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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.

Blazers Swepts by Ocean Gulls
July 21, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers lost a doubleheader by the scores of 2-0 and 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

The Blazer bats were silent with only three hits in the first game including a double by Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s).

Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) had a double in the second game for the Blazers only hit.

The Blazers fall to 15-16 on the season.

Allentown defeats Blazers
July 19, 2018

The league leading Allentown Railers defeated the Quakertown Blazers 14-4 on Thursday evening at Memorial Park.

Shayne Fontana (Lynn) hit for the cycle with four RBIs to pace the Railers.

Charles Barebo (DeSales) and Billy Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) contributed three hits also.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) had a double and triple for the Blazers.

The Blazers are now 15-14 while the Railers improve to 16-7.

Blazers sweep Trenton
July 18, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Trenton Generals by the scores of 4-1 and 8-2 on Wednesday evening in Memorial Park.

Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s) hit a two run home run in the opener and Nathan Sides (Alvernia) added two RBIs with two hits.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) did not allow an earned run over five innings for his league leading sixth victory.

In the nightcap Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) delivered a three run home run to spark the Blazers’ offense.

Chance DiFebbo (Delaware), Justin Horn (West Chester) and Nick Lafferty (Kutztown) each added two hits while CJ Kilgarriff (Jefferson) went five innings for the win.

The Blazers are now 15-13 and host the Allentown Railers on Thursday evening.

Blazers edge Allentown
July 12, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Allentown Railers 6-5 on Thursday evening at ECTB Stadium.

The Blazers scored five runs in the top of the first inning with Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) providing the big hit with a three run home run.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) added three hits and Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) chipped in with two hits for the Blazers.

Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) picked up his league leading fifth win of the season and Nolan Graber (Ursinus) notched his third save.

Charles Barebo (DeSales) hit two two run home runs for the Railers plus a triple.

The Railers remain in first place with a 15-7 record while the Blazers are 13-13 on the season.

Blazers lose slugfest to Trenton
July 10, 2018

Despite collecting twenty hits the Quakertown Blazers lost 12-10 to the Trenton Generals on Tuesday evening in Quakertown.

Nate Sides (Alvernia) had five hits while Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) and Tommy Nuneviller (East Stroudsburg) each added three hits.

Matt Hand (Lehigh), Andrew Cossetti (Saint Joseph’s), Jeff Manto (Villanova) and Kadar Namey (Saint Joseph’s) all contributed two hits.

The Blazers fall to 12-13 on the season and will be on the road until Trenton visits for 5pm doubleheader on July 18.

Blazers Sweep Ocean Gulls
July 8, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Ocean Gulls by the scores of 3-2 and 9-4 on Sunday at Quakertown.

Kadar Namey ( Saint Joseph’s) provided the offense in the opener with a three run home run.

Scott McKenna ( West Chester) allowed one run over six innings to pick up the win.

Namey threw out the tying run from left field in the top of the seventh also.

A five run rally in the fifth inning sparked the 9-4 win. Namar started the rally with a solo shot to left center. Ben Werkheiser (Delaware) added a three run double.

Werkheiser and Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) each added two hits as C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) picked up the win.

The Blazers are now 12-12 with five players, Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova), Matt Svanson (Lehigh), Nate Sides (Alvernia), Justin Horn (West Chester) and Andrew Cossetti (LaSalle High, Saint Joseph’s) representing the Blazers in the NYCBL vs. ACBL All-Star game in Syracuse on Monday night.

Blazers Take a Pair From Pilots
July 7, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Pilots by the scores of 3-2 and 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in Quakertown.

In the first game the Blazers overcame a 2-1 deficit with a two run rally in the sixth inning. Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) led off the inning with a solo shot down the leftfield line. Jeff Manto (Villanova) knocked in the go ahead run with a double scoring Tommy Nuneviller (East Stroudsburg).

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) went the distance for the win in the second game. Nate Sides (Alvernia) had three RBIs in the second game to go along with two hits. Justin Horn (West Chester) chipped in with two hits.

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

Allentown defeats the Blazers
July 4, 2018

The Allentown Railers defeated the Quakertown Blazers 5-2 on Community Day in Quakertown in front of approximately 500 fans. The Railers are now in first place with a 13-4 record.

C.J. Kilgarriff (Jefferson) pitched hitless and scoreless baseball for four innings to get the Blazers off to a good start. Allentown scored a single run in the fifth and two in the seventh and eighth innings.

Andrew Cossetti (LaSalle High, Saint Joseph's) and Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) both had two hits for the Blazers including one double each. Cossetti added two RBIs.

The Blazers will be home on Saturday for a 1pm doubleheader with the Pilots.

This will be a 35th reunion event for the Blazers and many former players are expected to return for the event.

Blazers to mark 35th anniversary on Saturday
July 1, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers will celebrate 35 years of college summer baseball on Saturday July 7 when they host the Jersey Pilots in a 1pm doubleheader. Former players are invited to attend and former Blazer manager Denny Robison will be present.

Robison managed the Blazers for 25 years and tops the ACBL managers with 601 career wins. Over 160 former Blazers have entered pro ball with twelve making it to the major leagues.

Lou Trivino is the most recent former Blazer to make the big leagues and off to a good start with the Oakland A’s. Trivino has a 6-1 record with nine holds and three saves. His ERA is 1.56 with a WHIP of 0.95 in 29 appearances.

Click this link to read the full article written by Keith Groller of the Morning Call.


Pilots Sweep Blazers
July 1, 2018

The Jersey Pilots swept the Quakertown Blazers by the scores of 10-2 and 5-4 on a hot afternoon at Drew University on Sunday.

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) took the loss in the first game while Ben Werkheiser (Delaware) posted two hits for the Blazers. Chance DiFebbo (Delaware) had two hits for the Blazers in the second game.

The Blazers return home on the Fourth of July when they host the league leading Allentown Railers in a 1pm game as part of Community Day.

Manto propels Blazers to split with North Jersey
June 30, 2018

Jeff Manto (Villanova) hit two home runs, one a grand slam plus a double in the second game and posted 6 RBIs as the Blazers won 12-1 over the North Jersey Eagles at FDU-Teaneck on Saturday.

Matt Hand (Lehigh) added four hits also and Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) picked up his league leading fourth win against no losses.

The Eagles edged the Blazers 5-4 in the opener as Nathan Sides (Alvernia) went three-for-four with a double and triple.

On Sunday The Blazers travel to Jersey for a 1pm DH with the Pilots at Drew University.

Blazers defeat the Allentown Railers
June 26, 2018

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the league leading Allentown Railers 9-5 on Tuesday evening at ECTB stadium.

Scott McKenna (West Chester) tossed five scoreless innings for the win.

Quinn McKenna (Lehigh) and Justin Horn (West Chester) each posted three RBIs. McKenna hit a three run home run in the seventh inning while Horn had a two RBI single and sacrifice fly. Nathan Sides (Alvernia) added a double and triple for the Blazers.

Thylar Summarell (Lackawanna) hit a three run home run for the Railers.

The Blazers are now 7-8 while the Railers are on top of the ACBL with a 8-4 record.

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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07/18Trenton W 8-27:00 PM
07/19Allentown L 14-47:00 PM
07/21@Ocean L 2-011:30 AM
07/21@Ocean L 2-11:30 PM
07/22 @ Trenton (PPD)2:00 PM
07/22 @ Trenton (PPD)4:00 PM
07/24 @ Allentown (PPD)7:00 PM
07/27 @ Jersey (PPD)3:00 PM
07/27 @ Jersey (PPD)5:00 PM
07/29North Jersey L 8-41:00 PM
07/29North Jersey L 5-43:00 PM
07/30@Trenton W 5-35:00 PM
07/30@Trenton L 1-07:00 PM
08/05@Allentown W 5-23:00 PM
08/05Allentown W 6-45:30 PM
08/06@Jersey W 7-22:00 PM
08/06Jersey W 6-25:00 PM