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Former Blazer Pitchers Doing Well in Pro Ball
May 23, 2015
Ryan Vogelsong Photo courtesy baseball-reference.comLast night Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-8 at Coors Field. He is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.05 ERA for the Giants.

Lou Trivino pitched seven shutout innings as the Stockton Ports defeated Lake Elsinore 8-0. Trivino is 3-2 in eight starts for the high A Oakland franchise in the California League.

On Wednesday Tim Mayza earned his first save when he pitched three innings as the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) defeated South Bend 7-3 in the Midwest League.

Darin Gorski has posted a 3-3 record in eight starts for the Mets AAA Las Vegas team.

Ryan Vogelsong Photo courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Blazers Announce 2015 Head Coach
October 24, 2014
Matt HollodMatt Hollod, currently in his 3rd season as the head coach at Wilkes University, will be the field manager of the 2015 Quakertown Blazers.

Matt has extensive summer collegiate experience serving as the head baseball coach for the Willmar Stingers out of the Northwoods League from 2010 to 2013. In four years as manager for the Stingers, Hollod tallied 160 wins which puts him in the top 10 all-time in the league. His .573 winning percentage is second highest in the leagues 22 year history. Hollod had also recruited 36 players to the Stingers, and helped develop, who have gone on to play professionally. Matt is a former associate head baseball coach at DeSales University and Southern Utah University.

Hollod was a four-time letter winner in baseball at the University of Washington and the University of Portland. He was an honorable mention All-West Coach Conference selection during his junior season where he was a consistent starter for the Pilots on the mound. As a hitter, Hollod led the team with a .346 average in his final season in Portland.

Vogelsong plays key role as Giants advance to NLCS
October 8, 2014
Ryan VogelsongRyan Vogelsong (Kutztown University, Quakertown Blazers, 1996-1997) only allowed two hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 to advance to the NL Championship Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

By holding the Nats to one run over 5 2/3 innings, Vogelsong became the first pitcher in Major League history to allow no more than one run in each of his five career postseason starts. Vogelsong's previous four playoff outings came in 2012.

He has now given up a total of four earned runs in 30 1/3 postseason innings for a 1.19 ERA which ranks him ninth lowest in postseason ERA with more than 30 innings pitched.

Blazers end season on positive note
August 16, 2014

Picture of Blazer All-Stars, Courtesy of Bill Hahn

The Quakertown Blazers won eleven of their last thirteen games as they claimed second place in the Wolff Division with a 19-21 record. Pat Donnelly (Lehigh) topped the Blazers with a .385 average and 30 RBIs which was second in the ACBL. Chris Melillo (Notre Dame) was second with a .342 average and 26 RBIs. Tyler Kirkpatrick (Marist) and Brett Smith (Bucknell) hit .333 and .308 respectively.

Connor Donovan (Lehigh) and John Geffre (Delaware) each posted four wins on the mound. Ryan Filipowicz (Holy Cross) posted a team leading 1.25 ERA with seven saves. Kevin Long (Lehigh) topped the Blazers with 30 strikeouts while Brandon Kulp (Lehigh) followed with 22 Ks.

Picture of Blazer All-Stars, Courtesy of Bill Hahn
Front Row: Corey Baiada, Chris Melillo, Pat Donnelly, Brett Smith
Back Row: Ryan Filipowicz, Kevin Long, Brandon Kulp

First Place Railers Down Blazers 7-4 in Home Finale
July 30, 2014
By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa – The Quakertown Blazers fell to the Wolff Division Regular Season Champions, the Allentown Railers, 7-4 in the last game at Memorial Park of the 2014 season. Patrick Donnelly and Kevin Jewitt paced the Blazers with two hits apiece.

Corey Baiada gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as he drove in Jewitt on a ground out to short. Jewitt got in scoring position as he laced a double into the left center gap with one out in the frame.

The Railers threatened in the third. Anthony Reinz singled to center with one out and Andrew Brandstetter raced around third to tie the game. However, Brett Smith made a tremendous throw home to Baiada who applied to tag to gun out Brandstetter to end the scoring threat.

After relinquishing the lead in the top half of the fifth, Jackson Martin tied the game at 2-2 for the Blazers in the bottom half as he singled to center, scoring Ed Posavec.

Allentown took back the lead in the sixth off back-to-back doubles by Jacen Nalesnik and Reinz off reliever Cody Stoneback that brought in three runs to give the Railers a 5-2 advantage.

The Blazers battled back in the seventh. Donnelly once again came through for Quakertown as the Lehigh-product singled to left. The left fielder for Allentown misplayed the ball and allowed it to get past him. Brett Smith and Martin were able to score on the miscue and Donnelly ended up at third. Donnelly had a chance to tie the game at 5-5 as he tried to score on a wild pitch but was tagged out on a close play at the plate.

The Railers got those two runs back in the eighth as Nalesnik drove in Casey Clauss on a deep double to center and Joe Forcellini beat out and infield single to short to bring home Nalesnik and supply Allentown with the 7-4 edge.

Quakertown sent the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth but could not force free baseball and fell to 18-21 on the year.

The Blazers will conclude their 2014 season tomorrow night as they travel to face the Jersey Pilots in Berkley Heights, N.J.


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2015 ACBL Standings

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06/03 @ South Jersey7:30 PM
06/04 @ Allentown7:00 PM
06/06 @ Trenton1:00 PM
06/06 @ Trenton3:00 PM
06/09South Jersey7:00 PM
06/10 @ South Jersey7:30 PM
06/14Trenton1:00 PM
06/14Trenton3:00 PM
06/15 @ Lehigh Valley5:00 PM
06/16Allentown7:00 PM
06/18South Jersey7:00 PM
06/21Lehigh Valley1:00 PM
06/24 @ Lehigh Valley5:00 PM
06/25Allentown7:00 PM
06/28 @ Jersey4:30 PM
06/28 @ Jersey6:30 PM
06/30Lehigh Valley7:00 PM
07/02South Jersey7:00 PM
07/03 @ Allentown7:00 PM
07/04Allentown6:00 PM
07/07South Jersey7:00 PM
07/08 @ South Jersey7:30 PM
07/09 @ Lehigh Valley7:00 PM
07/11 @ North Jersey12:00 PM
07/11 @ North Jersey2:00 PM
07/12 @ Staten Island12:00 PM
07/12 @ Staten Island2:00 PM
07/14 @ Lehigh Valley7:00 PM
07/15 @ South Jersey7:30 PM
07/16 @ Allentown7:00 PM
07/18Jersey1:00 PM
07/18Jersey3:00 PM
07/19Staten Island1:00 PM
07/19Staten Island3:00 PM
07/21Allentown7:00 PM
07/28 @ Allentown7:00 PM
07/29Lehigh Valley7:00 PM