Steven Ghiardi with the delivery against Amsterdam (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
By Justin Mattingly
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To recap last night’s action:
Adirondack 8 Utica 7
What a comeback. Down 6-0 in the eighth inning, the Adirondack Trail Blazers put together a miraculous comeback, going on to defeat the Utica Brewers 8-7 in eleven innings.
The Trail Blazers scored two runs in the eighth before tying the game at six in the top of the ninth inning. The comeback was capped off on a Justin Korenblatt two-run home run, which tied the game. Adirondack scored a go-ahead run in the ninth on a Mike Carter triple.
Utica tied the game at seven in the bottom of the ninth. Both teams went scoreless in the tenth inning before Adirondack scored in the eleventh to take the lead for good.
Mohawk Valley 5 Watertown 4
Mohawk Valley held off a late Watertown rally, going on to beat the Rams in Little Falls 5-4. The Rams scored three runs in the eighth but Enzo Esposito tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save for the DiamondDawgs.
Watertown scored a run on a Willi Martin single and two on a Drew Hercik double. All three runs came with two outs. Espositio started the ninth inning for Mohawk Valley and retired Watertown in order to notch the save.
Mohawk Valley scored three runs in the second and two in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. An Eric Strano RBI single, Justin Thomas RBI single and a Watertown error amounted for the three runs for Mohawk Valley in the second. In the fourth, Jayson Sullivan doubled to drive home a run and Collin Hawk singled to extend the DiamondDawg lead.
Eric Strano finished 2-for-4 and left fielder Zane Smith went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Mohawk Valley. For Watertown, Nick Moore, Joe Ogren and Drew Hercik tallied multiple hits. Ogren, in his first full game with the Rams, drove in the Watertown run in the first.
Michael DeCarlo tossed six innings allowing one run while striking out five to get the win for Mohawk Valley. Rams starter Mitch Sewald went seven innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in the loss.
Elmira 7 Newark 0
In a rain-shortened affair, Elmira shutout the Newark Pilots to win 7-0 in Elmira. The Pioneers offense scored five runs in the second inning to break the game open.
Elmira took the lead in the first inning on a Newark error before erupting for five runs in the second. Derek Deler, Nick Walker and Zac Bellinger each drove home runs in the inning, with the other coming via wild pitch.
Pioneer starter Sam Sinnen threw all five innings to earn the win for Elmira. The right-hander struck out nine of the 21 batters he faced. Newark starter Russell Griffin went one and a third innings, allowing six runs (four earned) as he took the loss for the Pilots.
Amsterdam 6 Albany 1
Amsterdam gave the Albany its first loss of the season, defeating the Dutchmen 6-1 at Shuttleworth Park. The Mohawks took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and never looked back.
Albany struck first in the top of the first as Will Miller took the first pitch of the game over the left field wall for a home run. That would be the only run Amsterdam starter EJ Ashworth allowed as he went six innings and struck out four, earning the victory.
The Mohawks scored two runs in the second on a Jack Czeszewski double. Amsterdam struck for two more in the third on an Albany throwing error and a Connor Heady RBI single. Czeszewski hit another RBI double in the sixth to extend the lead to 5-1. Blake Logan concluded the scoring in the seventh with an RBI single.
Czeszewski and Heady were the only players in the game to tally multiple hits. Steven Ghiardi went four innings allowing four runs (two earned) as he took the loss for Albany.
All four PGCBL contests scheduled for tonight have been postponed.
The Albany/Adirondack game scheduled for tonight will be made up on June 29 in Albany as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
The Amsterdam/Mohawk Valley game scheduled for tonight will be made up on June 16 in Little Falls as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
The Elmira/Utica game scheduled for tonight will be made up on June 21 in Utica as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
The Glens Falls/Newark game scheduled for tonight will be made up on June 18 in Newark as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
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