Glens Falls, NY-The Golden Eagles extended their win streak to seven games as they defeated the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 6-1 on Monday night at East Field. Glens Falls remains 1.5 games ahead of Amsterdam for the Eastern Division title and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas, Fla.) and Mike Kindel (Kansas State) each had two hits for the Golden Eagles while first baseman Cullen Wacker (Auburn) had went two-for-four for the DiamondDawgs.
Reliever Antwan Brown (Santa Fe) pitched two and two-thirds innings allowing one hit and striking out two to pick up his first win of the season while DiamondDawgs starter Alex Lester (Kentucky) fell to 2-2 on the season.
Monday afternoon, Golden Eagles third baseman Josh Anderson (Yavapai) was named PGCBL Player of the Week batting .462 hitting two home runs and eight RBI’s over a six game span. He started the week where he left off as he hit his eighth home run of the season and overtaking the all-time lead in Golden Eagles history for home runs hit in a season.
The DiamondDawgs took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a sac fly RBI by D.J. Hoagboon (UAlbany) following an error by Golden Eagles center fielder Clayton Brown (Tacoma C.C) that allowed Michael Gunn to reach third base.
In the sixth inning, Mike Kindel (Kansas State) tied the game at 1-1 on a solo home run to dead center field. It was Kindel‘s fourth home run of the season and his 28th RBI.
Golden Eagles starter Derek Mazzio (St.Louis) left the game in the seventh inning with two runners on and one out. Mazzio allowed four hits, one run (unearned), two walks and struck out seven. Antwan Brown came in to strike out DiamondDawgs second baseman Mike Fasolo (Mohawk Valley C.C.) and then getting center fielder George Hajjar (Felician) to ground out to Roger Bernal to end the inning.
The Golden Eagles took their first lead in the bottom half of the inning at 2-1 as designated hitter KJ Alexander (Dallas Baptist) picked up a one-out double and then scored on catcher Jack Graham’s (Kenyon) RBI double to center field.
DiamondDawgs starter Alex Lester left the game after pitching seven innings allowing six hits, two runs and striking out four.
Glens Falls broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth inning off DiamondDawgs reliever Dustin Stanton (So. Maine). Right fielder Ricky Claudio, shortstop Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) and left fielder Mike Kindel each singled to load the bases with no outs. Ricky Claudio scored on a wild pitch to extend the Golden Eagles lead to 3-1. Then, third baseman Josh Anderson hit a three-run homer over the left field wall to give Glens Falls a 6-1 lead.
Reliever Logan Carman (Southern Maine) came on to finish the bottom of the eighth inning for Dustin Stanton (Southern Maine) and struck out one of the three batters he faced.
Tuesday, Glens Falls (30-15) travels to Shuttleworth Park to take on the Amsterdam Mohawks for 7 pm. The Golden Eagles and Mohawks are in a battle for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Mohawk Valley (17-29) travels to Albany to face the Dutchmen at Bob Bellizzi Field.
The Golden Eagles return home on Wednesday night to take on the Albany Dutchmen in a doubleheader beginning at 5 pm. It is Fan Appreciation Night at East Field as their will be giveaways through the game and a post-game fireworks show.
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