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Fairfield University captain Mac Crispino (Avon, CT) has been named to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) All-Star Game, which will be played at Plumeri Complex in Albany, New York on Wednesday, July 20. Mac the Knife, selected as a reserve, plays for Mohawk Valley, and is one of six DiamondDawgs selected to the PGCBL East squad, which will take on the all-stars of the PGCBL West.
Crispino is hitting at a blistering .346 on the strength of 27 hits in 78 ABs in 21 games, and has knocked in 16 RBI to lead the DiamondDawgs.
Pitcher David Palmer (New Haven), and reserves Tanner Leenknecht (Treasure Valley CC), Michael Ketchmark, (Dartmouth), Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn), and Sean Mazzio (Wagner) are the Crispino’s fellow DiamondDawgs who also made the squad.
The sweet-swinging switch-hitter is among 13 Stags playing summer league baseball. The son of Knicks radio/Liberty TV play by play man Mike Crispino hit .292 for the MAAC champion Stags last season, after flirting with .300 the entire season, and his 35 RBI ranked third on the team.
Blake Nation, who led the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to the 2015 PGCBL Championship, will lead the PGCBL East All-Stars. Matt Burch, the head coach of the Elmira Pioneers, will guide the PGCBL West All-Stars.
Here are the rosters for each team:
Pitchers: pitcher Griffin Roberts (Wake Forest) – Amsterdam Mohawks Antonio Baglivo (Alvernia) – Oneonta Outlaws David Palmer (New Haven) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs Evan Giles (Indiana State) – Albany Dutchmen Andrew Kneussle (Canisius) – Glens Falls Dragons Jeff Rivera (University of the Cumberlands) – Albany Dutchmen Chase Haney (Florida State) – Amsterdam Mohawks Austin Keen (Kentucky) – Amsterdam Mohawks Nick Burns (Johns Hopkins) – Saugerties Stallions Troy Montemayor (Baylor) – Albany Dutchmen
Starters: C: Joe Genord (South Florida) – Amsterdam Mohawks 1B: Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) – Glens Falls Dragons 2B: Chris Givin (Xavier) – Amsterdam Mohawks SS: Alex Malsch (Wofford) – Oneonta Outlaws 3B: Robbie Knightes (St. John’s) – Glens Falls Dragons OF: Ryan Hooper (UC Davis) – Glens Falls Dragons OF: Alex Thrower (Buffalo) – Saugerties Stallions OF: JJ Shimko (USC Upstate) – Albany Dutchmen
Reserves: C: Tanner Leenknecht (Treasure Valley CC) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 1B: Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 3B: Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs IF: Sean Mazzio (Wagner) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs IF: Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) – Amsterdam Mohawks OF: Quin Cotton (Grand Canyon) – Oneonta Outlaws OF: Kyle Ruedisili (Washington and Lee) – Oneonta Outlaws OF: Chris LaVorgna (Franklin Pierce) – Amsterdam Mohawks OF: Mac Crispino (Fairfield) – Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs UTL: Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) – Albany Dutchmen
Pitchers: Taylor Ahearn (Cal State San Marcos) – Elmira Pioneers Connor Donahue (UMass) – Adirondack Trail Blazers Dalton Reed (West Chester) – Geneva Red Wings Brennen Smith (Canisius) – Victor RailRiders Austin Hansen (Seattle) – Elmira Pioneers Parker Caracci (Ole Miss) – Elmira Pioneers Steve Arntsen (Manhattan) – Elmira Pioneers Cory Blessing (Ohio) – Jamestown Jammers Ryan Green (Niagara CC) – Utica Blue Sox Mike Hope (Shippensburg) – Utica Blue Sox
Starters: C: Christ Conley (Canisius) – Jamestown Jammers 1B: Ben Brookover (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers 2B: Nick Russo (New Haven) – Victor RailRiders SS: Joe Spitaleri (LIU Post) – Utica Blue Sox 3B: Troy Dixon (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers OF: Franklin Jennings (Central Connecticut State) – Utica Blue Sox OF: Dale Wickham (Cornell) – Victor RailRiders OF: Skyler Valentine (Texas at San Antonio) – Jamestown Jammers
Reserves: C: Mitchell Clandra (Eckerd) – Utica Blue Sox 1B: Tyler Plantier (UC San Diego) – Elmira Pioneers 3B: Sam Fragale (Virginia Tech) – Newark Pilots IF: Greg Cullen (Niagara) – Newark Pilots IF: Chris Whelan (Parkland) – Newark Pilots OF: Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) – Utica Blue Sox OF: Nathan Koslowski (Jacksonville) – Victor RailRiders OF: Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) – Geneva Red Wings OF: Rob Perteet (Samford) – Elmira Pioneers UTL: Kyle Cunningham (St. John’s) – Adirondack Trail Blazers
The rosters for each team were voted on by coaches in the PGCBL.
The All-Star Game will feature the league’s eight leading hitters in batting average and also the leaders in the six major statistical categories.
The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country. This year, more than than 1,250 professional players have either worn the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game USA event.