Last Updated: August 14, 2016
Knights win and are 2016 PVBL Champions!
PVBL CHAMPIOSHIP GAME 1 POSTPONED (unplayable field)
Game 1 postponed tonight. On Saturday August 6th, the Championship Series will start at 9:30am at Frontier.
Dogs Rally Late To Upend Cats
Dirt Dogs 6, Valley Cats 1 (6 innings)
Jeff Whitehead (2-1, 3.15) and the Valley Cats held the Dirt Dogs scoreless for the first four innings, entering the 5th with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Jon Campbell steal of home. The Dirt Dogs erupted for 6 runs in the top of the 5th, pulling away for a 6-1 victory to even the season series between the Cats and Dogs at 1 win apiece.
The Valley Cats offense was led by Jon Campbell (2-2, R, 3 SB). The Dirt Dogs attack was led by skipper Colin Hosley (3-3, R). Dennis St. Jean (2-0, 1.59) went 6 strong innings to earn the win, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 8.
Behind the strong pitching of Chris Bernacki, allowing only one hit over seven innings the Knights beat the Dirt Dogs 3-0 and take first place.
Playoffs to start Tuesday.
Dirt Dogs vs. Knights Championsship series starts Tuesday August 2nd.
Whitehead Strong, Offense Relentless in Cats Win
Back from vacation and ready for some baseball! Only one game on the slate Tuesday night. Here goes.
The Valley Cats scored 8 runs in the 1st and added runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th to upend the Rafters at Labrie Field. Jeff Whitehead (2-0, .69 ERA) continued his early season dominance, shutting out the Rafters on 4 hits. For the Rafters, Angel Vera had 2 hits and a run and Ryan Buck and Phil Snow each had a hit.
Cats leadoff hitter, Jon Campbell, set the pace for the Cats attack, going 3-4 with a double, walk, 3 runs, and 3 RBI's.
Phil Snow went 1-2 and made a dazzling backhanded stop late in the game.
Jim Fogarty continued to produce with the bat, going 1-3, with a walk, 2 runs, and an RBI.
Rafters shortstop, Juan Vera, displayed an outstanding glove all night, turning an unassisted double play in the process.
Micah Winston displayed his trademark patience all night, walking 3 times and scoring a run.
Ron Totten scored a run and finished the game on the mound, giving up only 2 runs over the last 3 innings.
Cats and Rafters are both back in action Saturday morning, each seeking their first interleague win on the season.
Note regarding website updates
I will be away on vacation until next week and thus unable to do any previews or recaps for the next few games. Looking forward to getting back to it next week. Good luck everyone, while I'm gone (especially the Cats).
Preview for Tuesday, May 10: Undefeateds vs Winless
On Tuesday night we have a pair of matchups between an undefeated team and a winless team. In one game, the Knights face the Rafters at Herlihy Field. The Knights, coming off an impressive opening night win over the Cats, send Chris Dion (1-0, 1.80) to the mound, while the Rafters starting pitcher is TBD.
In the other game, the Dirt Dogs face the Valley Cats at Labrie Field in a rematch of last year's closely contested Championship semifinal. The Dirt Dogs will send Colin Hosley (0-0, .000) to the hill, while the Cats will counter with Jeff Whitehead (0-0, .000).
For all times and locations, please refer to the schedule.
Cats lose a heartbreaker to the Senators
In a sloppy, rainy, muddy Saturday morning tilt, the Senators eked out a 3-2 interleague victory over the Valley Cats at Spec Pond in Wlibraham. With the game tied 2-2 in the 8th inning, the Senators pushed across a single run, to take a one run lead. With two outs in the top of the 9th, Cats' newcomer, Steven Youngberg, hit a towering double to keep the Cats alive. Another Cats' rookie, Dan Pear, followed with his fourth hit of the day. With two outs in the inning, the Cats waived Youngberg around, but he was thrown out by the Senators centerfielder in a close play to end the game.
Ken Sloat gave up 1 earned run over six innings, earning a no-decision.
Morris Partee and Steven Youngberg each had two hits for the Cats, while Dan Pear continued his hot hitting in the early season, going 4-4 with an RBI.
Games Cancelled Saturday
Games cancelled are Knights @ Blizzard (Labrie), Wildcats@ Dirt Dogs (Herlihy), and Bullies @ Rafters (Herlihy)
Opening Night Results -- Knights pick up where they left off, Dirt Dogs pull away early
PVBL kicked off its 2016 season on an overcast Tuesday night. The defending champs and runner-ups hit the ground running with opening night victories.
The Knights scored three unearned runs in the 1st and never looked back. The Knights capitalized with the help of spotty Cats defense (8 errors) and timely hitting to earn the opening night win. The top third of the Knights' lineup, Rich Montone, Scott Ranney, and Steve Cole were a combined 5-for-11, with 5 runs, and 4 RBI. Chris Dion earned the victory, holding the Cats to 1 run on 6 hits, walking 3 over 5 effective innings. Jon Campbell and Mark Chapdelaine had 2 hits each for the Cats.
Entering the 3rd inning tied 1-1, the Dogs erupted for 5 runs, which was more than enough in a darkness-shortened 3 inning affair. Ricky Roberts was the player of the game, going 1-1, with 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk, all while holding the Rafters to 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 4. The Rebels' offense was led by Cliff Martin (1-2, R) and Evan Parro (1-2, RBI).
PVBL opens its interleague schedule this Saturday, with all 4 PVBL teams in action against WMWBL teams. Please check the league schedule for times and locations.
PVBL OPENS ITS 12TH SEASON TUESDAY NIGHT!!!
The 2016 PVBL season opens Tuesday, May 3. The 2015 PVBL champs, the Knights, will begin their title defense by taking on the Valley Cats at Labrie Field in Southampton, while last year's runner-ups, the Dirt Dogs, will be in action against the Rafters at Herlihy Field. Both games are at 6:00 pm.
Welcome to the New and Improved PVBL Website!!
Just want to welcome everyone to the new and improved PVBL website. Now that I have stepped down from running the day-to-day operation of the league, I will be spending more time on the website. My goal is to make this a fun and interactive place for everyone in the league, as well as a destination to check out standings, stats, boxscores, game stories, and some other cool stuff I have in mind. If anyone has any suggestions for the website, please let me know!