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ACBL Announces Expansion for Summer of 2022
October 20, 2021
The ACBL will be expanding, bringing 16 teams in 2 Divisions to the NJ -NY-PA area. Hundred’s of collegiate baseball players will be displaying their talent while developing their skills for college and Pro Scouts to see.

Join us in welcoming back perennial League Champions The Allentown Railers along with the newly formed South Jersey Kings to the NJ/PA Wolff Division.

The NY Kaiser Division will spotlight our NY Phenoms club along with 7 clubs from the NY / Long Island area. These new to the ACBL clubs bring years of collegiate and professional baseball experience along with top notch players and playing venues to what is shaping up to be an exciting season.

Here’s how the ACBL will line up for the Summer of 2022

Wolff Division

Trenton Generals
South Jersey Kings
Allentown Railers
Quakertown Blazers
Ocean Ospreys
New Brunswick MATRIX
Jersey Pilots
North Jersey Eagles

Kaiser Division

Nassau Collegians
LI Neptunes
NY Crush
NY Valor
Oil City Athletics
NY Phenoms

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Trivino and Mayza excel in MLB relief roles
October 4, 2021

Trivino and Mayza excel in MLB relief roles

RHP Lou Trivino (Slippery Rock, Quakertown Blazers,2011) and LHP Tim Mayza (Millersville, Quakertown Blazers,2011) combined for 132 relief appearances during the 2021 regular season.

Trivino topped the Oakland A’s with 22 saves out of 26 save opportunities and games finished with 44. The 6-5, 235 lb. former ACBL All-Star was named American League Relief Pitcher of the Month in June. He posted a 7-8 record with a 3.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 73.2 innings. Opponents hit .216 against him and he had eight holds.

Mayza was the hold leader for the Toronto Blue Jays with 19 and appeared in 61 games with a 5-2 record and 3.40 ERA. He walked 12 and struck out 57 in 53 innings with a WHIP of 0.98 and opponents average of .206.

Stoudt off to good start in Mariners' system
September 21, 2021
Levi Stoudt off to good start in Mariners' system Levi Stoudt Photo Courtesy of MILB.com

RHP Levi Stoudt (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers,2017) finally started his pro career after sitting out the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery and missing the 2020 minor league season which was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Stoudt, the Top ACBL Prospect in 2017, was drafted in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Stoudt posted a 6-1 record for the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners High-A affiliate and in August was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, the Mariners AA affiliate. Overall he posted a 7-3 record in 15 starts with 86Ks in 81.2 innings with a 3.31 ERA.

RHP Matt Svanson (Lehigh, Quakertown Blazers,2018) and RHP Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova, Quakertown Blazers,2018), ACBL All-Stars in 2018 and pitchers on the Blazers’ ACBL championship team, also had success in their first season of pro ball.

Svanson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2021 MLB Draft and assigned to their Low-A affiliate, Dunedin. The 6-5, 230 pound RHP posted five saves in 11 relief appearances over 15.2 innings and struck out 23 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

Kingsbury was drafted in the 17th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners and assigned to their Low-A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts. On Friday September 17 he participated in a combined no-hitter as Modesto defeated Stockton 7-0. Kingsbury allowed no runs or hits over seven innings with ten strikeouts and one walk. On the season he posted a 2-1 record and 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 39 and walked eleven with a 0.83 WHIP and opponents hit .138 against him.

2021 Reliever of the Year
August 16, 2021

2021 Reliever of the Year
Joe Skapinetz, Jersey Pilots

Easy to see why Lafayette head coach Tim Reilly is excited for the arrival of Skapinetz in the Fall.

While no team in the ACBL really used the traditional closer to overwhelming success, Skapinetz quietly put up the best season of any league pitcher out of the bullpen and deserves recognition as the league’s Reliever of the Year.

With a powerful 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame and a deceptively strong low 90s fastball, Skapinetz overpowered enemy hitters out of the pen. In 10 outings – 8 in relief – Big Joe pitched to a 0.95 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 19 innings. He allowed just six hits all season.

Enemy hitters managed just an .071 average against Skapinetz with a .264 OBP. Watch him throw and you can see an arm that should be able to pump it up to the mid-90s with a bit more progression.

In fact, it’s not hard to imagine Skapinetz giving league hitters nightmares for the next few years.

Joe Skapinetz, Jersey Pilots, 2021 Reliever of the Year

2021 Hitter of the Year
August 15, 2021

2021 Hitter of the Year
Casey Caufield, Quakertown Blazers

The guy who got things started for manager Jeff Evans’ potent offense is the 2021 ACBL Hitter of the Year.

Monmouth University’s Caufield got better and better as the season went on and at .397 finished just one hit shy of .400 for the season. He was that good and that tough of an out.

Casey finished with 15 multi-hit games and five three-hit games – four of which came over the final two weeks of the regular season. He went 15-for-29 down the stretch, was a patient leadoff man at the plate (16 walks and a .493 OBP over the entire season), and stole 13 bases in 15 attempts. He finished with 46 hits and 28 runs and Caulfield’s 68 times on base led the entire ACBL.

Caufield’s at bats set the tone for the relentless offensive attack that Evans and GM Chris Ray worked hard to build. He finished the month of July with hits in 20 out of 21 games (including the ASG) and left no doubt as far as Hitter of the Year.

Casey Caufield, Quakertown Blazers, 2021 Hitter of the Year Winner

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2021 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

Trenton Generals2515090
Trenton Capitals1622070

Kaiser Division

North Jersey236075
New York1223059
New Brunswick1222058
Ocean Ospreys1024054

3 points for a Win, 2 points for a Tie, 1 point for a Loss

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