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Vogelsong strong in spot start
April 14, 2016

Vogelsong sharp in spot start with Pirates

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

On Wednesday Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) allowed only one run in five innings as he started for the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of injured Francisco Liriano.

This was Vogey's first start in a Pirates uniform since September 29, 2004 and his first start against Detroit since Game 3 of the 2012 World Series. A Pirate bullpen collapse gave the Tigers a 7-4 victory.

Vogelsong is 1-0 with a win in relief for the Pirates on April 8 against the Cincinnati Reds.

On Monday Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook, Riverhead) tossed five shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-1.

RHP Phil Klein (Youngstown, Hamptons) has not allowed a run in two relief appearances for the Texas Rangers.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed (UConn, Westhampton Aviators) is hitting .296 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with three home runs.

Mayza and Trivino pitch with MLB clubs
March 29, 2016

Tim Mayza (Left) and Lou Trivino (Right) Pitch for MLB Clubs

Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) and Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers, 2011) both recently pitched in relief for their Major League teams in spring training.

On Sunday Mayza hurled a scoreless 8th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4. LHP Mayza allowed one hit, struck out two with no walks and touched 97 MPH with his fastball.

RHP Trivino pitched to one batter in the top of the 8th for the Oakland A's today and the batter popped out on a foul ball to the third baseman as the A's lost to the Cubs 9-5.

Trivino was a 11th round selection of Oakland in the 2013 MLB draft while Mayza went in the 12th round to Toronto.

Blake Smith Named Blazers' Assistant Coach for 2016 Season
February 17, 2016
Blake SmithBlake Smith enters his first year on the coaching staff at Eastern University. He serves as the team’s pitching coach, while also assisting with the development of the catchers. He is also in charge of monitoring the student-athlete’s academic progress, while heavily assisting in recruiting efforts.

Blake is a 2015 graduate of Brescia University in Owensboro, KY where he helped the team to a school record 35 win season his junior year. He was selected as a team captain his senior year.

Prior to Brescia, he played two years at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. He was a 2-time NJCAA Academic All American, and helped his team to a runner up finish in the Regional Tournament in 2011. He was selected as a team captain his sophomore year in 2012.

A native of Belleville, MI, Blake is a 2010 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University.

DiFazio and Gorski sign free agent contracts with MLB organizations
January 26, 2016

In recent minor league transactions catcher Vinny DiFazio (Univ. of Alabama, Quakertown Blazers) signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while LHP Darin Gorski (Kutztown Univ., Quakertown Blazers, Kutztown Rockies) signed with the Washington Nationals.

Vinny DiFazioDarin GorskiDiFazio was named Player of the Year in the independent American Association while hitting .361 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. The All-Star catcher led the St. Paul Saints to a 74-26 record and was in the running for the triple crown.

Gorski had a New York Mets organization leading 27 starts for Las Vegas in the AAA Pacific Coast League. He posted a 10-8 record while striking out 108 in 137 innings with a 5.52 ERA.

Veteran LHP John Lannan (Siena, Long Island Collegians) signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals after going 6-10 with 25 starts and 152 innings for the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Hezel named Blazers' pitching coach
December 2, 2015
Bill Hezel, 2016 Pitching Coach
Field manager Dewey Oriente recently announced that Bill Hezel has been named pitching coach of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Bill Hezel enters his fourth season as pitching coach for Northampton Community College after spending six seasons as an assistant coach for the East Stroudsburg American Legion team.

A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Hezel played two years for the Warriors after transferring from Division 1 Lehigh University.

Hezel was named to ESPN Magazine's Academic All-District team and went 6-1 with a 3.75 ERA during his senior year.

Hezel graduated from East Stroudsburg North High School where he was named MVP, All-Conference and All-Area and was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Vogelsong finishes season strong
October 2, 2015
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 96-97) allowed only one hit in four innings with no walks and six strikeouts in relief as the San Francisco Giants lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Although the Giants moved Vogey to the bullpen in early September he feels that he could still provide 30 or more starts for a major league team next year and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In 2015 he posted a 9-11 record in 22 starts and pitched 135 innings with an ERA of 4.67.

Oriente Named Field Manager of Blazers
September 19, 2015
Dewey Oriente, 2016 Field ManagerDewey Oriente, a former ACBL All-Star and outstanding player at Saint Joseph's University, has been named field manager of the Quakertown Blazers for the 2016 season.

Dewey Oriente is in his first season at DeSales where he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will work with the Bulldogs' hitters and outfielders. Oriente comes to DeSales after serving as Widener University’s Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and JV Coach for the past four years. Widener enjoyed tremendous success while Oriente was on staff helping guide the Pride to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. Oriente played a role in helping the Pride capture the 2014 MAC Commonwealth Championship and 2015 ECAC Southeast Region Championship. During his work with the Pride’s hitters, he mentored eleven All-Commonwealth Conference and five All-Mid-Atlantic Region hitters. He also saw two of his hitters go on to win the Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 2014. Additionally, the Pride were statistically ranked among the top of the MAC Commonwealth in several key offensive statistics each season.

Oriente competed four years for Saint Joseph’s University from 2006-2010. In 2009, he was named ABCA All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference, Philadelphia Big Five Team and Philadelphia Big Five Academic Team. In his breakout season, Oriente finished the year hitting .403, which still stands as the last Hawk player to reach that plateau in program history. Following the 2009 season, Oriente was selected Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team All-Big Five. He completed his second season as an Assistant Coach with the South Jersey Giants in the ACBL where he guided them to back-to-back playoff berths.

Oriente graduated Saint Joseph’s in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science with a concentration in Sports Management at Wilmington University.


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