SAUGERTIES, N.Y. - The Saugerties Stallions split a doubleheader with the Oneonta Outlaws on Wednesday at Cantine Field, with the Stallions taking the early contest by a 4-0 score, before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Outlaws in the nightcap.
In game one, both Saugerties starter Nick Massa (Manhattan) and Oneonta starter Danny Hobbs (Siena) worked their way easily through two innings of work. The Stallions threatened in the bottom of the second, but left runners on and wasted Jack Gonzalez’s (Stetson) leadoff double.
New Stallion, Ryan Altenberger (Xavier), made a key diving play for Saugerties in the top of the third to end the inning.
The Stallions were the first to strike, scoring one run in the bottom half of the third after a fielder’s choice off the bat of Matt Feinstein (Dartmouth) scored Jeff Palczewski (Buffalo) to give Saugerties a 1-0 lead.
Nick Massa left in the fifth inning after allowing one hit in four innings of work to bring in Jack Kelly (Nyack) who through two shutout innings out of the bullpen.
Saugerties added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth after RBI singles from Pat Lagravinese (UAlbany), Palczewski, and Luke Pettersen (Minnesotta) to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Stallions.
Matt Pushard (Maine) came in to the top of the seventh for the Stallions to close out the game as they took game one 4-0.
After being shut out in the first game of today’s doubleheader, the Outlaws wasted no time putting runs on the board in the second game. Ben Dubas (Siena) started it off for the Outlaws with a one out single to right field. Justin Tuey (Le Moyne) played the ball perfectly off the right field wall to hold Dubas to only a single. Ian Fair (Northeastern) followed it up with a double to put both runners in scoring position. Mike Brown (Dartmouth) hit an RBI single to give the Outlaws their first run all day. It was a close play at the plate but the runner was ruled safe after the ball popped out of the catcher’s glove. Ian Fair then scored the Outlaws second run on the sac fly by Matt Tsukroff (Binghamton).
In the bottom half of the inning, the Stallions were able to put one run. Ryan Altenberger (Xavier) led off the inning with a walk. Matt Feinstein (Dartmouth) then reached base after being hit by a pitch. After Ryan Altenberger reached third base on a sac fly by Matt Forlow (Manhattan). He was able to score after the catcher threw the ball into center field as he was trying to throwout Matt Feinstein trying to steal second base. Matt Feinstein advanced to third base. The Outlaws first baseman, Ian Fair robbed Jack Gonzalez (Stetson) of an RBI single after he hit a bullet right back at the first baseman.
In the third inning, Jack Gonzalez made a beautiful scoop at first base to record the second out of the inning. Ian Fair hit a two out solo home run to give the Stallions a 3-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Stallion’s Kevin Napoleon (Butler) struck out the side.
In the bottom of the sixth inning after hitting a leadoff triple, Clay Simmons (USF) was able to score on a sac fly by Nick Teitter (St.Rose). This cut the Outlaws lead to 3-2
Following the solo home run by Ian Fair, Kevin Napoleon went onto retire the next nine Outlaws until Mike Brown hit a double.
Josh Winkler (Northeastern) pitched a solid four innings of relief tonight for the Outlaws. He allowed only three hits and gave up 0 runs. He also fanned four Stallions.
In the bottom of the seventh inning the Stallions made it interesting. With one out Ryan Altenberger was able to hit a single. Then, with two outs Matt Forlow (Manhattan) was able to reach first base after being hit by a pitch. Jack Gonzalez was then up with two outs, a full 3-2 count and both the tying and winning run on base. Jack Gonzalez hit it as hard as you could hit it. The Outlaws right fielder had to use every part of the ball park to record the final out of the game. The Outlaws beat the Stallions 3-2.
The winning pitcher is Josh Winkler (Northeastern). The losing pitcher is Kevin Napoleon (Butler) . The save goes to Andrew Workman (Quinnipiac).
After today’s results, the Stallion’s record is now 19-23, as they remain in fourth place in the East division of the PGCBL.
The Stallions next game is tomorrow, July 27, as the Stallions travel up to Onandaga to take on the Flames in a double header. The games will be played at Onondaga Community College. The first game will start at 4:00 PM and the second game will start at 7:00 PM.