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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Glens Falls 6 Albany 0
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they went on to defeat the Albany Dutchmen 6-0. The loss was Albany’s fifth straight and the Dutchmen have fallen to 8-6 on the season after starting 8-1.
Colton Montgomery was hit by a pitch to score the first run of the game. John Lynn followed with an RBI single and two batters later, Danny Oliveri brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Mark Powell concluded the scoring in the inning with a two-run double. The Golden Eagles added a lone run in the bottom of the eighth on a Lynn groundout.
Glens Falls starter Jack Fowler picked up his first win of the season, as he went seven innings without allowing a run on four hits and struck out seven Albany batters. Steven Ghiardi allowed five runs (four earned) in three innings of work as he took the loss for Albany.
Over the course of the five-game losing streak, the Albany team ERA has climbed nearly two full points to 3.71. The offense is now hitting .243 as a team after hitting above .280 for most of the first two weeks.
Amsterdam 13 Adirondack 2
The Amsterdam Mohawks won their seventh game in a row, defeating the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 13-2 at Shuttleworth Park.
The Mohawks struck first on a 2-RBI double from JaVon Shelby and added another run in the first on a groundout by Brendan Tracy. In the bottom of the second, Jonathan Pryor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home the fourth run of the game for Amsterdam. That was the first of five runs in the inning for the home team. Shelby plated another run with a sacrifice fly, but the big hit in the inning was a John Razzino three-run home run to make it an 8-0 game.
After four innings of play it was 10-0 Mohawks as a Josh Gardiner fielder’s choice brought in a run and Tommy Kain doubled home a run in his Amsterdam debut. Adirondack scored lone runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively. Razzino kept up his hot hitting with a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and Alex DeBellis hit a solo home run in his first game as a Mohawk to conclude the scoring at 13-2.
Taylor Blatch tossed six innings, allowing one run as he picked up his third win of the season for Amsterdam. Jesse Whitmeyer threw two innings for Adirondack, allowing the eight runs as he took the loss.
Elmira 8 Utica 0 Game One
The Elmira Pioneers scored five runs in the top of the fifth to put game one of the double-header against the Utica Brewers out of reach, going on to win 8-0.
Chris Kalousidian hit a two-run home run to get the scoring started in the inning, TJ Dixon and Nick Walker scored on wild pitches, and Taylor Hillson had a two-out RBI single to score the fifth run of the inning.
The Pioneers scored two runs in the fourth inning on a Zach Bellinger two-run home run and Kalousidian added a sacrifice fly in the third. Utica was held to just three hits with only one coming after the third inning.
Roberto Suppa tossed six scoreless innings, picking up his second win of the season while striking out four. Robert Hardy allowed all eight runs in five innings of work for Utica in taking the loss.
Elmira 1 Utica 0 Game Two
While Elmira didn’t score as many runs as they did in game one of the double-header, the Pioneers did squeak out a run in the top of the seventh to take a 1-0 lead and defeat Utica to sweep the twin bill.
Christian Santisteban led off the top of the seventh with a single and advanced to second on a ground out to the third baseman. Taylor Hillson drove Santisteban home with a double, the only run of the game and the only run Elmira would need.
The combination of Bryson Hough, Blake Oyler and Tucker Rekucki combined for another Elmira three-hit shutout. Oyler pitched a perfect sixth inning and picked up the win and Rekucki notched his fourth save of the season as he preserved the 1-0 lead.
Mohawk Valley 6 Newark 5
In a clash between the two first place teams in the PGCBL, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs proved victorious, beating the Newark Pilots 6-4 in Little Falls.
After Newark scored in the top of the first on a fielding error by right fielder Jake Glauser, the DiamondDawgs answered with four runs of their own in the home half of the inning. Zach Collett singled home a run, Gus Craig tripled home two more, and Justin Thomas added an RBI single to make it a 4-1 Mohawk Valley lead.
The Pilots scored two more runs in the top of the second, again on an error by Glauser, to cut the lead to 4-3. Like they did in the first, Mohawk Valley answered. Collin Hawk singled home Trey Stover and Collett brought home Glauser with one-out single. It would be all zeros until the top of the seventh when Luis Silverio, brother of former Newark Pilot and Chicago White Sox draft pick Louis Silverio, hit a two-run home run to make it a one-run game. The comeback wasn’t enough, as Matt Pidich closed it out with 1.1 innings of scoreless ball to get the save for the DiamondDawgs.
Ed Lewicki picked up his first win of the season, going 6.2 innings while allowing five runs (two earned) and striking out five. Spencer Thomas took the loss for Newark, allowing the six runs in two innings of work.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Mohawk Valley at Albany 5:05 p.m.
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and Albany Dutchmen come into Sunday’s meeting at the opposite ends of the thermometer. The DiamondDawgs have won six games in a row, including a 6-5 win against Newark last night, while the Dutchmen have lost five in a row, losing 6-0 to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles a night ago. First pitch at Bob Bellizzi Field in Albany is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Watertown at Newark 5:05 p.m.
The Watertown Rams will look to get above .500 for the first time this season as they travel to Newark to take on the first place Pilots. Watertown was off on Saturday while Newark lost at Mohawk Valley, 6-5, snapping a four-game win streak. First pitch at Colburn Park is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Amsterdam at Utica 7:00 p.m.
After a tough stretch to start the season, the Amsterdam Mohawks have rebounded and won seven games in a row. The Mohawks won at home last night against Adirondack, 13-2. Utica was swept in a double-header against the Elmira Pioneers and are now 2-12 on the season. First pitch at Murnane Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Adirondack at Glens Falls 7:05 p.m.
Glens Falls and Adirondack meet at East Field on Sunday with the Golden Eagles riding a two-game winning streak and the Trail Blazers having lost four in a row. Glens Falls beat Albany, 6-0 at home a night ago while Adirondack lost 13-2 to the Amsterdam Mohawks. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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