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WATERTOWN, NY- A night after being swept in a doubleheader against Newark, the Watertown Rams swept a doubleheader at home against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Rams are now just a win or an Adirondack loss from clinching a spot in the PGCBL playoffs.
The Watertown Rams offense finally broke out en route to a 7-2 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in game one of a doubleheader at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Mitch Sewald (LSU) picked up the win for the Rams, while Nick Petrella (Skidmore) took the loss for the DiamondDawgs.
Watertown scored first, getting a lone run in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. After Drew Hercik (East Stroudsburg) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second via two sacrifice bunts, Willi Martin (Mount Olive) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the Rams’ third baseman.
Mohawk Valley got the run back in the top of the fourth on a Greg Fazio (Rider) RBI single to center field, scoring Mike Triller (Clemson). Watertown retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to make it 4-1. Ben Wylly (San Diego) singled up the middle to lead off the inning and Jason Scholl (Eastern Illinois) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second for Hercik. With two strikes, Drew Hercik hit a three-run home run just inside the foul pole for his first long ball of the summer.
The Rams added a lone run in the fifth, as Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) scored on a wild pitch after singling to left center earlier in the inning. Fazio added his second RBI of the game for Mohawk Valley in the top of the sixth, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Colin Hawk (Cincinnati).
Willi Martin hit his second sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth that scored James Bonds (San Diego). Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Nick Moore (Missouri). Jon Escobar (Holy Cross) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win for the Rams.
The Rams had four players get multiple hits, with Bonds, Santino Alteri (Alvernia), Wylly and Hercik all getting two hits. Hercik didn’t just produce offensively; the Rams’ third baseman made several terrific plays defensively that helped save runs. Both Triller and Gus Craig (Columbia) had two hits for Mohawk Valley, combining for four of the eight DiamondDawg hits.
Watertown starter Mitch Sewald moved to .500 on the season with a solid start for the home team. The right-hander allowed two runs (both earned) in six innings of work to get the win. Sewald struck out five batters and induced eight ground ball outs. Sewald’s fly ball to ground ball ratio is 0.4, lowest among all qualified Rams pitchers. Mohawk Valley starter Nick Petrella tossed five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in taking the loss. The right-hander is now 4-3 on the season.
The Watertown Rams used another solid performance from their starting pitcher and their offense en route to a 9-2 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in game two of the doubleheader in Watertown.
Mohawk Valley struck first to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Gus Craig (Columbia) hit a long two-run home run to right field that scored Jayson Sullivan (Sacred Heart) after Sullivan singled to lead off the inning. It was Craig’s fourth home run of the season.
Watertown answered in the home half with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Willi Martin (Mount Olive) reached base on an error and Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) followed with a single. Shane Dressler (VCU) sacrificed the runners to second and third and Joe Deluca (Niagara County CC) drove them in with a 2-RBI single to left center. Brandon Mikulka (Creighton) added an RBI single with two outs to give the Rams the 3-2 lead.
The Rams added three more runs to extend their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third. Nick Moore (Missouri) led off the inning with a single, Willi Martin advanced Moore to third with a double down the left field line and Shane Dressler picked up his first RBIs of the summer with a 2-RBI single to right center that scored Moore and Martin. Dressler later came around to score on a Drew Hercik (East Stroudsburg) RBI single to right field.
Watertown scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 9-2. Martin singled to left to lead off the inning and advanced to second on an error on the play. He came around to score on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Mohawk Valley catcher Andy Lalonde (Southern New Hampshire). James Bonds (San Diego) hit a 2-RBI single later in the inning to score Gaetano and Hercik and give the Rams the 9-2 lead.
James Bonds, Willi Martin and Shane Dressler all had two hits for the Rams and Chris Gaetano reached base three times. Jayson Sullivan went 2-for-3 for Mohawk Valley.
Kyle Simmons (Coker College) picked up hos first win of the season with five solid innings. Simmons allowed just the two runs (both earned) on four hits while only walking one batter. Jason Martin (Cortland State-Fall 2014) threw two innings of scoreless relief. Ed Lewicki (Siena) allowed the nine runs (six earned) in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Lewicki is now 2-1 on the season.
Watertown returns back to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Friday night to face the Adirondack Trail Blazers, who were eliminated from the playoffs with Watertown’s sweep. Mohawk Valley hosts Elmira for a doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Park with first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:05 p.m.