Zander Clouse (Watertown Rams) tossed 7.2 innings on Monday. (Photo Courtesy/Warren Shelmidine)
By Justin Mattingly
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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Amsterdam 2 Mohawk Valley 1 Game One
In the first game of a double-header, Amsterdam scored in the seventh to tie the game and scored again in the eighth inning for an extra-inning victory in Little Falls.
John Razzino scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh to tie the game at one. The Mohawks scored again in the eighth on an error by Mohawk Valley catcher Eric Strano. Amsterdam only had three hits in the game but the two late runs were enough to pull out the victory.
Mohawk Valley scored in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Collin Hawk doubled home Jayson Sullivan as the DiamondDawgs went on top. Pitching was the story for most of the game. DiamondDawg starter Ed Lewicki tossed six scoreless innings in his no-decision. EJ Ashworth tossed a complete game for Amsterdam, picking up the win for the Mohawks.
Amsterdam 6 Mohawk Valley 2 Game Two
After the two teams combined for just eight hits in game one of a double-header, Amsterdam and Utica had eighteen hits as the Mohawks won 6-2 to sweep the twin bill.
Amsterdam scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead as the Mohawks once again took the lead late and went on to win. In the seventh, JaVon Shelby drove a run home with a sacrifice fly, Jack Czeszewski scored on a groundout, Lukas Nethaway singled home a run and Brendan Tracy tripled home the fourth run of the inning.
The Mohawks had previously scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at two. Jack Czeszewski scored on an error by the third baseman to score the first run and JaVon Shelby doubled home the second run.
Mohawk Valley jumped on the board in the first, scoring two runs. Zach Collett singled home a run and Jayson Sullivan added an RBI single. DiamondDawg starter Nick Petrella tossed four scoreless innings in his no decision. Brandon Whitmore allowed two runs in five innings, also receiving a no-decision.
Albany 6 Glens Falls 2
The Albany Dutchmen extended their league-best record to 7-1 with a 6-2 win over the host Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Glens Falls fell to 4-5 on the season and now sits 3.5 games behind the Dutchmen in the East Division.
Glens Falls and Albany scored lone runs in the second and third innings, respectively. Brian Fay singled home Garrett Bernardo for the Golden Eagles while Cameron Miller singled home Dave Vaccaro for the Dutchmen.
Albany scored two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to take a 5-1 lead. Glens Falls responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn’t enough as the Dutchmen extended their lead in the seventh to go on to win 6-2.
Spencer Hotaling picked up his second win of the season for Albany as he went six innings allowing two runs. John Leiter went four innings allowing three runs as he took his first loss of the year.
Watertown 4 Utica 3
Chris Gaetano drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Watertown Rams a 4-3 walk-off win over the Utica Brewers. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Rams while Utica fell to 2-7 on the season.
Ben Wylly drew a two-out walk and stole second in the ninth inning. Robbie Alessandrine followed with a walk and after a fielding error, the bases were loaded for Gaetano. Gaetano walked on a full count to bring the winning run home.
The Brewers jumped on the board in the first on a Corey Lerche two-run home run. Watertown was held scoreless until the fifth when they scored on an Alessandrine single. The Rams scored once again in the sixth on a Matt Diorio home run and took the lead in the seventh on a wild pitch. Utica responded by tying the game at three in the top of the eighth on a Cody Burton single.
Watertown starter Zander Clouse tossed 7.2 innings allowing three runs while striking out five in his no-decision. Utica starter Robert Hardy went six innings allowing two runs while striking out four. He also walked away with a no-decision. Jake Sale picked up the win for the Rams while Josh Gerrand took the loss for the Brewers.
No player had multiple hits in the game. The two teams were a combined 2-for-11 in RBI opportunities.
Elmira 9 Newark 3
The Elmira Pioneers erupted for six runs in the fifth inning as they won their fourth game in a row, beating the host Newark Pilots 9-3.
TJ Dixon drove in the first run of the fifth inning with a double. Nick Walker followed with an RBI of his own, his on a single. The big hit of the inning came on a Christian Santiseban three-run home run. It was Santiseban’s first home run of the season. The sixth run came on a John Armbrust sacrifice fly.
The Pioneers scored three more runs in the sixth, two coming across on an error and the third on a Zach Bellinger home run.
Bryson Hough tossed seven solid innings for Elmira, allowing just two runs while striking out five as he picked up the win. Steven Powles took the loss for Newark, as he allowed six runs in 4.1 innings.
Let’s preview tonight’s games:
Watertown at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
Two nights after playing each other in Watertown, the Rams and the Amsterdam Mohawks face off in Amsterdam. The Mohawks won on Sunday night, 6-2. It was the first matchup of the season between the two teams. The second matchup’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park.
Albany at Utica 7:00 p.m
Record-wise it’s the best against the worst. The Albany Dutchmen currently have a PGCBL-best 7-1 record while the Utica Brewers sit at 2-7. Albany is coming off a 6-2 over the Glens Falls while Utica lost in walk-off fashion at Watertown a night ago. First pitch at Murnane Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Glens Falls at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
The Elmira Pioneers look to extend their five-game winning streak at home as they take on the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Pioneers beat the Newark Pilots last night, 9-3. The Golden Eagles lost 6-2 for the second night in a row against Albany. First pitch at Dunn Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Adirondack 7:15 p.m.
Sitting 2.5 games out of first place, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will be looking to gain ground on the Albany Dutchmen against the Adirondack Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers currently sit at 2-6 and have lost two straight. Mohawk Valley was swept at home in a double-header against the Amsterdam Mohawks on Monday night. First pitch in Boonville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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