Here are the photos from game one of a doubleheader between the Adirondack Trail Blazers and Albany Dutchmen on June 29, 2014, at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY.

The Dutchmen fell to the Trail Blazers 8-7.

Steven Ghiardi (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Demetrius Webb (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bryan McGuire takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)


Mark Williams (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

John Chalupa (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brad Jones (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Brock takes a lead off first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Demetrius Webb takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jamie Young with the delivery (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Will Miller (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Will Miller dives into second (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adam Lee turns the double play after a hard take-out slide (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Will Miller legs out a triple (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Austin Foote (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Williams takes a swing (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Danny Hrbek tags out Alex Simone (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
The results are in and fans have voted Dunn Field in Elmira, NY the best venue in PGCBL.

Dunn Field, the home of the Elmira Pioneers will host the 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game.

(Photo Credit:Charles O’Reilly - http://charliesballparks.com/st/NY-Elmira-Dunn.htm)
Here's the complete results from the voting:

I was born into the New York Islanders' dynasty of the 1980's, but I was too young to remember how great the teams from 1979-1984 really were.

A few weeks ago I was visiting my father for Father's Day, and the Islanders came up in our conversation. I asked him about how great those teams were. He said they were good, and they had a bunch of hall of fame players. Yet, the one specific game he mentioned wasn't a win but rather a loss...the loss that ended the dynasty on Long Island.

It was May 19, 1984 and the Islanders were down three games to one in a best of seven series to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were led by two of the greatest players to ever play the game Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. The Oilers could smell a championship and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two peroids. However, the Islanders like true champions weren't going to go away quietly.

The Islanders scored two goals within 35 seconds to start the third period, both were by young phenom Pat Lafontaine. Suddenly, the Oilers and their fans were thinking about 1983 when the Islanders crushed Edmonton on their way to their fourth Stanley Cup.

The Islanders pushed the tempo of the game that third period looking for that third goal, but it never came. The game stayed 4-2 until the last minute of the game when the Oilers added an empty net goal on their way to their first Stanley Cup championship.

This game, while a loss was one of the greatest games I ever saw the Islanders play. It showed the class and greatness of a champion not to roll over when faced with adversity.

If you want to watch a great hockey game start to finish here's the video from YouTube.


Former Albany Dutchmen and Coastal Carolina University catcher, Will Remillard is having a huge season in his first year of professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization.

Will Remillard in 2012 with the Albany Dutchmen (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Cohoes, NY native is hiting .320 with one home run and 26 RBI for the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League (A).

Many people in the Cubs organization consider Remillard their top defensive catching prospect.

Here's a great article from the Naperville Sun about Remillard and his first year in the Cubs organiztion.
I went to my first NY-Penn League game of the 2014 season last night and I had a few observations...

First, the Tri-City ValleyCats are a classy organization. Possibly, the classiest organization in minor league baseball. Games are consistent from season to season, and standards are held very high. Sometimes teams get complacent and the overall product suffers. Not with the ValleyCats.  The stadium is always maintained, the staff is always friendly and courteous. Not to mention the fans are some of the best in minor league baseball. It's a great place to watch baseball and feel at home.

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Second, a few weeks ago I had a slight rant about the Vermont Lake Monsters' new logo. I have to admit after seeing it in action last night it has grown on me. The color scheme is pretty solid, and the bright green really pops off the uniform. I actually heard numerous people say how much they liked the new uniforms. I'll probably end up picking up one of their new hats (not the batting practice hat, I still hate that one).

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)







Here are photos from the game between the Vermont Lake Monsters and Tri-City ValleyCats on June 24, 2014 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

The ValleyCats defeated the Lake Monsters 5-4 on a walk-off infield hit from J.D. Davis. 

Yairo Munoz warming up (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Southpaw talking to some of the Lake Monsters before the game (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mott Hyde with a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Musgrove (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Burke (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joe Bennie (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Andy Paz and A.J. Burke talk things over (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Lake Monsters' hitting coach Tommy Everidge (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
 
Alfredo Gonzalez (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ryan Huck swings and misses a pitch (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Higley takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Gabriel Santana breaks his bat (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Santana slides safely into second (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dayton Alexander (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Andy Paz (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

J.D. Davis (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Davis takes a lead off first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Tanielu (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ariel Ovando (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Looking at a pop-up (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Beautiful new scoreboard (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Andy Paz (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ravel Santana (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Andy Paz with a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Lake Monsters' skipper David Newhan (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Newhan talks things over with an umpire (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Reed with a flip to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bobby Boyd lays down a bunt (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Andy Paz with another throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Reed (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Reed rips a double (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Wik coming home (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Marc Wik scores (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Marc Wik turns the double play (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Burke(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

ValleyCats' manager Ed Romero (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ariel Ovando (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

J.D. Davis manning third (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Reed (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

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