The Daily Rundown: June 10, 2014
Let’s recap last night’s action:
Watertown 6 Utica 5
The Watertown Rams scored a run in the bottom of the tenth inning on a throwing error by Utica Brewer pitcher Shane Kemp as the Rams climbed back to .500 and beat the Brewers 6-5. Jake Sale picked up the win for the Rams as Kemp took the loss.
Charles Leblanc doubled to lead off the inning for Watertown. Santino Alteri laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Leblanc to third before Kemp threw the ball over the head of Hayden Kelly, which allowed the winning run to cross.
Watertown scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at five and send it to extra innings. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Tyler Decker walked and pinch-runner Hercik stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Hercik scored on a wild pitch while Nick Moore was down to his last strike.
Utica took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning on RBI singles from Mike Wright Reno Rankin and Cody Burton. Watertown had previously scored three runs in the fifth, two coming on a Chris Gaetano double and the other coming on a Tyler Decker single.
Gaetano and James Bonds (San Diego) paced the Rams lineup with two hits apiece. Charles Leblanc sparked the Rams in the tenth and in the fifth, doubling to lead off both innings.
Five Utica hitters tallied multiple hits. Utica starter Robert Hardy went five innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five. Watertown starter Sean Rackoski went five plus innings, allowing five runs (four earned) in his no decision.
Mohawk Valley 6 Glens Falls
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs took their first lead of the game in the top of the eleventh, scoring three runs and going on to beat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles 6-3.
A Colin Hawk double to right field proved to be the game-winning run, and the DiamondDawgs tacked on two runs later in the inning for good measure to make it 6-3.
Glens Falls put a three spot up in the second inning but only tallied three hits for the remainder of the game. Mohawk Valley scored two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to tie the game at six. Two of the DiamondDawg runs came on wild pitches.
Lucas Godlewski went 4.2 innings in relief to pick up the win for Mohawk Valley. Enzo Esposito picked up the save as he pitched a perfect eleventh inning in his first relief appearance with the DiamondDawgs. Glens Falls starter Fernando Fernandez threw four scoreless innings for the Golden Eagles in his no-decision. Ben Brown allowed the three Mohawk Valley runs and picked up the loss.
Albany 5 Elmira 3
The Albany Dutchmen claimed their fifth consecutive win to start off the season, defeating the Elmira Pioneers 5-3. The win moved the Dutchmen to 5-0 for the second consecutive season, one win away from equaling the 6-0 start of the 2013 campaign.
The Dutchmen took the lead in the first on an RBI groundout off the bat of Nick Jewett that brought Sean Aspinall home. The next hitter, Cameron Miller singled to score Josh Lee to give the Dutchmen a 2-0 lead.
Elmira cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Chris Kalousidian, which brought Collin McGee home. Albany scored a lone run in the fifth before scoring two in the sixth to make it a 5-1 game. The Pioneers made things interesting in the eighth, scoring two runs to make it a two run game. But Kyle Zurak tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
Kevin Landgrebe earned the victory for the Dutchmen, tossing six innings and allowing just one unearned Elmira run on four hits. Nick Jewett paced the Albany lineup with a 2-for-3 night, doubling, tripling and driving in two runs.
The Elmira offense was led by Nick Walker and TJ Dixon. Walker delivered two RBI and Dixon finished 2-for-4 on the night. Taylor Hillson also tallied multiple hits for Elmira, going 2-for-3.
Newark 5 Adirondack 4
An early morning affair in Boonville pitted the Newark Pilots against the Adirondack Trail Blazers. The two teams faced off at 11:00 a.m. Newark went on to defeat the Trail Blazers 5-4 to move to 4-1 and stay in first place in the PGCBL West Division. Adirondack fell to 1-4 and is tied for fourth place in the West Division with the Utica Brewers.
Adirondack at Utica 11:00 a.m.
For the second consecutive day, the Adirondack Trail Blazers will play before noon, this time in Utica as they take on the Brewers. Utica lost to Watertown in ten innings on Monday night. The Brewers had the Rams down to their last strike but were unable to seal the victory. The two teams are tied for fourth in the PGCBL West Division. First pitch is scheduled for 11:0 a.m.
Watertown at Mohawk Valley 7:05 pm.
As both the Watertown Rams and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs come off wins on Monday night, the two teams will square off in Little Falls. Watertown sits at .500 on the young season and the DiamondDawgs are a game above with a 3-3 record. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Elmira 7:05 pm.
Elmira looks to snap a three game losing streak after opening up the PGCBL season 2-0. The Pioneers will take on the Newark Pilots at Dunn Field. Newark sits atop the West Division while the Pioneers are in third place. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Albany at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
Division rivals Amsterdam and Albany will face off for the second time on the young season as the two teams face off in Amsterdam. Albany won the first matchup 3-2 on June 7. The Dutchmen look to start off the season 6-0 for the second straight year. The Mohawks are looking for their second win of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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