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WATERTOWN, NY- The Adirondack Trail Blazers defeated the Watertown Rams, 9-8, to keep their playoff dreams alive in Watertown. The Rams are still just a win or an Adirondack loss away from clinching a playoff berth. Brian Sondergard (NJIT) picked up the win for the Trail Blazers while Anthony Magovney (Buffalo) took the loss for the Rams.
Adirondack erupted for six runs in the top of the second to take an early 6-0 lead. Alex Tuccio (Siena) led off the inning with a double to right center field and an error combined with two hit by pitches allowed Tuccio to score the first run of the game. With one away, Greg Wasikowski (Bucknell) laid down a suicide squeeze bunt with Justin Korenblatt (La Salle) racing home from third. Wasikowski got the bunt down to score the run and he reached base on a throwing error that also allowed Mark Williams (La Salle) to score. Mike Carter (Rutgers) followed with a 2-RBI single that scored Brad Jones (Florida Tech) and Wasikowski. After a groundout, Alex Lushkevich (Albany) drove in Carter with an RBI triple to left center field for the final run of the inning.
Watertown scored two runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-2 game. Drew Hercik (East Stroudsburg) hit an RBI single that scored Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and James Bonds (San Diego) hit a sacrifice fly two batters later.
Adirondack got one of the runs back in the next half inning on an RJ Devish (Rutgers) RBI single. The Rams responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4. Ben Wylly (San Diego) reached base on an error but picked up an RBI that scored Chris Gaetano (Monmouth), who tripled to lead off the inning. Drew Hercik hit an RBI groundout and Shane Servoss (Skagit Valley) hit an RBI single through the right side that scored Dominic Lopez.
The next scoring came in the top of the eighth when Adirondack picked up its seventh and eighth runs of the game. Mike Carter hit his second RBI single of the game and Alex Tuccio picked up an RBI with a single up the middle. A Dominic Lopez RBI single through the right side made it a 9-6 game.
The Rams’ rally in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough as Adirondack went on to win, 9-8. In the bottom of the ninth, Shane Servoss led off with a single, stole second base, and scored on a James Bonds RBI single to left field. Bonds came around to score later in the inning on a Chris Gaetano sacrifice fly. With the Rams down to their last strike, Nick Moore advanced to third on a passed ball and a throwing error, but Ben Wylly lined out to end the game.
Adirondack reliever Brian Sondergard tossed just one third of an inning, but it was enough for the NJIT product to pick up his third win of the season. Watertown starter Anthony Magovney hurled 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs (none earned) in his second loss of the season.
Mike Carter finished the night 3-for-5 for Adirondack and Alex Tuccio and Garrett Longhurst each went 2-for-5. Shane Servoss had a three-hit game for Watertown and was helped by two hits from Dominic Lopez and James Bonds.
Watertown is on the road the next two nights, Saturday in Utica and Sunday at Adirondack, before returning home to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds for the final home game of the season. Adirondack hosts Amsterdam on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m.