Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Kyle Davis, recent FCBL Pitcher of the Week, gets the nod.
Jorge Calero returned from his hand injury on Saturday. Calero doubled down the right field line, knocking in two runs, but was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple. He finished the game 1-4 with 2 RBI's.
The next home game will be on Tuesday at Bert George Field when the Mavs take on the Nashua Silver Knights again. Despite taking the first three games against the Nashua, the Knights have rallied to win the last two, including an embarrassing 10-0 loss for the Mavs last Friday.
Friday, June 24, 2011
BOT 8 - Nashua logs two more runs on two hits and a walk.
TOP 8 - Jordan Wylie on the mound for Nashua. LaBatte grounds out to second base. Chris Tuttle doubles to left past a diving Brian Finnegan in left field. McGowan goes down swinging for number two. Tuttle takes third on a wild pitch. Cotter in to pinch hit; strikes out, but catcher Colin Shepard mishandles the pitch. Cotter safe at first. Cronin pinch hits for Chase; grounds out to the pitcher.
BOT 7 - Gatzogiannis on the mound for Seacoast. Fisher lobs a broken bat softie to McGowan at third - one down. Benedict slaps a base hit past a diving Weitzel. Chase bobbles a Gillis grounder, runners on the corners. Gillis takes second on a steal with a close play at second, Benedict scores. Coach Walfield disagrees with the call at second and gets the rest of the night off. Two ground outs to end the inning. Knights 8-0.
TOP 7 - In between innings, fans were treated to Jumpin' Jack Flash the Frisbee Dog. Jack performed a variety of acrobatics to woo the crowd.
Cole Tobin lead of with scorching liner to third for the first out. Maynard flew out to left field for number two and Vicente fouled out to first baseman Mark Sanborn to head into the seventh inning stretch.
BOT 6 - After a lead-off walk to Gillis, Jacobs strokes on to left center for a double. With men on second and third, Henderson strikes out.
The feisty Nick Douglass enters the game for the Mavs and gets Katsiroubas to fly out to Chase for the second out. Douglass issues two walks forcing a run in, but fools Shepard to end the inning with a strikeout. Knights 7-0.
TOP 6 - Maverick bats remain silent, Weitzal, Chase and Peguero down in order. Silver Knights pitcher Geoff Fisher is looking sharp, one hitter through six innings of work.
BOT 5 - Torres earns his first strikeout in a Mavs uniform, gets Neverman swinging. Minucci strings one to second; no shot for Chase with the high bounce. Base hit to right by catcher Colin Shepard; runners at first and second with one down. Finnegan goes down swinging for the second out. McGowan easily handles a sharp grounder for the third out.
TOP 5 - Vicente with a soft grounder to second for the first out. LaBatte walks; Tuttle chases a high fastball - two down. McGowan dislikes the third strike call to end the inning.
BOT 4 - Henderson and Katsiroubas each walk to lead off the inning. Weitzel fields a Neverman double play ground ball. Chase bobbles the toss. Bases full, no outs, for Minucci. Minucci helps Richardson out chasing a pitch in the dirt for the strikeout. Weitzel mishandles a play himself, one run scores.
Brian Finnegan flies to Vicente in center for out number two, but another run crosses. Benedict drives one short of the wall in left; two more runs score. Gillis fly to short right creates havoc. Tough play for Chase with a long run, ruled a double. 5-0 Knights.
Matt Jacobs hits the Capital Contractors sign on the left field wall for a deep RBI single; Gillis easily scores from second. Mark Sanborn dribbles on to third and beats the throw to continue the inning.
Mavs manager Chris Anderson makes the call to the bullpen for recent signee Dennis Torres.
Torres stops the bleeding; gets Katsiroubas with a soft infield fly to second.
The damage: 6 runs, 4 hits and two errors.
TOP 4 - Peguero with a long fly ball to right; fans ooh and ahh, but it is chased down by Minucci for out number one. Tobin goes down swinging. Minucco snowcones a Maynard fly for the third out.
TOP 3 - The busy night for Gillis continues; Chris Tuttle grounds out to second for the first out. Mcgowan dribbles one to third, but first baseman Mark Henderson can't handle the throw. The inning ends when Weitzel flies to left and Chase grounds out to third.
BOT 3 - Benedict grounds out to third on a close play; disagrees with the call by umpire Matt LaMaire. After being nearly decapitated by a Gillis line drive up the middle for a base hit, Richardson induces Jacobs into a 6-4-3 DP for the third out.
BOT 2 – Katsiroubas grounds out to 3rd baseman Jimmy McGowan; First strikeout for Richardson, gets Kyle Neverman swinging. Jon Minucci walks and Colin Shepard lobs one to left; runnwrs at 1st and 2nd. Once again, Richardson pulls through unscathed, striking out Brian Finnegan.
TOP 2 – Great play by SS Rob Benedict deep at short to take away a hit from Cole Tobin. Maynard boots out an infield hit with one out; Vicente K’s swinging; LaBatte flutters one to first of the handle of the bat.
BOT 1 – One out double proves harmless; Mavs starter Wayne Richardson retires Matt Jacobs and Nashua big man Mark Sanborn to end inning. Nice play by Maynard to chase down a fly to short left in a triangle of Mavs players for the second out.
TOP 1 - Mavs retired with three straight ground balls to Nashua 2nd baseman Logan Gillis.
The Silver Knights are hosting Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruin Shawn Thornton this evening. A large crowd is expected with people lining up at the gate well before opening.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ex-Maverick signee Ruben Sosa made his professional debut with the Greenville Astros of the Appalachian Rookie League on Tuesday evening against the Bristol Sox in Bristol, TN.
The visit would have been the first to Bert George Field for the Sharks. They are currently tied for first place in the FCBL, based on winning percentage, with the Torrington Titans.
The Mavericks are on the road for the remainder of the week with games against Nashua on Friday; Martha's Vineyard on Saturday; and Torrington (CT) on Sunday.
The next Mavericks home game is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28th at 6PM.
Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc with the Mavericks’ season.
Last night's game, the first of a scheduled double header, was stopped in the seventh by umpires Matt LeMaire and Rob Healey when the persistent drizzle changed over to a steady rain at Bert George Field. The game was originally started last Saturday and halted for inclement weather after a half inning of play. All three Mavericks home games have been affected by weather.
The Mavericks 7-3 loss was the first to the Silver Knights. The Mavs sport a healthy 3-1 record against the team from Nashua.
Wayne Richardson (0-1, 1.54 ERA) will be on the mound to take on the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks this evening, weather permitting. The Sharks, tied with Torrington for first place in the FCBL based on win percentage, are making their first trip to Rochester. The Mavericks are winless against the Sharks this season (0-3).
Mavericks’ outfielder and Spaulding alum Eric LaBatte has offered to contribute a diary to the blog. Look for his point of view in the next few days.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Seacoast Mavericks baseball team will be hosting a fundraiser for Howie's Field of Dreams on Wednesday, June 22nd at Bert George Field in Rochester.
The Mavericks will be facing the Nashua Silver Knights in a doubleheader beginning at 5PM with the team donating half of their ticket sales and all proceeds from a Red Sox ticket raffle to the cause. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the Bert George Field box office an hour and a half before game time - $5 for adults and $3 for juniors and seniors.
Howie's Field of Dreams is the dream of former Rochester Rotary Club President Howard "Howie" Seckendorf who passed away in November of 2009.
The mission of Howie's Field of Dreams is to provide a handicap accessible baseball field for Buddy-Ball Special Needs Athletic League, a division dedicated to providing individuals with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to play sports regardless of their limitations. The new field will be located at Roger Allen Park in Rochester and will be the first of its kind in New Hampshire.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Over the course of a forty-four game season, numerous personal and team sacrifices are made for the benefit of the team, many that go unseen. But in the Mavericks home opener, Fosters Daily Democrat writer John Doyle captured such an instance - Director of Baseball Operations Mike DaBoul graciously spreading kitty litter around the first base bag in attempt to dry the playing surface.
Quote of the Year nominee:
"(Mavericks owner) Dave (Hoyt) bought expensive stuff. It doesn't clump. Seriously. That's what it's supposed to do. And it smells nice." - Mike Daboul (Fosters 6/10/2011)
Monday, June 20, 2011
On Monday, pitcher Kyle Davis was named the FCBL Pitcher of the Week for his effort over the last seven days. Davis made two appearances - one start and one relief - and did not allow a run. His 1.13 ERA leads the team and is fifth best in the team as of Monday. What makes Davis' accomplishment special is the fact up to the start of the Mavericks' season, he has not pitched in over a year due to injury.
Catcher Jorge Calero continues to recover from a right hand injury. He has been taking swings with the bat, but still has some soreness when gripping a baseball. No timetable has been set for his return. The injury was Calero's second of the young season. In the Mavericks opener, he was struck by a bat on his catching hand, and left the game for X-rays which were negative.
Backup catcher Chris Tuttle continues to make the the best of his limited at bats, hitting .556 for average with 3 RBI's in nine official at bats. Tuttle also leads the team with seven walks.
Eric LaBatte extended his hitting streak to five games with a ninth inning single in the 10-7 loss to Martha's Vineyard on Sunday. Labatte is currently batting .333 during the streak with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.
The upcoming week is another busy one for the Mavs. They are scheduled to resume last Saturday's rain out against the Silver Knights on Wednesday at 5PM. Approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion, Wednesday's originally scheduled game will take place, albeit an abbreviated seven inning contest. On Thursday, the Martha's Vineyard Sharks will make their first appearance at Bert George Field. Then the team takes to the road for three games; Nashua on Friday, Martha's Vineyard on Saturday, and Torrington on Sunday.
NASHUA – The Seacoast Mavericks (3-4) earned their third straight win over the Nashua Silver Knights by a score of 6-4 on Friday night at Holman Stadium. The win was the third in the last four games for the Mavericks, who are tied in the win column with all four teams in the FCBL.
In the top of the ninth with the Mavs up 3-2, Dani Vincente tripled to right center field scoring Matt Cronin and Chris Tuttle. Vincente would then score on a Nashua wild pitch to give the Mavs a 6-2 lead with insurance runs that proved to be pivotal.
In the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded and one out, Maverick manager Chris Anderson summoned reliever Kevin Mayone from the bullpen to close out the game. After striking out 6-foot-6 homerun threat Mark Sanborn, Silver Knight Kyle Neverman blooped a single to right field scoring two runs and igniting the crowd. But Mayone would end the game with a three-pitch strikeout, stranding the tying runs on base.
“It feels good. We are starting to come together as a team. Everybody is kind of loose and getting used to each other” Vincente said after the game.
Maverick starter Kyle Davis pitched six scoreless innings to earn the victory after overcoming injury and a year plus layoff since his previous start. Davis has two relief appearances for the Mavs this year and sports a stingy 1.13ERA.
When asked of the team’s offensive improvement, Anderson switched lanes speaking of his starter. “I am more impressed with Davis. He hasn’t thrown in a year and a half, two years. He had a whole year off. Did good, he did real well.”
In the top of the fourth, Tommy Chase and Davidson Peguero picked up RBI’s to initiate the scoring. Chase doubled up the right field line scoring Jerico Weitzel, who reached on a base hit and stole second for his team-leading fifth steal of the season. Peguero knocked in Eric LaBatte and Chase with a deep drive to right field, by far one of the longest hits of the season as players are still getting accustomed to wood bats.
NOTES: Every starter had a hit for the Mavericks, including three extra base hits, one shy of their total for the previous six games. Eric LaBatte, Matt Cronin, and Brian Maynard each had two hits. Davidson Peguero and Vincente each had two RBI’s. Jerico Weitzel and LaBatte currently have four game hitting streaks. The two teams will meet for the fourth time this week on Saturday night at Bert George Field on Boston Bruins appreciation night. Fans wearing bruins gear will receive a $2 discount on their tickets at the gate. First pitch is at 6:00PM.
With the threat of rain and the field covered with a tarp, batting practice was held in the cage behind the left field wall and teams were not able to take fielding practice before the game. Given the hour wait for the cage, the Mavericks had an impromptu contest on the left field line to amuse themselves: shooting a basketball over the fifteen foot high protective netting near the Kid’s Zone into the a hoop about twenty feet beyond.
Newcomers Ryan Walker (College of Charleston) and Joan Mota (Burlington NJ County College) will make their first starts for the Mavericks on Friday and Saturday respectively. Mota has made one relief appearance this season (0-0, 2.2 IP, 3.68 ERA).
Friday’s game, to be played in Nashua, will be the third meeting of the week between these two teams; The Mavericks have taken the first two, both in extra innings.
Saturday’s game will be played at Bert George Filed in Rochester on a night where the Mavericks salute the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. All fans attending the game wearing Bruins apparel will receive $2 off their game ticket.
Wednesday’s game against Nashua was moved up to accommodate fans wishing to watch the Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the team departed Holman Stadium just after puck drop, forcing the players to listen to the game on the bus radio. With each Bruins goal, the bus erupted into cheers.
The Mavericks, playing out of Bert George Field in Rochester, NH, are members of the first-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), a summer league for college baseball players from New England and around the nation. Per FCBL rules, the twenty-six man roster must be comprised of at least thirteen players that reside or attend school in New England .
Experience the game first hand by attending one - tickets start at $3 - or follow me as I wade through the remaining thirty-eight games of the season, offering an insider's view of the team from dugout, press box, and even the team bus from time to time.
Despite the team's slow start (2-4), they are beginning to show signs of life. The last three contests have yielded two intense extra-inning wins over the Nashua Silver Knights, tomorrow evening's opponent. I will be in Nashua providing some onsite insight beginning at 7PM. If the last game was any indication - the sound guy was ejected - it should prove to be an entertaining night.