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NJ Jackals help build a “CanUtopia”

(NJ Jackals graphic)
(NJ Jackals graphic)

The New Jersey Jackals are partnering with Floyd Hall and Montclair State University for a food drive “CanUtopia.”

Anyone who makes a non-perishable food donation before November 23 can receive a free ticket to a 2014 Jackals game.

Visit for more information.

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Quebec wins 5th straight Can-Am League title

(Photo taken from the Canadian American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Facebook page)
(Photo taken from the Canadian American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Facebook page)

The Quebec Capitales rallied from a four-run deficit to win a 12-7 victory over the New Jersey Jackals to claim their fifth Can-Am League title in as many years on Tuesday night.

Jeff Helps was Quebec’s main run-producer in the series-deciding game. The shortstop was 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored. Boucher was the next most productive Quebec batter, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.

While Helps was certainly the main cog in the Capitales’ offense, Charle Rosario deserves credit for a stellar relief pitching performance. When the right-hander entered the game, Quebec was trailing by four runs. But, Rosario proceeded to pitch 4.2 solid innings and walked away with the win. Rosario surrendered one run on four hits, while striking out five, thus giving the Capitales a chance to mount their comeback.

Pat Scalabrini earned his fourth championship in four seasons as the Captiales’ skipper. In that time, the 2013 Can-Am League Manager of the Year has steered Quebec to a remarkable 20-6 record in postseason play, capped by this game-seven victory over New Jersey. Quebec leads the Can-Am League in championships with six overall.

In the league’s nine years of existence, Quebec has won six titles. None of the other four teams that are currently part of the league have ever won the championship.

[Source: Can-Am League website]

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Senators face Thunder in Eastern League playoff series beginning tonight

Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection
Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection

The Trenton Thunder will take on the Harrisburg Senators for the Eastern League title tonight, starting a best-of-five playoff series at 7:05 p.m. at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.

Nik Turley will take the hill for the Thunder against Blake Treinen for Harrisburg, the Washington National’s Double-A affiliate.

The series will continue in Trenton at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night, when Bryan Mitchell of the Thunder takes on the Senators’ A.J. Cole.

On Thursday, the series shifts to Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Pa. for Game 3. Games 4 and 5 will be played on Friday and Saturday, if necessary. All will be 7 p.m. starts.

Can Am-League Playoffs

After falling behind 3 games to 1 in the best-of-seven Can-Am League Championship Series, the New Jersey Jackals won the last two days to force a deciding Game 7 in Quebec tonight. If the Jackals win, it will be their first Can-Am League title… if the Capitales win, it will be their fifth straight.

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Trenton Thunder moves on, Binghamton Mets go home

Zoilo Almonte plays for the Trenton Thunder in 2012
Zoilo Almonte, seen here playing for the Trenton Thunder in 2012, drove in what proved to be the game-winning run Friday night (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Trenton Thunder swept the Binghamton Mets, beating them 3-0 Friday night. Starter Shane Greene and four relievers combined to shut the B-Mets out, and rehabbing Yankees outfielder Zoilo Almote‘s fifth inning RBI single proved to be the game-winning hit.

Despite finishing the year 31 games above .500 with the best record in the Eastern League, the Binghamton Mets are done. Trenton, who at 74-67 had the worst record of any team in the playoffs, advances to the Eastern League Championship series to face either the Harrisburg Senators or Erie Seawolves.

That’s baseball.

In the Can-Am League Championship Series, Quebec beat the New Jersey Jackals 6-4 on Friday and has a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Thunder take 2-0 lead in Eastern League playoff series

(Video courtesy of the Trenton Thunder YouTube channel)

The Binghamton Mets face a must-win game tonight if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Trenton Thunder took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series on Thursday night, winning 2-1 thanks to Ali Castillo’s 7th inning RBI double.

Here’s the Thunder press release:

TRENTON, NJ – Thunder pitching retired 15 of the final 16 batters they faced which held the Binghamton Mets at-bay long enough for Ali Castillo’s game-winning double in the 7th inning in Trenton’s 2-1 win Thursday night.

After taking Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series in dramatic fashion Wednesday, the Thunder responded with a two-hitter of the B-Mets in front of 2,877 at ARM & HAMMER Park.

With the ballgame tied 1-1 in the 7th inning, Trenton used a one out single by Mason Williams to begin their go-ahead rally. Reegie Corona was the next batter and lined-out to left field which brought Castillo to the plate. Castillo worked a full-count which put Williams in motion at first base. Castillo lined the offering by Binghamton starting pitcher Darin Gorski to right-centerfield and past centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the wall for a 2-1 lead.

Starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien got the no-decision but kept Trenton in the ballgame early. He allowed just one run on a solo home run by Binghamton’s Josh Rodriguez to begin the fourth inning. Aside from that, O’Brien allowed just one other hit and struck out four.

Trenton leads the best-of-five series over the Binghamton Mets, 2-0.

Following their second-straight win to begin the series, the EDCS continues Friday with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Binghamton Mets at NYSEG Stadium. RHP Shane Greene (8-4, 3.18) pitches for the Thunder against RHP Logan Verrett (12-6, 4.25) for Binghamton. Radio coverage of Friday’s game on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and coverage online begins at 6:45 p.m.

In other playoff action, the New Jersey Jackals defeated the Quebec Capitales 15-7 on Thursday to even up the Can-Am League Championship Series at one game apiece. The two teams meet again tonight at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair.

Finally, the Somerset Patriots clinched a spot in the Atlantic League playoffs with their 5-4 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers on Thursday night. They will face the Sugarland Skeeters in the first round, beginning on Sept. 17 in Sugarland, Texas.