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Monday, July 11, 2016
7 Mohawks Named To PGCBL All-Star Game

A league high 7 Mohawks were named to the PGCBL All-Star Game next week in Albany. Joe Genord was named the starting catcher and Chris Givin was named the starting second baseman, while Tyler Frank and Chris LaVorgna were named reserves. Three pitchers were also named All-Stars; Griffin Roberts, Austin Keen and Chase Haney. Here's the full release from the PGCBL: 
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce the rosters for the 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game. 
The 2016 PGCBL All-Star Game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 20, in Albany, New York. The game will feature all-stars from the PGCBL East taking on the all-stars of the PGCBL West.
Blake Nation, who led the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to the 2015 PGCBL Championship, will lead the PGCBL East All-Stars. Matt Burch, the head coach of the Elmira Pioneers, will guide the PGCBL West All-Stars.

"The PGCBL All Star Game has been a extraordinary showcase for the great young talent in our league. More than 75% of the players who participate in the game are eventually sign professional contracts," said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. "The Albany Dutchmen have planned a great day for the fans. It is going to be a fun filled event."

Here are the rosters for each team:
East Division
Griffin Roberts (Wake Forest) – Amsterdam Mohawks
Antonio Baglivo (Alvernia) – Oneonta Outlaws
David Palmer (New Haven) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
Evan Giles (Indiana State) – Albany Dutchmen
Andrew Kneussle (Canisius) – Glens Falls Dragons
Jeff Rivera (University of the Cumberlands) – Albany Dutchmen
Chase Haney (Florida State) – Amsterdam Mohawks
Austin Keen (Kentucky) – Amsterdam Mohawks
Nick Burns (Johns Hopkins) – Saugerties Stallions
Troy Montemayor (Baylor) – Albany Dutchmen
C: Joe Genord (South Florida) – Amsterdam Mohawks
1B: Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) – Glens Falls Dragons
2B: Chris Givin (Xavier) – Amsterdam Mohawks
SS: Alex Malsch (Wofford) – Oneonta Outlaws
3B: Robbie Knightes (St. John’s) – Glens Falls Dragons
OF: Ryan Hooper (UC Davis) – Glens Falls Dragons
OF: Alex Thrower (Buffalo) – Saugerties Stallions
OF: JJ Shimko (USC Upstate) – Albany Dutchmen
C: Tanner Leenknecht (Treasure Valley CC) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
1B: Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
3B: Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
IF: Sean Mazzio (Wagner) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
IF: Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) – Amsterdam Mohawks
OF: Quin Cotton (Grand Canyon) – Oneonta Outlaws
OF: Kyle Ruedisili (Washington and Lee) – Oneonta Outlaws
OF: Chris LaVorgna (Franklin Pierce) – Amsterdam Mohawks
OF: Mac Crispino (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
UTL: Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) – Albany Dutchmen
West Division
Taylor Ahearn (Cal State San Marcos) – Elmira Pioneers
Connor Donahue (UMass) – Adirondack Trail Blazers
Dalton Reed (West Chester) – Geneva Red Wings
Brennen Smith (Canisius) – Victor RailRiders
Austin Hansen (Seattle) – Elmira Pioneers
Parker Caracci (Ole Miss) – Elmira Pioneers
Steve Arntsen (Manhattan) – Elmira Pioneers
Cory Blessing (Ohio) – Jamestown Jammers
Ryan Green (Niagara CC) – Utica Blue Sox
Mike Hope (Shippensburg) – Utica Blue Sox
C: Christ Conley (Canisius) – Jamestown Jammers
1B: Ben Brookover (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers
2B: Nick Russo (New Haven) – Victor RailRiders
SS: Joe Spitaleri (LIU Post) – Utica Blue Sox
3B: Troy Dixon (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers
OF: Franklin Jennings (Central Connecticut State) – Utica Blue Sox
OF: Dale Wickham (Cornell) – Victor RailRiders
OF: Skyler Valentine (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers
C: Mitchell Clandra (Eckerd) – Utica Blue Sox
1B: Tyler Plantier (UC San Diego) – Elmira Pioneers
3B: Sam Fragale (Virginia Tech) – Newark Pilots
IF: Greg Cullen (Niagara) – Newark Pilots
IF: Chris Whelan (Parkland) – Newark Pilots
OF: Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) – Utica Blue Sox
OF: Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville) – Victor RailRiders
OF: Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) – Geneva Red Wings
OF: Rob Perteet (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers
UTL: Kyle Cunningham (St. John’s) – Adirondack Trail Blazers
The rosters for each team were voted on by coaches in the PGCBL.
The All-Star Game will feature the league’s eight leading hitters in batting average and also the leaders in the six major statistical categories.
Some of the league’s top sluggers will be on display with Amsterdam catcher Joe Genord, who leads the PGCBL with five home runs, slated to start at catcher for the East and reigning PGCBL Player of the Week Chris Kwitzer, who owns the league’s highest OPS, also starting for the East.
The West will have leading RBI man Ben Brookover in the starting lineup and also ace pitcher Brennen Smith from the Victor RailRiders, who has struck out a league-leading 40 batters.
Tickets for the All-Star Game can be purchased here. The day will also include a Home Run Derby and an autograph session.
The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country.  This year, more than than 1,250 professional players have either worn the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game USA event.
For all the latest news, scores and updates, follow the PGCBL on Twitter, @PGCBLbaseball.

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