Swarmer tops ACBL awards and named All-American
August 21, 2015
Matt SwarmerMatt Swarmer (Kutztown University, Allentown Railers, 2014-15) was the unanimous selection for both the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award and the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher Award.

The 6-5 RHP went 8-0 in the regular season with a 0.55 ERA in nine starts. He put up an astonishing 89 strikeouts with only three walks in 65 innings in the regular season. The rising senior at Kutztown University then pitched the Allentown Railers to the 2015 ACBL Championship by going 2-0 in the playoffs with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 17.1 innings while allowing only one earned run.

Swarmer was also recognized nationally as he was named as a first team starter on the Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team.

Justin Cassinelli (Susquehanna, Staten Island Tide, 2015) won the ACBL Hitting and Slugging Award. The rising junior hit .386 with a .627 slugging average.

Kyle McKelvy (Widener, Quakertown Blazers, 2015) was named Relief Pitcher of the Year after posting five saves.

DiFazio having big year with St.Paul
August 15, 2015

St. Paul Saints catcher/first baseman Vinny DiFazio shares a laugh with team mates during batting practice before the Saints game against Lincoln Saltdogs on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers
Photo Courtesy of John Autey | Pioneer Press

Catcher Vin DiFazio (Alabama, Quakertown Blazers 2005, 2008) is putting up big numbers with the first place St. Paul Saints in the American Association.

The former ACBL top prospect and MVP in 2005 tops the league in average at .378 and RBIs with 73. He is second in home runs with 15 and has a good shot at the triple crown.

The Saints are out in front of the North Division with a 59-19 record and average over 8,000 fans per game.

In 2008 DiFazio returned to the Blazers after rehabilitating from a rare illness. The next spring he was the starting catcher for the University of Alabama and played four seasons in the Texas Rangers' system after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Rangers.

Quakertown / Staten Island Series to be Broadcast
August 3, 2015

By Matt Nelson | Voice of the Generals

For the next two days, Matt Nelson, who has been known as the “Voice of the Generals” since 2014, will provide the Play-by-Play for the Quakertown Blazers as they will play the Staten Island Tide in the first round of the ACBL Playoffs.

The Blazers finished the season 22-18, good for second in the Wolff Division and third in the ACBL. The Blazers will enter the playoffs as the number three seed while the Tide won the Kaiser Division title with a 23-12-1 record and the second best record in the ACBL. The Tide will enter the playoffs as the two seed.

Games 1 and 2 will take place Tuesday at the College of Staten Island and Game 3 will take place at Quakertown Memorial Park, if necessary.

Nelson will begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 4:45 P.M. on

Game 1 is scheduled for 5 P.M. and each game is set for nine innings.

Blazers, Pilots Split DH
July 31, 2015

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers

Ryan Keegan hit a two run walk off double to give the Blazers a 6-5 win in the opener.

Keegan went two-for-two with two doubles and four RBIs.

Keegan and Cal Baker both had two hits in the nightcap as the Pilorts won 6-4.

The Blazers are now 22-17 and finish the regular season at South Jersey tomorrow.

Blazers Beat Lehigh Valley 16-4
July 29, 2015

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Lehigh Valley Catz 16-4 on Wednesday evening at Memorial Park.

Ryan Keegan topped the Blazers with three hits including a double and triple. Mike Young and Ronnie Sessa each had a double and contributed two hits.

Andrew Schuler went six and a third innings for the win.

The Blazers travel to Easton for a DH tomorrow evening and return home on Friday at 5pm to host the Jersey Pilots in a 5pm doubleheader.

Allentown Defeats Quakertown
July 28, 2015

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers

The Allentown Railers won their 16th game in a row and improved to 31-3 with a 6-1 victory over the Quakertown Blazers on Tuesday evening in ECTB Stadium.

Cal Baker went three-for-four for the Blazers as they dropped to 18-16.

Tomorrow night the Blazers host the Lehigh Valley Catz at 7pm and on Friday evening they host the Jersey Pilots at 5pm in a makeup doubleheader at Memorial Park.

Blazers Take Two From Jersey
July 24, 2015

By Tom Bonekemper | Quakertown Blazers

The Quakertown Blazers defeated the Jersey Pilots 5-3 and 8-0 on Friday evening behind the complete game efforts of Pablo Matos and Trey Bickel.

Bickel tossed a six hit shutout in the second game.

Greg McDonough had three hits in the opener while Cal Baker, Mike Young and Jordan Draude each contributed two hits.

Mike Rothmund posted three hits and three RBI in the nightcap. Baker, Jim Bleming, and Ron Sessa each had two hits.

The Blazers improve to 18-15 while the Pilots drop to 9-21.

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2015 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division
South Jersey211900.525
Lehigh Valley83200.200
Kaiser Division
Staten Island231310.635
North Jersey182200.450
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06/04@Allentown L 7-27:00 PM
06/06@Trenton W 9-11:00 PM
06/06@Trenton W 3-13:00 PM
06/09South Jersey W 3-17:00 PM
06/10@South Jersey L 6-47:30 PM
06/14Trenton L 1-01:00 PM
06/14Trenton W 8-43:00 PM
06/15@Lehigh Valley L 2-05:00 PM
06/16Allentown L 3-17:00 PM
06/21Lehigh Valley W 4-32:00 PM
06/21Lehigh Valley W 12-24:00 PM
06/24@Lehigh Valley W 15-105:00 PM
06/25Allentown L 4-07:00 PM
06/30Lehigh Valley W 3-27:00 PM
07/02South Jersey W 4-07:00 PM
07/03@Allentown W 6-37:00 PM
07/04Allentown L 6-06:00 PM
07/07South Jersey L 8-15:00 PM
07/07South Jersey W 7-27:00 PM
07/08@South Jersey W 4-05:30 PM
07/08@South Jersey W 8-27:30 PM
07/11@North Jersey L 3-212:00 PM
07/11@North Jersey L 7-32:00 PM
07/12@Staten Island L 4-212:00 PM
07/12@Staten Island L 5-42:00 PM
07/16@Allentown L 12-17:00 PM
07/19Staten Island W 4-31:00 PM
07/19Staten Island L 6-03:00 PM
07/21Allentown L 3-07:00 PM
07/24@Jersey W 5-34:30 PM
07/24@Jersey W 8-06:30 PM
07/28@Allentown L 6-17:00 PM
07/29Lehigh Valley W 16-47:00 PM
07/30@Lehigh Valley W 7-01:00 PM
07/30@Lehigh Valley W 7-03:30 PM
07/31Jersey W 6-55:00 PM
07/31Jersey L 6-47:00 PM
08/01@South Jersey L 4-11:00 PM
08/04@Staten Island L 9-85:00 PM
08/04Staten Island L 6-57:30 PM