ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Utica Unicorns are off to the league’s best start at 11-3 to highlight This Week in the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The weekly show recaps the following week’s games and touches on upcoming promotions.
Jimmy Latona heated up for the Unicorns with a pair of home runs and right-handed pitcher Spencer Stockton improved to 3-1 on the season with another strong performance against the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers.
The Beavers’ Ross Haffey has homered in each of his last three games and leads the league with an impressive .941 slugging percentage. Haffey, a native of Birmingham, Mich., was named USPBL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .364 with those three home runs and six RBIs.
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Noah Gotsis has been impressive for the Diamond Hoppers. The 6-foot right-hander from Phoenix, Ariz., leads the USPBL with a 1.42 ERA and is a perfect 2-0 on the season. Gotsis is striking out just under nine batters per game.
Games at Jimmy John’s Field in historic downtown Utica, Mich., will take place Wednesday-Sunday this week. For more information, including tickets, visit USPBL.com.
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.