By Justin Mattingly
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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Newark 9 Albany 2
A night after scoring 17 runs against the Elmira Pioneers on Thursday, the Newark Pilots scored 9 runs to beat the Albany Dutchmen 9-2 to go to 10-4 on the season.
The Pilots picked up right where they left off, scoring in the first two innings of play. Wyatt Padgett singled home a run in the first and scored three in the second on a Jack Gerstenmaier 2-RBI double and a fielder’s choice.
Newark scored four runs in the sixth inning to put the lead out of reach for Albany. A wild pitch, two hit by pitches, and a walk scored the four runs. The Dutchmen scored two runs in the top of the ninth on an Ernie Clement double to right field and a James Locklear RBI single.
Robert Robbins, who was a co-winner of the pitcher of the week award last week, went seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two as he picked up the win for the Pilots. Jose Hernandez took the loss for Albany, allowing five runs (four earned) in five innings.
Watertown 13 Elmira 0
Dalton D’Spain tossed a complete-game shutout as the Watertown Rams beat the Elmira Pioneers to get back to .500 on the season. Elmira lost its third straight game and fell to 7-6 on the season.
The right-hander tossed the shutout while allowing just one hit and striking out three batters in the process. D’Spain walked one batter and faced just two batters above the minimum 27.
The Ram offense scored four runs in the fifth and the ninth and added five runs in the sixth to give D’Spain a cushion he wouldn’t need.
Nick Moore singled home the first two runs in the fifth, Drew Hercik added an RBI single and Jason Scholl brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Hercik added an RBI on a sacrifice fly, Jason Scholl double in two runs, and two runs scored via error. The scoring concluded in the ninth on a Josh Hassell groundout, a Charles Leblanc 2-RBI single, and a Ben Wylly single.
TJ Dixon got the lone hit for the Pioneers and Chris Kalousidian walked for Elmira.
Mohawk Valley 7 Utica 6
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs were able to hold off a late Utica rally and defeat the Brewers, 7-6 in Utica. With the win, the DiamondDawgs moved to 10-4 and are still in first place in the East Division. Utica fell to 2-10 and sit in last place in the West Division.
Mohawk Valley jumped on the board in the first on a Zach Collett RBI double and scored four more runs in the fourth to extend its lead to 5-0. Tyler Lau brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, Justin Thomas scored on a throwing error, and Trey Stover singled home two runs to finish the inning’s scoring.
After both Utica and Mohawk Valley scored lone runs in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh innings, respectively, the Brewers made it a two-run game in the eighth, putting up a three spot in the inning. Hayden Kelly walked with the bases loaded to bring home a run and Jabari Gayle doubled home two more to make it 6-4. The DiamondDawgs scored a run in the top of the ninth on a Jayson Sullivan sacrifice fly, what wound up being the winning run.
The Brewers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a fielding error and a fielder’s choice, but left runners at second and third to end the game as DiamondDawg closer Anthony Pastrana got Christopher Sims to pop up to first base to end the game.
Nick Petrella tossed six innings allowing just one run (unearned) and striking out eight as he picked up the win for Mohawk Valley. Marcos Martine allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings of work and took the loss for Utica.
Amsterdam 6 Adirondack 4
Down by a run in the top of the ninth. The perfect time to steal home, right? John Razzino thought so. After being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, the Amsterdam designated hitter advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt, promptly stole third base and with the pitcher throwing from the windup, he stole home to tie the game at four.
Amsterdam would go on to defeat the host Adirondack Trail Blazers in extra innings, as the Mohawks have now won six games in a row and are 8-6 on the season. Adirondack fell to 3-10 on the campaign.
In the top of the tenth, Josh Gardiner double home two runs to give Amsterdam a 6-4 lead. After Friday’s 3-for-5 night, Gardiner is now hitting .400 on the season, second in the PGCBL for hitters who qualify with a minimum of two at-bats/team game. Zach Breen came on in the bottom of the tenth and struck out the side to preserve the win for the Mohawks.
Kevin Guthrie, Blake Logan and Jake Salpietro each added two hits for Amsterdam. Salpietro hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, his first of the season. Mark Williams and Alex Voitik each hit solo home runs for Adirondack. Joe Randall picked up the win for Amsterdam and Woody Bryson took the loss for the Trail Blazers.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Elmira at Utica DH: 5:05 p.m.
Both the Elmira Pioneers and Utica Brewers will look to get back in the win column on Saturday as they face off in Utica for a double-header. The Pioneers were blown out at home by the Watertown Rams, losing 13-0. Utica’s comeback in the ninth wasn’t enough as they fell to the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, 7-6. First pitch at Murnane Field is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
For the second consecutive night, the Adirondack Trail Blazers and Amsterdam Mohawks will face one another, this time in Amsterdam. The Mohawks won last night, 6-4, to move to 8-6. Adirondack fell to 3-10 on the year. First pitch at Shuttleworth Park is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Albany at Glens Falls 7:00 p.m.
The past week hasn’t gone as planned for the Albany Dutchmen and Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Dutchmen have lost four straight and are now in second place in the East Division while the Golden Eagles have lost three of four. Glens Falls is coming off an 8-7 extra inning win on Thursday in Watertown. The two teams will face off in Glens Falls on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Newark at Mohawk Valley 7:05 p.m.
It’s a battle of the division leaders in Little Falls on Saturday night, as the Newark Pilots make the trip to Veterans Memorial Park to take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Both teams are coming off wins a night ago, Newark’s against Albany and Mohawk Valley’s against Utica. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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