Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins
January 13, 2017

Vogelsong signs with Minnesota Twins

Photo Courtesy of Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

Ryan Vogelsong (Kutztown, Quakertown Blazers) has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins and has been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Vogelsong, 39, has 12 seasons of big league experience with the Giants and Pirates and this will be his first entry in the American League as he contends for a spot in the starting rotation. Vogey was an All-Star in 2011 and won World Series titles with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.

Former ACBL players Zac Granite (Seton Hall, Staten Island Tide) and Aaron Slegers (Indiana, Riverhead Tomcats) will join Vogelsong at the Twins Major League Spring Training camp in Fort Myers.

Granite, a speedy centerfielder, was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year after putting up big numbers at AA Chattanooga which included 55 stolen bases.

Slegers, a 6-10 RHP, went 10-7 at Chattanooga with a 3.41 ERA in 145 innings.

Chris Ray to manage 2017 Blazers
October 7, 2016
Chris Ray to manage 2017 BlazersChris Ray recently completed his second year of Professional baseball as a member of the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Empire League, an independent professional baseball league.

In his rookie season he finished with .350 batting average, 3rd highest average on his team and 4th in the league, a .942 fielding percentage, and was named an all-star. In his second season, he hit .248 and fielded .951 while starting at 2nd baseball with spot starts at shortstop and 3rd base.

Ray attended Alvernia university from 2009-2013, winning all conference honors all 4 years and winning MAC Rookie of the year in 2010 and MAC Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Finishing with a .389 career average, he was an integral piece of the winningest class in Alvernia history.

He spent the summer following his sophomore season as a member of the 2011 Quakertown Blazers hitting .268 and fielding .960 at 3rd base and played with the Geneva Redwings of the NYCBL in the summer of 2012.

Ray has spent 5 years coaching players of all ages, and 3 years of coaching and training multiple high school teams. In 2013, he was an assistant coach at Elizabethtown College, specializing in hitting and infield instruction, and assisted with coaching while playing in Old Orchard beach in 2016.

Morrin Pitches Blazers in to Playoffs
July 29, 2016

Dan Morrin (Moravian) allowed only one run over four innings as the Blazers defeated the Allentown Railers 6-1 in the second game of a doubleheader at Memorial Park on Friday evening.

Angel Lopez (Northampton CC) had three hits while Bob Barnett (Widener) chipped in with two hits.

Allentown won the opener 9-0 behind the pitching of Sean Pare (West Liberty State) and hitting of Ed Posavec (Binghamton).

Pare pitched five scoreless innings while Posavec had two hits including a home run.

The Blazers finish the regular season at 21-19 and travel to Allentown on Monday evening to start the playoffs.

Blazers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
July 27, 2016

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Lehigh Valley Catz by scores of 3-1 and 4-2 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Steve Muscovitch (Millersville) did not allow an earned run over seven innings for the win in the opener. A two run double in the third inning by Anthony Rinaldi (Lehigh) was the key hit for the Blazers.

In the second game Mike Hunter (Marist) allowed one run over six innings and Robbie Welhaf (Elon) recorded the save. Kevin Barron (Campbell) hit a two run double to spark the Blazers' offense. Anthony Rinaldi had three singles also.

The Blazers are now 20-18 and travel to Allentown tomorrow night and return home on Friday evening to host the Railers in the regular season final game.

Wolff Division edges Kaiser Division
July 21, 2016

The Wolff Division topped the Kaiser Division in the ACBL All-Star Game played Thursday evening at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, New York by a score of 2-1.

The Wolff Division scored a single run in the top of the sixth inning when Bob Barnett (Widener, Quakertown) scored on a two-out single to rightfield by Kevin McGowan (LaSalle, South Jersey).

The Kaiser Division came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth as Tyler Benson (Bloomsburg, North Jersey) scored on a sacrifice fly by Tom Marcinczyk (Rutgers, Jersey).

The Wolff Division took the lead for good as Jared Melone (West Chester, Quakertown) chased home Austin Edgette (Bloomsburg, Lehigh Valley) on an infield ground ball.

Sean Pavlik (Penn State, Allentown) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win while Drew Tumbelty (Rider, South Jersey) closed out the game with a 94 MPH third strike fastball to get the save.

Twenty-four Major League scouts were in attendance.

Trivino and Tice move up in the minor leagues
July 20, 2016
Former Blazers Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock)Former Blazers Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock) and Dylan Tice (West Chester) were recently promoted by the Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals respectively.

RHP Trivino was an 11th round selection of the A's in the 2013 draft and excelled in 33 relief apprearances at Stockton of the High A California League. He posted a 2.81 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 18 base on balls in 41.2 innings. He moves up to the AA affiliate Midland in the Texas League.

Tice was used as an utility infielder at State College of the short season New York Penn League where he hit .281. He was a 36th round selection of the Cardinals in the 2015 draft and moves up to Peoria, the Low A affiliate of the Cardinals in the Midwest League. Tice went 2-for-4 in his debut with Peoria.

LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville) has posted a 3.09 ERA in 10 appearances with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats after his promotion to the AA Toronto affiliate one month ago.

Joe Sheeran hits for the cycle in four innings
July 17, 2016
Joe Sheeran (West Chester University) hits for the cycleQuakertown Blazer shortstop Joe Sheeran (West Chester University) completed an unusual offensive feat when he hit for the cycle in the first four innings of the second game of a doubleheader with the Jersey Pilots on Sunday at Rutgers University.

The rising senior at WCU opened the second game with a home run to leftcenter field. He followed with a single in the second inning, a triple in the third inning and a double to centerfield in the fourth inning. He was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBIs.

Outfielder Anthony Rinaldi (Lehigh) also had a big day at the plate with six hits and seven RBIs including a two run home run in the Blazers' doubleheader sweep.

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