JULY 22, 2014-The South Troy Dodger 2014 post-season march has begun. Stay tuned to www.SouthTroyDodgers.com for updates.
NEW! JULY 25, 2014-SOUTH TROY, NY-South Troy Elite won a thrilling pitchers duel against the Ontario Blue Jays to remain unbeaten in the regional tournament. Marcus Failing started for South Troy and went the distance. He didn’t give up a hit until the 4th inning, one of two hits all day. The only inning Failing was in trouble was the 4th, after an error and a double had Bluejays on 2nd and 3rd with one out. However, Failing proceeded to strikeout the next two hitters to end the threat. Ontario would never threaten again. South Troy was held to just a single by Kevin Smith through six innings. However, in the top of the seventh, Justin Yurchak singled hard to center, and went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Sean Egan doubled home Yurchak for the go ahead run. Failing made that run stand up in the bottom of the seventh.
JULY 24, 2014-SOUTH TROY, NY-South Troy won their first round game on Thursday afternoon, 3 to 0, over Brooklyn Youth Services. Nick Cheseri started for South Troy and threw 5 strong innings. Neither team could mount any offense through the first three innings. In the bottom of the 4th, South Troy struck for 2. Alex Kashkarian led off with an infield single. After a Kevin Smith walk and a hard single to right from Justin Yurchak, Danny Maynard (2 for 3, RBI) singled to left to drive in Kashkarian. Three batters later Ryan Henchey (1 for 2, 2RBI’s) was hit by a pitch to drive in Yurchak for South Troy’s 2nd run of the inning. Meanwhile, Chiseri was unhitable through 4. In the fifth, Brooklyn loaded the bases with two outs, but Chiseri ended the threat with a strikeout, his 4th of the game. South Troy added an insurance run in the 6th. Josh Quesada walked, stole 2nd and was driven in on a double by Henchey. Nick Gavin pitched the final two innings for the save, striking out 2.
JULY 22, 2014-The ROAD TO FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO begins on Thursday in South Troy with opening round games in the AABC Connie Mack North Atlantic Regional. CLICK HERE to view the 2014 CONNIE MACK NORTH ATLANTIC REGIONAL BRACKET
JULY 22, 2014-The ROAD TO McKINNEY, TX begins on Thursday in South Troy with opening round games in the AABC Mickey Mantle North Atlantic Regional. CLICK HERE to view the 2014 NORTH ATLANTIC MICKEY MANTLE REGIONAL BRACKET
NEW! JULY 25, 2014-10:00 AM-SURPRISE, AZ-South Troy secured a spot in the SUPER SIX of the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series with an over-powering 8-0 Run-Rule victory over Columbine Elite. Carter Knapek was dominant on the mound facing only one over the minimum in his 5-inning complete game shut-out. Knapek struck-out seven Columbine hitters while allowing only one hit and no walks. The Dodger offense broke out on the second turn threw the line-up in the 4th inning when Cameron Collett singled, Aaron Delano doubled to move Collett to third, Mike Jeffers was intentionally walked to load the bases and Matt Brown doubled into the right-centerfield gap to drive in two runs. Two batters later, Brooks Knapek and Sam Kmack followed with back to back RBI singles, and Chris Hamilton blasted a triple to score both Knapek and Kmack. The game-ending run came in the bottom of the 5th when Mike Jeffers led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Sal Pezzolla chopper to third in order to allow South Troy to reach the 8-0 Run Rule threshold.
NEW! JULY 24, 2014-6:00 PM-SURPRISE, AZ-Mike Jeffers put on an offensive laser show to power South Troy past the D-Backs Academy in the Dodgers’ first Elimination Round game at the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series. Dirty Mike was extra filthy blasting two doubles and a towering 385-foot solo home run to pace the Dodger offense en route to an 8-5 decision over their MLB-sponsored opponents. The 3rd inning proved to be the difference for South Troy as the Dodgers strung together five consecutive hits (Chris Hamilton 1B, Cam Collett 1B, Aaron Delano 2B, Mike Jeffers 2B, and Matt Brown 3B) to stack up five runs and take a commanding 6-0 lead. In addition to Jeffers’ power surge, Aaron Delano banged two doubles, Matt Brown tripled and singled, Chris Hamilton and Carter Knapek had two singles each, Drew Fureno had a base knock, and Cam Collett contributed a bunt single. On the mound, Ryan Lambert went four strong innings striking out seven and walking three while allowing four runs on four hits. Cory McArthur went the final three innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out one and walking two. The Dodgers will face a re-match with Columbine (CO) Elite in a winners bracket game tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM. South Troy defeated Columbine 4-3 in a pool play game earlier in the tournament.
JULY 24, 2014-1:00 PM-SURPRISE, AZ-South Troy suffered their first loss of the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series when they dropped an 8-7 extra innings decision to the North Texas Longhorns. The Dodgers jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Longhorns behind two scoreless innings on the mound from Jared Houghtaling and an explosive six-run 2nd inning. From that point, South Troy pitchers struggled with control issuing nine walks that led to North Texas knotting the game at 7-7 in the 6th inning. The Longhorns pushed a run across in the top of the 8th to take an 8-7 lead. A Sam Kmack two-out single followed by a Chris Hamilton walk and a Cameron Collett single created a bases-loaded threat for South Troy in the bottom of the 8th, but that’s where the game would end. For the South Troy offense, Collett and Matt Brown had two singles each, Hamilton and Aaron Delano had extra-base hits, and Kmack had a single to start the 8th inning threat. The Dodgers move into double-elimination Championship Round play against the D-Backs Academy at 4:00 PM today.
JULY 23, 2014-10:00 PM-SURPRISE, AZ-The 15U South Troy bats pounded out 11 hits as the Dodgers remained perfect in pool play with a 6-3 victory over the All-Star Baseball Academy (ASBA) featuring a roster of players from California and Arizona. With the game knotted at 3-3 in the 5th inning, Mike Jeffers led off the visiting half of the stanza with a blast to rightfield for a triple. A Ryan Lambert single plated Jeffers to give South Troy the lead for good. South Troy added some insurance in the 7th when a Drew Fureno two-out double scored Aaron Delano and Matt Brown resulting in the final 6-3 margin. Delano lead the Dodger offense with three hits while Chris Hamilton pounded out a double and a single. Cameron Collett and Matt Brown added singles and Sal Pezzolla bunted for a hit to round out the Dodger offense. On the mound, Carter Knapek held ASBA hitless and scoreless through the first two innings while striking out one and walking one. Zach Kerr pitched the 3rd and 4th allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out one. Cory McArthur finished up for South Troy allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four over the final three innings.
South Troy remains one of only two unbeaten teams in the World Series tournament heading into the final day of pool play. The Dodgers will face the North Texas Longhorns in their final pool play test at 11:00 AM on Thursday. A victory will secure a top-2 seed for the Dodgers heading into the 12-team double-elimination bracket play round of the national championship event. Even with a loss, South Troy is guaranteed at least an 8-seed heading into the elimination round.
JULY 23, 2014-SURPRISE, AZ-The 15U South Troy Dodgers notched their second consecutive pool play victory this morning and guaranteed themselves a spot in the double-elimination bracket play round at the 2014 Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series. In a back and forth game with Columbine (CO) Elite, the Dodgers scored last to secure a 4-3 victory. Columbine opened the scoring in the top half of the 1st to take a 1-0 lead. South Troy answered in the home half of the inning when a Mike Jeffers sac fly to deep center plated Chris Hamilton who had drawn a walk to start the inning. Columbine re-claimed a 2-1 lead in the 2nd, but the Dodgers responded with two runs in the 3rd when Matt Brown singled to score Aaron Delano and Mike Jeffers and give South Troy a 3-2 lead. That margin remained until Columbine knotted the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning. The decisive run came in the bottom of the 6th when Matt Brown led off the inning with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a sac fly to left from Drew Fureno. Brown led the South Troy offense with two hits and two RBI. Delano contributed his 3rd inning single and Jeffers and Fureno each had an RBI for the Dodgers. On the mound, Jerry Burke went 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three Columbine batters. Ryan Lambert held Columbine hitless and scoreless for the final 2 1/3 , helped in part by a tremendous, 7th inning, extra-base saving catch from Chris Hamilton in the right-centerfield gap, while walking one and striking out two.
JULY 22, 2014-7:00 PM-SURPRISE, AZ-With game time temperatures topping 112 degrees in Surprise, AZ, the 15U Dodgers grinded out a 4-3 victory over the Tucson Baseball Academy in their opening game of the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series. South Troy took a 1-0 leading in the visitor’s half of the 1st when Aaron Delano scored. The lead was short lived as Tucson answered with two runs in the home half of the inning. Sam Kmack led off the Dodger half of the 3rd by beating out an infield single. Chris Hamilton followed with a walk, and both runners moved up 90 feet on a bunt by Cam Collett. In the next at bat, Sal Pezzolla’s hard hit ground ball was mis-handled at third base allowing both Kmack and Hamilton to score, and giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Tucson tied the game in the 4th and the score remained deadlocked into the final stanza. In the South Troy half of the 7th, Kmack drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Chris Hamilton promptly answered with a clutch line-drive single to center driving in Kmack with the go-ahead run. The bottom of the 7th started with a lead-off single, but that Tucson baserunner was quickly erased when he was caught stealing on a perfect throw from Dodger catcher Drew Fureno. The eventful bottom of the 7th ended without any runs crossing for Tucson and the Dodgers securing their first win of the 2014 World Series. In addition to the singles by Kmack and Hamilton, Collett and Fureno also added base knocks. On the mound, Brooks Knapek had another strong outing allowing just one earned run on three hits through five complete innings. Johnny Iris shut out Tucson in the final two innings allowing four hits and walking two.
JULY 22, 2014-SURPRISE, AZ-The 15U South Troy Dodgers open play at the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series against the Tucson Baseball Academy today at 4:00 PM PST at the Surprise, AZ Recreation Campus. The complete South Troy World Series schedule and other event information can be found at www.kgws.usapremiersports.com .
JULY 16, 2014-SURPRISE, AZ-The 15U Dodgers completed a two-game sweep of South Colonie to capture the AABC Upstate New York 15U crown and earn a trip to the Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series in Surprise, AZ.
In Game 1 of the best of three series, Brooks Knapek tossed a dominating complete game shut-out to earn the 2-0 win while striking out 10, walking one, and allowing just two hits. Ryan Lambert was also impressive on the mound for South Colonie holding the Dodgers scoreless into the 4th when a one-out Cameron Collett single followed by a walk to Aaron Delano put a runner in scoring position and started a South Troy threat. A clutch single from Sal Pezzolla plated Collett and moved Delano to third. While Pezzolla stole second base, Delano scored on a heads-up base-running play to complete the scoring.
In Game 2, Jared Houghtaling and Cory McArthur combined to throw a one-hit shut-out in leading South Troy to another 2-0 victory. The Dodger offensive damage happened in the third when Sam Kmack led-off the inning with a single to center, Cameron Collett drew a one-out walk to move Kmack into scoring position, and both runners scored on a South Colonie fielding miscue in order to establish the clinching two-run margin. On the mound, Houghtaling went hitless three innings while walking four and striking out one. McArthur went the final four innings allowing just one hit, issuing no walks, and striking out one.