By Justin Mattingly
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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Amsterdam 6 Watertown 0
The Amsterdam Mohawks won their fourth game in a row, second against Watertown, as they moved back to .500 and 3.5 games behind the Albany Dutchmen for first place in the East Division.
Amsterdam pitchers Zack Brown and Joe Randall combined to allow just three hits as they shutout Watertown. Brown went six innings and induced twelve groundball outs against the twenty-one batters he faced. He was relieved in the seventh by Randall who allowed one hit and struck out one.
The Mohawks got the scoring going early as John Razzino singled home a run in the first. Amsterdam added two more in the second on throwing errors by Shane Servoss and Corbin Powers. Razzino plated another run in the fourth, singling home Jonathan Pryor. In the seventh, the home team scored its final runs on a wild pitch and a Joey AIola walk.
The shutout lowered the Mohawks team ERA to 2.81, good for second best in the PGCBL behind the Albany Dutchmen. The Mohawks have also scored the second most runs of any team, trailing the Elmira Pioneers 60-51.
Elmira 2 Glens Falls 0
It was a night of shutouts in the PGCBL, the second coming from the Elmira Pioneers against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles were able to muster just three hits against the Elmira pitching staff as the Pioneers won 2-0.
Sam Sinnen tossed seven scoreless innings for Elmira, allowing just two hits and walking two Glens Falls batters. He was relieved in the eighth by Matt Horton who tossed a scoreless inning and picked up a hold. Tucker Rekucki notched his third save of the season, allowing a lone hit in the ninth to preserve the shutout.
Elmira scored both runs in the bottom of the first inning. A Zach Bellinger single brought home TJ Dixon for the first ru-n and Nick Walker scored on a Taylor Hillson fielder’s choice. It was all zeros after that with the two teams combining for just eight hits after the first inning.
Elmira’s shutout lowered its team ERA to 3.32, third best in the PGCBL. Left-handed batters are hitting just .204 off Elmira pitching, the second lowest in the league. Glens Falls is hitting .245 as a team, trailing the Pioneers and the Albany Dutchmen.
Albany 15 Utica 1
Going in it was the best record in the PGCBL against the worst. Albany, now 8-1, beat Utica, 2-8, at Murnane Field by a score of 15-1 to win its third straight game.
The Dutchmen scored runs in six of the nine innings of play. The biggest inning came in the fifth, when the visitors scored six runs. Adam Lee singled home two runs, Will Miller drove in another with a double, a Danny Hrbek single plated two and a Josh Lee double scored the final run of the inning.
Catcher Cameron Miller finished 3-for-5 with an RBI for Albany. Will Miller, Danny Hrbek, Sean Aspinall and Adam Lee each had two hits. The Dutchmen scored the fifteen runs on just three extra-base hits.
Drew Tolson tossed seven solid innings, allowing just the one Utica run while striking out six as he picked up the win. Albany’s team ERA was lowered to 1.76, best in the PGCBL by more than a full run.
Mohawk Valley 4 Adirondack 1
In a rain/lightning-shortened affair in Boonville, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers 4-1.
The DiamondDawgs scored all four runs in the fifth inning before the game was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Justin Thomas hit a two-out, three-run triple to get the visitors on the board. Zane Smith followed with an RBI single to score Thomas.
Michael DeCarlo pitched all five and a third innings allowing the one Adirondack run on a Mark Williams double. DeCarlo stuck out three and allowed four hits in his second win of the season. Franklin Miller went six innings and allowed all four runs as he took the loss.
Mohawk Valley improved to 6-4 on the season but still sits 2.5 games behind the Albany Dutchmen in the East Division. Adirondack fell to 2-7 and is 4.5 games behind Elmira in the West.
Now let’s preview tonight’s action:
Watertown Rams at Albany Dutchmen DH: 5:05 p.m
The Watertown Rams and Albany Dutchmen will square off for a double-header at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany. The two games will be the second and third of the season for the two teams against one another. Albany won the first matchup on June 8 in extra innings. Albany beat the Utica Brewers last night while the Rams lost to the Amsterdam Mohawks, 6-0. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Glens Falls Golden Eagles at Newark Pilots DH: 5:05 p.m.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles will look to get back into the win column after losing three straight as they make the trip to Newark for a double-header against the Pilots. The Golden Eagles lost 2-0 to Elmira last night while Newark had the night off. First pitch of game one from Colburn Park is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Elmira Pioneers at Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 7:05 p.m.
The first place Elmira Pioneers will make the trip to Little Falls to take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Pioneers have won five straight and currently sit atop the West Division. The DiamondDawgs won last night against Adirondack after being swept in a double-header against Amsterdam. First pitch at Veterans Memorial Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Utica Brewers at Adirondack Trail Blazers 7:15 p.m.
For the fourth time this season, the Utica Brewers and Adirondack Trail Blazers will face off. Utica leads the season series so far 2-1, winning the last matchup on June 15, 4-2. Utica lost to the Albany Dutchmen 15-1 last night while Adirondack lost to Mohawk Valley. First pitch in Boonville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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