The Daily Rundown: June 7, 2014
By Justin Mattingly
What a night in the PGCBL. Two walk-off victories, including a walk-off home run, and three one-run games. Let’s recap the night’s action.
Glens Falls 8 Utica 7
Mark Powell singled home Nick McNeil with two outs in the ninth inning to give Glens Falls a walk-off win to go to 2-1 on the young season. Kevin Cowan got the pitching win as he threw 1.2 innings of no-hit ball while Adam Somers took the loss despite only allowing one hit for the Brewers.
Utica took the lead in the first inning on a Cedric Mullins home run. Glens Falls responded with two runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead. A Brennan Price two-out home run broke the 1-1 team in the first.
Utica answered with two runs in the second on a Joe Daru RBI single. After scoring a lone run in the third, Glens Falls put up a four spot to take a 6-4 lead. Colton Montgomery double home two runs and designated hitter Ryan Dodge singled home the other two runs.
Utica came back to tie the game and set up the Powell walk-off single. The shortstop finished 3-for-5 with 2 RBI on the night to lead the Glens Falls lineup. Utica catcher Ian McLoughlin went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI to pace the Brewer lineup.
Albany 2 Newark 0
A good ‘ol fashioned pitchers duel in Albany resulted in a Dutchmen 2-0 win over the Newark Pilots. Albany starter Spencer Hotaling tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win while Newark starter Andrew Sanders went eight innings, allowing two unearned runs.
Hotaling allowed just two hits — a third inning single from Braxton Wilkes and a fourth inning single from Louis Silverio. The righty struck out five Newark hitters without walking any.
Hotaling said he was able to mix his pitches effectively to keep the Pilot hitters off balance.
“Early on, my fastball was working really well for me, and I was able to locate that and keep it low,” Hotaling said. “As the game went on, I was able to get my changeup working for me, and then my slider was working at the end of the game.”
Albany scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, which proved to be enough to stay undefeated at 2-0. Josh Lee doubled home Adam Lee and Will Miller with two outs in the inning to give Albany a 2-0 lead, which relievers Josh Ferry and Tyler Fries preserved in the eighth and ninth, respectively.
Louis Silverio had two of Newark’s four hits, finishing 2-for-4 on the night with a stolen base. Albany centerfielder Will Miller went 3-for-4 for the Dutchmen.
*Quotes courtesy of Albany Dutchmen
Elmira 3 Amsterdam 2
In the team’s home opener, Elmira scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, one they not relinquish.
John Armbrust drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and shortstop Derek Deler drove in two more with a single.
Amsterdam scored the first runs of the game in the top half of the third inning. Brendan Tracy scored on a groundout to the right side by Kevin Guthrie, giving the Mohawks a 1-0 lead. Another groundout scored the second run for Amsterdam.
Jeremy Soule, who spent the 2013 summer with the Amsterdam Mohawks, went four innings and allowed two runs while striking out five, but did not factor into the decision. Amsterdam starter Connor Johsntone went 3.2 inning, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out three.
The bullpen combination of Matt Horton, Austin Hill, Austin Von Herbulis and Tucker Rekucki preserved the win for the Pioneers.
Nick Walker and Christian Santiseban each had two hits for the Pioneers. Jonathan Pryor went 1-for-3 for the Mohawks.
The game was a rematch of the 2013 PGCBL Championship Series, one in which Amsterdam won 2-1. Elmira defeated Amsterdam in game two in Elmira in the 2013 series.
Watertown 5 Adirondack
Nick Moore hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Watertown Rams picked up their first win of the 2014 season, defeating Adirondack (1-2) 5-3.
The hit was Moore’s only hit of the game and the runs were Watertown’s first since the second inning when the Rams tallied three runs. Two of the three runs came on a Robbie Alessandrine RBI single and the other came from fellow Monmouth Mohawk Chris Gaetano who delivered a sacrifice fly.
Adirondack scored two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game at three. Two of Adirondack’s runs came on Ram miscues, one a botched rundown and the other a wild pitch. Garrett Longhurst doubled home a run in the fourth.
Watertown starter Dalton D’Spain tossed six innings, allowing three runs in his no-decision. Jon Escobar threw a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.
For Adirondack, starter John Chalupa went six frames allowing three runs while striking out nine. Jared Habershaw gave up the Moore home run and took the loss.
Joe Deluca tallied two hits for the Rams, including a double and leadoff man Chris Gaetano also had two hits. Gaeatano reached base on a bunt single with one out in the ninth to precede Moore’s home run.
Matt paced the Trail Blazer offense with two hits and a stolen base. Bryan McGuire went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Albany at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
The East Division leading Albany Dutchmen travel to Amsterdam to take on the reigning PGCBL champions. Amsterdam is looking to get into the win column for the first time this season. Drew Tolson is scheduled to take the mound for the Albany Dutchmen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Watertown at Utica 7:00 p.m.
Utica looks to rebound from losing 8-7 to Glens Falls in walk-off fashion on Friday night and pick up their first win of the season. Utica and Amsterdam are the only two winless teams in the PGCBL. Watertown hopes to carry some momentum over from a walk-off win on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley 7:05 p.m.
Mohawk Valley hosts the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, a night after Glens Falls won on a walk-off single. Mohawk Valley was off on Friday night. Jack Fowler is set to take the mound for the Golden Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
Newark will send Steve Powles to the mound in hopes of picking up their third win on the season. Elmira hopes to ride the momentum gained from Friday night’s 3-2 win over Amsterdam and extend its winning streak to three games. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.