now 5-6.

Allentown defeats the Blazers 7-5
June 16, 2017

Corey Webb (West Chester) hit a three run double in the bottom of the 6th to give the Railers a 6-5 lead and Jared Melone (West Chester) doubled in Webb with the seventh run.

Tyler Guidos ( Mansfied) closed out for the save.

JohnPaul Bell (Bucknell), Ryan Malloy (Lehigh) and Dino Cattai (Chesnut Hill) each had two hits for the Blazers.

The Railers top the ACBL with a 6-1 record while the Blazers fall to 4-6.

Lopez drafted in 13th round by the Indians
June 14, 2017
Angel Lopez drafted by Cleveland, 13th Round
Catcher Angel Lopez (Northampton CC, Quakertown Blazers, 2016, Allentown Railers, 2017) was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Lopez was an ACBL All-Star for the Blazers in 2016 and played briefly for the Railers before the draft.

At Northampton this spring he hit .411 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI as the Spartans advanced to the NJCAA Division III World Series. For two years in a row he was the EPAC Player of the Year and a First Team All Region selection.

Allentown defeats Blazers 7-1
June 13, 2017

The league leading Allentown Railers defeated the Quakertown Blazers 7-1 on Tuesday evening behind eight scoreless innings of pitching from Chad Cooperman (Bloomsburg).

Chris Rebar (Kings) topped the Railers with a three run home run while Jared Melone (West Chester) chipped in with two RBIs.

The Railers now have a 5-1 record while the Blazers drop to 4-5.

Quakertown splits DH with Jersey
June 11, 2017

The Quakertown Blazers won the first game 14-8 as Nathan Sides (Alvernia) and Tom Nuneviller (East Stroudsburg) each posted three RBIs. Sides, Nuneviler and Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph's) each had two hits in the opener.

The Blazers lost the second game 9-4. Ryan Malloy (Lehigh) hit a three run home run in the sixth inning and had four RBIs in the nightcap.

The Blazers are now 4-4 while Jersey has a 1-5 record.

Quakertown Blazers sweep the Jersey Pilots
June 10, 2017

The Quakertown Blazers came from behind to win both games of a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Saturday.

The Blazers posted four runs in the sixth inning of the first game to win 7-3. Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph's) had two doubles and Tom Derer (NJIT) posted a double and single to spark the offense.

Mark Anderson (Lafayette) pitched six innings for the win.

The Blazers then put up five runs in the eighth inning of the second game and won 8-7. JohnPaul Bell (Bucknell) and Ryan Malloy (Lehigh) had two run doubles in the big inning and Bell had three hits and three RBI in the nightcap.

The Blazers improve to 3-3 on the season while the Pilots drop to 0-4.

Curry, Cirillo and Sides named D-3 All-Americans
May 28, 2017

RHP Matt Curry (TCNJ, Trenton Generals, 2017), RHP Joe Cirillo (TCNJ, North Jersey Eagles, 2016-17) and Shortstop Nate Sides (Alvernia, Quakertown Blazers, 2017) were named to the ABCA/Rawlings D-3 All-American teams. Curry was a First Team selection while Cirillo and Sides were on the Second Team.

Curry posted a 9-0 record without starting a single game and notched seven saves to go along with a 0.82 ERA. Cirillo posted a 5-1 record in 85 innings. His 1.48 ERA ranked 11th nationally and his 0.97 WHIP was 32nd best in D-3. Sides topped D-3 nationally with 84 hits and his .433 average placed him 20th best in D-3.

ACBL Players Gather Patriot League Honors
May 20, 2017

OF Brett Smith (Bucknell, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) was selected as Defensive Player of the Year and named to the First Team of the Patriot League All Conference Team.

1B Anthony Critelli (Holy Cross, Jersey Pilots, 2014), OF Jacen Nalesnik (Lehigh, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) and DH Connor Donovan (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2014) join Smith on the first team.

Donovan also landed a spot on the second team as a starting pitcher along with RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), 1B David Young (Lehigh, Jersey Pilots,2015; South Jersey Giants, 2016) and 2B Steven Cohen (Lafayette, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015).

Rothmund and Beinlich among home run leaders
April 30, 2017

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield Athletics
Nick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics

Michael Rothmund Photo Courtesy of Univ. of Illinois-Springfield AthleticsNick Beinlich Photo Courtesy of Belmont Abbey Athletics Michael Rothmund (Illinois-Springfield, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) and Nick Beinlich (Belmont Abbey, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2014) have both hit 20 home runs and are tied for second in the NCAA Division II statistics.

Rothmund, a 6-6 junior first baseman, is also ranked second in slugging percentage with an .839 percentage. He is hitting .369 with 55 RBIs as the Prairie Stars top the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division and rank 10th in the Midwest Region.

Beinlich, a speedy RS-junior outfielder, leads off for Belmont Abbey and has a .387 average with 29 stolen bases. He is in the elite 20-20 club with 20 home runs and 29 stolen bases. The Easton Pa. native was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and his walk off 11th inning home run gave Belmont Abbey a win in the first round of conference playoffs. Beinlich went three-for-five on Saturday and the Crusaders advance to the Conference Championship game on Sunday.

Welhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory
February 18, 2017

Robbie Welhaf Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie PhotographyWelhaf Tosses No-Hitter in Elon Victory, Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie Photography

Robbie Welhaf (Elon, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) put up an outstanding performance to start the 2017 season. The 2016 ACBL All-Star only faced 28 batters as he no hit Longwood in a 7-0 win for the Phoenix. In nine innings he struck out eight with one walk and a hit batter. The senior RHP threw 100 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Another former ACBL All-Star, Karl Blum (Duke, Trenton Generals, 2015-16), also had an outstanding 2017 debut as the Blue Devils lost to #8 Oregon State 6-3 on Friday. The 6-5, 230 lb. senior allowed only an infield single in four scoreless innings of relief.

Bob Barnett receives academic honors
January 28, 2017
Bob Barnett receives academic honors
Photo Courtesy of Widener University Athletics

The Blazers are proud to announce that Bob Barnett (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2016) has been named Baseball Player of the Year on the Philadelphia Inquirer 2015-16 Academic All-Area team.

The speedy centerfielder was an ACBL All-Star in 2016. Barnett is a senior at Widener University majoring in engineering.

Outfielder Greg McDonough (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named to the Academic All-Area team as a senior majoring in finance.

Mayza invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
January 24, 2017
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) invited to Toronto Blue Jays spring training
LHP Tim Mayza has been assigned to the Toronto Blue Jays major league training site as non-roster invitee. Mayza posted a 2-0 record with four saves and a 1.66 ERA at Dunedin (Toronto, High A) and followed this with a successful season the the Arizona Fall League where his fastball topped out at 97 MPH. Mayza is one of four former PSAC and Blazer players who excelled in the minors last season.

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers) had a 2.45 ERA with a save at Midland (Oakland A's, AA) after being promoted from Stockton.

Infielder Dylan Tice (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers) moved up three levels and finished at West Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals, High A) with a .288 average.

RHP Jim McDade (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) posted a 5-1 record with a 1.59 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in the Arizona Rookie League for the San Diego Padres.

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins
January 13, 2017

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Vogelsong, 39, has 12 seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Pirates and this will be his first entry in the American League as he contends for a spot in the starting rotation. Vogey was an All-Star in 2011 and won World Series titles with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.

Former ACBL players Zac Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead Tomcats) will join Vogelsong at the Twins Major League Spring Training camp in Fort Myers.

Granite, a speedy centerfielder, was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year after putting up big numbers at AA Chattanooga which included 55 stolen bases.

Slegers, a 6-10 RHP, went 10-7 at Chattanooga with a 3.41 ERA in 145 innings.

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06/27Allentown7:00 PM
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