2018 Blazers News

Blazers sweep Ocean in twinbill
June 24, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Ocean Gulls by the scores of 11-6 and 10-0 on Sunday at Memorial Park. Andrew Cossetti (Lasalle High, Saint Joseph’s) went three-for-four in the opener with four RBIs. Jeff Manto (Villanova) had two doubles with two RBIs. Quinn McKenna (Lehigh) and Ben Werkheiser (Delaware) each added two hits.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) tossed four scoreless innings to get the win in the second game. Justin Horn (West Chester) had three hits while Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) posted three RBIs on two hits. Jeff Manto had three RBIs including a home run. Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) and Franklin Ramirez (West Chester) each added two hits.

The Blazers are now 6-8 while the Gulls drop to 3-9.

Allentown defeats the Blazers 13-4
June 22, 2018

The league leading Allentown Railers won their seventh game in a row as they defeated the Quakertown Blazers 13-4 on Thursday evening at Memorial Park.

Charles Barebo (DeSales) paced the Railers with three hits including a double and triple.

Nathan Sides (Alvernia) posted a triple and solo home run for the Blazers while Jeff Manto (Villanova) hit a two run home run.

The Blazers host the Ocean Gulls on Sunday in a 1pm doubleheader at Memorial Park.

Trenton Tops Quakertown 3-1
June 19, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers lost 3-1 to the Trenton Generals on Tuesday evening at Memorial Park.

Peter Woltersdorf (Lehigh) picked up the win while Tatem Levins (Notre Dame HS, LaSalle) delivered a two run homer in the first inning.

Andrew Cossetti (LaSalle High, Saint Joseph’s) and Matt Hand (Lehigh) each had two hits for the Blazers.

The Blazers drop to 4-7 and host Allentown on Thursday evening.

Blazers split slugfests with North Jersey
June 17, 2018

The Blazers won the first game 8-7 and lost the second game 14-13 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.

Tom Nuneviller (East Stroudsburg) had three hits including a home run in the opener while Justin Horn (West Chester), Quinn McKenna (Lehigh) and Franklin Ramirez (West Chester) each added two hits.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) posted the win while Nolan Graber (Ursinus) notched his second save.

Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) topped the offense with three hits in the second game. Nuneviller and Horn added two hits apiece as did Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) and Jeff Manto (Villanova).

The Blazers are now 4-6 on the season and host Trenton on Tuesday evening.

North Jersey sweeps Blazers
June 16, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers lost a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at FDU-Teaneck by the scores of 3-0 and 3-2.

Colin Hartey (Lafayette) had three hits in the doubleheader for the Blazers while Andrew Cossetti (LaSalle High, Saint Joseph’s) posted a double in each game for the Blazers.

The Blazers host the North Jersey Eagles in a 1pm doubleheader at Memorial Park on Sunday. The Blazers are now 3-5 while the Eagles are 4-3 on the season.

Allentown defeats the Blazers 7-5
June 12, 2018

The Allentown Railers defeated the Quakertown Blazers 7-5 on Tuesday evening at ECTB stadium.

Josh Kim (Villanova) topped the Blazers offense with two hits including a solo home run.

Thylar Summarell (Lackawanna), CJ Lopez (Lackawanna) and Sam Freedman (Binghamton) each had two hits for the Railers.

The Blazers are now 3-3 while the Railers have a 2-2 record.

Blazers 35th Anniversary Player Reunion
June 10, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers will host a 35th Anniversary Alumni Reunion on Saturday July 7 when they host the Jersey Pilots in a 1pm doubleheader at Memorial Park.

Former players receive free admission and will be introduced to the fans before the game.

Blazer programs from the past and other items will be available.

Rain date will be Sunday July 8 when the Blazers host the Ocean Gulls at 1pm.

Blazers split with Gulls
June 9, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers won the opener behind the shutout pitching of Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova), Michael Jenkins (LaSalle) and Matt Svanson (Lehigh).

Kingsbury pitched four innings and Svanson closed out the seventh inning for his first save.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) had two hits for the Blazers.

The Ocean Gulls won the second game 4-2 with a four run rally in the fifth inning. Tom Holdorf (Seton Hall) and Brian Markoski (Saint Joseph’s) paced the Gulls with two hits apiece.

The Blazers are now 3-2 while the Gulls are 1-3.

Blazers defeat Railers
June 5, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Allentown Railers 4-1 on Tuesday evening.

Blazer pitchers struck out 17 with James Reardon (Bloomsburg) getting the win after allowing one run over five innings with nine strikeouts. Scott McKenna (West Chester), Brett Alaimo (Bloomsburg), Matt Svanson (Lehigh) and Nolan Graber (Ursinus) all pitched a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts in the inning.

Josh Kim (Villanova) paced the offense with three hits.

Blazers Split with Pilots on Opening Day
June 2, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers split their home opener DH with the Jersey Pilots on Sunday at Memorial Park.

The Blazers won the opener 3-0 behind the pitching of J.J. Spehrley (Bloomsburg) and Michael Jenkins (LaSalle) and the hitting of Nick Lafferty (Kutztown).

Spehrley allowed one hit over five innings for the win and Jenkins allowed a hit in two innings for the save. Lafferty hit a two run home run and RBI single while Nathan Sides ( Alvernia) added two hits.

The Pilots won the second game 3-2 in a rain abbreviated six inning affair.

Justin Horn (West Chester) had two hits for the Blazers.

Melone tops D-2 in hitting
May 7, 2018

Jared Melone Photo Courtesy of West Chester University AthleticsJared Melone tops D-2 in hitting, Photo Courtesy of West Chester University Athletics

Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown Blazers, 2016; Allentown Railers, 2017) is the leading hitter in NCAA Division II with a .482 average through games of May 6, 2018.

The junior 1B/LF is 79 for 164 with 15 doubles, ten home runs and 67 RBIs in 44 games. West Chester won the PSAC East and enters the PSAC Tournament on Thursday in Johnstown.

Outfielder Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley Catz, 2016) placed third in hitting with a .457 average and second in On Base Percentage with a .547 OBP.

Middle infielder Alec Craig (Chesnut Hill, South Jersey Giants 2017) topped D-2 in stolen bases per game with 47 SBs in 44 games. Michael Rothmund (Illinois-Springfield, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was second with 72 RBIS. The senior first baseman was third with 21 home runs and total bases with 154.

LHP Dan Wirchansky (Pace, North Jersey Eagles, 2016) tops NCAA Division II with a 0.71 ERA and 0.57 WHIP over 51 innings in six appearances.

Trivino's MLB debut followed by a win
April 19, 2018

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) began his MLB career with a hectic, but enjoyable 24 hours in Oakland.

Trivino learned of his promotion at a Des Moines, Iowa pizza restaurant late Monday night. On Tuesday evening he made his MLB debut with a scoreless ninth inning as the Oakland A’s defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2.

On Wednesday afternoon the A’s and White Sox were involved in a 14 inning marathon affair. Trivino tossed three scoreless innings, the 12th, 13th and 14th. Matt Olsen’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th gave the A’s a 12-11 victory and Trivino picked up his first MLB win.

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) recorded a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday evening as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 15-5.

Trivino called up by the Oakland A's
April 17, 2018

Lou Trivino Photo Courtesy of MLB.comLou Trivino get the call, Photo Courtesy of MLB.com

Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) was called up by the Oakland A’s from the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday.

The 6-5 RHP had a save in three appearances with Nashville and retired all 13 batters he faced, eight by strikeouts.

The former ACBL All-Star joins former Blazer teammate and current Toronto Blue Jay reliever Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) in the American League and will be the 109th former ACBL player to reach the Major Leagues.

In other MLB transactions RHP Kevin McCarthy (Marist, Sag Harbor, 2011) and LHP Donnie Hart (Texas State, Westhampton, 2010) were recalled to the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles respectively on April 13.

RHP Casey Lawrence (Albright, Kutztown, 2008-09) was optioned to Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on April 14. Hart was optioned back to Norfolk on April 15 after not allowing an earned run in two relief appearances for the O’s.

Blue Jays recall Mayza from Buffalo
April 11, 2018

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers) was recalled to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Mayza posted a 1.69 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in ten relief appearances in spring training.

Several former ACBL players are off to good starts in the Major Leagues.

RHP Zack Godley (Tennessee, Southampton) has allowed only one run in two starts with 2-0 record for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings.

D-Back teammate SS Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton) is hitting .321 with eight RBIs.

LHP Chris O’Grady (George Mason, North Jersey Eagles) has six relief appearances for the Miami Marlins with a 1.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.

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