ROCHESTER, Mich. – The offenses are really taking control in the United Shore Professional Baseball League as the four teams combined for 14 home runs last week, including two grand slams, and the Westside Woolly Mammoths continue their strong second half to highlight This Week in the USPBL.
The Woolly Mammoths are in first place for the first time in their three-year history, and are 16-5 over their last 21 games. The Mammoths boast the league’s top team batting average and team pitching, and are led by No. 1 and 2 starters Ben McKendall (4-1, 1.93 ERA) and Matt Cronin (3-0, 2.19 ERA).
The Beavers are right behind the Mammoths in the league standings and continue to score six runs per game. Starting catcher Adam Gauthier ranks third in the league in batting average (.319) and RBI (25). Ross Haffey is tied for the league lead with seven home runs, and Jack Hranec’s 10 doubles leads the USPBL.
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Eastside Diamond Hoppers Pat Adams continues to put one of the most impressive seasons up in USPBL history. A native of Warren, Mich., Adams has 35 walks this season, just three shy of the USPBL single-season record. He leads the league in walks, batting average (.378) and on-base percentage (.525) and has reached base safely in 34 of 35 games played.
There have been five players signed by Major League Baseball organizations this season, matching last year’s total. The USPBL has produced 32 players overall that have signed with MLB teams, and former Unicorns’ pitcher Randy Dobnak was recently named International Minor League Pitcher of the Week while throwing for the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) in the Minnesota Twins organization. He is currently rated as a top-30 minor league prospect by Baseball America.
The United Shore Professional Baseball League was founded by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment, and is the culmination of a 10-year effort by General Sports to bring professional baseball to the Detroit area. General Sports is led by President & CEO Andy Appleby, a former Senior Vice President of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. General Sports previously owned and operated the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Derby County Football Club, an English football (soccer) club in the English Premier and Championship Football Leagues. The USPBL will give General Sports the opportunity to employ every best practice that its experienced team has learned over the past 30 years at the highest level of sports management and marketing.
The USPBL launched May 2016 with an initial slate of three teams playing a full 75-game schedule at Jimmy John’s Field in historic downtown Utica. The USPBL is the first league in history to feature best practices such as having all of its games played on prime dates, Thursday to Sunday from mid-May through early September – the very finest months of weather in Michigan.
For more information, visit the USPBL website.