2019 Blazers News

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Mayza and Trivino end busy season with injuries
October 3, 2019

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Blazers, 2011) and RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Blazers,2011) both pitched in over 60 games for the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland A’s respectively. Mayza topped the Jays in appearances (68) and holds (18). He posted a 4.81 ERA in 51.1 innings with 55 strikeouts and opponents hit .230. On September 13 Mayza suffered a torn UCL and flexor tendon which required surgery including a T-J procedure.

Trivino made 61 appearances for the A’s with a 4-6 record and 5.25 ERA in 60 innings. He struck out 57 and posted 17 holds. In early September he suffered an oblique injury and was shut down for the remainder of the season.

Several other former Blazers played professional baseball this summer.

Catcher Alex Kowalzcyk (Pitt, Blazers, 2013) hit .250 with three home runs for the Texas Rangers AA affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders.

RHP Robbie Welhaff (Elon, Blazers,2016) had an outstanding season with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. He posted an 0.82 WHIP with a 2.68 ERA in 90 innings. He struck out 85 with only nine walks in 13 starts and 18 games.

Angel Lopez (Northampton CC, Blazers, 2016) saw limited playing time because of injuries with the Lake County Captains, the A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and hit .152 with one home run.

RHP Chris Kachmar (Lipscomb, Blazers, 2016,17) had a good start to his pro career as he posted a 4-0 record with a 1.56 ERA for the Eugene Emeralds, the short season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Blazers,2017) was a third round selection of the Seattle Mariners; however he underwent T-J surgery and is currently in rehab in Arizona.

In Independent baseball infielder Dylan Tice (West Chester, Blazers, 2012) hit .316 with 20 stolen bases for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.

Adam Tricarico (Canisius, Blazers, 2016) hit .315 with three home runs for Plattsburg in the Empire State League.

Dino Cattai (Chesnut Hill, Blazers, 2017) posted a 2.35 ERA in eight games for Saranac Lake in the Empire State League.

Mayza to under go T-J surgery
September 14, 2019
Tim Mayza to undergo TJ Surgery
LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) was removed from the Blue Jays game last night after injuring his arm. The diagnosis is a torn UCL and he will undergo T-J surgery.

Mayza was the key left handed reliever for the Blue Jays and made 68 appearances, 4th highest in the American League. He posted a 4.91 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 51 innings and opponent batters recorded a .230 average.

Blue Jay manager Charlie Montoyo summarized the team's feelings best when he said, "Everybody loves Timmy. He pitches, he doesn't complain. He pitches every day and he's got a smile every day."

Blazers split with North Jersey
July 22, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the North Jersey Eagles in the first game 8-3 and lost the second game 10-3.

Chris Iazzetta (Wheeling) and Bill Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) topped the Blazers offense in the opener with three hits apiece. Iazetta was a single short of hitting for the cycle with four RBIs. Luke Cantwell (West Chester) added two doubles with two RBIs.

JJ Spehrley (Bloomsburg) posted the win while James Reardon (Bloomsburg ) picked up the save.

The Blazers are now 15-15-1 and visit Allentown on Monday and Trenton on Wednesday and return to Memorial Park on Thursday for 5:30pm DH with the Jersey Pilots.

Blazers to play at DeSales University
July 10, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers will make up the rained out doubleheader of July 6 with the Jersey Pilots on Wednesday July 17 at 5:30pm in Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.

The Blazers are currently one half game out of first place in the Wolff Division with a 13-11 record after losing 3-0 to Trenton on Wednesday night.

This weekend the Blazers travel to the Ocean on Saturday to complete a suspended game with the Gulls at 11am followed by a DH with the Ospreys.

On Sunday they travel to Trenton for a home and home DH with the Generals.

Blazers sweep Trenton
July 7, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers won the first game 1-0 behind the pitching of Nolan Graber (Ursinus) who scattered three hits over six innings. JJ Spehrley (Bloomsburg) picked up the save with a scoreless seventh inning.

A double by Chris Iazzetta (Wheeling Jesuit) scored Anthony Viggiano (Bloomsburg) with the sole run in the first inning.

Blazers won the second game 5-1 as John Gifford (West Chester) hit two doubles with three RBIs. Viggiano, Iazzetta and Brian Nicolas (Bryant) each added two hits.

Andrew Mayhew (Millersville) allowed only one run over four innings for the win while John Turner (Millersville) and Adam Maser (Arcadia) held the Generals scoreless over the last three innings.

The Blazers are now 13-10.

Railers defeat Blazers 15-4
July 4, 2019

There were fireworks at Memorial Park on Community day as six home runs were hit in the Allentown Railers 15-4 win over the Quakertown Blazers.

Bret Williams (PSU-Harrisburg) topped the Railers offense with three hits and three RBIs including two home runs. Drew Heffner (University of Charleston) added two hits including a home run.

Brian Nicolas (Bryant) posted three hits for the Blazers including two home runs while Sean McHugh (Monmouth) posted two hits including a home run.

The Blazers are at home for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Blazers win a wild one at Allentown
June 27, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Allentown Railers 15-10 on Thursday evening at ECTB Stadium.

Bill Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) and Luke Cantwell (West Chester) each posted three hits while Chris Iazzetta (Wheeling Jesuit), Colin Hartey (Lafayette) and Brian Nicolas (Bryant) added two hits apiece.

Nick Picariello (West Chester) picked up the win and allowed two earned runs over five innings.

The Blazers travel to North Jersey for a doubleheader on Saturday and return home on Sunday to host the Ocean Ospreys in a 1pm doubleheader.

Blazers sweep New York
June 24, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the New York Phenoms 8-1 and 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) picked up the win in the opener by allowing only one run in six innings.

Jake Reed topped the offense with two hits including a two run home run.

The Blazers came from behind to win the nightcap. Chris Iazzetta (Wheeling Jesuit) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 5-4.

In the seventh inning Bill Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Reed and Sean McHugh (Monmouth) provided the walk off RBI with a fly ball to deep left which scored Luke Cantwell (West Chester) with the winning run. Cantwell, Iazzetta and McHugh each had two hits.

The Blazers are now 8-6 and visit Trenton on Wednesday evening.

Blazers win opener 13-5 over Gulls
June 16, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Ocean Gulls 13-5 in the opener.The Gulls were leading 1-0 in the second game when the game was suspended by rain in the bottom of the fifth inning with no outs and a Blazer runner on first base.

JJ Spehrley (Bloomsburg) notched the win by only allowing one unearned run over five innings. Anthony Viggiano (Bloomsburg) and Sean McHugh (Monmouth) each collected four hits while Luke Cantwell (West Chester), Chris Iazzetta (Wheeling Jesuit) and Colin Hartey (Lafayette) each added two hits.

The Blazers host Trenton on Tuesday evening.

Blazers, Gulls Split a Pair
June 8, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers split a double header with the Ocean Gulls on Saturday at Point Pleasant Beach High School.

The Blazers won the opener 7-4 but were edged 3-2 in the second game.

Andrew Fisher (Elizabethtown) had three RBIs and a double as the Blazers took advantage of eleven walks by the Gulls’ pitchers. James Spehrley (Bloomsburg) received the win while Nick Picariello (West Chester) picked up the save.

In game two, Anthony Viggiano (Bloomsburg) hit a solo home run in the seventh as the Blazer rally fell short.

The Blazers travel to Jersey for 1pm doubleheader on Sunday.

Blazers defeat Allentown 1-0
June 6, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the division leading Allentown Railers 1-0 on Tuesday evening at ECTB stadium.

Stephen Aldrich (Monmouth) and Andrew Mayhew (Millersville) combined for a four hit shutout.

Aldrich allowed three hits and struck out ten over seven innings for the win while Mayhew earned the save by striking out three and allowing one hit over two innings.

Justin Horn (West Chester) scored the only run and had two hits for the Blazers. Bill Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) also contributed two hits.

The Blazers are on the road this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders.

Levi Stoudt Drafted in Third Round by Seattle
June 5, 2019

Levi Stoudt selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the recent MLB Draft

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017), the top ACBL prospect in 2017, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the recent MLB Draft.

RHP Connor Lehman (St.Louis, Jersey Pilots, 2015) and SS Anthony Prato (UConn, Staten Island Tide, 2016) were both selected in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins respectively.

SS Mike Salvatore (Florida State, Trenton Generals, 2015) was a ninth round selection of the Seattle Mariners while LHP Nick Snyder (West Virginia, South Jersey Giants, 2017, Trenton Generals, 2018 ) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round.

A list of former ACBL players selected in the recent draft is below.

ROUND TEAM PLAYER COLLEGE, ACBL TEAM(s)
3 Seattle RHP Levi Stoudt Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers, 2017
7 San Diego RHP Connor Lehman St. Louis, Jersey Pilots, 2015
7 Minnesota SS Anthony Prato UCONN, Staten Island Tide, 2016
9 Seattle SS Mike Salvatore Florida State, Trenton Generals, 2015
11 Arizona LHP Nick Snyder West Virginia, South Jersey Giants,2017, Trenton Generals, 2018
22 Boston 1B Dom D'Alessandro  George Washington, South Jersey Giants ,2017
23 Baltimore OF Shayne Fontana Lynn, Jersey Pilots, 2017, Allentown Railers, 2018
25 Seattle LHP Dan Wirchansky Pace, North Jersey Eagles, 2016
28 Chicago Cubs RHP Chris Kachmar Lipscomb, Quakerown Blazers, 2016, 2017
29 LA Angels OF Matt Woods Rowan,  South Jersey Giants, 2017
29 Arizona RHP Tyler Poulin Quinnipiac, Jersey Pilots, 2016
32 San Diego RHP Jason Reynolds Lehigh, South Jersey Giants, 2017
34 Kansas City LHP Justin Fall Brookdale CC, Ocean Gulls, 2018
34 NY Mets OF Ryan Shinn Kentucky, Trenton Generals, 2015
36 Toronto C Scotty Bradley Indiana, Trenton Generals, 2017

Blazers defeat Trenton 10-3
June 4, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers notched their first win of the 2019 season Tuesday evening in Memorial Park when they defeated the Trenton Generals 10-3.

Nolan Graber (Ursinus) only allowed two runs over seven innings for the win.

Sean McHugh (Monmouth) and Andrew Fisher (Elizabethtown) each contributed two hits for the Blazers.

Pete Vaccaro (Evansville) had two hits for the Generals including a triple.

The Blazers travel to Allentown on Thursday.

Railers defeat Blazers 10-2
June 3, 2019

The Allentown Railers put up an early nine run lead over the first three innings to give them a 10-2 victory.

Three Blazer pitchers, John Turner (Millersville), Nick Picariello (West Chester) and Stephen Aldrich (Monmouth) only allowed one hit over the last five innings while posting twelve strikeouts.

Justin Horn (West Chester), Luke Cantwell (West Chester) and Anthony Viggiano (Bloomsburg) each added two hits for the Blazers.

The Blazers return to Quakertown on Tuesday evening to host the Trenton Generals.

Blazers swept in homeopener
June 1, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers lost to the Jersey Pilots 4-3 and 9-3 in a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Saturday Afternoon.

Justin Horn (West Chester) had two hits in the opener and Sean McHugh (Monmouth) posted three hits in the second game for the Blazers.

The Blazers travel to Allentown on Monday night for their next game.

Blazers open season on Saturday
May 27, 2019

The Quakertown Blazers will begin defense of their 2018 ACBL championship on Saturday June 1 when they host the Jersey Pilots in a 1pm doubleheader at Memorial Park. Chris Ray returns as field manager and will be assisted by Kenny Collins and Neil Herman.

Seven players return from the 2018 team including five pitchers. Nolan Graber (Ursinus), CJ Kilgarriff (Jefferson), Nick Kuhn (IUP), Mike Jenkins (LaSalle) and James Spehrley (Bloomsburg) provide experience on the mound. Newcomers to the pitching staff include Stephen Aldrich (Monmouth), Kevin Cushing (Cornell), Andrew Mayhew (Millersville), Austin Odell (Bucknell), Drew Patton (Niagara), Jake Reese (Alvernia) and Joseph Rossi (Clarion).

Catcher Bill Hitman (Cal U of Pa.) played for the 2017 Blazers. John Gifford (West Chester) and Hunter McGarvey (Richmond) will also share catching duties.

Justin Horn (West Chester) returns at shortstop and was a second team All-PSAC East conference selection this spring. Second baseman Brian Nicolas (Bryant) is a newcomer to the infield after an outstanding season as a freshman at Bryant. Sean McHugh (Monmouth), Jake Reed (Bloomsburg), Chase Fike (Jefferson) and Anthony Viggiano (Bloomsburg) round out the infield.

Colin Hartey (Lafayette) returns in the outfield. Luke Cantwell (West Chester) will also be in the outfield. Fike and Viggiano can also play the outfield in addition to infield positions.

Trivino and Mayza look to build on 2018 success
March 28, 2019

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers,2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) had successful seasons in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays respectively. Trivino posted a 8-3 record with four saves and 24 holds in 71 games with the A’s. In 76 innings he struck out 86 with a 1.12 WHIP and tossed three shutout innings against the New York Yankees in a wild card American League playoff game.

Mayza had a 2-0 record for the Blue Jays with a 3.28 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He did not allow a run in his last 18 appearances of 2018 as a left handed relief specialist.

RHP Matt Festa (East Stroudsburg, Staten Island Tide, 2013-14) will be the third former PSAC/ACBL pitcher to have a reliever role in the American League for the 2019 season. Festa spent most of 2018 at the AA level, but did post a 2.16 ERA in eight appearances for the Seattle Mariners in 2018.


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2019 ACBL Standings


Wolff Division
 WLTPCT
Allentown221110.662
Trenton201620.553
Quakertown172210.438
Jersey142010.414
Kaiser Division
 WLTPCT
North Jersey211600.568
New York171400.548
Ocean Ospreys181700.514
Ocean Gulls92210.297
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06/01Jersey L 4-31:00 PM
06/01Jersey L 9-33:00 PM
06/03@Allentown L 10-27:00 PM
06/04Trenton W 10-37:00 PM
06/06@Allentown W 1-07:00 PM
06/08@Ocean Gulls W 7-411:00 AM
06/08@Ocean Gulls L 3-21:00 PM
06/09@Jersey W 14-71:00 PM
06/09@Jersey L 3-23:00 PM
06/15@New York L 8-11:00 PM
06/15@New York W 7-33:00 PM
06/16Ocean Gulls W 13-51:00 PM
06/23New York W 8-11:00 PM
06/23New York W 6-53:00 PM
06/26@Trenton L 5-27:00 PM
06/27@Allentown W 15-107:00 PM
06/29@North Jersey W 2-112:00 PM
06/29@North Jersey L 7-52:00 PM
06/30Ocean Osprey W 7-21:00 PM
06/30Ocean Osprey L 4-33:00 PM
07/04Allentown L 15-46:00 PM
07/07Trenton W 1-01:00 PM
07/07Trenton W 5-13:00 PM
07/10@Trenton L 3-07:00 PM
07/13 11:00 AM
07/13@Ocean Osprey L 6-512:00 PM
07/13@Ocean Osprey W 5-32:30 PM
07/14@Trenton L 4-31:00 PM
07/14Trenton L 2-13:30 PM
07/21North Jersey W 8-31:00 PM
07/21North Jersey L 10-33:00 PM
07/24@Trenton W 7-67:00 PM
07/25Jersey W 5-25:30 PM
07/25Jersey L 4-37:30 PM
07/27Allentown L 11-91:00 PM
07/28@Jersey L 6-11:00 PM
07/28@Jersey L 8-13:00 PM
07/29@Allentown L 10-07:00 PM
07/30Allentown L 5-45:30 PM
07/30Allentown L 7-17:00 PM
08/02@Trenton L 4-37:00 PM