Conor Grammes (Xavier) in a recent game vs. Oneonta at Dunn Field (photo credit: Lexi Woodcock).
Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Thursday, July 6:
Albany (17-10) 3, Oneonta (7-21) 1 (Game 1)
The Dutchmen and Outlaws were engaged in a pitchers’ duel in the first game of their doubleheader at Damaschke Field on Thursday. Both Jack Grabek (Bucknell) and Jason Wasilnak (St. John Fisher) went 4.2 innings and allowed just one earned run before turning the mound. However, Albany tallied an unearned run in the top of the fifth to pull ahead 2-1. A sac fly in the seventh off of the bat of Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) added a third run, before Jeremiah Burke (Georgetown) struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning to finish his 2.1 innings and the save.
Albany 11, Oneonta 1 (Game 2)
Albany didn’t want to play a close game like they did in the opener; the Dutchmen scored 11 runs on 11 hits, highlighted by a four-run third and a six-run fourth. The third was highlighted by a three-run bases-clearing triple from Nick Gallo (Oklahoma State), who went 3-for-5 with two runs and a game-high four RBIs. All six of the runs scored by Albany in the fourth were unearned, thanks to a trio out Oneonta errors in the frame. Matt Pierce (Siena) improved to 5-1 on the mound with 6.0 one-hit innings and a season-high six strikeouts for the Dutchmen.
Utica (8-19) 5, Adirondack (9-16) 0 (Game 1)
Brendan McNerney (RPI) won his first game in his fourth start of the summer with a complete-game shutout against the Trail Blazers. He allowed just four hits and walked four to go along with seven strikeouts. Already ahead 3-0, Blue Sox sluggers Ryan Sargent (Ohio) and Zane Harris (Wright State) each posted a solo home run in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Utica’s Adam LaRock (Iowa) paced all batters by reaching safely in all four plate appearances, as he finished 3-for-3 with one walk. Kyle Cashman (Pace) went 6.0 innings for Adirondack but was handed the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits.
Utica 14, Adirondack 7 (Game 2)
Both sides picked up the offensive slack in the second game of their doubleheader at the Robert Smith Sports Complex. Devon Garcia (Ohio) and Nathan Thyssen (Concordia (Wis.)) provided the bulk of the fireworks for the Blue Sox. Thyssen smacked a three-run home run in the third and Garcia hit a grand slam in the fifth, which had Utica ahead by a comfortable 14-1 margin. The resilient Adirondack bunch scratched across three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and managed to load the bases in the seventh, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Amsterdam (21-7) 11, Glens Falls (9-17) 10
The Mohawks had their hands full in the late innings, as they had to hold off a ferocious comeback attempt from the Dragons. Amsterdam’s Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) crushed a solo homer in the third to five the hosts a 5-0 lead, which soon ballooned to 11-1 through five full innings. Glens Falls scored the final nine runs of the game, including four in the top of the ninth. An error with the bases loaded, two fielder’s choices and a Brian Wasilewski (Buffalo) RBI double trimmed the deficit down to one. The Mohawks ended the rally by bringing in Brandon Reitz (Florida State) to get the final out of the ninth.
Elmira (15-14) 14, Onondaga (12-14) 8
The Pioneers opened the game with a five-run first inning. Allbry Major (Xavier) and Ayrton Schafer (Samford) hit an RBI double and a two-run triple, respectively, in consecutive at-bats in the opening frame. The Flames evened the score at 5-all with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Elmira responded with the game’s next nine runs to take control. Marshall Gilbert (John A. Logan) picked up the third of his game-high-tying four hits with an RBI triple in the seventh, and Conor Grammes (Xavier) added an RBI single three batters later for his fourth hit. Combined, Gilbert and Marshall recorded eight hits, five RBIs, and three runs scored.
Saugerties (14-13) 5, Mohawk Valley 3 (16-7) 3
The DiamondDawgs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh, when Alexis Monge-Rodriguez (Barry) scored on a dropped fly ball with the bases loaded. The Stallions’ bats finally came alive in the bottom of the eighth. Jack Gonzalez (Stetson) led off the frame with a double and scored on Nick Teitter’s (Hudson Valley C.C.) two-bagger to tie the game at 3-3. In the ensuing at-bat, Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure) went yard for a two-run dinger that vaulted the hosts from Saugerties into a 5-3 lead. Out of the bullpen, Matt Pushard (Maine) earned the win with 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.
Jamestown (24-5) 11, Geneva (18-11) 1
The Jammers continue to extend their lead over the Red Wings for first place in the West Division, and now sit six games ahead following Thursday’s win. Jamestown scored at least one run in each of the first five frames. Collin Stack (UMBC) drove in two of Jamestown’s three runs in the first inning with a double and Christ Conley (Canisius) added a solo homer in the second to make it a 4-0 game. Conley added an RBI double to his total in the fifth and Stack picked up an RBI in the seventh with a sac fly. Earning the win was Cory Blessing (Ohio), who won his third straight start after pitching out of the bullpen in his first two appearances of the summer.
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 Glens Falls – 5:05 p.m. (DH)
Oneonta at Utica – 6:30 p.m.
Albany at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Newark at Onondaga – 7:00 p.m.
Adirondack at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.
Geneva at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.