2015 Lehigh Valley Catz Baseball Camp Dates Announced
April 21, 2015

The Lehigh Valley Catz, members of the prestigious Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, will be conducting 2 week-long instructional baseball camps.

To date, 70 former Catz players have advanced to professional baseball. Our camps offer a great opportunity to have your child receive expert instruction from top collegiate baseball players & coaches from all over the country.
  • Camp # 1 : June 15th –June 19th
    • Time: 9 am-12 pm
    • Location: Palmer Elementary School Baseball Fields
  • Camp # 2: July 6th – July 10th
    • Time: 9 am-12 pm
    • Location: Hackett’s Park Baseball Fields
Ages: 6-14
Cost: $95 per participant per camp, or $175 for both camps

Start your summer off right with instruction from top professional baseball prospects.

Lehigh Valley Catz Baseball is sanctioned by Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

Click here to download the 2015 Camp Form

Garzillo named Patriot League Player of the Week
March 25, 2015
Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsMike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was named Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week after going 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and six RBIs in three games for the Mountain Hawks.

Garzillo, the 2014 ACBL MVP, ranks seventh in NCAA D-1 statistics with a .441 average while his .746 slugging average places him tenth nationally. The junior second baseman is 28th in RBIs per game and 33rd in doubles per game.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics

Macaione and Boswick toss 11-inning no-hitter
March 13, 2015
Nick Macaione (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2012-2014) participates in 11 inning no-hitter, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics Nick Macaione, (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2012-2014) and Kevin Boswick, (South Jersey Giants, 2014) combined to throw an eleven inning no-hitter on Saturday as Lehigh defeated Iona 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Macaione, a senior LHP, allowed no hits or runs over seven innings while Boswick finished the last two innings for the win.

Justin Pacchioli, (Allentown Railers, 2013) provided the margin of victory with two run walk-off home run.

Mariano Rivera pitched well for Iona as he allowed only three hits over seven innings with 13 strikeouts.

Lehigh won the second game 7-4 as Patrick Donnelly, (Quakertown Blazers, 2014) topped the Lehigh offense with two hits and two RBIs including a solo home run. Freshman Michael Schwab, (Lehigh Valley Catz, 2015) recorded the win.

Nick Macaione photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics

Mike Garzillo Wins 2014 Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player Award
August 13, 2014

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player, Photo Courtesy of Lehigh University AthleticsPaul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) wins the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award, Photo Courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Mike Garzillo (Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Catz) was selected as the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player after topping the ACBL with a .417 batting average and .617 slugging percentage. The junior second baseman from Lehigh tied for the home run crown with five home runs. Garzillo wins the ACBL hitting and slugging awards also.

Paul Balestrieri (Cornell, Trenton Generals) won the Darrin Winston Most Valuable Pitcher award. Balestrieri posted a 5-0 record with a league leading 0.95 ERA in 37.2 innings during the regular season. The sophomore RHP pitched Trenton to victory in the championship game when he allowed two hits and one run in 8.1 innings.

Steven Bloodworth (Wagner, North Jersey Eagles) and Kevin Boswick (Lehigh, South Jersey Giants) were named co-winners of the Relief Pitcher of the Year award after each posted eight saves during the season. Bloodworth made 16 appearances over 19.1 innings with a 0.93 ERA. Boswick posted a 3-2 record with a 1.12 ERA in 18 appearances in 24 innings.

John Giakas (FDU, Staten Island Tide) and Kyle Cullen (New Haven, North Jersey Eagles) were named co MVPs in the All-Star game and will also receive post season awards. Cullen tied Mike Garzillo for the home run title with five home runs.

Mike Garzillo photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics
Paul Balestrieri photo courtesy of Cornell University Athletics

Kaiser Division shuts out the Wolff Division
John Giakas and Kyle Cullen Named Co-MVPs
July 17, 2014

By Phil Engel, Quakertown Blazers

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – The Kaiser Division All-Stars defeated the All-Stars from the Wolff Division 3-0 in the ACBL All-Star Game on Thursday night in front of a packed house at Quakertown Memorial Park. John Giakas from the Staten Island Tide and Kyle Cullen of the North Jersey Eagles were named Co-MVPs.

Giakas was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Cullen also notched two base hits including a double and scored a run for the Kaiser Division.

The Kaiser Division pitching staff held the Wolff All-Stars to five hits and one walk in the game. Delio Coutinho (Staten Island) earned the victory, pitching a hitless third inning while racking up two strikeouts. Steve Bloodworth of North Jersey allowed one hit but punched out two in the ninth to record the save.

The Kaiser All-Stars cracked the run column in the fourth inning off Wolff pitcher Ryan Flipowicz (Quakertown) as Giakas singled home Dane McDermott (North Jersey) for the game’s first run. Flipowicz allowed three hits and one run in the frame to receive the loss for the Wolff All-Stars.

The Wolff Division threatened in the bottom of sixth inning as Jacen Nalesnik (Allentown) and Joe Forcellini (Allentown) singled with two outs. Both runners advanced an extra base on a wild pitch from Matthew Kostlos (Staten Island). Kostalos, however, was able to escape without any damage as he got Anthony Reinz (Allentown) to chase a ball in the dirt for a strikeout to end the inning.

In the seventh, the Wolff All-Stars had another chance to get on the scoreboard as Michael Caputo (Jersey) was in scoring position with one out. But Tom Fazzini (South Jersey) got out of the jam as he got Matt Hansen (Lehigh Valley) to line out to left. Caputo strayed too far off of second base and was not able to get back in time and was doubled up to end the scoring chance.

Giakos added another RBI in the eighth as he tattooed a ball into the right field gap off Wolff pitcher Kevin Long (Quakertown). Cullen scored easily from second to put the Kaiser All-Stars in front 2-0.

The Kaiser All-Stars tacked on another run in the ninth as John Brucker (North Jersey) brought home his teammate Dane McDermott on a single to right to increase their lead to 3-0.

Bloodworth came on to close out the game in the ninth. He struck out the first two men he faced before allowing a two-out hit to Reinz. Bloodworth then retired Chris Melillo of Quakertown on a fly ball to center to end the game.

Catz scratch out another win with eighth-inning rally
June 23, 2014
By Cory D Smith, Of Lehigh Valley Live

The Lehigh Valley Catz have been involved in quite a few close games so far this season.

Tonight's game against the Jersey Pilots at Richards Field was no different. The Catz came from behind in the eighth inning to win 5-4 in their Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League contest.

Designated hitter Mike Roethke collected the game-winning RBI with a single that skipped over Pilots shortstop Beau Horan. He plated catcher Thomas Asbaty, who had reached on a walk and advanced to second after a failed squeeze attempt by Roethke.

But in the end, Roethke did his job by bringing home the winning run.

"I was just trying to put something in play and make something happen to put pressure on the defense," Roethke said. "Fortunately, it bounced over the shortstop. (We've) been getting some good bounces lately. It was a good win."

Relief pitcher Cory Spera pitched the final three innings to earn the victory for the Catz. Spera gave up one run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly that tied the game 4-4. However, he preserved the tie and pitched himself out of another jam with two runners on base in the eighth before setting down the Pilots 1-2-3 in the ninth.

"I feel pretty comfortable coming in those situations," Spera said. "My role in college is usually to come into situations like that. I've done that so many times for my school team so it felt pretty natural. It's always a huge lift to the team when you get something like that done."

Spera finished the game giving up three hits and the run with no walks and three strikeouts.

"He just really battles," Roethke said. "He got into a jam, but he dug deep, threw strikes and got guys out. It was huge for us to be able to come back in the eighth inning and score the winning run. He pitched a great game."

Each team was able to manufacture runs early, but the Pilots took the lead in the third inning, scoring two runs as Greg Kocinski's RBI triple highlighted the frame, making it a 3-1 game.

The Catz rallied back with three runs, two of them in fifth to go ahead. Center fielder Brian Uliana of Bethlehem singled to right to start the fifth, and he scored when left fielder Brody Clifford doubled to left center. Shortstop Andrew Hermanson drove home Clifford with a double to left, giving the Catz a 4-3 lead.

With the win, the Catz now have a 5-2 record in one-run games on the season. Second baseman Mike Garzillo of Nazareth said the victories in those games start with pitching.

"This year, we've had tremendous pitching, starting, relief and closing," Garzillo said. "They keep us in every ballgame and if we can scratch across a couple runs, we seem to pull out some wins."

Spera said the team's morale and camaraderie also are reasons for their success in close games.

"Everyone likes to win by 10 runs, but that's not exciting," Spera said. "It's real easy in summer ball to not get gassed up for those games, but I think our team is unique in that everybody likes each other and has meshed really well. It's fun to win and fun to play in close games."

Copyright © 2014, Lehigh Valley Live

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07/05 @ Trenton1:00 PM
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07/11Trenton10:30 AM
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07/13 @ Allentown7:00 PM
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07/16South Jersey5:00 PM
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07/29 @ Quakertown7:00 PM