A blizzard of signings continued on the heels of the return of 2015 Baseball America Independent Player of the Year Joe Maloney as the Rockland Boulders announced today the signings of two right-handed pitchers- Matt Kostalos and Mike Adams.
Adams, 22, played for the Boulders last season, appearing in sixteen games, going 5 – 6, with a 5.86 ERA, pitching 66 innings and giving up eighty five hits, with thirty seven walks and thirty strikeouts. The Wagner College alum also boasted a .933 fielding % with only 1 error in the field all of last season.
Kostalos, 22, will be returning to the Boulders in 2017, after appearing late in the 2016 season. During his time with the Boulders, Kostalos appeared in nine regular season games, going 1 – 1 pitching 19.1 innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits and striking out nineteen, with a 0.46 ERA. During the playoffs, Kostalos appeared in seven games, going 1 – 0 with a 6.75 ERA. Before joining the Boulders, the Staten Island native and St. Thomas Aquinas alum had a terrific senior season in 2016 with the Spartans, appearing in fourteen games, thirteen of which were starts. In his fourteen games, Kostalos was 8-0, pitching 98.2 innings, with hundred and eight strikeouts, and compiling a 1.46 ERA, earning him an ABCA/Rawlings All-American Second Team Award, as well as being named the East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year & First Team All Conference selection. Kostalos also was named the Conference Commissioner's Association - Division II First Team All-East Region Selection, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association - Division II Second Team All-America & First Team All-East Region Selection, the East Region Pitcher of the Year & East All-Region First Team Selection, a Division II Baseball News 2016 Brett Tomko Award Semifinalist, and a Hero Sports 2016 Division II Baseball Fan Choice Award Runner-up.
”A blizzard is not going to stop us from building a championship quality team for the 2017 season,” said Shawn Reilly, Executive Vice President/General Manager. “That being said, we hope all Boulders fans are safe and sound as we look forward to them welcoming a talented team to Palisades Credit Union Park on Opening Day.”
Adams, Kostalos, and the rest of the Boulders will begin their seventh season with a #BouldOpening on Thursday, May 18th when they host the Sussex County Miners at 7:00pm at Palisades Credit Union Park. Season Ticket Memberships and numerous other ticket packages are currently on-sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office or calling (845) 364-0009. For more information, slide to Rocklandboulders.com.
The Rockland Boulders announced today the signing and return of outfielder, 1st baseman and catcher, Joe Maloney. The 26-year old Chester, PA native played for Rockland in 2014 and 2015 and was the Baseball Digest Independent Player of the Year in 2015
Maloney, a 2011 10th round June amateur draft pick of the Texas Rangers and 7-year pro baseball veteran, played 179 games for the Boulders compiling a .304 batting average with 31 HR, 149 RBI, 227 hits, and 88 walks. In 2015 he had the best season of his career playing in 97 games and batting .337 with 14 HR’s and 83 RBI’s and making the CanAm League All Star Team. Maloney also set some records in 2015, having set the franchise record for single season batting average (.337) and the league record for runs scored with 91. Last season, Maloney played in the Minnesota Twins organization appearing in 114 games, batting .256 with 6 HR, 51 RBI, and 104 hits, while maintaining a .322 OBP.
“Obviously we know the caliber of player Joe Maloney is” said Boulders Field Manager Jamie Keefe. “Any chance you have to bring back a former Independent League Player of the Year you have to take it. We are excited to have Maloney back in a Boulders uniform where we know how talented he can be.”
“While things didn’t work out with the Twins, it was an easy decision to come back to play for Jamie and Rockland” stated Joe Maloney. “I thought about it and couldn’t find a better place for myself to play, fit in comfortably, and hopefully win another championship!”
“We are happy that Joe is coming back to Rockland to resume his trip to the big leagues” said Boulders President Ken Lehner. “He was part of the most exciting power tandem in league history when we had (Stephen) Cardullo-Maloney in the middle of our lineup. With Jamie’s (Keefe) mentoring I am confident he will resume his quest in the near future.” Maloney’s former Boulders teammate Stephen Cardullo now plays with the Colorado Rockies and the two led Rockland to set many league records in offense in 2015 while setting a team record for wins with 63.
Maloney and the rest of the Boulders will begin their seventh season with a #BouldOpening on Thursday, May 18th when they host the Sussex County Miners at 7:00pm at Palisades Credit Union Park. Season Ticket Memberships and numerous other ticket packages are currently on-sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office or calling (845) 364-0009. For more information, slide to Rocklandboulders.com.
The Rockland Boulders announced today the team’s 2017 television broadcast schedule of 15-home games on Optimum channel 77 and 78 in Rockland County. All games, home and away will also be streamed live for free via CanAmLeague TV.
“Not only did Boulders fans, the best in the CanAm League, vigorously support the team at Palisades Credit Union Park last summer and throughout the postseason, but they also loyally followed the club by way of television and the stream in record numbers”, said Seth Cantor, Assistant General Manager and “Voice of the Boulders”. Cantor continued, “Because of that support, we are once again thrilled to offer dynamic, top-quality broadcast coverage as the intriguing storylines for the seventh season of Boulders baseball unfold!”
The 15-game television schedule begins with the Boulders home opener, a #BouldOpening, on Thursday, May 18 at 7:05pm when the team takes on the Sussex County Miners. Matchups against highly anticipated International Series opponents will also be televised on June 17 and 18, as well as a contest against the Cuban National Baseball Team on Thursday, June 29. In addition, games against league-rivals the New Jersey Jackals, Trois-Rivieres Aigles, Quebec Capitales, as well as, defending CanAm League Champions, the Ottawa Champions will be broadcast. All games will be televised on Optimum 78 in Rockland, as well as North Rockland 78, except on Saturday, May 20, Saturday, July 15, and Saturday, August 26, which will be shown on Optimum 77 in the County. The tv deal was finalized in conjunction with Optimum, and the Town of Ramapo. The Town of Ramapo provides the public access time and sought approval from Altice Cable to utilize it for Boulders Broadcasts. For the full TV broadcast schedule, please see below.
Thursday May 18th @ 7:00 PM vs. Sussex County Miners
Saturday May 20th @ 6:30 PM vs. Sussex County Miners
Thursday June 8th @ 7:00 PM vs. New Jersey Jackals
Thursday June 15th @ 7:00 PM vs. Sussex County Miners
Saturday June 17th @ 6:30 PM vs. International Series
Sunday June 18th @ 2:00 PM vs. International Series
Thursday June 22nd @ 7:00 PM vs. Ottawa Champions
Thursday June 29th @ 7:00 PM vs. Cuban National Team
Thursday July 13th @ 7:00 PM vs. Quebec Capitales
Saturday July 15th @ 6:30 PM vs. New Jersey Jackals
Sunday July 16th @ 5:00 PM vs. New Jersey Jackals
Thursday August 3rd @ 7:00 PM vs. Ottawa Champions
Thursday August 3rd @ 7:00 PM vs. Trois - Rivieres Eagles
Thursday August 24th @ 7:00 PM vs. Sussex County Miners
Saturday August 26th @ 7:00 PM vs. Quebec Capitales
Cantor returns for his seventh season as the lead broadcaster; joined by fourth-year partner, Dan Arndt. Marc Ernay, in his second season with the club, rejoins the crew for select games. The team’s full broadcast slate will be announced in the coming weeks, with pregame start times and a radio outlet still to be determined.
2017 Season Ticket Memberships and numerous other ticket packages are currently on-sale and can be purchased by visiting thePalisades Credit Union Park box office or calling (845) 364-0009. For more information, slide to Rocklandboulders.com.