Surge Pitcher moves up to new league

Joey Lara, of the Saranac Lake Surge, pitches against the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds on June 27 at Petrova Field in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Saranac Lake Surge pitcher Joey Lara was selected by the York Revolution of the Atlantic League on Monday.

Lara, 24, of Chicago, Illinois, was selected to play in the Empire Professional Baseball League All Star game this year as one of the league’s best players. In his seven games with the Surge, he has posted an earned runs average of 3.55 while striking out 25 batters.

Last season when the EPBL was moved to Pennsylvania due to COVID-19, he played for the Tupper Lake Riverpigs.

Lara will be joining former EPBL player Lenin Rodriguez in York, Pennsylvania. Rodriguez was a catcher for the Saranac Lake Surge earlier in the season, before being selected to the Revolution in June.

The Atlantic League is considered the top independent baseball league in the United States. The league is a designated partner leagues of Major League Baseball. Leagues that are partnered collaborate with MLB on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada and to expand the geographic reach of baseball.


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