By Justin Mattingly
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Let’s recap last night’s action:
The Watertown/Glens Falls game scheduled for last night will be made up on July 2 in Glens 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.
Elmira 5 Amsterdam 4
In a thriller at Shuttleworth Park, the Elmira Pioneers came out victorious, coming back to defeat the host Amsterdam Mohawks, 5-4. The Pioneers scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to come back from a 3-2 deficit entering the inning.
Elmira led off the ninth inning with two walks and after a double steal put runners on second and third, a wild pitch brought the tying run home. A Taylor Hillson single gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead and a throwing error extended the lead to 5-3.
Amsterdam’s rally in the home half of the inning fell just short as Jonathan Pryor struck out with the bases loaded and two outs with the Mohawks trailing 5-4. JaVon Shelby grounded out to bring home Marcus Carson, but after two walks, Elmira closer Tucker Rekucki got Pryor to strike out swinging.
Amsterdam scored three runs in the third on a three-run home run from Jack Cseszewski, his first and the team’s first of the season. Elmira scored twice in the seventh on two groundouts to cut into the Mohawk lead.
Christian Santiseban and Zach Bellinger each had two hits for the Pioneers. Blake Logan had two of Amsterdam’s four hits to pace the Mohawk offense. Amsterdam starter Ryan Clark tossed five scoreless innings in his no decision. The right-hander struck out five and allowed just two hits.
Newark 6 Utica 2
The Newark Pilots scored two runs in the first, third, and sixth innings to finish with six on the night as they went on to defeat the Utica Brewers, 6-2.
The Pilots’ two runs in the first came on a groundout and a wild pitch, while their runs in the third came on a sacrifice fly and a fielding error. The home team scored two more in the sixth, again on a sacrifice fly and an error. Utica’s rally was cut short after scoring two runs in the eighth on you guessed it, a sacrifice fly and an error.
Newark starter Robin Robbins tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out five and picking up the win for the Pilots. Robbins allowed just one hit in his quality start. Utica starter Evan Nations went six innings, allowing six runs (four earned) as he took the loss.
Pilot shortstop Tanner Giesel was the only player in the game to tally multiple hits, going 2-for-2 on the night. Hayden Kelly had the lone hit for the Utica Brewers.
Mohawk Valley 7 Adirondack 5
The visiting Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs used a three run fifth inning to take the lead for good, going on to beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers 7-5. With the win, Mohawk Valley moves to 5-2 on the season and sits just a half game out of first place in the East Division.
Zach Collett doubled in all three DiamondDawg runs in the fifth as he went on to finish 2-for-3 on the night with four RBI. The New Haven product also homered in the eighth inning to extend the Mohawk Valley lead to 7-5.
Adirondack grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a Justin Korenblatt RBI single but another 2-RBI single by Korenblatt in the fifth just wasn’t enough for the home team. Korenblatt and Collett were the only players in the game to have multiple hits. Mohawk Valley was able to capitalize with two outs, scoring four of their seven runs with two away.
Starters Evan Davis and John Chalupa each allowed five earned runs in six and four and two thirds innings, respectively. Chalupa took the loss for the Trail Blazers, his first of the season as Davis picked up his second win.
To preview tomorrow’s Father’s Day games:
Amsterdam at Watertown 5:05 p.m.
For the first time this season, Watertown, the 2013 West Division Regular Season Champions, will face Amsterdam, the 2013 East Division Champions and back-to-back PGCBL Champions. The two teams will square off at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown on Sunday. Watertown’s last game was a 5-4 loss against Mohawk Valley on Tuesday. Amsterdam is coming off a tough 5-4 loss in which the Mohawks had a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth but could not hold on. Watertown and Amsterdam meet again on Tuesday in Amsterdam. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Glens Falls at Albany 5:05 p.m.
Glens Falls will look to pick up some ground in the East Division as they visit division-leading Albany. The Golden Eagles last played on Thursday when they beat the Amsterdam Mohawks 10-1. Albany’s last game came on Tuesday when they lost to Amsterdam 6-1 for their first loss of the season. First pitch at Bob Bellizzi Field is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Newark at Elmira 5:05 p.m.
In a battle between the top two teams in the West Division, division-leading Newark will travel to Elmira to take on the second-place Pioneers. The two teams faced each other on Tuesday in Elmira with the home team coming out victorious, 7-0. Newark is coming off a dominating 6-2 win over the Utica Brewers in which the Pilots only allowed one hit. Elmira came back from a late 3-2 deficit to beat the Amsterdam Mohawks 5-4 in Amsterdam. First pitch at Dunn Field is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Utica 7:00 p.m.
For the third time this season, the Adirondack Trail Blazers will face the Utica Brewers, the second time at Murnane Field. The first matchup went Utica’s way, 7-6 on an Anthony Villa walk-off single while the latest game went to Adirondack, 8-7 in extra innings. Both teams are coming off losses on Saturday night. Utica lost to Newark 6-2 while the Trail Blazers lost 7-5 to the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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