Jonathan McKinney (Southern Union C.C.), seen here pitching for the DiamondDawgs in 2016.
A full slate of games took place on the first Friday of the 2017 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) season, as six games were played on the night of June 2. For the second day in a row, the home teams won all six matchups, including a slugfest in the Southern Tier and a walk-off walk in Geneva.
Here’s a look back at the scores from June 2:
Mohawk Valley (2-0) 5, Amsterdam (1-1) 1
The DiamondDawgs got the best of their East Division rival in the first meeting of the 2017 season, led by the arm of Jonathan McKinney (Southern Union State C.C.) and the bat of Matt Smith (Sacramento State). McKinney limited the Mohawks’ offense to just one run – an RBI single by Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) in the third inning while striking out four in 7.0 innings. Batting third in the lineup, Smith finished a perfect 4-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound outfielder jacked a solo home run in the bottom of the third to break a 1-1 tie, giving Mohawk Valley a lead it would never relinquish.
Glens Falls (1-1) 6, Albany (0-1) 2
The Dutchmen hit the ball hard in the first inning of their first game to take an early lead, but the Dragons’ offense didn’t much time to heat up either. Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) and Brandt Holland (North Alabama) hit a double and triple, respectively, to give Albany a 2-0 lead from the get-go, but Glens Falls knotted the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. The Dragons then tallied twice in the third and two more times in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run shot from Anthony Vaglica (LIU Post). Alex Phillips (Bellarmine) got the win on the mound by fanning eight in 6.0 innings.
Onondaga (1-1) 12, Oneonta (0-2) 1
The Flames earned the first win in franchise history on their home field at Onondaga Community College in a big way, scoring 12 runs on 17 hits. Six different Onondaga players recorded multiple hits, including a 4-for-5 performance from Alex Canty (Monroe C.C.) and 3-for5 efforts from both Trey Baur (Cornell) and Stephen Bennett (Canisius). The hosts scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second and one more in the third to provide starting pitcher Chase Hagerty (Southeast Missouri) with a big lead. Hagerty, who struck out a game-high six, and Tyler Rourke (Alabama A&M) combined to limit the Outlaws to just three hits on the night.
Geneva (1-0) 4, Newark (1-1) 3
The Red Wings opened their season at home with a thrilling comeback in the ninth inning against their Finger Lakes rivals, the Newark Pilots. Newark scored once in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull ahead 3-0 and starter Henry Martinez (Cypress) looked to be in line for the win after 5.0 innings of two-hit ball with seven punch outs. However, Geneva pushed across one run in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to reduce the deficit to two, 3-1. Then in the ninth, back-to-back walks with ducks on the pond forced home the tying and winning runs. Garrett Uhl (UT Dallas) entered as a pinch hitter in the ninth and earned the winning RBI with a free pass on four straight pitches out of the zone. Garrett Swanson (Kalamazoo) hurled a 1-2-3 top of the ninth with two strikeouts to pick up the win.
Utica (1-0) 7, Adirondack (1-1) 2
After an explosive offensive show in its season-opening victory over Elmira on Thursday, the Trail Blazers were limited to just two runs on six hits on Friday at Donovan Stadium. Blue Sox starter Jared Tietgen (Rio Honda C.C.) was excellent in his first outing off the summer, blanking Adirondack with two strikeouts in 6.0 innings en route to the win. Utica padded an already 3-0 lead with a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth, with two runs coming on bases-loaded walks and two more coming on an error. Those insurance runs helped the cause, as the Trail Blazers threatened with a two-run single off the bat of Bailey Collins (Concordia (Calif.)) in the top of the ninth, but that is the only offense they would muster in the losing effort.
Elmira (1-1) 15, Saugerties (0-2) 12
The Pioneers and Stallions put on a fireworks show before the actual postgame fireworks were sent into the chilly Elmira sky after the home-opening win. Saugerties starter Austin Batchelor (Boston College) seemingly imploded on the mound in the first inning and was relived after surrendering six runs on four walks, a hit by pitch, and a single in just one-third of an inning. The Pios took advantage and scored eight times in the first frame, and after three innings of play, looked to be in good shape with a 10-3 lead. However, Saugerties responded with six runs in the fourth inning, with the biggest blow coming on a bases-clearing three-run double by Andrew Taft (Buffalo) that made it a 10-9 score. Elmira added some much-needed insurance with four runs in the seventh, two coming on a two-RBI double from Anthony Nucerino (UConn), but once again the Stallions clawed back with three in the next half inning. Down 15-12 in the top of the ninth, Jeff Palczewski (Buffalo) led off with a single, but an inning-ending double play dashed the Stallions’ comeback hopes.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Mohawk Valley at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Onondaga at Utica – 6:30 p.m.
Glens Falls at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Adirondack at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Geneva at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.