OUTFIELDER ZACH SULLIVAN SENT TO THE YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds right fielder Zach Sullivan, who made a big name for himself in the Empire League and in the CanAm League with his spectacular defense and consistent offense, has been moved to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. The highest level of independent professional baseball.

The 6 foot 2 210 pound 23 year old outielder from Corning, New York was drafted in the  14th Rd by the Miami Marlins. In 58 plate appearances,  Sullivan is first in the Empire League in Home Runs with 6 and 2nd in RBIs with 20.  In 13 games, he was hitting .365

Sullivan will join teammate Sam Burton in Jersey as the Revolution will face the Somerset Patriots this week.

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RELIEVER SAM BURTON SENT TO YORK REVOLUTION OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds closer Sam Burton, who was dominant in the CanAm Series with the Empire League Grays Interleague team, has been moved to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. The highest level of independent professional baseball.

Burton, started the year as the 3rd starter in the first place Plattsburgh Thunderbirds rotation before moving to the closer role. He will continue that reliever role with the York Revolution when he arrives to play against the Somerset Patriots in Atlantic League play Tuesday Night.

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EPBL SENDS THUNDERBIRDS ACE CAS SILBER TO NEW BRITAIN BEES OF THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE

PLATTSBURGH, NY – As the Empire League prepares to play in the CanAm Series, they will be without their game one starter Cas Silber who is currently changing his gps destination from New Jersey to New Britain , Connecticut.

Silber, right handed starting pitcher for the first place Thunderbirds, is now headed to New Britain to play for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Silber will be starting tomorrow at 7pm in Connecticut.

In 2 starts, Silber won 2 games  in 12 innings of work striking out 21 batters. Silber topped out at 91 mph for the Thunderbirds and will look to continue his career at the highest level of Independent baseball in the Atlantic League.

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THUNDERBIRDS BIGGEST COMEBACK IN TEAM HISTORY EXTENDS EPBL LONGEST WINNING STREAK TO 9

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds pulled off a never before seen in franchise history come from behind victory to sweep the cross town rivals of Saranac Lake Surge. The team  not only came back from a large 9 run deficit, which is the biggest in franchise history, but, the team has also tied the Empire Leagues longest winning streak  of 9 set back in 2017. 

The Surge  took an early 8 to 0 lead with strong performances by Skylar Mercado  who hit a solo shot to left, and a 3 for 3 day for Stephen Octave behind the dish. Chikara Igami was more then stellar going 4 innings allowing just 1 earned run while striking out 3 batters. 

The story for the Thunderbirds could not be made up. They chipped away to score a total of 12 runs after a big fly from right fielder Zach Sullivan  who went 4 for 5 in the game.  Kezlin Douglas was a superstar on the mound tonight tossing 5 full innings allowing just one run and striking out 5 batters.

This Thunderbirds win means a sweep of the mayors series  by the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds. Both teams will break for CamAm league series and will continue play on Thursday July  4th.

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THUNDERBIRDS CHASING LONGEST WIN STREAK RECORD WITH THEIR 6TH IN A ROW TODAY

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Left handed starter Dimitri Nunez was stellar once again in his second outing of the season to give the Thunderbirds their 6th win of the season as they are still undefeated and chasing Empire League history.

With todays win the Thunderbirds are still undefeated with a 6 – 0 record. The longest winning streak by any team in League history is 9 set back in 2017. The Thunderbirds are now chasing history as they are just 3 wins away from reaching that mark.

Dimitri Nunez did work today going 7 strong allowing 3 runs, striking out 4 batters and not allowing a single walk. In 2 starts, Dimitri has thrown 14 innings allowing just 3 runs striking out 10 batters and only walking 1 while taking 2 wins.

If the Thunderbirds are to sweep this mayors series, the Thunderbirds would tie the record at 9 and will have a chance to break it on July 4th against the New York Bucks!

Tomorrows game is at 12pm at Lefty Wilson Field at Melissa Penfield Park in Plattsburgh, NY. Admission is just 5$ for adults and free for kids 12 & under. Concessions is available.

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THUNDERBIRDS POWER OVER SURGE IN MAYORS SERIES GAME 1

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds took game one of the North Country Mayors  series in Plattsburgh New York over the Saranac Lake Surge with a 9-6 shootout in where  7 home runs were hit.

Jordan Holloman Scott, a former draft pick by the New York Yankees, belted his league leading 4th and 5th home runs to power the Thunderbirds past the Surge. Former Miami Marlins draft pick Zach Sullivan went 2 for 4 with his 1st homer as a Thunderbird and Rookie catcher Tommy Shimchak also hit his first career home run.  Thunderbirds were led defensively by starting pitcher Cas Silber who went 7 innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 10 Surge batters.

Chikara Igami tossed 6 innings for the Saranac Lake Surge allowing 7 hits  and striking out 4 batters.  Terrell Thompson, Daniel Dominguez  and Jose Negron all 3 hit Home Runs for the Surge  as those 3 home runs were 3 of the 4 hits Saranac Lake had in the game. 

Game 2 of the series will be tomorrow afternoon at 1pm at Lefty Wilson Field in Melissa Penfield Park in Plattsburgh, New York.

Thunderbirds will send Lefty Dimitri Nunez to the mound while the Surge will start right handed pitcher Conor Maguire. 

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GAVIN STUPIENSKI HEADED TO SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Empire League has moved starting catcher for the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds Gavin Stupienski to the Sussex County Miners of the Canam league today.

Stupienski  in just 8 appearances with the thunderbirds is (2 for 6) with a home run  and 3 RBIs with no stolen bases allowed. 

Stupienski was drafted  by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB draft where he  spent 2 seasons of affialiated baseball and is now taking the next step into his career by coming to the Empire League and now being moved to the Sussex County Miners of the Canam league where he will be the starting catcher in tonights matchup.

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THUNDERBIRDS EXPLODE FOR FIRST WIN IN 2019

TAMPA, FL – The Empire League kicked off its 2019 regular season of baseball and it was an exciting one. The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds defeated the New York Bucks in blowout fashion, Saranac Lake Surge earn first win in franchise history as new  city, and Road City Explorers break a long losing streak by defeating the Puerto Rico Islanders in Puerto Rico.

The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds win over the New York Bucks was one you didn’t want to miss as third baseman Danny Muller belted 3 Home Runs which is a league record for most home runs in a game. Cas Silber tossed 4 innings striking out 9 batters before exiting due to tightness in his hamstring. The team also set a record for most home runs in a game with a total of 7. Johann Paniagua, Mohammed Hussein, Adam Tricarico and Gavin Stupienski all  hit their first of their seasons in a 17-9 victory over the Bucks

The Thunderbirds will face off against the New York Bucks for game two of the series tomorrow at 12pm eastern time at Lefty Wilson Field in New York.

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RAUL SHAH GETS A SHOT AT THE CANAM LEAGUE WITH OTTAWA

OTTAWA, CAN – The 2018 Empire Professional Baseball League batting champ, Raul Shah, signs with the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League.

Shah, a 2 year EPBL infielder, hit  for a .358 (112-313) batting average during the two seasons in the Empire League.  He is 4th all time in games played in the EPBL , 5th in overall hits with 112, tied for leagues best in overall in triples (6) and 3rd in RBIs with 69.

He was  also an Empire League Champion in 2017 with the Plattsburgh RedBirds who are now the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds.

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PLATTSBURGH ANNOUNCES THE NEW TEAM NAME

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Plattsburgh baseball club of the Empire League has announced the new name for the team. The name was suggested and voted by fans and supporters of the local baseball team.

The team will be called the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds which symbolizes the military history  in the Plattsburgh community. The Empire League heavily supports military, police, fire fighters, first responders and law enforcement. The league and the Thunderbirds will be  giving away free tickets to all   military, police, fire fighters, first responders and law enforcement personnel during every Monday game and has labeled the day, Military Mondays.

The Plattsburgh Thunderbirds will be a part of one of the best  pro baseball developmental organizations in the country.

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