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posted 07/04/2018

Tanner Cooper(Finger Lakes CC) allowed one run on four hits over six innings to pick up the win. The right-hander struck out nine and walked three for his first win of the summer. Cooper surrendered one hit the first time through the order and set down nine of the first 11 he faced. Jackson Smith(Ithaca College) sparked a five-run Monarchs (7-6) fifth with a bases-loaded single to score Hector Vargas(Corning CC) and Cole Penders(Brockport College). Vargas walked three times and scored twice in the game. Brandon Henshaw(St. Bonaventure), Tyler Cyrus(John Carroll) and Max Argento(John Carroll) collected an RBI apiece. Ryan Kalbfus(Gannon) singled and scored a run. Tommy Baxter(Dayton) added a run. Aaron Shoemaker(Finger Lakes CC) walked twice and scored. Mike Magnanti(St. Bonaventure) went 2-for-4. Nate Chase(Grand Valley State) led the Lake Monsters (8-6) going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Zach Hartersingled, walked twice and drove in a run. Hayden Ewell(So New Hampshire) allowed an unearned run on a hit over three innings out of the bullpen. 


Jackson Smith(Ithaca College) scampered home on a wild pitch with the winning run in the top of the seventh, and the Monarchs (8-6) moved into a tie with the Lake Monsters for first place in the ICBL's Rochester Division. With the game knotted at three, Smith worked a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Max Argento(John Carroll) sacrifice bunt before eventually scoring. Mike Donofrio(Brockport College) improved to 3-0 on the season. The left-hander allowed two runs on three hits over three innings of relief work. Quin Ignaszak(Bethel College) started and allowed one run on four hits over four innings in the scheduled seven-inning game. Ignaszak, who was pressed into service during game one of the night, struck out nine and walked. The right-hander worked an inning and a third in the earlier outing. Tyler Cyrus(John Carroll) finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Cole Penders(Brockport College) singled and scored. Argento crossed home earlier in the game. Stephen Kemp(Medaille College) and Hector Vargas(Corning CC) drove in a run apiece. Christian Montanez(Roger Williams) knotted the game at three for the Fish with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth. Jason Schulz(RIT) and Ben Martin(Brockport College) both finished 2-for-3 with a double for the Fish. Martin drove in a run. Schulz scored once. Ryan Hill(Monroe CC) doubled and scored a run. John Gassler(New York University) fanned five over 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. 

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Lake Show dominates in sweep
posted 07/04/2018

Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) and Nate Chase(Grand Valley State) both homered, and Jourdan Plaisted(Elmira College) paced a 13-hit attack as the Lake Show jumped to an early lead and put the game away in the sixth. Catapano led the game with a solo shot. Chase connected on a two-out solo shot in the third to give the Monsters a 5-1 lead. Plaisted 3-for-4 with a bases-clearing double in the second and a run-scoring single in the seventh.  Zach Harterhighlighted a four-run sixth with a double that plated Colin Coykendall(Monroe CC) and Brennen Smith(Monroe CC). Billy Sanborn(Jefferson CC) followed with a triple, and the Monsters led 9-2. Logan Martella-Tasick(Monroe CC) tripled and scored a run. Ryan Green(Tulane) allowed one run on three hits over four innings for the win. The right-hander struck out nine and walked three for his first win. Matt Dessena(St. John Fisher) gave up one run on four hits over three innings. Sanborn hurled two shutout frames. Sanborn went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dan Bamann(Keuka College) went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Flyin' Fish. Shane Hake(Elmira College) singled and scored a run. 

Jake Hewitt(St. John Fisher) scattered three hits over four shutout innings in his first appearance of the summer, and the Lake Show (8-5) completed the sweep. Hewitt fanned six and walked two for the win. The right-hander threw 66 pitches (43 for strikes). Jourdan Plaisted(Elmira College) continued his hot hitting going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Brennen Smith(Monroe CC) homered. David Stirpe(Messiah College) drove in a pair and scored twice. Colin Coykendall(Monroe CC) walked and came home twice. Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) collected three walks and two runs scored. 

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Ignaszak dominates; Fish ride big fourth
posted 07/04/2018

Brandon Henshaw(St. Bonaventure) finished 2-for-4 including an RBI single in the first as the Monarchs put crooked numbers on the board in each of the first three innings. Henshaw brought in Mike Sabatine(University of Maine) with the first run of the game, and Tanner Cooper(Finger Lakes CC) followed with a run-scoring double, and the Monarchs ran away with the game adding four runs in the second and four more in the third. Mike Donofrio(Brockport College) allowed two runs on five hits over four innings for the win. The left-hander struck out four and walked one to improved to 2-0 on the season. Quinn Ignaszak(Bethel College) took over from there and dominated over five innings. The former Brockport Blue Devil hurled five shutout innings striking out five and allowing two hits. Ignaszak faced three batters over the limit and retired 11 of the last 12 batters who trotted to the plate. Steven Kemp(Medaille College) collected a hit, two walks and two runs scored. Jackson Smith(Ithaca College) drove in two with a single. Cooper had two RBI. Ryan Kalbfus(Gannon) tripled, drove in a run and scored another. The Monarchs improved to 6-5 with the win.  Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC)  drove in both of the Lake Monster runs with a single in the third inning. Tyler Smith(Niagara County CC) went 3-for-3 with a double. Sean Flannery(Kings College) was 2-for-3. Brennan Smith(Monroe CC) made his first appearance of the summer. The left-hander struck out five and walked one over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jason Tisa(Wilkes University) allowed one run on hit over three frames. 

Jason Schulz(RIT) finished 2-for-4 including a two-run triple in the fourth inning when the Fish sent 10 to the plate, erased a three-run deficit and did not trail again. Matt Carroll(SUNY Fredonia) capped the outburst with a two-out, two-run single, and the Fish led 6-3. Matt Petrossi(Monroe CC) made the offensive effort stick going five innings for the right-hander's first win of the summer. Petrossi allowed three runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked one. Kole Brink(SUNY Fredonia) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Sean Sheets(Keuka College) and Shane Hake(Elmira College) both singled and scored. Christian Montanez(Roger Williams University) was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. John Faynor(Genesee CC) had two hits in three at bats with an RBI and a run scored. Mike Perlo(Cornell University) doubled and drove in two. John Gassler(NYU) allowed one run on one hit over two innings of relief work. The southpaw fanned four and walked one. He threw 34 pitches - 20 for strikes. Nate Chase(Grand Valley State) had two hits including a triple and drove in two for the Lake Monsters. Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) had a hit and an RBI for the Lake Show. Logan Martella-Tasick(Monroe CC) singled, walked once and scored twice. Colin Coykendall(Monroe CC) and  Jordan Plaisted(Elmira College) had a single and scored a run apiece. With the win the Fish improved to 6-6, and the Monsters fell to 6-5. All three teams of the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League's Rochester Division are within a half game of each other after three weeks of play. 

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Kalbfus pushes the power button; Hill and Fish walk off
posted 07/04/2018

Ryan Kalbfus(Gannon) finished 3-for-3 and collected 10 total bases, but Brandon Henshaw(St. Bonaventure) delivered the decisive blow for the Monarchs. Kalbfus connected on his first two home runs of the season and added a double to cap his outburst at the plate. The Monarchs third baseman had a two-run shot in the third. He followed with a three-run blast in the fifth. Kalbfus narrowly missed a trifecta when his drive to straight center hopped the fence at Towers Field 375  feet from home plate for a ground-rule double. The Monarchs led 8-1 when the Fish sent 11 to the plate in the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. Henshaw took over from there with an inside-the-park grand slam in the eighth - his third round-tripper of the season. Mike Sabatine(University of Maine) collected a hit, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored for the Monarchs. Cole Penders(Brockport College) scored twice. Max Argentowalked and scored twice. Tyler Cyrus(John Carroll) tripled and scored a run for the Monarchs. Jackson Smith(Ithaca College) walked twice and scored a run. Hector Vargas(Erie CC) struck out three over three innings to pick up the win. Sean Sheets(Keuka College) finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Fish. Jeff Wilson(Le Moyne College) doubled twice and scored two runs for the Fish. Jason Schulz(RIT) had two RBI and scored a run. Dan Bamann(Keuka College) and Anthony Mashewske(Keuka College) both doubled, drove in two runs and scored another.

Ryan Hill(Monroe CC) capped a dramatic rally with a walk-off single as seven straight Fish reached with two outs in the their last at-bat. Hill's single scored Jason Schulz(RIT) and Dan Bamann(Keuka College) to snap a 9-all tie. Trailing 9-5, Matt Carroll(SUNY Fredonia) started the comeback with a two-out walk. John Faynor(Genesee CC) singled, and Jeff Wilson(Le Moyne College) loaded the bases when he worked a free pass. Two runs came home when Sean Sheets(Keuka College) reached on a error. Bamann's bases-loaded walk cut the margin to one and a wild pitch tied the game to set up Hill. Sheets worked a scoreless 2/3 of an inning to to pick up the win. Sheets finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Hill went 3-for-5 with a triple and five RBI. Bamann drove in three and scored twice. Sean Flannery(Kings College) went 2-for-3 to lead the Lake Monsters. The Wayne Eagle had a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Jason Tisa(Wilkes University) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Dom Palma(Manhattan College) delivered a pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Lake Monsters a 9-5 advantage. Brian Linton(Johns Hopkins) allowed one run on one hit over 2 1/3 innings of relief work for the Lake Monsters. The right-hander retired seven straight at one point needing just 23 pitches over that stretch.

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Magnanti and Smith earn ICBL weekly honors
posted 07/04/2018

Mike Magnanti, Rochester Monarchs/St. Bonaventure University
Sr. OF Greece Athena
Magnanti hit .444 (8-for-18) and reached base in each of the Monarchs first seven games. He compiled three multi-hits games and produced 15 (11 runs scored/four RBI) of his squad's 44 runs over that stretch. Magnanti went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in the Monarchs opening night win over the Flyin' Fish and was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in a loss to the Lake Monsters. 

Tyler Smith, Rochester Lake Monsters/Niagara County Community College
Fr. RHP/INF Fairport
Smith opened the season 2-0 and has allowed one run in 10 innings of work. The right-hander hurled four shutout innings in the Lake Monsters 9-2 win over the Flyin' Fish. He has struck out six over three appearances, walked three and allowed five hits. Opposing batters are hitting just .143 against the Fairport Red Raider. 

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Pitching highlights Lake Show sweep
posted 06/12/2018

A trio combined on a 2-hitter to lead the Lake Monsters. Kyle Povlock(RIT) started and struck out three over three innings for the win. The right-hander allowed one hit and walked two. Matthew Dessena(St. John Fisher) hurled three more shutout frames and set down three on strikes without a walk. Brian Linton(Johns Hopkins) hurled a scoreless stanza to pick up the save. Justin Augustine(Bethel) brought Nate Chase(Grand Valley State) home with a two-out in the first, and the Monsters had all the runs they needed. Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) finished 2-for-3 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Tyler Smith(Niagara County CC) singled and scored a run. Dom Palma(Manhattan College) was 2-for-2. Max Troiani(Bentley) and Sean Flannery(Kings) had a single and an RBI apiece.

Tyler Smith(Niagara County CC) hurled four innings and picked up his second win of the season. Smith struck out two and allowed one run on three hits. In eight innings of work this summer, opposing batters are hitting .143 against the incoming freshman.  After issuing a leadoff walk to start the first, Smith retired eight of the next nine batters he faced. Billy Sanborn(Jefferson CC) worked three innings to notch the save. Sanborn faced the minimum for the first two innings with battery mate Jordan Plaisted(Elmira College) erasing a two-out walk in the fifth and one-out free pass in the sixth when runners tried to steal second. Nate Chase(Grand Valley State) doubled and scored in the first. Max Troiani(Bentley University) brought home Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) with a sacrifice fly in the third. Zach Harterand Adam Chase(Finger Lakes CC) tripled and doubled to give the Monsters a 4-1 lead in the fourth. Jonah Harderdoubled in a pair of runs in the seventh as the Blazers brought the winning run to the plate in their final at bat. Tommy Bianchiwas 2-for-2 with an RBI. The Lake Show improved to 6-1 with their fifth straight win.

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ICBL interleague play opens with splits
posted 06/12/2018

Michael Donofrio(Brockport College) allowed one run on three hits over five innings of work to pick up the win. Donofrio struck out four, walked two and faced four batters over the minimum. Hector Vargas(Erie CC) and Jared Wren(St. John Fisher College) hurled a scoreless inning apiece in relief. Wren fanned two in a three-up, three-down frame. Michael Jamele(Merrimack) tripled, had two hits and scored twice to pace the offense. Mike Sabatine(University of Maine) tripled and added a run. Brandon Henshaw(St. Bonaventure) and Steven Kemp(Medaille) had two hits and drove in a run apiece. Henshaw scored a run. Cole Penders(Brockport) walked, knocked a hit and scored twice. Mike Maganti(St. Bonaventure)  collected a hit, walk, an RBI and scored twice. Logan Delutisled the Indians with two hits and a run scored. Rocco Leonedrove in Rome's lone run.

Nick Antonelloallowed two runs on five hits over six innings for the win. Antonello struck out seven, walked one and threw 79 pitches (61 for strikes). Rocco Leonefinished 2-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs to avenge a loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Nick Brownhad an RBI and scored three runs. Timmy Shintowent 2-for-4 with two RBI. Andrew O'Connorworked a scoreless inning of relief. Hector Vargas(Erie CC) went 2-for-3 and drove in the lone Monarchs run. Mike Magnanti(St. Bonaventure) walked and scored.


Jayson Faynor(Genesee CC) took a no hitter into the sixth inning and contributed at the plate to lead the Fish. Faynor struck out one, walked two and needed just 82 pitches (49 for strikes) to get through six innings. The right-hander allowed just three balls out of the infield through the first five innings and retired 12 batters overall on ground balls. His RBI double push the Fish advantage to 5-0.  Jeff Wilson(LeMoyne College) doubled and scored in a three-run first to give the Fish a lead the did not surrender. Wilson walked and scored another run. John Faynor(Genesee CC) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Jason Schulz(RIT) singled and scored. Matt Carroll(SUNY Fredonia) doubled in a run.

David Verrettconnected on a two-out walk-off single to cap a come-from-behind victory for the Snow Dogs.Seth Reusmanworked a one-out base on balls and eventually scored the game winner. James Croninhurled three shutout innings in relief for the win. The right-hander struck out one, walked two and allowed three hits. Jeff Wilson (LeMoyne College) finished 3-for-3 including a two-run single in the third to give the Flyin' Fish their first lead of the game. Kole Brink(SUNY Fredonia) and Ryan Hill(Monroe CC) knocked back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth for a 4-2 advantage, but the Fish could not hold the lead. Zachary Williamsonhad two hits including a leadoff double to start the sixth.  Michael Krickwent 2-for-3 and had an RBI two-bagger in the sixth when the Dogs knotted the game. Wyatte Meyerwas 3-for-4 for the Dogs. Jayson Faynor(Genesee CC) had two hits in three at bats and scored once. Hill collected two hits and a walk. Matt Petrossi(Monroe CC) started and tossed four innings for the Fish. The right-hander struck out two, walked one and allowed two unearned runs on four hits.

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Hillabush gets Fish off Schneid; Henshaw paces Monarchs
posted 06/12/2018

Brandon Henshaw(St. Bonaventure) paced an 11-hit attack with five base raps including a run-scoring single in the first as the Monarchs put a crooked number on the scoreboard and never trailed. Henshaw finished 3-for-5 on the night and collected four RBI. Jason Wasilnak(St. John Fisher) hurled four innings to pick up the win. The left-hander fanned three and allowed two runs on three hits in his second appearance of the summer. Wasilnak allowed one run on three hits over three innings in the Monarchs opener. The Monarchs top of the order, Raymond Specht(Niagara County CC), Tommy Baxter(Daytona) and Mike Magnanti(St. Bonaventure) scored two runs apiece. Baxter put the game out of reach in the seventh with a triple that scored Aaron Shoemaker(Finger Lakes CC) and Stephen Kemp(Medaille). Baxter collected three RBI in the game. Kemp went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Mike Donofrio(Brockport College) hurled three shutout innings in relief. The right-hander struck out five, walked one and faced two over the minimum. Donofrio threw 47 pitches, 29 for strikes. Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Lake Monsters. Catapano connected on a solo shot in the eighth. David Stirpe(Messiah College) singled, walked and scored a run.
Dylan Hillabush (Niagara) started and hurled three innings for the win, and the Flying Fish won their first game of the season. After allowing a run on three hits in the first inning, Hillabush set down five of the next six he faced. The left-hander fanned struck out four without a walk and surrendered six hits. Christian Montaneztook the baton and surrendered a run on two hits over two innings. Jayson Faynor(Genesee CC) needed 25 pitches to get through two shutout innings. The right-hander punched out three and walked none. With Hillabush holding serve, the Flying Fish jumper to an early 5-1 advantage. Anthony Mashewske(Keuka College) finished 2-for-3 and reached base three times. The right fielder scored three runs and drove in another. Jeff Wilson(LeMoyne) doubled, walked and drove in two runs. Dan Bamann(Keuka College) was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. The game featured a brother vs. brother duel when Cody Cooper(Finger Lakes CC) came to the plate in the seventh against his younger brother Tanner Cooper(Finger Lakes CC). The elder Cooper got the better of this meeting connecting for a three-run tater which he deposited over the fence in left-centerfield. Michael Perlo (Cornell) scored twice in the game. The Monarchs Tommy Baxter (Daytona) was 2-for-2 and finished with three hits and three RBI on the night. Stephen Kemp (Medaille) went 2-for-3. Mike Jamele (Merrimack College) had two hits and scored a run.
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Povlock and Smith hurl zeroes; Sabatine paces Monarchs
posted 06/12/2018

Monday, June 4

Kyle Povlock(RIT) and Tyler Smith(Niagara County CC) combined to throw 2-hit ball for five innings, and the Lake Monster offense took advantage of Flying Fish generosity to register a win in their opener. Povlock struck out six, walked one and faced one batter over the minimum through three innings to pick up the win. The right-hander tossed 52 pitches, 26 for strikes. After Sean Sheets(Keuka) reached on a leadoff error, Povlock struck out four straight. Smith worked two scoreless. He retired the side in order in the fourth and induced a double play to erase a leadoff single in the fifth. Max Troiani(Bentley) and Brian Linton(Johns Hopkins) both finished 2-for-3 on the night and paced a two-run fourth, but the Monsters capitalized on four walks and four wild pitches to score four runs in the third innings. Justin Augustine(Bethel), Jason Tisa(Wilkes), Colin Coykendall(Monroe CC) and Jonathan Catapano(Monroe CC) all walked and crossed home plate in the third. Catapano and Tisa scored twice in the game. Troiani doubled and Linton singled as the Monsters pushed their advantage to 6-0 in the fourth. Troiani collected an RBI with a single in the fifth. Billy Sanborn(Jefferson CC) brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. Michael Perlo(Cornell) singled and scored two in a four-run Flying Fish sixth. Sheets brought in another with a base hit. Nic Fiore (SUNY Fredonia) singled and scored a run. Christian Montanezstarted and threw two shutout frames to open the game for the Flying Fish.

Mike Sabatine(Maine) reached base all four times he came to the plate and sparked a decisive third inning as the Monarchs opened the season with a win. Sabatine finished 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. The Section V Class AA Player of the Year opened the third with a stand-up triple, and the Monarchs broke open 4-4 game. Mike Magnanti(St. Bonaventure) went 2-for-3 with two run scored, and two RBI including bringing in Sabatine with a groundout.Cole Penders(Brockport College) highlighted the inning with a two-run double that one-hopped the fence in left center. Penders collected three RBI in the game. Raymond Specht(Niagara County CC) was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Brandon Henshaw (St. Bonaventure) had a single and an RBI. Jared Wren(St. John Fisher) started and fanned three over three innings to pick up the win. The right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits. Jason Wasilnak(St. John Fisher) let up one run on three hits over three innings. Dylan Hillabush(Niagara U) fanned four over three frames.  Nic Fiorefinished 3-for-3 with a triple and a run scored for the Flying Fish. Cody Cooper(Finger Lakes CC) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Ben Martin(Brockport College) doubled, walked and scored a run.

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ICBL opens this Week
posted 06/12/2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Interstate Collegiate Baseball League (ICBL) opens its second season of play with action in Syracuse on Wednesday, May 30 and in Rochester Thursday, May 31.

Six teams (three each in both cities) will play a 30-game regular season scheduled to conclude on July 22nd.  Playoffs will immediately follow with a single elimination format.

The Flying FishLake Monsters and Monarchswill once again compete in the Rochester Division with a vast majority of games being played at University of Rochester's Towers Field.

The Flying Fish and Monarchs open play with a 5:30 PM game, Thursday and the nightcap follows immediately with the Flying Fish and Lake Monsters doing battle.  The Monarchs won the 2017 Rochester title.

The Copper City BlazersRome Indians and Snow Dogsmake up the Syracuse contingent with games to be played at Delutis Field. The Blazers and Indians open with a traditional doubleheader on May 30. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5 PM.

Crossover games are scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at the University of Rochester. The Indians and Monarchs will play a double dip followed by a Flying Fish-Snow Dogs twin bill. The Blazers and Lake Monsters will play two the next day.

Find the complete 2018 ICBL schedule here.

Fans can get exclusive coverage of  the ICBL on Pickin' Splinters including nightly recaps, Player of the Week announcements and feature stories.

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ICBL 2017 Champs!
posted 08/02/2017

ICBL 2017 Champs - Amsterdam Railcats
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