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Last night’s games:
Amsterdam 7 Utica 0 Game One
In game one of a doubleheader in Utica, Taylor Blatch tossed the second no-hitter in PGCBL history for Amsterdam. More on Blatch’s no-hitter can be found here.
While Blatch’s no-hitter was the story of the game, Amsterdam’s offense did provide solid run support for the right-hander. The Mohawks scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. Joey Aiola and Brendan Tracy hit RBI singles, an error allowed the third run to score and Jonathan Pryor hit an RBI groundout for the fourth run.
Amsterdam added a lone run in the fifth and two in the sixth to account for its three remaining runs. John Razzino scored on a balk for the run in the fifth and in the sixth, Jack Czeszewski and JaVon Shelby hit RBI doubles.
Blatch improved to 5-1 with the no-hitter and Krystien Battilana took the loss for Utica.
Amsterdam 16 Utica 0 Game Two
The Amsterdam Mohawks used another dominating performance from their starter and their offense to cruise to a sweep of a doubleheader in Utica.
Alex DeBellis hit a solo home run to lead off the second to give Amsterdam a 1-0 lead. In the third, the Mohawks erupted for ten runs. John Razzino hit an RBI single for the first run, DeBellis drew a bases loaded walk for the second, Joey Aiola and Jack Czeszewski each followed with bases loaded hit by pitches, Tommy Kain hit an RBI single, Aiola scored on a wild pitch, a fielder’s choice scored a run, an error and Razzino’s second RBI single of the inning accounted for the last three runs. In total, the Mohawks scored ten runs on five hits, one error and one man left on base.
Amsterdam added five runs in the sixth to make it 16-0. DeBellis hit an RBI groundout, Aiola hit a 2-RBI single and Kain and Jake Salpietro each hit RBI sinlges to bring in the two remaining runs.
Kevin Guthrie followed Taylor Blatch’s no-hitter with a dominating performance of his own. Guthrie tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout to earn his second victory. He struck out 11 batters and walked just one. Bryan DeJesus allowed nine runs (eight earned) in taking the loss.
Watertown 5 Adirondack 3
A night after clinching a playoff spot because of an Adirondack loss, the Watertown Rams beat the Trail Blazers, 5-3, in Boonville. The Rams still have a shot at first place in the West, as they sit a game and a half back of Elmira and Newark.
Adirondack scored the first two runs of the game on a Mark Williams two-run home run in the bottom of the second. Williams now has six home runs, which is tied for the most in the PGCBL with Mohawk Valley’s Zach Collett. The Trail Blazers added another run in the fifth to make it 3-0.
Watertown’s Nick Moore made it a 3-1 game in the top of the sixth with an RBI double that scored James Bonds. Down 3-1 in the top of the eighth, Drew Hercik hit his second home run of the week, a two-run shot that tied the game at three. In the ninth, Willi Martin doubled to lead off the inning and Chris Gaetano promptly drove him in with a double of his own. Dominic Lopez gave the Rams some insurance with an RBI single to right that scored Gaetano, making it a 5-3 game. Jon Escobar tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his league leading ninth save.
Watertown reliever Jake Sale threw a scoreless eighth inning and picked up his fifth win of the season. Tyler Kimball gave up the two runs in the ninth to take the loss.
Albany 16 Mohawk Valley 4
The Albany Dutchmen have nearly secured a playoff spot, thanks to a 16-4 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in Little Falls. The Dutchmen are now 20-23 on the season and need just one more win to secure a spot. Mohawk Valley has sealed up the second seed in the East with a 24-18 record.
Jayson Sullivan gave Mohawk Valley a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI double. Albany scored three runs in the third to take the lead for good. A passed ball, an RBI groundout and a James Locklear RBI single scored the three runs. The Dutchmen scored five more runs in the fourth to extend their lead. Ernie Clement hit a 2-RBI single, Nick Jewett drove in two with a double and Locklear brought home the last run with an RBI groundout.
Mohawk Valley got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Will Trahan RBI single. Another Trahan RBI single in the sixth made it an 8-3 game. Albany then scored four runs in both the seventh and ninth innings to finish its scoring. In the seventh, Will Miller hit a 2-RBI single, Ernie Clement hit another RBI single and a fielder’s choice brought in the fourth run. In the ninth, Sean Aspinall hit an RBI single and Nick Jewett hit a three-run home run to make it 16-3. Mike Triller walked with the bases loaded to score the fourth run of the game for the DiamondDawgs.
Justin Curry tossed six solid innings to pick up the win for Albany. He allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out four in his third win of the season. Bryan Greig allowed eight runs (six earned) in six innings in taking the loss for Mohawk Valley.
Elmira 9 Glens Falls 4
The Elmira Pioneers put themselves in a tie for first place in the West Division with a 9-4 win over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Both Newark and Elmira have three games remaining to claim the division. Glens Falls fell to 17-24 with the loss and is now two games behind Albany for the final spot in the East.
Elmira scored four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-0 lead. TJ Dixon brought in the first run with an RBI single that scored Christian Santisteban. Taylor Hillson followed with an RBI single and Taylor Skerpon brought in two runs with a 2-RBI single. Glens Falls pulled the game within one with three runs in the fourth. Ryan Hooper hit an RBI double and Michael Bradshaw hit a 2-RBI double. The Golden Eagles tied the game at four on a Danny Oliveri RBI groundout in the sixth.
Elmira newcomer Michael Fahrman gave Elmira the lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pioneers added four more runs in the eighth to pull away. Chris Kalousidian hit a 2-RBI single with a third run scoring on an error. Fahrman hit an RBI single late in the inning to score the fourth run of the inning.
Zach Bican tossed a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his first win of the season for Elmira. Sean Grieser allowed the Fahrman home run in the eighth to take the loss.
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