NEW YORK – Raul Shah of the New York Bucks franchise of the Empire League has been moved to the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League. This is another big opportunity for Raul Shah to continue his career at the next level as he has proven he deserves a shot.

The Utility infielder comes off a strong start to the season with the New York Bucks  as he batted  3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.

Shah will have another opportunity to prove himself at the next level with a quality organization like the Ottawa Champions.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The Empire League playoffs have been something to watch these past couple days as Josh Martinez completes the third walk off of the payoffs in the 3 games played to defeat the Puerto Rico Islanders 3 to 2 in the bottom of the 9th.

The New York Bucks took the 1 – 0 lead when Tyler Post hit a solo homer off Islanders knuckleballer Ryo Sanogawa in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Bucks would tack on another one  when Franklin Jennings tripled to the right center gap and would the score on a single by Catcher Dalton Hughes.

Phil Reese tossed a phenomenal game going  8 complete innings giving up 5 hits, 1 earned run, walking only 2 batters and striking out 7 Islanders. He would give up his first run of the game in the 8th inning when Angel Perez doubled to start off the inning and would score on a base hit by  Nick Landell.

In the 9th inning he would come out of the game after walking the second batter of the inning.  The Puerto Rico Islanders would make a move pinch running Cole Easley for Catcher Yordany Salva who walked. Easley stole second base and advanced to third base when throw to second ended up in center field. The Bucks closer would then give up a single one a 3-2 count to Islanders outfielder Kyle Schade to tie the ball game at 2.

Ryo Sanogawa would take the mound still for the 9th inning and walked the first batter. He was then replaced by Jordan Matos. The runner, Kenny Collins, would steal second base to put himself in scoring position. Islanders decided to intentionally walk the next batter for a potential double play. However Josh Martinez had other plans as he smoked a ball over the left fielder Ryan Riveras head to score the winning run in walk off fashion.

The New York Bucks lead the series (1-0) over the Islanders which means if the Bucks win one more game they would be crowned the Champions of the Empire League for 2018. If the Islanders can win the game tomorrow. They would send it to game 3 to determine who will be the 2018 Empire League Champions.

Game time tomorrow is at 12:00pm at Chip Cummings Field.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Todays Wild Card Playoffs did not disappoint anyone in attendance as they got to see two of the best games ever played in Empire League History.

In Game two, The New York Bucks walked off on the Plattsburgh RedBirds to win 3-2. All 3 Bucks Runs were unearned as they all scored on errors including the final one which walked it off for the Bucks.   The 2 RedBirds  runs were also unearned which made it a defensive game. The best defense would win and they did. Zac Burke  tossed 8 great innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters.  RedBirds Dimitri Nunez was lights out  as he went 7 innings walking just  1 batter and no earned runs.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, The Bucks lead off hitter walked. The following hitter went to sacrifice bunt and when he put the bunt down, the RedBirds third baseman sailed the throw into the right field corner that allowed the runner at first to come all the way around to score.

Two great baseball games were played in the Empire League today and great pitching was seen.

The Islanders will face off against the Bucks tomorrow at 1pm for game one of the finals.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – After a loss by the Old Orchard Beach Surge today against the New Hampshire Wild, The New York Bucks have clinched a spot in the 2018 Empire League  Playoffs.

The Bucks are currently in first place looking to finish with the number one seed in the overall standings. They will need to win out in the final series against the Plattsburgh RedBirds or have the Puerto Rico Islanders lose one game to take the overall first seed.

The number 1 seed will take on the number 4 seed in a one game Wild Card Playoff to see who will advance to the 2018 EPBL Championship series.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The first place New York  Bucks will have to find a new starting pitcher  as Carl Brice will be putting on a York Revolution uniform today.

Carl  is a  very tall right handed pitcher measuring 6 feet 5 inches in height. He is what players  would believe is a pitcher that looks like hes standing right in front of you when you look out to the mound.

The righty from Jackson, MS  had 32 innings pitched here in the Empire League with 34 strikeouts, 3 wins and a 2.48 earned run average.

I got to talk to him last night, i felt like i was looking up at the moon. But from watching him over the past few weeks i can tell this guy is a competitor when he gets out on that mound. But at the same time when he is not on that mound he is a professional and a great person. I  couldn’t be happier for Carl and i wish him the best of luck” – VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

Carl will report today to York and join other Empire League players still on the team like Roger Diaz, Dominic Severino and others.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY –  The New York Bucks got a very good pitching performance out of Japanese pitcher Chikara Igami and bullpen shut it down to take a 4-2 win over the Plattsburgh RedBirds to regain first place after Islanders Loss to Surge.

The  Bucks took an early read after a double by Simon Palenchar in the top of the 1st inning scored Peyton Deiters.

Abel Medina led the way for the Bucks as he had a game high 3 hits while Palenchar, Ashford, Sorita and Josh Martinez all had 2 hits. The team finished with a total of 13 hits.

The RedBirds would rally in the 6th inning to score 2 runs on a couple of over throws by the Bucks and a clutch hit by RedBird second baseball Austin Baker allowed for the rally. The rally forced manager Ernesto Punales to go to the pen and bring in Kyle Richards who was lights out going for 2 innings pitched without giving up a run.

Michael Heller would close it out in the 9th getting Christian Cruz to pop up to left and the New York Bucks regain the first place in the standings after the Islanders loss to the Old Orchard Beach Surge.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds defeated the New York Bucks by a score of 11-3 today in which the RedBirds capitalized in many Bucks mistakes.

Although the numbers didnt show it, The Bucks starter Phil Reese pitched  a very good game despite giving up  5 runs in which only 3 were earned. Reese struck out 4 batters and was forced to make extra pitches due to many Bucks mental mistakes.

RedBirds took full advantage of those mistakes as Raul Shah and Michael Deeb continue driving in runs for the RedBirds in clutch situations.   Valentin, Shah, Deeb and Fowler all had 2 hits each of the 14 total team hits.

Matt Martinez led the offensive attack for the Bucks as he had 3 hits  including a double and an RBI. Zach Ashford also had a good day with 2 hits of his own with an RBI.

Adam Koutz tossed yet another win going 6 total innings allowing just 3 runs and striking out 2 Bucks. He was credited with the win while Phil Reese was handed the loss.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow at 4:30pm at Chip Cummings field for game 4 of the series.

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh RedBirds took tonights game from the first place New York Bucks after failing to get the first hit until the 6th inning.

The RedBirds were down 4-0 to start off the game as Bucks starter Carl Brice was cruising through  RedBirds batters through 3 innings. But Anthony Wiggins was right there fighting along with him going for 6 strong innings.

The Bucks had a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the 5th inning when a couple of RedBirds walked and would move over on passed ball and would both end up scoring on a big two out error in the infield to make it a 4-3 game.

In the 7th inning, Carl Brice walked a couple more RedBirds and would exit the game after tossing a solid  6.2 innings with given up just 2 earned runs  and striking out 5 batters.  However, clutch hitting by Raul Shah and Michael Deeb woud tie the game and take the lead 6-4 and thats how the game would end as the RedBirds defeated the Bucks by the score of 6-4.

Carl Brice would be handed the Loss while Cody Pamperin who came in to relief in the 7th would take the win with Damian Boyum earning the save.

There was not much offense in this one as The Bucks had a total of 6 hits and the RedBirds had  4. It was the defensive errors that would make a difference as the Bucks ended with 4 errors and the RedBirds ended with 3.

Both teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm for the third game of the series in Plattsburgh.

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TAMPA, FL – The  Empire League has announced the  players who will be participating in this years All Star Game in Old Orchard Beach Maine on July 16th.

The selection has been made by the Empire League based on statistics up until today.   The All Star Game festivities are set to begin at 3pm Eastern Time with the Home Run derby followed immediately by the All Star Game.

The Home Run Derby will feature the most powerful hitters in the league  that will have 10 outs to advance until the 2nd round of 4 players. The 2nd round will determine who will advance to the final 2 spots in RD 3 of also 10 outs.

The All Star Game will feature the best in the league in terms of statistics .The Top team in each division will determine the manager of the teams.

The West side will feature the Plattsburgh RedBirds, New Hampshire Wild and New York Bucks. The East side will be the Puerto Rico Islanders, Aguada Explorers and the hometown Old Orchard Beach Surge.

Tickets for the game will be available at the gate box office.

For a complete list of the All Star Game participants, click here



RINCON, PR –  The Islanders have taken the series after yet another entertaining game between the Bucks and Islanders. Theres talk that these may be the series we see later this season.

Shota Sugawara of the Puerto Rico Islanders has done it again offensively and has hit a monster Home Run over the right center wall to give the Islanders the lead in the middle part of the game  off Bucks starter Nelson Garcia. A shot that traveled close to 410 feet. Sugawara finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs’s .

Abel Medina answered Shotas homer with one of his own to the exact same spot in the right center wall.  Medina finished 3 for 4 for the night with an RBI.

Bucks starter Nelson Garcia did not fare  as  well as he wanted to taking the loss after pitching   3.1 innings allowing 6 earned runs. Brendan Henriquez tossed a fantastic game with  a lot of help from his offense going 7 innings  allowing 4 runs.

The Bucks would come all the way back to take the lead  in the top of the 9th inning  with the Islanders needing just one out to win the game , closer Patrick Donohoe allowed 4 runs including 2 runs on a clutch single by Matt Martinez to center field.

Michael Heller who came in the 8th inning to shut the Islanders down but JJ Bissell had a different plan. Bissell, who was due for a long ball, hit a ball over the center field wall with bases loaded to walk it off for the Islanders in the ninth.

The Islanders improve to (3-2) in the season while the Bucks drop to (2-3). Both teams will have a day off tomorrow before starting the second series of the season on tuesday.