Louie Varland (Concordia-St. Paul) struck out eight in a complete-game victory over Amsterdam in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Thursday, July 20:
Onondaga (17-21) 2, Adirondack (13-24) 1 (Game 1)
The Flames scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, which proved to be enough offense to lead Onondaga to a slim 2-1 victory in a pitchers’ duel against Adirondack. With the bases loaded and two away, Adam Gallagher (Ithaca) hit a two-run single that plated Trey Baur (Cornell) and Webb Little (Ithaca). Back-to-back doubles from Joe Simone (Rider) and Zach Zschering (Adrian) in the third allowed the Trail Blazers to cut the deficit in half, but Onondaga pitchers Evan Reichel (St. Lawrence), Ryan Greco (SUNY Brockport) and Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) combined to shut Adirondack down for the remainder of the contest.
Adirondack 8, Onondaga 5 (Game 2)
The Trail Blazers’ offense came alive in the nightcap at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex, as Adirondack won Game 2 to salvage a split of Thursday’s doubleheader. Already up 1-0, the Blazers scored four runs in the top of the fourth, with two coming home on Jordan Torrento’s (Adrian) double and two more scoring on a Riley Schaefer (Texas Lutheran) two-run single in the next at-bat. Trailing 8-0, the Flames looked to claw their way back with a four-run fifth inning, but the hole proved to be too deep to climb out of. Schaefer paced all batters in the game by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Joe Hamrick (Hillsdale) earned his first win of the summer with 4.0 innings of four-run ball.
Albany (24-14) 7, Mohawk Valley (24-10) 6 (Game 1)
The Dutchmen scored a pair of important wins on Thursday in the race for one of the top two seeds in the East Division. In the early game of a doubleheader at Veteran’s Memorial Park, a five-run third inning vaulted Albany to an early 7-0 lead. Brandt Holland (North Alabama) provided the bulk of the offense with one swing of the bat, as he launched a grand slam in the pivotal top of the third. The DiamondDawgs responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) ended the game with three punch outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for his seventh save of the summer.
Albany 6, Mohawk Valley 2 (Game 2)
After Mohawk Valley starter Douglas Molnar (Wagner) hurled 3.0 scoreless innings to begin the late game, the Dutchmen tagged reliever Jonathan Sell (Herkimer) with six runs en route to a 6-2 win and a sweep of their twin bill. Holland homered once again, this time a solo shot that tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth. He picked up another RBI in a four-run fourth inning by plating Nick Estrella (Azusa Pacific), who slugged a two-run double earlier in the frame. Holland and Estrella each had two hits and two RBIs, and Sean Boyle (Dallas Baptist) earned the win with 4.0 innings of one-run ball.
Utica (12-25) 4, Amsterdam (29-9) 3 (Game 1)
The Blue Sox rallied in the sixth inning to score a big 4-3 win over the East Division-leading Mohawks. Down 3-1, Utica scored thrice in the top of the sixth to take the lead for the first time since Zane Harris (Wright State) opened the game’s scoring with a solo home run in the second. Devon Garcia (Ohio) tallied the tying run on a wild pitch, before Matthew McDermott (William & Mary) drove in the eventual game-winning run with a two-out RBI single. On the mound, Blue Sox starter Louie Varland (Concordia-St. Paul) tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts for his second win of the summer season.
Amsterdam 11, Utica 3 (Game 2)
The Mohawks surrendered three runs to the Blue Sox in the top of the first inning, but that would be all that starter Andrew Saalfrank (Indiana) gave up in his 5.0 innings of work. He retired eight consecutive batters between the first and third innings and struck out three to pick up the win. Offensively, Amsterdam tied the score with three runs in the fourth and blew it wide open with eight more in the bottom of the fifth. Dylan Reynolds (Fairfield) smacked and RBI triple that gave the Mohawks the lead, 4-3. Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic), who led off the frame with a walk and scored on Reynolds’ three-bagger, would later single and score on a wild pitch, as Amsterdam batted around the lineup in the big inning.
Geneva (24-16) 9, Oneonta (11-24) 8
The Red Wings and Outlaws went back-and-forth in a tightly contested bout at Damaschke Field on Thursday night, but it would be the visitors from Geneva who would walk away with the win. Oneonta’s Matt Tsukroff (Binghamton) smashed a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the host Outlaws an 8-6 advantage, before Geneva tallied one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to complete game comeback. TJ Byrd (Rend Lake) pinch ran for Jake Evans (Alabama Southern C.C.) after he led off the top of the ninth with a double and scored the tying run on an RBI groundout. In the ensuing at-bat, Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) registered an RBI base hit to notch the winning run. Tyler Key (Mendocino) tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth in his first appearance of the season with Geneva to secure the win.
Saugerties (16-20) 6, Glens Falls (12-26) 3
The Stallions jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, while the visiting Dragons fell to 0-21 on the road in 2017. Jack Gonzalez (Stetson) but Saugerties on the scoreboard with a two-run single and Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure) extended the lead to 4-0 with a two-run double in the opening frame. Starter pitcher Avery Short (Siena) held Glens Falls scoreless until the fifth inning, but errors allowed the Dragons to tax him for three unearned runs in 5.2 innings of work. Short worked around five walks to pick up the win and the bullpen allowed just one hit after his exit, with Matt Pushard (Maine) striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth for the save.
Newark Pilots (15-26) 7, Jamestown (28-12) 3
The Pilots took a 7-3 decision from the West-Division-leading Jammers at Colburn Park on Thursday night. Newark outhit Jamestown by a wide 12-to-4 margin, which including four consecutive hits in the bottom of what turned into a four-run fourth inning. Hunter Wells (Tyler J.C.) recorded two of his game-high three RBIs in the frame with a two-run single, as part of his 3-for-5 effort at the dish. Chris Vitale (Erie C.C.) twirled a solid 5.0 innings for the Pilots, allowing just two runs on three hits and five walks. He was credited with the win and Kyle Griffen (Louisiana Tech) saved his fifth game of the summer campaign with 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Utica at Albany – 3:00 p.m. (DH)
Amsterdam at Glens Falls – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Geneva at Adirondack – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Onondaga at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Elmira at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.