Russ Olive (UMass Lowell), seen here during Mohawk Valley's Cancer Awareness Night on July 8, 2017, completed the third cycle in PGCBL history in a loss to Utica on July 11 (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Tuesday, July 11:
Utica (10-21) 5, Mohawk Valley (20-8) 4
The Blue Sox finally were able to take down local rival Mohawk Valley on Tuesday night, and they did so in a tight game at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Both sides entered the eighth inning tied at 2-2, but Utica outscored the DiamondDawgs 3-2 in the eighth to earn the win. Cole Pursell (Willamette) hit an RBI double to put the Blue Sox ahead 4-2, and Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) scored on a passed ball for the eventual winning run. In the bottom of the eighth, Russ Olive (UMass Lowell) slugged a solo home run and a bases-loaded hit by pitch brought the DiamondDawgs within one, but Kyle Norman (Buffalo) gunned down the would-be tying run for an inning-ending double play. Despite the loss, MV’s Olive completed just the third cycle in PGCBL history, with the easiest hit – the single – coming in the ninth.
Oneonta (9-22) 8, Onondaga (14-16)
The Outlaws outhit the Flames 12-to-4 at Damashke Field and overcame an early 4-0 deficit to beat Onondaga. Although the Flames put up a four-spot in the top of the third, the Outlaws took the lead for good with four runs of their own in the seventh, which gave them a 6-5 advantage. Mike Brown (Dartmouth) began the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with one of his three doubles on the night. Brown doubled home another run in the eighth for some insurance, while Matt Deans (USC Sumter) and Andrew Workman (Quinnipiac) combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up the win and save, respectively. Brown finished his night 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead all batters.
Newark (11-24) 12, Adirondack (10-20) 7
In the first meeting between the Pilots and Trail Blazers in 2017, Newark jumped out to an early lead at the Robert Smith Sports Complex and never looked back. The Pilots scored two runs in the first, one in the second, five in the third and two more in the fourth, which gave them a 10-4 cushion through four complete frames. Peter Battaglia (Niagara) opened the flood gates with a two-run homer in the top of the first, as part of his 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs and four runs scored. All but one of the Newark starters finished with a hit, with five posting multiple hits in the win. On the mound, Adam Donovan (DeSales) received his first win in seven starts with summer with 6.0 innings of four-run ball and four strikeouts.
Saugerties (15-16) 4, Glens Falls (10-22) 3
The Stallions and Dragons played to a 2-2 draw through the first five innings at Cantine Field on Tuesday night. An RBI single off the bat of Dalton Ney (Lee) then gave Glens Falls a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth, but Saugerties responded with two runs in the home half of the inning. An error allowed Jack Gonzalez (Stetson) to score after leading off the frame with a walk, and then Matt Forlow (Manhattan) drove in Nicolas Teitter (Hudson Valley C.C.) with an RBI base hit. Now up by one, the Stallions’ bullpen combined to hurl 3.0 scoreless innings and surrender just one hit. Starter Drew Farkas (Hartford) was the winner with 6.0 innings of work, in which he allowed three runs and fanned four, while Matt Pushard (Maine) saved the game with a scoreless ninth.
Geneva (19-15) 7, Jamestown (26-7) 6
The Red Wings, who rank second in the PGCBL’s West Division behind Jamestown, were able to take a game from the first-place Jammers in a marathon 14-inning contest at McDonough Park. Both teams scored two runs in their respective halves in the eighth, which kept the score at 6-6. Out of the Geneva bullpen, Colby Mullins (Andrew) provided 6.0 shutout innings and actually threw more pitches than starter Andy Reed (Elmira) did in his 6.0 innings (85-to-69). Jamestown’s Colin Johnston (Monroe C.C.) was able to match Mullins for most of his 6.0 innings of relief, before giving up three singles in the 14th. Matt Collins (Cornell) led off the 14th with a base hit, moved to second on a sac bunt, took third on a single from Yohei Ishiyama (Nihon Univ. (Japan), and scored the walk-off game-winner on Dominic Toso’s (Bucknell) base knock.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Glens Falls at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Saugerties at Utica – 6:35 p.m.
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley – 6:35 p.m.
Jamestown at Onondaga – 7:00 p.m.
Amsterdam at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Elmira at Geneva – 7:05 p.m.