The last time Mohawk Valley starter Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge CC) took the mound at Bellizzi Field he made history by throwing the first no-hitter in PGCBL history. This time Head Coach Nick Davey’s Albany Dutchmen had a different plan and a different mindset as they attacked the Diamond Dawg right-hander early and often on their way to their 9-1 victory.
Leadoff man Nolan Gaige (UAlbany) erased all hopes of another no-no with a single in his first at-bat, and he then came around to score on an RBI single by Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina). The early one-run lead, although not that daunting for Mohawk Valley, proved to be huge for Albany as they built on it and never trailed in the game.
The big inning for Albany was the second inning, as they tallied three hits and two walks while scoring four runs. The first three baserunners reached base before a Jared Martin (Cumberlands) sac fly scored a run. Albany could have been stopped there, but Gaige provided a big 2-out, 2-RBI double to give the Dutchmen some breathing room. Adam Young (UC Davis) then singled home Gaige to put Albany up 5-0.
That was more than enough for Albany starter Matt Snyder (Virginia Tech), who proved his recent All-Star Game selection to be well-deserved. Snyder worked 7 and a third innings, while walking five and striking out five. The left-hander only surrendered one hit to Mohawk Valley, which turned out to be their only hit of the game.
The only hit was from the leadoff man, Tyler Heck (Union) as he blooped a single over the shortstop’s glove into shallow left-center field. The Mohawk Valley lineup just couldn’t solve Snyder, as he settled in early and worked through a long delay to shut down the Dawgs. The win improves Snyder’s record during his All-Star campaign to 2-2.
Grant DeWitt came out of the bullpen firing to ensure that Snyder earned his second victory of the season. He struck out three of the five batters he faced, while retiring all five of them in order.
Some of the most impressive performances for the Dutchmen at the plate were the eight and nine hitters, Martin and Mike Triller (Clemson). Martin went 2 for 2, with two singles and the RBI sac fly. Triller had an even better day at the plate, as he went 3 for 4, with two singles, a triple, and three RBI.
The loss was the first of the season for Mohawk Valley starter Buratt, as he dropped his record to 2-1. They worsened their record to 21-15 as a team with the loss, but stay in second place in the PGCBL.
The Dutchmen, who are battling for a playoff spot, improved their record to 17-17, and they head on the road to face off with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles tomorrow night.