Amsterdam head coach Keith Griffin reached another milestone with his 1,000th coaching victory on Friday, July 21, 2017 (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Friday, July 21:
Albany (25-15) 6, Utica (13-26) 3 (Game 1)
Albany’s Teddy Paisley (Virginia) tossed a seven-inning complete game to earn his first win of the summer against Utica. He scattered six hits, fanned four without issuing a walk and surrendered three runs. The Dutchmen took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning and never trailed after that. A wild pitch allowed Colin Kaucher (Ohio Domincan) to score the game’s first run, and RBI singles from Brad Gneiting (Rice) and Nick Gallo (Oklahoma State) make it 3-0. Gneiting was one of four Dutchmen to finish with multiple hits alongside Jon Skidmore (Dallas Baptist), who was 2-for-2 with a home run.
Utica 3, Albany 2 (Game 2)
The Blue Sox avenged their loss from game one with a slim 3-2 victory in the nightcap. Utica scored twice in the top of the first to take an early lead, as Devon Garcia (Ohio) hit an RBI double and Zane Harris (Wright State) plated Garcia with an RBI single later in the frame. Although the Dutchmen knotted the score at 2-all, Ryan Sargent (Ohio) slugged a go-ahead RBI double in the fourth to regain the lead, 3-2. Dino Faresse (Dominican) earned the victory for Utica with 6.2 innings of two-run ball. He struck out five, walked five and allowed four hits in his first start of the summer.
Geneva (26-16) 9, Adirondack (13-26) 6 (Game 1)
Geneva’s Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) faced perhaps more adversity on Friday night than he had in any of his previous seven starts, but despite allowing six runs, he earned the win with a complete game against the Trail Blazers. After Adirondack took a 5-0 lead in the third, the Red Wings outscored the Blazers 9-1 in the final four innings to complete the comeback. Dominic Toso (Bucknell) hit a two-run home run and Matt Smith (UC Davis) smacked a two-run triple, as part of a five-run top of the fifth for Geneva that gave the Red Wings the lead for good. Adirondack’s Joe Simone (Rider) had a day at the dish for the hosts, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs, one double and a homer.
Geneva 18, Adirondack 5 (Game 2)
The G-Wings carried over their strong finish to the second game of Friday’s twin bill and exploded for 18 runs on 21 hits. Every Geneva starter had at least one hit, seven different players scored multiple runs and five had multiple RBIs. Yohei Ishiyama (Nihon Univ. (Japan)) was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and his first homer of the summer, Langston Livingston (Saint Joseph’s (Pa.)) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, and in his first game with the Wings, Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a homer. Ben Terwilliger (Maine) also went yard, as he slugged a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Also appearing in his first game, Stephen Larson (Iowa Wesleyan) earned the win on the mound for the Red Wings.
Glens Falls (13-27) 2, Amsterdam (30-10) 1 (Game 1)
The Dragons continue to be a tough team to compete with inside their home ballpark at East Field and used some late-game heroics to take Friday’s opener from the East Division-leading Mohawks. Amsterdam led 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Glens Falls scored both of its runs. Following a pair of walks, an error on a sac bunt attempt allowed the first run to touch home safely. Then a bases-loaded walk issued to Anthony Vaglica (LIU Post) forced home the winning run. Brandon Budlong (Johnson & Wales (R.I.) won his second straight start with 6.0 innings of one-run ball and four punch outs.
Amsterdam 6, Glens Falls 5 (Game 2)
The Mohawks became the first team to reach 30 wins this summer and head coach Keith Griffin won the 1,000th game of his coaching career with a one-run victory in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader. After the Dragons took a 3-2 lead on back-to-back RBI single off the bats of Brian Uliana (Rider) and Phoenix Hernandez (Southern New Hampshire) in the bottom of the second inning, Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) slugged a three-run homer to give Amsterdam at 5-3 advantage in the fourth. Glens Falls was able to level the score at 5-all, but in the fifth inning Jake Mueller (Wake Forest) plated the eventual winning run on an RBI double. Nick Chiseri (UConn) hurled 3.0 one-hit innings out of the bullpen and fanned five to save the game.
Saugerties (17-20) 7, Mohawk Valley (24-11) 1
Last year’s co-PGCBL Pitcher of the Year, Joe DeSarro (Southern New Hampshire), was handed his first loss of the summer and just his second in 16 combined starts in the league over the past two season on Friday night in Saugerties. The 6-foot-1 inch righty surrendered three runs on three hits and a trio of walks, while accumulating five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. A wild pitch and Luke Pettersen (Minnesota) sac fly in the third gave the Stallions a 2-0 lead, which they added to with an RBI double from Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure) in the fourth. Mohawk Valley’s only run came in the fifth on a Lucas Terwilliger (Adelphi) RBI double, as the Saugerties bullpen combined to toss 4.1 shutout innings.
Elmira (22-19) 5, Jamestown (28-13) 4 (10 innings)
The Pioneers held the lead for eight-and-a-half innings and looked to be in good position to end it in regulation with a 4-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth. However, the Jammers scored four runs in the ninth to force extras. Ryan Markey (St. John's) hit a two-run single, and both Chris Stefl (St. John's) and Skyler Valentine (UTSA) posted RBI base hits to level the score at 4-all. In the 10th, Elmira’s Colton Evans (UC Davis) hit a run-scoring double to put the Pios up 5-4, and after stealing third he nearly scored an insurance run on a wild pitch, but was tagged out by the catcher at the plate. Parker Ford (Mississippi State) closed the game with his second scoreless inning of relief for the win.
Oneonta (12-24) 5, Onondaga (17-22) 2
The Outlaws received an outstanding effort on the mound from starter Jason Wasilnak (St. John Fisher) on Friday night against the Flames. In his second start of the summer, the southpaw hurled a full 9.0 innings, nearly double his previous season-high for innings pitched in a game this summer. The rising junior from St. John Fisher registered a season-high eight strikeouts and allowed two runs on seven hits and five walks; he walked the same batter, Kyle Gallagher (Cornell), all five times he appeared at the plate. Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Nick Camilleri (Southern New Hampshire) doubled and scored on an Ian Fair (Northeastern) sac fly to put Oneonta up by one. A Mark Flynn (Columbia) double in the seventh plated the game-winning run, and Ben Rhodes (Siena) added some insurance by slugging an RBI triple and scoring in the eighth.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Geneva at Onondaga – 1:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Oneonta at Utica – 6:30 p.m.
Saugerties at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Jamestown at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Newark – 7:05 p.m.