Amsterdam Mohawks line up for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner on June 8, 2017, at Shuttleworth Park (photo credit: Mark Perfetti).
Eleven (!!!) total games were played in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on June 23; that's a lot of baseball. Here’s a look back at the scores from around the league on Friday night:
Jamestown (14-4) 5, Elmira (6-12) 0 (Game 1)
Cory Blessing (Ohio) and Nolan Hunt (Canisius) combined to limit the Pioneers to just three hits while facing only three batters over the minimum in the first of two contests at Dunn Field. Blessing tossed six shutout innings and allowed just two hits without issuing a walk on 80 pitches. Hunt followed out of the bullpen with a scoreless seventh inning. At the plate, UTSA teammates Ben Brookover and Skyler Valentine each hit a pair of doubles to fuel the Jamestown offense; Brookover finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Valentine went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. They hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning to plate the first run of the game, while Valentine drove in Brookover with a two-bagger in the third.
Jamestown 12, Elmira 3 (Game 2)
The Jammers completed the sweep in convincing fashion on Friday after overcoming an early 3-2 deficit. Down by one in the fourth, John Conti (Canisius) plated the tying run with an RBI single and Christ Conley (Canisius) followed with an RBI base knock to give Jamestown a 4-3 advantage. The visitors finished the game by scoring eight unanswered runs, including a five-spot in the sixth in which Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst) picked up two of his game-high five RBIs with a bases-loaded single. O’Donnell paced the offense in the late game by going 2-for-4 with the aforementioned five RBIs and two runs, and Conti finished a perfect 3-for-3 with four runs scored and one RBI. Colin Johnston (Monroe C.C.), in his 10th relief appearance of the season, was credited with his first win after throwing 2.2 innings; Johnston has yet to surrender a run in 14.2 innings for far in 2017.
Amsterdam (13-6) 13, Saugerties (10-7) 2 (Game 1)
After giving up a solo home run to Nick Campana (Hartford) on the second pitch of the game, Amsterdam starter Andrew Saalfrank (Indiana) settled in and gave up just one more hit en route to a complete-game victory. Saalfrank, who struck out seven, was given plenty of offensive support, as the top four hitters in the Mohawks’ lineup each had at least two hits. John Valente (St. John’s) was 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI in the lead-off spot, and T.J. Collett (Kentucky) went 2-for-2 with five RBIs, including a monster three-run jack in the second inning.
Amsterdam 8, Saugerties 1 (Game 2)
The Mohawks completed the sweep with an 8-1 win over the Stallions and now find themselves in a one-and-a-half-game lead in the PGCBL’s East Division. Valente once again buoyed the offense from the lead-off spot, producing another three-hit outing. Liam Wilson (Canisius) provided the fireworks in the nightcap of the doubleheader with a solo home run, his league-high-tying fourth of the summer, as part of a 3-for-3 showing. Nick Chiseri (UConn) received the win out of the bullpen and Carter Knapek (UMass) earned a three-inning save.
Glens Falls (7-12) 6, Albany (10-6) 5 (Game 1)
The Dragons opened their doubleheader sweep of the Dutchmen with a tight 6-5 victory. All six of Glens Falls’ runs came in the third inning, with Ryan Beamish (Lee) picking up a pair of RBIs on a bases-loaded, two-run double and Jared Morello (St. Joseph (Vt.)) plating two on a single. Alex Phillips (Bellarmine) capped off the big inning with an RBI triple, as he drove home was proved to be the winning run when all was said and done. Albany trimmed the deficit to one with a run in the sixth, but Chris Villa (Seton Hall) was thrown out trying to steal third before an inning-ending double play negated what could have been a big inning for the Dutchmen. Brandon Budlong (Johnson & Wales) lasted all seven innings on the mound for the Dragons and received the win after allowing five runs on nine hits to go along with six strikeouts.
Glens Falls 11, Albany 7 (Game 2)
Glens Falls had a little more breathing room in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, as the Dragons used a five-run third to take a lead they would never relinquish. Tied 3-3 entering the third, Phoenix Hernandez (Southern New Hampshire) and Anthony Butler (St. Lawrence) each smacked run-scoring doubles, and Brandon Torres (SUNY Oneonta) provided a two-RBI single in the decisive frame. The Dutchmen trimmed the deficit down to one, 8-7, in the sixth, thanks in part to a two-run double off the bat of Trace Tyre (Ole Miss), but the Dragons responded with three runs in the home half of the inning for some insurance. Tom Taplin (Buffalo) was the winner with four innings of three-run ball in his first start of the summer campaign.
Adirondack (8-9) 13, Utica (4-14) 2 (Game 1)
The Trail Blazers joined in Friday’s sweeping action by taking two from the Blue Sox at the Robert Smith Sports Complex in Boonville, N.Y. They pounded out 13 runs on 11 hits in the opening game, with the top three players in the lineup batting a combined 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits, five runs scored and nine RBIs. Dan Abate (Monmouth) slugged a solo home run to open the scoring for Adirondack in the third inning, and Zach Zientarski (Pittsburgh) launched a three-run homer in the fourth. On the mound, John Hardy (Mohawk Valley C.C.) earned the win with six innings of two-run ball and three strikeouts.
Adirondack 5, Utica 4 (Game 2)
The Blue Sox looked to salvage a split with a late rally, but the Trail Blazers responded in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off against Utica. The Blue Sox scored all four of their runs in the top of the seventh and grabbed a 4-2 lead. Jimmy Mendyk (LIU Post) hit a single that scored two runs before coming around to touch home on an errant throw by the Trail Blazers’ left fielder. Despite the late push, Adirondack leveled the score at 4-all on a Joe Simone (Rider) two-run double and Lou Matarazzo (Iona) won the game with a bases-loaded RBI single. Zac Bygum (Dartmouth) received the win with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts.
Newark (4-13) 18, Onondaga (10-6) 9 (Game 1)
The Pilots and Flames began a non-traditional doubleheader by completing a game that was halted in the fourth inning back on June 18. Starting with a 5-2 advantage in the fourth, Newark exploded for eight runs in the frame, which included a two-run two-bagger from Jonathan Parker (Jones County J.C.) and a two-run home run from Over Torres (Yavapai). Five different Newark batters finished the game with multiple hits and RBIs, led by Torres’ 4-for-5 showing with four RBIs. John Balliet (Orange Coast C.C.), who crushed a two-run dinger before the game was halted, went 2-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs, and Will Allocca (Virginia) added three hits, two runs and two RBIs to the offensive outburst.
Onondaga 9, Newark 7 (Game 2)
The two teams played to a 7-7 draw through the first five innings of the seven-inning nightcap, with all seven of the Flames’ runs coming in the top of the second. Three bases-loaded walks, two one-run singles and a two-RBI base knock from Trey Baur (Cornell) provided the offense in the frame. In the top of the sixth, Onondaga broke the stalemate on Alex Canty’s (Monroe C.C.) RBI single, which combined with a Newark error, allowed both Stephen Bennett (Canisius) and Anthony Scalzo (Gonzaga) to score. Tyler Rourke (Alabama A&M) was credited with the win with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen and Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) was awarded his second save with a scoreless frame.
Mohawk Valley (10-6) 16, Oneonta (5-12) 0
In the only non-doubleheader on Friday’s slate, the DiamondDawgs decimated the Outlaws at Damaschke Field by scoring 16 runs on 22 hits. Seven players registered multiple hits for Mohawk Valley, led by Clay Koniencki (Monmouth), who went 5-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs. Tim Zeng (Fairfield) also had a game-high-tying four RBIs and was 3-for-5 at the plate. Austin Pollack (Hofstra) was another DiamondDawg with an impressive box score, as he batted 4-for-6 with a trio of RBIs and three runs. While the bats were swinging at a ferocious pace, the stellar start turned in by Jonathan McKinney (Southern Union State C.C.) cannot be overlooked. The 6-foot-1 righty twirled a complete-game one-hitter with one walk and six strikeouts on 95 pitches.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Onondaga at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Utica at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Elmira at Newark – 7:05 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Geneva – 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.