This Week in the USPBL – Episode 2
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The United Shore Professional Baseball League produces a weekly show every Tuesday during the season (May 10-Sept. 8) that touches on the highlights from the previous weekend’s games and previews what’s next at Jimmy John’s Field in downtown Utica. The show includes highlights, testimonials and upcoming promotions.
The Utica Unicorns took over first place in the standings at 4-1 behind some strong pitching. Right-handed hurler Spencer Stockton took a perfect game into the sixth inning last Friday night and finished the game with a one-hitter, striking out nine in 7.0 scoreless innings. RHP Kyle Olliges earned a win with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings during a midweek game. Kyle Bonicki batted .500 and smacked his first home run of the season, finishing the week with five RBIs.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers Nick Campana earned player of the week accolades with a .462 average for the week and a league-best six RBIs, two doubles and .769 slugging percentage. He has hit safely in all four games this season. LHP Gerry Salisbury tossed 6.0 strong innings on Sunday, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in a no decision.
Local product Pat Adams continues to swing a hot bat for the Eastside Diamond Hoppers. A native of Warren, Mich., Adams hit .455 last week (5-for-11) with one double. He started in all three games for the Hoppers in the outfield.
RHP Philip Walby made his debut in the USPBL last Saturday night, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings and struck out 10 as the Westside Woolly Mammoths picked up their first win of the season. Walby, a native of San Diego, Calif., was a 12th round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2013 and pitched in the minor leagues for five seasons before making his way to the USPBL. He is currently serving as an Assistant Coach at St. Clair Community College.
USPBL games are played at Jimmy John’s Field and fans can purchase tickets as low as $6 (lawn seats) or $12 (grandstand tickets) here.