ROCHESTER, Mich. – It was a special week for the United Shore Professional Baseball League with two players signing with Major League Baseball organizations and the Westside Woolly Mammoths are riding a five-game winning streak to highlight This Week in the USPBL.
During their five-game winning streak, the Woolly Mammoths are scoring 9.4 runs per game and are batting a league-best .276 on the season. They are led by outfielder Sonny Cortez with a league-best .403 batting average. Right behind Cortez is Warren, Mich., native Pat Adams from the Eastside Diamond Hoppers at .386.
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The standings are beginning to get bunched up as the Utica Unicorns lead the way at 12-8, two games in front of the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers at 9-9. The Diamond Hoppers are in third at 9-10 and the Westside Woolly Mammoths are 8-11.
The Unicorns’ Donald Goodson leads the league with a 1.72 earned run average and is striking out over five per game. A native of Detroit, Goodson leads the USPBL by holding opposing hitters to a microscopic .155 batting average.
The Beavers’ Dylan Collett pushed his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 12.2 innings last week and ranks second in the league with a 1.89 ERA. Collett is currently 2-1 on the season and is holding opponents to a .206 batting average.
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.