Will Gorman of the Newark Pilots (PC: Paul Dewa/Newark Pilots)
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Today is the first day of the 2015 PGCBL Postseason.
Final League Leaders
Batting Average: Ryan Cox (Utica) .383
OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.123
Home Runs: Handsome Monica (Amsterdam) 9
RBIs: Troy Scocca (Mohawk Valley) 40
Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 26
Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 7
ERA: Justin Lewis (Elmira) 1.37
Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 74
Innings Pitched: Alex Yarem (Glens Falls) 60
Saves: Three tied at seven
Last Night’s Games:
Albany 7 Glens Falls 1: The Albany Dutchmen clinched the final spot in the PGCBL postseason with a 7-1 win over Glens Falls at East Field to finish in third place in the East Division.
Michael Fitzsimmons hit a solo home run in the top of the second for the first run of the game. A Jack Weiller RBI single, a Grayson Lewis RBI double and a Fitzsimmons RBI single in the third extended the lead to 4-0.
In the fifth, Fitzsimmons hit a two-RBI double and an error made it a 7-0 game. Fitzsimmons finished a triple short of the cycle. Glens Falls scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout, but it wasn’t enough as Albany prevailed to clinch the final playoff spot.
Nick Cioffi allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings to get the win for the Dutchmen while Alex Yarem gave up the seven Albany runs in five innings to take the loss.
Mohawk Valley 12 Adirondack 4: Andrew Turner became the first player in PGCBL history to play all nine positions as the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 12-4, in Little Falls.
The DiamondDawgs scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead but Adirondack came back with two runs in the third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, the DiamondDawgs scored four runs and in the sixth they added four runs. Two runs in the eighth finished the scoring.
David Palmer tossed a complete game for the DiamondDawgs as he struck out six batters and allowed the four Adirondack runs. Tim Burr allowed the first five Mohawk Valley runs to take the loss.
Amsterdam 4 Saugerties 3: The Amsterdam Mohawks rallied from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Saugerties Stallions, 4-3, in extra innings in Amsterdam.
Saugerties scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth on a John Giakas RBI double. Amsterdam answered in the bottom of the inning on an error. A Jesse Uttendorfer two-RBI double in the fifth gave Saugerties the lead back.
In the bottom of the ninth when trailing by two, bases loaded walks to Riley Mahan and Craig Dedelow tied the game at three. In the bottom of the tenth, Gage West hit an RBI single to give Amsterdam their 40th win of the season.
Tyler Smith struck out four batters in two scoreless innings to get the win for the Mohawks, while Pat Dorrian took the loss for Saugerties.
Elmira 15 Utica 11: The Elmira Pioneers closed out the regular season with a 15-11 win over the Utica Brewers.
The Pioneers were led by Justin Hayes, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two walks. Will LaRue also had three hits for the Pioneers as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Will Zirzow got the win after tossing a scoreless sixth inning.
Victor 10 Newark 4: The Victor RailRiders scored multiple runs in four separate innings to beat the Newark Pilots, 10-4, in the final game of the regular season.
A Dale Wickham two-RBI single in the top of the third scored the first runs of the game. An error and a Joe Simmons RBI single in the fourth made it a 4-0 game and in the sixth, an error and a sacrifice fly extended the lead to 6-0. Newark scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the inning on a Will Gorman solo home run.
In the seventh, Victor scored three runs on a Tommy Wagner RBI single, an error and a Nick Boland RBI single. Two bases loaded walks for Newark in the eighth made it a 9-3 game and a bases loaded walk for Victor in the top of the ninth plated the final run of the game for the RailRiders and Gorman hit an RBI single for Newark in the bottom of the ninth to score the final run of the game.
Colin Johnson allowed one run in six innings of work to get the win for Victor and Charlie Sobieraski gave up the first four Victor runs to take the loss.
Albany at Mohawk Valley 6:35 p.m.: The Albany Dutchmen will travel to Little Falls Friday to take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in a winner-take-all first round matchup. Albany won the season series, 4-1, including wins in the only two July matchups. The winner will travel to Amsterdam on Saturday to take on the Mohawks. Gavin Wallace is scheduled to start for Albany.
Utica at Victor 5 p.m.: The Utica Brewers and Victor RailRiders will make their PGCBL playoff debuts on Friday as the two teams meet in a winner-take-all first round matchup. Utica won the season series, 4-3, including a sweep of the RailRiders on Tuesday. The winner will travel to Elmira on Saturday to take on the Pioneers.
For information about the 2015 PGCBL Postseason, go here.
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