Sullivan Explorers pause for All-Star break

By Win Hadley

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Empire Professional Baseball League has announced selections for the league’s 2017 All-Star Game, and the Sullivan Explorers are well represented.

The teams will be divided into two divisions, East and West. The Sullivan Explorers and the host Plattsburgh RedBirds will represent the West side and the Puerto Rico Islanders and Old Orchard Beach Surge will represent the East.

The West will be managed by first half champion manager Joe Winkelsas of the Plattsburgh RedBirds who will be assisted by Sullivan Explorers manager John Kazarian.

The East will be managed by Old Orchard Beach manager Pascual Santiago, assisted by Puerto Rico Islanders manager Dalphie Correa.

Explorers representing the West team in the All-Star game include catcher Luis Touron, shortstop Brandon Young, third baseman Luc Pomales, outfielders Cole Easley, Joe Florino and Samuel Carter, and pitchers Drue Bravo, Phillip Richmond, and Billy Felo.

In addition, Explorers Samuel Carter, Luc Pomales and Luis Touron will be among twelve participants in the league’s Home Run Derby to be held in conjunction with the All-Star Game.

The Explorers have finished the first half of the EPBL season with a 15 – 15 record, leaving them in third place in the four team league. The Plattsburgh RedBirds currently lead the league at 18 – 12. The Explorers next return home to Generals Park to host Puerto Rico on August 12, and will remain home through their final game of the regular season against Plattsburgh on August 24.