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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Amsterdam 7 Utica 1
The Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Utica Brewers, 7-1, on Monday night for their ninth straight win. The reigning PGCBL champions started the season 2-6 but have since broke out and are now 11-6 on the year. Utica fell to 2-14.
Hayden Kelly drove home the first run of the game in the top of the first for Utica. The first baseman doubled to right center to score Cedric Mullins, the only run the visitors would get across. Amsterdam was held scoreless until the fifth inning when Jake Salpietro singled home Jonathan Pryor.
The Mohawks took the lead for good in the sixth inning when John Razzino hit a solo home run to lead off the inning, Brendan Tracy hit an RBI single, and Jonathan Pryor scored on a wild pitch. The home team scored three more in the eighth inning on a Salpietro sacrifice fly and a Joey Aiola 2-RBI triple.
Brandon Whitmore tossed six innings allowing one run as he picked up his first win of the season for Amsterdam. John McCarren hurled three scoreless innings striking out six as he notched his first save of the season. DeShaun Hewitt allowed four runs in 5.2 innings and took the loss for Utica.
Newark 18 Watertown 7 Game One
In game one of a double-header in Watertown, the Newark Pilots pulled away late to win, 18-7.
After a scoreless two innings, Newark hit two-run home runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead. Luis Silverio hit the blast in the third and Zach Wall hit the two-run shot in the fourth. Two more runs came across in the top of the fifth as Samm Wiggins and Wyatt Padgett hit RBI singles. The Rams pulled within two with a four-run fifth inning. A walk, fielder’s choice, and two-run double from Dominic Lopez put up the four-spot in the inning.
Newark scored three runs in the sixth on a walk and an error before erupting for nine runs on seven hits to make it 18-4 in the seventh. The play-by-play says it all:
NEWARK PILOTS 7th - Martin to p for Simmons. Wall singled to third base. Wall advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gerstenmaier walked. Gerstenmaier advanced to second on a wild pitch; Wall advanced to third on a wild pitch. Wilkes walked. Reed hit by pitch, RBI; Wilkes advanced to second; Gerstenmaier advanced to third; Wall scored. Hartnett to p for Martin. Giesel singled to right field, RBI; Reed advanced to second; Wilkes advanced to third; Gerstenmaier scored. Lewis singled down the lf line, advanced to second, 2 RBI; Giesel advanced to third; Reed scored; Wilkes scored. Wiggins popped up to 2b. Lewis advanced to third on a wild pitch; Giesel scored on a wild pitch. Padgett walked. Hairston singled to right field, RBI; Padgett advanced to second; Lewis scored. Wall tripled, 2 RBI; Hairston scored; Padgett scored. Gerstenmaier singled to left field, RBI; Wall scored. Wilkes struck out looking. Reed singled to center field; Gerstenmaier advanced to second. Giesel flied out to cf. 9 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Watertown scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Joe Deluca three-run home run, but it wasn’t enough as the home team lost game one. Steven Powles picked up the win for Newark and Sean Rackoski took his first loss of the season for Watertown.
Watertown 1 Newark 0 Game Two
After the two teams combined for 25 runs on 24 hits in game one of the double-header, Newark and Watertown scored just one run on five hits in game two, which Watertown won 1-0 to split the double-header.
Matt Diorio hit a double down the left field line on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth inning and advanced to third on a Dominic Lopez sacrifice bunt. Joe Ogren hit the first pitch he saw hard and right at the shortstop Tanner Giesel, but the ball went through the legs of the shortstop and into left field as Diorio crossed home plate and the Rams were on the board. Diorio’s hit would be the only one the Rams would get.
It would be the only run for both teams, as Corbin Powers and Jayson Yano struck out a combined fourteen batters in the game. Powers picked up the win and Yano the loss, despite the run being unearned. Jon Escobar picked up his second save in as many nights to preserve the win for Watertown.
Mohawk Valley 12 Glens Falls 6
Mohawk Valley got out to an early 8-0 lead and went on to defeat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 12-6, and stay in first place in the East Division. The DiamondDawgs move to 12-5 on the season, while Glens Falls drops to 7-9.
A wild pitch and two, 2-RBI singles gave Mohawk Valley a 5-0 lead after one inning of play. Zane Smith and Eric Strano each brought home two runs with singles. The DiamondDawgs would add to their lead in the second on a Zach Collett RBI double. The lead moved to 8-0 after a strikeout scored a run and Greg Fazio singled home Jayson Sullivan.
Glens Falls got on the board with lone runs in the fifth and the sixth innings. Mark Powell brought home a run in the fifth with an RBI single and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded scored the run in the sixth inning of play. The DiamondDawg lead was cut in half to 8-4 on a Richard Gugliemi 2-RBI single in the seventh. Mohawk Valley answered with two runs of its own in the seventh and eighth innings to make it 12-4 before Glens Falls scored two in the top of the ninth to make it 12-6, what wound up being the final score.
Bryan Greig picked up his first win of the season for Mohawk Valley, as he allowed two runs in 5.1 innings of work. Fernando Fernandez allowed eight runs in 2+ innings for Glens Falls, taking his second loss of the year.
Elmira 16 Adirondack 5
The offense was the story for Elmira on Monday, as the Pioneers won their third game in a row, beating the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 16-5.
Elmira jumped on the board in the first, scoring four runs on a Nick Walker RBI single, Christian Santisteban 2-RBI triple, and a Zach Bellinger sacrifice fly. Adirondack scored two in the bottom of the inning on a Justin Korenblatt RBI triple and an error. Santisteban hit a three-run home run in the top of the second to give Elmira a 7-2 lead. Two walks with the bases loaded extended the Pioneer lead to 9-2 in the third.
Taylor Skerpon singled home two runs in the sixth and Chris Kalousidian added an RBI single later in the inning. The Elmira scoring wasn’t done yet, as Jordan Taylor hit an RBI double in the eighth and Nick Walker walked with the bases loaded to bring home another. Mark Williams hit an RBI double for Adirondack in the eighth, but Derek Deler did the same in the top of the ninth, finishing Elmira’s line at 16 runs on 15 hits.
Sam Sinnen allowed one run in five innings of work to pick up the win. Rollie Lacy allowed four runs in the first, his only inning of work, as he took the loss.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Glens Falls at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
The Amsterdam Mohawks will look to make it double-digits, as they currently hold a nine-game winning streak. They play host to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Albany at Utica 7:00 p.m.
It’s currently eight straight losses and eleven of their last twelve for the Utica Brewers. They will look to turn things around as they play host to the Albany Dutchmen, who were off on Monday but beat Mohawk Valley on Sunday, 4-2. First pitch at Murnane Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Adirondack at Newark 7:05
Like the Utica Brewers, the Adirondack Trail Blazers currently hold an extended losing streak, theirs at six games. They will look to right the ship against the Newark Pilots, who split a double-header in Watertown on Monday. First pitch at Colburn Park in Newark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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