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Last night’s games:
Watertown 7 Mohawk Valley 2 Game One
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.
Willi Martin drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly that scored Drew Hercik. Mohawk Valley got the run back in the top of the fourth on a Greg Fazio RBI single to center field, scoring Mike Trille. Watertown retook the lead in the bottom of the inning on a Drew Hercik three-run home run to left field. It was Hercik’s first home run of the summer.
The Rams added a lone run in the fifth, as Dominic Lopez scored on a wild pitch. 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. Willi Martin hit his second sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth that scored James Bonds. Chris Gaetano followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Nick Moore.
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. 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.
Watertown 9 Mohawk Valley 2 Game Two
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 hit a long two-run home run to right field that scored Jayson Sullivan 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 on a 2-RBI single from Joe Deluca and an RBI single from Brandon Mikulka.
Watertown extended its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third. Shane Dressler picked up his first RBIs of the summer with a 2-RBI single to right center that scored Nick Moore and Willi Martin. Dressler later came around to score on an RBI single from Drew Hercik. The Rams scored three more in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error and a James Bonds 2-RBI single.
Kyle Simmons picked up his 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. Ed Lewicki allowed the nine runs (six earned) in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Lewicki is now 2-1 on the season.
Glens Falls 9 Albany 8
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles used a five run sixth inning to put together an impressive 9-8 comeback win over the Albany Dutchmen in Albany. Glens Falls is now just a half game behind the Dutchmen for the third and final playoff spot in the East.
Albany scored lone runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. A throwing error allowed Cameron Miller to score in the second and Ernie Clement scored on another error in the third. The Dutchmen extended their lead to 4-0 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sean Aspinall scored Clement with an RBI single to left field and Nick Jewett hit an RBI double down the left field line that scored Aspinall.
That set up the five run sixth for Glens Falls. Richard Gugliemi walked with the bases loaded to bring in the first run, Brandon Purcell scored on a wild pitch, a catcher’s interference call allowed Ryan Hooper to score, and Mark Powell hit a 2-RBI single to right center for the fourth and fifth runs of the inning. Albany retook the lead in the bottom of the inning on Adam Lee and Aspinall RBI doubles.
Glens Falls followed with two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to retake the lead. In the seventh, Purcell hit an RBI single and a throwing error allowed him to score. In the eighth, Gugliemi picked up his second and third RBIs of the game with a 2-RBI double to right field. Albany rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a James Locklear RBI single and an RBI sacrifice bunt, but a strikeout and a fly out left the tying run at second.
Nicholas McNeil picked up the win for Glens Falls while Austin Goeke took the loss for Albany.
Elmira 3 Amsterdam 1
The Elmira Pioneers used a three-run home run in the fourth inning to go on and defeat the Amsterdam Mohawks, 3-1. Amsterdam is still in first place in the East and has secured a playoff spot. Elmira sits in second place in the West and is a win away from clinching a spot in the post season.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Zac Bellinger hit a three-run home run that scored Nick Walker and Chris Kalousidian. It was Bellinger’s fifth of the season. The Elmira native also won the PGCBL Home Run Derby prior to the PGCBL All-Star Game on July 15. Amsterdam’s Alex DeBellis hit an RBI double in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as Elmira held on to win 3-1.
Sam Sinnen was dominant for Elmira. Sinnen struck out nine while allowing just three hits in eight innings of shutout work. The right-hander is now 5-3 on the season. Connor Johnstone pitched well in taking the loss for Amsterdam. Johnstone allowed three runs (all earned) in five innings.
Adirondack 13 Utica 3
The Adirondack Trail Blazers held on to their chance of a playoff berth with a commanding 13-3 win over Route 12 rival Utica. Adirondack is now 16-24 on the season and would have to win-out with the combination of Watertown and Elmira losses to sneak in to the postseason. Utica fell to 7-32.
The Trail Blazers didn’t score their first runs until the bottom of the fourth, when Garrett Longhurst hit a three-run home run that scored Mark Williams and Justin Korenblatt. Mike Carter doubled in a run and came around to score later in the sixth inning to make it 5-0 Adirondack.
The big inning came in the bottom of the seventh when the home team put up a six spot. Mark Williams and Dan Cecillia each hit 2-RBI doubles and Mike Carter and RJ Devish hit RBI doubles. Two more runs came around to score in the bottom of the eighth on a Cecillia RBI single and an error. Adirdonack scored 13 runs on 13 hits.
Jesse Whitmeyer hurled 6.1 innings of two-run ball en route to his second win of the summer. Whitmeyer struck out eight Brewers, his most in any one game this season. DeShaun Hewitt allowed nine of the thirteen runs in six innings while striking out seven in the loss.
PGCBL Playoffs Information:
Playoff Teams: The top three teams in each division will qualify for the postseason.
Format: Teams will be seeded based on finish in the regular season standings in their respective divisions. Both the PGCBL East and West will have seeds 1-3. The opening round of the divisional playoffs will feature two winner-take-all games pitting the second seed against the third seed at the site of the second seed. The winner of the game will advance to the divisional finals to play the number one seed in a best-of-three series format. In the division finals, the one seed will host Game 1 and Game 3 (if necessary). The winners of the two divisional finals series will then meet in the PGCBL Championship Series. The highest remaining seed will have home-field advantage in the first and third games. If both teams have the same seed, the team with the best winning percentage will receive home-field advantage.
Round 1 of the playoffs (one game) will be July 31, 2014. The two divisional playoff games will pit the #3 seed at the #2 seed.
Round 2 of the playoffs (best of 3) will be Aug 1, 2 and 3. The winner of the 1st round playoff game will advance to face the regular season division champion. The regular season division champ would play at home for games #1 and #3.
The championship series (best of 3) will be Aug 5, 6 and 7. The winners of the two divisional championship series will meet, with games #1 and #3 at the stadium of the team with the better regular season winning percentage.
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