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Last night’s games:
Amsterdam 4 Albany 2
The Amsterdam Mohawks clinched the top spot in the East Division with a 4-2 win over Albany at Shuttleworth Park. The Mohawks are now 31-10 on the season after starting the season 2-6. Albany is 16-22 and now tied for the final playoff spot in the East with Glens Falls.
Albany scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning as Justin Brock scored while Jake Hanson was caught stealing second. Amsterdam scored its first two runs of the game in the fourth inning on a Tommy Kain two-run home run to left field. It was Kain’s fifth home run of the season, which is tied for second in the PGCBL. The Mohawks added another run in the fifth as Brendan Tracy scored on a wild pitch.
Albany pulled within one in the top of the seventh inning on a Danny Hrbek RBI groundout. The home team got some insurance in the bottom of the eighth on a Joe Purritano RBI single up the middle that scored Jack Czeszewski. Thomas Hackimer tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to pick up the save and preserve the clinching win.
Amsterdam starter EJ Ashworth earned his fifth win of the season, going six innings allowing just the lone run on five hits. Jake Welch was solid in the loss for Albany. Welch hurled seven innings and allowed three runs (all earned) while striking out five in his loss.
Adirondack 9 Watertown 8
The Adirondack Trail Blazers defeated the Watertown Rams, 9-8, to keep their playoff dreams alive in Watertown. Watertown is still a win shy of clinching a playoff berth. The Trail Blazers are now 17-24 on the year, while the Rams fall to 23-20.
Adirondack erupted for six runs in the top of the second to take an early 6-0 lead. A bases loaded hit by pitch scored the first run, and a suicide squeeze scored the second. A throwing error on the squeeze allowed an additional run to score and Mike Carter hit a 2-RBI single later in the inning. Carter came around to score the final run of the frame on an Alex Lushkevich RBI triple. Watertown scored two runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-2 game. Drew Hercik hit an RBI single that scored Dominic Lopez and James Bonds hit a sacrifice fly two batters later.
Adirondack got one of the runs back in the next half inning on an RJ Devish RBI single. The Rams responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4. An error on a Ben Wylly ground ball to short scored Chris Gaetano Drew Hercik and Shane Servoss added RBIs later in the inning on a groundout and a single, respectively. Mike Carter hit his second RBI single of the night in the seventh and Alex Tuccio hit an RBI single in the eighth to make it 9-5. Watertown rallied for a lone run in the bottom of the eighth and two in the ninth, but left the tying run at third base to end the game. James Bonds hit an RBI single in the ninth and Chris Gaetano hit a sacrifice fly.
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.
Utica 3 Newark 2 Game One
The Utica Brewers won game one of a doubleheader against the Newark Pilots in walk-off fashion.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Cody Burton picked up his second walk-off hit of the season with an RBI double that scored Crachard Laing, giving the Brewers a 3-2 win over the first place Pilots.
Newark scored two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at two. An error and a Tim Lewis RBI single allowed the Pilots’ only two runs of the game to score. Utica took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Jabaru Gayle RBI single and a Corey Lerche RBI double.
Marcos Martinez pitched a complete game for Utica, allowing the two runs (none earned) in picking up his third win of the season. Travis Laitar allowed the Burton walk-off, the first run he’s allowed all season, in taking the loss.
Newark 14 Utica 3 Game Two
The Newark Pilots scored 14 runs on 14 hits in game two to salvage a split of a doubleheader in Utica. The Pilots are 25-18 on the season and lead the West by a game and a half over Elmira. Utica fell to 8-33 on the summer.
Newark scored the first run of the game in the top of the third on a Derek Reed RBI groundout. The Pilots then scored four in the fourth and nine in the fifth to account for their 14 runs. In the fourth, Austin Clock drove in two runs with a 2-RBI single and Wyatt Padgett hit a 2-RBI triple that scored Clock and Samm Wiggins. In the fifth, Tim Lewis and Tanner Giesel hit RBI singles to score the first two runs. Giesel scored on a passed ball for the third run, Derek Reed was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the fifth, and Braxton Wilks drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the sixth. Tommy Wagner hit a 2-RBI single that scored Derek Reed and Zach Wall and Tim Lewis picked up his second RBI of the inning with a groundout that scored Wilks.
Utica scored its three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cedric Mullins hit an RBI single and Anthony Villa hit a 2-RBI double that scored Mullins and Cody Burton.
Kyle Teachout allowed the three runs in six innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. Michael Sinnott threw four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in taking the loss.
Mohawk Valley 4 Elmira 3 Game One
Like the Utica Brewers, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs walked-off en route to a victory in game one of a doubleheader against Elmira.
With only one out in the inning Greg Fazio singled home Mike Triller to put the DiamondDawgs a win away from clinching a playoff berth. Prior to Fazio’s walk-off in the bottom of the ninth, Elmira scored on a Nick Walker sacrifice fly to tie the game at three in the top of the ninth.
Elmira scored two runs in the top of the first to strike first. Chris Kalousidian hit an RBI single that scored TJ Dixon and Taylor Hillson scored on a Christian Santisteban RBI fielder’s choice. Eric Strano hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half. A Joey Carcone RBI groundout in the third and a Gus Craig RBI single in the fourth gave the DiamondDawgs a 3-2 lead.
Evan Kissinger tossed a complete game for Mohawk Valley. Kissinger allowed the three Elmira runs (two earned) to earn his second win of the season. Taylor Ahearn took his third loss of the season, going 6.1 innings and allowing the four runs (all earned).
Mohawk Valley 8 Elmira 0 Game Two
After walking off to win game one, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs clinched a playoff berth with a dominating start and a strong showing from their offense. Mohawk Valley is now 24-17 on the season and Elmira is still in second place with a 23-19 record.
Jayson Sullivan drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second. A Gus Craig RBI single in the third and an error that allowed Mike Triller to score made it a 3-0 game. Greg Fazio, the hero in game one, hit a 2-RBI triple in the fifth and Andy Lalonde followed with an RBI single to extend the DiamondDawg lead. The final two runs of the game came around to score in the bottom of the sixth on a Colin Hawk RBI double and another Jayson Sullivan sacrifice fly.
The story of the game was Mohawk Valley starter Anthony Pastrana. The right-hander faced the minimum 21 batters and struck out seven batters in his seven inning, complete game shutout. Pastrana is now 1-2 on the season with a 3.20 ERA. Elmira used six pitchers and Austin Von Herbulis allowed the first Mohawk Valley run to take the loss.
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