The Glens Falls Dragons and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs have been virtual strangers to each other this season as Mother Nature has not been the friend of the two squads. The teams met in a doubleheader at East Field in Glens Falls Friday night. Mohawk Valley (22-16) took the opener 6-3. Glens Falls (15-24) retaliated in the second game with a 3-1 victory.
In game one the DiamondDawgs and the Dragons were tied 1-1 early. Mohawk Valley struck first in the top of the first when Sean Mazzio (Wagner) singled and came in to score on an RBI double from Mac Crispino (Fairfield). The Dragons got even when Hunter Szaflarski (Lock Haven) and Griffin Neuer (Bellarmine) had back to back doubles to tie the game up after a full inning.
The DiamondDawgs increased their lead in the second. Andrew Turner (Long Island U.) led off the inning with a single and scored on a double from Kevin Radziewicz (Fairfield) to make it 2-1. Garrett Kelly (UC-Davis) and Mazzio also picked RBIs in the frame as Mohawk Valley led 4-1.
Glens Falls got a run back in the third when Szaflarski drew a leadoff walk and came in to score on a double from Chris Kwitzer (U. Buffalo) to make it 4-2. The DiamondDawgs would answer however as Justin Fowler (Dartmouth) blasted a solo home run to give Mohawk Valley the 5-2 edge.
Mohawk Valley added on some insurance in the top of the seventh when Crispino drove in Fowler to make it 6-2, chasing Jones from the mound as Ryan Cummings (St. Joseph, VT) came to finish out the game for the Dragons.
Glens Falls got a run back in the seventh when Neuer doubled and came into score on an infield hit by Ryan Hooper (Cal-Davis) an error by the DiamondDawgs.
Mazzio, Crispino and Fowler had two hits each for Mohawk Valley.
Neuer had a pair of safeties for Glens Falls.
Joe DeSarro (Herkimer CC) took the win for Mohawk Valley to move his record to 6-1 on the season. He pitched five innings, giving up two run on five hits. DeSarro struck out three and walked five.
Joe Jones (2-5) suffered the loss for Glens Falls.
In the nightcap, Glens Falls got out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Brian Granton (Colby CC) led off the inning with an infield single. Granton scored to make in 1-0 Dragons as Ryan Hooper reached on a Mohawk Valley throwing error.
The Dragons scored again in the bottom of the third to take the 2-0 lead. Brian Uliana (Rider) double and came around to score on a double by Alex Chandler (St. Rose).
Mohawk Valley cut the lead in half in the fourth when Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth) singled and came around to score on an infield hit by Kelly.
The Dragons regained the two run the lead in the bottom of the inning when Chris Miranda smacked a double off of the left field fence, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Brown (Skidmore) to make it 3-1.
That is all Glens Falls starter Andrew Kneussle (Canisius) needed as he held off the DiamondDawgs the rest of the way for the complete game win. The right-hander scattered nine hits in running his record to 3-3 on the season. Kneussle struck out two and walked only one.
Jonathan McKinney (Georgia College) took the loss for Mohawk Valley. He drops to 2-2 on the year.
Granton was 2 for 3 for Glens Falls. Uliana, Chandler and Miranda also had two hits apiece.
Michael Conti (Fairfield) led the DiamondDawgs with two hits.
The Dragons travel to Albany for a doubleheader with the Dutchmen tomorrow night, before returning to East Field Sunday to meet the Amsterdam Mohawks.