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  • PGCBL: Utica, Boonville teams moving from NYCBL to PGCBL

  • NOVEMBER 22 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE Two more New York Collegiate Baseball League franchises are making the jump to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League for the 2013 season. The Utica Brewers and Adirondack Trail Blazers, franchises added to t...
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  • Two more New York Collegiate Baseball League franchises are making the jump to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League for the 2013 season.
    The Utica Brewers and Adirondack Trail Blazers, franchises added to the NYCBL following the split that resulted in the formation of the PGCBL two years ago, will join the newer league. The Trail Blazers made their debut in Boonville this past summer after relocating from Rome where they were previously known as the Thunderbolts.
    “Teams from upstate New York are gravitating to the high standards set on and off the field by the PGCBL,” PGCBL president Jeff Kunion said in a release Monday. “It is a natural fit for these teams to join our league. Both teams have been playing for quite some time. First in the Eastern Collegiate Baseball League, then the NYCBL. As they have improved their operations it only makes sense for these clubs to want to compete at the highest level within (New York) state.”
    Kunion is the former owner of the Mohawk Valley Landsharks, Little Falls’ entry in the independent Northeast League for one season in 1995.
    The Brewers play their home games at Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field where they led the NYCBL in attendance in 2012. The Trail Blazers ranked second in their league in attendance during their debut season at the Boonville Youth Athletic Association’s Robert Smith Sports Complex.
    The Brewers and Thunderbolts were two of the four ECBL teams added to the reformed NYCBL following the PGCBL split in November of 2010. The Oneonta Outlaws, the lone team east of Geneva to stay with the NYCBL, followed seven franchises into the NYCBL in 2012.
    Little Falls’ Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, the Amsterdam Mohawks, the Watertown Wizards, the Albany Dutchmen, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, the Elmira Pioneers and the Glens Falls Golden Eagles made up the original PGCBL along with the expansion Newark Pilots.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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