Glens Falls, N.Y.-The Glens Falls Dragons (23-26) blew open a close 5-4 game with three runs in the fourth and six in the fifth, and went on to a 14-7 victory over the Saugerties Stallions (13-34) in front of the biggest crowd of the year at East Field on "Host Family Appreciation Night." With the win and an Albany Dutchmen loss Glens Falls is now just a half game out of the final playoff spot.
Saugerties scored early to take the 1-0 lead against Glens Falls starter Jake Murray (Rhode Island College). Lead-off hitter Anthony Rocco (Pace University) singled to begin the inning and was sacrificed over to second by a Jesse Uttendorfer (St. Bonaventure) bunt. Micah Riddick (SUNY Ulster) singled to put runners on the corners for the Stallions, and Rocco came into score when Glens Falls threw to second on Riddick's attempted steal of second.
Glens Falls answered with a two out rally against Saugerties starter Matt Wojciak (St. Joseph's College of Maine). Danny Oliveri led off the frame with a solid single to center. After Mark Powell (Bucknell) bunted Oliveri over to second, and a ground out by Rich Guglielmi (Saginaw Valley State), Ryan Hooper (Cal-Davis) doubled over the centerfielder's head to score Oliveri to tie the game at 1-1. Hooper would score on a wild pitch, and Harrison Bragg (Tacoma CC) who had reached base on a walk, would also cross home plate after the Stallions threw down to second on a delayed steal play to make it 3-1. Bryce Aldridge would then add an RBI when he singled to shallow left to plate Donovan Christman to the Dragons the 4-1 edge. Christman had reached on a walk. Matt Flynn (St. Anselm) then doubled to drive Aldridge home to give Glens Falls a four run lead.
The Stallions mounted a rally of their in the third as John Giakis (Fairleigh Dickinson) reached on a fielding error, and Charlie Fina (Ulster CC) doubled just inside the third base bag to score Giakis. Keith Andrews (SUNY Cortland) then singled to move Fina to third, and Fina scored on another Glens Falls error to get Saugerties within 5-3. Uttendorfer added a sacrifice fly to get the Stallions within a run.
Glens Falls looked to put this one out of reach in the fifth. Kleinstein led off the inning with a single and Flynn was hit by a pitch. Oliveri then delivered single to drive in Kleinstein to put the Dragons up 8-4. Next, Hooper tripled to deep left field to plate Oliveri and Flynn. Guglielmi, Bragg, and Colby Stratten (Indiana) all added hits in the inning, and the Stallions walked in a run to make it 14-4.
Saugerties picked up a run in the eighth and a pair in the ninth to provide the final margin of victory.
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