JUSTIN LEMANSKI MOVED TO QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

TAMPA FL – Just days after the season is over, Justin Lemanski was awarded reliever of the year in the  Empire League. He will now move on to play at the next level with the Quebec Capitales of the CanAm League.

Lemanski posted outstanding numbers for the New Hampshire Wild as a reliever tossing 25 innings of work posting a 1.44 ERA with a record of (2-0). Lemanski was lights out all season long throwing a lot of strikes. In the 25 innings he struck out a total of 25 batters.

What a week it has been for Justin as it just so happens that today is his Birthday. Not only was he clutch for the Wild but he was awarded reliever of the year and now will be playing at a high level of baseball.

The Empire League wishes Justin the best of Luck and look forward to continued success.

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BENNY COLLESANO SELECTED BY SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Benny Collesano woke up today thinking he would be going to pitch the elimination Wild Card Game against the Puerto Rico Islanders. Instead, he was selected by the Sussex County Miners of the CanAm League.

The right handed throwing Collesano  posted a 3.05 ERA in  41.1 innings pitched  with 25 strikeouts for the New Hampshire Wild.

The Empire League would like to congratulate Benny Collesano and wish him the best of luck moving forward.

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WILD ELIMINATED BY ISLANDERS IN WILD CARD GAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY –  Todays Wild Card Playoffs did not disappoint anyone in attendance as they got to see two of the best games ever played in Empire League History.

In Game one the Puerto Rico Islanders defeated the New Hampshire Wild 1-0 in a 12 inning pitchers duel. Luis Contreras was beyond perfect as he went  8.1 innings pitched without allowing a single hit.  With this amazing performance, Luis also passed the league leader Matt Vogel in strikeouts and has set the Empire League record after his 13 strikeouts with a season total of 84. The League leader in ERA, Matt Quintana, came in to relief Contreras and struck out 9 batters which puts him 3rd in the season with 75 total strikeouts. The Puerto Rico Islanders set a new record for most strikeouts in a game by striking out 22 total batters.

The Wild got their first hit of the game in the 11th inning which was a pop fly that was  dropped due to miscommunication by the Islanders outfield.

Paul Geha got the start for the New Hampshire Wild and was stellar going 7 innings  allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7 batters.

In the bottom of the 12th Inning, The Islanders outfielder Ryan River hit a single to the left side to score Kyle Schade and advance the Islanders to the Championship Series.

Two great baseball games were played in the Empire League today and great pitching was seen.

The Islanders will face off against the Bucks tomorrow at 1pm for game one of the finals.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE THIRD TEAM TO CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT IN 2018 PLAYOFFS

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Wild have officially clinched the 2018 Empire League Playoffs after a comeback victory over the Old Orchard Beach Surge.

The Wild have just 4 games remaining in the season and even if they lose all 4 games, the team will win the head to head  against the only other team that could be a threat which is the Old Orchard Beach Surge. The  Surge have 4 games remaining as well against the Aguada Explorers who have struggled big time at the end of the season. A series sweep would mean the Surge would need help from the New York Bucks  to take out the Plattsburgh RedBirds.

If the Wild can finish strong against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the team can take the 3rd seed.   During these Playoffs, the number 2 seed will take on the number 3 seed in a one game Wild Card Playoff to see who will advance to the 2018 EPBL Championship series and the number 1 seed will face off against the number 4 seed.

This will be the Wild’s  first playoff appearance in team history.

All Wild Card games will be played on August 10th at Chip Cummings Field. Followed by the Championship Series on the 11th to the 13th.

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WILD LHP MITCHELL HILLERT SELECTED BY IRELAND NATIONAL TEAM

TAMPA, FL – Empire Leagues Left handed pitcher Mitchell Hillert has been selected by the Irish National Team to represent Ireland.

Hillert, is a two year Empire League player who started his career as a  rookie in the Empire Leagues 2017 season with the Puerto Rico Islanders pitching nearly 50 innings and striking out 37 batters posting a (4-3) record.

He would sign once again out of camp in 2018 with the New Hampshire Wild.  Hillert pitched 27 innings striking out 20 batters before departing to Ireland for his first selection in the World Level of competition.

Im exited and beyond happy to represent Ireland and my family from Kildare. – Mitch Hillert

Hillert joins an elite group of Empire League Players who have moved on to play at elite level of professional baseball.

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STEVEN FIGUEROA MOVED TO THE QUEBEC CAPITALES OF THE CANAM LEAGUE

RINCON, PR – Steven Figueroa of the New Hampshire Wild has been punishing the baseball offensively since the start of the season and will now be putting on a different  uniform.
His work has not gone unnoticed, and today it will be rewarded as he will be sent up to play in the CanAm League for the 2017 Champions Quebec Capitales.
Figueroa will report to Yogi Berra Stadium for Batting Practice at 4pm.
We wish him the best of luck as he attempts to succeed at the next level in Pro Baseball.
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WILD ACE, MATT VOGEL, WILL BE PUTTING ON A YORK REVOLUTION UNIFORM

RINCON, PR –  New Hampshire Wild Ace has been moved to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League and is on his way from Puerto Rico to York to report with the team today by 2pm.

Matthew Vogel impressed early on in the season as the Leagues strikeout leader and is now on his way to a level most guys would never get a shot to play in.

“This league is not about who is winning or who is losing, this league is about who is getting better and who is ready to go to the next level. When the call comes in from the high levels, I can personally select the player who has shown deserving of that opportunity. Character wise and on the playing field. My scouting staff and I are excited for Vogel, and we wish him the best of luck on his journey at the next level” – President Eddie Gonzalez
Vogel is set to start for the Revolution on Saturday pending a physical upon arrival today in York. The Right hander was released by the Tampa Bay Rays and was provided and leaned on the Empire League system to help him get on a different route back to the big show.
“I got to see both starts and he was everything i’d want in a pitcher. Here in the Empire League we pride ourselves in helping these young ball players advance to the next levels and this is another great opportunity for another one of our guys” – Dir of Player Development Jerry Gonzalez
The New Hampshire Wild will be returning home next week and will look to replace Vogels spot by then.
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HILLERT DOMINATES EXPLORERS FOR SECOND WIN OF SEASON

RINCON, PR – The New Hampshire Wild have defeated the Explorers for the second time in a row this season.

Wild had 8 hits to the Explorers 4. Sammy Carter for the Explorers continues to hit well adding a  hit to his hits count for the second game in a row.  Steven Figueroa and Ricardo Sanjurjo both had a pair of hits for the Wild.

“I felt really good out there and my teammates are all playing together to make this happen. We are playing defense, we are hitting and it makes my job easier” – Mitchell Hillert

Cody Den Beste scored a pair of runs and has made an immediate impact on the Wilds Lineup meanwhile Ricky Rivera scored the only run for the Explorers

Mitchell Hillert, who has been added to the Irish National Team roster had a perfect game going for the Wild until an error followed by a single in the 6th inning broke up the perfect game and no-hitter. Hillert went 8 innings and struck out 4 batters while only giving up  2 hits.

The Explorers have some figuring out to do as they have not been able to do much defensively. Scott Hall went 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs and striking out 6 batters.

The Wild improve their record to (2-0) while the Explorers drop to (0-2).

DEN BESTE, MAXWELL REPORT TO CAMP, WILD LOOKING GOOD

GEORGETOWN, DE –  The New Hampshire Wild were assigned Cody Den Beste and Logan Maxwell out of the California camp earlier this year and after reporting, the team looks to be shaping up.

The New Hampshire Wild have very good infielders and outfielders at camp to add to the already new members of the Wild and look to be very good contenders in 2018.

“I scouted the Wild heavily yesterday and i really liked what i seen out of some of their infielders. Good bats, strong athletes, hard workers… i think the’re going to surprise a lot of people this season.” Vp Jerry Gonzalez

The New Hampshire Wild will be traveling to Puerto Rico to take on the Aguada Explorers in their opening series. Manager Scott Nathanson expressed how happy and excited he is to have such a group of players but will have some really tough decisions to make come friday.

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SCOTT NATHANSON TO MANAGE THE WILD!

CONCORD, NH – The Empire League has announced that they will bring back former Surge Manager Scott Nathanson as the new manager of the New Hampshire Wild baseball club for the 2018 season.

Nathanson previously managed the Old Orchard Beach Surge back in 2015 and 2016. He is looking to invite players for a chance to earn 1 of the 120 available contracts that are going to be offered at camp.

“We are happy to have coach Nathanson back, He’s an amazing human being and he means well for the players in our league. We want to help players in this league and he is a perfect guy that’s been around long enough to know how to do so. That’s what this league is about and we welcome Scott back for the 2018 season.” VP of Baseball Jerry Gonzalez

If players wind up being signed by the Wild, they’ll be playing for a manager committed to their success.

The Empire League will have spring training in Delaware on June 4-8, 2018 to finalize the final 120 roster spots/contracts available. Like no other camp in the world, the EPBL is the only league that offers 120 or more contracts at their tryout camps. That’s right, 120 players are going to sign at the end of camp.

For those players interested in pursuing your dreams and would like a shot at professional baseball, remember, the EPBL only signs players that attend EPBL camps. This will be the last tryout camp in professional baseball this season. To be accepted, click here. There are limited participants accepted into the EPBL Spring Training Tryout camp. So players are recommended to not wait as once camp is filled, no one else will be allowed to tryout.