Returning Jammer Bradley Griggs (UTSA) got the start for Jamestown on Opening Day.
The first night of the 2017 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) season is in the books. The home team in all five of last night’s games came out on top of their matchups, while three clubs broke open the new campaign with high-scoring affairs.
Here’s a look back at the scores from June 1:
Adirondack (1-0) 13, Elmira (0-1) 6
The Trail Blazers used a seven-inning second inning to blow open Thursday night’s season-opening bout with the Pioneers at the Robert Smith Sports Complex. With two outs and a 2-0 lead, a bases-loaded walk issued the Baily Collins (Concordia (Calif.)) pushed across Adirondack’s third run of the bottom of the second inning, before Rob Zuwarski (Hillsdale) cleared the bases with a grand slam. The Trail Blazers added two runs in the third and three more in the fifth to take their largest lead of the night, 12-1. Back-to-back doubles from Elmira’s Jonathan Crimmin (Siena) and Brett Vosik (Kansas) plated a run in the top of the night, but it was too little too late for the visitors. JR Hilcher (Lynn) earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief for Adirondack.
Amsterdam 12 (1-0), Onondaga (0-1)
The Flames looked to make noise in their first-ever game in the PGCBL, and they sure started on the right foot. Camillo Spinoso (Le Moyne) slugged a solo homer for the franchise’s first hit in the top of the first, but the one-run lead was short lived. The Mohawks posted two runs in the home half of the first, five in the third, three in the fourth, and two more in the fifth, all while limiting the Flames to just three hits throughout the remainder of the contest. Seven different pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters, led by Ben Anderson’s (Binghamton) five punch outs in 4.0 innings as the starter. Thomas Lane (Boston College) fanned all three batsmen he faced in a scoreless fifth to snag the victory.
Mohawk Valley (1-0) 12, Glens Falls (0-1) 4
Reigning PGCBL Co-Pitcher of the Year, Joe DeSarro (Southern New Hampshire) returned to Little Falls, N.Y., with a strong start on Opening Day. He earned the win on the mound with 6.0 innings of two-run ball, while recording eight strikeouts on 85 pitches. His only blemish was a two-run home run off the bat of Dalton Ney (Lee) in his final frame, but the Diamond Dawgs’ offense scored the game’s first seven runs to give DeSarro a comfortable lead. Three of those runs came on an Austin Pollack (Hofstra) three-run blast in the first inning. Pollack finished 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs and two runs scored, and Russ Olive (UMass Lowell) provided a solo homer of his own with two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Diamond Dawgs.
Newark (1-0) 6, Oneonta (0-1) 2
The Pilots drove in the first four runs of the game and rode a strong performance from starter Kyle Griffen (Louisiana Tech) to a 6-2 win over the visiting Outlaws of Oneonta. Griffen hurled 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out five. The offense got things going in the third inning, after the first two batters were plunked by Oneonta starter Danny Hobbs (Siena). Will Allocca (Virginia) broke the stalemate with a two-run double and an error allowed him to come around and score with two outs. Chandler Engel (USC Sumter) led off the fifth with a walk for the Outlaws and would score on a passed ball to trim the deficit to 4-2, but Newark tacked on insurance runs in the fifth and eighth innings. Despite taking the loss, Hobbs struck out a game-high six batters in 5.0 innings of work.
Jamestown (1-0), 5 Saugerties (0-1) 4 (10th)
The host Jammers overcame an early two-run deficit but the visiting Stallions tallied twice in the ninth to force extra innings in Jamestown on Opening Day. Three consecutive walks to start the third inning jumpstarted Saugerties’ offense and Matt Forlow (Manhattan) put his team ahead, 2-0, with a two-out RBI single. That lead lasted until the Jammers put up a four-spot in the seventh. Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst) and Ben Brookover (UTSA) opened the frame with back-to-back hits, and Chris Estrada (UTSA) tied the score at 2-all with an RBI single. Connor Rule (Kansas State) continued the hit parade with a double and a Nick Bernick (Niagara) base hit put the Jammers up by two. After the Stallions leveled the score in the ninth, the Jammers juiced the bases in the 10th an walked off on a Christ Conley (Canisius) single.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley - 6:35 p.m.
Albany at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Oneonta at Onondaga – 7:00 p.m.
Saugerties at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Geneva – 7:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Utica – 7:15 p.m.